Pad­dock picks

Andrew Ayres emp­ties the con­tents of his note­book to help our hunt for win­ners

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Andrew Ayres with his lat­est line-up of eye-catch­ers

SANDOWN JULY 21 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f two-year-old fil­lies Listed (Class 1) Smart form

CALARE (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a grand­daugh­ter of that out­stand­ing mare Dimin­u­endo. Like her, she’s a small­ish, rugged look­ing in­di­vid­ual who should thrive on rac­ing. Calare learnt noth­ing when trot­ting-up in a five-run­ner event on de­but and that prob­a­bly proved her un­do­ing here as she was green in the early stages and couldn’t reel-in the bat­tle-hard­ened On Her Toes. Calare was nar­rowly de­nied in a sim­i­lar race in France on July 30 and will surely pick-up a Group race this term.

6f two-year-old maiden (Class 2) Crack­ing race

EQTI­RAAN (Richard Han­non) cost 200,000gns and re­ally does look the part, be­ing a lengthy, hand­some in­di­vid­ual with an ex­trav­a­gant ac­tion.Lit-up by an early bump, he ran green and changed his legs through­out but still man­aged to score con­fort­ably. He’s got the scope to stay a mile and will surely de­velop into a Group class per­former.

RIVET (Wil­liam Hag­gas) is a lengthy, deep-girthed colt who looked a shade burly for this de­but (although he’s the type that will al­ways carry con­di­tion). Held up in rear by Ryan Moore,he came home strongly in sec­ond and is clearly above av­er­age. Fol­low him closely.

CAL­I­BRA­TION (Mar­tyn Meade) is bred to stay far­ther – he’s a half-brother to three use­ful mid­dle-dis­tance win­ners - and was an­other who looked in need of the out­ing. He showed plenty of nat­u­ral abil­ity in third though and will de­velop into an above av­er­age per­former.

GOOD­WOOD JULY 26 (GOOD-FIRM) 1m6f hand­i­cap (Class 2) Ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive event

QEWY (Char­lie Ap­pleby) looked in tremen­dous shape fol­low­ing a fine sec­ond over 2m4f at Royal As­cot and might have won this but for be­ing hemmed-in when at­tempt­ing to quicken. His rounded ac­tion sug­gests softer ground would be ideal and Qewy looks tai­lor-made for the Ce­sare­witch this au­tumn.

6f two-year-old maiden (Class 2) Above av­er­age event

RICH AND FA­MOUS (Mark John­ston) was the sub­ject of a strong race­course whis­per but looked burly and proved easy to back as the race ap­proached.He be­lied that by ping­ing out of the stalls and only be­ing nabbed c-lose home. Rich And Fa­mous con­firmed his prom­ise when bolt­ing-up in an or­di­nary maiden at New­mar­ket on Au­gust 13 and looks ready for a tilt at Group races. His nat­u­ral pace will make him dan­ger­ous in any com­pany.

1m fil­lies hand­i­cap (Class 3) Fair form

HAG­GLE (Luca Cu­mani) hasn’t grown ap­pre­cia­bly since her ju­ve­nile days – she has al­ways been slightly smaller than ideal - but has def­i­nitely filled-out and looks much more ro­bust now. Never ideally placed to chal­lenge, she did well to fin­ish sec­ond and might have scored with a smoother run through the race.

A sim­i­lar prize is there for the tak­ing this au­tumn.

GOOD­WOOD JULY 27 (GOOD-FIRM) 6f two-year-old fil­lies maiden (Class 2) Only av­er­age form

THE LACEMAKER (Ed Dun­lop) is a strong, at­trac­tive filly from a win­ner laden fam­ily. She showed def­i­nite signs of abil­ity on her de­but at New­mar­ket and did so again here, fin­ish­ing in mid-di­vi­sion af­ter rac­ing in touch for most of the way.She has the scope to im­prove and should win when her sights are low­ered.

GOOD­WOOD JULY 29 (GOOD-FIRM) 1m three-year-old Group 3 (Class 1) Smart race

FORGE (Sir Michael Stoute) is a proper play­boy and was colty and noisy through­out the pre­lims. Sen­si­bly taken down early, he ran a nailer to fin­ish a close sec­ond be­hind his sta­ble­mate Thikriyaat and is clearly gen­uine de­spite the pre-race an­tics.Forge is just the sort his ex­cel­lent trainer en­joys mould­ing and should de­velop into a high class four-year-old next term.

WIND­SOR AU­GUST 1 (GOOD) 6f two-year-old fil­lies maiden (Class 5) Or­di­nary con­test

HATHFA (Richard Hughes) cost 260,000eu­ros and hails from a pacey fam­ily. Heav­ily backed close to the off de­spite look­ing big and burly for this de­but, she was a mas­sive eye-catcher fly­ing home into fourth. Hathfa dis­ap­pointed slightly when un­placed at New­bury on Au­gust 13 (well sup­ported again) but is surely bet­ter than that and re­mains one to keep an eye on.

WIND­SOR AU­GUST 9 (GOOD-FIRM) 6f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Mud­dling race

OURMULLION (John Best) is mod­er­ately bred – his dam was only rated 50 – but has plenty of scope and shaped with a de­gree of prom­ise in fourth. Like many from his yard, Ourmullion was burly for this de­but

and looks the sort who could ex­cel in mod­est AW hand­i­caps dur­ing the win­ter.

LING­FIELD AU­GUST 9 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f three-year-old maiden (Class 5) Im­pres­sive win­ner

ZWAYYAN (Wil­liam Hag­gas) is thriv­ing phys­i­cally, was sup­ported as if de­feat were out of the ques­tion and slaugh­tered a rea­son­able op­po­nent in Thun­der­ing Blue. He trav­els like a good horse, is open to plenty of im­prove­ment and will surely de­velop into a smart hand­i­cap­per.

KEMP­TON AU­GUST 10 (STAN­DARD) 7f two-year-old fil­lies maiden (Class 5) Race that lacked depth

SOL­DIER’S GIRL (Richard Han­non) looked fit­ter than when sec­ond on her promis­ing de­but at As­cot and won this read­ily af­ter mak­ing-all. She’s bred to stay fur­ther – half-sis­ter to a Group class Ital­ian miler – has a good at­ti­tude and can hold her own at a higher level.

7f two-year-old nurs­ery (Class 6) Or­di­nary event

JUMP­ING JACK (Richard Hughes) looked in good shape and left the im­pres­sion he would have won this un­der a slightly more ag­gres­sive ride from Shane Kelly. He’s a strong trav­eller with a use­ful turn-of­foot and can surely win again at this level.

SAL­IS­BURY AU­GUST 11 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 5) Or­di­nary form

VIBES (Jamie Os­borne) was just about the pick of the pad­dock and shaped well in fourth af­ter a slug­gish start. His yard’s horses of­ten im­prove markedly for their ini­tial out­ing and the scopeyVibes will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion next time.

NEW­BURY AU­GUST 12 (GOOD-FIRM) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 4) Race that will pro­duce win­ners

UL­TI­MATE AV­ENUE (Ed Walker) is an im­pos­ing in­di­vid­ual and scored with plenty in hand af­ter mak­ing most. This 340,000euro year­ling oozes class and will be in­ter­est­ing when stepped up in class. Fol­low him closely.

SYN­DI­CATE (Ralph Beck­ett) is an at­trac­tive filly who was asked a big ques­tion against colts on her de­but here.She made a fair fist of the job,fin­ish­ing a gutsy sec­ond af­ter be­ing sent in pur­suit of the im­pres­sive win­ner from the fur­long pole. This was a crack­ing ef­fort and Syn­di­cate will be hard to beat back against her own sex.

MUHA­J­JAL (Owen Bur­rows) is a sturdy colt who looked just in need of the out­ing here.Bear­ing that in mind he ran a nailer to fin­ish third,leav­ing the strong im­pres­sion there’s more to come. He’ll be hard to beat next time.

MEYRICK (Wil­liam Hag­gas) looks the part and at­tracted plenty of sup­port (sent off a well backed sec­ond favourite). He never re­ally threat­ened af­ter rac­ing a shade freely, but should im­prove for the out­ing and is one to keep an eye on.

LING­FIELD AU­GUST 13 (STAN­DARD) 2m three-year-old hand­i­cap (Class 5) Mod­est form

CAP­TAIN PEA­COCK (Wil­liam Knight) has al­ways looked bet­ter than a Class 5 per­former and,judged by this cosy suc­cess, is fi­nally get­ting his act to­gether. He quick­ens well for a stayer,seems best on the AW and is the sort who could run up a se­quence.

Forge (pink cap)

Rich And Fa­mous, right

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