PAD­DOCK PICKS

An­drew Ayres likes the look of this lit­tle lot

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An­drew Ayres with his lat­est crop of eye-catch­ers

LING­FIELD SEPTEM­BER 26 (STAN­DARD) 1m2f Hand­i­cap (Class 6) Im­pres­sive win­ner

SCOONES (James Fan­shawe) was as fit as a flea and looked po­ten­tially well treated on his de­cent fourth in a hot 1m hand­i­cap at Kemp­ton 41 days ear­lier. Con­fi­dently rid­den by Daniel Mus­cutt, he was never in any dan­ger af­ter swoop­ing down the out­side early in the straight and was value for more than the winning mar­gin (a length and a quar­ter) sug­gests. Scoones is a young horse with a bright fu­ture and re­mains at­trac­tively weighted from a re­vised mark of 71.

NEW­MAR­KET SEPTEM­BER 29 (GOOD-SOFT) 7f two-year-old maiden (Class 4) Smart form

EL­WAZIR (Owen Bur­rows) cost 500,000gns and cer­tainly looks the part. Tall, rangy but still men­tally im­ma­ture – two han­dlers and green in the pre­lims - he trav­elled strongly through­out but was clue­less un­der pres­sure and had to set­tle for an hon­ourable sec­ond be­hind a race­sharp ri­val. He’s a half-brother to the top filly Speedy Board­ing and rates a smart prospect.

REC­OL­LECT (Luca Cu­mani) is a half­brother to some use­ful win­ners and im­pressed in the pad­dock de­spite look­ing in need of the run. He shaped with plenty of prom­ise in fifth and, like most new­com­ers from this yard, will strip much sharper for his ini­tial out­ing. He should go close next time.

TAHREEK (Sir Michael Stoute) has a smart pedi­gree but looked raw and burly in the pre­lims. Bear­ing that in mind he shaped well to fin­ish just be­hind the placed horses af­ter run­ning green and strug­gling to han­dle the dip. He’s got plenty of scope and can leave this form be­hind.

NEW­MAR­KET SEPTEM­BER 30 (GOOD-SOFT) 6f Group 1 two-year-old fil­lies (Class 1) Im­pres­sive win­ner

CLEM­MIE (Ai­dan O’Brien) is a won­der­fully straight­for­ward filly with a no-non­sense ap­proach to rac­ing. She looked in good or­der af­ter a 78-day break, moved well to post and ran out a ready win­ner af­ter be­ing mo­men­tar­ily threat­ened by the smart French raider Dif­fer­ent League. Ev­ery­thing about Clem­mie sug­gests she’ll be bet­ter over a mile and she al­ready looks tai­lor-made for the 1000 Guineas. In the mean­time, con­nec­tions are eye­ing a tilt at the Breed­ers Cup Fil­lies Turf where she would give the home team plenty to think about.

KEMP­TON OC­TO­BER 4 (STAN­DARD-SLOW) 6f two-year-old fil­lies maiden (Class 5) Com­pet­i­tive race

LEFT ALONE (Hugo Palmer) looked in great shape but drifted wor­ry­ingly near the off (the 15-8 SP re­turned was sig­nif­i­cantly and shame­fully shorter than that re­turned by Bet­fair). She faced mis­sion im­pos­si­ble af­ter be­ing held-up in rear - her main ri­vals were rid­den promi­nently – but still trav­elled best when meet­ing traf­fic trou­ble at the cut­away. She didn’t have the gas or time to grab front-run­ning Tivoli from that point, but ran a cracker in sec­ond. Left Alone would have won this un­der a bet­ter tac­ti­cal ride and is use­ful.

1m two-year-old novice (Class 4) Above av­er­age event

BOW STREET (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is re­lated to sev­eral de­cent win­ners and was a pad­dock pos­i­tive on this de­but. He was pushed along through the early stages and ba­si­cally looked too green to fig­ure. His one-paced third fin­ish was re­spectable and if looks are any guide there will be much bet­ter to fol­low.

1m hand­i­cap (Class 3) Use­ful race

EA­GLE CREEK (Si­mon Cr­is­ford) looked

prop­erly fit and showed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the re­turn to an AW sur­face by fin­ish­ing best of all into third. He would have won with a tad more luck in run­ning – or a pos­i­tive ride from An­drea Atzeni – and is fairly treated at present. There’s a big AW hand­i­cap in this lightly raced geld­ing.

AS­COT OC­TO­BER 5( GOOD-SOFT) 7f three-year-old hand­i­cap (Class 3) Race run at a de­cent gal­lop

TRIB­UTE ACT (James Fan­shawe) is start­ing to fill her big frame and will de­velop into an im­pos­ing filly if kept in train­ing through 2018.She still looked a shade raw here – this was only her sixth start – and went down nar­rowly to the front-run­ning Muk­lal in a des­per­ate fin­ish. It will be a big sur­prise if Trib­ute Act fails to im­prove and she must be fol­lowed.

FONTWELL OC­TO­BER 6 (GOOD) 2m3f49y hand­i­cap hur­dle (Class 2) Com­pet­i­tive event

LOVERBOY (Dan Skelton) looks a chaser and took the eye in a de­cent pad­dock.He made ground threat­en­ingly turn­ing for home and wasn’t knocked about in third be­hind a cou­ple of use­ful ri­vals. This was an en­cour­ag­ing re­turn from a long break and he can bag a hand­i­cap hur­dle be­fore go­ing on to bet­ter things over fences.

2m3f49y novice hur­dle (Class 4) Rea­son­able form

GUNFLEET ( Emma Lavelle) looked straight enough but, judged by the way he ran out of gas af­ter a sloppy jump at the last, just needed the out­ing.He’s got the scope to im­prove and will surely win a sim­i­lar event in the near fu­ture.

2m1f162y na­tional hunt flat (Class 6) Fair race for the track

BADDESLEY KNIGHT (Chris Gor­don) at­tracted some sup­port de­spite look­ing green.The big bay was clue­less through­out but clearly has plenty of nat­u­ral abil­ity as he fin­ished a close third de­spite spend­ing most of the fi­nal fur­long star-gaz­ing. He’ll ap­pre­ci­ate a more gal­lop­ing track and will win races.

WIND­SOR OC­TO­BER 9 (GOOD-SOFT) 1m two-year-old novice (Class 5) Mod­est event

CAN­DI­DATE (Hughie Mor­ri­son) looked fit­ter than on his de­but and caught the eye mov­ing smoothly to post. He was never se­ri­ously placed to chal­lenge, but stayed on un­der a con­sid­er­ate ride to fin­ish fourth (jockey Robert Win­ston re­ported he hung right-handed). He’s ca­pa­ble of bet­ter and should make a mark in nurs­eries/hand­i­caps.

KEMP­TON OC­TO­BER 9 (STAN­DARD-SLOW) 6f two-year-old novice (Class 5) Im­pres­sive win­ner

BUF­FER ZONE (Roger Charl­ton) looked in a dif­fer­ent league to these phys­i­cally and won as he liked af­ter trav­el­ling strongly be­hind a hec­tic early pace.He’s a sprinter with gears and is nailed on to win again granted a de­cent gal­lop to aim at.

1m4f hand­i­cap (Class 6) Mod­est form

MALT TEASER (John Best) looked in rude health and would have gone close but for be­ing re­peat­edly de­nied a clear run in the straight.He’s on a de­cent mark at pres-

ent and, while not en­tirely straight­for­ward, should pay his away on the AW this win­ter.

1m4f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Or­di­nary race for the grade

GOLDEN BRITHDAY (Harry Fry) was heav­ily backed af­ter winning his sole out­ing on the Flat (a heavy ground maiden at Le­ices­ter) and looked in tremen­dous shape in the pre­lims.He pro­duced a telling burst of speed to win read­ily and has a bright fu­ture if kept to rac­ing on the level. How­ever, he al­ready boasts smart form over hur­dles and could bag a valu­able early sea­son prize be­fore the big boys come out to play.

ST MALO (Roger Var­ian) is a strap­ping in­di­vid­ual who looked primed to go close. He did ex­actly that, fin­ish­ing best of all in sec­ond af­ter hav­ing a messy run up the straight.His AW form fig­ures - 52122 – are streets ahead of his limp ef­forts on turf and this hand­some Street Cry geld­ing will win soon.

7f hand­i­cap (Class 5) Fair form

BALGAIR (Tom Clover) looked in good shape but faced a tough task from stall 12, par­tic­u­larly as he was back in trip af­ter go­ing close on his sta­ble de­but over 1m here 26-days pre­vi­ously.He was held-up in rear and had plenty to do turn­ing for home, but picked up strongly in­side the fi­nal fur­long to fin­ish a close third. This lightly raced geld­ing will ap­pre­ci­ate re­turn­ing to 1m and should win a sim­i­lar con­test.

6f hand­i­cap (Class 5) Com­pet­i­tive low grade affair

DEBONAIRE DAVID (Richard Hughes) was pro­duced in good or­der af­ter a 66day break and ran a blin­der to come home a fast-fin­ish­ing third. Granted the strong pace he craves, this hard-pulling colt will pick up race in the near fu­ture.

NEW­MAR­KET OC­TO­BER 13 (GOOD) 7f two-year-old fil­lies Group 3 (Class 1) Hot race

I CAN FLY (Ai­dan O’Brien) was the clear pad­dock pick and moved smoothly to post.She looked to be go­ing best en­ter­ing the dip but couldn’t quite fin­ish her race off and weak­ened into third. This was a de­cent ef­fort from a once raced filly and she’s one to fol­low in Group races next term.

1m two-year-old fil­lies Group 1 (Class 1) Top class form

MAGIC LILY (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is an at­trac­tive, rangy filly who had bolted-up in a novice event over C&D three weeks ear­lier. She han­dled the rise in class ad­mirably, trav­el­ling strongly through­out and bat­tling on for third af­ter be­ing short of room at the fur­long pole. Her dam Dancing Rain won the Oaks and this scopey ch­est­nut could de­velop into a lead­ing con­tender for that race in 2018.

7f two-year-old fil­lies (Class 4) Above av­er­age race

WIN­TER LIGHT­NING (Saeed Bin Suroor) oozed class in the pre­lims and at­tracted plenty of sup­port de­spite tack­ling three use­ful race-sharp ri­vals. She pro­ceeded to run a de­but full of prom­ise, mak­ing the run­ning and stick­ing on for sec­ond af­ter run­ning green un­der pres­sure. She’s use­ful and should be fol­lowed.

GOOD­WOOD OC­TO­BER 15 (SOFT, GOOD-SOFT IN PLACES) 1m1f two-year-old novice (Class 4) Use­ful con­test

LOX­LEY (Char­lie Ap­pleby) has a smart pedi­gree (dam was a Group 1 win­ner) and was the sub­ject of a strong race­course whis­per be­fore this de­but. A tall, rangy in­di­vid­ual, he was no­tably green in the pad­dock and looked raw through much of the race. How­ever, he grabbed hold of the bit in the straight and was mov­ing best when hemmed-in at the two­fur­long pole. He picked up strongly once in the open and man­aged to force a dead­heat with the more ex­pe­ri­enced Is­tan­bul Sul­tan. Lox­ley would have been a ready win­ner with a clear pas­sage and could de­velop into a de­cent mid­dle-dis­tance per­former.

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