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An­drew Ayres has been trav­el­ling the coun­try search­ing for fu­ture win­ners

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An­drew Ayres trav­els the coun­try look­ing for fu­ture win­ners

KEMP­TON OC­TO­BER 18 (STAN­DARD-SLOW) 7f two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 5) Or­di­nary con­test

ALACRITAS (David Sim­cock) was hav­ing her third start but still didn’t look fully fit. She trav­elled strongly un­til be­ing snatched-up when clip­ping heels at the fur­long pole and faded into sev­enth.This well-bred grey – her grand-dam is the top class Alb­o­rada – looks ca­pa­ble of bet­ter and will be ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing in nurs­eries/hand­i­caps.

WIND­SOR OC­TO­BER 23( SOFT) 5f two-year-old novice (Class 5) Mod­est form

LORD RIDDIFORD (John Quinn) is a bonny, sprint-type who was re­turn­ing to ac­tion af­ter a cou­ple of promis­ing ef­forts in the spring. He was heav­ily backed near the off and looked sure to fig­ure af­ter show­ing blis­ter­ing early pace. Un­for­tu­nately the com­bi­na­tion of a lengthy ab­sence and soft ground told close home and he weak­ened to fin­ish fourth.Speed is this colt’s forte and he would be in­ter­est­ing if al­lowed to take his chance in a mod­est AW hand­i­cap.

NEW­BURY OC­TO­BER 27( SOFT) 6f110y two-year-old novice (Class 4) Or­di­nary race for the track

BALLYQUIN (An­drew Bald­ing) didn’t look wound up for this de­but – as is of­ten the case for horses from this ex­cel­lent yard – but im­pressed as a mus­cu­lar,re­laxed indi- vid­ual who moved well to post.He shaped en­cour­ag­ingly to fin­ish fourth and this half-brother to eight win­ners should en­hance his fam­i­lies’ rep­u­ta­tion.

1m two-year-old novice (Class 4) Fair form

KASBAAN (Owen Bur­rows) is out of a Listed win­ner and looked a classy in­di­vid­ual in the pad­dock. He wasn’t sharp enough to fig­ure af­ter a slug­gish start but shaped with def­i­nite prom­ise in fourth. This hand­some colt will im­prove and win races.

SHARJA SILK (Roger Var­ian) cost 850,000gns (he’s a half-brother to the mid­dle-dis­tance Group 2 win­ner Silk Sari) but proved easy to back and needed the run. He shaped well just be­hind the placed horses and can leave this form be­hind when moved up in trip.

NEW­BURY OC­TO­BER 28( SOFT) 1m two-year-old fil­lies (Class 4) Or­di­nary race

HAZARFIYA (Sir Michael Stoute) is a half­sis­ter to the dual Derby win­ner Harzand and re­ally took the eye in the pad­dock on this de­but. She looked short of pace and ex­pe­ri­ence when the tempo picked-up just af­ter half­way, but came home well once the dust had started to set­tle and wound-up an eye-catch­ing third. She’ll im­prove for this and could de­velop into a use­ful mid­dle-dis­tance per­former.

BIRCH GROVE (David Sim­cock) looked burly for this de­but but hails from a de­cent fam­ily – half-sis­ter to four win­ners – and showed a deal of nat­u­ral abil­ity to nab fourth. She can be made sharper and will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion next time.

LINGFIELD NOVEM­BER 2( STAN­DARD) 7f two-year-old novice (Class 5) Fair form

SHER­IFF (Michael Bell) re­ally does look the part and had hinted at abil­ity on both his pre­vi­ous out­ings.He did so again here, run­ning on into sixth af­ter be­ing re­strained and then ham­pered early in the race. There's ab­so­lutely no doubt this good-look­ing colt is ca­pa­ble of much bet­ter and he will be of mas­sive in­ter­est when pitched into hand­i­caps.

NEW­MAR­KET NOVEM­BER 3 (GOOD-FIRM) 1m2f hand­i­cap (Class 4) Use­ful con­test

GAR­RICK (John Gos­den) looked much sharper than when un­placed atWind­sor in mid-Oc­to­ber (his first start for 254-days) and ran a cracker to chase home the use­ful Ce­les­tial Spheres. He won his only pre­vi­ous out­ing on the AW and would be in­ter­est­ing if re­turned to that sur­face.

AS­COT NOVEM­BER 4( GOOD) 2m3f novice hand­i­cap chase (Class 3) Above av­er­age race

BENATAR (Gary Moore) could not have looked any bet­ter and was still sport­ing a sum­mer coat.He was clumsy over the first few fences but found a cou­ple of ex­tra gears turn­ing for home and ran right away from some smart ri­vals be­fore idling when clear.He’s good value for his win­ning mar­gin (three and three-quar­ter lengths) and looks a smart chas­ing re­cruit.

KEMP­TON NOVEM­BER 7( STAN­DARD) 1m two-year-old novice (Class 5) Race run in a two-year-old track record

PODEMOS (Ralph Beck­ett) is a strap­ping in­di­vid­ual who looked as if the run would bring him on. He flew out of the stalls and set a sear­ing gal­lop that had the field strung out by half­way. Un­sur­pris­ingly he couldn’t main­tain the pace but stuck on stoutly for sec­ond be­hind the race-fit favourite Bow Street.This was a fine de­but and he will be even more ef­fec­tive back in trip.There are races in this pacey sort.

HIGHBROW (David Sim­cock) is an at­trac­tive colt who shaped well in third un­der a con­sid­er­ate ride from Jim Crow­ley. He’s a half-brother to a de­cent win­ner and will im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly for this out­ing. Sup­port him next time.

SLEEP­ING LION (James Fan­shawe) is a big,at­trac­tive colt who re­ally im­pressed in the pad­dock. He wasn’t sharp enough to fig­ure af­ter a slow start but stayed on strongly into fourth and looks above av­er­age. Horses from this yard can im­prove dra­mat­i­cally for an out­ing and he might be smart.

KEMP­TON NOVEM­BER 8( STAN­DARD) 1m two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 5) Fair form

BLUE RE­FLEC­TION (James Fan­shawe) still looks a tad un­fur­nished and is def­i­nitely bred to stay fur­ther (half-sis­ter to a 1m4f win­ner). She was held-up in rear be­fore stay­ing on strongly into fourth, shap­ing like a sure­fire fu­ture win­ner. Mid­dle-dis­tances will suit and she could de­velop into a de­cent three-year-old.

7f two-year-old fil­lies novice (Class 5) Or­di­nary form

CATOCA (EdWalker) is a big,scopey filly who re­ally grabbed the eye in the pre­lims.

She was never re­ally put into the race by Liam Keniry and was a mas­sive eye-catcher back in fourth. She’s the first foal of a use­ful win­ner in the USA and could be above av­er­age.

NEW­BURY NOVEM­BER 9( GOOD-SOFT) 2m69y mares novice hur­dle (Class 2) Race dom­i­nated by the first two

CAP SOLEIL (Fer­gal O’Brien) looked in tremen­dous shape and at­tracted heavy sup­port near the off.She pulled clear with Countister be­tween the last two and found far more than that ri­val to record a de­ci­sive suc­cess. This is a top class mare in the mak­ing and she will be hard to beat against her own sex.

COUNTISTER (Nicky Hen­der­son) is a lovely look­ing mare but was not quite as fit as the well backed Cap Soleil. She ap­peared threat­en­ing jump­ing the sec­ond last but ran out of gas on the run-in and came home a highly cred­itable sec­ond. There’s a valu­able prize in this French im­port.

2m na­tional hunt flat (Class 5) Above av­er­age event

TIDAL FLOW (Philip Hobbs) was just about the most at­trac­tive mem­ber of the field and won de­ci­sively de­spite be­ing ham­pered two-fur­longs from home, This was a classy ef­fort from a big, raw in­di­vid­ual and he could take high rank when sent hur­dling.

BUR­ROWS EDGE (Nicky Hen­der­son) looked sharper than most of these and shaped with plenty of prom­ise in sec­ond. He’ll stay much fur­ther – al­ready been placed in point-to-points – and will come into his own over hur­dles.

CUDDLES MCGRAW (Fer­gal O’Brien) looked in great shape but was never re­ally trav­el­ling and failed to get com­pet­i­tive. He’s got plenty of scope and is one to keep an eye on.

KEMP­TON NOVEM­BER 13 (GOOD-SOFT) 2m5f novice hur­dle (Class 4) Fair form

SE­CRET IN­VESTOR (Paul Ni­cholls) is a real bull of a horse and prob­a­bly would have won this but for plough­ing through the penul­ti­mate flight.This for­mer point-to­pointer has the scope to make a smart chaser but will surely col­lect a cou­ple of novice hur­dles first.

FONTWELL NOVEM­BER 19 (GOOD-SOFT) 2m1f162y ju­ve­nile hur­dle (Class 4) Above av­er­age race for the track

JUKE­BOX JIVE (An­thony Honey­ball) is a close-cou­pled,gritty look­ing geld­ing who de­vel­oped into a smart stayer on the Flat in 2017. Sen­si­bly rid­den from the front on this hur­dling de­but, he jumped im­pec­ca­bly and ran out a ready win­ner. He’ll stay much fur­ther but isn’t de­void of pace and will pick-up another race or two this win­ter.

LISP (Alan King) is a hand­some geld­ing who had shown a mod­icum of abil­ity in a light Flat ca­reer. He left that form be­hind here, fin­ish­ing sec­ond de­spite run­ning freely for the first mile and a half of the con­test.It’s tes­ta­ment to the geld­ing’s raw abil­ity that he fin­ished close-up and he will win a de­cent prize if con­nec­tions can teach him to set­tle.

3m3f149y hand­i­cap chase (Class 3) Com­pet­i­tive event

COOLKING (Gary Moore) thrived in marathons last term but looked in need of the out­ing on this re­turn from a 239-day break. He jumped soundly at the head of af­fairs be­fore run­ning out of gas on the home turn and even­tu­ally be­ing pulled-up. This was a bet­ter ef­fort than the bare form im­plies and he re­mains one to side with in long dis­tance hand­i­caps on test­ing ground.


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