Pad­dock picks

An­drew Ayres with his lat­est batch of fu­ture win­ners

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KEMPTON FE­BRU­ARY 18 (STAN­DARD) 6f Hand­i­cap (Class 4) Hot con­test

TRIPLE CHOCO­LATE (Roger In­gram) looked in tremen­dous shape af­ter a four month break and did well to score af­ter hav­ing plenty to do at half­way. This late de­vel­oper thrived last sum­mer and, judged on this per­for­mance, will re­main well treated off his re­vised mark (89). Triple Choco­late could be even more ef­fec­tive over 7f and will pay his way in smart hand­i­cap com­pany.

WOLVER­HAMP­TON FE­BRU­ARY 23 (STAN­DARD) 1m1f103y 3yo Maiden (Class 5) Un­com­pet­i­tive race

MARTINIQUAISE (Mark John­ston) is a lengthy, raw look­ing filly from a de­cent mid­dle-dis­tance fam­ily. She did re­mark­ably well to bus­tle-up the race­sharp odds-on favourite An­ti­quar­ium, only giv­ing best to that ri­val in­side the fi­nal fur­long. Martiniquaise went on to win an or­di­nary maiden in gritty style at South­well on March 5 and has the mak­ings of a fair hand­i­cap­per.

LING­FIELD FE­BRU­ARY 24 (STAN­DARD) 7f Maiden (Class 5) Or­di­nary form

HERCULLIAN PRINCE (Olly Stevens) was a size big­ger than most of th­ese and ran a cracker to fin­ish third de­spite look­ing green and meet­ing trou­ble in run­ning. This wasn’t a great con­test but he’s got plenty of scope and will pick up an or­di­nary maiden be­fore mov­ing into hand­i­caps.

KEMPTON FE­BRU­ARY 25 (STAN­DARD) 1m3f Hand­i­cap (Class 4) Use­ful form

WILDES (Ian Wil­liams) caught the eye when win­ning a Ling­field maiden last win­ter and looked in crack­ing or­der on this be­lated re­turn to ac­tion. Green through the first half of the race, he was out­paced turn­ing for home be­fore stay­ing on strongly to nab third, leav­ing the strong im­pres­sion he was the best horse in this com­pet­i­tive field. His shrewd con­nec­tions feel Wildes will be even more ef­fec­tive over far­ther and this promis­ing sort should be fol­lowed closely.

LING­FIELD FE­BRU­ARY 28 (STAN­DARD) 1m Maiden Fil­lies & Mares Above av­er­age race for the track

CLAR­EN­TINE (Ed Dun­lop) looked a shade back­ward for this de­but and was a mas­sive eye-catcher run­ning on steadily into fifth un­der a con­sid­er­ate ride from Joe Fan­ning.She hails from a de­cent fam­ily – dam was placed in Listed com­pany over 1m2f – and will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion next time.

6f Hand­i­cap (Class 6) Mod­est con­test

WAABEL (Heather Dal­ton) al­ways car­ries con­di­tion but even by his stan­dards was pretty tubby on this re­turn from a three­month break. Bear­ing that in mind, he shaped promis­ingly in fourth – would have fin­ished slightly closer but for Shirley Teas­dale drop­ping the reins – and will strip fit­ter next time. Con­nec­tions have Waabel well treated off 53 and a Class 6 hand­i­cap should come his way soon.

2m Stakes (Class 2) Use­ful form

GOLD TRAIL (Char­lie Ap­pleby) has

looked in tremen­dous shape all win­ter and was the pad­dock pick again here.He adapted well to the step-up in trip and looked cer­tain to score be­fore be­ing mugged close home by the well-backed out­sider Hur­ri­cane Hig­gins. Gold Trail would prob­a­bly have scored granted time to re­act to his ri­val’s late lunge and he will be a live player in the Marathon on All­Weather Cham­pi­onship Day (April 3).

WOLVER­HAMP­TON MARCH 2 (STAN­DARD) 1m1f103y 3yo Hand­i­cap (Class 5) Fair form

LO­G­OR­RHEIC (Ralph Beck­ett) is a strong, close-cou­pled in­di­vid­ual who car­ries plenty of con­di­tion. He at­tracted heavy late sup­port and did well to score de­ci­sively af­ter run­ning freely through the open­ing quar­ter-mile. There’s a slight kink in this geld­ing – he edged left and right un­der pres­sure – but he’s got plenty of abil­ity and should score again.

LING­FIELD MARCH 4( STAN­DARD) 7f 3yo Maiden (Class 5) Above av­er­age con­test

HAKAM (Charles Hills) cost $450,000 as a year­ling. He’s not overly big but is well­made and moved smoothly to post. Quickly into stride from a handy rails draw, he looked cer­tain to score when edg­ing ahead early in the straight but was out-bat­tled close home by the more ex­pe­ri­enced Ven­tril­o­quist. There was no dis­grace in this de­feat – he would prob­a­bly have won if rid­den with slightly more re­straint – and Hakam should de­velop into an above av­er­age colt.

PLUMP­TON MARCH 9( GOOD-SOFT) 2m4f Novice Hand­i­cap Chase (Class 4) Im­pres­sive win­ner

JAY ARE (Gary Moore) was burst­ing with good health and landed some lumpy bets with an im­pres­sive suc­cess. He was run­ning all over some or­di­nary ri­vals from half­way and is clearly bet­ter than this grade.Con­nec­tions should pick up an­other hand­i­cap or two with him this spring.

CHELMS­FORD CITY MARCH 12

(STAN­DARD) 5f Hand­i­cap (Class 3) Race run at a blis­ter­ing gal­lop

TOP BOY (Derek Shaw) didn’t look revved up for this sea­sonal reap­pear­ance but still at­tracted plenty of late sup­port. He was never sharp enough to keep tabs on the light­ning fast front-run­ner Come On Dave, but was noted stay­ing steadily into third. This will have blown away a few cob­webs and Top Boy can bag an early sea­son hand­i­cap back on turf.

LING­FIELD MARCH 13 ( STAN­DARD) 1m 3yo Maiden (Class 5) Rea­son­able form

REV­O­LU­TION­IST (Mark John­ston) is a moun­tain of a horse and at­tracted the sort of sus­tained sup­port that could not be ig­nored. He didn’t look a nat­u­ral on this down­hill, turn­ing track, but was al­ways go­ing to score once un­wind­ing his gi­ant stride in the straight. A 2l win greatly un­der­plays Rev­o­lu­tion­ist’s su­pe­ri­or­ity and he will de­velop into a de­cent hand­i­cap­per over this trip and be­yond.

LING­FIELD MARCH 14 (STAN­DARD) 7f 3yo Listed Stakes (Class 1) Com­pet­i­tive heat

FAN­CI­FUL AN­GEL (Marco Botti) had some­thing to find on ju­ve­nile form but

has thrived phys­i­cally over the win­ter and ran a per­sonal best to fin­ish third in a bunch fin­ish. He’ll fall short of the best 3yo mil­ers but has scope and should bag a Listed or Group 3 race some­where this spring.

1m2f Group 3 (Class 1) Red-hot con­test

TRYS­TER (Char­lie Ap­pleby) con­tin­ues to im­press in the pad­dock and pro­duced a tip-top per­for­mance to score read­ily af­ter seem­ing to face mission im­pos­si­ble turn­ing for home. This geld­ing has im­proved up­wards of 20lbs through the win­ter and will be hard to beat in the Mid­dle Dis­tance Fi­nal back at Ling­field on April 3.

5f Listed Stakes (Class 1) Ul­tra-im­pres­sive win­ner

PRE­TEND (Char­lie Ap­pleby) is a su­perb phys­i­cal spec­i­men and quite sim­ply one of the best-look­ing horses in train­ing. His per­for­mances have fi­nally started to re­flect that im­pres­sion and Pre­tend could hardly have been more im­pres­sive in pick­ing-up and spit­ting-out this field un­der an ul­tra-con­fi­dent Adam Kirby ride. He’s de­vel­op­ing into a high class horse and must not be op­posed in the Sprint Fi­nal here on April 3.

1m Hand­i­cap (Class 2) Use­ful form

BIG BAZ (Wil­liam Muir) moved poorly when flop­ping here in Jan­uary but was flu­ent to post this time and posted a de­cent ef­fort to chase home the use­ful Lu­nar De­ity. This king-sized geld­ing re­mains open to im­prove­ment - he’s equally ef­fec­tive on turf - and will surely win a race or two this term.

Fan­ci­ful An­gel

Triple Choco­late

Gold Trail

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