Godol­phin hold key to the puz­zle

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

HOLD TIGHT can make a vic­to­ri­ous re­turn to ac­tion fol­low­ing a lengthy lay-off by land­ing the Weather­bys Stal­lion Book Con­di­tions Stakes at Chelms­ford.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained geld­ing has been off the track since fin­ish­ing down the field in the Stew­ards’ Cup at Good­wood back in July, al­though he had ex­cuses for his 16th place fin­ish that day.

Hold Tight was only ac­tu­ally beaten just over six lengths in a blan­ket fin­ish but any chance he had of tak­ing a hand in the re­sult was lost when his saddle slipped with a fur­long to run.

He did not look an ob­vi­ous win­ner but he was still in there bat­tled when his mishap oc­curred so it is per­haps dan­ger­ous to un­der­es­ti­mate his abil­i­ties.

Hold Tight had pre­vi­ously let down favourite-back­ers in the Bun­bury Cup con­so­la­tion but he re­ally has looked a bet­ter an­i­mal on the all-weather - as ev­i­denced by his one win and two sec­onds in three out­ings on ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces.

A half-brother to Group One win­ners Air­wave and Jwala, Hold Tight is bred to do the job and while his fit­ness must be taken on trust, he could turn out to be a classy per­former in due course.

Hold Tight’s owner Godol­phin should also see its colours car­ried to glory in the open­ing Weather­bys Racing Di­aries Maiden Stakes.

His Derby en­try may prove a lit­tle fan­ci­ful, but there was much to like about his ini­tial sec­ond at Wolver­hamp­ton ear­lier this month.

John Gos­den’s charge came from a fair way back that day and while the more­ex­pe­ri­enced Hochfeld was half a length too good, Bois De Boulogne shaped with plenty of prom­ise.

Inaam re­ally hit his stride when win­ning at New­cas­tle last time and can fol­low up in the win­ner.co.uk Beaten By A Length Free Bet Hand­i­cap.

His ea­ger style of racing does not al­ways pay off but he showed how good he can be when things fell right for him at Gos­forth Park.

Vogueatti was a bit slow to pick up on her race­course bow but should be sharper for the ex­pe­ri­ence in the win­ner.co.uk Acca Club Maiden Stakes.

Marco Botti’s run­ner had to settle for third that day but looks more than ca­pa­ble of win­ning a race like this.

They also race on the all-weather at Wolver­hamp­ton where Top Set can fi­nally poke his head in front in the Bet­way App Hand­i­cap af­ter a string of placed ef­forts.

Fol­low The Bear hit the bar at Ban­gor on his de­but un­der Rules but he can hit the mark in the Cl­wyd Spe­cial Rid­ing Cen­tre Novices’ Hur­dle back at that track.

This son of King’s The­atre was hardly a cheap pur­chase at 55,000 euros as a foal back in 2012, but he cer­tainly has more than a mod­icum of tal­ent as he has al­ready shown in win­ning one of his two point to point starts.

Sent to Nicky Hen­der­son this sea­son, Fol­low The Bear turned in an ex­cel­lent ef­fort when sec­ond last month, just be­ing out­pointed by a more ex­pe­ri­enced ri­val.

He could not quite pick up when re­quired, but he should have gleaned plenty of con­fi­dence from the out­ing and Fol­low The Bear looks the one to be on here.

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