Welcome to the latest edition of Eye Catchers from Andrew Watson of Cleeve Racing.
These are the horses that stood out for him last week…
…from Saturday 12th October 2013
2.20 York: Coral App Download From the App Store Stakes (Handicap)
(Class 2, 0-112, 3yo+), 1m2½f, Good
This was one of the most impressive performances of the flat season for me and I think we will see this one move up into Group company next season.
Considering Seussical had already gone up 10 pounds for placing in a Listed race, he made light work of this rise by turning what looked like a decent York handicap on paper into a procession. He ran out a ready winner by 4 lengths without being overly extended, and that will probably mean the handicapper will probably put him up by another 7 pounds.
This second big hike in the weights is likely to mean that he has to move up in class, but judging by this performance, a win at Group 3 or even Group 2 level may well be possible. Seussical is definitely a horse that needs to go in your notebooks.
3.30 York: Coral Sprint Trophy (Handicap) (Class 2, 0-105, 3yo+) 6f Good
You may be thinking Andrew had a few too many drinks at the weekend, but you would be wrong!
Baccarat missed the break and therefore lost his possible front position against the rail, which if he had got would have won this race comfortably.
Tony Hamilton did his best to try to seek out a gap moving Baccarat left and then right and then left, but unfortunately the gap never came. This horse has got fantastic acceleration once he gets going; unfortunately he appears to lack a real kick coming out of the starting gate which leaves him in difficult positions.
I think Richard Fahey will change tactics next season and will not try to make the break but will come from behind using the horse’s acceleration to attack any gap which appears in the final furlong.
4.15 Chepstow: BetVictor Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy Novices’ Chase (Class 2) (4yo+) (2m3f110y) 2m3½f Good
Balder Succes 1st
I made the mistake of opposing Balder Succes with Easter Day, and even though that one ran well enough, tracking the leaders until making a bad mistake three out, but even without that I don’t think he would have caught Balder Succes who jumped economically and accurately throughout.
Balder Succes also broke the track record here, which was some performance considering the ground was only just on the good side.
Alan King is thinking of running him this coming weekend at Cheltenham, and given that he should recover well from this race as he wasn’t overly extended here, he must have every chance on Saturday.
He is definitely one to follow in the Novice Chase scene from 2 miles to 2 miles 3 furlongs as long as the going is not too heavy.
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