Andrew Watson has just sent us the horses that stood out for him from last weekend’s action from Cheltenham and Kempton.
These are the ones that caught his eye…
…from 18th to 20th October 2013
Friday 18th October, 2013
3.50 Cheltenham Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices’ Chase
(Class 2) (5yo+) (3m110y) 3m½f Good
Twirling Magnet 1st
This was a very impressive staying performance for a novice chaser and Twirling Magnet very much looks like a horse to follow in novice chases, and if his canny trainer decides to throw him into the deep end and run him is a handicap the tip should be followed.
This step up in distance to 3 miles really suited him and he looked as if he could have won just as easily over another half mile, he also jumped with real maturity I expect him to return for one of the races at the Paddy Power meeting in November.
Follow Twirling Magnet for his next three runs over fences at 3 miles plus.
Saturday 19th October 2013
3.10 Cheltenham Masterson Holdings Hurdle
(Class 2) (4yo) (2m110y) 2m½f Good
Bayan just failed to catch the favourite here and I have no doubt that he would have won if he had hurdled better, he looked to be travelling the best in the race but despite the fact he has had plenty of runs his jumping was a bit casual (wears cheekpieces), he was novice at several flights and flattened the third last.
The first two pulled well clear of the rest and I am sure it will not be long before he finds the winners enclosure.
Being a Gigginstown inmate he is an embryonic chaser in the making but he is very much one to watch for at the Paddy Power meeting in November, as his trainer Gordon Elliot is adept at preparing a horse for the big handicaps.
Bayan is very much on the upgrade so follow on his next three runs.
Sunday 21st October, 2013
3.20 Kempton William Hill – On Your Mobile Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race)
(Class 1) (4yo+) 2m Good to Soft
Sea Lord 1st
Sea Lord was one of the most impressive winners of the weekend and although his rating will go up significantly after this he still has plenty of scope, as he was not extended winning by nine lengths despite being heavily eased at the finish.
His jumping wasn’t as slick as it has been and he did jump right at times which suggests he may be better going left handed, but the ground was very soft here which could also have been a factor.
Sea Lord has won his last six hurdle races on the bounce and his rating has now gone up a total of 31lbs, but he proved himself to be a really hardy type on the flat (rated 115) where he raced for Mark Johnston and Godolphin and too my eye still has plenty to come.
His canny trainer John Ferguson knows the time of day with novice hurdlers, and thinks he could be a candidate for one of the big novice hurdles later in the season (read Cheltenham or Aintree!). I would be very keen on his chances of doing that, particularly at Aintree as I think he would be better suited by the course.
I expect Sea Lord to carry on his winning sequence until really tested in top grade one company, he should be followed until beaten.
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