Eyecatchers from week ending 28/08/2020

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Weekly Eyecatchers including 2 again from a messy race!

From @RTR_Liam

Red N Blue Candy – Will have learnt plenty

Red N Blue Candy finished 3rd on debut behind Chartwell House & Cobalt Blue at Epsom. After just a furlong or two, she was already being ridden along and was then wide into the straight. The front pair who both had plenty of experience pulled clear and it was left to Red N Blue Candy to finish strongly for 3rd. You would imagine she should improve for the run and could be interesting next time out.

Scottish Summit – dropping down to a winnable mark

Scottish Summit was slowly away at Ripon and found himself caught on the inside. When moved out from the inside at the 3 pole, he ran into the back of Azano and lost momentum and it appeared Kevin gave up on the win after that as he only used the whip once and just rode out instead. I think Scottish Summit could drop a pound or two on Tuesday and he could be rated 89 next time out which is the same mark he ran off when winning at Newcastle in May. I think when rated sub 90 he can go very close in a similar race.

Marhaba The Champ – surely wins if not carried wide

Arguably the most obvious eyecatcher of the week but has to be included. He finished 2nd on his 3rd run having stepped up to 1m2f and surely would have won had he not been carried wide on the turn. He was only beaten 1 length by Nigwa who had some good form coming into the race and the handicapper will have trouble working out the mark for Marhaba The Champ. It’s very possible that Kevin Ryan sticks to Novice company next time though to try and get a win over this sort of trip.

Starshiba – beaten by a gamble

Starshiba finished 2nd last time out behind Kimifive who was gambled for the Ian Williams yard. Starshiba had previously been running moderately so to finish 2nd showed a return to a bit of form and I am confident he can win off his current 73 mark particularly if connections find a race for him on the AW. His form on the AW reads 52216 with his 6th and most recent run on the AW coming back in February 2021 when not getting a clear run. That run when sent off the 13/8 favourite came off a mark of 82 so a mark of 73 should be well within his reach.

Zouky – must be well above average

Zouky had won at Newbury on debut and was carrying a 7lb penalty at Haydock when taking on Kitai who had previously finished 2nd at Haydock. The form looked strong and despite carrying a 7lb penalty Zouky was still able to beat Kitai with the pair pulling clear of the rest. I think this is above average form and Zouky has to be marked up for winning with a penalty. I would be interested to see where they go next with Zouky but a Listed race seems to be the most logical plan.

Alexandretta/Palace View – great efforts on debut

Alexandetta and Palace View finished 2nd and 3rd behind Theme Park at Kempton. Theme Park had been beaten on debut by Silver Knott (subsequent Group 3 winner) and that form looked strong. It was no surprise to see Theme Park win on his next start so I think it was a huge run from Alexandretta who finished a neck 2nd and is sure to take all the beating next time out in a similar race with that run under her belt. Palace View finished a never nearer 3rd having been held up and green turning into the straight. It wasn’t until the furlong pole that he really got going and looked to be learning plenty on the job. If Theme Park is as good as we think then these 2 behind should find Novice events are winnable races next time.

The Renegade – ran on strongly out of picture

The Renegade finished 3rd behind Bold Act (who’s form behind Highbank is VERY strong) despite falling out the stalls on debut and losing lengths on the field. He was being pushed along turning into the straight and going nowhere. When Bold Act hit the front and Relentless Voyager went after him, it’s hard to know what The Renegade was doing due to the camera angle however when they passed the post and The Renegade was finishing 3rd it’s clear he ran on strongly from his poor position. I think he’ll have learnt plenty for that run and could be interesting next time out.

Angels Landing – beaten by a well handicapped type

I’m a big believer of following your own thoughts and strong form and believe Persist who beat Angels Landing was well handicapped and so for Angels Landing to finish a closing neck 2nd to her can be marked up particularly as Angels Landing didn’t get a clear run at a crucial time. PJ went for the inside at the 2 pole and got no run whatsoever and he had to stop riding, pull back and then switch and make his effort again. Angels Landing finished strongly despite the momentum being stopped and I would be confident Angels Landing can go close next time in a similar race.

Euchen Glen/Amtiyaz – what a mess of a race

The Old Borough Cup saw just 6 runners after 9 non runners and this smaller field definitely was against Euchen Glen and the way the race unfolded was against him even further. The front pair went clear and Paul thought about getting after them as Andrea was caught napping and let the front pair go clear. The usual hold up tactics that work were therefore very quickly changed and Euchen Glen was being pushed along a lot earlier than normal. He was still battling late on when hampered and whilst I think he may have finished closer, I don’t think he would have won. Amtiyaz was clearly too keen and faded late on and we can ignore this run and I expect in a bigger field both can bounce back next time out. I hope both are kept to handicap company next time.

Fantasy Believer – great effort against the pace bias

Fantasy Believer finished 5th at Kempton behind First View in the London Mile Series Final. He finished 5th having been held up with the front 4 in the front 5 for most of the race. You can argue that Fantasy Believer was therefore in the wrong position throughout the race and did well to finish 5th especially as he didn’t get a clear run in the final straight. He’s finished a never nearer 9th and 5th in his last 2 starts since winning at Ascot and Newbury. He’s been rated 88 the last twice and if the handicapper drops him 1lb for this effort then I would be confident he can go close at a course that suits.

Pink Crystal – again finds trouble

I do not want to give up on Pink Crystal. I could just leave it at that but if you watch her effort at York, she again found trouble. After finding trouble, Tom didn’t give her the full 100% drive and despite this she’s still only been beaten a length in total. This could mean that she doesn’t get in the Coral Sprint Trophy back at York so it would be no surprise to see her running in a much easier race next time with the aim of winning and going up the handicap to make sure she gets in the Coral Sprint Trophy. Beaten here off 87, I genuinely believe she’s a 100+ Filly and can win a couple of races soon. She really can win soon. I am sure of it!

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