Eyecatchers from week ending 28/08/2020

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Weekly Eyecatchers including some debutants with promise

From @RTR_Liam

Seal of Solomon – Ran better than post-race comments suggest
We will start off with Seal of Solomon because I want to demonstrate why you should always WATCH a race instead of just reading the post-race comments. Seal of Solomon was given this as post-race comments ‘Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong‘ which is a terrible assessment. Watch the race again and you will see he was travelling really well behind the leaders and was unable to get through on the rail, he then got hampered and lost ground and momentum before dropping out of the hole he was stuck in, eventually switched out and then finished best of all. A better reflection of this run would have been ‘Tracked Leaders, got no run on the rail, hampered and lost ground and momentum, switched out and ran on again at the finish

Espirito caught my eye on Sunday 21st at Sandown and I had written down that he needs a step up in trip to 6f and was expecting him to be aimed at a Nursery in a few weeks time and was surprised to see him then get an entry and run on Saturday in the Tatts Auction stakes at Newmarket. Rated 69 he was always going to struggle and was sent off 125/1 for this race. He ran as expected (poorly) and I’m happy to ignore this run and hope he’s next seen a more suitable Nursery against horses that are more his level. If he does and he’s back over 6f then I think he can go close off his 69 mark (he may even be dropped a pound or two for his run at Newmarket)

City of Kings/Eddie Temple – well beaten but showed promise

Both City of Kings and Eddie Temple ran at Sandown in a Maiden on debut last week and BOTH were eyecatching in their own ways. City of Kings was sent off the 15/8 favourite and fell out the stalls and lost 8 or 9 lengths at the start. He was only beaten 1 length in the end when finishing a never nearer 5th. You have to think if he had jumped out better then he would have taken all the beating. He’s sure to be more professional next time and is also likely to go off a much shorter price but I would expect him to win a similar event. Eddie Temple however may be a bigger price and also ran a hugely encouraging race on debut. Eddie Temple also wasn’t that fast away from the stalls but latched on the back of the field much quicker. When they started to quicken from the front, Eddie Temple ran around a bit and was losing ground before coming inside the final furlong when he eventually learnt what to do and finished really strongly for a never nearer 8th. I think he’s worth adding to your NagMe as well as he could be somewhat overlooked in the market next time.

Sibyl Charm – beaten by a good one on debut

Sibyl Charm finished 2nd to Madly Truly on debut when the winner had already had a run at Leopardstown a couple of months before and I think Madly Truly is above average so for Sibyl Charm to finish on debut beaten just a head was a good effort. Sibyl Charm arguably travelled better than Madly Truly but when asked, she initially drifted out into the centre of the track before her jockey started to straighten her up and ask for more with the use of the persuader. I would be surprised if Sibyl Charm doesn’t win a similar race soon.

Lumiere Rock – will improve for debut

Lumiere Rock was arguably the biggest eyecatcher of the Truly Madly/Sibyl Charm maiden. Lumiere Rock was subject to some late money and clearly was expected to run a good race. She was however slowly into stride and lost 3 or 4 lengths and was 2nd last turning into the straight. She was still travelling well and after switching out from behind Speirling BeagĀ  she was given a couple of reminders and ran on really strongly to finish a never nearer 4th. I would argue had she jumped out on terms, she would have won this race so one that needs to go into your NagMe for next time!

Temur Khan – how did he not win?

Was slowly away but that didn’t cost him the win. After tracking the leaders into the final couple of furlongs, the jockey decided to try and go up the rail (why?!) and got completely blocked off by Hidden Pearl and stopped him in his tracks. He was then switched off the back and around the front 2 and was finishing really strongly again and was eventually beaten just 3/4 lengths. Off his mark 55 he can clearly win again soon.

Obelix – beaten by a Group horse on debut

For me, Obelix has been beaten (albeit by 3 1/4 lengths) by a fit, experienced, future Group winner in Classic. Obelix was the opposite however and was slowly away and arguably lost those 3 1/4 lengths at the start. After getting into stride he sat in 5th with Classic taking them along. He moved through the race in good style and came between Dartman and Berkshire Phantom and although was unable to keep up with Classic he pulled away from the others in the race in taking fashion. He’ll be winning soon for sure.

Korker – strange race choice for me

The blindfold came off in time but he was slowly away and was always in trouble from this point on. He was switched to the inside and then was keen and running into the back of Ainsdale. With 2 furlongs to go you can see Ben looking for a way out from his position but it wasn’t happening and he’s ended up finishing off best of all despite not even having a race. It’s possible the handicapper drops him 1 or 2 for that effort and he could be rated 102 after tomorrow. He’s 1 from 1 at Haydock and there’s a 5f handicap at Haydock on Saturday 24th September that I hope to see him in next.

Bright Diamond – obvious eyecatcher

Was the biggest and most obvious eyecatcher of the week. As well as being an eyecatcher it was also a poor ride from Clifford and many others in the race. Having just her 2nd start she was slowly away and ended up being 2nd last and wide turning into the straight. Buick on Fairy Cross had got to the front and then put the handbrake on and slowed it right down. No jockey in the race made a mid-race move to either force Buick to go faster or get themselves in a better position for when the sprint happens. Bright Diamond had enough of the straight before Buick kicked to close up but Clifford didn’t make that move. When they quickened, Bright Diamond was simply too far back and although finishing really strongly for 3rd she was never getting there. I don’t think there is much between Fairy Cross and Bright Diamond and I hope to see Karl run Bright Diamond in another Group 3 before stepping up in class.

Gulf Of Mexico/Voice of Reason – chased home a smart one on debut

Cairo made my eyecatchers when finishing 2nd on debut behind Top Rated Wave Machine. I therefore think this formline is worth following as Cairo then won a maiden on his 2nd start after being very well supported. As such those who were just behind and well clear of the rest are worth looking out for in a similar race next time. Cairo was able to get in the front line with Gulf Of Mexico tracking him in the 2nd line. Voice of Reason had to settle for being at the back of the field after being the slowest away. The race started at the 2 pole when Cairo hit the front and Gulf Of Mexico was being ridden hard to try and go with him. Voice of Reason however travelled better than the front pair and switched to the outside of the field. Cairo pulled 2 lengths before idling or the 2nd and 3rd learning on the job and started to finish really strongly. They both closed to within half of the length of the winner at the finish and both can win similar events.

These blogs are worth reading and the horses added to your NagMe. More winners this week include Cairo, Fairy Cross & Classic!

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