This strange COVID affected flat season with its many twists and turns has some high-class racing to look forward to this weekend with The Derby and The Oaks from Epsom on Saturday and The Coral-Eclipse from Sandown with the return of the amazing Queen of the Turf ENABLE on Sunday.
Since last time it has been a bit quieter for the Notebook horses with just seven runners, two of them won and another two finished in the runner up spot.
Here are the new horses on the list this week.
New Notebook Horses
POGO – Stepped up from Royal Ascot fourth with a clear Listed victory over 1 mile at Windsor. A Group race beckons possibly at Goodwood.
DESERT ICON – Very very easy winner over 1m 2f at Newmarket. Likely to be hammered by the handicapper so Listed company may be on the cards next time.
EL MISK – Missed out on a Listed prize in a photo over 1m 4f at Newmarket, did nothing wrong and will win a race of this nature before too long.
TIME SCALE – Comfortable Listed win over 6 furlongs at Newmarket. Will be a player in the top juvenile fillies races this Autumn and a likely 1000 Guineas prospect for 2021.
ROYAL AIR FORCE – Beat a couple of useful types on debut forging clear by 7 lengths over 7 furlongs at Yarmouth. Expect to see a lot more of this well-bred colt.
KATARA – Nice filly who impressed at Kempton over 1m 3f when winning a novice. Could step up even further in trip and it would be no surprise to see her over 1m 6f before the end of the season.
Notebook Runners Since last time
WALDKONIG – Was 11 lengths clear of the third home when second of seven at Haydock. Had no chance with the winner. Off the list (for now).
LIGHTNESS – Didn't progress as expected when second of seven at Beverley. Could bounce back next time but has risks attached.
BRUNCH – Denied a clear run when fourth of nine on handicap debut. Runs off 2lb higher next time which won't do him any favours.
CASPIAN QUEEN – Very disappointing when seventh of ten at Newmarket, never travelling well, something could have been amiss.
BUCKHURST – WON 9/4 – Made all to beat SIR DRAGONET in a trappy race. The poor performance of the runner up says more than the winners run.
JEAN BAPTISTE – Slowly away and held up at Windsor and was never in a position to get involved. May do better if sent back to the all-weather.
DAWN RISING – WON 1/2 – Comprehensive 12 length victory in her maiden at Limerick. The question is what did she actually beat and could she go in again in better company?
Full list in the Notebook.
|Albigna||Horses to follow Flat 2020|
|An Fear Ciuin||[Running on second 6 lengths behind a very easy winner at Kelso (2m 1f) this was his best run to date and he should be off the mark over fences before too long.]|
|Art Power||Classy!! 4½ length winner. Made the rest look ordinary. May end up in the Nunthorpe at York.|
|Captain Guinness||Was badly hampered 3 out in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, recovered well and was challenging 2 out when brought down, surely would have been at least placed.|
|Caspian Queen||Messed up the early part of the race and dropped to the rear of the field. Made good headway to get to within a short head of the winner.|
|Champagne At Tara||[Close third at 16/1 in a 2m 1f Listed Handicap Chase at Ascot. Has been eased 1lb since that run and is now on a dangerous handicap mark.]|
|Chosen Hour||Left previous form behind when very easy winner of a begginers chase at Punchestown. Led after 2 out and drew clear by 29 lengths.|
|Cold Front||Led, pushed along and faced strong challenge over 1 furlong out, headed inside final furlong, kept on well. 7½ lengths ahead of 3rd home.|
|Column Of Fire||Was cruising into contention in the Martin Pipe when falling at the last and surely would have won. One for Punchestown.|
|Concertista||Won and won well by 12 lengths in the Mares Novice Hurdle, expect her to be seen at Punchestown if it is on.|
|Dandalla||Easy six length win. If she trains on the 1000 Guineas could be on the cards next May.|
|Desert Icon||Very very easy winner over 1m 2f at Newmarket. Likely to be hammered by the handicapper so Listed company may be on the cards next time.|
|El Misk||Missed out on a Listed prize in a photo over 1m 4f at Newmarket, did nothing wrong and will win a race of this nature before too long.|
|Envoi Allen||His Ballymore Novices Hurdle comfortable win puts him firmly in the picture for the 2021 Champion Hurdle, he ran the perfect race about 6 lengths behind the leaders then once Davy Russell pressed the|
|Filou Des Issards||1501 Led, and probably would have won but for a few novicey errors, narrowly headed when awkward at the last, kept on, 2nd by ¾ length.|
|Forever Des Long||Kept on for ½ length second giving away 9lb to the winner will win a race like this before too long.|
|Fujaira Prince||Very easy win in the 1m6f handicap at Royal Ascot. Listed company beckons.|
|Gold Wand||Horses to follow Flat 2020|
|Goshen||Would have won the Triumph hurdle by a fair old margin but for an unfortunate unseat at the last. Will win big races in time.|
|Highway One O Two||Back on the list after an impressive Grade 2 Novice Hurdle win, did it from the front and he gave the impression that there was plenty more in the tank.|
|Katara||Nice filly who impressed at Kempton over 1m 3f when winning a novice. Could step up even further in trip and it would be no surprise to see her over 1m 6f before the end of the season.|
|Khaloosy||Won well going away despite drifting off his line. Loved the ground but how far could he have won by if staying straight. List class at least.|
|King Of Change||Horses to follow Flat 2020|
|Lady Of The Night||Would have made a winning hurdle debut at Huntingdon but for a mistake two from home. Will have learned from the experience and is likely to score next time.|
|Lazuli||Made all and absolutely stormed home to win comfortably in a Listed sprint at Sandown. A Group race is on the cards next time.|
|Le Prezien||An excellent run in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las (2m Soft) giving away 16lb, only beaten a short head and this was on the back of 7 months off. Will strip fitter for the run and should be hard t|
|Malotru||Unlucky in a Group 3 at Newcastle. met trouble in running and just failed. Would have won with a clear run.|
|Millisle||Ran very well dropped back to 6 furlongs at Royal Ascot. Finished in fifth, the first home of those on the far side. Would have been right there at the finish with a better draw.|
|Nayef Road||Attempted to make all in the Ascot Gold Cup and only found the mighty Stradivarius too hot too handle as he finished 8 lengths ahead of the third home.|
|Oxted||Horses to follow Flat 2020|
|Pogo||Stepped up from Royal Ascot fourth with a clear Listed victory over 1 mile at Windsor. A Group race beckons possibly at Goodwood.|
|Royal Air Force||Beat a couple of useful types on debut forging clear by 7 lengths over 7 furlongs at Yarmouth. Expect to see a lot more of this well-bred colt.|
|Sacred||Last and off the bridle in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, then sprout wings to take second well clear of the field. Kept on well. Group race glory is only round the corner.|
|Satono Japan||Horses to follow Flat 2020|
|Terebellum||Travelled strongly, prominent, close up 3f out, ridden and led over 1f out, kept on final furlong, headed post. Will win a Group 1 over 1 mile.|
|Time Scale||Comfortable Listed win over 6 furlongs at Newmarket. Will be a player in the top juvenile fillies races this Autumn and a likely 1000 Guineas prospect for 2021.|
|Uncle Jerry||[Took a step forward when dropped in trip to 6 furlongs at Chemsford, kept on well and only beaten ½ length only up 1lb for the run. Will take all the beating next time if kept at this trip.]|
|Visinari||Horses to follow Flat 2020|
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