Daily Review

Uttoxeter and Navan Review Sunday 23rd September 2018

24-September-2018 6:38
in General
by Admin

A pleasant 20-minute drive to Uttoxeter yesterday for Paul and I was rewarded with a good afternoon’s racing and although we were really tempted in the morning to get involved, we didn’t and paid dearly for it, but more of that later.

2.45 2m4f National Hunt Novice Hurdle

Minella Warrior was, possibly, the best horse on show today but boy for a while it looked unlikely he was going to prevail but in the end the son of Kings Theatre (out of a Bob Back Mare) showed a glimpse of the touch of class he possesses not only in ability but in attitude, once that came together with his undoubted stamina the race was put to bed very quickly after the second last. It’s worth noting that 2 hurdles were omitted so it wasn’t a complete jumping test which may have contributed to it being closer up the home straight than it should have been.

A big chasing type on looks, Just the sort his trainer thrives with, I have no doubt he will get 3 miles in time and fences will be the making of him.

Paul’s comment immediately he crossed the line was “he needs fences now, hurdles just get in his way”. In some ways he reminds me of French Holly that Ferdy Murphy used to train many years ago. A big raw chasing type still developing mentally and physically who is a little dismissive of hurdles. He should be a force to reckon with over 3 miles this season over hurdles, particularly if they go down the handicap route later. However, I can see him being a serious 3-mile Novice Chaser in the late winter early spring before mixing it with big boys this time onwards next year.

3.50 2m4f National Hunt Handicap Chase

When you make a mistake, you try and rectify it, we had an opportunity when the obvious was staring us right in the face and we didn’t take it, such is the fine margins of professional punting, the only solace I take is that we were right and but for one reason would have we followed through with a bet. Paul and I went through this race with fine toothcomb yesterday morning and we wanted, so wanted, to back Javert. In the end the 850 odd days plus off the course put us off and it shouldn’t have done. We were too old school about it. Modern training and vet care now mean that these long layoffs can and are frequently overcome and this was a perfect case in point. The really annoying aspect is that as we watched the horse in the paddock, it was obvious that this strapping son of Kayf Tara dwarfed the field in size, looks, attitude and wellbeing, and still we didn’t do anything. I am nearly crying now as I am typing this as were a click of the mouse away from taking the 12/1 on offer in the morning. 

The performance itself backed up the paddock view we had formed and frankly the race was never seriously in doubt. Now a 9yo, but lightly raced. There could yet be some improvement to come. He is no superstar as such but, pre xmas, till the handicapper gets a grip, there could well be another win in him as his 2016 form before injury bears serious scrutiny. I have rated the race around him and nothing else, to our eye, was worthy of note. Lesson learned, when form and paddock watch come together, step in.

4.20 2m National Hunt mares Handicap Hurdle

This wasn’t so much about the race for us as about a horse in the race called The Bay Birch. 

He was never going to win this race which had so obviously been marked down as pipe opener for him as the conditions of the race were wrong in every respect. 

This is a horse for your tracker and as you will see the conditions of today were the exact opposite of what he requires.

So, watch for this horse when he goes back Chasing in a C3 on stiff galloping undulating courses over 20/21 furlongs (21 seems more preferable) on soft to heavy ground. Yesterday was a clear the wind exercise, under the above conditions and first run it was never on, 9/1 should have 1000/1. Get the horse in the tracker and make a note of the conditions required.

4.50 2m National Hunt Novice Handicap Hurdle 

The note book horse from this race was third placed Mauricio. He was beaten by horses who just had age, strength and experience on him. A winner of a Class 5 Uttoxeter Handicap Hurdle earlier in the month, the step up in grade was just a fraction too much for this talented 4yo at this point. A return to grade 5 for now should see him return to winning ways as he ran blinder under the circumstances having looked the winner two out travelling like the proverbial wrath of God.  Tracker horse over 2miles in Class 5 on a flat galloping track. 6 months from now he will take the step in his stride without any problem.

A run of the mill early season Navan NHF race except if you watch the race carefully, you will see a horse out the back turning into the home straight called Latoyah of North.

Not an obvious horse on breeding and connections for a race of this nature on this track, but she belied her SP of 16/1 with an astonishing turn of foot in the home straight. It can be argued that she is running on through beaten horses but that wasn’t entirely the case, yes there were a few who cried enough in the home straight but enough ran to the line to think that her effort from the back to almost snatch a place was a significant improvement. I think the penny dropped with this mare after two previous runs and she realised what was required of her and she has certainly shown something. Depending on what company she keeps next time and where she turns up, at true odds on a 100% book I doubt she will be a 16/1 shot. Time will tell but a mare worthy of a tracker entry as she will certainly improve now from this.



Pete Ingram  24/092019





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