Performance Analysis: October and November 2020

FOLLOWING on from my 2020 Cheltenham Festival Analysis, on this page you’ll find my pen pictures and ratings for many of the best performances in National Hunt races in Britain and Ireland over October and November 2020. I’m not pretending this is complete – I’ve done what I’ve been able to in the time I had available – but there are over 600 of them here.

How it works
They are listed A to Z by horse name, and you can click a letter above to jump forwards or backwards on the page. If a horse appears more than once, its runs are listed in date order. Race distances are approximate and rounded up to the nearest furlong. Full race titles are not given and if it was in a handicap, that is noted. All the ratings are mine, and a figure between [ ] is for a horse that didn’t complete, but got far enough in the race, to make a guesstimate as to where it would have finished.

Horse name Race date Racecourse Race Distance Handicap? CHS/HDL Position Roy’s Pen Picture Rating
Abacadabras 30/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 2m   HDL 2 prominent, raced outer 3 out, moved comfortably approaching 2 out, ridden and didn’t find extra approaching last, took 2nd run-in, driven and no impression last 150 yards. 148
Abbey Magic 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 5 led till headed after 1st, blundered 2nd, tracked leaders approaching 3rd, in close to 5th, reached for 6th, went through 7th, chased leader in Swinley Bottom, led approaching 3 out, led a length and niggled along home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, headed jumping, faded under a ride between last 2, well held last, no more. After a shoddy round, she had nothing left to give after the second last – she looks small enough for chasing on TV pictures and maybe her size will always hold her back. 133
Acey Milan 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, not fluent 3rd and shuffled back towards rear, steadied into and mistake 5th, a little headway before 11th, niggled along, raced wide and headway into midfield by 12th, pecked on landing 13th, further ground and tracked leaders when went through 14th, niggled along after 15th, pushed along after 4 out, within a length 3 out, ridden along and stayed on to chase new leader 2 out, carried head to one side but stayed on under pressure to lead narrowly approaching last in a slow-motion finish, in close to last, all out, driven out, maintained length-lead to the line. 132
Air Horse One 21/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 3f Hcp HDL 5 prominent, niggled along approaching 7th, hard ridden and weakened 3 out, dropped back by turn out of back straight, well held 2 out, kept on from poor position run-in, picked off beaten ones to take 5th. 121
Air Horse One 26/11/2020 TAUNTON 2m 3f Hcp HDL 3 [hurdles 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 omitted] midfield to rear, edged a little closer going comfortably back straight  final circuit, pushed along home turn, closed a little on leaders under a ride but a bit to do approaching 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, went right after last, making ground when put under pressure 175 yards out, closed on 1st 2 till no extra last 100 yards. Came from far enough back and wasn’t well placed turning out of the back straight, so perhaps a little better than the bare form. 128
Al Dancer 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 2m 5f   CHS 1 raced 3rd, edged a little closer after 9th, disputing 2nd when blundered 12th, definite 2nd 4 out and closed on leader, not fluent 3 out, ridden along and not going as comfortably as Master Tommytucker home turn, strong reminders approaching 2 out, stayed on under pressure, drew upsides leader approaching last, led jumping, ridden clear run-in. Genuine performance. 146
Al Dancer 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, mistakes 6th and 8th, headway and prominent 11th, further ground and chased leader at the top of the hill, arguably travelled best for a few strides after 3 out, soon niggled along then more firmly pushed, faded home turn, put under pressure approaching 2 out, left in 4th and looked held, very hard driven, keeping on when mistake last, no extra up the hill, took 3rd from weakening rival in last 100 yards. Several mistakes and very quickly went from going okay to all out approaching the home turn, and has had a very hard race. 152
Allmankind 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   HDL 3 chased leader, keen hold, led approaching 2nd, clear approaching 3rd, more settled and not so far ahead approaching 4th, travelled largely comfortably at the top of the hill, 1st 2 clear 3 out, going better than Botox Has approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, disputed lead approaching home turn, hard ridden and headed approaching las, steadied into it, lost 2nd soon after, not knocked about up the hill, lost ground on those ahead, just pushed out at most and to an extent nursed home. Not given a hard time when the jockey knew he wasn’t getting 2nd, he shaped like the run was needed. 132
Allmankind 06/11/2020 WARWICK 2m   CHS 1 disputed lead to after 1st, keen, led 2nd, travelled much the best as opened up a clear lead after 3 out, some 8 lengths ahead approaching 2 out, niggled along, kept up the gallop approaching last, not hard ridden to maintain lead run-in, looked to have plenty left, readily. Looked good, but this was against a bunch of rivals who are probably better on softer and simply didn’t have this one’s pace on this ground (what they were doing running Fred on this surface is puzzling in particular), so the actual form probably does not match the style marks of the performance. 123
Almazhar Garde 07/11/2020 KELSO 2m 6f Hcp CHS 1 niggled along to make a start, midfield, hit 1st, headway and tracked leaders 4th, further ground and led passing omitted 7th and 8th, 3 lengths clear approaching 7th, about 5 lengths clear when in close to 8th, mistake 9th, in close to 10th, was joined 2 out (normally 4 out), moved largely comfortably in narrow lead when hit last (normally 3 out), travelled best and opened up a 3-length lead home turn, pushed along approaching omitted 2 out, hard driven approaching omitted last, stayed on in clear lead, was closed on 250 yards out, driven out, all out, held on well. Shaped as though this is as far as he wants to go, but comfortably the best horse in the race, as you’d likely have concluded if you’d pressed the pause-button on the home turn. 131
Alpha Des Obeaux 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 9 sent on though needed persuasion to do so, clear, ridden into 8th, not so far ahead 11th, ridden into 13th, was 2 lengths up 3 out, hard ridden, kept on, headed approaching 2 out and faded quickly, soon last but one, well held last, hard driven adn no more run-in, weakened and lost 8th close home. 149
Amoola Gold 31/10/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 1 held up, headway and midfield 3rd, in close to 4th, mistake 7th, in close to 10th and niggled along, more firmly pushed along after 3 out, good ground and tracked leaders home turn, not fluent 2 out and outpaced, put under pressure, stayed on approaching last, a length down in 2nd jumping, hard driven, stayed on and drew upsides 100 yards out, just got up last strides. Might be worth trying further on this evidence. 138
Amoola Gold 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 2 dropped out last, niggled along for a few strides after 1st and made a place, detached from the main body of the field and niggled along after 7th, started to close after 9th, still quite a bit to do 3 out,ridden along home turn with 8 lengths to find, closed on leadaers approaching 2 out, hard ridden and stayed on between last 2, took 3rd last, ran on into 2nd and soon chasing down First Flow, sustained strong effort, just held post. Connections will have been headscratching on the night, trying to work out how this one didn’t win – hard to argue he was taken off his legs because of the early pace as he finished so strongly, so maybe he just needs keeping up to his work; interesting next time all the same. 141
Amour De Nuit 02/11/2020 PLUMPTON 2m 5f Hcp HDL 1 held up, jumped big 1st, headway and prominent to midfield 3rd racing wide, shuffled back a little when jockey appeared to be struggling to hold one side of him (leaning to the right) approaching 6th, headway and tracked leaders when ridden into 8th, upsides leader 3 out, travelled best of the field home turn, led 2 out, shaken up, led and went clear approaching last, driven out, stayed on well, changed legs close home, was closed on a little but never in danger. 138
Amour De Nuit 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 5f Hcp HDL 2 midfield, headway and prominent 2nd, shuffled back after 7th and midfield approaching home turn but travelled comfortably, edging closer when took off too early and landed on 3 out (lucky not to fall), niggled along, kept on and around 2 lengths down 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on approaching last, took 2nd nearing it, jumped right, hard driven, stayed on till carried tail high and no extra last 100 yards, stride shortened close home. 141
Anemoi 09/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp CHS 1 chased leader, led approaching 2nd, niggled along and raced with ears pricked going to 3rd, was joined up front 6th, ridden into 7th, ridden along from 5 out, disputed lead 4 out, stayed on going to 3 out but not going as well as Glajou who was upsides, put under pressure going to 2 out, steadied into it, mistake and headed, disputed 3rd (might even have been just 4th, no more than a length and a tail down) when good jump last, hard driven, stayed on well run-in, closed on leader, just got up post. This one needs to be told what to do the whole way round and, though this is useful form, will never be a stand-out. 135
Annie Mc 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 7 held up, raced wide, rear when in close to 3rd, windy jump 11th and rider unbalanced on landing, pushed along for a few strides, closer order wide turning out of back straight, widest of all and midfield 4 out, pushed along away from it, lost ground home turn, outpaced under a hand ride 3 out, hard driven going to 2 out, made no ground, well held under pressure between last 2, no more run-in. 131
Antunes 27/10/2020 BANGOR 2m 1f   CHS 2 held up in touch, headway 6th and tracked leaders, chased leader from 8th, ridden into 3 out and drew upsides winner, niggled along and outpaced as winner asserted home turn, hard ridden and kept on from 2 out, not totally done with and some 3 lengths down last, driven and no extra run-in, kept on same pace last 150 yards. Satisfactory chasing debut. 131
Antunes 20/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m   CHS 1 led, clear 4th, in close to 5th, not so far ahead home turn, niggld along approaching 5 out, pressed on going to 4 out where steadied into it, hard ridden going to 3 out, in close to it, 1st 2 clear, idled and wandered right when in the clear approaching 2 out, driven between last 2, 3 lengths up last, ridden out, stayed on well run-in, was closed on last 150 yards, all out last 100 yards, held on. It looked precarious in the last 100 yards but he had enough in hand (to be fair he doesn’t usually make the running), and there should be more to come. 126
Ardlethen 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f   CHS 5 held up last, made a place 9th, closer order 12th, ridden along from 4 out, some 3 lengths down but not done with 3 out, hard ridden, weakened after 2 out, well held under a ride last, passed a beaten one run-in. 137
Arrivederci 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 3f Hcp HDL F prominent, a little ground going comfortably and tracked leaders turning out of back straight, nudged along and closed on leader when fell 2 out. Worst case scenario he’d have been beaten a length – may well have challenged for the win. [139]
Ask Dillon 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 4 prominent, not fluent 9th, pushed along away from it, ridden along turning out of back straight, held place and tracked leaders home turn, effort and only half a length down when steadied into 3 out, hard ridden, stayed on and led approaching 2 out, headed under pressure approaching last, hard driven, no extra and held last 150 yards, stuck to task to the line. With the ground coming right on the day, travelled better than expected. 129
Aso 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 7 prominent, tracked leaders 6th, in close to 9th, ridden into 12th and niggled along away from it, losing place when ridden into 13th, dropped back to midfield by the top of the hill, lost further ground and in rear approaching 3 out, well back home turn, no chance but kept on under pressure from between last 2, stuck to task but made no impression. The going was in this one’s favour but nothing much happened, and it’s beginning to look as though that’s it from this one. 145
Aspire Tower 30/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 2m   HDL 1 prominent, ridden 3 out, stayed on, led narrowly 2 out, hard driven, stayed on approaching last, asserted under pressure run-in. 146
Aux Ptits Soins 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 6 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, held up, mistake 1st, detached last 6th as pace picked up, mistake 7th, edged closer though a bit to do when mistake 3 out, midfield and around 6 to 8 lengths to find when mistake 2 out, outpaced under a push and well back last, kept on run-in, no impression on those ahead but going on a bit at the finish. 137
Aye Right 04/10/2020 KELSO 2m 1f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, headway and chased leader approaching 4th, in close to it, tracked leaders from 7th, firmly pushed along home turn, couldn’t go with 1st 2 approaching 2 out, kept on approaching last though carried head to one side, hard driven and stayed on into 2nd after last, sustained effort run-in but never getting to Nuts Well. How encouraging a reappearance was this, over a trip well short of his best. 142
Aye Right 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 3 led, mistake and headed 14th, led again after 15th, narrow advantage turning out of back straight, travelled equally as well as Cyrname as the pair disputed lead approaching 4 out, niggled along approaching 3 out, in close to it and headed, hard ridden and couldn’t go with winner approaching 2 out, put under pressure disputing 2nd approaching last, lost the place jumping, hard driven and faded run-in, no more, stuck to task. Went down with honours here and has run a stormer, matching strides with Cyrname to approaching the third last and only losing the battle for 2nd going to the last – it’s to be hoped he hasn’t blown his handicap mark, but he’s genuine and remains of interest this season. 152
Aye Right 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 2 prominent, led 3rd, headed 4th and chased leader after, in close to 10th, ridden into 12th, ridden into and in close to 15th, nudged along home turn, moved well enough approaching 4 out, niggled along with 5 lengths to find approaching 3 out, put under pressure between there and 2 out, stayed on but no impression on Cloth Cap approaching last, ridden out, kept on run-in. Take out Cloth Cap and this one would have been a good winner; he’s likely to be conceding lumps of weight now in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby and/or Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster should he run in one of those, but he’ll also start favourite, deservedly so. 142
Azzerti 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f Hcp CHS 4 held up, pecked on landing 1st, not fluent 3rd and niggled away from it, ridden into 11th and made ground/just about midfield, ridden into 3 out, stayed on under a push and half a chance 2 out, hard driven, faded approaching last, well held jumping, no more run-in. 124
Back On The Lash 15/10/2020 CARLISLE 2m Hcp CHS 3 prominent, headway and chased leader approaching 4th, shuffled back a little but still tracked leaders 5th, chased leader again going to 7th, ridden into 8th, almost upsides 4 out, niggled along and led narrowly 3 out, ridden along, stayed on, steadied into 2 out, hard ridden in a neck lead before steadied into last, headed 200 yards out, hard driven, kept on, no extra last 100 yards, stuck to task but lost 2nd final strides. Good effort but you fancy he’d have been 2nd had he been thrown at the last 2 fences instead of steadied. 130
Balko Des Flos 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 7 chased clear leader, himself clear of the rest, in close and not fluent 5th, not so far ahead of the rest when mistake 9th, closed on leader on long run to 3 out, every chance when took off too early and mistake, hard ridden, lost places approaching 2 out, jumped it just about last of the main group and looked held, no extra under pressure approaching last, kept up to his work run-in but no impression, well held. With things only picking up at the third last where he made his mistake, he could well be flattered to have got as close as he did. 152
Ballinsker 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 6 led, 3 lengths clear going to 2nd, not so far ahead at the top of the hill, moved comfortably, headed 3 out, still upsides leader and not yet shaken up approaching 2 out, still moved well till niggled along approaching home turn, quickly hard ridden and couldn’t go with leader straightening, put under pressure, still half a chance though a length and a bit down early on run-in, driven, faded last 150 yards, lost ground and places, tired close home and was being closed on by the next one. Didn’t come up the hill after a positive ride, at least under these conditions. 124
Ballyandy 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 2 midfield, in close to 4th, mistake 5th, edged closer going comfortably turning out of back straight, made good ground to lead home turn, half a length up 3 out, niggled along in front going to 2 out, headed, hard ridden, put under pressure and one pace approaching last, stuck to task under pressure run-in, no impression on winner. Could do nothing about a winner who was really on it on the day and a good return to action. 153
Ballyandy 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 2 chased leader, in close to 4th and 5th, moved upsides to dispute lead at the top of the hill, definite lead 3 out, niggled along approaching 2 out, pushed along approaching home turn, stayed on and was a length and a bit up approaching last, hard driven and headed 175 yards out, kept on, lost ground on winner last 100 yards and was being closed on by the 3rd but held on to the place. Good effort off top weight. 155
Ballyhome 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp HDL 2 tracked leaders, mistake 5th, niggled along after 7th, hard ridden approaching home turn, stayed on and chased winner approaching 2 out, every chance last, a length down jumping, hard driven, no extra final 150 yards, stuck to task under pressure. 133
Ballyhome 19/11/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, vigorously pushed along 4th, closer order and prominent 7th, shuffled back and midfield from 8th, niggled on and off, hard ridden turning out of back straight, stayed on home turn, chased leader under a ride from 3 out, sustained effort and led/pecked on landing 2 out, a length up when in close to last, driven out, stayed on well to pull clear, workmanlike and decisive. Raced lazily and hard work for the first two miles, but finished well. 132
Ballymoy 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 4f Hcp HDL 4 midfield, raced wide, dropped back and held up after 2nd, headway 6th, in touch when in close to 7th, niggled along and outpaced going to 4 out, hard ridden 3 out in last of main group, some 4 lengths down under a ride home turn, couldn’t go with leaders when blundered 2 out, put under pressure, kept on, contested well-held 3rd last, no impression on 1st 2, kept on run-in, just lost 3rd final strides. 143
Ballywood 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 6 prominent to midfield, in close to 2nd, hit 3rd, prominent 8th, ridden into 10th, in 4th some 3 lengths down at the top of the hill, pushed along after 3 out, kept on and disputed 2nd 2 out, hard ridden, no extra when in close and pecked last, driven and faded up the hill, lost places final 150 yards, losing ground on those ahead at the finish. About the last thing I expected to see in this race was Ballywood being ridden up with the pace; he’s becoming increasingly difficult to win with, but this was as much down to the positive ride he got, as much as it was down to the horse himself – his mark might come down as a result though and he’s not yet 7. 137
Ballywood 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 6 prominent, chased clear leader approaching 5th, hit 6th, mistake 8th, travelled comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, shaken up on landing, couldn’t go with 1st 3 under a ride approaching home turn, lost 4th turning in, was bumped 2 out, well held in 6th last, faded up the hill. This one isn’t usually ridden so prominently and the tactics didn’t work, so expect him to be dropped in as usual next time. 124
Barton Knoll 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 7 chased leader, drifted from inner to middle before 3rd, in close to 12th, moved largely comfortably home turn, not fluent 4 out, niggled along, held place to 3 out, arguably travelled better than winner before 2 out, pushed along between last 2, hung left, faded before steadied and in close to last, continued to hang, weakened under pressure run-in, lost several places, eased close home. Couldn’t have found less, the jockey indicating with his body language approaching the last that he knew nothing was happening. 121
Battleoverdoyen 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 2m 4f   CHS 1 led, headed 2nd, shuffled back and midfield from 3rd, jumped big 9th, pushed along approaching 3 out, effort and led there, pushed along in front approaching 2 out, kept on, was 3 lengths in front jumping, hard ridden between last 2, wandered left, about the same distance in front last, driven out, stayed on well, picked up and was going away from them last 150 yards. Good, solid reappearance, really staying on nicely to pull away on the run-in. 157
Beat The Judge 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 3 held up, jumped big 2nd, ridden into 8th, rear of main group when mistake then slightly hampered 10th, niggled along with a bit to do at the top of the hill, not fluent 3 out and vigorously pushed along away from it, outpaced and detached in 9th approaching home turn, stayed on home turn, switched wide and made ground approaching las, hard driven last 150 yards, stayed on well, passed several to take 3rd close home. Taking on Cheltenham’s fences for the first time, there were a couple of errors, but he relished the hill, and ultimately he’s been beaten only by a vastly-improved winner and the flattered runner-up – if his mark is around what it was here, the Grand Annual will present possibilities in March. 138
Beat The Judge 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 3 midfield on inner, nudged along after 1st, in close to 7th, not fluent 8th and pushed along away from it, a bit slow 10th and lost place, rear of the main group at the top of the hill, pushed along approaching 3 out, jumped left, hard ridden and outpaced approaching home turn, keeping on a bit when mistake and bumped rival 2 out, ridden and looked held approaching last, put under pressure up the hill, passed a beaten one and took well-held 3rd, no impression on 1st 2. His jumping didn’t stand up, but he still lacks experience over fences at this stage. 132
Beau Bay 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 5 chased leader, led 3rd, ridden into and in close to 12th, niggled along turning out of back straight, rather swamped and passed by 4 rivals when steadied into and blundered 4 out, well held 3 out, kept on a bit before 2 out, well back last, no more run-in. 122
Beau Du Brizais 25/10/2020 WINCANTON 3m 3f Hcp CHS 2 raced 3rd of the 3, took 2nd at 3rd, in close to 4th and 13th, tried to move upsides leader when in close to 15th, did get upsides from 16th to 18th, niggled along with every chance from home turn to 3 out, hard ridden going to 2 out, could have gone either way on landing, could only find the one pace under pressure approaching last, looked held run-in, stuck to task but no further impression. 132
Beau Du Brizais 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 6f Hcp CHS 2 (Cross Country) prominent to midfield, made ground and chased leader from 10th, mistake 22nd, effort from 3 out and within half a length 2 out (Stuffed Hurdle), pushed along, looked to be going better approaching home turn, hard ridden and didn’t find extra approaching last, hard driven, kept on, no impression on winner last 150 yards, stuck to task. Before we go saying ‘that proves him going left handed now’, remember that some of this cross-country track is right handed… 144
Bennys King 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, mistake 4th, not fluent 5th, shuffled back and midfield approaching 9th, niggled along approaching 11th, kept on then ridden into and mistake 4 out, pushed along and outpaced approaching 3 out, kept on but unable to get on terms with those ahead 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, well held and made no ground till kept on a little approaching last, picked up last 150 yards and going on a bit at the finish. Not sure whether this was encouraging or not, but he was keeping on at the end and chances are he retains most of his ability – perhaps the track didn’t play to his strengths. 139
Beware The Bear 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 5 towards rear, soon niggled along, niggled approaching 15th and more firmly pushed along away from that and 16th, lost place turning out of back straight, a lot to do home turn, last of the main group and put under pressure, hard ridden and carried head high approaching 3 out, looked held 2 out, kept on past beaten ones before and after last, no impression on those ahead. Typically hard work. 143
Black Corton 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 4 prominent, in close to 4th, chased leader 6th, tracked leaders 9th, jumped left 12th, niggled along in Swinley Bottom, ridden into 16th, pushed along after 3 out, stayed on, every chance approaching 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last, hit it, disputed well-held 3rd run-in, faded and lost the place last 100 yards. Lack of match fitness seemed to get him in the end. 149
Black Op 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f   CHS 4 tracked leaders, in close to 5th, lost ground and pushed along 4 out, steadied into and mistake 3 out, hard driven, couldn’t find more approaching 2 out, mistake there, kept on approaching last, hard driven and faded run-in. Ran well for a long way but found wanting from the second last in the uphill home straight. 144
Black Op 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 9 prominent, in close to 9th and pushed along away from it, not fluent 12th and niggled along, niggled again after 16th, lost place under a push turning out of back straight, made ground back and vigorously ridden along disputing 3rd home turn, put under pressure straightening, hard driven and fading when pecked on landing 3 out, well back 2 out, mistake last, faded further run-in, tailed off. 123
Blacko 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp HDL 5 held up, keen, moved comfortably home turn but had around 6 lengths to find on inner, niggled along from 3 out, made ground, pushed along and outpaced 2 out, switched middle, no impression on leaders under a hand ride approaching last, faded and well held when blundered, no more. Needed a stronger gallop to pull him into contention, but faded at the end anyway as though it was needed. 120
Boldmere 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 4 midfield, good jumps and momentarily went prominent 2nd and 3rd, a little keen, chased leader from 5th, in close to 6th and 10th, ridden into 12th and 13th, moved comfortably home turn, mistake 5 out, pushed along and lost ground approaching 4 out, rallied and still half a chance till mistake 3 out, faded, jockey quickly accepted the situation approaching 2 out, well held there, allowed to complete in own time from approaching last. Encouraging effort, some good jumps till the straight; perhaps Johnson was a bit quick to accept that 4th was the best they’d manage, but this one will be interesting next time. 123
Boldmere 11/11/2020 BANGOR 3m Hcp CHS 4 held up, in close to 1st, made a bit of ground and just about midfield 7th, ridden into 10th, closer order 12th, niggled along after, mistake 13th and lost a length or so, pushed along, another mistake 3 out, hard ridden in last of the leading group with 3 lengths to find home turn, kept on till couldn’t go with 1st 3 under a ride between last 2, well held last, continued to lose ground run-in. This was going okay till mistakes at the fourth last and next and he might do better on less testing going. 132
Born Survivor 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 4 held up, ridden into 10th and passed a couple, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, closer order when blundered badly 3 out, lost place, nudged along approaching home turn, kept on a bit approaching 2 out, ridden into and jumped big last, no extra up the hill, just kept on. He was only, at the most, 4 lengths behind the leaders when trashing the third last, game over immediately, but he’s shown more here than he has previously this season and might be interesting next time. 135
Boss Man Fred 04/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 4f   CHS 3 held up, headway and midfield after 3rd, further ground and chased leader 5th, nudged along after 6th, briefly niggled along after 8th, shuffled back and was bumped in the air 9th, niggled along approaching 10th, more firmly pushed along approaching 11th, going worst of the leading group approaching turn out of back straight, stayed on under a ride from 4 out, challenging for 2nd when blundered 3 out and lost ground, kept on going to 2 out, one pace under a hand ride approaching last, no more run-in. Before he was outpaced at the end, he was off and on the bit for most of the journey before that, and he’s shaped as though very much needing 3m; jumping was sound though, so there’ll be chase wins this season. 127
Botox Has 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   HDL 1 tracked leaders, chased leader from 2nd, in a bit close to 4th and nudged along after it, ridden into 5th, pushed along at the top of the hill, 1st 2 clear approaching 3 out, not going as well as Allmankind approaching 2 out but stayed on after it under a ride and disputed lead home turn, led approaching last, carried head to one side, hard ridden up the hill, put under pressure last 200 yards, didn’t go away from the 2nd but stayed on well enough, workmanlike and decisive. Jumping was sound; I’d like to have seen him find more under pressure, but he’s a contender for whatever he runs in next. 135
Botox Has 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 4 tracked leaders, chased leader from 5th, pushed along home turn, hard ridden and stayed on approaching 2 out, lugged left nearing it, faded and came away from 2 out in 3rd, looked held approaching last, kept on till lost further ground last 125 yards. 143
Boyhood 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 3m 2f Hcp HDL 4 tracked leaders, lost ground and niggled along approaching 7th, midfield when more firmly pushed along approaching turn into back straight, reminders before 9th, made ground and prominent under a ride approaching 3 out, hard driven and chased leader turning out of back straight, with leaders home turn, hard driven and faded on straightening, hard driven after 2 out, kept on but no impression approaching last, no more run-in. Took no interest at times. 135
Brain Power 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 6 held up, mistake 2nd, closer order after 3 out and moved comfortably within 4 or 5 lengths home trun, niggled along but not that hard ridden as leaders got away approaching 2 out, in close to it, well held and no impression between last 2, jumped right last, no more run-in, lost 5th close home. I’m struggling to see the point of this one staying in training now. 132
Brandon Castle 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 5 held up rear, keen, headway and midfield approaching 4th (to an extent pulled his way there), restrained in Swinley Bottom and rear, more settled (finally) when headway into midfield 5th, niggled along with about 10 lengths to find approaching home turn, more firmly pushed along turning in, closed a little on those ahead approaching 2 out, no more between last 2, dived at last, no more, losing ground on those ahead last 50 yards. So how’s this for a curveball – Brandon Castle held up. Didn’t work though and expect the usual front-running next time. 133
Brave Eagle 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 5 prominent, shuffled back and midfield approaching 5th, niggled away from it, ridden into 8th, firmly pushed along away from 9th, in close to 11th and lost place, detached from leading group approaching 12th, pushed along and caught them up a little before slow 13th, made ground approaching home turn, faded again before in close to 5 out, looked held under a push approaching 4 out, lost further ground approaching 3 out, no more. How this one got to run off a mark of 156 here, your guess is as good as mine. 132
Bravemansgame 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 5f   HDL 1 chased leader, moved upsides leader 3 out and arguably moved the better, led on the bit 2 out, not hard ridden to go 2 lengths clear by last, at most niggled along run-in, ran on to pull further clear, readily with a bit in hand. 121
Brewin’upastorm 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f   CHS 6 held up, in close to 7th, in last when mistake and lost ground 10th, niggled along and appeared to be struggling 12th, ridden and made ground 4 out, was closing on leaders 3 out, hard driven after 2 out, faded approaching last, weakened further run-in, dropped to last, finished tired. Plain and simple didn’t stay and needs to drop to 2m. 129
Bristol De Mai 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m 2f   CHS 1 made all, jumped well, not going best home turn, ridden 3 out, stayed on, found extra going to 2 out, stayed on well from approaching last, ridden out. 165
Buildmeupbuttercup 02/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 2m   HDL 1 held up last, in close to 1st, mistake 2nd, made places 4th and midfield, ridden into 6th, nudged along approaching turn out of back straight, headway to chase leader 3 out, drew upsides leader and going much the bettrer going to 2 out, jumped right, nudged clear approaching last, 5 to 6 lengths up jumping, ridden out, tired and was closed on, changed legs close home, driven out, always holding on. Looked precarious in the last 150 yards, but got home. 130
Buzz 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 3 prominent, squeezed back a length between rivals approaching 1st, shuffled back a bit more and prominent to midfield when mistake 3rd, not fluent 4th, midfield to read turning out of back straight, niggled along and a bit to do home turn, good ground 3 out, niggled along and not making ground when mistake 2 out, hard ridden after, picked up and closed on leaders under a ride between last 2, passed a couple and moving into 2nd when blundered last, kept on run-in, closed on 2nd last 100 yards but not get the place. On the one hand, this is a career-best; that said there are lots of negatives – first his jumping, the last of a plethora of mistakes costing him 2nd, and secondly, he took an eternity to pick up having not been well placed on the home turn, finally getting going approaching the last, and implying that a step up in trip might be the way to go. 135
Buzz 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 1 prominent to midfield, blundered 4th, nudged along approaching 5th, pushed along for a couple of strides after that and 6th, pushed again approaching home turn and closed a little on leaders, last of leading group home turn with 4 or 5 lengths to find, taken wide off the bend, disputed 3rd 2 out and came back on the bit, chased leader going to last, drew upsides jumping and led on landing, hard driven and stayed on strongly to readily pull clear, decisive. I’m not fooled by this, there were still mistakes and he raced lazily coming up from Swinley Bottom, and for me this one does NOT win a big handicap hurdle. 146
Caid du Lin 31/10/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 4 chased leader, a little keen, brushed 3rd, in close to 7th, closed on leader approaching 8th, switched outside leader and drew upsides 9th, in close to 3 out and pushed along on landing, was joined up front by eventual runner-up, put under pressure approaching 2 out, stayed on till headed jumping, driven and faded approaching last, steadied into it and mistake, weakened, no more under pressure run-in, just kept on. Not normally ridden as prominently as this time, he ran well for a long way – the flip side here is that he had a much harder race than was necessary, still under the whip even when losing ground on the run-in, and this might have an effect in the near future. 140
Call Me Lord 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f   HDL 4 held up, in close to 5th, still last pair some 6 lengths down approaching 3 out (cross hurdle), edged closer home turn, travelled comfortably approaching 2 out, not shaken up immediately once over it, switched round rival and pushed along approaching last, gained ground and every chance, ridden and faded 200 yards out, dropped back run-in, no more. 146
Call Me Lord 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 3f   HDL 2 in touch, chased winner from 2 out, ridden along, no extra after last. 148
Calva D’Auge 26/11/2020 TAUNTON 2m 3f Hcp HDL 1 [hurdles 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 omitted] midfield, closer order by 1st, headway and tracked leaders passing omitted 3 out, shaken up coming off home turn, effort and chased leader approaching 2 out, drew upsides under a hand ride last, hard driven 175 yards out, found extra last 100 yards to pull clear, decisive in the end. It helped that the irresolute Nordic Combined was the rival this one was racing against, after he didn’t exactly look nailed on to go through with his effort himself from the second last to the last 150 yards. 128
Canelo 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, mistake 2nd, taken back and held up from 4th, headway and midfield 10th, hit 11th, good ground and chased leader from 12th, a length down and brushed leader’s quarters 13th, niggled along 3 out, 1st 2 clear, ridden into 2 out and left in clear lead, pushed along between last 2, stayed on, in no danger last, eased last 150 yards, unchallenged. He was moving stronger than Northofthewall anyway when that one fell and probably would have won by around 5 lengths; going forward this is an unexposed one who could progress again. 134
Canelo 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, mistake 5th, ridden into 6th, lost place and slow 9th, niggled along after, dropped rear 10th and more vigorously pushed along, ridden into 11th, a little headway and just about midfield 12th, again pushed along approaching turn out of back straight, steadied into and hit 5 out, a bit to do under a ride home turn, effort and closed on leaders approaching 4 out, was in 7th when put under pressure after 3 out, stayed on to go 4th approaching last and closed on those ahead, sustained effort run-in under pressure, took 2nd 100 yards out, no chance with winner. Didn’t travel on the final circuit. 140
Capeland 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, a bit sideways 1st, in close to 2nd, a little headway before steadied into 7th, further ground and prominent 8th, tracked leaders 10th, moved comfortably approaching 3 out, hit that, chased leader a length down home turn and looked the winner approaching 2 out, led between last 2, shaken up, wandered, headed and mistake last, ridden and weakened, lost ground on 1st 2 last 150 yards. Tame checkout. 148
Captain Drake 16/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 7f Hcp HDL 1 prominent, in close to 2nd, tracked leaders 4th, shuffled back and raced wide approaching 5th though remained prominent, ridden into 8th, in close to 9th, niggled along home turn, hard ridden 3 out and reminders, stayed on to chase leader approachign 2 out, hit it, led, put under pressure approaching last, a length up jumping, soon joined, driven and found extra run-in, going away at the post. Sound comeback. 137
Caribean Boy 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f   CHS 1 chased leader, the better jump and led 2nd, tended to jump left, not fluent 6th, in close to 11th, steadied into 12th, was joined up front home turn, headed 4 out but still travelled best, 1st 2 pulled clear approaching 2 out, only a head down at most jumping, travelled on the bit and not hard ridden approaching last, led jumping, shaken up on landing, found the necessary, ran on and drew clear under a ride last 150 yards, decisive. 135
Carys’ Commodity 19/11/2020 WINCANTON 2m 4f Hcp HDL 1 tracked leaders, shuffled back 3rd but remained prominent, took off too early 4th, moved comfortably and at the head of the main body of the field 3 out, chased leader home turn, niggled along and travelled best when bumped both sides after 2 out, ridden along, upsides leader last, hard driven run-in, found extra last 100 yards. 139
Casablanca Mix 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp CHS 2 tracked leaders, flat-backed jump 6th, not fluent 10th, niggled along approaching 4 out, ridden and couldn’t go with 1st 2 approaching 3 out, well held under a push 2 out, left distant 2nd last, hard driven and stayed on last 200 yards, no impression on winner. A bit of good late work – never seen with a chance otherwise from the home turn. 145
Casablanca Mix 05/11/2020 MARKET RASEN 3m   CHS 2 chased leader, shuffled back to 3rd before 8th, pushed along turning out of back straight, reminder home turn, stayed on from 3 out, pecked on landing 2 out, hard driven, chased winner last, a length and a bit down, stayed on under strong pressure last 100 yards and closed on winner but always held. 139
Champagne Court 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f Hcp CHS 5 midfield, headway and just about prominent 3rd, further ground and tracked leaders 7th, shuffled back a little 8th but remained prominent, made ground to chase leader when in close to 2 out, briefly pushed along, stayed on under a ride till steadied into 4 out, kept on going to 3 out, hard ridden and no further impression approaching 2 out, driven and faded approaching last, ridden and no more run-in. 127
Champagne Platinum 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 5f Hcp HDL 3 midfield, in close to 1st, started a move on the bit approaching 3 out, niggled along approaching 2 out, briefly pushed along between last 2, effort and improved to hold a chance jumping last, hard driven run-in, one pace, stuck to task but no extra last 125 yards. 137
Chantry House 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 3f   CHS 1 chased leader, relegated to close 3rd 9th, niggled along in Swinley Bottom, became detached and a length and a half behind the other 2 11th, niggled again 12th, going worst of the trio 13th, left chasing Up The Straight by Pic D’Orhy’s fall 3 out, pushed along and drew upsides though for a few strides carried his head a little to one side approaching 2 out, led there, hard driven, stayed on well and drew clear approaching last, pushed out, kept up to his work till last 50 yards, unchallenged. He definitely races lazily and might hit a race-losing flat spot another time – as far as the majority are concerned this was good, and sure there were no mistakes, but I’m not convinced. 126
Chesterfield 04/10/2020 KELSO 2m 1f Hcp CHS 3 held up, brushed 4th, nudged along approaching 9th, headway and 4th only 3 lengths down 3 out, hard driven and reminders home turn as slipped back a length or so, kept on approaching last, stuck to task under pressure run-in though never getting to 1st 2. A return to form, sort of, but he’s clearly not going to do over fences what he did over hurdles back in the day. 129
Chidswell 24/10/2020 KELSO 3m 2f Hcp CHS 3 held up, hampered 1st, edged closer final circuit, moved largely comfortably when got within 3 lengths home turn, moved into 2 lengths 3rd 2 out, hard ridden, one pace approaching last, looked held when not fluent, kept on run-in, closed on 1st 2 last 150 yards. 126
Chilli Filli 05/11/2020 MARKET RASEN 3m   CHS 1 midfield, mistake 1st, ballooned 2nd and to a lesser extent 6th, headway and chased leader 8th, some 5 lengths down turning out of back straight, travelled best home turn, brushed 3 out, pushed along and stayed on to lead 2 out, led a length and a bit last, hard driven run-in, stayed on, was closed on last 100 yards and had little left but always holding on. Was coming to the end of her tether close home and could probably do with dropping in trip, but was the best horse in the race on the day. 136
Chirico Vallis 21/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 3f Hcp HDL 1 led, not fluent 1st, a little keen, ridden into 7th, pushed along and stayed on home turn, was 2 to 3 lengths ahead 2 out, hard driven between last 2, carried head high but stayed on well approaching last, idled under a drive run-in, all out last 150 yards, wandered close home, always doing enough. Took this with a little in hand through idling, though he seemed tired in the last 100 yards. 138
Chirico Vallis 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 4f Hcp HDL 2 led, nudged along early, clear 2nd, blundered 6th, niggled along in a length lead approaching 3 out, pushed along home turn, disputed lead under a push approaching 2 out, soon headed, put under pressure, outpaced approaching last, presented with a chance when eventual winner was steadied into it and good jump, led narrowly 150 yards out, hard driven, pair clear, headed final strides, no extra close home. 140
Chosen Mate 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m   HDL 4 chased leader, niggled along home turn, led then immediately headed 2 out, outpaced, put under pressure, hard driven after last, weakened, went left hampering rival (Djingle) on run-in, lost places last 150 yards. Weak finish, appearing to have little left. 135
Chris’s Dream 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 2 held up, raced wide, headway and midfield 11th, closer order and just about prominent after 13th, tracked leaders 3 out and moved comfortably, tavelled best as loomed upsides approaching 2 out, led there, hard driven, stayed on, led a neck last, hard driven, went a length clear, all out, was closed on last 100 yards, headed final strides. Unlucky to be collared, but has at least come back in good form. 162
Christmas In April 15/11/2020 FONTWELL 3m 4f Hcp CHS 2 disputed lead, not fluent 7th, chased leader 13th as pace increased, niggled along for a few strides, pushed along after 15th, held place and only a neck down 3 out, put under pressure, outpaced approaching 2 out and jumped it in 4th, hard driven between last 2, well held when mistake last, driven and kept on run-in, passed a beaten rival and took well-held 2nd post. 126
Christopher Wood 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 4f Hcp HDL 3 tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, ridden into 3 out, niggled along home turn and shuffled back to 4th, more firmly pushed approaching 2 out, looked held in 4 lengths 5th, hard ridden, kept on and challenged for 3rd approaching last, mistake, hard driven, no chance with 1st 2 who were clear, kept on, took well-held 3rd close home. An okay run. 140
Chti Balko 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 4f Hcp HDL 6 chased leader, mistakes 7th and 8th, ridden along home turn, kept on till mistake 2 out, put under pressure, weakened approaching last, dropped back and well held jumping, no more. 128
Ch’tibello 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f   HDL 2 held up last, started a move on the bit 3 out (cross hurdle), closing in 3 lengths  5th approaching 2 out, came wide, still on the bit after 2 out, produced to challegne last, shaken up, carried head awkwardly, hard driven, hung left, one pace under pressure till picked up a little last 150 yards and closing on winner but never getting there. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s flattered to deceive, but it’s a good comeback and, if not the County Hurdle with a big weight, another tilt at the Aintree Hurdle (good 3rd in 2019 on ground too soft) seems the way to go. 148
Cill Anna 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 2m 5f Hcp HDL 10 led, in close to 7th, was joined up front and nudged along 10th, narrowly headed and pushed along approaching home turn, put under pressure approaching 2 out, started to weaken nearing it and dropped away between last 2, well held last, continued to lose ground run-in and eased off close home. 120
Clan Des Obeaux 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m 2f   CHS 2 held up, headway to chase leader 13th, moved best within 2 lengths of Bristol De Mai home turn, shaken up 3 out, couldn’t find extra, held under a ride between last 2, kept on from last. Kempton on better ground will be his track. 163
Classic Ben 03/11/2020 EXETER 3m Hcp CHS 2 led, briefly niggled along after 3rd, headed after, chased leader from 4th, brushed 12th, mistake 14th, hard ridden and lost ground turning out of back straight, a bit to do and 6 lengths behind leader approaching 4 out, stayed on approaching 3 out, disputed 3rd under pressure after 2 out, sustained effort and took well-held 2nd after last, driven out, just held on in battle for 2nd, no chance with clear winner. Hard work in the final mile. 132
Claud And Goldie 24/10/2020 KELSO 3m 2f Hcp CHS 2 raced wide, midfield to rear, carried virtually off the course by a loose horse just after 1st, chased leader when mistake 3rd, tracked leaders from 5th, chased new leader from 12th, a length down passing omitted 3 out, effort and led narrowly 2 out, hard ridden, headed approaching last, ridden and kept on one pace run-in, closed a little on Some Chaos last 100 yards. 124
Clever As A Fox 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 6 chased leader, jumped a bit big and sideways 1st, mistake 3rd, lost ground though remained prominent in Swinley Bottom, niggled along approaching 5th, pushed along 3 out, made ground on leader and disputed 2nd home turn, moved comfortably enough on inner turning in, ridden along approaching 2 out with half a chance, put under pressure between last 2, no more, weakened approaching last, mistake and went right, dropped away run-in. 129
Clondaw Castle 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, bumped on landing 1st, shuffled back and towards rear 6th, last when mistake 8th, mistake 5 out, began to edge closer as field clustered up approaching 4 out, made ground wide (not widest) and in midfield jumping, niggled along home turn, going stronger than most and made ground to track leaders 3 out, pushed along, chased leader 2 out, sustained effort, changed legs approaching last, led jumping, hard driven, all out, headed 125 yards out, no extra. Fine run and didn’t flinch. 148
Clondaw Castle 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 tracked leaders, shuffled back before 2nd but remained prominent, moved comfortably and tracked leaders home turn, pushed along 4 out, kept on, switched inside rivals going to 3 out, brushed 2 out, hard ridden, hung left but drew upsides leaders approaching last, stayed on, the better jump and led last, driven out, drew clear, idled and/or tired last 100 yards and pursuers closed but never in danger. 152
Cloth Cap 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 1f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, moved comfortably in rear of main group 14th, no more than 3 lengths off Frodon when niggled along at the top of the hill after 4 out, pushed along and took 4th after 3 out but had 2 to 3 lengths to find on those ahead, stayed on and took 3rd 2 out, driven and wandered approaching last, no extra, hard driven and continued to wander up the hill, not stay on, no more last 150 yards. This was a bit better than expected on his reappearance; not the hardiest under pressure, but he hasn’t had that hard a race, so maybe next time could do something. 125
Cloth Cap 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 1 sent on, bumped rival 1st, headed 3rd, led 4th, in close to 16th, was 3 lengths clear home turn, niggled along from 3 out, more firmly pushed along from 2 out, ran on, drew clear approaching last, safe with the race jumping, ridden further clear and continued to run on last 175 yards, readily and unchallenged. Was fully expected to improve on his reappearance-effort but, seeing him absolutely smash this supposedly-competitive handicap chase, it was like watching a different horse. 138
Cloudy Glen 15/11/2020 FONTWELL 3m 4f Hcp CHS 1 held up, hampered 4th, headway 9th, tracked leaders 11th going comfortably, hit 14th, shuffled back a little but still in touch in 4 lengths 4th over 15th, edged closer 3 out and not yet asked for an effort in doing so, nudged along 2 out and drew upsides, readily led and drew 3 lengths clear by last, pushed along, stayed on well to draw further clear, readily and unchallenged. Maybe he caught the rest on an offday, but he wasn’t at any point asked a serious question to land this readily, the style marks quite high. 136
Clyne 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 10 midfield, bumped rival 1st, shuffled back a few lengths 2nd, last pair when blundered 3rd (cross hurdle), ridden into 4th, niggled along and struggling 6th, detached last 7th, edged closer and in touch with main group though still in rear when mistake 3 out (cross hurdle), dropped away after 2 out, well back when jumped left last, no more. 125
Coconut Splash 09/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp CHS 3 prominent to midfield, in close to 1st, midfield approaching 2nd, in close to 4th, a little ground when in close to 6th, mistake 7th and lost ground, niggled along and closed on leaders turning out of back straight, niggled along and edged closer 4 out, pushed along approaching 3 out, outpaced 2 out, kept on between last 2, stayed on under a ride when might have been brushed by eventual winner Anemoi in the air last (bumped rival on his outer in the chain reaction), no extra run-in, kept on and took 3rd close home, no impression on 1st 2. An okay run. 131
Coded Message 14/11/2020 UTTOXETER 3m   CHS U sent on and rider pressed on before 1st, headed 2nd, chased leader when in close to 13th and niggled along, firmly pushed along 3 out (normally 4 out), chased leader 3 or 4 lengths down under a ride approaching 2 out where blundered and unseated rider. Would have finished 2nd, just ahead of Carrolls Milan. [131]
Coeur De Lion 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 6 held up last, started a move 7th and just about midfield, lost ground 9th though still seemed to be going largely comfortably, reached for 3 out, pushed along, a little ground and just about midfield 2 out, no further headway between last 2, well held last, faded run-in. It’s a while since this one’s seen hurdles and, although there was only the one noteworthy error (at the third last), perhaps he was a little rusty. 123
Commodore 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m 2f Hcp CHS 2 tracked leaders, led 3rd, tended to jump left, went 5 or 6 lengths clear home turn, moved largely comfortably and looked the most likely winner approaching 3 out, pushed along approaching 2 out, ridden and hung between last 2, was closed on approaching last, hard driven run-in, all out, ears flat back, was closed on last 150 yards, headed two strides from the post, unlucky. Finally got dog-tired on the prevailing going. 126
Cool Mix 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 3 held up, flat-backed jump 2nd, raced wide, not fluent 6th, mistake 9th, headway and midfield 4 out, niggled along, raced inner by that point and not much room home turn, mistake 3 out, hard ridden, carried head high and outpaced, switched outside rivals before 2 out, hard driven and carried head to one side/not stay on approaching last, well held jumping, kept on run-in and took 3rd from fading rival run-in. Unlikely to have beaten Modus whatever, but didn’t exactly put it in from the third last. 126
Cool Mix 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 7f Hcp CHS 3 gave those at the head of the group 2 or 3 lengths start, held up, raced wide, mistake 3rd, hampered and forced to swerve fallers 11th where jockey narrowly avoided coming off and lost an iron, made ground and midfield, jockey got stirrup back before 14th, further ground after 15th, good ground on inner to dispute 2nd approaching 4 out, mistake there, ridden and faded approaching 3 out, lost further ground and looked well held approaching 2 out, hard driven, rallied and closed on 1st 3 approaching last, took 3rd jumping, half a chance 175 yards out, no extra and faded again in last 150 yards, was being closed on by the 4th final strides. It nearly all went Pete Tong at the 11th but that incident ultimately made less difference than his barely getting the trip. 134
Coolanly 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f   CHS 1 led, clear 5th, ridden into 8th and 11th, ridden along before and after 13th, stayed on under a ride approaching 3 out, only a length ahead 2 out, hard driven and led narrowly when ridden into last, driven out, stayed on, was closed on last 100 yards, only just held on. With the kichen sink thrown at him over the last 4 fences, held on grimly yet undeservedly from I K Brunel, who would have won with a better jump at the last. One to take on next time. 125
Coole Cody 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f   CHS 2 chased leader, drew upsides 13th, niggled along from 3 out but led there, pushed along and jumped low 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, headed last, hard driven, beginning to look held when wandered left in behind Southfield Stone, kept on one pace last 150 yards. Good effort. 143
Coole Cody 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 tracked leaders, left chasing leader 1st, led 3rd, soon clear, perhaps lit up by the loose horse when brushed 4th and slipped on landing losing about 3 lengths, not so far ahead 4th, had gone 5 lengths up again by 6th then 10 lengths up by 8th, ridden into and brushed 11th, pursuers closed at the top of the hill and at most 2 lengths up and niggled along going to 3 out, mistake, niggled along approaching home turn but seemed to find extra, pushed along turning in, mistake 2 out and the game looked up, all out but stayed on in a length lead going to last, hard driven and wandered early on run-in, driven out, had absolutely nothing left yet pulled clear last 150 yards. I don’t know where to start here – these good handicaps are not won like this. If you keep a tearaway loose horse company early doors, you drop away eventually. If you slip badly on landing like this one did at the 4th, you drop away eventually. If you make two or three errors, you drop away eventually. If you’ve got challengers all over at the second last, you’re likely to fade. Yet none of those things happened. No question, he should have lost this, and the whole thing turned on his closest challengers being Sky Pirate (looked most likely winner on the home turn) and Spiritofthegames, neither of whom find anything much under pressure.  139
Cormier 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 7 held up, keen, not fluent 2nd, blundered 5th, niggled along at the top of the hill, pushed along 3 out, outpaced and made no ground going to 2 out, hard ridden once in line for home, stayed on and closed on those ahead, blundered last, well held, driven, kept on, stuck to task last 100 yards. Jumping was the issue on the day, the error at the last costing him 6th, though he wouldn’t have made an impact whatever after coming under a ride earlier than most. 125
Cotswold Way 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp HDL 6 midfield, slow 1st and 2nd, mistake 3rd and dropped rear/pushed along, made ground and midfield when mistake 4th, ridden into 5th and 6th, pushed along after 7th and again dropped rear, pushed along and still rear 3 out, outpaced under a ride approaching 2 out, well held when mistake, put under pressure, stayed on extended run-in and was closing strongly on the 5th last 100 yards. Looks to have ‘gone’ temperamentally. 124
Count Meribel 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 7 chased leader, jumped left 3rd, in close to 6th, blundered 8th, lost place and midfield 9th, mistake 11th, dropped to last pair 12th, pushed along 4 out, made no ground, looked held under presure approaching 2 out, well back, no more, steadied into last, picked off a beaten one close home. 126
Courtandbould 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f   HDL 2 led, keen, headed approaching 3rd, disputed lead from 6th, moved comfortably off home turn, headed 3 out, pushed along, upsides winner 2 out, hard driven, outpaced approaching last, kept on under pressure but no impression on McFabulous approacing last, ran down it to left, no more, stuck to task. Ran into one here and will win again. 133
Cracking Destiny 04/10/2020 KELSO 2m 1f Hcp CHS 4 led, 3 lengths clear approaching 6th, ridden into that and 7th, only a length ahead when niggled along home turn, stayed on approaching 2 out, hard driven, headed approaching last, faded, weakened under pressure after last, eased when clearly held in 4th last 100 yards. 128
Cracking Destiny 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 5 midfield to rear, a little ground and midfield 8th, lost a bit of ground and towards rear when mistake 4 out, a bit to do home turn but moved well enough, last of main group of 10 3 out, pushed along, didn’t make any ground before 2 out and looked held, put under pressure, picked off beaten ones approaching last, 10 lengths 6th when mistake, hard driven, kept on, took 5th last couple of strides, no impression on those ahead. Didn’t recover from losing his place then the mistake at the fourth last, the jockey not positive enough at that point when things were cranking up. 129
Crievehill 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 8 with leaders, chased leader 4th, hit 9th, disputed lead 11th, ridden into and definite lead 4 out, niggled along in a length and a half lead home turn, more firmly pushed along approaching 3 out, headed, hard driven, no extra approaching 2 out, weakened between last 2, well back last, no more. 136
Crixus’s Escape 11/11/2020 AYR 3m Hcp CHS 1 led briefly when went through 1st, restrained and tracked leaders after, moved upsides leader approaching 11th, chased leader 14th, led 15th, soon joined, niggled along home turn, the better jump and led 4 out, stayed on 3 out, soon joined again, the better jump 2 out, hard driven, stayed on, asserted approaching last, clear jumping, driven out, was closed on last 150 yards, always holding on. 135
Crosspark 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 2 held up, made a couple of places by 3rd, mistake 5th, in close to 6th, ridden into 8th and 10th, made ground and midfield 11th, niggled along after 13th, closed on those at the head of the chasing group under a push approaching 5 out, closing in 5th 4 out, some 5 lengths to find 2 out, ut under pressure, took 3rd last, hard driven, stayed on well, closed strongly on 1st 2, virtually dead-heated with 2 rivals, officially split them post. This one needs an extreme trip, so for him to as-good-as-win the race – over just 3m, on ground that was for all intents and purposes good to firm (look at the quick time) – means that this form needs to be treated with scepticism. 136
Crosspark 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m Hcp CHS 2 towards rear, some ground and midfield by 10th, attached himself to leading group and travelled largely comfortably after 19th, niggled along approaching 3 out, pushed along home turn with at most 2 lengths to find, hard ridden and stayed on between last 2, in close to it, hard driven, pulled clear with winner last 150 yards, no extra close home. Again over short of his best trip, in veterans’ company, has run well. 144
Cyrname 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 1 tracked leaders, keen, chased leader 11th, led 14th, headed after 15th, chased leader closely travelling comfortably turning out of back straight, travelled equally as well as Aye Right with whom he was disputing the lead home turn, upsides 4 out, travelled best approaching 3 out, definite lead there, not shaken up and pulled clear on the bit approaching 2 oui, at most niggled along and maintained clear lead approaching last, pushed out, stayed on well till eased when safe last few strides, readily. This is more like the Cyrname of early 2019 and we’re heading to the King George in considerably better nick than last year – he’s now proven at three miles, and going left-handed. 165
Dagueneau 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 11 midfield early, lost ground and towards rear 3rd, mistake 6th, ridden into 7th and niggled away from it, raced wide approaching 3 out, pushed along and lost place/rear approaching 2 out, well back and struggling home turn, kept on approaching last, reminderm kept on up the hill, passed a few, nearest finish, going on well at the post. 129
Dandy Dan 18/10/2020 SEDGEFIELD 3m 5f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, not fluent 2nd, headway and tracked leaders 6th, ridden into 8th, not fluent 11th, hit 16th, mistake 17th, moved comfortably when in close to 20th, made ground and chased leader 21st, pushed along and put under pressure home turn as winner pressed on, had 3 to 4 lengths to find under a drive approaching 2 out, stayed on under strong pressure between last 2, drew clear of the 3rd but no impression on Red Giant, well held when blundered last (trashing the fence – 8 out of 10 for the damage caused) and pecked on landing, no more. Could do nothing about a winner who was ‘on it’ on the day; despite his pretty comprehensive trashing of the last, his jumping in general is not a problem, and a 3m4f-chase win will be his this season. 144
Danny Kirwan 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 3f   HDL 1 led, in close to 3rd, 3 lengths clear 4th, not so far ahead approaching 7th, moved comfortably approaching home turn, disputed lead starting home turn, niggled along, moved best as drew 3 lengths up again going to 2 out, pushed along, stayed on under a hand ride though wandered a little approaching last, driven out, hung left run-in, seemed to be running a bit sideways last 75 yards but stayed on well enough and in no danger. Evidence of a quirk at the end, but the rest of this was good, travelling kindly from the front. 126
Danny Whizzbang 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS 7 midfield, mistake 3rd and lost ground/niggled along away from it, ridden into and flat-backed jump 7th, niggled along after 8th, not fluent 9th, a little ground before mistake 12th, not fluent 16th, lost ground and ridden along after 17th, kept on but work to do and 12 lengths to find under a ride before brushed 4 out, outpaced and looked held under pressure coming off home turn, weakened further approaching 2 out, tailed off last. On his first try at something like this, never looked like winning and didn’t jump well enough. 120
Darling Maltaix 07/10/2020 LUDLOW 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 well clear throughout, solo. 127
Darling Maltaix 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m 2f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, keen, chased leader approaching 2nd, disputed lead briefly 5th, disputed it 6th to 9th, niggled along home turn, soon more firmly pushed along, faded passing omitted 3 out, hit 2 out, dropped back under a ride and well held approaching last, steadied into it, no more. With Locker Room Talk leading and this one unable to adopt his new tactics, he reverted to type. 130
Dashing Perk 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 4 led, reached for 9th, ridden into 12th, ridden along home turn, stayed on from 3 out, led a length 2 out, sustained effort under pressure, was challenged approaching last, readily heaed and faded approaching last, no more, continued to fade run-in and lost 3rd close home. 124
De Rasher Counter 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 3m 2f Hcp HDL 2 held up, niggled along after 2nd and again after 7th, mistake 8th, a little ground and just about midfield, mistake 9th, headway going more comfortably and with leaders approaching home turn, led narrowly straightening, reminder approaching 2 out, headed there, hard ridden and no extra before mistake last, pushed out run-in and kept on. After his Ladbrokes Trophy-win last season he couldn’t be trusted to give his running, and having come off the bit around halfway here I’m not sure he can be trusted this term, despite how good this looks on my figure. 147
Dear Sire 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp HDL 1 held up, reached for 1st, a little headway when mistake 5th, headway on the bit approaching 3 out, tracked leaders and niggled along carrying head high approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, driven, switched approaching last and still handing, the better jump and led last, ridden out and went left under a hand ride, drew clear. Couldn’t have looked any less resolute on the run-in and doesn’t jump off the page as regards a follow-up. 131
Delta Work 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 5 midfield, a bit slow 1st, mistake 8th, shuffled back a little 13th, edged closer approaching 3 out, pushed along, raced wide (not widest – that was the winner, The Storyteller), hard ridden and outpaced approaching 2 out, looked held between last 2, jumped last in 4 or 5 lengths 5th, hard driven, kept on run-in, closing on the 4th last strides but not quite get the place. A better run than in this race last year, but it came down to a lack of pace from the third last when things cranked up. 156
Demachine 21/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 1 held up, a bit keen and to an extent pulled his way into midfield 4th but soon restrained, headway after and midfield 6th, steadied into and hit 14th, shuffled back to rear but remained in touch, niggled along 15th, ridden into 16th, came back on the bit and headway to track leaders 3 out, travelled best home turn, got a split and challenged leader approaching 2 out, led there, pushed along, stayed on, drew clear approaching last, 3 lengths up jumping, driven out, stayed on well to maintain advantage, workmanlike and decisive. This one continues to progress. 135
Didero Vallis 20/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 6 midfield, raced wide, headway and prominent 8th, in close to 13th and lost ground, back in midfield Swinley Bottom, gradually lost place from 14th, well held 2 out (normally 3 out), kept on a little straight but no further impression. Another fail over 3m for this one. 127
Diego Du Charmil 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 3 chased leader, led after 2nd, arguably moved best after 3 out, hard ridden home turn, was closed on and headed under pressure 2 out, outpaced under driving, kept on one pace approaching last, no more run-in and lost 2nd inside last 150 yards. Sets him up nicely for a return to chasing, though off a higher mark than he started the last campaign, when getting *that* win at Ascot, I’ve no idea what he wins this season. 136
Diego Du Charmil 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 1m 7f   HDL 3 midfield, mistake 3rd, headway and disputed 2nd 4th, chased leader closely turning out of back straight, led narrowly home turn and pushed along, headed 2 out, put under pressure, one pace between last 2, lost 2nd last, kept on but no extra run-in and faded last 150 yards. 136
Dino Velvet 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp HDL 7 held up rear, ridden into 4th and 5th, mistake 6th, still last and 8 or 9 lengths to find when mistake 3 out, pushed along, made no ground under a ride approaching 2 out, looked well held, driven and nothing approaching last, no more. Probably wouldn’t let himself down going downhill on this ground. 122
Diomede Des Mottes 10/11/2020 HEREFORD 3m 1f   CHS 2 tracked leaders, led after 1st, reached for 8th, jumped left 12th, 1st 2 drew clear from 14th, niggled along and headed when jumped left 3 out, pushed along, outpaced approaching 2 out, some 6 or 7 lengths down and looked held home turn, kept on approaching last, pushed out, stuck to task but no impression on William Henry. In the second half of the race he showed a noticeable tendency to jump left, and perhaps he wants to go that way round – otherwise, promising. 129
Discorama 07/10/2020 GALWAY 2m 7f   CHS 2 chased leader, niggled along from 3 out as Milan Native pressed on, hard ridden from last, stayed on under pressure from home turn, closed on winner, drew upsides final furlong, sustained effort, might have led very narrowy 50 yards out, could have gone either way but headed post. This one lacks consistency but, whatever way you interpret this, this was an encouraging reappearance; it remains the case, though, that what this one really needs is an extreme trip (Grand National possible, if it happens this season). 149
Djingle 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m   HDL 5 led, ridden into 6th, niggled along home turn, more firmly pushed along and headed approaching 2 out, in close to it, faded under a ride approaching last, keeping on when hampered run-in (Chosen Mate taking his ground), weakened quickly and lost places last 150 yards. 133
Djingle 11/10/2020 LIMERICK 2m 3f   CHS 2 led, clear, went 20 lengths clear after 5th, brushed 10th and 11th, travelled largely comfortably but was closed on home turn, ridden from 2 out, readily headed by Visioman last, no extra. Raced too freely to last home. 139
Do Your Job 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m   HDL 2 went on, was joined 6th, niggled along home turn, found a bit more and went a length up approaching 3 out, moved best fo the field after it, niggled along approaching 2 out, left clear by Flic Ou Voyou’s blunder, pushed along, stayed on till was closed on by Llandinabo Lad approaching last, all out on landing, hard driven, was headed 250 yards out, no response under strong pressure, just kept on last 150 yards. Made a lot of use of on ground that was probably already heavy, had nothing left when the winner went by and is probably the best horse in the race, though he’ll likely need a bit of time to recover from this hard race. 124
Doc Penfro 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   CHS 2 disputed 3rd, in close to 13th, every chance no more than 3 lengths down when steadied into and in close to 3 out, niggled along and outpaced approaching home turn, not that hard ridden turning in, half a chance 2 out and shaken up, one pace after last, kept on, no impression on The Big Breakaway, stuck to task. This has me wondering if going forward from this race, it is this one, rather than the winner, who’s going to win a big pot in the Spring – he shaped well, jumping largely soundly. 123
Does He Know 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f   HDL 1 prominent to midfield, in close to 1st, closer order and tracked 1st 2 4th, in close to 5th, not fluent 6th, further ground to chase leader 7th, disputed 2nd at the top of the hill, some 4 or 5 lengths down when in close to 3 out, niggled along, in close to 2 out and lost 2nd, hard ridden and stayed on home turn, good ground to chase leader, taken stands’ side, sustained effort to lead last, driven out up the hill, pulled clear under pressure, workmanlike and decisive. Saving his best jump of the race for the last, what is currently an odd jumping technique has got to improve going forward; this performance couldn’t be faulted otherwise, although it might have helped him to come stands’ side into the straight. 135
Does He Know 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f   HDL 1 chased clear leader, in close to 1st, closed on leader at the top of the hill, arguably moved best and only at most 2 lengths down approaching 2 out, definitely moved best but momentarily trapped in something of a pocket approaching home turn, got a big split on the middle-inner as all those with a chance tacked across to the stands’ side off the bend, shaken up, led approaching last and soon clear, driven out, wandered a little, picked up last 125 yards and maintained clear lead. Progressing. 135
Doing Fine 18/10/2020 SEDGEFIELD 3m 5f Hcp CHS 6 midfield, niggled along approaching 8th, mistake 12th and niggled away from it, reminders before 19th, hard ridden and made no ground before 20th, reminder before 21st, mistake, lost ground on those ahead and towards rear approaching 3 out, well held 2 out, kept on approaching last, picked off beaten ones, finished well and was closing on those ahead last 100 yards. Don’t know what to make of this. 125
Doing Fine 15/11/2020 FONTWELL 3m 4f Hcp CHS 3 disputed lead, definite lead 13th, narrow advantage and niggled along after 15th, pushed along and edged right after 3 out, in close to 2 out and headed, hard driven, outpaced going to last, kept on and re-took 2nd early on run-in, hard driven, no chance with clear winner, sustained effort under pressure but lost 2nd post. 120
Dolos 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 4 prominent, mistake 5th, in close to 10th, shuffled back a couple of lengths at the top of the hill, moved comfortably when hit 3 out and reminder, niggled/cajoled along with 6 lengths to find approaching home turn, brought wide and not asked for maximum effort when brushed 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, no extra and looked held last, hard driven up the hill, kept on, lost 3rd final strides. Ridden as though there was a chance of him finding little, ultimately he did; but there was no way he would have won this whatever the tactics, and he shaped well for a long way – could be worth chancing another time in a race in which he can edge closer and turn up after the last. 157
Dolphin Square 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 2 prominent, tracked leaders 9th, moved comfortably off home turn, every chance 3 out, pushed along away from it, chased winner approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, no impression on winner approaching last, lost 2nd, hard driven, stayed on and re-took 2nd 150 yards out, drew clear of 3rd, no impression on winner. Unlucky to run into one in the form of his life here and should get a win at some point. 142
Dominateur 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m   CHS 3 raced 3rd, mistakes 6th and 12th, blundered 13th, mistakes 14th and 15th, just beginning to get outpaced when mistake 18th, closed on the other 2 turning out of back straight, ridden and left behind after 3 out, well held when mistake 2 out, no more before or after last, eased close home. Mistake, mistake, mistake is never good over fences and, if his 2 rivals are superior, it’s not by as much at 16 lengths at this stage of their chasing careers – not sure what to expect next time. 133
Dr Sanderson 19/10/2020 PLUMPTON 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 held up, headway and tracked leaders 3rd, further ground and chased leader 7th, took off too early 8th, moved comfortably going down the hill to 11th, in close to it, nudged along going to 3 out, closed on leader turning out of back straight, 1st 2 clear, niggled along home turn, more firmly pushed along approaching 2 out, led there, pushed along and drew clear under a hand ride approaching last, 3 lengths up jumping, ridden out, stayed on well to draw further clear, unchallenged. On this evidence seems to have got it over fences at last, and could build on this – hard to fault in every department. 128
Dr Sanderson 27/11/2020 DONCASTER 2m 3f Hcp CHS 4 midfield, a bit keen, briefly niggled along 5th, in close to 8th and niggled away from it, hit 9th, ridden into 11th, niggled along home turn, made headway and closed on leaders, every chance 4 out, pushed along, put under pressure after 3 out, hung left and didn’t find more, mistake 2 out, looked held between last 2, faded approaching last, in close to it, no more. 127
Dream Berry 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp HDL 3 midfield, not fluent 7th, moved more comfortably than one or two till niggled along home turn, stayed on between last 2, was a length down last, hard ridden, no extra final 200 yards, kept on one pace, all out last 50 yards and lost ground on 1st 2. I can’t work out if this one needed the run or if he always/is always going to finish like this, but this was his reappearance, so maybe the benefit of the doubt this time. 129
Dream Berry 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 9 midfield to rear, in close to 4th, last pair after 5th, ridden into 6th, towards rear and niggled along home turn, raced wide, ridden into and mistake 3 out, pushed along, no impression going to 2 out, last pair jumping, kept on under a hand ride approaching last, no more run-in. 124
Drumcliff 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, headway and prominent 4th, tracked leaders after 7th, moved comfortably approaching 3 out, chased leader and pushed along approaching 2 out, a neck down jumping, ridden and wadnered a little approaching last, steadied into it, came away from it in 3rd, hard driven, bumped 2nd bend 150 yards out, faded, no more close home. I’m not used to this of late, Drumcliff running close, but the finishing effort was disappointing, with runner-up Aintree My Dream jumping the last much worse than Drumcliff did, and somehow getting 2nd off him in the process. 128
Drumconnor Lad 31/10/2020 AYR 2m 1f Hcp CHS 1 tracked leaders, niggled along and chased leader 9th, travelled largely comfortably home turn, ridden into and led 4 out, pushed along, headed and mistake 3 out, hard ridden, led again 2 out, put under pressure, stayed on between last 2, led 3 lengths last, ridden out, went further clear run-in, workmanlike and decisive. Solid performance and back in the room. 139
Drumconnor Lad 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 6 held up, niggled along in detached last after 1st, mistake 5th, all over the place 6th, slow 7th and looked likely to tail off at that point, niggled along and made no ground on them 8th, closed a little till went through 10th, well back and no chance after 3 out, finished with a bit of running in him but essentially made no contribution. All rather odd, the race carrying on without him as early as the 2nd. 123
Duc Des Genievres 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS 2 tracked 1st 2. raced freely and led 4th, drew 4 lengths clear by 7th and 6 to 8 lengths ahead 9th, blundered 10th, not so far in front at the top of the hill, drew 8 lengths clear again by 3 out, travelled much the best approaching home turn, Put The Kettle On started to close approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2 and only 3 lengths up approaching last, all out under pressure and wandered right 150 yards out, was closed on, headed 75 yards out, no more, losing ground at the post. Fine margins, and we’re talking about a finish involving the last two Arkle-winners, but this one did too much in the first mile of the race – whereas in the 2019 Arkle, he was only a little bit keen and didn’t make a move until the 6th. Not giving up on him, but not sure why he’s raced more freely here than he did a year and a half ago and new connections need to sort that out. 148
Duffle Coat 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   HDL 1 held up, niggled along after 2nd, stuck to inner back straight, detached last 4th, more vigorously pushed along at the top of the hill, finally passed a rival, closed on those ahead approaching 3 out, in 6 lengths 4th 2 out, continued to stay on under a ride and took 3rd home turn, sustained effort and went 2nd off the bend, taken to stands’ side then steered to middle and ridden into last, led early on run-in, driven out, stayed on well up the hill, workmanlike and decisive. This is what I’m looking for with the Triumph or Boodles in mind – very much best work at the end, not necessarily a problem if he’s taken off his feet throughout. 120
Duke Of Navan 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m Hcp CHS 3 dropped out detached last, still last approaching 9th, nudged along approaching home turn, effort delayed approaching 3 out and jumped it 8 to 10 lengths off leader, niggled along, passed a couple approaching 2 out, pushed along between last 2, ran on and passed several rivals to suddenly hold every chance, moved into 2nd approaching last, hit it, hard driven, no more run-in, just kept on. Still got something aged 12. 130
Earlofthecotswolds 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 11 midfield on inner, bumped rival 1st, seemed to be lugging right away from inner, ridden into 4th, lost place when mistake 8th, niggled along towards rear turning out of back straight, pushed along and stayed on approaching 2 out but with a bit to do, hard driven and no more between last 2, well back last. 120
Earlofthecotswolds 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 5f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, flat-backed jump 2nd, slow 3rd, ridden into 4th, hampered 5th, was bumped 7th, ridden into and mistake 11th, made ground to race 3rd some 5 lengths behind clear leaders in Swinley Bottom, niggled along approaching 13th, jumped left 14th, pushed along and closed a little when went through 15th, some 3 to 4 lengths adrift when put under pressure home turn, stayed on and not totally done with jumping normal 2 out (in this race the last), stayed on and took 2nd passing omitted last, hard driven, closed on Espoir De Guye last 100 yards, just failed. Would have got up in another 150 yards – jumping a little iffy on the way round, but has run to his best. 137
Easy Game 03/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 2m 4f   CHS 1 led, tended to jump right, clear from 3rd, mistake 4 out and not as far clear approaching home turn, ridden into 3 out, at most nudged along before took off too early and blundered 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on approaching last, pushed out run-in, decisive and unchallenged. Didn’t have that hard a race, but jumped right throughout. 152
Easy Game 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 2m 4f   CHS 2 chased leader early, shuffled back and held up rear but in touch from 3rd, ridden into 6th, in close to 6th and 7th, windy jump 9th, good grond on long run to 3 out and within a neck jumping on outer, niggled along, chased Battleoverdoyen approaching 2 out, no extra and looked held between last 2, jumped right last, hard driven, one pace, took 2nd 100 yards out, no impression on winner. 149
Easysland 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 6f Hcp CHS 4 (Cross Country) midfield, mistake 4th (Aintree), headway and raced 3rd from 23rd, lost ground when mistake 27th (Aintree), pushed along after, mistake 28th, struggling when mistake 3 out (Glenfarclas Barrels), not getting to them under a ride when mistake 2 out (Stuffed Hurdle), no impression approaching home turn, picked up a little approaching lasthard driven, well held but took 4th 150 yards out, was closing on the 3rd last 100 yards. A long way off his A-game. 162
Ecco 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 3 prominent, ridden into 2nd, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5th, made ground to chase leader and ridden into 6th, niggled along approaching home turn, disputed 2nd turning in, hard ridden approaching 2 out, put under pressure and wandered left (into the whip) between last 2, faded approaching last, well held jumping, kept on under pressure, was closed on by the 4th last 50 yards, Temperament under suspicion – there wasn’t much happening from when the jockey got stuck in between the last 2 hurdles. 132
Ecu De La Noverie 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 4 held up, was last over 3rd, passed a few by 6th, midfield 8th, nudged along approaching 12th, niggled along turning out of back straight, edged closer home turn and had 8 lengths to find approaching 4 out, pushed along, continued to close approaching 3 out, in 5th with 4 lengths to find approaching 2 out, not fluent there, carried head to one side and not stay on approaching last, badly hampered and left in 4th, well held, kept on last 125 yards and was closing strongly on 3rd last strides. Looked as though he’d be a threat as he edged closer in the straight, but given too much to do in the final analysis, and for a few strides between the last 2 looked to be hanging fire, but the benefit of the doubt on that score for now. 127
Eden Du Houx 11/11/2020 EXETER 3m Hcp CHS 4 led, mistake 10th and headed, chased leader after, disputed lead when mistake 14th, niggled along home turn, pressed on and led 4 out, psushed along and disputed lead 3 out, headed and not fluent 2 out, faded between last 2, dropped to 4th approaching last, well held run-in, no more. 123
Edwardstone 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 5 held up, keen, took off a bit early 2nd, raced widest of all back straight, a lot to do and some 12 to 15 lengths back at the top of the hill, switched outer to middle approaching 3 out, niggled along, closing but still had 7 or 8 in front approaching 2 out, pushed along approaching home turn, made ground and closing approaching last, disputing 4th but only 4 lengths down, put under pressure, no extra up the hill, stuck to task to the line. Ran well and it would be wrong to say he was given too much to do (given where he was at the top of the hill), but the issue here is that he needs to settle better. 138
Eglantine Du Seuil 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 2m 5f Hcp HDL 5 midfield to rear, a little ground and midfield 5th, niggled along turning out of back straight, more firmly pushed along approaching home turn, initially made no ground under a push coming off home turn, closed a little approaching 2 out, mistake there, was 5 lengths 4th coming away from it, hard driven, no more between last 2, left alone when mistake last, weakened and wandered under pressure run-in, no more. 133
El Presente 08/10/2020 EXETER 3m Hcp CHS 1 up with the pace, took a bit of a hold, was challenged 4 out, ridden along, upsides 3 out, hard ridden, stayed on from 2 out, asserted from last under pressure, stayed on well run-in. Unexposed and would be of interest if turning up in the Badger Ales. 133
El Presente 21/10/2020 HEREFORD 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 made all, ridden into several fences, hard ridden as Aye Aye Charlie came to challenge from 3 out, pecked on landing 2 out and unbalanced, headed, hard driven and found extra to lead again home turn, drew clear approaching last, ridden out, workmanlike and decisive. Keeps a bit for himself, and had something in reserve for when he was headed at the second last; enough pot-hunting now, let’s try something better. 141
El Presente 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 with leaders, tracking leaders when ridden into 3rd, shuffled back by 5th but remained prominent on inner, ridden into 7th, 10th and 11th, niggled along after 16th, steadied into 17th and pushed along away from it, held place turning out of back straight, pushed along and outpaced after 4 out, hard driven coming off home turn, kept on going to 3 out, left disputing 2nd there under pressure, had 8 to 10 lengths to make going to 2 out, hard driven and stayed on, hung right (into the right-hand whip) but closed on tiring leader My Way between last 2, was 3 lengths down last, sustained effort and disputed lead as Potterman came to join him, pair soon drew clear, just got up final strides. ‘Unexposed and worth a try in the Badger Ales’ – nice to be proved right, even though there’s a chance it wouldn’t have come off if Sizing At Midnight had stood up. Going forward he’s worth trying over further (connections mentioned the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown afterwards), as he was certainly tapped for pace on the back straight, and they are of the opinion he has to go right-handed. 148
Eldorado Allen 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 2m   CHS 1 tracked leaders, briefly took 2nd 3rd, took 2nd again 5th, reached for 6th, ridden into 9th, 3 lengths down 3 out, niggled along home turn and not going as well as the leader Stormy Ireland, pushed along approaching 2 out, drew upsides, hard ridden approaching last, led a few strides off, steadied into it and blundered, ridden out, stayed on well run-in. What happened at the last I won’t get if I watch it 100 times, but the first 12 fences were good, so even though you can question the resolution of the runner-up, gets the benefit of the doubt. 134
Eldorado Allen 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS 1 held up in touch, slightly closer order and niggled along at the top of the hill, edged closer still and chased leader 3 out, niggled along approaching home turn, firmly pushed along turning in, 1st 2 clear, had 2 or 3 lengths to find when left clear by Gumball’s fall 2 out, well ahead run-in, at most pushed out, unchallenged. Would have been around 2 lengths 2nd had Gumball stood up, but to give him his due, he jumped soundly and went well through the race, so will be of interest over fences going forward. 136
Elusive Belle 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp CHS 1 held up, keen, hit 1st, made ground and rear of leading group by 3rd, not fluent 8th, headway home turn, moved closer on the bit approaching 3 out, chased leader 2 out and moved best, niggled along and led last, ridden along, ran on to draw clear run-in, ridden out, readily and decisive. Probably had a bit in hand here and there might be more to come. 135
Elvis Mail 11/11/2020 AYR 2m 1f Hcp CHS 1 held up last, mistake 2nd, mistake and pecked on landing 4th, mistake 6th, closer order going comfortably home turn, mistake 4 out, pushed along, stayed on, jumped low 3 out but moved into 2nd there, ridden along, went through 2 out and pecked on landing, soon led, ridden and ran on to draw clear approaching last, stayed on well to maintain clear lead run-in, eased heavily last 100 yards, decisive. 139
Emitom 04/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 4f   CHS 2 led, moved comfortably after 11th, pushed along from 4 out, carried head a little to one side approaching 3 out, ridden 3 lengths clear approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, was challenged approaching last, came away from it a length in front, driven, was closed on 100 yards out, headed close home, no extra final strides. Travelled and jumped soundly and the future’s good over fences. 134
Enrilo 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m   CHS 2 tracked 1st 2, a little keen, blundered 9th, further ground to lead 13th, drew clear 5 out, moved best 4 out, niggled along from 3 out, pushed along approaching last, the better jump, hard driven, stayed on till headed close home, no extra final strides. Jumped best apart from a blunder at the second open ditch, but on this evidence needs to come down to 2m4f. 131
Enrilo 03/11/2020 EXETER 3m   CHS 1 chased leader, clear of the rest after 3rd, travelled comfortably till niggled along home turn, at most nudged along from 4 out, travelled better than leader as closed up approaching 3 out, readily led approaching 2 out, pushed along and hung left but stayed on approaching last, some 5 lengths up jumping, hung left again (into left-hand whip) till straightening once against stands’ side rail, at most pushed out, eased late and was closed on final 50 yards, readily. 129
Epatante 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m   HDL 1 midfield, left 2nd 2nd, tracked leaders from next, edged closer going comfortably home turn, moved into 2nd on the bit approaching 2 out, yet to be asked for an effort and was a length and a half to 2 lengths down on Sceau Royal last, shaken up on landing, quickened to lead 150 yards out, soon clear, readily with a bit in hand. With her effort delayed until once landed over the last (Aidan Coleman arguably cutting it a bit too fine), having been up to 2 lengths down there, she’s made up 6 lengths between the last and the finish. At this stage it looks as though there’s only the one danger in the Champion Hurdle come March, and that’s Saint Roi in the same ownership. 152
Eritage 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp CHS 2 prominent to mimidfield, made a little ground and prominent by 3rd, tracked leaders approaching 4th, chased leader from 8th, niggled along from 4 out, led 3 out and pushed along, slight stumble on landing 2 out, firmly pushed along, headed approaching last, dived at it, outpaced run-in as Elusive Belle went clear, kept on and drew clear of the 3rd, no impression on winner. 135
Espoir De Guye 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 5f Hcp CHS 1 chased leader, led briefly 2nd, led 5th, was bumped by loose horse 6th, was joined up front 8th, definite lead 10th, headed 11th, pace seemed to increase in Swinley Bottom, chased leader and moved comfortably when in close to 14th, switched round Drumcliff approaching 3 out then switched back inside his rival home turn, ridden along, led straightening, stayed on under a hand ride approaching normal 2 out (in this race the last), hard driven approaching omitted last and drew a length and a half clear as they came round it, driven out, was closed on and had a loose horse in his path last 75 yards but always holding on. 146
Espoir De Romay 01/11/2020 HUNTINGDON 2m 4f   CHS 1 disputed lead 1st, in close to 2nd and headed, chased leader after, pace steadied after 5th, jumped on to the back of leader 6th, led narrowly 8th, led a length 11th, increased pace 12th, 2 lengths clear when mistake 13th, 1st 2 pulled clear approaching home turn, travelled comfortably, pushed along from 2 out, was 2 lengths up when mistake last, hard driven run-in, wandered a little, stayed on well and changed legs last 150 yards, workmanlike and decisive. A couple of mistakes, but that’ll come together in time and he’s done well. 126
Fagan 07/11/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp HDL 6 held up last, made places going to 2nd, shuffled back and in last trio 8th, mistake 9th, good headway wide 10th and midfield turning out of back straight, further ground and prominent 3 out (cross hurdle), tracked leaders and moved comfortably home turn, sent on approaching 2 out, mistake, pushed along, stayed on between last 2, steadied into last, headed, hard driven, weakened run-in, lost ground and places, well held 150 yards out, no more. Having seemingly shaped a whole lot more promisingly than on previous runs for this yard, he still dropped away alarmingly and very quickly, losing the 15 lengths by which he was beaten between the last hurdle and the line. 123
Fanion D’Estruval 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 2 midfield to rear, bumped rival 1st, a bit keen, midfield from 4th, ridden into 6th and 9th,  in close to 10th, headway between the top of the hill and 3 out and tracked leaders, in close to 3 out, moved largely comfortably approaching home turn, chased winner straightening, shaken up, went through 2 out, hard driven, one pace when pecked on landing last, hard driven, kept on up the hill, no extra last 150 yards, stuck to task. Arguably jumping cost him this, but he’s shown enough to make him interesting next time. 149
Fiddlerontheroof 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m 5f   CHS 2 chased clear leader, went through 11th, vigorously pushed along home turn and the 3rd came upsides, travelled more comfortably as loomed upsides Emitom approaching 4 out, soon led but headed by If The Cap Fits 3 out, kept on but no impression approaching 2 out, stuck to task but made no ground, well held last, no more. 127
Fiddlerontheroof 11/11/2020 EXETER 2m 3f   CHS 1 led, niggled along home turn, pushed along from 4 out, stayed on, was joined 3 out, headed when in close to 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, lugged left, effort and got upsides last, had driven, lugged left again, found a bit extra and led a stride from the post. 126
Fiddlerontheroof 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f   CHS 2 led, headed 2nd, niggled along from 7th, in close to 11th, more firmly niggled along turning out of back straight, travelled the worse of the 2 up front but moved upsides home turn, ridden and took slight lead 4 out, pushed along and stayed on from 3 out, 1st 2 pulled clear, only a head in front 2 out, hard ridden and not going as well as Caribean Boy approaching last, headed jumping, hard ridden, one pace run-in, stuck to task. Has run into one here, but gave the impression he wasn’t travelling that well on the back straight. 131
Fidelio Vallis 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 2 chased clear leader, hit 5th, left in lead home turn moving comfortably, pace rather collapsed, only a length and a bit up and niggled along approaching 2 out, reached for it, put under pressure, stayed on, headed last, hard driven, still a chance run-in till no extra final 100 yards. Presented with a chance when For Pleasure as-good-as-ran out on the home turn, it was at that point that the effort of chasing him closest told as he came under pressure, and he had next to nothing left between the last 2 hurdles; probably better than this. 121
Fidux 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, reached for 2nd, in close to 6th, ridden into 8th and 10th, travelled largely comfortably turning out of back straight, pushed along with 5 lengths to find home turn, had a bit to do approaching 3 out, put under pressure and stayed on when left 3rd 2 out, closed on leaders, nearly upsides jumping last, ridden to lead 150 yards out, driven out, stayed on well, 1st 2 pulled clear, held on well close home. Against an opponent who found extra when it mattered, this needed to be a career-best from him over fences to land this, and he did it – next time we’ll see if he’s turned the corner in something stronger still, but as he now seems to have ‘got it’, there’s a chance of him doing so. 141
Fidux 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 6 midfield, not fluent 12th, niggled along home turn, ridden along after 4 out, faded under a ride and looked held before was jumped across 2 out, no more and well back when mistake last, driven and kept on, made ground on those ahead last 150 yards. 136
Financier 09/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp CHS 2 midfield, in close to 1st, restrained and soon in rear, in close to 4th and 6th, a little ground and just about midfield home turn, shuffled back and rear again as field clustered up approaching 5 out, good ground and midfield jumping, closed on leaders and switched inner approaching 4 out, travelled comfortably as allowed 1st 2 to break over a length clear and tracked them approaching 3 out, in close to it, travelled best and effort delayed approaching 2 out, shaken up on landing, stayed on and challenging leader when steadied into last, led on landing, hard driven, changed legs, stayed on, pulled clear with winner last 100 yards, headed post. Unlucky to be collared by the lazy Anemoi, but we’ve got one here for this season and beyond. 137
First Flow 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, mistakes 1st, 2nd and 5th, ridden into and jumped a bit left 6th, edged closer 8th, mistake 10th, some 3 or 4 lengths off leaders but still moved comfortably enough when in close to 3 out, pushed along home turn, closed on leaders approaching 2 out, switched off inner, strong effort between horses under a ride approaching last, led, quickly drew clear, driven out, was closed on last 125 yards but always holding on. Mistake, mistake, mistake, win – doesn’t happen often – and this one is unexposed, and might do better at 2m4f. 151
Fix Sun 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 17 midfield, edged closer when ridden into 7th, made good ground, raced wide at the top of the hill, prominent and going comfortably approaching 3 out, tracked leaders approaching 2 out, in close to it, ridden along, faded under pressure coming off home turn, beginning to look held when dived at last, weakened up the hill, slowed alarmingly 150 yards out, eased to a walk close home. Looked like going close between the third and second last only to weaken dramatically. 124
Flash The Steel 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp HDL 2 held up, a little keen, mistake 4th, switched wide approaching 6th, rear of the group but in touch as field bunched up turning out of back straight, headway and midfield 3 out, not hard ridden and made good ground into 4th when went left 2 out, pushed along, ran on and closed on 1st 2 approaching omitted last, put under pressure and soon took 2nd, hard driven and got to Tea Clipper’s quarters, no extra last 150 yards as winner pulled away. Ran to his best and had run into one on the day. 140
Flash The Steel 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 5f Hcp HDL 1 held up, steadied into and in close to 5th, moved comfortably turning out of back straight, arguably moved best off home turn, good headway and closing in midfield 3 out, edged closer on the bit and switched wide approaching 2 out, shaken up between last 2 widest of all, effort and led approaching last, hard driven run-in, asserted last 100 yards and pulled clear, all out at the end. Never looked like losing, and though he may have been coming to the end of his tether in the final strides, he’d already got it done. 144
Flashing Glance 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp HDL 1 led, was 2 to 3 lengths clear after 3rd, in close to 4th, not so far ahead approaching 6th, ridden into 7th, pushed along approaching 2 out, jumped big there, hard ridden and stayed on approaching last, driven out, found extra run-in, stayed on well. 137
Flashjack 07/11/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp HDL 5 prominent, tracked leaders 7th, chased leader 8th, disputed lead 10th, niggled along after 3 out (cross hurdle), moved largely comfortably in a share of the lead home turn, pushed along and carried head to one side straightening, faded nearing 2 out, hard ridden, no extra before mistake last, lost further ground on those ahead run-in. 131
Flashjack 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 8 prominent, raced wide, mistake 1st, blundered 8th, pushed along and dropped back to midfield turning out of back straight, losing ground and rear of the main group when mistake 3 out, well held 2 out, kept on without making an impression approaching last, no more run-in. 120
Flegmatik 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 2m 4f Hcp CHS 5 held up, forced to jump fallen horse 1st, headway 8th, mistake 13th, moved comfortably enough in rear of main group turning out of back straight, niggled along and every chance 3 out, not much room on inside rail home turn, mistake 2 out then badly hampered by another faller, lost place, well held last, no more run-in and lost 4th place close home. Nothing – actually less than nothing really – went right here and this one’s worth another chance. 126
Flemcara 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 7 held up, a little ground and midfield 6th, moved comfortably within 4 lengths of leader turning out of back straight, reached for 3 out, ridden and carried head high, not stay on approaching 2 out, dropped to rear, put under pressure and kept on between last 2 but well back last, no extra run-in. 123
Flic Ou Voyou 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m   HDL 3 chased leader, moved upsides leader after 6th, niggled along home turn, half a length down 3 out, put under pressurem stayed on though not going as well as the leader Do Your Job when blundered badly 2 out, lost ground and lost 2nd to eventual winner Llandinabo Lad between last 2, looked heavy-legged and outpaced, hung left under pressure after last, no more last 175 yards, made no ground on 2nd and was closed on by the 4th last 100 yards. This is going to be a bridle-horse and, with Harry Skelton showing the aggression that typifies many of his rides, in all probability he’d already got his mount beat by putting him under strong pressure before the blunder at the second last (wasn’t going as well as Do Your Job on the home turn anyway). Not for me I don’t think from this point forward. 121
Flinck 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp HDL 3 prominent, a little slow 1st, ridden into 5th, mistake 6th and niggled along for a few strides, produced to challenge and moved comfortably approaching 3 out, quickly outpaced when shaken up and pushed along approaching 2 out, jumped it in 7 lengths 5th, put under pressure approaching omitted last, passed rivals 300 yards out, took 3rd under driving 200 yards out, no impression on 1st 2. On the one hand he travelled better than he did when winning last season; on the other, he quickly lost his chance when Tea Clipper and co were asked for their efforts after the third last, so for me no winner in waiting, unless the going’s heavy. 129
Flooring Porter 03/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 3m Hcp HDL 2 prominent till led after 4 out, moved comfortably in front till niggled along home turn, led half a length 2 out, veered left under a ride, hung more markedly approaching last, mistake, hung badly early on run-in, headed, hard driven once against stands’ side rail but unable to make up lost ground. Barely rideable once given the office in the straight, which ultimately cost him the race. 129
Floressa 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 1 led, moved comfortably home turn, a length and a half up 3 out, nudged along and moved best of the field approaching 2 out where jumped low, hard driven between last 2, stayed on and 2 lengths up when dived at last, driven out, was closed on last 150 yards but always finding enough under pressure. 143
Flowery 31/10/2020 AYR 2m 1f Hcp CHS 2 chased leader, raced freely, led 3rd, more settled when blundered 5th and ridden/reminder, chased leader after, mistake 8th, ridden into 9th, lost 2nd turning out of back straight, relegated to 4th approaching 4 out, ridden and kept on approaching 3 out, stayed on under a ride and half a chance going to 2 out, kept on under pressure between last 2, no extra and held last, ridden out, stuck to task, no impression on winner. A bit hair-raising early on when he raced with the choke out, but that didn’t cost him this time – he was beaten by a better horse. 141
For Pleasure 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   HDL 1 tore off into a clear lead racing freely, at least 20 lengths clear from 2nd to 5th, pursuers closed at the top of the hill, jumped left 3 out, still 8 to 10 lengths up when mistake 2 out and went left (in danger of running out), ridden along home turn, stayed on, still 6 lengths up last, ridden out, all out, kept on well enough, safe in clear lead last 150 yards though had little left. Won’t last home another time. 131
French Dynamite 08/11/2020 NAVAN 2m 4f   HDL 2 led, 2 to 3 lengths clear 3rd, not so far ahead home turn, in close to 3 out, moved largely comfortably till niggled along approaching 2 out, back in a 3-length lead jumping, stayed on under a hand ride, pursuers closed approaching last, hard driven run-in, headed by Sire Du Berlais 125 yards out, stuck to task and pulled clear of 3rd close home but no impression on winner. Under a front-running dictating ride, seems to have improved out of all recognition – only a 5 year-old, it’ll be interesting to see where he goes next. 151
Frodon 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 led, still travelled comfortably in front at the top of the hill after 4 out, asked for a jump 3 out and moved best after, led a length and a half home turn, going equally as well as the pursuing West Approach approaching 2 out, shaken up for the first time on landing, stayed on approaching last, about the same distance in front jumping, found extra under a hand ride, drew clear up the hill, was closed on last 150 yards but always holding on, pushed out, decisive. You need to watch this – there’s a lot of excess hype around this pair, but Bryony and Frodon are in tune with each other, and they never missed a beat all the way round – however the best thing about this was that Bryony never used the whip, Frodon did everything himself, and just hands and heels did the job after the last while the runner-up got a pasting. Further ahead, Frodon’s in the Gold Cup picture after this – there’s a lot of racing to come (pandemic and lockdowns permitting), but when the best horse in the race beats the second best horse in the race conceding weight and there are no apparent excuses for either, you can’t just pass it to one side. 166
Fugitives Drift 21/10/2020 HEREFORD 2m 4f Hcp HDL 1 led 2 out and drew clear home turn, idled notably after last and pursuers closed, hard driven and found more last 150 yards. Clearly kept a bit for himself and found the necessary when he needed to on the run-in. 129
Fusil Raffles 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS 1 chased leader, not fluent 9th and niggled away from it, produced to challenge after 3 out and going best of the field, led straightening, narrow advantage 2 out, pushed along, fund extra and led 3 lengths last, driven, slight stumble 175 yards out where the inside rail finished, ridden out, pulled further clear, decisive. 143
Ga Law 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 2m 4f   CHS 1 made all, mistake 12th, not hard pressed to draw clear from 4 out, well ahead last, unchallenged. He’s had his three chase runs now, impressed (as well as underestimated) each time, and is now worth trying in a good handicap. 132
Gaelik Coast 28/10/2020 FAKENHAM 2m   CHS 1 held up last, closer order 3 out going comfortably, tracked 1st 2 and niggled along a length down after 2 out, reminder home turn, got a split on inner and effort approaching last, hard driven run-in, stayed on well last 150 yards, led post. 135
Gala Ball 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 2 led, blundered 1st, raced keenly, moved comfortably after 12th, half a length up 4 out, niggled along, more firmly ridden along 3 out, stayed on, mistake 2 out and headed, hard driven, switched outside rival going to last, outpaced, hard driven, kept on, picked up and closed on 2nd last 100 yards, got the place post, no chance with winner. Not the first good run from this one at Newbury and, though he’s the wrong side of 10, might be worth another try in the Grade 3 handicap chase here in the first week in March. 143
Galvin 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m 4f   CHS 1 tracked 1st 2, a bit less than fluent 2nd, a little ground and chased leader from 6th, disputed lead going best 3 out, definite lead home turn, pushed along from home turn, stayed on and went clear though hung left and changed legs approaching last, brushed it, pushed out, sustained effort, workmanlike and unchallenged. 132
Galvin 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   CHS 1 held up in touch, hit 8th, in close to 9th, edged closer 15th, nudged along and tracked leaders 3 out, niggled along approaching home turn, produced to challenge on outer 2 out, soon led, a length up last, ridden out, stayed on well to go clear up the hill, decisive and a shade readily. Continues his progress and this is his best so far over fences. 148
Garde La Victoire 10/11/2020 HEREFORD 2m 5f Hcp CHS 3 held up but in close touch throughout, pushed along and slightly outpaced before steadied into and mistake 3 out, hard ridden between last 2, little impression approaching 2 out, steadied into it, faded home turn, kept on approaching last, closed on those ahead, put under pressure, continued to close on 1st 2 last 150 yards. Needed another furlong and a half after getting outpaced with 3 to jump. 141
Garry Clermont 15/10/2020 CARLISLE 2m Hcp CHS 6 held up rear of main group, jumped left, a little ground and midfield approaching 4th, further ground and prominent 5th, travelled comfortably 8th in 4th or 5th some 3 lengths down, pushed along from 3 out, blundered badly 2 out and as-good-as-unseated, recovered, kept on and not totally done with last, pushed along run-in, soon held, not knocked about, kept on and was closing on the 5th under a hand ride last 100 yards. Would surely have gone close but for the mother of all blunders at the second last; notable that he was doing late work despite sensibly not being as hard ridden as the others concerned in the finish, and is very much the one to take out of the race. 126
Garry Clermont 09/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp CHS 5 held up, a little keen, in close to 5th, mistake 6th and lost a length and a half, in close to 7th, had a bit to do and was 8 lengths off leader home turn, pushed along approaching 4 out, stayed on and closed a little on those ahead but still 4 or 5 lengths to make when in close to 3 out, ridden and outpaced approaching 2 out, not totally done with when jumped into the back of a rival last, lost a length, pushed along, kept on run-in under a hand ride and was closing on the 4th last strides. What has this one got to do to win a chase – after last time at Carlisle, now someone gets in his way at the last; he had too much to do anyway and wouldn’t have won, but remains promising. 130
Getareason 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 2m 4f Hcp CHS 3 held up, headway and midfield 6th, further ground and tracked leaders 7th, mistake 9th, arguably moved best home turn to 2 out, shaken up in 2 to 3 lengths 3rd between last 2, hard ridden and no impression before mistake last, faded run-in, lost ground on 1st 2 and was being closed on by the 4th last 100 yards. Looked the most likely winner and didn’t win. 133
Getaround 10/11/2020 LINGFIELD 2m 7f Hcp HDL 4 disputed lead till led 2nd, niggled along approaching 8th, not fluent 3 out, pushed along, narrow lead home turn under a ride, put under pressure approaching 2 out, headed there, hard driven, still a chance approaching last, was bumped nearing it, driven and faded run-in, dropped to 4th half a furlong out, weakened and stride shortened markedly last 75 yards. 131
Getaround 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 6f   HDL 1 led, mistake 8th, niggled along after 10th, more firmly pushed along home turn, mistake 3 out, hard ridden and stayed on approaching 2 out, mistake there, sustained effiort under a ride approaching last, ridden out, all out, was closed on last 100 yards but just held on with nothing to spare. 131
Getaway Totherock 10/11/2020 HEREFORD 2m 4f   HDL 1 raced last of the 3, steady pace, made a sudden move to lead 6th and increased pace, in close to 7th, ridden into 8th, niggled along approaching 2 out, soon more firmly pushed along and drew 3 to 4 lengths clear of Dolcita approaching home turn, stride shortened approaching last but by that point was 10 lengths clear, in close to it, pushed out, ears pricked run-in, kept up to her work to the line. 128
Getaway Trump 01/10/2020 WARWICK 2m   CHS 1 raced 3rd, slowed into 3rd and niggled away from it, in close to 6th, ridden into 7th some 4 lengths off 1st 2, edging closer when not fluent 4 out, headway and disputed 2nd 3 out, moved best home turn, niggled along and a length down 2 out, ridden, switched approaching last, held a length down, hard driven, stayed on well last 150 yards, led, asserted last 100 yards although didn’t go that far clear. I’m still not convinced where this one’s concerned. 136
Getaway Trump 17/11/2020 FAKENHAM 2m 5f   CHS 1 chased leader, briefly moved upsides 6th, mistake 12th, moved comfortably 13th, niggled along after 3 out, travelled more comfortably than Happygolucky when mistake 2 out, ridden and had 2 lengths to find approaching home turn, effort under a ride and drew upsides straightening, narrow advantage last, hard driven, could have gone either way, found extra last 50 yards. 138
Glinger Flame 02/10/2020 HEXHAM 2m 4f Hcp HDL 1 prominent to midfield, niggled along after 5th, closer order and tracked leaders when in close to 8th, pushed along and further ground to chase leader on long run to 2 out, pushed along and a length and a bit down on leader when carried head to one side briefly home turn, reminder, stayed on under a ride, the better jump last though carried left, drew upsides leader, hard driven, stayed on, all out last 100 yards and runner-up came back at him, held on grimly. 135
Glory And Fortune 11/11/2020 AYR 2m 1f Hcp CHS 4 led, clear, in close to 5th, jumped right 6th, blundered 7th, nowhere near so far in front and niggled along approaching 4 out, headed and mistake there, fading when mistake 3 out and stumbled on landing, weakened and dropped to last approaching 2 out, mistake when dropping away, final mistake last, well back. 123
Go Another One 11/10/2020 LIMERICK 2m 3f   CHS 3 chased clear leader, himself clear of 3rd and 4th after 5th, slow 3 out, pushed along turning out of back straight, lost 2nd under a ride starting home turn, no more and dropped away approaching 2 out, no extra between last 2. 123
Golan Fortune 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 9 held up, niggled along before mistake 6th, pushed along after 7th, a lot to do in rear when mistake 3 out and hard ridden, not much ground by 2 out, had most in front under a ride home turn, began to stay on approaching last, passed several before and after it, stayed on under pressure last 150 yards, no more last 100 yards but nearest finish. Didn’t appear to be going anywhere for most of the last circuit. 130
Golan Fortune 07/11/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp HDL 4 midfield, mistake 4th, headway and just about prominent 8th, mistake 9th, closer order still 3 out (cross hurdle), pushed along home turn, hard ridden, hung left and was bumped approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, one pace when mistake last, rider threw whip away early on run-in, kept on till no extra last 100 yards, stuck to task. Did okay but gave the impression he didn’t really apply himself close home, not helped perhaps by the jockey rather comedically throwing his whip away on the run-in. 131
Golan Fortune 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m Hcp HDL 3 prominent, shuffled back and midfield 4th, ridden into 9th, niggled along approaching 3 out, headway and with leaders approaching 2 out going comfortably, pushed along approaching home turn, at most a head down straightening, hard ridden approaching last, driven run-in, might have led narrowly 175 yards out, headed under strong pressure 125 yards out, faded last 75 yards, losing ground on 1st 2 at the post. Good run in the first-time visor, travelled comfortably throughout. 128
Good Boy Bobby 27/10/2020 BANGOR 2m 1f   CHS 1 chased leader, led after 3rd, ridden into 8th, was joined up front 3 out, niggled along and led a length and a half home turn, moved best approaching 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, 3 lengths clear, last, driven out, stayed on well run-in. 140
Good Boy Bobby 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 6f   CHS 2 chased winner throughout, ridden 4 out, no impression from approaching 3 out, just kept on. Possibly worth dropping back to 2m in the short term. 130
Good Man Pat 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 13 prominent, lost a few places and midfield 6th, headway and prominent again at the top of the hill, ridden along 2 out, in contention for the places under a ride last, hard driven, faded up the hill, lost ground and places last 150 yards, was being closed on by the 14th last few strides. Good run but didn’t come up the hill. 127
Goodbye Someday 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m   HDL 2 led, ridden into 2nd, headed before mistake 3rd, disputed it briefly 5th, led again 6th, headed and mistake 7th, still moved comfortably, niggled along and led again home turn then immediately headed by winner, within half a length 2 out, pushed along, readily left behind, switched to outer approaching last, kept on run-in, no impression, stuck to task. Has run into one. 125
Grand Sancy 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f   CHS 1 chased leader, always moving best, readily led 5 out, gradually drew clear. 140
Greaneteen 03/11/2020 EXETER 2m 1f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, raced freely, closer order approaching 8th, niggled along after it, moved well home turn, travelled best approaching 4 out, chased leader approaching 3 out, reached for it, not shaken up before 2 out, 2 lengths down jumping, hard ridden, carried head awkwardly, not stay on approaching last, hard ridden and hung left again, put under strong pressure, picked up last 150 yards, stayed on well and led close home, going away last stride. Helped to an extent by Moonlighter tiring, it looked like he wouldn’t go through with it between the second last and the last; benefit of the doubt for now. 149
Guitar Pete 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 4 prominent, shuffled back and one from last/briefly niggled along after 3rd, headway wide and midfield when ridden into 8th, pushed along and outpaced 12th, reminders approaching turn out of back straight, stayed on and closed on leaders approaching 4 out, in close to it, driven, no impression approaching 3 out, kept on and took 3rd 2 out, not totally done with as closed on 1st 2 approaching last, in close to it, looked held after, driven and no extra run-in, stuck to task. About as good as it gets these days for this one, not untypically needing a bit of persuasion to pick up before leaving the back straight. 140
Gumball 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS F led, a little keen but not as much as he has been in the past, jumped soundly, opened up a 3-length lead and travelling best home turn, looked the most likely winner when put in an extra stride and fell 2 out. Johnson saw a stride but Gumball didn’t, and a heavy fall was the result – he’d have won by at least 2 lengths. [138]
Haafapiece 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m Hcp HDL 2 prominent to midfield, mistake 2nd, nudged along for a couple of strides after 5th, headway on the bit home turn, chased leader 3 out, niggled along from 2 out and a little outpaced as winner found extra approaching last, hard driven, no extra, faded last 125 yards and was being closed on by the 3rd. 129
Hang In There 03/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 3f Hcp HDL 6 held up, mistake 2nd, was 20 to 25 lengths behind leader approaching 3rd though pace only steady, closed up after 6th, mistake 8th, edged closer home turn but had around 6 lengths to find and only nudged along at most, not getting to those ahead when in close to 2 out, reminder, didn’t find anything, lost ground, well held last, made no contribution. With no attempt to get in contention made at any time it’s probably best to put a line through this, and he’s worth another chance. 129
Hang In There 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 5f Hcp HDL 6 tracked leaders, a bit keen, mistakes 3rd and 4th, headway going comfortably and led narrowly approaching home turn, niggled along approaching 3 out, opened up a lead approaching 2 out, pushed along, was joined jumping, hard driven, headed approaching last, faded, well held early on run-in, hard ridden and continued to lose ground last 150 yards. Went for home first and paid the price for it late on; could be a bit better than this. 125
Hannon 02/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 2m 4f Hcp HDL 1 chased leader, a little keen, led 3rd, took off on the wrong leg 4th, 2 lengths clear approaching 7th, moved comfortably in front approaching 3 out, drew 3 to 4 lengths clear approaching home turn, moved best 2 out, not hard ridden to maintain advantage approaching last, ridden into it, pushed out, stayed on well, pulled further clear, readily. A supposedly-competitive handicap isn’t normally won like this  – just must have been on top of his game. 127
Happy Diva 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 5 midfield, a little headway and just about prominent 4th, edged closer and tracked leaders 8th, niggled along turning out of back straight, within 3 lengths 4 out, pushed along, and lost ground 3 out, faded and looked held 2 out, pushed along nad not knocked about as lost further ground approaching last, weakened further run-in, no more. Not given that hard a race when it was clear she wasn’t making the frame, she shaped well to a point, but did better in this race last year – perhaps she’ll improve for it; hard to just dismiss next time. 138
Happy Diva 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS F prominent to midfield, prominent from approaching 4th and raced keenly, hit 9th, moved comfortably enough at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 3 out, pushed along starting home turn, lost a length or so, keeping on and still had half a chance when fell 2 out. Wasn’t looking the most likely winner, but was probably on for a 1st 5-place. [144]
Happygolucky 29/10/2020 STRATFORD 2m 5f   CHS 1 prominent, raced inner, a little keen, shuffled back to midfield after 1st, made ground 2nd, tracked leaders from 3rd, ridden into 8th, niggled along approaching 11th, pushed along and outpaced/not going best approaching omitted 3 out, about 3 or 4 lengths back when brushed last (normally 2 out), stayed on under a ride and took 2nd turning out of back straight, led home turn, drew clear, hard driven approaching omitted last, was closed on, ridden out, found extra last 150 yards to pull clear, eased final strides. The further he went the better he got, and with most of his jumping sound, this was a satisfactory chasing debut. 135
Happygolucky 17/11/2020 FAKENHAM 2m 5f   CHS 2 led, jumped right 1st, mistake 6th and briefly joined, niggled along and tried to press on approaching 13th, jumped right there, more firmly pushed along after 3 out, not going best but the better jump 2 out, stayed on and was 2 lengths ahead approaching home turn, hard ridden, was closed on, upsides straightening, was a head down jumping last, stayed on under pressure, could have gone either way, no extra last 50 yards. Good run, though a couple of mistakes (forgivable round this track). 138
Harambe 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL F midfield, keen, slightly closer order approaching 2nd, raced wide back straight, edged closer and prominent on the bit approaching 3 out, switched outer to middle-inner and tracked leaders approaching 2 out, not shaken up approaching home turn, finally pushed along on the bend, stayed on and closing on leaders when fell last. Unlucky, he was running another big one in this race, and he’d have finished upsides the runner-up. [144]
Hardline 03/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 2m 4f   CHS F held up in touch, made a place 3rd and raced 3rd, jumped a little sideways 8th, at most nudged along and closer order approaching home turn, challenged for 2nd 3 out, put under pressure, staying on wide and moving into definite 2nd only a length down on leader when fell 2 out. Would most likely have finished 2nd, but provided he shows no ill-effects, this is an encouraging reappearance. [150]
Hatcher 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 7 held up, in close to 5th, blundered 6th, headway 10th, some 7 lengths down at the top of the hill and moved largely comfortably, not fluent 3 out, niggled along, pushed along home turn, switched middle, brushed 2 out, ridden and no more approaching last, hard driven up the hill, didn’t pick up, no more. Nothing much happening here after a hold-up ride and a promising move going to the third last. 135
Hatcher 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp CHS 4 held up, swerved fallers 5th and (to a lesser extent) 8th, headway home turn, nudged along and made no ground before 3 out, still 4th of the 4 remaining runners and effort delayed no more than 2 lengths down approaching 2 out, not fluent, readily outpaced between last 2, well held when mistake last, hard driven and kept on run-in, unable to make a place. 135
Highest Sun 10/11/2020 HEREFORD 2m 5f Hcp CHS 5 prominent, raced wide, mistake 2nd, slow 4th and dropped to last, steadied into 11th and pushed along away from it, pecked on landing 12th, hard ridden and made places to get into midfield approaching 3 out, mistake, hard driven and outpaced approaching 2 out, looked well held when steadied into it and not fluent, well back home turn, kept on approaching last, closed on weakening 4th last 150 yards but not by enough to get the place. A poor round of jumping – plus his not travelling at all well on the last circuit – prevented him from taking a hand. 134
Highest Sun 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f Hcp CHS 4 prominent, shuffled back and midfield when steadied into and in close to 2nd, hit 6th, mistake 9th, headway and prominent in main group 10th, niggled along 11th, further ground and tracked those at the head of the main group when ridden into 5 out, pushed along home turn, chased clear leader approaching 4 out, steadied into it, hard ridden, stayed on before in close to 3 out, put under pressure, no extra going to 2 out, looked held last, lost 3rd early on run-in, stride shortened under driving and lost ground on 3rd last 150 yards. 129
Highland Hunter 31/10/2020 AYR 3m Hcp HDL 2 prominent to midfield, in close to 4th, prominent when mistake 5th, shuffled back to midfield before 7th, made ground and prominent 8th, tracked leaders 9th and moved largely comfortably, pushed along home turn, a length down 3 out, ridden, hung left but led narrowly approaching 2 out, headed nearing it, ridden and outpaced approaching last, looked held, hard driven run-in, stayed on 200 yards out, closed on leaders, half a chance 100 yards out, no extra close home, just got 2nd post. A slightly odd finish from this one – it was his to lose when he hit the front before the second last, then faded, then picked up again on the run-in. 133
Highland Hunter 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 3 prominent, tracked leaders 6th, mistake 4 out and niggled along away from it, hard ridden and lost place/midfield turning out of back straight, stayed on home turn under a ride, closed on leaders approaching 3 out, hampered by Wholestone’s fall, ridden and kept on, changed legs approaching 2 out, stuck to task and half a chance last, hard driven, chased leader 200 yards out, couldn’t find more when Main Fact went on, stuck to task but faded a little last 50 yards. 126
Highly Prized 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 5 led, headed after 2nd, mistake 3 out, pushed along and lost ground, went for a run up the inside of Silver Streak home turn but rival would not give him any room and weakened under a ride home turn, dropped to last under pressure approaching 2 out, kept on under a hand ride approaching last, took 5th from beaten rival run-in, no impression on those ahead. 127
Highway One O One 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f Hcp CHS 6 chased leader, mistake 7th, hard ridden and reminder after 12th, held place and every chance under a ride only a neck down approaching 3 out, faded approaching 2 out, well held and not knocked about approaching last, allowed to complete in his own time. Sympathetically handled when the jockey knew he wasn’t going to get anything out of this. 121
Hold The Note 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 7f   CHS 4 held up last, mistake 2nd, made a place 7th, briefly niggled along after 9th, mistake 12th and reminder, pushed along after 5 out and closed on those ahead to hold a chance home turn, hard ridden after 4 out, couldn’t find more after 3 out, looked held 2 out, well back last, no more. 128
Honest Vic 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m Hcp HDL 1 midfield, a bit keen before mistake 2nd, mistake 6th, eged closer before 9th, very good headway and upsides leaders going well 3 out , the better jump and led on the bit 2 out, niggled along home turn, found extra, ran on and pulled clear before last, pushed out up the hill, sustained effort to draw further clear, safe last 100 yards, readily and decisive. We’re looking at a mark in the 150s here going forward; the performances of some of those behind mean that this race overall can’t be bigged up to something higher than I’ve rated it, but this one’s unexposed at 3m and he emphatically suggested there’s more to come with this performance. 142
Honest Vic 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 5 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, led on sufferance, clear at a steady pace, headed after 5th as pace increased, chased clear leader after and himself raced clear of the others, came back to the main group before mistake 9th, niggled along and held place, disputed 2nd home turn, pushed along and outpaced approaching 2 out, well held jumping, put under pressure approaching last, wandered left under driving run-in, kept on but no impression on those ahead. 140
House Island 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f   CHS 2 chased leader, jumped slightly left and sometimes in ungainly fashion, jumped big 7th (water), mistake 10th, pecked on landing 12th, ridden into 13th, pushed along home turn, drew upsides winner under a push approaching 4 out, mistake, carried head to one side, no impression when jumped left 3 out, hard ridden and lost 2nd 2 out, no more when left well-held 2nd last,  no more. Didn’t jump that well, airy and floaty in an untidy way quite often, and watching brief the best thing here if he stays over fences. 121
Hunters Call 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 4 midfield, headway and tracked leaders 2nd, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, raced wide approaching 3 out, every chance and arguably moved best 2 out, niggled along home turn, shaken up straightening, a length and a bit down last, hard driven, one pace as winner went on and in 4th 125 yards out, no extra, just kept on. Another good two-mile handicap hurdle, another good run from Hunters Call. 135
Huntsman Son 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 1 dropped out last, still last 12th and niggled along with 8 to 10 lengths to find, edged closer travelling largely comfortably 4 out, angled towards inner and closed on leaders in midfield approaching 3 out, reached for it but was within 3 lengths of leader by then, niggled along approaching 2 out, soon drew upsides leader, pushed along and led approaching last, ran on run-in, drew clear, decisive. Making light of his absence, probably goes to the Betvictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham later this month with leading claims. 144
Hurricane Harvey 04/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 4f   CHS 1 chased leader, ridden into and guessy jump 1st, slow 2nd and niggled along away from it, pushed along after 10th, tracked leaders approaching 11th, moved more comfortably home turn, pushed along from 4 out, staying on when mistake 3 out, hard ridden, closed on leader approaching 2 out, drew upsides under pressure approaching last, came away from it a length down, driven, strong run last 100 yards, got up final strides. 131
I K Brunel 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f   CHS 2 held up, headway and tracked leaders from 4th, relegated to 4th 8th, had moved back into 3rd when mistake 12th, edged closer 13th, pushed along from 3 out, took 2nd 2 out, had drawn upsides when steadied into last, hard driven, stayed on well last 150 yards, closed on winner, only just held post. Would have won had he not been steadied into the last (also took a longer route from the last to the line, Coolanly having the rail) and is the one to take out of this race. 125
I K Brunel 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 8 held up, made places and just about midfield 6th, edged closer after 9th, moved comfortably disputing 5th with 6 lengths to find when steadied into 3 out, hard ridden, no impression under pressure approaching 2 out, faded between last 2, well held last, no more and was being closed on by the 9th last strides. 124
Ibleo 31/10/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, shuffled back and rear approaching 4th, blundered 6th, niggled along 8th, headway 9th, edged closer 10th, with leaders approaching 3 out, disputed lead and niggled along home turn, led outright 2 out, hard driven, stayed on, led a length approaching last, hard driven run-in, was joined up front, pair clear, narrow lead under pressure till headed last strides. 138
If The Cap Fits 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m 5f   CHS 1 raced 3rd, mistake 1st, briefly nudged along away from 4th, in close to 9th, closer order turning out of back straight and niggled along, moved upsides the 2nd home turn, pushed along approaching 3 out and chased new leader Fiddlerontheroof, mistake but led, pushed along, drew clear by 2 out, ridden further clear approaching last, stayed on well to maintain advantage run-in, decisive. Encouraging chasing debut; jumping needs work, but he has the height for fences, so that should come together in a few runs. 134
If The Cap Fits 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m   CHS 2 chased leader, mistake 3rd, niggled along approaching 3 out, hard ridden home turn, not fluent 2 out, ridden and no impression approaching last, kept on one pace run-in. Probably no disgrace against one with more experience over fences. 141
Igor 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 2m 4f Hcp CHS F chased leader, disputed lead approaching 7th, led 8th, clear when ridden into 10th, mistake 11th (water), headed 14th, pushed along 3 out, keeping on and not yet done with when fell 2 out. Would most likely have finished 3rd, beaten around 5 lengths. [127]
Illegal Model 16/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 7f Hcp HDL 3 held up, mistake 1st, not fluent 4th, headway wide and just about midfield 8th, shuffled back by next, good headway home turn, edged closer approaching 3 out, jumped it 4th with 3 lengths to find, briefly pushed along, effort delayed as tracked leaders approaching 2 out, mistake, shaken up, put under presure and one pace approaching last, put under pressure ruin-in, no impression on 1st 2, closed a little inside last 50 yards. Not hard to see why his effort was delayed, and though he’ll undoubtedly be off a good mark next time I’ll be wary of him – might be the type to find little. 133
Imperial Alcazar 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 9 prominent to midfield, edged closer and tracked leaders 4th, raced a bit keenly, made ground to chase leader and jumped 7th only a neck down, led narrowly turning out of back straight, moved comfortably home turn, niggled along in half a length lead approaching 3 out, pushed along and headed approaching 2 out, put under pressure and faded between last 2, well held last, weakened and lost places last 150 yards. Did too much for the first two and a half miles and had nothing left in these conditions. 122
Imperial Aura 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f   CHS 1 chased leader, lost ground and niggled along 8th, dropped back to 4th by 9th, ridden into some fences, back on terms 11th, disputed lead 4 out, ridden and definite lead 3 out, a length in front 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on well, clear last, driven out, sustained effort run-in. Hit a flat spot starting the final circuit but, thrown at several fences by the positive David Bass, stayed on well when it mattered. 153
Imperial Aura 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 5f   CHS 1 made much of the running seciond circuit, came up every time when asked for jumps, ridden along home turn, stayed on well from 2 out, ridden out, workmanlike and decisive. 153
Imperial Presence 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f Hcp CHS 1 led, in close to 4th and 9th, niggled along in front after 12th, firmly pushed along from 3 out, stayed on, was challenged after 2 out, hard ridden, sustained effort, narrow lead last, hard driven, stayed on, held on grimly last 150 yards. All out at the end, and with races like this about to get stronger, that’s probably it from him for now. 145
Imperial Presence 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 9 led, ridden into and jumped right 3rd, took off too early 5th, clear 6th, ridden into 7th, steadied into and mistake 9th, disputed lead after, headed and ridden 4 out, dropped away home turn, weakened to rear and rider accepted it before 2 out, pushed along and nothing between last 2, no more. 131
Indefatigable 23/11/2020 KEMPTON 3m 1f   HDL 3 raced 2nd or 3rd, went well and jumped soundly, niggled along from 3 out as pace increased, hard driven from 2 out, one pace approaching last, no extra under pressure run-in, faded a little last 100 yards. Travelled nicely, but in the end shaped as though not staying, and on this could do with dropping back to around 2m4f. 131
Irish Prophecy 12/11/2020 TAUNTON 2m 7f Hcp CHS 1 prominent, chased leader from 7th, led 11th, drew clear after 14th, was 8 lengths up when in close to 3 out, niggled along, steadied into 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, was closed on approaching last, 4 lengths up when left well clear, eased run-in. He was being closed on but in all likelihood he’d have held on by around 2 lengths, his being sent clear from the home turn the probable reason why he gave the impression of not having much left – the amount he was in front at the third last is a fairer reflection of his merit. 136
Itchy Feet 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, windy jump 1st, raced wide when jumped right 3rd, not fluent 7th, headway and prominent 9th, mistake 11th, moved comfortably approaching 4 out, not fluent and lost some ground, ridden along home turn, hung left approaching 3 out, continued to hang under a hand ride but closed on leaders approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, kept on, didn’t find more as 1st 2 went a little way clear, closed on them when Nuts Well came upsides approaching last, a length down jumping, ridden and no more run-in. The one that promised the most coming in to the race, has been the one that delivered the least, and on this performance lacks the resolution required for these good races. 152
Itchy Feet 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 5f   CHS 2 held up in touch, lost ground after Swinley Bottom, ridden 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, took 2nd straight, no impression on winner, stuck to task. 147
Jammin Masters 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 6 with leaders, in close to 2nd, ridden into 7th and 8th, in close to 9th, led narrowly approaching home turn, niggled along approaching 3 out, ridden into it, outpaced approaching 2 out, jumped it in 6th or 7th, well held between last 2, some 12 lengths back last, hard driven, stayed on run-in, going on well last 150 yards and had running in him at the end. Tapped for pace early in the straight, he had plenty of zip at the end and it augurs well for a return to chasing (or another hurdle, if connections stay over the smaller obstacles). 125
Jammy George 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 5 chased leader, slow 3rd and shuffled back a little but remained prominent, lost ground and midfield 8th, was bumped 10th, in close to 12th, headway to track leaders when mistake 13th, jumped left 15th, niggled along 4 out, tracked leaders home turn, put under pressure after 3 out, kept on going to 2 out, faded between last 2 under a ride, kept on a bit under pressure but looked held approaching last, driven and no more run-in. A bit of promise here, this one looking an extreme distance-stayer in the making. 130
Johnbb 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 1 held up rear, headway and midfield 3rd, further ground and prominent 12th, niggled along turning out of back straight, pushed along approaching 4 out, stayed onand disputed lead jumping, steadied into and mistake 3 out, ridden along, half a length down when mistake 2 out, ridden firm hands and heels, found more and led approaching last, hard driven last 175 yards, carried tail high, stayed on well and drew clear, workmanlike and decisive. Mistakes at the third and second last set him back, but then he found extra in taking fashion from approaching the last and impressed in putting distance between himself and the 2nd on the run-in – this one is unexposed and could well progress again. 137
Joke Dancer 25/11/2020 WETHERBY 1m 7f Hcp CHS 1 led 1st, headed after 4th, chased leader till led 8th, ridden 4 out, stayed on well straight, was joined last, just found enough. 139
Jolly’s Cracked It 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 5 midfield, not fluent 1st, edged closer after 8th, prominent 3 out (cross hurdle), quite wide home turn, moved comfortably approaching 2 out, niggled along after it, every chance between last 2, pushed along when mistake last, hard driven, faded 175 yards out, well held final 100 yards, carried tail high, stuck to task. 130
Just Your Type 15/10/2020 CARLISLE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 5 prominent, jumped big and left 1st and 2nd, continued to jump left, mistake 7th, ridden into 8th, steadied into 9th, niggled along approaching 11th, pushed along briefly 12th, made ground and in 3rd and niggled along home turn, pushed along approaching 4 out, hard ridden approaching 3 out, outpaced, steadied into 3 out, well back and held approaching 2 out, continued to lose ground approaching last, hard driven and kept on run-in, took 5th 150 yards out, no impression on those ahead. 123
Justatenner 31/10/2020 AYR 3m Hcp HDL 1 held up last, in close to 3rd, slightly detached last starting final circuit, mistake 7th, finally passed a rival 8th, moved largely comfortably 9th, pushed along and headway into midfield 3 out, continued to close, bumped rival approaching 2 out, further headway to lead there, hard driven between last 2, wandered in front, led 2 lengths when mistake last, hard driven, stayed on, was closed on run-in, found extra under pressure last 100 yards. Signs of a quirk, but to come from last to first when there was a steady early pace is meritorious. 133
Kalashnikov 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 7 held up, headway and midfield on inner 4th, not fluent 5th, niggled along 7th, pushed along turning out of back straight with 8 lengths to find and 7 in front, slightly hampered by the faller 3 out, stayed on wide under a ride approaching 2 out and jumped it no more than 4 lengths down, put under pressure, had half a chance till faded approaching last, beginning to tire when mistake, lost further ground under a ride run-in. Was off the bit a long way out but that’s his run style, and on this first run over 3m, he looked as though he’d take a hand between the last 2 hurdles before his stamina failed – his ability looks to be in tact. 139
Kalooki 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f   CHS 1 led, was 2 to 3 lengths up before 3rd, in close to 7th, in close and brushed 12th, was at most half a length up home turn, ridden into and jumped low 4 out, moved best approaching 3 out, 3 to 4 lengths up 2 out, not hard ridden between last 2, steadied into and mistake last, at most pushed out, readily. 133
Kalooki 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 7f   CHS 3 led, clear 3rd, jumped left 5th, ridden into 10th and 11th, not fluent 13th, not so far clear turning out of back straight, mistake 5 out, pushed along from 4 out, went left and not fluent 3 out, staying on under a ride when mistake 2 out and headed, faded,still half a chance last, weakened run-in. Regressed from his promising chasing debut, his jumping going to pieces and not seeing out the longer trip. 133
Kapcorse 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f Hcp CHS 7 held up, headway wide and midfield 2nd, in close to 4th and 7th, not fluent 11th, headway and prominent 12th, ridden into next, niggled along home turn, hung left under a push straightening, hard ridden approaching 3 out, hard driven as continued to hang before blundered 2 out, weakened between last 2, kept on a little last 100 yards. On his first run for 644 days, looked a difficult ride. 124
Kateson 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 8 led, bumped rival 1st, keen, in close to 4th, headed, led and in close to 6th, disputed lead and moved comfortably home turn, niggled along approaching 3 out, headed and carried head high and to one side approaching 2 out, put under pressure, mistake, well held between last 2, lost ground on those ahead before and after last, no more. 124
Kauto Riko 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 4 held up rear, hit 5th and niggled along for a few strides, ridden into 7th and 12th, ridden along and struggling after 13th, passed a couple on downhill run to 3 out under a ride, in close to it, put under pressure approaching home turn, stayed on and closed on those ahead, took well-held 5th approaching last, hard driven and sustained effort, took 4th close home, nearest finish. Nothing finished stronger, but he’d been struggling earlier in the race and for me this isn’t a hint of a better performance in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, if he goes there. 139
Keeper Hill 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 4 held up, headway and midfield 12th, taken wide and further ground approaching 15th, nudged along some 8 lengths down in 6th turning out of back straight, pushed along and outpaced home turn, looked well held 4 out, kept on approaching 3 out, hard ridden and stayed on to take 4th going to 2 out, mistake there, couldn’t make ground on 1st 3 between last 2, well back last, stuck to task run-in. Ran well, and travelled better than usual – might be of interest in the Warwick Classic Chase. 142
Kemboy 19/11/2020 THURLES 2m 6f   CHS 2 raced keenly, chased leader throughout, ridden and one pace from 2 out. 153
Kepagge 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 4 midfield, slow 2nd, headway and raced 3rd approaching bend before 3rd, tracked leaders 4th, lost ground and slipping into midfield when mistake 6th, niggled along at the top of the hill, headway and and at most 3 lengths down when mistake 3 out, pushed along and outpaced going to 2 out, hard diven home turn, forced wide straightening, no impression on those ahead approaching last, hard driven and kept on last 150 yards, held for 4th final strides. 128
Kid Commando 31/10/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 1 went on, clear from 2nd, not so far ahead 4th, went about 3 lengths clear again 3 out, moved comfortably approaching home turn, niggled along approaching 2 out, was a length and a bit up with hard ridden and stayed on between last 2, in close to last, ridden out, ran on last 200 yards to pull further clear, unchallenged. Never saw a rival and poured it on after the last – another time he might be a sitting duck, but at least we know from this that he’s genuine. 139
Kid Commando 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 3f Hcp HDL 6 led, mistake 1st, headed before 2nd and tracked leaders after, lost further ground before pushed along after 7th, kept on 3 out, mistake 2 out and faded between last 2, well back last, no more. 129
Kildisart 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   HDL 3 tracked leaders, in close to 2nd, lost ground and midfield 4th though still moved comfortably, edged closer approaching 8th, closer order still and chased leader turning out of back straight, niggled along approaching 3 out, challenged leaders 3 out, might have led narrowly approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, chased Roksana approaching last, no impression, narrow 2nd on landing, hard driven, faded into 3rd run-in, ridden out, kept on. Encouraging reappearance, travelling better through this race than he did in the Ultima when he had cheekpieces on. 145
Kildisart 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 7 midfield, raced wide, headway and with leaders 3rd, a little keen, shuffled back and midfield 6th, hit 7th, briefly niggled along after 10th, headway and prominent 14th, niggled along after 16th and lost ground again, outpaced turning out of back straight, widest of all when in close to 17th,  ridden along approaching 4 out, struggling to get to leaders under a ride when mistakes 3 out and next, well back when mistake last, kept on run-in but unable to make a place. Went a little in snatches, nothing unusual for this one, and also too many mistakes. 134
Kilfilum Cross 16/10/2020 FAKENHAM 3m Hcp CHS 4 held up, not fluent 2nd, a little ground and just about midfield 5th, went left and mistake 9th, dropped back a couple of lengths when slow 11th and pushed along away from it, struggling under a push 14th, mistake 15th and reminders, picked off the odd beaten one but no impression on those ahead when mistake 2 out, well adrift home turn, left distant 4th last, no more. All at sea round this course, he’ll do better at more conventional tracks. 124
Kilfilum Cross 27/11/2020 DONCASTER 2m 3f Hcp CHS 7 led or disputed, headed and tracked leaders when not fluent 5th, niggled along briefly after 8th, shuffled back and midfield 9th, pushed along for a couple of strides after that and 10th, dropped to last of the main group 11th, detached and last one still going 4 out, well held 3 out, pushed along and no impression approaching 2 out, closed on a beaten one after last but unable to make the place. Running this one over this trip, on good ground, is a waste of time. 122
Kings Temptation 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 6f Hcp CHS 6 held up, mistake 4th (Aintree), unbalanced and rider nearly unseated 16th (2nd part of Cheese Wedges), lost place and last when mistake 26th (Divided Birch), passed beaten ones under a ride but struggling to make an impression when mistake 2 out (Stuffed Hurdle), hard ridden and no impression approaching home turn, driven to little avail approaching last, picked up last 175 yards and closing on weakening 5th final strides. 131
Kingswell Theatre 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 6f Hcp CHS 1 sent on, clear, steadied pace approaching 4th, made rest, pressed on bend before 2 out, pushed along home turn, found extra approaching last, hard driven up the hill, changed legs 150 yards out, stayed on well and maintained clear lead. With Tiger Roll and Easysland for all intents and purposes not turning up, took full advantage. 149
Kitty’s Light 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS 3 towards rear and niggled along away from 1st, hit 2nd, blundered 11th, mistake 16th, still in rear but made a place 17th, ridden along after 4 out and had 15 to 20 lengths or so to find approaching 3 out, passed a few and midfield when swerved faller 3 out, hard ridden and moved into 6th but still 15 lengths adrift under a ride 2 out, hard driven, closed on those ahead approaching last, stayed on well under pressure, really picked up last 125 yards, passed a couple and nearest finish. If you’d seen his winning run at Exeter he really relished the uphill finish, and here all his best work was in the last 300 yards – he comes with risks, because he struggled over these stiffer fences than Exeter’s as it looked likely he would, but this brings extreme distances into the equation. 120
La Bague Au Roi 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 5 midfield, made ground and prominent 6th, took off on the wrong leg 11th, tracked leaders 13th, niggled along turning out of back straight, made ground and close 3rd though not going as well as 1st 2 approaching 4 out, hard driven and faded quickly approaching 3 out, 6 lengths 4th when mistake, tiring and lost 4th 2 out, well back last, no more. Didn’t have lack of match fitness as an excuse this year and has finished weakly, which is beginning to become a habit. 132
La Bague Au Roi 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 8 midfield to rear, blundered 2nd and dropped rear, dropped to last when mistake 11th and pushed along away from it, detached last 13th, not fluent 14th, made a place 16th but niggled along and plenty to do, pushed along and made a place or two home turn, making ground when mistake 4 out, no further impression going to 3 out, well back 2 out, picked off a beaten one last, essentially made no contribution. 122
L’Air Du Vent 27/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m   CHS 3 chased leader, in close to 1st, mistake 12th, produced to challenge home turn, led 5 out moving comfortably, briefly headed 4 out, pushed along, narrow lead when steadied into and mistake 3 out, headed, at most niggled along but only at most a head down when mistake 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on and still every chance last, driven and faded run-in, kept on last 150 yards but not reach 2nd and no impression on winner. Less forcefully ridden than the runner-up in the straight, this one is potentially better than he’s shown here. 130
L’Air Du Vent 22/11/2020 EXETER 3m   CHS 1 prominent, chased leader from 2nd, mistake 9th, travelled best home turn, ridden into 4 out, pushed along from 3 out, stayed on approaching 2 out, led there, put under prssure, led half a length approaching last, ridden out, didn’t go any further clear and stayed on well enough. 126
Lamanver Pippin 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 1f Hcp CHS 3 held up, headway and midfield 6th, reached for 9th, not fluent 15th and pushed along away from it, made ground and in touch in rear of leading group 17th, pushed along at the top of the hill, outpaced 3 out, then put under pressure and stayed on well to chase leader home turn, hard ridden and had a chance last, driven and one pace up the hill, kept on though lost 2nd close home, closing on winner final strides. Good run, outpaced a bit when the pace cranked up on the final circuit but his stamina coming into play. 130
Le Breuil 24/10/2020 KELSO 3m 2f Hcp CHS 4 prominent, hampered 1st and left chasing leader, led 7th, mistake 3 out and headed, hard ridden, outpaced home turn, beginning to look held when mistake 2 out, some 8 to 10 lengths down last, hard driven, kept on last 200 yards and closed on those ahead last 125 yards. Unsurprisingly given that this one is the winner of the last running over the distance of the four-mile National Hunt Chase, he was doing his best work at the end – we’re looking at the Borders National, Edinburgh National, Eider and/or Midlands National at possible targets this season. 132
Le Ligerien 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp HDL 3 led, clear, went 15 lengths clear by 2nd, was closed on home turn and led only 5 lengths straightening though still moved comfortably, pursuers closed further, headed 3 out and niggled along, still half a chance when went left and mistake 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, stuck to task, 1st 3 pulled clear, faded nearing last, went left again, kept on under a hand ride run-in. 125
Legends Gold 14/11/2020 UTTOXETER 3m   CHS F led 2nd, pressed on from 3 out (normally 4 out) and travelled much the best, jumped right and fell 2 out. Would have won by around 3 lengths – had done nothing wrong till then. [139]
Lieutenant Rocco 20/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m   CHS 3 chased leader, lost 2nd 5th, mistake 7th, headway and drew upsides Antunes home turn, a length down 5 out, niggled along, mistake 4 out, pushed along, slightly outpaced when in close to 3 out, hard driven and still half a chance 2 out, outpaced between last 2, looked held last, faded run-in under pressure, lost 2nd 150 yards out, stuck to task. Good run, a couple of errors but that’s likely to get better with experience. 122
Lightly Squeeze 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 7 midfield on inner, keen, headway and prominent 2nd, headway to track leaders when ridden into 4th, hampered starting home turn and shuffled back a length and a bit, niggled along in prominent to midfield position turning in, soon made up lost ground and ridden into 3 out, pushed along going to 2 out, put under pressure betwen last 2, faded approaching last and soon well held, well back in 12 lengths 7th jumping last, no more run-in. Not helped by being forced back a little on the bend, he ended up making his effort before a couple of the others and he was all done going to the last as a result. 123
Lil Rockerfeller 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 2 chased leader, led 3rd, disputed lead 4th, chased leader 5th, led 7th, ridden into 8th, disputed lead turning out of back straight, led approaching home turn, pushed along and drew clear approaching 3 out, stayed on under a hand ride going to 2 out, sustained effort though was closed on before and after last, hard driven run-in, stayed on, headed 125 yards out, no extra, stuck to task. Back to some sort of form from this popular jumper. 147
Liosduin Bhearna 27/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m   CHS 2 held up, mistake 8th, midfield 9th, closer order 13th, good ground home turn and moved upsides leaders, niggled along and chased new leader 5 out, led briefly 4 out, pushed along, hit 3 out but led, pushed along and led narrowly 2 out, jockey momentarily unbalanced on landing, hard ridden, stayed on still in narrow lead till headed by winner last, every chance under a ride till one pace last 150 yards, kept on. 132
Lisnagar Oscar 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   HDL 4 midfield, raced wide 8th, edged closer approaching turn out of back straight, within 2 lengths home turn but widest of all, chased leader on straightening, drew upsides nearing 3 out, pushed along, stayed on, disputed lead when hard driven after 2 out, outpaced as winner went on, faded and wandered a little approaching last, well held in 4th run-in, lost further ground on those ahead last 150 yards. 147
Lisnagar Oscar 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 7 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, prominent, ridden into 6th as pace picked up, headway going comfortably approaching home turn and every chance approaching 3 out, ridden into it and within half a length jumping, pushed along, chased new leader approaching 2 out, couldn’t go with them when in close to 2 out, put under pressure, ridden and weakened approaching last, continued to drop back run-in, finished tired. 137
Locker Room Talk 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m 2f Hcp CHS 1 disputed lead 1st, keen hold, definite lead 2nd, ridden into 3rd, disputed it 6th to 9th, moved largely comfortably home turn, travelled best passing omitted 3 out though several challengers near, ridden into 2 out, wandered left, joined up front, put under strong pressure, found extra to lead a length last, driven out, stayed on well enough. 138
Lock’s Corner 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m Hcp HDL 2 prominent to midfield, niggled along after 1st, switched wide before not fluent 4th, mistake 5th, niggled again approaching 8th, made ground and prominent when mistake 9th, within 3 lengths at the top of the hill, niggled along from 3 out, effort delayed approaching 2 out, knocked it down, pushed along approaching home turn, effort and chased winner straightening, hard ridden after last, carried head a little to one side, drew clear of the 3rd, no impression on winner, stuck to task. Has very much run into one here and can be competitive again. 130
Looksnowtlikebrian 15/10/2020 CARLISLE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 3 held up last pair, in close to 3rd and 5th, ridden into 6th, went through 10th, steadied into 11th, ridden into 13th, mistake 14th, ridden along and outpaced, some 10 lengths down under a ride home turn, good headway and passed a few going better to be within 6 lengths when steadied into 4 out, pushed along, steadied into and hit 3 out, hard ridden and looked held approaching 2 out, stayed on well between last 2 and closed on leaders approaching last, put under pressure, stayed on well till no extra last 100 yards, kept on to the line. Eventually a good run – the uphill finish in this one’s favour – but given too much to do, at  some of the fences as well as in terms of position through the race. 134
Lord Napier 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 4 well positioned approaching the tape but put the brakes on when tape released and started in rear, headway wide and midfield 2nd, prominent 5th, shuffled back a couple of lengths and ridden into 9th, headway racing wide and prominent 11th, pushed along approaching 13th, was in 3rd home turn, ridden and outpaced as 1st 2 went clear approaching 3 out, fading and lost 3rd approaching 2 out, driven and kept on between last 2, lost well-held 3rd run-in. We need to keep an eye on this one’s behaviour at the start, although he went a little in snatches anyway. 126
Magic Saint 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 6 prominent, shuffled back when in close to 4th, prominent to midfield 8th, lost ground before 9th, edged closer approaching 4 out, at most nudged along home turn, continued to close and tracked leaders 3 out, pushed along and outpaced going to 2 out, hard driven, faded between last 2, lost ground and places approaching last, no more under a ride run-in and lost 5th last stride. Weak finish. 145
Magic Saint 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 1 held up, bumped rivals 1st, headway from 2nd, prominent 3rd, chased leader from 7th, moved best after 3 out, led home turn, shaken up and ridden into 2 out, stayed on between last 2, led 2 to 3 lengths when the better jump last, ridden out, stayed on well up the hill, workmanlike and decisive. 148
Magic Saint 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 1f Hcp CHS 4 midfield, headway and prominent 2nd, tracked leaders 7th, niggled along briefly 10th, chased leader home turn, niggled along approaching 2 out, led then mistake, headed, faded between last 2, not fluent last, lost further ground under a ride run-in. The mistake at the second last probably cost him 3rd, but perhaps this came soon enough after his Cheltenham-win. 152
Main Fact 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 1 midfield on outer, lost place back straight and last when mistake 9th, ridden along in last pair turning out of back straight, began to pick up under a ride approaching 3 out and passed a couple, continued to stay on and was closing in 6th when not fluent 2 out, hung left, hard driven (left-hand whip) and moved into 5th with 4 or 5 lengths to find jumping last, strong effort under pressure and passed them all to lead 125 yards out, driven out, stayed on well and maintained clear lead last 50 yards. Makes it hard, but gets it done. 137
Malaya 31/10/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 2 prominent, shuffled back and midfield 3rd, rear but in touch 4th, briefly niggled along in Swinley Bottom, good ground from approaching 3 out, passed most of the field to chase leader approaching home turn, shaken up straightening, taken to stands’ side, a length and a bit down 2 out, pushed along between last 2, 1st 2 drew clear, no extra and beginning to look held when mistake last, hard ridden and no more run-in. 136
Malystic 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 1m 7f   CHS 1 chased leader at a steady-to-medium pace, led 4th, left clear by Sir Valentine’s blunder 5th, quickened a little, rather steadied pace turning out of back straight and had Sir Valentine move upsides home turn, moved much the best as drew clear from 4 out, pushed along after 3 out, stayed on in clear lead from 2 out, safe last, ridden out hands and heels. Arguably presented with the race when Sir Valentine made the mother of all blunders at the first fence on the back straight, he had less to do than might have been anticipated beforehand, but the style marks were high – he jumped soundly throughout – and he won’t be out of place in better company. 139
Marie’s Rock 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 7 prominent, pulled hard, mistake 4th (took off too early and landed on it, lucky not to fall), more settled by 5th though still a little keen turning out of back straight, moved comfortably home turn, blundered 3 out, ridden along and lost place, at most nudged along and made ground to hold half a chance approaching 2 out then carried head high, lugged left then nearly forced the wrong side of the hurdle, corrected just in time but lost ground, hampered on landing and bumped rival (not her doing), no more and well held last, was closing on weakening 6th last strides. Before considering what happened at the second last, she pulled way too hard in the first half of the race  and there were two serious mistakes as well – so it was those two things that cost her her chance. 131
Mario De Pail 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 5 tracked leaders, moved largely comfortably home turn, ridden into 3 out, quickly hard ridden and reminders, outpaced approaching 2 out, looked held in 6 lengths 7th after it, no more approaching last, kept on run-in and took 5th 200 yards out, no impression on those ahead. Outpaced in a matter of strides after the third last, could well have done with it softer (or could have done with a longer trip). 122
Mario De Pail 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m 4f Hcp HDL 1 prominent, in close to 2nd, mistake 3rd, tracked leaders 4th, in close to 6th, niggled along home turn, a little ground and chased leader 3 out, pushed along approaching 2 out and mistake, put under pressure, outpaced approaching last, stayed on run-in under driving, found extra last 150 yards, led 100 yards out and going clear at the line. Needed all of it and perhaps worth a try over further on this evidence – what’s for sure is that he’s unexposed. 130
Marlborough Sounds 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m Hcp HDL 2 prominent home turn, travelled well approaching 3 out, sent on and ridden 2 out, stayed on, headed last, no extra run-in. Ended up with a view of the front earlier than the winner and might have done better if waited with a bit more, but will go well next time. 134
Marown 11/11/2020 AYR 2m 1f Hcp CHS 3 raced 3rd, closer order when nudged along 8th, disputed 2nd and niggled along turning out of back straight, chased new leader 4 out, niggled along, disputed 2nd 3 out, beginning to get outpaced when not fluent 2 out, no more between last 2, well back last, no more. Jumped soundly, but that was it; his action suggests he might be better on better ground. 123
Marracudja 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp CHS 4 held up, pulled hard, finally made a place and had 7 lengths to find 5 out, took 4th but began to look held under a push approaching 3 out, carried head to one side approaching 2 out, faded before and after last, weakened run-in. A public gallop, simple as that. 136
Marracudja 03/11/2020 EXETER 2m 1f Hcp CHS 6 held up last, windy jump 1st, raced wide approaching 5th, badly hampered by faller 8th, detached one from last under a push home turn, made no ground approaching 3 out, last one still going and hanging left between last 2, no more, made no contribution. Presumably held up given the class of the race, expect a return to the front-running tactics that worked last season soon. 120
Marracudja 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp CHS 3 held up last, swerved faller 2nd, made a place 6th, edged closer approaching 4 out and moved comfortably, chased winner and moved better after 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, no extra, disputing 2nd when mistake last and rider nearly unseated, well held, kept on to hold 3rd last 100 yards. 131
Master Tommytucker 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 2m 5f   CHS 2 led, raced freely, clear, hit 9th, blundered 10th, in close to 11th, not fluent 3 out, not as far clear as earlier in the race but travelled best home turn, mistake 2 out, ridden, hung left approaching last, was joined, headed last, no more run-in. Lots of jumping errors of varying severity, then caved in readily – in all probability wins nothing this season. 137
Master Tommytucker 10/11/2020 HUNTINGDON 2m 4f   CHS 1 raced largely upsides, mistake 9th, drew clear on the bridle approaching 2 out, safe last, not extended. 144
Master Tommytucker 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 6f   CHS 1 made all, in tight to a few fences, not hard pressed to gradually draw clear form 4 out, unchallenged. 145
McFabulous 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f   HDL 1 held up, headway on the bit after 7th, led approaching 3 out going much the best, not hard pressed to maintain clear advantage from 2 out, at most nudged out from last, readily. 139
McFabulous 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 3 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, midfield, reached for 4th (landed on it and lucky not to fall), raced wide from 6th, closer order home turn travelling comfortably but widest of all on the bend, edged closer and with leaders 3 out, yet to be shaken up approaching 2 out, reached for it and led, shaken up, headed approaching last, hard driven run-in, couldn’t find more, faded last 150 yards, lost ground on 1st 2 last 100 yards and was being closed on by the 4th close home. Given a proper test in the best staying hurdle company, was found wanting – admittedly not helped by being caught widest of all on the home bend, but not getting home. 149
Mellow Ben 02/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 6f Hcp CHS 5 midfield, windy jump 6th, pushed along starting final circuit, headway and tracked leaders 11th, niggled along approaching 3 out, hard driven approaching 2 out, no more and fading when went through it, well held approaching last, hard driven, no impression, unable to get 4th last 150 yards. 127
Mellow Ben 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f Hcp CHS 3 led, a length and a half clear approaching 3rd, was joined 4th, narrowly headed before in close to 7th, disputed lead and 1st 2 pulled clear by 9th, definite lead 10th, went 4 or 5 lengths clear by 12th, moved comfortably home turn and was about the same distance in front, niggled along approaching 3 out, mistake there, hard ridden and not so far ahead, headed 2 out, outpaced under a ride approaching last, looked held jumping, driven and kept on, lost 2nd 100 yards out, stuck to task. Cracking run, made plenty of use of and clear on the home turn, and not letting the 2nd get away once the win wasn’t happening. 133
Miah Grace 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m 4f Hcp HDL 2 led, mistake 3rd, moved largely comfortably 8th, arguably travelled best home turn, mistake 3 out, pushed along, carried head a little to one side, better jump 2 out and stayed on under a hand ride, wadnered right approaching last, in close to it, pair clear, hard driven 150 yards out, headed, stuck to task under pressure but no extra close home. 130
Mick Pastor 28/10/2020 FAKENHAM 2m   CHS F chased leader, keen hold, pecked on landing 9th, travelled best and loomed upsides leader home turn, pushed along approaching last, at most a neck down when fell heavily. Rating assumes he would have been beaten a length, which might well have happened as this one didn’t find much over hurdles. [125]
Midnights’ Gift 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp HDL 4 prominent to midfield, ridden home turn, stayed on from 2 out, half a chance last, pecked on landing, ridden, faded last 150 yards. 126
Midnights’ Gift 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m   HDL 3 held up in touch, a little keen, in close to 2nd, edged closer and midfield after 6th, niggled along home turn, soon more firmly pushed along and stayed on, closed on leaders approaching 3 out, every chance when rider appeared to slip forward in the saddle between there and 2 out, just beginning to fade under a ride when mistake 2 out, hard ridden, kept on, took 3rd just after last, ridden out, kept on, stuck to task but no impression on 1st 2 who were clear. Genuine enough effort but ran into better mares on the day. 130
Midnights’ Gift 17/11/2020 FAKENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 1 held up, closer order going comfortably and midfield approaching 6th, raced 3rd some 5 lengths behind clear leader when mistake 3 out, pushed along, effort and took 2nd bend before 2 out, ridden and closed on leader approaching home turn, sustained effort and led, was 3 lengths in front straightening, maintained advantage under pressure approaching last, ridden out, stayed on well. 134
Might Bite 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 5 led or disputed, jumped left 12th, hit 14th, led 15th, niggled along approaching 16th, pushed along home turn, headed 2 out, ridden, weakened approaching last, well held, continued to weaken run-in, virtually running on the spot at the end. Nothing to add. 136
Mighty Thunder 25/10/2020 HEXHAM 2m 4f   CHS 1 chased leader, disputed lead 11th, took definite lead by 3 out, soon clear, was 10 lengths clear 2 out, niggled along but looking in no danger, pushed along approaching home turn, stretched further clear, some 20 to 25 lengths or so up last, pushed out run-in, stayed on to the line. Clearly acts well on this ground – lots of horses weren’t getting home at this meeting – and maybe this one is an extreme distance-stayer in the making; made no noticeable errors, so the future’s looking good for this one. 132
Mighty Thunder 18/11/2020 HEXHAM 3m   CHS 1 led, steady pace, ridden into 11th, increased pace after 16th, was 2 or 3 lengths up when in close to 2 out, niggled along and found extra approaching home turn, going best approaching last but was closed on by Grand Morning and only a length up jumping, stayed on well run-in under a hands and heels ride, workmanlike and decisive. This one continues to impress and he really looks like one that’ll be going for a big pot before the season’s out. 129
Milan Native 07/10/2020 GALWAY 2m 7f   CHS 1 led at steady pace, often jumped slowly, pressed on from 3 out, hard ridden from last, was closed on straight, hard driven, could have gone either way, just held on post. 145
Militarian 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 3 midfield, raced wide, not fluent 3rd, ridden into 8th, in close to 12th, closer order 14th, ridden into 15th, niggled along 16th, pushed along 4 out, mistake 3 out, ridden with 6 lengths to find home turn, put under pressure, switched inner, closed on leaders approaching 2 out, not fluent, outpaced, driven and no extra, held approaching last, stayed on run-in and took well-held 3rd last 100 yards, no impression on 1st 2. 123
Milkwood 01/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m   HDL 1 midfield, edged a little closer 5th, tracked leaders home turn, travelled best of the field as moved closer to chase leader approaching 3 out, led on the bit going to 2 out, reached for it, nudegd along and drew clear going to last, pricked ears and wandered a little, steadied into it, not hard ridden run-in, maintained advantage, readily with plenty in hand. This was taking – he could have won this by 20 lengths if the jockey had asked him to do anything – and he could well win a good race this season. Further down the line, he’s got enough size for fences (medium-to-tallish, workmanlike). 123
Milkwood 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 4 held up, in close to 3rd, headway going comfortably and midfield turning out of back straight, not shaken up and still moved well going to 2 out, edged closer and tracked leaders, not fluent, shaken up, outpaced between last 2, hard ridden and kept on approaching last, short of room jumping, hard driven, kept on but no impression last 150 yards. Beaten on merit yet didn’t get the rub of the green; not exposed yet on the strength of this. 137
Milkwood 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 3 held up, a little headway and just about midfield approaching home turn, moved comfortably, nudged along and closed on those ahead approaching 2 out, was bumped nearing it and shuffled back then ground taken and hampered, shuffled back to 8 lengths 5th or 6th in the chain reaction, hard ridden and stayed on approachihng last, hard driven run-in, ran on, took 3rd 125 yards out, closed on 1st 2, nearest finish. What happened at the second last cost him the race; nothing finished faster and he’ll surely go close in a big handicap hurdle. 141
Millers Bank 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 8 midfield, niggled along and lost ground 3rd, lost place and towards rear 5th, pushed along turning out of back straight, made up a bit of ground by home turn, outpaced when dived at 3 out, hard ridden, no impression approaching 2 out, mistake, was bumped in the chain reaction as other runners avoided a fallen jockey, well back when ran down last to left, no more run-in. Absoloutely crying out for a longer trip (his stride is that of a three-mile chaser), his lack of pace was exposed as early as the 3rd. 126
Minella Encore 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   HDL 2 chased leader, in close to 1st, disputed lead 4th, narrow lead 6th, in close to 7th, ridden into 8th and 9th where 3 to 4 lengths clear, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, ridden into 3 out, niggled along approaching 2 out, more firmly pushed along after it, stayed on well and led 3 lengths home turn, was closed on approaching last, led a length and a half jumping, put under pressure, wandered right, was closed on and headed 150 yards out, no extra final 100 yards, kept on. 120
Minella Indo 26/10/2020 WEXFORD (LH) 2m 7f   CHS 1 made all, increased pace final circuit and 1st 2 really pressed on, going much the best after 3 out, drew clear home turn, pushed along between last 2, in close to last, unchallenged. Really trapping on the final circuit he took no prisoners, beating Milan Native into submission. 144
Minellacelebration 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, nearly got kicked in the face by one of his rivals 1st, closer order 4th, headway and tracked leaders going best of the field 15th, chased leader 4 out, 1st 2 clear of the rest, niggled along home turn, led on the bit 3 out, 4 lengths clear 2 out, pushed along and stayed on well to go further clear between last 2, reminders approaching last, some 15 to 20 lengths up last ridden out till eased last 100 yards, readily. Wow, nobody could have expected this – nothing else looked the winner at the fourth last; the proverbial one-hose race. 144
Mister Malarky 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 6 prominent, shuffled back and prominent to midfield 4th, niggled along in Swinley Bottom first time, headway when ridden into 7th, disputed lead 9th, chased leader 11th, ridden into 13th, disputed lead 14th, ridden into 15th, in close to 16th, mistake 4 out, ridden, lost place under a ride 3 out, dropped back home turn, well held 2 out, lost further ground on those ahead, well back last, no more. Not untypically, hard work. 129
Mister Whitaker 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 6 midfield to rear, headway and midfield approaching 12th, closer order and in 5th some 4 to 5 lengths down and travelling largely comfortably turning out of back straight, niggled along home turn, couldn’t go with 1st 4 and outpaced approaching 4 out, not fluent, looked held when mistake 3 out, faded further before not fluent 2 out, got tired approaching last, weakened further run-in and was nearly caught for 6th post. This was a fairer test of him at this trip than the well-run Cotswold Chase against Santini back in January and it can now be concluded that he does NOT stay 3m, so that’s more goes at Cheltenham’s top 2m4f-handicap chases on his agenda this season in all probability. It should also be mentioned that his stable was out of form at this time (Hold The Note the day before and Glen Forsa the following week were other disappointments). 137
Modus 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 held up, mistake 1st, headway and midfield 5th, prominent 8th, tracked leaders after 12th, travelled much the best home turn, no more than a length down 3 out, cajoled along, not fluent 2 out, shaken up, stayed on between horses and drew upsides leader approaching last, sent on and 3 lengths clear jumping, ridden out, stayed on well to draw clear, not ridden last 50 yards, readily with a bit in hand. With not many runners, he kept mistakes to a minimum and made a sound return to action – questions remain over his ability to cope with a big-field scrap though. 144
Mohaayed 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 4 midfield, niggled along approaching 3rd (cross hurdle), pushed along away from 5th and 6th, a lot to do under a ride bend before 3 out where mistake (cross hurdle), hard ridden with 8 or 9 in front home turn, kept on going to 2 out, stayed on well between last 2 and every chance though not going as well as a couple of oethers approaching last, faded under pressure run-in, kept on for 4th and was closing on the 3rd final strides. To an extent we’re going through the motions here, he has near-enough race-long flat spots nowadays and one such flat spot meant he was in a poor position at the third last. 139
Mohaayed 07/11/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp HDL 2 held up, headway and midfield 9th, mistake 10th, pushed along home turn, stayed on approaching 2 out, switched wide approaching last nder a push and stayed on, a length down last, hard driven, stayed on last 150 yards, took 2nd close home, no impression on Unowhatimeanharry. Had misgivings about his ability to stay the trip beforehand, but he seems to have stayed. 143
Monalee 19/11/2020 THURLES 2m 6f   CHS 3 led, a length and a half up 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, faded before and after last. 150
Monbeg Theatre 13/10/2020 HEREFORD 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 led, headed 9th, soon 5 or 6 lengths adrift, not fluent 11th, closed on Darlac 13th and drew upsides when not fluent 14th, led approaching 3 out, travelled much the better from there, pushed along from 2 out, stayed on and went clear home turn, pushed out from last, unchallenged. This is a race that’s unlikely to have an influence on anything, this winner taking his first race over fences aged 11 and the runner-up a serial loser. 128
Monte Cristo 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 8 held up, mistake 1st, headway and just about midfield approaching 4th, moved comfortably 7th, mistake 8th, headway going comfortably and prominent 4 out, moved well till niggled along approaching 2 out, midfield under a ride between last 2, weakened under pressure approaching last, dropped away run-in. Wealth warning here – this one looked like going mighty close coming off the home turn, but checked out readily from the second last. 121
Moonlighter 03/11/2020 EXETER 2m 1f Hcp CHS 2 led, a little keen, raced with ears pricked, a length up when niggled along home turn, ridden into and jumped left 4 out, a length up when went left 3 out, pushed along and stayed on, was 2 lengths up 2 out, hard ridden, maintained effort from approaching last till early on run-in, hard driven, all out, was closed on last 150 yards, headed close home, no extra final strides. Great effort and unlucky to be collared. 140
Mount Mews 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 2 held up, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4th, edged closer after 6th, tracked leaders 7th, not fluent 8th, moved comfortably home turn, at most half a length down jumping 3 out, continued to move comfortably and led 2 out, rider looked to see what the others were doing soon after, niggled along, quickly more firmly pushed and stayed on approaching last, led a length early on run-in, hard driven, readily headed by West To The Bridge 175 yards out, no response, kept on in winner’s wake. Nothing he could do about a winner who was ‘on it’ on the day (Hughes thought he had it after the second last), and a good run. 125
Mr Medic 08/10/2020 EXETER 2m 3f Hcp CHS 2 disputed lead, ridden into 4th, chased leader approaching 5th, ridden into and bumped rival 7th, niggled along home turn, pushed along before mistake 4 out, hard ridden and outpaced 3 out, steadied into and went right 2 out, put under pressure, no impression on Ga Law approaching last, drew clear of the 3rd, kept on. So here’s his chance to win a race, and some equine upstart who’s only had two runs under Rules turns up and goes and beats him… 128
Mr Muldoon 20/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 4 niggled along to make a start, chased leader, not fluent 2nd, moved upsides leader in Swinley Bottom after 13th, mistake 14th, niggled along, disputed lead 3 out (normally 4 out), niggled along again , pushed along after 2 out (normally 3 out), maybe narrow lead home turn, put under pressure and headed approaching last (normally 2 out), stayed on and still every chance under driving when a little late to come off the racing line when about to bypass omitted last, faded, was 3 lengths down 200 yards out, hard ridden, kept on, was closing on the fading 3rd last 50 yards. 133
Mr One More 20/11/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m   CHS 2 held up in touch, hit 6th, niggled along and closed on those ahead approaching home turn, jumped low 5 out, detached from 1st 3 going to 4 out and looked held, effort and took 3rd 3 out, pushed along and closed on 1st 2 approaching 2 out, continued to close approaching last, went through it, hard driven, took 2nd 150 yards out, closed strongly on Antunes last 100 yards, just failed. Something to build on here – there were a couple of fences in the straight where he jumped too low, one of them being the last (the sort of error that sometimes makes the difference, though hard to conclude if that was the case this time), and he was really strong at the end. More to come. 126
Mrs Hyde 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m   HDL 1 held up last, windy jump to her right 3rd, good headway home turn and widest of all, moved largely comfortably approaching 3 out, soon led, dived at 2 out and went right, hard ridden, stayed on in front, carried head to one side but found extra before jumped right last, hard driven, found more last 150 yards, stayed on well, always holding on, genuine performance. This is what you want to see in a racehorse – she put her head down and battled, and they would not pass. Races similar to this one pick themselves now, but she’d also do well in a good handicap. 137
Mrs Milner 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m Hcp HDL 2 held up, moved comfortably but no forward move before 9th, nudged along at the top of the hill, briefly niggled along after 3 out, edged closer and within 4 lengths 2 out, shaken up and took 3rd home turn, hard ridden coming off the bend, taken wide approaching last, within a length jumping, hard driven, stayed on well, drew upsides 150 yards out, 1st 2 pulled clear last 100 yards, stayed on but no extra final strides. A what the hell-moment for me as she produced a performance I couldn’t have predicted beforehand, not judged on her previous outing at Ballinrobe, but there we are – options going forward now, and they’ll possibly involve a return trip here. 130
Musical Slave 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 5 held up, took off too early and landed on 1st then hampered, all over the place 3rd, raced wide from 7th, closing on those ahead when mistake 12th, niggled along home turn, not shaken up before 3 out, pushed along after it, made some ground wide going to 2 out, stayed on and moved into 4th approaching last, went left and blundered, kept on under a hand ride run-in, lost 4th last 100 yards, stuck to task. How much better could this have been with a decent round of jumping – for sure there’s a horse in there. 134
Myplaceatmidnight 10/11/2020 HUNTINGDON 2m Hcp HDL 4 led, in close to 4th, headed 5th, back in front again turning out of back straight, nigled along before mistake 3 out, hard ridden and faded home turn, hard driven home turn, kept on till faded between last 2, well held last, driven and weakened last 100 yards, looked heavy-legged close home. 126
Navajo Pass 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f   HDL 5 chased leader, mistake 2nd, tracked leaders from 3rd (cross hurdle), mistakes 4th and 5th, chased leader 6th, led approaching 3 out (cross hurdle), travelled comfortably home turn, ridden into 2 out, led a length there, hard ridden, put under pressure and readily headed approaching last, went from 1st to 5th in 100 yards, weakened quickly run-in, no more. 138
Nelson River 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 4 midfield, lost place and niggled along after 4th, in close to 5th and firmly pushed along towards rear, mistake 6th, dropped to last under a ride, picked up a little approaching home turn, stayed on approaching 2 out, well held between last 2, passed rivals under a ride after last and closed on the 4th last 100 yards, not quite get the place. Best work at the end; worst between approaching Swinley Bottom and the third last – hard to fancy for any race after this, going in snatches. 136
Nestor Park 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 2 prominent, shuffled back and midfield after 6th, in close to 11th, pushed along after 12th, went left 3 out, slightly outpaced and ridden going to 2 out, stayed on approaching last though wandered right nearing it, hit it, hard driven, stayed on run-in, strong effort last 100 yards, took 2nd and was closing on winner last strides. 125
Newtide 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m 2f Hcp CHS 3 prominent, shuffled back a little before 4th, briefly niggled along after 5th, tracked leaders before 12th, blundered 14th, niggled along, chased leader approaching 15th where jumped left, pushed along home turn, hard riden 6 lengths down and no impression on leader approaching 3 out, 1st 3 clear, lost 2nd jumping, ridden and hung left, no more and all out/fading approaching 2 out, continued to lose ground approaching last, no more. 125
Next Destination 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   HDL 2 midfield, in close to 3rd, edged closer after 6th, travelled largely comfortably till niggled along and outpaced home turn, was 2 to 3 lengths down when blundered 3 out, pushed along, edged closer approaching 2 out, ridden firm hands and heels, stayed on approaching last, took 2nd early on run-in, pushed out, kept on well, did enough to make sure of 2nd, no impression on Roksana. A sound first run for Paul Nicholls, doing the best he could on the day and not knocked about in the process, having a relatively easy time of it; so should be good to go next time. 148
Next Destination 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 7f   CHS 1 chased leader, moved comfortably within 2 lengths 14th, pushed along home turn, stayed on from 3 out, the better jump 2 out and led, stayed on and a length up approaching last, found extra run-in, stayed on well. Satisfactory chasing debut. 141
Nietzsche 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, hit 4th, shuffled back and towards rear 7th, a little headway when ridden into 10th, went through 11th, moved comfortably enough home turn, edged closer approaching 4 out, pushed along, stayed on under a ride and every chance approaching 2 out, in close to it, couldn’t go with 1st 2 approaching last, kept on run-in, closed on weakening runner-up last 100 yards. Good run, a little iffy at one or two fences but had his chance. 132
Nietzsche 27/11/2020 DONCASTER 2m 3f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, mistake 1st and niggled along, headway and prominent 8th, tracked leaders when mistake 10th, lost ground and shuffled back to last of the main group 4 out, ridden along, kept on, put under pressure and moved into 3rd approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, no impression on 1st 2 approaching last, hard driven run-in, stayed on and had a chance of 2nd 100 yards out, stuck to task but not get the place. Good run but there were a couple of mistakes, and he falls between two stools over fences – you wouldn’t fancy him to win on account of his bit-less-then-perfect jumping, yet you couldn’t rule him out as he’s usually genuine in a finish, like here. 135
No Comment 19/11/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 7f Hcp HDL 5 held up last, mistakes 2nd and 7th, not fluent 8th, last when mistake 3 out and niggled along away from it, slightly detached last turning out of back straight, outpaced home turn, ridden and struggling approaching 2 out, finally staying on when slightly hampered by faller 2 out, no more and well held when in close to last, no more run-in. 132
Northern Beau 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 8 led, clear from 1st, not so far ahead 6th, headed 9th, niggled along and moved upsides Rouge Vif at the top of the hill, hard driven and couldn’t go with winner from 3 out, weakened from 2 out, well held last, no more. Had little left after a forcing ride trying to keep tabs on the vastly-improved winner. 121
Northofthewall 16/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 6f Hcp CHS 4 midfield, a little ground before 3rd, in close to 9th, seemed to race freely for a few strides before mistake 10th, not hard ridden and lost ground before mistake 4 out, pushed along after, kept on with a bit to do before bumped and pecked on landing 3 out, no imrpession under a push before blundered 2 out, kept on before mistake last, no more run-in. This one doesn’t look the biggest on TV pictures, and when he started to make mistakes on the final circuit that was always going to do for him, the jockey probably aware the horse wasn’t going to be challenging, hence his not getting stuck in going to the fourth last. 124
Northofthewall 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS F chased leader, slight peck on landing 1st, led 3rd, mistake 10th, ridden into 12th, 2 to 3 lengths clear approaching 13th, niggled along home turn, 1st 2 pulled clear by 3 out, pushed along, stayed on in front, was being challenged and no more than half a length up when fell 2 out. Probably would have been beaten anyway, around 5 lengths, but most of his jumping was sound and he’ll get chase wins. [rated as if finishing upsides Quoi De Neuf] [132]
Not That Fuisse 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f   CHS 3 raced 3rd, slow 9th, tracked 1st 2 13th, niggled along from 3 out, hard ridden approaching home turn, was 3 lengths down when brushed 2 out, hard ridden and no extra approaching last, looked held when in close to it, no more under pressure up the hill, just pushed out last 175 yards, stuck to task and if anything seemed to be picking up again last 50 yards. Good run, jumped soundly in the main. 138
Not That Fuisse 03/11/2020 EXETER 2m 1f Hcp CHS 4 held up, a little headway before slow 7th, rear of the main group turning out of back straight but not asked for an effort, passed a couple before niggled along approaching 4 out, around 6 lengths to find approaching 3 out, put under pressure and no impression approaching 2 out, well held between last 2, kept on a bit and moved into 4th approaching last, no impression on those ahead. They didn’t come back, and nothing happened for the overly-strong pressure applied from before the second last. 124
Notachance 11/11/2020 BANGOR 3m Hcp CHS 1 prominent to midfield, lost place and pushed along in midfield 10th, closer order and travelled better 12th, niggled along 13th, effort home turn, pushed along and led 2 out, hard ridden, wandered a little but drew 3 lengths clear when jumped low last, driven out, stayed on well to go further clear. Worth a try at extreme distances, having hit a flat spot here just after halfway. 133
Notre Pari 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m Hcp CHS 5 held up, travelled comfortably and edging a little closer when took off too early 9th and pitched on landing (lucky not to land on it and fall), still moved well and effort delayed some 6 lengths off leader approaching 3 out, niggled along after, no impression approaching 2 out, niggled along between last 2, found something and passed a couple, closed on leaders approaching last, some 4 lengths down jumping, hard ridden and no impression run-in, faded last 150 yards, lost ground on those ahead. The error at the fourth last affected this performance and he’s one to take out of the race for next time, although his fairly weak finish in the last 100 yards is a concern. 128
Nuts Well 04/10/2020 KELSO 2m 1f Hcp CHS 1 tracked leaders, chased leader from 7th, niggled along a length down home turn, looked to be going best of the 1st 2 approaching 2 out, hard ridden, led approaching last, 2 lengths up jumping, ridden out, stayed on well run-in, didn’t seem to have a lot left last 100 yards but never in danger. Seems a two-miler through and through on this evidence. 146
Nuts Well 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 prominent to midfield, raced wide, brushed 1st, ridden into 5th, closer order passing omitted 10th, mistake 11th and niggled away from it, not fluent next and niggled again, shuffled back to midfield to rear and a bit to do 4 out, niggled along in 5 lengths 8th home turn, effort delayed with a lot of horses in front approaching 3 out, pushed along, stayed on approaching 2 out, pulled wide between last 2, put under pressure, stayed on well approaching last, mistake and pecked on landing, sustained effort and stayed on strongly run-in, led 125 yards out, all out last few strides. This performance is all the more commendable as there were a few errors in there, and he had to sit and suffer going to the third last, but rarely do you see a more genuine response to pressure after the last – horse and jockey, take a bow. 152
Oakley 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m Hcp HDL 3 midfield, keen, mistake 1st, in close to 2nd, ridden into 4th and 5th, headway and prominent on inner approaching turn out of back straight, travelled comfortably home turn, arguably travelled best straightening, headway and chased leader 3 out, every chance 2 out only a neck down, shaken up, stayed on under a hand ride, just about upsides when steadied into and not fluent last, outpaced run-in, kept on but no impression last 175 yards. Arguably should have been 2nd – the winner would have found the necessary no matter what, but this one moved best on the home turn however had made some minor errors, and the last of them was of the jockey’s making at the last with everything to play for. 134
Ocean Cove 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 6 vigorously ridden along to make a start, midfield, jumped big 1st and pushed along again after, slow 4th and briefly ridden again, headway and prominent 7th, mistake 8th and pushed along yet again, ridden into 9th and 10th bumping rival at latter, further ground to lead after 11th, ridden into 12th, hard ridden in half a length lead 4 out, headed under a strong ride 3 out, faded further under pressure after 2 out, weakened after last, no more. Hard work to say the least. 128
Ofalltheginjoints 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 3 led, a little keen, headed 3rd, tracked leaders after, mistake 8th, chased leader when mistake 12th, moved comfortably when bumped leader 4 out, arguably travelled best home turn, led 3 out, not shaken up, maintained narrow lead, niggled along after 2 out, kept on in slow-motion finish, headed approaching last and quickly put under strong pressure, every chance when steadied into and mistake last, hard driven, carried tail high, faded run-in, no more and lost 2nd last strides. After looking the winner from the third last to the next, the jockey had to go into panic mode when Acey Milan went by and there was little happening when he did go for his mount – for me one to be wary of. 135
Ofalltheginjoints 11/11/2020 EXETER 3m Hcp CHS 1 held up, headway and midfield when in close to 8th, good headway after 14th going largely comfortably till pushed along turning out of back straight, niggled along home turn and tracked leaders, ridden into 4 out, drew upsided 2 out and pushed along, stayed on to lead 2 out, hard ridden, drew clear approaching last, pricked ears, 2 lengths up jumping, was closed on run-in, driven out, found extra last 100 yards and pulled clear again. Nice performance, jumping soundly and pulling out a bit more on the run-in when required. 140
Oldgrangewood 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 4 held up, headway wide and midfield when not fluent 9th, further ground going well and tracked leaders approaching 4 out where in close, arguably moved best as chased leader home turn, upsides 3 out, pushed along and led approaching 2 out, got in close, hard driven, kept on, 1st 2 pulled 2 lengths clear, disputing lead when in tight and mistake last, faded quickly, soon well held, lost considerable ground on 1st 3 run-in and being closed on by the next ones. Good reappearance run, but had a view of the front way too soon and would have done better if he’d been held on to for longer. 140
Oldgrangewood 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 4 held up, a little keen, slow balloony jump 3rd, mistakes 5th and 6th, rear of the main group and moved comfortably after 11th, 7 lengths to find 4 out, pulled wide before 3 out, made a little ground but no impression on leaders before 2 out, put under pressure, kept on approaching last, stayed on under driving last 150 yards, took 4th close home, gaining a little on the 3rd but never a chance of getting the place, nearest finish. 145
On The Blind Side 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m Hcp HDL 1 chased clear leader, blundered 3rd, a little keen, niggled along 9th, led after 3 out moving largely comfortably, niggled along from 2 out, pushed along in narrow lead home turn, stayed on, a head in front last, hard driven, maybe headed early on run-in, driven out, found extra last 100 yards, held on well close home. Not used to this kind of performance from this one, but will he build on it (presumably over fences next)? 145
On The Slopes 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 5 prominent, chased clear leader when brushed 3rd, tracked leaders when in close to 10th and niggled along away from it, still niggled at the top of the hill, more vigorously pushed along away from 3 out, held place under pressure home turn, chaseed winner 2 out, pushed along and no impression approaching last, hard driven and lugged left/faded up the hill, lost 3 places final 100 yards. The effort of racing up with the pace against a superior winner told from the home turn, but he ran well for a long way and jumped soundly too, so an encouraging reappearance. 138
On The Slopes 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 5 sent on, clear from 2nd, reached for 10th, niggled along approaching 3 out, in close to it, pushed along in a length lead approaching home turn, headed under a ride turning in, looked held 2 out, still 3rd when pecked on landing last, soon lost 4th, no more up the hill. It’s a tough track to make all at whatever the distance, so perhaps this one will be ridden with a bit of restraint next time. 127
One For The Team 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f   HDL 3 prominent to midfield, ridden into 2nd, midfield 4th, shuffled back and last pair 6th, pushed along for a few strides after 7th, niggled along home turn, made ground and midfield 3 out, one pace under a ride approaching 2 out, hard driven approaching last, no impression on 1st 2, took 3rd nearing last, no more run-in. With much the best of this one coming over 3m (and some if it on softer ground to boot – his ungainly action suggests he’ll be better suited by it), this was an encouraging first run of the season. 129
One For The Team 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 6f   CHS U held up in touch, hit 3rd, steadied into and blundered 6th, headway and tracked leaders 7th, switched wide of rivals home turn, 2 lengths down when mistake 4 out, pushed along, hung left and just kept on approaching 2 out, took 2nd between last 2, one pace approaching last, rider fell off early on run-in. This will embarrass Chester Williams when he looks back at it in 20 years’ time let alone in the present; as regards the performance, the rating assumes he would have been beaten 6 lengths – a reasonable guesstimate. [122]
One For The Team 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 7f   CHS 2 close up, chased clear leader when in close to 4th and 5th, took off on the wrong leg 8th, ridden into 10th, disputed 2nd when not fluent 4 out, kept on from 3 out, some 3 or 4 lengths behind 1st 2 2 out, hard driven, stayed on well approaching last and was a length down on Next Destination jumping, ard driven, one pace last 150 yards, stuck to task. With Tom Scudamore taking over in the saddle, was vastly improved in all departments. 140
One Night In Milan 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 8 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, midfield, keen, dropped to rear of main group as pace increased 6th, ridden into 7th and 8th, niggled along, last of the main group when blundered 3 out, couldn’t find more under a ride from 2 out, no more, just about tailed off. 125
Orchardstown Cross 03/11/2020 EXETER 3m Hcp CHS 3 held up last, steadied into and mistake 2nd, nudged along and made a place approaching 12th, continued to make ground 13th and midfield 14th, quite a bit to do when pushed along home turn, stayed on approaching 4 out, sustained effort and took 3rd 3 out, hard driven after 2 out, stayed on and disputed 2nd approaching last, hung left and no more run-in, kept on, just lost out in battle for 2nd, no impression on clear winner. 128
Our Power 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 6 midfield, mistakes 1st and 6th, closer order at the top of the hill, widest of all and made ground to be prominent 3 out, tracked leaders 2 out, moved more comfortably than most approaching home turn, chased leader straightening, pushed along and carried head to one side approaching last, hung left, hard driven (left-hand drive), straightened but faded, lost places last 150 yards, was losing ground on the 5th at the post. Not the most tractable in the finish and didn’t come up the hill, after looking like going close approaching the home turn. 137
Our Power 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 3f Hcp HDL 3 prominent, shuffled back and midfield 2nd as leaders rather pressed on, lost a bit of ground home turn, niggled along and made ground approaching 3 out where hampered by the faller, pushed along and hung left approaching 2 out, hard driven, not stay on between last 2, looked held last, kept on under pressure and closed on 2nd and 3rd last 200 yards, took 3rd 100 yards out, no more last few strides. 137
Paint The Dream 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f   CHS 2 led to 5 out, ridden 4 out, no impression for the rest of the straight, kept on. 127
Paint The Dream 29/10/2020 STRATFORD 2m 5f   CHS 2 led, a little keen, headed 3rd, ridden into 6th, drew upsides 8th, ridden into 9th,  chased leader when niggled along after 2 out (normally 4 out), a length down passing omitted 3 out, moved best approaching last (normally 2 out), mistake there, headed and outpaced under pressure turning out of back straight, moved into 2nd under a ride passing omitted last, stayed on under pressure and half a chance till winner asserted last 150 yards, no more, 3rd and 4th closed on him final strides. 126
Paisley Park 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 2 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, midfield, moved comfortably and about 4 lengths off leader home turn, shaken up 3 out and had a bit to do, stayed on, closed on leaders under a ride 2 out and soon held a chance, hard ridden, and took 2nd after last, chased Thyme Hill, one pace last 150 yards, stuck to task and pulled clear of the 3rd. Back to form on his reappearance, but found wanting by a newbie on the staying hurding scene, admittedly in a race that was anything but a test over the trip. 157
Palladium 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp HDL 7 chased leader, ridden and faded approaching 2 out, well held approaching last, no more. 127
Paloma Blue 03/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 2m 4f   CHS 3 raced 3rd, chased leader from 3rd, slow 6th, closed on leader 4 out and niggled along, more firmly pushed along before steadied into 3 out, hard ridden and outpaced when blundered badly 2 out, lost 2nd, well held approaching last where went right, no more run-in. The bad mistake at the second last might well have cost him 2nd. 132
Perfect Candidate 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m 4f Hcp CHS 1 chased leader final circuit and clearly going best of the field even at that stage, led approaching 4 out, was the only one galloping at that point, solo. With conditions borderline raceable – and that’s being kind – this race is a complete write-off and probably best to take no notice of this one next time whatever he runs in. 137
Perfect Myth 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 2m 5f Hcp HDL 2 prominent, raced wide, raced with tongue hanging out, shuffled back a little and prominent to midfield approaching 6th, closer order turning out of back straight, tracked leaders home turn, pushed along and stayed on to lead approaching 2 out, clear between last 2, was closed on last, pair clear, hard driven, stayed on till headed 150 yards out, no extra close home. Unlucky to be collared having beaten the rest decisively. 134
Pingshou 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 5 held up, mistake 1st, made ground and midfield after 2nd, prominent from 9th, further ground to chase leader 11th, moved comfortably home turn, lost 2nd approaching 4 out, ridden into it, still a chance 3 out, ridden and wandered right (as if thought about running out) approaching 2 out, hard driven approaching last, again wandered approaching last, faded under pressure run-in, weakened last 150 yards. Didn’t put it in. 125
Pink Eyed Pedro 03/11/2020 EXETER 2m 1f Hcp CHS 3 midfield to rear, blundered 3rd, dropped back and in last trio 4th, ridden into 7th and 8th, midfield approaching turn out of back straight, shuffled back and rear of main group home turn, niggled along with a bit to do approaching 4 out, pushed along approaching 3 out, closed on those ahead, passed a couple and took 3rd approaching 2 out, kept on but no impression approaching last, clear of the 4th but no impressuion opn 1st 2 under pressure run-in, stuck to task. On the face of it, now he’s turned himself from Summer jumper to useful handicapper, but I’m not rating the race highly overall for two reasons – 1/ this one’s very presence in 3rd, and 2/ Greaneteen’s hanging fire – so still sceptical in this corner, unless it’s a two-straight-lines galloping left-handed track (Chepstow, Newbury, Ffos Las or Wetherby (Castleford?)) that he runs at next time. 128
Planet Nine 31/10/2020 AYR 3m Hcp HDL 3 held up, mistake 2nd, ridden into 4th, headway and midfield 8th, ridden into 9th, closer order home turn, moved largely comfortably as made ground to track leaders approaching 3 out, challenged on the bit, disputed lead when mistake 2 out, shaken up, one pace approaching last as winner went on, 2 lengths down last, hard driven, stayed on till no extra last 100 yards, lost 2nd post. A little wary here as he very much looked the winner going to the second last, and I can only guess the jockey wasn’t aware of the challenger gaining on him – eventual winner Justatenner – and when he finally shook him up, the winner had already built a head of steam. Benefit of the doubt for next time. 136
Pobbles Bay 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 2 midfield final circuit, niggled along 15th with a bit to do, some 15 lengths to find when put under pressure home turn, well back approaching 3 out, hard ridden, little impression approaching 2 out, kept on under a hand ride approaching last, hard ridden run-in, stayed on, took 2nd post. 120
Point Of Principle 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 7 prominent to midfield, mistake 2nd, midfield and niggled along from 4th, mistake 6th, niggled along briefly after 7th, mistake 8th, pushed along, stayed on touch under a ride before in close to 3rd (cross hurdle), hard ridden and going worst of the leading group home turn, no more under a ride approaching 2 out, put under pressure, faded approaching last, driven and kept on run-in till tired last 100 yards. 123
Polish 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f   HDL 3 tracked leaders, slightly windy jump 2nd, not fluent 3rd, niggled along at the top of the hill, made ground and disputed 2nd when mistake 3 out, only a length and a bit down when mistake 2 out, hard ridden home turn, shuffled back to 4th straightening, kept on and moved in to 2nd after last only to lose it to the staying-on Wild Romance 150 yards out, faded last 75 yards. Probably a good run. 124
Pop Rockstar 15/10/2020 CARLISLE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 2 held up, in close to 5th, headway and midfield 11th, ridden into 12th, edged closer travelling largely comfortably approaching home turn, pushed along after 4 out, hard ridden with a bit to do approaching 2 out, had 5 lengths to find between last 2, put under pressure and stayed on well to close on leaders approaching last, hard driven run-in and stayed on well last 200 yards, closed strongly on Court Dreaming, just held post. For all the world it looked as though he’d got up, but the camera never lies (PS I haven’t seen the photo). 137
Potterman 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 2 prominent, shuffled back and midfield before 3rd, ridden into 4th, slow 5th, headway 11th, prominent 12th, niggled along approaching home turn, made ground and challenged for 2nd approaching 4 out, pushed along approaching 3 out and chased winner, stayed on going to 2 out, outpaced approaching last as Secret Investor asserted, no more run-in, lost ground on winner and was being closed on by the 3rd last 100 yards. 133
Potterman 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS 2 with leaders, mistake 1st and shuffled back/midfield, reached for 10th, ridden into 12th, mistake 15th, pushed along after 17th, a bit to do when in close to 4 out, ridden and outpaced home turn, looked held approaching 3 out and jumped it some 12 lengths off the leader, stayed on and closed on those ahead approaching 2 out, put under pressure betwen last 2, sustained effort and joined eventual winner El Presente when steadied into last, hard driven, 1st 2 headed the curling-up My Way 150 yards out and quickly went clear, might have led narrowly under pressure 100 yards out, headed post. Unlucky not to get it on the nod, but arguably lucky to have ended up where he did following an early mistake, and like the winner was tapped for pace on the back straight. 148
Potters Corner 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 6f Hcp CHS 3 (Cross Country) midfield, lost place and rear 8th, last over 13th (Bank) and niggled along, detached last 14th, mistakes 22nd and 24th, headway and closing in midfield 27th (Aintree), mistake 3 out (Glenfarclas Barrels), pushed along and stayed on with 8 to 10 lengths to find going to 2 out, outpaced under pressure home turn, closed on them going to last, driven, took 3rd from weakening rival 175 yards out, one pace last 150 yards, stuck to task. Has run okay in the end after dropping to the rear, but arguably he didn’t take to the course. 143
Precious Cargo 10/11/2020 HUNTINGDON 2m 4f   CHS 2 raced largely upsides, niggled along approaching home turn, pushed along and couldn’t go with Master Tommytucker approaching 2 out, dropped further back between last 2, well held last. 132
Present Man 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 1 chased clear leader, himself 2 to 3 lengths clear of the rest, relegated to 3rd 11th but remained close up, lost a couple of lengths 12th and niggled along, again niggled home turn, ridden after 5 out, had 3 lengths to find 3 out, stayed on under a firm hand ride from 2 out, hard driven after last, found extra, closed on leader under pressure, virtually dead-heated with 2 rivals post. Had the going in his favour and got the verdict, but for all intents and purposes there were three winners of this. 138
Present Man 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS 6 with leaders, disputed lead 3rd, in close to 5th and 9th, led 10th, headed 12th, tracked leaders 13th, in close to 14th, shuffled back 16th though remained prominent, niggled along and slightly outpaced 17th, made a little ground when ridden into 4 out, pushed along and outpaced home turn as 1st 2 asserted, kept on and disputing 3rd when forced to swerve a faller 3 out, lost ground, pushed along and faded going to 2 out, steadied into it, looked heavy-legged and weakened approaching last, lost ground on those ahead last 150 yards and eased down as continued to tire. 133
Presenting Percy 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 4 raced 3rd, ridden into 2nd, chased leader 11th, not fluent 12th, shuffled back and tracked leaders 13th, niggled along from 3 out, switched off inner, led approaching 2 out, in close and headed, hard ridden, faded approaching last, hard driven run-in, lost ground on 1st 2, lost 3rd 100 yards out, was being closed on by the 5th last strides. One day it would be nice to think that all the hype that goes with this one being possibly entered for something or other at the advance entry-stage, let alone being declared at 48 hours, just disappears; but what happened here was that he was ridden further forward than anyone could have anticipated – towards the head of the leading group most of the way, and leading at the second last – and that’s how you get him beat. Expect him to be dropped in next time. 156
Presenting Percy 19/11/2020 THURLES 2m 6f   CHS 1 produced to lead 2 out, ridden clear between last 2, stayed on well run-in. 159
Prime Venture 12/11/2020 SEDGEFIELD 3m 2f Hcp CHS 1 raced 3rd, niggled into 2nd, chased leader from approaching 5th, moved upsides briefly 15th, all 3 in a line 18th, led outright 3 out, travelled best approaching home turn, shaken up 2 out, pushed along, stayed on, drew clear between last 2, reminder when in the clear approaching last, not hard ridden to maintain advantage run-in, readily with a bit in hand. Probably could have put another couple of lengths between himself and the 2nd. 135
Princeton Royale 16/10/2020 FAKENHAM 3m Hcp CHS 5 led, hit 4th, headed 6th, chased leader when ridden into 12th and niggled along approaching 13th, tracked leaders 14th, lost place 15th, midfield and dropping away 3 out, just about tailed off 2 out, no more. This one normally runs Fakenham well, so logical to conclude that he had an off-day, although he was off an unfeasibly-high 142. 122
Protek Des Flos 31/10/2020 AYR 2m 1f Hcp CHS 4 prominent to midfield, in close to 1st, a bit slow 3rd, not fluent 8th, hard ridden home turn, hung left and not stay on approaching 3 out, looked well held 2 out, no more approaching last, kept on run-in and took 4th from a beaten one last strides. Maybe worth going over 2m4f next time, but isn’t one to place maximum faith in. 129
Protek Des Flos 25/11/2020 WETHERBY 1m 7f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, niggled along 9th, more firmly pushed along and going worst of the leading group home turn, faded approaching 4 out, looked held under a ride when in close to 3 out, couldn’t go on between last 2, dropped to 5th last, faded further last 150 yards. 123
Protektorat 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f   CHS 1 led, clear 5th, not so far ahead and had Southfield Stone nearly upsides 11th, niggled along in front from 3 out, 1st 2 clear,  put under pressure and found extra turning in, stayed on and pulled further clear from 2 out, safe when mistake last, ridden out, decisive. Are you sure this is the same Protektorat who was in the Coral Cup back in March? 145
Psychedelic Rock 29/10/2020 STRATFORD 2m 3f Hcp CHS 7 midfield to rear, a little keen, mistake 4th, midfield 8th, pushed along 3 out (normally 4 out), mistake 2 out (normally 3 out), hard ridden and little impressin on those ahead approaching last (normally 2 out), a little ground under a ride before ground taken on inner turning out of back straight, looked well held home turn, some 12 to 15 lengths back passing omitted last, no more. 123
Put The Kettle On 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS 1 chased leader, shuffled back and tracked 1st 2 from 5th, niggled along 10th, made ground and chased leader at the top of the hill, losing ground on Duc Des Genievres when mistake 3 out, pushed along with 8 lengths to find approaching home turn, hard ridden from approaching 2 out, stayed on well and closed on leader between last 2, hard driven snd sustained effort to lead 75 yards out, going away at the post. In a finish involving the last two Arkle-winners, this one (in 2020) was the least impressive of the pair, but she’s unquestionably the more resolute. If the runner-up here could settle better, chances are he’ll be the more likely winner of the 2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase, but if not, given how much toughness can count at Cheltenham, maybe this genuine mare will find the necessary improvement. As it stands this isn’t Champion Chase-form, but between now and then an outing in a stiffer target could be revealing. 145
Pym 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m   CHS 1 led, slow 2nd, all over the place 3rd and niggled along, slow 4th, jumped big 5th (water), niggled along approaching 15th and after 4 out, pushed along home turn, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, ridden out from last, carried tail high, workmanlike and decisive. 149
Pym 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 7f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, ridden into 10th, left chasing clear leader Yorkhill 11th, nudged along and closed a little approaching 14th, niggled along turning out of back straight, stayed on approaching 4 out, drew upsides under a ride approaching 3 out, not fluent, put under pressure, faded approaching 2 out, dropped away between last 2, lost 3rd last, tired and being closed on by the 6th last 100 yards. 150
Quarenta 20/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 1 held up, reached for 1st, flat-backed jump 5th, ridden into 11th, headway and midfield 12th, outpaced and pushed along 14th, niggled along at most approaching 3 out (normally 4 out), within 5 lengths of leaders and going better when in close to 2 out (normally 3 out), pushed along home turn, put under pressure straightening, effort and disputed 3rd last (normally 2 out), sustained effort, led passing omitted last, driven out extended run-in, stayed on well, found extra last 50 yards. 142
Quoi De Neuf 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, jumped sideways and bumped rival 2nd, a little ground 4th, shuffled back and midfield 8th, headway and prominent 10th, in close to 11th, mistake 12th, lost ground and niggled along in midfield approaching 13th, left behind as 1st 2 went clear 3 out, kept on and moved into 3rd when left distant 2nd 2 out, pushed along and kept on without making any impression on Canelo approaching last, drew clear of those behind run-in. This run was neither one thing nor the other, but he’s probably worth another chance. 132
Ramses De Teillee 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 3f Hcp CHS 1 disputed 3rd, definite 3rd 7th, disputed 2nd when mistake 19th, made ground and chased leader at the top of the hill, disputed lead 3 out, along with Yala Enki moved best of the field approaching home turn, came wide approaching 2 out, hit it, ridden, led approaching last, 1st 2 drew clear, hard driven up the hill, stayed on well, was closed on last 125 yards, could have gone either way, just got it post. An excellent run, connections couldn’t have asked for more, and given his great record at Chepstow it surely has to be the Welsh National next. 148
Rapper 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 4 tracked leaders, shuffled back and midfield 3rd, ridden into 6th, mistakes 12th and 13th, pushed along and struggling to stay in touch with leaders when blundered 4 out, kept on from 3 out under a hand ride, a bit to do 2 out, put under pressure and stayed on in a slow-motion finish, passed rivals and chance of 3rd last, hard driven, kept on, one pace last 150 yards, wandered right last strides. This one looks below-average height on TV pictures and that might be a hindrance over fences, but he’s done okay here despite mistakes. 138
Ravenhill 14/10/2020 PUNCHESTOWN 3m 1f   CHS 6 held up, flat-backed slow jump 2nd and niggled away from it, ridden into 5th, raced wide 13th, niggled along approaching 14th, pushed along and struggling to stay in touch approaching 3 out, lost place and well held in last pair, carried head to one side home turn, hard driven and lost further ground between last 2, tailed off. 120
Ravenhill 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 8 held up, became slightly detached last 13th and pushed along away from it, still detached and looked well held 3 out, pushed along and no impression approaching 2 out, reminder approaching last but still made no ground, kept on run-in and picked off a beaten one final strides, essentially made no contribution. 150
Ravenhill Road 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp CHS F midfield, ridden into 8th and closer order, in close to 10th, ridden into 11th, moved largely comfortably home turn, niggled along and tracked leaders approaching 3 out, hard ridden after it, keeping on and was 2 lengths down when fell 2 out. Not done with at the time, whilst he was no certainty to have found the necessary to win, he wouldn’t have been beaten that far (quite possibly less than the 8 lengths that my rating for this assumes), so as long as he suffers no lasting effects, he could be in for a 3m chase-win this season. [128]
Real Steel 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 5f   CHS 3 held up in touch, chased winner and travelled the better coming up from Swinley Bottom, ridden home turn, didn’t find anything, faded after 2 out and lost 2nd before last, no more run-in. 148
Really Super 05/11/2020 MARKET RASEN 3m   CHS 3 led, in close to 1st, reminders after, ridden into 2nd, raced clear, slow 4th and not so far ahead, slow 5th, ridden into 6th, drew clear again after 7th, pressed on from 11th, jumped right 14th and niggled along, niggled along home turn, brushed 3 out, was closed on, put under strong pressure, headed 2 out, faded, well held when mistake last, dropped back run-in, no more. No idea where we are with this one now, she needed a huge amount of persuasion to do anything early in the race, then caved in from the second last, having looked quite strong on the home turn. 130
Red Risk 17/10/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 5f Hcp CHS 3 led, keen, briefly headed 1st, in close to 6th, headed turning out of back straight but moved best home turn, niggled along approaching 3 out, came away from it a length down and quickly put under pressure, mistake 2 out, kept on and still half a chance till couldnt find more under a ride after last, hard driven and lost ground on 1st 2 last 150 yards. On the one hand a promising reappearance, but on the other he needs to settle better, as he looked as though he’d have a big say going to the third last, but was fighting a losing battle as soon as he’d jumped it – worried about this one not finding anything in the short term. 141
Regal Encore 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 1 widest of all at the start, chased leader, shuffled back 8th but remained prominent, tracked leaders 9th, in close to 14th, chased leader from 4 out, pued along from 3 out, stayed on, led 2 out, hard driven, 1st 2 pulled clear, upsides when hit last, driven and found extra run-in, stayed on well. It’s Ascot, it’s Regal Encore; nothing to add, except that the jockey on the runner-up steadying into the last played a massive part. 148
Relegate 08/11/2020 NAVAN 2m 4f   HDL 4 held up, not fluent 4th, lost place and niggled along in slightly detached last 8th, pushed along after 9th, outpaced and ridden along 3 out, hung left under a ride going to 2 out, passed a beaten one after last, well held. 126
Relentless Dreamer 07/10/2020 LUDLOW 3m Hcp CHS 2 midfield, niggled along approaching 2nd, blundered badly 5th, flat-backed jump 9th, headway and tracked leaders 10th, mistake 12th and niggled along away from it, mistake 5 out and niggled along again, headway and chased winner home turn under a ride, kept on from 3 out, no ground under pressure from 2 out, drew clear of 3rd from last but no impression on winner last 150 yards. Not for the first time shaped as though an extreme trip is needed. 135
Return Ticket 07/10/2020 SEDGEFIELD 2m   CHS 1 made all, clear throughout, ridden along from 2 out, stayed on in clear lead, ridden out from last, unchallenged. 128
Return Ticket 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS 3 sent on, clear 4th, in close to 5th, ridden into 8th, mistake 10th and niggled along away from it, in close to 3 out, pushed along and was joined up front approaching home turn, put under pressure, faded approaching 2 out and jumped it last, pushed along, kept on into well held 3rd approaching last, pushed out up the hill, no impression on 1st 2. 120
Ribble Valley 22/10/2020 CARLISLE 2m 1f   HDL 1 moved well throughout, edged closer on the bit from 3 out, challenged leader going much the best after 2 out, sent on last, shaken up, drew clear run-in, readily. 129
Ribble Valley 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m   HDL 3 held up, reached for 4th, moved comfortably with 3 lengths to find home turn, slightly detached when shaken up 3 out, made no ground and if anything slightly further behind approaching 2 out, ridden and lugged left for a few strides between last 2, no impression approaching last, mistake, kept on and took 3rd run-in, no chance with 1st 2. At the same time as he’s run a career-best he’s arguably had his limitations exposed, and good handicaps are what he should be running in, although his jumping might well find him out in those. 148
Robinshill 23/11/2020 LUDLOW 2m Hcp CHS 1 made all, left clear 4 out, ridden out from last, unchallenged. 128
Rock On Fruity 18/10/2020 SEDGEFIELD 3m 5f Hcp CHS 5 held up rear, mistake 6th, had passed a couple when mistake 16th, ridden into 17th, niggled along approaching 18th, midfield when mistake 21st, vigorously pushed along away from it, had 8 to 10 lengths to find in 6th home turn, looked held when went through 2 out, put under pressure, kept on approaching last, closed on 3rd run-in, going on okay at the end. Fences got in the way at times, but best work at the end. 124
Roksana 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   HDL 1 held up, carried tail high, in close to 7th, passed a couple approaching turn out of back straight, widest of all home turn, edged closer going comfortably approaching 3 out, not shaken up and edged closer still on the bit approaching 2 out, shaken up on landing, ran on to lead between last 2, was 2 lengths clear jumping last, ridden out, drew well clear, eased late, readily. Not the first time she’s shown form this good in this sort of race, and other graded 3m hurdles might come her way before the Spring festivals. 149
Romain De Senam 29/10/2020 STRATFORD 2m 3f Hcp CHS 6 dropped out last, passed a rival by 5th, pushed along 9th and again after 3 out (normally 4 out), no ground before 2 out (normally 3 out), ridden and some 10 to 12 lengths back approaching last (normally 2 out), well back under a ride home turn, no impression straight, made no contribution. 130
Romain De Senam 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m Hcp CHS 4 midfield, raced inner, in close to 4th and 5th, nudged along home turn, closed a little but effort delayed approaching 3 out, pushed along approaching 2 out, little impression, hard ridden and moved into 3rd between las 2, closed on 1st 2 approaching last along with several others, half a chance when mistake, hard ridden and just kept on run-in. A vast improvement on last time. but he remains one that never jumps off the page. 135
Ronald Pump 08/11/2020 NAVAN 2m 4f   HDL F prominent to midfield, in close to 4th, midfield approaching 6th, nudged along and edged closer home turn, pushed along approaching 3 out, put under pressure soon after, tracked leaders when switched inner to middle approaching 2 out, lost 3rd under pressure but stayed on between last 2, closing and chance of 2nd when fell last. Best work at the end here and chances are he’d have been 3rd but for his fall. [151]
Rosie And Millie 20/11/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 2 led, 2 lengths clear approaching 2nd and about 3 lengths up in Swinley Bottom, pressed on from 5th, was 4 lengths up 6th, moved largely comfortably approaching home turn, niggled along turning in, taken to stands’ side and firmly pushed along approaching 2 out, stayed on in front, not so far ahead and hard driven ebtween last 2, had Buzz close on her approaching last, headed jumping, readily left behind, kept on, stuck to task run-in and clear of the 3rd but no impression on winner. Good run from the front, genuine and did nothing wrong, and even with these tactics employed might go one better somewhere soon. 132
Rouge Vif 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 1 chased leader, led 9th, disputed lead at the top of the hill, definite lead 3 out and travelled much the best of the field, led 3 to 4 lengths home turn, pushed along approaching last, was 6 or 7 lengths up jumping, one reminder, ridden out, drew further clear, easedlast 100 yards, readily and decisive. Tore these to shreds and is vastly improved; on lines through the 3rd and 4th, who look to have given their running, he’s full value for the rating I’ve given him, and for me it puts him in the Queen Mother Champion Chase picture – the 2021 renewal is quite open with Altior not the rock he was. 161
Saint Roi 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m   HDL 1 raced 3rd, edged a little closer after 5th, mistake 3 out, niggled along turning out of back straight and was a little trapped behind rivals on inside rail, switched outside and came back on the bit approaching 2 out, led there, niggled along and quickly drew clear, in close to last, pushed out without being hard ridden, drew further clear run-in, readily. Not spectacular, but did this with a little in hand. 142
Saint Roi 15/11/2020 PUNCHESTOWN 2m   HDL 2 held up, in close to several hurdles, mistake 2 out, rather trapped behind horses as pace increased starting home turn, pulled wider approaching last, hard driven and outpaced, looked held last, driven and stayed on, closed on 1st 2 last 150 yards, got 2nd post, just failed to catch winner. Should have won, but at least the race illustrated which one of these is the most likely to become Champion Hurdler, and this defeat’s no biggie. 148
Saint Xavier 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 7 held up rear, slow 3rd, passed one or two back straight but essentially made little progress, niggled along in 7th some 10 lengths down turning out of back straight, pushed along home turn, looked well held 4 out, no extra going to 3 out, kept on going to 2 out though made no ground, some 25 lengths adrift last, no more run-in, made no contribution though almost took 6th post. This was unexpected, not that he finished well beaten but that he returned a decent figure – next time will show if this flatters him. 136
Salty Boy 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 2m 4f Hcp CHS 4 prominent, mistake 3rd, lost ground approaching 7th, in close to 8th and 9th, detached last when niggled along 10th, struggling 14th, niggled along and tried to close approaching 3 out but struggled to make inroads, some 15 lengths back 2 out, stayed on approaching last, ran on run-in and took 4th close home, was gaining on the 3rd last 50 yards. Got out of contention through several slow jumps (doesn’t look the biggest on TV pictures) and probably best watched over fences. 124
Sam Brown 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f   CHS 3 led, was joined up front 12th, ridden 4 out, disputed lead under a ride till headed 3 out, hard ridden, a length down 2 out, hard ridden, couldn’t go with Imperial Aura approaching last, no more run-in, stuck to task but lost 2nd close home. Good reappearance. 152
Samcro 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 2m 4f   CHS 3 held up in touch, in close and brushed 5th, slipped on approaching to 6th, ridden into 7th, at most nudged along and loomed up on inner approaching 3 out, took off too early and went through it, hard ridden in last and outpaced under a push approaching 2 out, passed a couple and disputed 2nd jumping, ridden and kept on one pace approaching last, hard driven run-in, faded, lost 2nd 100 yards out, no more. Wonder where we are with those on-off ‘Samcro’s the next big thing’ predictions after this? 151
Sametegal 25/10/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp CHS 3 prominent to midfield final circuit, niggled along after 15th, keeping on when bumped rival approaching 4 out, firmly pushed along home turn with plenty to do, took 3rd 3 out, closed on 2nd approaching 2 out, flattened out and changed legs under pressure between last 2, mistake last, hard driven, took 2nd then lost the place post. 3m was always going to stretch his stamina and, with the eventual 4th making it a test, he failed to get home. 132
Sametegal 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m Hcp CHS 3 prominent, tracked leaders 10th, in close to 15th, ridden into 18th, moved comfortably next, moved better than the winner home turn, got a split on inner and ridden into 2 out, pushed along, every chance till pecked on landing last, hard driven, faded, no extra last 100 yards. You get the impression that this trip just stretches him, he looked the most likely winner at the second last but, albeit not helped by the peck at the last, there was nothing much happening on the run-in. 135
San Benedeto 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 8 prominent, tracked leaders 2nd, nudged along after 12th, pushed along 4 out, ridden and faded approaching 2 out, dropped away approaching last, well held when mistake, no more, lost 7th post. 131
Scaramanga 31/10/2020 ASCOT 2m Hcp HDL 3 held up, headway and midfield on outer 3rd, mistake 5th and pushed along away from it, ridden into 3 out, headway going better approaching home turn, pushed along straightening, struggling to stay with 1st 2 when blundered badly 2 out, not knocked about between last 2 as kept on but lost ground on 1st 2, well back last, just pushed out run-in. Probably would have been 3rd anyway, but several lengths closer, but for the mistake at the second last, but was on and off the bit before that anyway. 124
Sceau Royal 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 1 held up, raced wide from 3rd, headway and midfield 5th widest of all, further ground home turn (still widest) and passed some to chase leader approaching 3 out on the bit, travelled much the best approaching 2 out, led there, pushed along and found extra to go clear under a hand ride approaching last, 2 lengths up jumping, put under pressure, found more, went further clear, decisive. Superb seasonal debut. 152
Sceau Royal 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 1m 7f   HDL 1 held up in touch, headway on the bit on inner approaching home turn, led 2 out, shaken up, found the necessary, clear last, pushed out, unchallenged. 148
Sceau Royal 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m   HDL 2 tracked leaders, left chasing leader 1st, left in lead 2nd, travelled comfortably home turn, slightly hampered by loose horse nearing 3 out, niggled along, still led a length and a bit 2 out, pushed along, stayed on, led 2 lengths last, hard ridden run-in, headed by Epatante 150 yards out, readily left behind. Gave his running, but was made to look like a selling plater by the Champion Hurdler. 155
Schiehallion Munro 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 6 led, keen, overjumped 5th, headed 7th, ridden into 8th, momentarily led again 12th, immediately headed and faded, looked held home turn as dropped back, not knocked about going to 3 out, niggled along at most and kept on a little going to 2 out, pushed along and lugged right approaching last, made no ground, safe in 5th until ground taken by loose horse and prevented from keeping on last 50 yards, lost the place. Did too much up front and had competition for the lead, so any lack of fitness on his reappearance was going to be exposed; wasn’t knocked about when he dropped back, yet kept on a bit between 4 out and the second last, so all in all an encouraging comeback. 123
Schiehallion Munro 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 2 led, disputed it from 2nd, headed 3rd, chased leader after, ridden into 9th, in close to 10th, ridden into 11th, shuffled back to 3rd and ridden along turning out of back straight, effort under a hand ride and led approaching 4 out, a length up and the better jump 3 out, sustained effort and went through 2 out, headed approaching last, steadied into it and mistake/stumbled on landing, driven, no extra, kept on run-in, no impression on Johnbb. He’d have been beaten whatever if he hadn’t stumbled at the last, but a good run all the same. 142
Sebastopol 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 6 chased leader, mistake 5th, tracked leaders turning out of back straight, niggled along home turn, in close to 3 out, ridden along, stayed on and took 2nd 2 out, put under pressure, couldn’t go with Floressa when in close to last, faded into 5th under pressure run-in, weakened final 150 yards, lost 5th close home and was being closed on by the 7th last strides. 134
Secret Investor 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 1 led, tended to jump slightly right, in close to 10th and 5 out, moved best approaching 4 out, not fluent there, niggled along approaching 3 out, ridden into it, pushed along and stayed on in front approaching 2 out, found extra under a hand ride approaching last, pushed out, decisive and unchallenged. Clearly acts well on what was for all intents and purposes good to firm ground – it might well be tougher off a higher mark in better races on softer ground, and this could be it from him for the season here and now. 151
Senior Citizen 01/11/2020 HUNTINGDON 2m 4f   CHS 2 tracked 1st 2, pace steadied after 5th, ridden into 8th, steadied into 9th, ridden into 12th as pace increased, ridden into 13th and chased leader, again ridden into 14th, 1st 2 pulled clear approaching home turn, travelled comfortably a length and a bit down approaching 2 out, pushed along between last 2, one pace approaching last, in close to it, hard driven, stayed on run-in, no extra last 150 yards, changed legs close home, kept on in winner’s wake. Nothing he could do about a good winner, but his chase victories will come – the jockey got some great jumps out of him on the back straight. 134
Sevarano 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 2m 4f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, headway and prominent after 14th, pushed along 3 out, stayed on and chased leader 2 out, hard ridden aporoaching last, half a length down on landing, hard driven, stayed on, 1st 2 pulled clear, found extra final 75 yards. This was in the balance until very close home, but the feature of this one’s performance was very clean jumping most of the way – a performance hard, if not impossible, to fault. 140
Shakem Up’Arry 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 3f Hcp HDL 4 tracked leaders, chased leader after 1st, mistake 2nd, led 4th, in close to 6th, moved comfortably home turn, mistake 3 out, niggled along approaching 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, headed and faded approaching last, kept on under pressure till faded 150 yards out, losing ground on the 1st 3 at the line. 129
Shan Blue 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f   CHS 1 prominent, led 3rd, a little keen, jumped low 4th, headed 6th, briefly relegated to 3rd when ridden into 12th and collided with rival in the air, was 3 to 4 lengths behind leader home turn, made up ground quickly and led 4 out, 4 lengths clear 3 out, not hard ridden to go further clear approaching 2 out, still on the bit when steadied into last, readily with a ton in hand. Deeply impressive style marks here. 126
Shan Blue 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 1 chased leader, jumped soundly, led 3 out, soon clear without being hard ridden, clear 2 out, drew further ahead by last, readily. This one is shaping like he’ll be one of the top novice chasers, if not THE top, come April. 134
Shattered Love 14/10/2020 PUNCHESTOWN 3m 1f   CHS 3 prominent to midfield, bit windy 2nd, made ground and tracked leaders when mistake 11th, shuffled back a little, losing ground when mistake 14th, lost place and in last trio 3 out, keeping on a bit and passed a couple when in close to 2 out, well held last, clear of 4th, not the remotest impression on 1st 2. Was beaten with 4 to jump, dropping back at that point, and where she was at the third last is a fair reflection of her merit. 127
Shishkin 23/11/2020 KEMPTON 2m 2f   CHS 1 led 1st, made rest, jumped soundly, clear throughout, pulled further clear passing omitted 3 out, safe when in close to last, readily. 142
Shoal Bay 07/10/2020 LUDLOW 3m Hcp CHS 1 chased leader, jumped left, lugged right approaching 10th, ridden into and mistake 11th (water), niggled along and led 5 out, pushed along from 4 out, stayed on and 3 to 3 lengths up 3 out, hard driven between last 2, wandered approaching last, ridden out, idled in front but always staying on well enough, unchallenged. Quirky, but took this with a little in hand – you can just never be sure what you’ll get from him next time. 136
Silva Eclipse 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m Hcp HDL 3 chased leader, shuffled back a little and tracked leaders 3rd, ridden into 4th, moved comfortably 8th, mistake 9th and briefly niggled away from it, pushed along home turn, stayed on passing omitted 3 out, every chance approaching 2 out (actually the last), was bumped on landing, outpaced under a ride, lost place approaching omitted last, hard driven extended run-in, picked up last 150 yards and took 3rd close home, no impression on 1st 2. 132
Silver Streak 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 1 midfield, headway 5th, tracked leaders and niggled along after 3 out, shut the door on rival on his inner (Highly Prized) home turn, pushed along chasing leader and not going best turning in, stayed on under a ride and led 2 out, hard ridden approaching last and found more to draw clear, ridden out, stayed on well to pull further clear run-in, unchallenged. Let’s not jump to conclusions – it’s only a matter of time before this race drops out of the calendar; there were no would-be Champion Hurdlers amongst this rag-bag, and he’s had to work hard from the third last to beat them – the 4th Teqany, in particular, was too close for comfort. Will say this is the best he’s jumped, but that’s it. 147
Simply The Betts 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 6 left in lead 1st, in close to 3rd and headed, chased clear leader Coole Cody from 3rd, flat-backed jump 4th, in close to 7th and 8th, mistake 10th (water), lost places but still prominent albeit niggled along from 11th, lost further ground and midfield 12th, pushed along before 13th, struggling under a ride at the top of the hill, made a bit of ground going to 3 out, no more from approaching home turn and well held 2 out, just kept on from last, no impression. So begins the difficult second season, and because he did so much last term there’s no secrets from the handicapper – this wasn’t happening from halfway down the back straight, his jumping not as good as last season too. 146
Singlefarmpayment 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m Hcp CHS 4 held up, headway and midfield 4th, ridden into 11th, prominent when ridden into 13th, tracked leaders next, travelled largely comfortably approaching 3 out, niggled along home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, steadied into it and pecked on landing, ridden and faded approaching last, looked held jumping, driven and just kept on under pressure, no impression. Looked sure to go close going to the Pond Fence but didn’t find much when the jockey asked. 133
Sir Ivan 25/10/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 3 midfield, raced wide, edged closer approaching 4th, ridden into 6th, prominent when mistake 7th, ridden into and with leaders 3 out (cross hurdle), travelled comfortably approaching 2 out, ridden and disputed lead jumping, niggled along, led approaching last, ridden into it, hard ridden 250 yards out, soon driven, no more under pressure, faded, lost ground on 1st 2 final 150 yards, was being closed on by the 4th final strides. The best way to get this one beat is to give him a view of the front way too soon, which is what the jockey did, so the weak finish was no surprise. 134
Sir Psycho 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp HDL 5 pushed along to make a start, prominent, mistake 4th, not fluent 5th, niggled along after 6th, ridden into 7th, tracked leaders approaching home turn, pushed along approaching 3 out, effort and led, hard ridden, headed approaching 2 out, the better jump and led again, put under pressure, stayed on, headed and was bumped approaching omitted last, soon lost 2nd too and faded, weakened more markedly last 150 yards and lost further places, was being closed on by the 6th last 100 yards. Right, let’s do the positives – he was competitive and he led at the third last; now the negatives – this one, who has a bit of knee lift and looks better on soft or heavy ground like he had for the Victor Ludorum at Haydock last season, clearly resented the downhill home straight on what was for all intents good to firm ground (surprised that this one wasn’t one of the many withdrawals). 133
Sir Psycho 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 9 prominent, niggled along after 5th, held place but still niggled pproaching 2 out, hard ridden approaching home turn, outpaced and lost ground, looked held approaching last, as-good-as-brought down by the faller Harambe, no more, eased off late. The incident at the last wouldn’t have cost him a frame-finish as he was already getting the worst of the deal by then, and he goes down as disappointing as the going was in his favour – maybe it’s a Cheltenham-thing given that he disappointed in the Triumph. 131
Sir Valentine 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   CHS 2 disputed 3rd, took off too early and blundered 5th, edged closer approaching 3 out, niggled along approaching home turn, stayed on, pushed along with every chance approaching 2 out, hard ridden 2 out, one pace approaching last, in close to it, kept on up the hill but no chance with Fusil Raffles, stuck to task. 129
Sir Valentine 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 1m 7f   CHS 2 led at a steady-to-medium pace, headed 4th, horrendous blunder 5th and lost several lengths, pushed along after, ballooned 6th, niggled along 8th, closed on Malystic before a bit slow 9th, ridden along turning out of back straight and moved upsides rival, hard ridden and couldn’t go with rival from approaching 4 out, kept on from 3 out, no impression from 2 out, well held last, stuck to task. The whole thing turned on his blunder at the first fence on the back straight – there were other more minor jumping issues after that, but connections have got a job on here to turn this one into a chaser on this evidence. 128
Sire Du Berlais 08/11/2020 NAVAN 2m 4f   HDL 1 midfield, not fluent 4th, edged closer 7th, moved well enough some 3 lengths down home turn, ridden along after 3 out, stayed on wide approaching 2 out, put under pressure approaching last and took 2nd, closed on leader, led 125 yards out, asserted close home. 154
Sizing At Midnight 20/10/2020 EXETER 3m Hcp CHS 2 led, ridden into 3rd, headed after 7th, chased leader after, mistake 10th, led 13th, reached for 4 out, ridden along, clear when steadied into 3 out, pushed along for a few strides after 3 out but travelled best when in close to 2 out, hard ridden, was closed on and headed approaching last, 1st 2 clear, hard driven, no extra run-in. Looked the winner, but the jockey might not have been aware of the impending challenge going to the second last. 137
Sizing At Midnight 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS F with leaders, tracked leaders from 3rd, shuffled back a little approaching 5th but remained prominent, in close to 9th, ridden into and mistake 14th, headway 15th, disputed lead 16th, niggled along home turn, 1st 2 pulled clear once in line, perhaps beginning to look the stronger of the leading pair when no stride and fell 3 out. Looked the winner at the time – the probable worst case scenario is he’d have been beaten just a length behind El Presente and Potterman, and if showing no ill-effects, perhaps compensation awaits. [138]
Sky Pirate 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 2 prominent on inner, hit 2nd, mistakes 5th and 8th, blundered 10th, moved comfortably approaching 12th, closer order turning out of back straight, tracked leaders home turn and travelled best, effort delayed before 3 out, niggled along and pulled wide of the 3 in front of him approaching 2 out, riden, chased winner approaching last, mistake, stayed on strongly early on run-in and got to Cool Mix’s quarters but wouldn’t stay on any further once he did so, changed legs, stride shortened, weakened markedly last 50 yards. Didn’t just look the winner and not win – this really was the most spectacular checkout, looking like he was going to swamp Cool Mix, then having nothing to do with it in the last few strides. 130
Sky Pirate 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 5 held up, a little headway and just about midfield 4th, closer order when in close to 13th, travelled comfortably and prominent disputing 4th at the top of the hill, shuffled back and nudged along approaching 3 out, closed on leaders on the bit approaching home turn, travelled best as took 2nd straightening, every chance when blundered badly 2 out and stumbled/lost ground, pushed along, stayed on and was only 3 lengths down last, hard driven and only a length down 175 yards out but under pressure, all out last 125 yards, weakened badly, running on the spot and lost 2 places in the last 75 yards. Recovered from the mistake, but we still got the usual Sky Pirate at the end. 129
Smarty Wild 25/11/2020 WETHERBY 1m 7f Hcp CHS 4 not jump well, detached and out of his ground back straight, pushed along and headway through the field from home turn, continued to close 4 out and next, was looking like challenging for the places when mistake 2 out, well held, kept on from last, just failed to get 3rd. Needs to learn to jump. 126
Smooth Stepper 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m Hcp CHS 5 midfield, dropped rear 3rd, niggled along after 4th, in last pair 9th, mistake 11th, niggled along and became slightly detached from main group 12th, mistake 17th, niggled along and closer order approacihing 3 out, vigorously pushed along and one pace home turn, kept on going to 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on approaching last, in close to it, kept on under a hand ride run-in, going on okay at the line. A nice reappearance run on conditions not testing enough, over a trip probably not far enough these days. 136
Snow Falcon 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 6 midfield, taken back a little approaching 6th, edging closer when took off too early and mistake 3 out, lost ground and pushed along, no extra going to 2 out, looked held between last 2, put under pressure after last, kept on, no impression, stuck to task last 150 yards but unable to make a place. The way this wound up, it could have been a little bit better but for the mistake at the third last. 155
Soldier Of Love 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   CHS 2 tracked leaders, led briefly 2nd, ridden into 6th, jumped big and left chasing leader 7th, made ground to lead going down the hill to 8th but headed jumping, led again bend before 9th, disputed lead 13th to 15th, led narrowly at the top of the hill after 16th, moved largely comfortably in narrow lead home turn, headed straightening, chased Galvin 2 out, put under pressure, steadied into last, one pace under pressure up the hill, kept on last 150 yards. Improving over fences, running into one on this occasion. 141
Solo 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 1m 7f   HDL 4 held up last, keen, mistake 3rd, headway and disputed 3rd only a length and a bit down approaching home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, no extra and well held jumping, pushed along and dropped further back between last 2, mistake last, no more. Did too much through racing keenly early and needs to learn to settle. 135
Some Chaos 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m Hcp CHS 3 chased leader, tracked leaders from 4th, ridden into 5th, not fluent 6th, ridden into 9th and 12th, no more than 2 lengths down when mistake 5 out, still moved largely comfortably when blundered 4 out, hard ridden, still half a chance 3 out, put under pressure and outpaced going to 2 out, looked held approaching last, hard driven run-in, stayed on, closed on 2nd last 100 yards but never getting the place. On ground that probably suits, nearly a return to his best form, but this one comes with risks which were there for all to see at the fourth last. 129
Some Chaos 24/10/2020 KELSO 3m 2f Hcp CHS 1 midfield, blundered badly 1st then hampered, mistake 2nd, not fluent 7th, mistake 8th, headway and chased leader from 13th, led passing omitted 3 out, niggled along, headed narrowly 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on well to lead approaching last, ridden out run-in, sustaiend effort till all out last 150 yards and was closed on final 100 yards. 134
Some Chaos 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 3m 1f Hcp CHS 5 held up, mistake 2nd, not fluent 3rd, headway and midfield 8th, closer order 14th racing wide, at most 3 lengths off leaders when mistake 17th, quickly made up lost ground and niggled along approaching 4 out, hard ridden approaching home turn, outpaced approaching 3 out, mistake and left disputing 2nd, kept on till mistake 2 out, pushed along and faded approaching last, hard driven and faded run-in, was closing on the weakening 4th last strides. As expected with this entertaining horse to watch, the fences got in the way, the error at the second last – when he was disputing 2nd – finishing him off. 143
Song For Someone 21/11/2020 ASCOT 2m 3f   HDL 1 made all, ridden along from home turn, stayed on well from 2 out, sustained effort after last, workmanlike and decisive. A typically genuine effort from the front from this one. 153
Southfield Stone 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f   CHS 1 led, in close to 12th, was joined 13th, headed 3 out but moved best of the field from there to home turn, ridden into 2 out, niggled along approaching last, ridden into it, led, hard ridden, idled and wandered in front, always staying on well enough last 175 yards, decisive. Probably had a little in hand through idling. 144
Southfield Stone 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f   CHS 2 chased leader, in close to 6th, just about joined Protektorat up front 11th, mistake 12th, moved best of the 1st 2 from 3 out, pair clear approaching home turn, niggled along when winner asserted starting home turn, soon outpaced under a push, looked held 2 out, some 10 lengths behind when in close to last, put under pressure and no impression, pulled clear of 3rd up the hill but continued to lose ground on winner. 131
Spiritofthegames 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 4f Hcp CHS 2 held up rear, flat-backed and all over the place 5th, started to pass rivals from 10th, a bit to do in 10 lengths 8th and niggled along at the top of the hill, more firmly pushed along and closed further approaching 3 out, sustained effort, passed more rivals and disputed 2nd home turn, left a length 2nd 2 out, every chance under a strong ride last, hard driven up the hill, wandered right, all out, not stay on, tired last 175 yards and jockey going faster than the horse, no more last 100 yards. On the face of it he was all out and dog-tired up the hill, but this is Spiritofthegames and he always finds a way out of it, this time presented with a chance by Sky Pirate’s bad blunder at the second last. 147
Springtown Lake 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 2 chased leader, ridden into 4 out, vigorously pushed along home turn, pecked on landing 3 out, stayed on under a ride, steadied into 2 out, ridden and outpaced between last 2, put under pressure, kept on and not totally done with approaching last, chased winner and all out early on run-in, driven and no more, had little left and was being closed on by the 3rd last strides. 137
Step Back 25/10/2020 WINCANTON 3m 3f Hcp CHS 1 led, slowed badly into 1st and briefly headed, ridden into 8th, barely a length up when tried to press on 15th, raced upsides eventual 2nd from 16th to 18th, niggled along in narrow lead from home turn to 3 out, hard ridden going to 2 out, could have gone either way on landing, found extra under pressure approaching last, stayed on well to maintain what was now a clear lead run-in. 137
Step Back 08/11/2020 SANDOWN 3m Hcp CHS 1 disputed lead early, got to the front after 1st, slow 2nd and briefly headed, same 3rd, better jump 4th and went 2 lengths clear, ridden into 12th and 14th, niggled along after 19th, plenty of challengers grouped up before 3 out, hard ridden, led half a length 2 out, hard driven going to last, the better jump, ridden out, found extra, stayed on well. Really genuine performance, albeit beating off one who’s better at extreme distances. 139
Sternrubin 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL F tracked leaders, a little ground and chased leader 5th, in close to 3 out, moved comfortably and just beginning to be nudged along when fell very heavily 2 out. Doing two sideways rolls, it’s to be hoped he’s OK after this; he still looked strong at the time and would only have been beaten around 5 lengths. [138]
Stolen Silver 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 2m   CHS 3 led, headed 2nd, a bit slow 3rd, jumped right and flat-backed 5th, shuffled back to 3rd by 6th, ridden into and mistake 7th, jumped right 9th, carried head to one side before ridden into 10th, hard ridden turning out of back straight, held place under pressure home turn, 1st 3 clear, kept on under pressure between last 2, faded a few strides off last, well held run-in. Has a thing or nine to learn about jumping fences on this evidence. 128
Stolen Silver 28/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 4f   CHS 2 led, clear 6th, reached for 8th, not so far ahead 9th, moved largely comfortably home turn, was closed on approaching 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, stayed on, pecked on landing last, headed, driven and stayed on run-in, no extra only in last 75 yards. 130
Storm Arising 10/11/2020 LINGFIELD 2m 7f Hcp HDL 1 midfield to rear, jumped a bit big 1st, headway 8th on inner, mistake 9th, travelled largely comfortably as moved through to track leaders approaching home turn, switched inside rival going to 2 out, slightly outpaced under a ride, stayed on between last 2, not much room last and jumped it 4th a length and a bit down, manoeuvred off the rail to go for a gap between horses early on run-in, put under strong pressure, found extra 150 yards out, closed on leaders, led three strides from the post. Just up in time, but the winning margin would have been another half a length to a length  if Bryony hadn’t had to switch just after the last. 136
Storm Control 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 3 prominent, ridden into 2nd, headway and tracked leaders 6th, ridden into 7th, led soon after, ridden into 8th and 10th, not fluent 11th and was joined, niggled along, headed 12th, led again turning out of back straight, firmly pushed along home turn, led halg a length 3 out, hard ridden, kept on, headed 3 out, stuck with new leader and still every chance going to 2 out, no extra as Cool Mix went on, faded approaching last, left 3rd jumping, driven and no extra run-in, all out, lost ground on 1st 2, only just held on to 3rd as 4th closed strongly. Fine effort, perhaps needing the run as he faded before and after the last. 124
Storm Control 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 1f Hcp CHS 1 led, hit 4th, ridden into 13th and 15th, clear 17th, niggled along from 3 out, some 5 lengths ahead when pushed along home turn, hit 2 out, pushed along and stayed on between last 2, in close to last, hard driven, wandered, found extra 150 yards out, all out last 75 yards and was being closed on by 2 rivals but always holding on. Stayed the new longer trip and connections have options now going forward. 130
Stormy Ireland 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 2m   CHS 2 chased leader, ballooned 1st, led 2nd, clear 4th, moved comfortably after 3 out, moved best home turn though not so far ahead, pushed along and was joined 2 out, headed last where lost hind legs on landing, hard ridden and one pace run-in. Looked the winner on the home turn and didn’t win, yet there was encouragement in the performance and she’ll win a mares’ novice over fences at least; lacks the stamina for 2m4f though, so not likely to be winning the mares’ chase at the Cheltenham Festival. 125
Stormy Ireland 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 1f   CHS 2 led, 3 lengths clear 3rd, not so far ahead when slow 5th and headed, lost 3 lengths and went from 1st to 4th, headway and almost upsides leader 6th, chased leader 7th, not fluent 8th, led 3 out, immediately challenged by Zambella, 1st 2 pulled clear going equally as well till pushed along and outpaced between last 2, looked held when the better jump last, presented with a half-chance, put under strong pressure, no extra, closed on winner last 100 yards but always held. Worried that since joining Paul Nicholls this one is showing signs of looking the type to always find some way or other out of winning, on this occasion with the very slow jump at the 5th, with which she went from leading to 4th. 138
Streets Of Doyen 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   HDL 1 midfield, in close to 4th, niggled along going to 5th, in last pair 6th, dived at 8th (bit lucky not to fall), ridden into 9th, good headway past rivals and chased leader at the top of the hill, mistake 3 out and pecked on landing, moved best of the field approaching 2 out, momentarily lost 2nd but took the place jumping, hard ridden approaching home turn, had 3 lengths to find approaching last, hard ridden and stayed on, a length and a half down jumping, sustained effort under pressure and led 150 yards out, ridden out, drew clear last 100 yards, workmanlike and decisive. Genuine performance, making up the thick end of 6 lengths from the home turn to the line. 126
Sully D’Oc AA 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, mistake 1st, in close to 2nd, closer order and prominent 6th, tracked leaders from 7th, chased leader from 8th, moved largely comfortably 3 out, shaken up, upsides leader 2 out, hard ridden, led and wandered left approaching last, mistake and stumbled on landing, headed, hung left, not stay on, kept on last 100 yards but lost 2nd post. Could perhaps do with dropping to 2m, he shaped as though the last 100 yards stretched him. 134
Summerville Boy 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f   HDL 1 chased leader, mistakes 7th and 3 out (cross hurdle), moved comfortably home turn a length and a half down, pushed along approaching 2 out, not going best between last 2, hard ridden, carried head a little high, a neck down last, put under pressure, found something and led, ridden out, stayed on well run-in. Sound reappearance effort – last season the well-run Stayers’ Hurdle found out his stamina, so on this perhaps the most suitable target at the festivals would be the Aintree Hurdle here. 154
Summerville Boy 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 4 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, held up, not fluent 3rd, still towards rear of main group 9th but seemed to move comfortably, started a move turning out of back straight, edged closer in midfield 3 out, shaken up, stayed on under a ride approaching 2 out, had 3 lengths to find jumping, put under pressure and outpaced between last 2, looked held last, driven and no more run-in, kept on last 100 yards and was closing on the 3rd last 50 yards. 149
Sunset Showdown 11/10/2020 NEWTON ABBOT 3m 2f Hcp HDL 3 prominent to midfield, closer order approaching 5th, tracked leaders when in close to 6th, arguably travelling best of the field approaching 3 out, niggled along turning out of back straight, more firmly pushed along home turn, one pace under a ride from nearing 2 out, kept on approaching last, all over the place and changing legs behind run-in but kept on last 50 yards. Looked ungainly on the run-in, but he’s run well enough on this reappearance to make him look interesting next time, although there’ll be a question mark over what he will or won’t find when ridden. 137
Supremely Lucky 16/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 7f Hcp HDL 4 held up, rear 3rd, passed a couple by 8th, further good ground and midfield 9th, pushed along off home turn, blundered 3 out, put under pressure, lost ground approaching 2 out, in 5th and driven along approaching last, kept on under pressure run-in, stayed on last 100 yards and took a share of 4th post. Would have finished a clear 4th without the mistake at the third last (stretching it to think he’d have got 3rd though) and has shaped okay. 129
Takingrisks 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 7f Hcp CHS 4 midfield, made ground and prominent 3rd, lost ground and midfield/niggled along approaching 9th, hampered 11th, pushed along between there and 12th in 8 lengths 3rd, mistake 13th and ridden along, hard ridden and reminder approaching 15th, outpaced under pressure turning out of back straight, well back home turn, driven and no impression approaching 3 out, kept on from last, was closing on the 3rd last 100 yards. On this evidence, despite the fact he’s rising 12, he appears to retain all his ability and the four-milers in the calendar are the obvious targets. 148
Tamaroc Du Mathan 19/11/2020 WINCANTON 2m Hcp CHS 1 tracked leaders, landed on all fours 5th (water), left chasing leader 6th, in close to 9th, led 4 out, travelled much the best home turn, in close to 3 out, still on the bit as pulled 2 to 3 lengths clear by 2 out, at most nudged along to maintain clear advantage till ridden into last, not hard ridden run-in, maintained gallop to the line, had a lot in hand. Looked to have plenty left at the end and, judged on the style marks, there should be more to come. 134
Tap Tap Boom 15/11/2020 FONTWELL 2m 2f Hcp HDL 2 tracked leaders, a little ground and moved upsides leader 4th, led 5th, going best home turn, pushed along from 2 out, stayed on and led half a length approaching last, steadied into it and went left, hard driven, headed 175 yards out, stayed on one pace, no extra last few strides. With a better jump at the last this result might have been the other way round. 131
Tea Clipper 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp HDL 1 was squeezed for room quite a bit for a few strides just after the start, midfield, headway and prominent approaching 3rd, keen, mistake 4th, tracked leaders 6th, shuffled back as field bunched up turning out of back straight but remained largely prominent, moved well to lead approaching 3 out, immediately headed, ridden along, 1st 3 pulled clear approaching 2 out, chased leader between last 2, put under pressure, led 100 yards off omitted last, ridden out on extended run-in, drew clear last 150 yards. 138
Tea Clipper 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 5f Hcp HDL 5 prominent, mistake 3rd, moved comfortably till niggled along appaching home turn, a little ground and tracked leaders approaching 3 out, ridden along after it, made ground to challenge leaders when mistake 2 out, hard ridden and no extra before mistake last, looked held run-in, hard driven, no more last 150 yards. It was on the cards that at some point his jumping would let him down and, in arguably a better race than the Silver Trophy at Chepstow that he won (and behind the 2019 winner of that race), that happened here. 135
Tegerek 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 3 held up, a little keen, perhaps edged a little closer but still 10 to 12 lengths to find after 5th, moved comfortably and headway into midfield approaching 2 out, niggled along approaching home turn, angled between horses off the bend to get a run approaching last, pushed along, in close to it and a length and a bit down, hard driven, stayed on, changed legs and veered right to stands’ side rail 100 yards out (rider momentarily unbalanced), closed on 2nd but not get the place, no impression on The Shunter. Good run and in the mix again for a good handicap going forward. 126
Templepark 07/10/2020 LUDLOW 3m Hcp CHS 3 midfield, ballooned 1st, blundered 3rd, jumped left 5th, pushed along for a few strides from 12th, mistake 13th, headway and prominent approaching home turn, niggled along, pushed along and outpaced approaching 4 out, no impression approaching 2 out, faded and lost ground on 1st 2 approaching last, no more. 125
Teqany 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 4 held up, headway and tracked leaders 3rd, steadied into 4th, in close to 5th, niggled along after, more firmly ridden along after 3 out, reminders home turn, lost 3rd 2 out and faded, looked held between last 2, half a chance of 3rd last but no extra under driving, kept on same pace. Was wasting his time here but this was an okay run against opposition too good. 134
Teqany 07/11/2020 WINCANTON 1m 7f   HDL 2 midfield, mistake 1st, shuffled back and rear after 2nd, in close to 4th, not fluent 6th, headway between horses and briefly disputed 2nd turning out of back straight, shuffled back but remaiend close up as main body of the field bunched up, ridden off home turn, stayed on into 3rd approaching 2 out, outpaced between last 2, kept on, steadied into last, hard driven and took well-held 2nd run-in, drew clear of 3rd, no impression on Sceau Royal. Only did what was required to get 2nd when the win was beyond him (and was hardly going best on the home turn anyway), and should be good to go next time back in a handicap. 141
The Bay Birch 10/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m 3f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, mistake 11th, lost place and pushed along, ridden 5 out, keeping on but making little impression on leaders when mistake 4 out, hard ridden and outpaced 3 out, made no ground from there to last under a push, left well-held 3rd there, ridden and kept on run-in. Never seen with a chance, possibly because of the ground, but there was a bit of late work. 131
The Bay Birch 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m 4f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, chased leader 11th, shaken up 4 out, faded from 3 out under a ride, hard driven and lost ground approaching last, steadied into it, driven and no more run-in. 132
The Big Bite 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m Hcp CHS 1 led, headed 2nd, brushed 3rd, chased clear leader after, only half a length down 5th, in close to 6th, mistake 8th, disputed lead 9th, led 3 out, pushed along, put under pressure approaching 2 out, led half a length, hard ridden and picked up between last 2, hard driven as several pursuers closed approaching last, found extra run-in and drew clear, ridden out, workmanlike and decisive. 141
The Big Breakaway 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   CHS 1 chased leader, led 8th, clear approaching 9th, not so far ahead 10th, tried to pull himself up bend turning on to back straight and headed, niggled along approaching 12th, led again 13th, ridden into 14th, went 2 to 3 lengths clear, drew further clear and going best after 3 out, markedly steadied into 2 out and allowed 2nd and 3rd to close, pushed along and stayed on between last 2, ridden out hands and heels from last, picked up well, one reminder, readily and decisive. Okay – jumping: tick. Front-running: no, not if he’s going to do what he did turning down the back straight – either track horses or drop in. Want to see him again before making up my mind. 133
The Butcher Said 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m   CHS 3 held up last and detached, closer order when mistake 15th, travelling comfortably at the top of the hill but 5 lengths to find on leader, closing on the bit when mistake 3 out, still moved comfortably after that and closed up well home turn, yet to be asked for an effort when ridden into 2 out and overbalanced/pecked on landing, not recover, held in 3rd when not fluent last, one reminder run-in, kept on but no impression on 1st 2. Would have been fighting it out for 2nd but for what happened at the second last, but there were serious mistakes in this round before that and it’s likely that he’ll be held back by that, at least in the short term. 121
The Butcher Said 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 7f Hcp CHS 6 gave the rest plenty of rope at the start, held up last, mistake 10th, made a place 11th, around 12 lengths down 13th, not asked for an effort and about the same distance adrift when mistake 15th, pushed along turning out of back straight, no impression under a ride 4 out, well held, kept on a bit from last and was closing on a beaten one last 50 yards. It’s been a bit tough for this one in better company the last twice now. 132
The Cashel Man 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 7 led 1st, mistake 2nd, headed 3rd, disputed lead 4th, led 5th, mistake 7h and niggled along away from it, held place and disputed lead turning out of back straight, headed and pushed along home turn, faded approaching 3 out, well held 2 out, continued to fade under a ride before in close to last, eased last 100 yards. 131
The Conditional 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 3 midfield in close to 1st, headway 6th, just about prominent 7th, edged closer still from 12th, mistake 17th, nudged along home turn. headway to track leaders approaching 4 out, pushed along and shaped to hang left approaching 3 out, ridden along and carried head high/hung approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, a length behind the 2nd last, no chance with winner, ridden and wandered run-in, no extra last 150 yards. The silver medal was the best he could have done on the day, but he arguably declined the opportunity to get it from the third last. 138
The Hollow Ginge 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS 4 midfield to rear, soon niggled along, dropped to rear by 7th, mistake 11th, not fluent 12th, made a little ground after 16th, pushed along after 17th, headway and midfield approaching 4 out, kept on approaching 3 out, stuck to task approaching 2 out, hard driven and hung left between last 2, no impression approaching last, stuck to task. 132
The Jam Man 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 6 held up, mistake 2nd, nudged along after 9th, more firmly pushed along turning out of back straight with 12 or 13 still in front, a lot to do 3 out, hard ridden after 2 out, stayed on but too much to do approaching last, kept on run-in, passed beaten ones last 150 yards, nearest finish. 128
The King Of May 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp CHS 2 midfield, tended to jump right, tracked leaders from 2nd, left chasing leader 5th, in close to 6th and lost 2nd, swerved faller and left chasing leader 8th, lost 2nd niggled along from 3 out, lost 2nd, kept on, more firmly pushed along from 2 out, retook 2nd last, driven and kept on, stuck to task but no chance with winner. 129
The Mighty Don 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m   CHS 1 raced last, several mistakes and slow jumps, detached early, gradual headway and in touch halfway down the back straight, chased leader from 5 out, ridden along and not going as well, stayed on from 4 out to 2 out under pressure, steadied into last and 2 lengths to find, hard driven, stayed on well under pressure, got up close home. Stamina, stamina, stamina – that’s what won this, but it wasn’t jumping prowess, and he’s likely to be found wanting in a stronger novice. 131
The Mighty Don 22/11/2020 EXETER 3m   CHS 3 midfield, mistake 12th and niggled along, more firmly pushed along from 14th, ridden and struggling to get on terms with 1st 2 approaching 4 out some 8 to 10 lengths down, no impression from 2 out, stuck to task. 121
The Pink’n 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp HDL 2 held up last, keen and raced with high head carriage, not fluent 2nd, made a place 5th, raced 11th with 10 to 12 lengths to find home turn, headway going comfortably and midfield 3 out, niggled along and further ground to be prominent approaching 2 out, shaken up on landing, stayed on, carried head to one side but took 2nd approaching last, driven out, no impression on winner, didn’t stay on and the 3rd was coming back at him final strides. So what we’ve learnt here is that this one needs the hold-up tactics, and to be produced as late as possible – gave the slight impression he wasn’t putting it in from approaching the last, for all that this was on the face of it a good run. 122
The Pink’n 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m   HDL 2 held up last, moved comfortably enough 5th, finally passed a rival at the top of the hill, niggled along with 8 lengths to find 3 out, more firmly pushed along after it, stayed on and closed on 1st 2 approaching 2 out, disputed 3rd under a ride home turn, took the place approaching last and only 3 lengths off 1st 2 when mistake, hard driven, stayed on into 2nd 175 yards out, no extra last 100 yards, ridden out, stuck to task. Career-best from this one. 127
The Pink’n 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL 2 held up, last and 8 lengths behind leader when niggled along after 5th, a bit to do home turn but not yet asked for maximum effort, ridden into 3 out, pushed along approaching 2 out and began to stay on, reached for it, passed a few and took 4th, closed on those ahead approaching last, hard driven, ran on into 2nd though carried head to one side, closed on Floressa last 150 yards under pressure but never getting there. 136
The Russian Doyen 21/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 3f Hcp HDL 3 midfield, mistake 3rd, nudged along 5th, mistake 6th and niggled away from it, a little outpaced and niggled along from 3 out, kept on under a hand ride approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, switched wide approaching last, hard driven, no extra, chance of 2nd last 150 yards but couldn’t find more. 136
The Storyteller 03/10/2020 GOWRAN PARK 2m 4f   CHS 2 chased leader, blundered 2nd, lost ground 3rd and raced 4th from there, niggled along from 10th, closed on 1st 3 approaching home turn, hard ridden approaching 3 out, 2 lengths to find when left in 2nd 2 out, no extra approaching last, looked held jumping, kept on run-in, no impression on Easy Game. 145
The Storyteller 14/10/2020 PUNCHESTOWN 3m 1f   CHS 1 held up, headway and midfield 9th, slow 11th and rear again, jumped a bit right 13th, headway from 4 out, prominent 3 out and moved largely comfortably, tracked 1st 2 and arguably moved best approaching 2 out, jumped right there, chased leader between last 2, pushed along, stayed on well, led approaching last, led 2 to 3 lengths jumping, pushed clear, sustained effort, decisive. Some iffy moments when he jumped to the right, but apart from those hard to fault. 154
The Storyteller 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 1 held up, a bit slow 7th and 8th, ridden into 10th and 12th, niggled along on long run to 3 out, was 5 lengths 8th and ridden after it, raced wide, stayed on well approaching 2 out, upsides 1st 2 jumping, hard ridden, a neck down last, 1st 2 clear, hard driven run-in, picked up final 100 yards, led final strides. Things didn’t crank up here until the third last and he’s done well to win it from where he was positioned there. 162
The Two Amigos 11/11/2020 BANGOR 3m Hcp CHS 3 tracked leaders, led 3rd, ridden into and in close to 9th, headed, led again 10th, ridden into 3 out, led half a length and pushed along home turn, headed 2 out, ridden along, faded approaching last, hard driven and kept on run-in, closed a little on runner-up final strides. Good reappearance, though was given a harder time than necessary on the run-in. 136
The Unit 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 4 held up, raced wide, had a bit to do turning out of back straight, edged closer after 4 out, niggled along 3 out, began to close approaching 2 out, faded approaching last, no more. Sound return to action after his absence and will be interesting next time. 130
The Unit 27/11/2020 DONCASTER 2m 3f Hcp CHS 5 held up, not fluent 5th, in close to 6th, mistake 7th and niggled away from it, headway 10th, mistake 11th, niggled along and good headway to hold every chance 4 out, ridden along, carried head a little to one side and not stay on from 3 out, dropped back and looked held 2 out, looked heavy-legged approaching last, kept on a bit late. Regressed from his promising reappearance at Wetherby, the ground here a bit quicker (was withdrawn at Chepstow when it dried out considerably on intended reappearance in October). 124
The Wolf 27/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 3m   CHS 1 midfield, mistake 1st, headway and tracked leaders 3rd, shuffled back to 4th 5 out but moved comfortably, moved back into 3rd but outpaced as 1st 2 raced 4 lengths clear approaching 3 out, steadied into it, hard ridden on outer and closed on leaders approaching 2 out, sustained effort to lead and steadied into last, hard ridden run-in, asserted 150 yards out, pulled clear last 50 yards, decisive in the end. 134
Thebannerkingrebel 18/10/2020 FFOS LAS 2m Hcp HDL 6 prominent to midfield, more midfield when in close to 2nd, briefly niggled along after 4th, shuffled back a little home turn and niggled along, pushed along after 3 out, stayed on and closed on leaders approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, couldn’t find more approaching last, faded, well held when mistake last, driven and no more, lost 5th 150 yards out. Had half a chance after the third last but was beaten after the next – might have needed the run, but open to question whether or not he had the chance the betting suggested (had already disappointed backers at a single figure-price in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury back in February). 127
Third Wind 05/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m Hcp HDL 5 midfield, ridden into 9th, niggled along approaching home turn, a bit to do when pushed along after 3 out, closer order approaching 2 out, hard ridden and chased winner approaching last, no extra approaching last, hard driven and one pace run-in, lost 4th 100 yards out, stuck to task and was closing on the 4th final strides. Shaped well, but stamina’s what this one is all about, and the race didn’t play to his strengths. 143
Third Wind 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 2 midfield, headway past a few turning out of back straight and moved more comfortably than some, carried head high home turn, passed a couple more rivals and prominent when mistake then left tracking leaders 3 out, chased leader 2 out, stayed on and led last, hard ridden, stayed on till headed by Main Fact 125 yards out, no extra, driven and kept on, maintained gap to 3rd, no impression on winner. 135
Thomas Darby 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f   HDL 3 midfield, ridden into 4th, mistake 5th, ridden into 8th, a lilttle ground and moved comfortably as tracked leaders home turn, shaken up between last 2, effort and led last, hard driven, headed 200 yards out, no extra, faded last 150 yards, no more. Might have needed his reappearance and has shaped well. 148
Thomas Macdonagh 29/10/2020 STRATFORD 2m 5f   CHS 4 tracked leaders, headway and led 3rd, in close to 6th and 7th, niggled along approaching 2 out (normally 4 out), going best approaching omitted 3 out, niggled along approaching last (normally 2 out), hard ridden approaching turn out of back straight, headed home turn, some 3 lengths back straightening and hard driven/dropped back to 3rd approaching omitted last, well held a furlong out, kept on a bit late. 127
Thyme Hill 27/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m   HDL 1 field waited for some considerable time after the tape was released before making a start, chased clear leader, in close to 3rd, tracked leaders as pace increased after 5th, headed the main group from 6th, disputed 2nd home turn and travelled comfortably, chased new leader between 3 out and next, niggled along between last 2, effort and led approaching last, travelled best, a length and a half clear jumping, hard rirdden, stayed on well run-in, ridden out, sustained effort to the line. Apparently put himself in line for a crack at the Stayers’ Hurdle, but this was anything but a test at 3m and I want to see him again in a more strongly-run race next time. 155
Thyme White 09/10/2020 CHEPSTOW 2m Hcp HDL 1 midfield on inner, keen, closer order and tracked leaders 3rd, mistake 4th, went well, drew upsides leader 3 out, led 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on though wandered right approaching last, clear jumping, pushed out, unchallenged. 126
Thyme White 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp HDL U midfield, keen, more settled when took off too early 4th, edged closer approaching home turn, not asked for an effort and shuffled back to midfield by 3 out, niggled along, closed on those ahead, appeared to be making a gradual beeline for the inner approaching 2 out, bumped the rival on his inner (Milkwood) and not clear run nearing it, took off too early and landed on it, lost hind legs on landing, rider unbalanced and unseated. Ahead of the eventual 2nd and 3rd at the time, and bearing in mind that he didn’t settle early, he’d probably have finished between the 4th and 5th. [136]
Tigris River 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m   HDL 2 held up last but in touch, mistake 4th, niggled along after 3 out, closer order home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, mistake and outpaced, kept on one pace approaching last, driven run-in, stayed on to take 2nd last 150 yards. Most probably flattered, he hadn’t been on the map in recent runs before this and his 50/1 SP illustrates what was expected here. 137
Time To Get Up 07/11/2020 AINTREE 2m 4f Hcp CHS 3 prominent, in close to 1st and lost a little ground, shuffled back and midfield from 6th, in last 3 and nudged along 10th, niggled along after 11th and 12th, turned out of back straight wide, not fluent 4 out and had plenty to do, pushed along home turn, well back 3 out, rather left alone approaching 2 out when making no ground, pushed along (not vigorously so) and passed a beaten one approaching last, took well-beaten 4th close home. Not knocked about when it was clear he wasn’t getting to the leaders and made late gains. 125
Timetochill 28/10/2020 FAKENHAM 2m   CHS 2 led, jumped right, pressed on from 8th, niggled along approaching home turn, left a length up last, hard driven, stayed on, was closed on last 150 yards, headed post. 123
Tobefair 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m Hcp HDL 4 midfield, jumped big 2nd, a little ground approaching 4th, just about prominent 6th, niggled along as pace increased approaching 8th, hard ridden to hold place at the top of the hill, stayed on under a ride approaching 3 out and still a chance though arguably going worst of the field, a most 2 lengths down 2 out, hard driven, outpaced home turn, looked held coming off the bend, some 8 lengths back last, driven and kept on up the hill but no impression on 1st 3. This is probably as good as it will get for this one this season, if he can’t do much in this smaller field then it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the campaign. 140
Topofthecotswolds 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f   HDL 3 led, in close to 7th, pressed on at the top of the hill, led 4 or 5 lengths 3 out, pushed along, was closed on when in close to 2 out and pecked on landing, hard ridden, put under pressure home turn and only a length up at most, headed when mistake last, relegated to 3rd, hard driven, outpaced up the hill, faded last 200 yards, lost ground on 1st 2. 124
Topofthecotswolds 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 5 led, clear, jumped big 2nd, not so far ahead 6th, a length and a half ahead at the top of the hill, moved comfortably enough going down the hill to 3 out, reached for it, niggled along and headed approaching 2 out, mistake, hard ridden, dropped back home turn, left alone nearing last, dropped further away run-in, lost further ground last 75 yards and was being closed on by the 6th. 120
Torigni 14/11/2020 WETHERBY 2m Hcp HDL 3 midfield, shuffled back and in last 3 from 3rd, last of the main group and moved comfortably enough after 6th, pushed along home turn, was 2 lengths down 3 out, effort rather delayed on outer approaching 2 out, pushed along and outpaced approaching last, changed legs, looked held jumping, put under pressure, hung in behind runner-up early on run-in, stuck to task last 100 yards and was closing on the 2nd. Wary of this one, he was given a cajoling ride between the third and second last, then hung behind the runner-up after the last. 131
Tout Est Permis 14/10/2020 PUNCHESTOWN 3m 1f   CHS 2 midfield, edged a little closer approaching 7th, made ground and prominent 11th, mistake 12th, headway going comfortably from 4 out, with leaders 3 out, looked to be going best home turn, niggled along and led approaching 2 out, pushed along between last 2, kept on, was closed on approaching last, readily headed 100 yards off it, hard ridden but faded, left behind run-in. 147
Tout Est Permis 31/10/2020 DOWN ROYAL 3m   CHS 3 prominent to midfield in main group, ridden into 13th and closer order, shuffled back and midfield on long run to 3 out, in close to it, ridden along, kept on under a hand ride but behind a wall of horses approaching 2 out, hard ridden and kept on one pace in 3 lengths 4th approaching last, hard driven run-in, stayed on and took 3rd 100 yards out, going on okay at the finish but no impression on 1st 2. 157
Tower Bridge 19/11/2020 MARKET RASEN 2m 7f Hcp HDL 4 held up, hit 9th and niggled away from it, ridden into 3 out, effort home turn and stayed on into midfield approaching 2 out where jumped left, no extra and looking held when also went left last, pushed out, closed on 1st 3 under a hand ride last 150 yards, nearest finish. Never seen with a chance but qualifies for the Final, so in all probability objective achieved. 144
Townshend 20/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 5 held up last, mistake 2nd, a little keen, slow 5th and 6th, started a move 10th, mistake 11th, just about midfield when ridden into 12th and raced with head to one side, headway and prominent after 13th, tracked leaders in Swinley Bottom, within a length when niggled along 3 out (normally 4 out), pecked on landing 2 out (normally 3 out), put under pressure home turn, kept on approaching last (normally 2 out), in close to it, faded starting extended run-in, couldn’t go with leaders and well held passing omitted last, kept on last 100 yards. Sorry, but this was a clueless ride – to go from held up rear, to tracking leaders in half a mile, left the horse with nothing in reserve for the straight. 128
Two For Gold 30/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m 3f Hcp CHS 2 chased leader, led 3rd, in close to 11th and niggled away from it, niggled along in a length lead home turn, hard ridden aproaching 4 out, jumped slightly right there, stayed on going to 3 out, hard driven going to 2 out, was challenged, sustained effort, headed approaching last, 1st 2 clear, ridden and no more run-in, all out, weakened last 100 yards and was being closed on by the 3rd. Good run but nothing left at the end after a forcing ride. 146
Umbrigado 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 3f Hcp HDL 2 midfield, mistake 1st, edged closer travelling comfortably after 7th, closing when badly hampered by Arrivederci’s fall 3 out, pushed along and lugged left approaching 2 out, shaken up, hung left between last 2, might have led narrowly when mistake last, hard driven, all out, couldn’t find more and stride shortened run-in, changed legs 100 yards out, kept on and perhaps closed a bit late but never getting there. Arguably didn’t go through with this, his being hampered not stopping him getting a sniff of the lead. 135
Unowhatimeanharry 07/11/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp HDL 1 midfield, mistake 4th, edged closer approaching 3 out (cross hurdle), mistake there, taken wide and moved comfortably approaching 2 out, headway and tracked leaders, produced to challenge going much the best approaching last, led there, pusehd along run-in, stayed on, put nder pressure last 150 yards, driven out, sustained effort to the line. Won this in the manner of someone four or five (or six) years younger. 145
Up The Straight 03/10/2020 FONTWELL 2m 3f Hcp HDL 4 midfield, allowed 1st 3 to break clear before 3rd though pace only steady, jumped slightly left 3rd, mistake 5th, closed up after 6th, mistake 7th, disputed 3rd when pushed along home turn, stayed on and every chance disputing 2nd 2 out, drew upsides new leader under a ride approaching last, in close to it, lost 2nd early on run-in, put under pressure, outpaced, well held last 150 yards, weakened, lost 3rd, continued to drop away last 100 yards and was being closed on by the 5th final strides. Many mistakes in this performance, but it was the ground that got him in the end, and all in all this was a promising reappearance. 130
Up The Straight 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 3 held up, mistake 2nd, keen, passed a few on inner and just about midfield when ridden into 4th, closer order after 7th but still several to pass at the top of the hill, mistake 3 out, niggled along away from it, hard ridden 2 out, passed a few approaching home turn, closed on leaders approaching last, mistake, hard driven up the hill, stayed on, took 3rd 125 yards out, closed on 2nd final strides, nearest finish. Jumping still needs work but apart from that, a good run. 137
Vado Forte 14/10/2020 WETHERBY 1m 7f Hcp CHS 3 prominent, mistake and bumped rival 1st, closed up going comfortably approaching 4 out, arguably moved best of the field and led approaching 3 out, soon hard ridden, headed 2 out, put under pressure, relegated to 3rd last, faded run-in, losing ground on 1st 2 last 100 yards. Effort needs to be delayed on this evidence. 126
Verdana Blue 18/10/2020 KEMPTON 2m   HDL 2 prominent, shuffled back and towards rear after 4th, slightly outpaced and niggled along in last pair after 3 out, moved well enough in touch home turn, not as hard ridden as 2 or 3 (including the winner) home turn, finally pushed along with 4 or 5 lengths to find approaching 2 out, took 3rd jumping, hard driven, no impression on 1st 2 approaching last, well held jumping, pushed out and took 2nd 150 yards out, not the remotest chance with Silver Streak. Forget the fact that she wasn’t given the best of rides; given this one’s improved form in staying races on the Flat over the Summer in the likes of the Ascot Stakes, with a lack of pace exposed here it’s time to go up to 3m now and have a crack at the wide-open staying division, if she’s to stay hurdling this season. 130
Verdana Blue 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 2m   HDL 2 midfield, edged closer after 6th, took 2nd on the bit home turn, challenged moving comfortably approaching 2 out, slightly windy jump there, pushed along, chased Mrs Hyde approaching last, hard driven, a length down jumping, put under strong pressure, 1st 2 pulled clear, stayed on but no extra last 150 yards, always held. This was many things – first and foremost she’s run into one in the improved and very tough winner; then throw in the soft ground (not her best surface), and her apparent lack of pace over this trip over hurdles nowadays (albeit to a lesser extent than against Silver Streak last time), and, like last time, it points to her needing to go over three miles now. 135
Vienna Court 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 1f   CHS 3 held up, headway and attached herself to rear of leading group halfway, raced wide approaching 7th where mistake and pecked on landing, made ground and tracked leaders 8th, mistake and went right 3 out, tracked leaders only a length down home turn, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, pushed along and left behind between last 2, well held when went through last, faded and was being closed on by the 4th last 100 yards. 127
Vinndication 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   CHS 2 slow 1st, prominent, tracked leaders by 2nd, ridden into 7th, chased leader 10th, shuffled back a little before 11th and once again tracked leaders, niggled along turning out of back straight, pushed along home turn and slightly outpaced in 4th approaching 4 out, hit that, kept on under a push and took 3rd 3 out, looked held and put under pressure, closed on 1st 2 a little approaching 2 out, sustained effort and took 2nd last, driven out, drew clear of 3rd, stayed on but no impression on Cyrname. Take out Cyrname and he’d have been a good winner of the Charlie Hall, but not to worry as they’ve got options going forward – sometimes the Cheltenham Gold Cup (over a trip that surely Cyrname won’t stay over the stiffer Cheltenham track) can be won by a stayer rather than a class act (Native River fits that category), and this one’s a stayer – which itself brings the Grand National in to the equation, although he’d be near top weight at Aintree. 161
Vinndication 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 3m 2f Hcp CHS U prominent, chased leader 11th, in close to 16th and pushed along away from it, tracked leaders turning out of back straight, travelled more comfortably when took off too early and fell 17th. The way Cloth Cap finished it off he probably wouldn’t have won, but he’d have been on for 2nd, 3rd or 4th had he not messed up at the Cross Fence. [160]
Visioman 11/10/2020 LIMERICK 2m 3f   CHS 1 held up last but in touch, raced 3rd after 5th, not so far ahead after 7th, moved comfortably but a bit to do 3 out, pushed along turning out of back straight and stayed on, took 2nd under a ride and closed on Djingle home turn, sustained effort from 2 out, reeled in leader and led last, ridden out, stayed on well to pull clear. Albeit with a soft target to aim at this was a genuine effort, jumping soundly and staying on well. 135
Vision Des Flos 03/11/2020 EXETER 2m 1f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, keen, hit 1st, chased leader 5th, moved well enough home turn, niggled along and faded approaching 4 out, weakening when mistake 3 out, looked heavy-legged going to 2 out, no more and lost ground on the 4th approaching last, no more. Jumping is an issue now, an early mistake then a worse one at the third last when already beaten. 126
Vivas 13/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 6f Hcp CHS 5 tracked leaders, mistake 4th (Aintree), shuffled back and midfield by halfway, headway and tracked leaders again when mistake 27th (Aintree), within 2 lengths 3 out (Glenfarclas Barrels), arguably moved best bend before 2 out, niggled along, mistake 2 out (Stuffed Hurdle), pushed along and outpaced approaching home turn, no extra in 3rd approaching last, hard driven, weakened up the hill and lost 3rd, continued to lose ground under pressure and didn’t appear to be striding out, lost 4th and dropped away last 100 yards. Hopefully nothing seriously amiss here as he didn’t look to be striding out properly after the last. 135
Vive Le Roi 02/11/2020 PLUMPTON 2m 5f Hcp HDL 3 led, in close to 1st, reached for 5th and headed, with leadera approaching 8th, niggled along and led again 9th, was briefly joined 3 out, vigorously pushed along home turn, hard ridden and headed 2 out, faded between last 2, lost 2nd last, lost more ground on 1st 2 last 150 yards. 127
Voix Du Reve 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m   HDL 4 held up, keen, headway and chased leader after 2nd, seemed to travel comfortably home turn, mistake 3 out, shaken up, kept on, lost 2nd but still within 3 lengths approaching 2 out, not fluent there, hard ridden between last 2, outpaced approaching last, no more and lost 3rd run-in, stuck to task. 147
Walk In The Mill 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 7 prominent to midfield, hit 1st, in close to 4th and vigorously pushed along away from it, steadied into 7th and niggled along away from it, steadied into 8th, not fluent 10th, ridden before and after 13th, struggling 14th, kept on a bit from 16th, no more under a ride 18th, well held appoaching 2 out, weakened between last 2, virtually tailed off. The whole thing was hard work, but at least an improvement on his reappearance last season when he didn’t complete. 124
Wandrin Star 20/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 2 prominent, not fluent 2nd, a bit slow 4th, tracked leaders when ridden into 8th to 10th, in close to 11th, pushed along and slightly outpaced after 14th, stayed on under a ride approaching 3 out (normally 4 out), within 3 lengths 2 out (normally 3 out), hard driven home turn, made ground and within a length last (normally 2 out), stayed on under pressure and led narrowly as 1st 4 started to move round omitted last, headed by Quarenta passing the fence, stuck to task under driving, 1st 2 pulled clear, stayed on to the line, no extra close home. Good return effort, again David Bass seen to good effect at the fences getting some jumps, and shaped as though an extreme trip will suit him. 142
War Lord 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 2m 3f Hcp HDL 1 midfield, niggled along turning out of back straight, more firmly pushed along home turn and around 8 lengths to find, stayed on and passed several to go 2nd 3 out, mistake 2 out, hard ridden, led last, ridden clear last 250 yards, all out under pressure close home but always holding on. 135
Weather Front 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 8 held up, mistake 1st, pushed along before and after 5th, again pushed after 6th, last and struggling 7th, started a move and passed a few from 3 out, closing under a ride 2 out, midfield home turn but a lot to do, looked held last, stayed on under pressure up the hill, passed a few more, took 8th close home, nearest finish. Not sure whether or not this one just wouldn’t go or if he was just taken off his feet, but his 17/2 SP gave him a squeak, so let’s see where he ends up next time. 128
West Approach 24/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 1f Hcp CHS 2 midfield, briefly niggled along 11th and headway to track leaders 12th, chased Frodon when niggled along on landing after 3 out, edged closer and took 2nd home turn, seemed to be going equally as well as Frodon approaching 2 out a length and a half down, ridden into it, pushed along between last 2, couldn’t get to winner, about the same distance down last, very hard driven up the hill, one pace, closed a little final strides but always held. This doesn’t bode well for the rest of West Approach’s season – if it goes the same as last term we won’t see anything much from him again after December anyway, but Cobden was lucky to escape a whip ban after giving his mount eight serious smacks after the last and getting nowhere; in short he’s had a harder race than Frodon did, and won’t get a favourite’s chance from me next time. 148
West To The Bridge 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f Hcp HDL 1 held up last and slightly detached, travelled comfortably and in touch though still last home turn, edging closer when mistake 3 out, yet to be asked for an effort and was a length and a bit behind 2 out, tracked leaders on the bridle approaching last as 1st 3 drew clear, moved upsides then finally shaken up 175 yards out, found the necessary, ridden out, stayed on well to draw clear, readily. Perhaps this’ll show this one that winning races ain’t so bad, for all that it couldn’t have dropped more nicely. 130
West To The Bridge 21/11/2020 HAYDOCK 3m Hcp HDL 5 dropped out in a detached one from last, started a move on the bit after 9th and passed a couple on inner turning out of back straight, closing in 8 to 10 lengths 8th approaching 3 out, further headway and jumped 2 out in 5th at most 4 lengths down, switched wide then back behind horses approaching last, shaken up on landing, found nothing, faded under pressure, kept on last 100 yards. Tame checkout. 128
Western Miller 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp CHS 2 prominent, mistakes 6th and 7th, shuffled back and midfield approaching 8th, made up lost ground by 9th, ridden into 10th, shuffled back but still eemed to be moving comfortably when mistake 3 out, virogously pushed along, passed a couple approaching home turn, in contention for a place home turn, steadied into 2 out, ridden and outpaced, looked held last, hard driven 150 yards out, picked up well and passed a few to take 2nd, no chance with Rouge Vif. Could be flattered to get the silver medal here, passing three rivals either tiring or finding little, but he’s now run well at Cheltenham, and despite his age – turns 10 on New Year’s Day – might do something in the Stable Plate at the Festival over 2m4f, his best trip. 134
Whatmore 31/10/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 2 held up, flat-backed and not fluent 1st, headway and midfield 5th, ridden into 6th, shuffled back a few lengths by 8th, taken wide approaching 13th, edged closer approaching 15th, further ground and tracked leaders 4 out, pushed along in 3 lengths 5th home turn, stayed on, got a split and steadied into 2 out, hard ridden, ran on, pulled clear with Regal Encore approaching last, 1st 2 pulled clear, upsides when steadied into last, hard driven and headed run-in, driven and stayed on but no extra last 150 yards. Whilst this one was steadied into the last two fences, the jockey on the winner got a stride at the second last, which made a lot of difference. Going forward this one, now proven at 3m, will get a good handicap chase win this season. 140
Whatmore 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 7f Hcp CHS 2 gave those at the head of the group 2 or 3 lengths start, midfield, jumped right and was slightly hampered 1st, in close to 3rd, ridden into 4th, not fluent 6th, hampered 11th, took 3rd approaching 13th, disputed 2nd 14th, hit 15th, hard ridden home turn, every chance under a ride 4 out, put under pressure after 3 out, stayed on and took 2nd approaching 2 out, no extra under pressure and a lengtrh and a half down last, hard driven, no extra, faded last 75 yards. 147
Whatsupwithyou 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 7 midfield, in close to 2nd and 4th, ridden into 6th , niggled along after, ridden into 7th, made a little ground under a ride approaching 3 out, hard ridden 2 out, a bit to do home turn, hard driven approaching last, passed a couple, kept on under pressure wide final furlong, passed a few, stuck to task to the line. Not bad, arguably a nearest-finish. 125
Whatsupwithyou 14/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m 5f Hcp HDL 2 prominent, shuffled back and midfield 4th, closer order and prominent 5th, chased leader at the top of the hill, pushed along and drew upsides leader 3 out, moved best of the field as led approaching 2 out, sent for home approaching home turn and opened up a 5- or 6-length lead, hard ridden and pursuers closed approaching last, hard driven and all out 150 yards out, wandered right and idled markedly, was closed on, headed 125 yards out, soon looked held, no extra under pressure last 75 yards. He pulled himself up for a few strides halfway up the hill, possibly through tiredness, but he was sent for home too early and if his effort can be delayed, he could go closer to winning next time. 126
Wholestone 31/10/2020 WETHERBY 3m   HDL 5 held up, blundered 1st, towards rear when a little slow 2nd, jumped a bit sideways 4th, headway and midfield 6th, edged closer 9th, tracked leaders on inner turning out of back straight, pushed along home turn, every chance till hard ridden and mistake 3 out, quickly faded, no extra under pressure approaching 2 out, weakened between last 2, looked tired and heavy-legged when mistake last, didn’t look to be striding out run-in, tailed off. Finishing like a crab with a leg missing, chances are something went amiss when he made a mistake at the 1st – he barely got one right after that. 122
Whoshotthesheriff 15/10/2020 CARLISLE 2m Hcp CHS 2 midfield, lost a bit of ground 5th, niggled along after 7th, in touch in rear of main group when not clear run home turn, moved well enough going to 4 out, pulled wide nearing it, niggled along approaching 3 out, headway and 3 to 4 lengths down there, put under pressure approaching 2 out, one pace under driving approaching last, a length and a half down when hit it, driven, stayed on last 200 yards, closed on leader last 100 yards, took 2nd close home and closing on winner but too much ground to make up. 132
Wild Max 23/10/2020 CHELTENHAM 2m Hcp HDL 4 midfield, keen, good jump and made ground 5th, went well 3 out, 2 or 3 lengths to find when hampered 2 out, ridden in 3rd home turn, no impression on 1st 2, well held last, hard driven, wandered right up the hill, lost 3rd 100 yards out, no more. The way he came up the hill suggests he’d have been beaten anyway if he’d been in contention for the win, so not mad about this one going forward. 121
Wild Max 10/11/2020 HUNTINGDON 2m Hcp HDL 1 midfield, keen hold, edged closer approaching 4th, tracked leaders 5th, mistake 3 out, moved into 2nd and travelled much the best home turn, led last, hard driven, didn’t find much, all out, did enough. Finding next to nothing when finally given the office, this one clearly needs to be produced halfway up the run-in – just the type to get out of it another time. 133
William Henry 10/11/2020 HEREFORD 3m 1f   CHS 1 led, headed soon after 1st, chased leader from there, flat-backed jump 7th, all over the place 8th and 12th brushing the inside wings, pace increased from there, narrow lead bend before 3 out, niggled along between there and next, found more and drew clear, 5 lengths up when jumped right and brushed inside wing 2 out, pushed along home turn, stayed on and 6 lengths clear approaching last, pushed out, sustained effort, workmanlike and decisive. 134
Windsor Avenue 01/11/2020 CARLISLE 2m 4f   CHS 2 midfield, headway and tracked leaders 9th, shuffled back 10th, headway 12th, had a chance 4 out, effort delayed and shuffled back to last 3 out, ridden along, stayed on going to 2 out, outpaced under pressure approaching last, hard driven run-in, took 2nd close home, no impression on winner. 147
Wolf Of Windlesham 16/10/2020 FAKENHAM 3m   CHS 1 tracked 1st 2, headway and chased leader from 6th, brushed 9th and 10th, briefly led 10th, led 12th, moved best of the field in a clear lead when brushed 3 out, moved much the best when pushed along after 2 out, stayed on and pulled further clear home turn, safe with the race when in close to last, unchallenged. Good, but bear in mind that on the day, this was the only one who didn’t muddle his way round this odd track. 128
Wonder Laish 04/10/2020 TIPPERARY 2m   HDL 3 held up in touch, nudged along after 3rd, pushed along for a few strides after 4th, niggled along after 3 out, outpaced 2 out, pushed along, kept on approaching last, stayed on last 150 yards and passed beaten ones, lost 2nd final strides. 136
Worthy Farm 25/10/2020 WINCANTON 3m 3f Hcp CHS 3 chased leader, briefly led 1st, lost 2nd jumping 3rd, became detached from the other 2 12th and niggled along, mistake 13th, pushed along 15th, stayed on touch though going worst of the trio approaching 4 out, not fluent there and hard ridden, losing touch with 1st 2 when hit 3 out, no more from 2 out, eased last 100 yards. 129
Yala Enki 15/11/2020 CHELTENHAM 3m 3f Hcp CHS 2 led, in close to 3rd, headed 7th, led again 10th, in close to 11th, ridden into and in close to 14th, led narrowly at the top of the hill and moved largely comfortably, ridden into and disputed lead 3 out, along with Ramses De Teillee moved best of the field approaching home turn, came wide approaching 2 out, headed, hard ridden, stayed on and at most half a length down jumping last, put under strong pressure, found extra 150 yards out and drew upsides winner, could have gone either way, just chinned post. Unlucky to be collared, but luckily the BHA handicapper’s left him on 156 (as of 17/11). 155
Yes No Maybe So 04/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 7f Hcp HDL 3 with leaders early, shuffled back and midfield 2nd, mistake 3rd, niggled along after 9th, hard ridden turning out of back straight, picked up under a ride after 3 out, put under pressure and switched outer approaching 2 out, hard driven and no more approaching last, passed beaten ones and took well-held 3rd jumping, kept on. Looked a hard ride here. 126
Yes No Maybe So 07/11/2020 AINTREE 3m 1f Hcp HDL 3 tracked leaders, shuffled back 3rd and midfield, headway back straight, again tracked leaders when niggled along turning out of back straight, more firmly pushed approaching home turn, stayed on and disputed lead when mistake 2 out, held place under a ride approaching last, half a length down jumping, hard driven, one pace as Unowhatimeanharry asserted 150 yards out, stuck to task, no extra and lost 2nd close home. Was stepping up in grade here and did nothing wrong. 132
Yorkhill 28/11/2020 NEWCASTLE 2m 7f Hcp CHS 1 gave those at the head of the group a 2-length head start, midfield, headway and chased leader 1st, in close to 2nd, led 4th, slight peck on landing 6th, clear 7th, in close to 10th, pursuers closed 14th, travelled best of the field till niggled along home turn, a length and a half up when pushed along after 4 out, only a neck up 3 out, put under strong pressure, stayed on going to 2 out, all out between last 2, a length and a half up last, driven out, all out, was closed on till found a bit extra last 50 yards. Settling better than he used to when with Willie Mullins, pulled out all the stops when it mattered and returned to form, whilst shaping as though he wouldn’t want to go further. 149
Young Bull 16/10/2020 UTTOXETER 2m 6f Hcp CHS 3 midfield, raced wide, niggled along briefly before 1st, ridden into 2nd and 9th, niggled along and headway turning out of back straight, further ground wide and prominent 4 out, pushed along approaching 3 out, hard ridden and one pace approaching 2 out, no extra approaching last, kept on one pace. 128
Young Bull 21/11/2020 ASCOT 3m Hcp CHS 2 disputed lead, ridden into 2nd, tracked leaders from there, ridden into 6th and 10th, in close to 11th and pushed along away from it, ridden into 13th and 14th, niggled along in Swinley Bottom, effort and disputed lead 15th, steadied into 16th, pushed along and hit 3 out, ridden along home turn, led straightening, headed 2 out, hard driven, one pace approaching last, no impression on Demachine run-in, clear of the 3rd, stuck to task. Good run under a nowadays-typical David Bass-ride, thrown at the fences and coming up most times (only wrong at the third last, and that wasn’t by much). 133
Young Wolf 16/10/2020 FAKENHAM 3m   CHS 2 led or disputed, definite lead from 2nd, brushed 4th, 2 lengths clear 5th, ridden into and blundered 6th, ridden into 7th, niggled along for a few strides after 10th, headed 12th, niggled along after 14th, hard ridden and reminder after 15th, outpaced 3 out, ridden with 6 lengths to find on leader bend before 2 out, relegated to 3rd approaching last, not fluent, hard driven and kept on to re-take 2nd run-in, no chance with winner. 127
Zambella 11/11/2020 BANGOR 2m 1f   CHS 1 midfield, a bit keen, a little ground and rear of leading group of 5 no more than 2 lengths down when mistake 3 out, good ground to chase leader home turn, 1st 2 going equally as well when sent on 2 out, going best as drew clear between last 2, some 4 lengths up when blundered last, was closed on, driven out, was closed on last 100 yards but stayed on well enough. She’d have won by another length or 2 but for the blunder at the last and was much the best on the day. 139
Zanza 28/11/2020 NEWBURY 2m Hcp CHS 1 midfield, rather ballooned 5th, left tracking leaders there, chased leader from 6th, left in lead 8th, was 2 or 3 lengths in front home turn, in close to 3 out, niggled along, more firmly ridden along from 2 out, found extra despite carrying head to one side, drew clear by last, ridden out hands and heels, pulled further clear, readily. Beat what was left comfortably with high style marks. 138
Zoffee 01/10/2020 WARWICK 2m   CHS 2 led, a bit slow 5th, ridden into 7th, in close to 8th, steadied into 4 out, pushed along from 3 out, stayed on home turn, pushed along and went left approaching 2 out, stayed on approaching last, led half a length, hard driven, was closed on, 1st 2 clear, headed 150 yards out, no more last 100 yards, lost ground but stuck to task. 125