Andrew Watson of Cleeve Racing is back again with the second edition of his Eye Catchers, a look back at the previous week's racing...
Week Commencing 23rd September 2013
As we head into the latter part of the flat season there are fewer Eyecatchers to note, but the three horses covered may get a run in before the season ends in November.
Friday 27 Sep 2013 - 3:35 Haydock Griffiths & Armour Nursery Handicap
Jamboree Girl 3rd
This was a huge step up in class for Jamboree Girl (pictured far right) as her previous outing was in a lowly class 6 maiden at Musselburgh which she won by half a length, breaking well and travelling strongly before quickening at the 2 pole to win quite readily. This was only her 4th run and it looks like the penny has really dropped, as this was a much stronger Class 2 Nursery with plenty of colts in the field including Mick Channon’s unbeaten colt Deeds Not Words. She broke well and raced prominently, and she could even could have had her head in front at the furlong pole. When asked to really quicken she did hang slightly to the right and her jockey put the whip down and did not her put under too much pressure once the front two went clear. I would expect her to have one more run before the end of the season and she will be well worth backing if running in a similar or lower class, especially if running against her own sex.
Friday 27 Sep 2013 - 1:40 Newmarket Aqlaam Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) - (Class 1) (2yo) 7f Good to Firm
This one might seem is a bit obvious, but she won the race much more cosily than the official distance of a head would appear, travelling strongly in behind the leaders through what was a strongly run race, and she could be called the winner from 2 out. She came with a smooth run on the and stayed on to win fairly cosily looking like she had more to come if needed. This was her first run so she is obviously a filly who is still improving, and the fact that she could win first time up in a group race containing seven previous winners gives the form a strong look Historically the fact that Andre Fabre was sending her over to Newmarket suggests he thinks a lot of her, and she is now as low as 10-1 for the 1000 Guineas next May. But to back her now is too much of a gamble when she could easily go for the French equivalent instead. I think she may appear at next weekend’s Arc meeting if she has fully recovered, as she looked here as if she wasn't 100% tuned up.
Saturday 28 Sep 2013 - 3:50 Newmarket Betfred Cambridgeshire (Heritage Handicap) - (Class 2) (3yo+) 1m1f Good to Firm
Educate (won) and Code of Honor (2nd)
I stated in my write up for Cleeve members that if any of the penalty carriers won this race, they could be considered a very good horse indeed. And if Educate had run straight instead of drifting across the track, he would have won by at least 5 lengths. I reckon that there is a very strong probability that Educate will be winning races that are at least at Group 3 level next season and possibly even a weak group. He should be fully effective at any distance from a mile to 10 furlongs and seems to go on most ground as he has won on fast and heavy ground. He goes particularly well for Johnny Murtagh so jockey bookings should be noted.
Code of Honor almost reeled the drifting Educate in, and in a couple of strides would have won the race. Code of Honor is only three so this was a terrific performance and he looks to me like he could definitely be a group class colt as he matures. He possesses a long raking stride and really covers the ground very quickly, and based on this he will probably always be best suited to decent ground conditions. He looks as though he could readily stay another couple of furlongs, so a mile and a half would probably not be beyond him next season, especially as he has more strengthening up to do.
A mention should also be made of the French filly Vorda who won the Cheveley Park at Newmarket very comfortably and looks like a star in the making. Although on a slightly cautionary note the race did not look to have the strength in depth that it normally has.
I would suggest following each of the horses on their next three runs.
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