Part 3 of the series brought to you by Neil Watson AKA @WattyRacing.
Neil has been to Haydock & has 3 horses that he thinks will win in the very near future & to add to the tracker…
Hello everybody, I hope you’re all well and good reading the next instalment of Watty’s Flat Spots.
If truth be told I was half expecting to be hitting a flat spot myself as my normal Friday before a Saturday race day at my local involves primarily a quiet evening in perusing the form with a cup of tea and the odd biscuit on the side, however on the Friday before this one I found myself at the Pet Shop Boys gig in Manchester so while the traditional form of preparation was cancelled, I have hopefully still found some future winners for you so… Off we go and let’s see what comes up!
1 – Goobinator – 6yo Ch Gelding – Trainer : Donald McCain.
Probably a surprise as regards a horse from this stable as they are more known for their winter exploits but this lad made some late headway on the flat last season with a York win over 2m in July then following up at Haydock over the same trip before coming a very respectable fourth in the Cesarewitch behind Buzz who won a graded hurdle at Ascot.
Goobinator didn’t really do much over hurdles in the winter but ran a very nice fifth in the 2m handicap at Haydock and was running on at the end, he might be Newcastle bound for the Northumberland Plate although the way he stayed on I’d be more than interested to see if Donald McCain has to hire a morning suit from a Chester tailors for the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot over 2m4f.
2 – Tollard Royal – 3yo B Gelding – Trainer : George Boughey.
Haydock’s Silver Bowl often throws up it’s fair share of hard luck stories as many, myself included will confess after backing Mighty Ulysees who proved in the end not to be the group horse in a handicap as he was comprehensively walloped by the winner Whoputfiftyinyou.
One horse who caught the eye in the pack came in the form of Tollard Royal, his trainer George Boughey has had a nice season so far and decided like many to see if this one would sink or swim in this ultra competitive 3yo handicap.
On the face of it things didn’t go to plan, he didn’t handle the turn but did stay on fairly well to be nine lengths back in fifth behind the winner, his two career wins have come at Chelmsford as a 2yo and first time out this season at Beverley, I think up in trip and back on a right handed track will see him in a far better light than this.
3 – Caturra – 3yo B Colt – Trainer : Clive Cox.
The Sandy Lane Stakes is always one to keep an eye out as the flat season progresses as it has a very good roll-call of top class winners and future ones too.
No doubt the star of the show was the winner El Caballo who moved his form over to the grass from the synthetic surface with minimum fuss.
For myself looking at the replay I was quite taken with the run from Caturra, now he had some decent form as a juvenile with his best runs being in the Flying Childers at Doncaster which he won and a fifth spot in the Middle Park at Newmarket, he resumed this season at Chantilly last month where he was second over five and a half furlongs.
Personally I don’t think he quite gets 6f just yet despite winning over that trip at two but over five furlongs he may well be better suited so don’t write him off at your peril.
So there you go, three hopefully potential future winners spotted for you, let’s see how they fair as the season goes on.
Article by Neil Watson
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AOLR Production – May 2022