Eyecatchers

    Anna Nerium (25-1), Mrs Gallagher (14-1), Rainy Day Dylan (9-2), Crownthorpe (4-1), James Garfield (3-1) and Diese Des Bieffes (5-2) were previous Eyecatchers to do the business last week and form expert Alan Thomson has flagged up six to keep onside from the Craven Meeting at Newmarket.
  • Tuesday 24 April 2018
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SIX TO KEEP ONSIDE FROM THE CRAVEN MEETING

I AM A DREAMER
(Montaz Restaurant EBF Novice Stakes)

A good-looking son of Dream Ahead, Mark Johnston’s colt looks just the type to improve throughout the season.

Although sent off favourite at Musselburgh on his debut, I Am A Dreamer was very green and finished last of three.

This was a better effort, with the colt always to the fore before being unable to quicken behind Jackstar, eventually fading into fourth.

SHARED EQUITY
(Weatherbys General Stud Book Handicap)

Appeared to have benefited significantly for a wind op judged on his comeback second on a soft surface at Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting, with fourth horse Mobsta scoring next time at Windsor.

Unfortunately for Shared Equity, the ground at HQ had dried out under a baking sun before this typically competitive sprint and although travelling comfortably on the right flank of the leaders, he couldn’t quicken when push came to shove.

He does seem pretty ground dependent but is clearly in good nick.

BILLESDON BROOK
(Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes)

Soliloquy justified Charlie Appleby’s pre-race confidence that his Dubawi filly was well up to winning this Group 3 prize and although no match for the winner, Billesdon Brook looks booked for another good season.

A three-time winner for Richard Hannon as a juvenile, Billesdon Brook finished out of the frame only once in eight starts, that blemish coming in Doncaster’s May Hill Stakes at the end of a busy first season.

She looked a picture beforehand and will be of interest when her sights are lowered just slightly.

ISTANBUL SULTAN
(bet365 Handicap)

Proved very fresh on his first run since dead-heating with Loxley at Goodwood in October and took quite a grip as Silvestre De Sousa held him up under restraint.

Istanbul Sultan was caught a bit out of his ground as a consequence when the two protagonists, Old Persian and Dukhan, went at it hammer and tongs through the final furlong.

William Haggas’s gelding stayed on for third and this was a creditable first run in what is usually a hot three-year-old handicap for this time of year.

NORDIC LIGHTS
(British EBF bet365 ‘Confined’ Novice Stakes)

The Craven meeting proved a bonanza for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, with Nordic Lights beating a path to the winner’s enclosure.

The colt led at various stages of this 1m 2f Class 2 contest and was back in front at the furlong marker, displaying bags of determination to pull clear of John Gosden’s outsider Raa Atoll close home.

Nordic Lights was conceding 7lb to the placed horses on the back of his debut success at Lingfield, where he again showed a fine attitude under pressure.

He looks the type to keep on improving, especially over a longer trip.

GALLOWAY HILLS
(bet365 Handicap)

Equipped with blinkers for his first start on turf, David Elsworth’s previous Lingfield winner stayed on well behind smart sort Maybride.

Silvestre De Sousa was content to sit at the rear of the bunch in this Class 2 6f contest and was unfortunate to be slightly hampered and intimated by hanging Music Society when making his move in the Dip.

Galloway Hills stayed on stoutly when getting some racing room on the climb to the line to nab second spot.

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