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Ken Pitterson shares his paddock notes from the late season meetings at Newbury and Doncaster, including the Vertem Futurity.

  • Tuesday 27 October
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Newbury, Friday 23rd October 

Rayner Bosch Car Services EBF Maiden Stakes, 6f

Statement, this good looking daughter of Lawman who has run twice before turned up here looking fine/well. Slightly awkward leaving the stalls she travelled strongly in to contention and once she hit the front with a furlong to go this juvenile wasn’t asked too many questions to win as she liked. Given her pedigree she will be a miler next year. 

Knowwhentorun, Roger Teal’s 2yo looked in great order and for the second time in a row filled the runner up spot. He had to make his move on the wide outside, but I do not think that made a difference to the result. 

The debutant Skyrunner looked well and this colt by Invincible Spirit came from a fairway back to finish in third position. 

Sunset who is not the biggest ran a decent race.

Other horses I like especially for next year are Ariel, who looked fit, but struggled in the ground, Chipstead who is from the family of Oxted and Rohaan who ran well to a point until he weakened dramatically in the closing stages. 

Are You Hot To Trot For 2021 Novice Stakes (Div 1), 1m

Some decent juveniles assembled for this event and I thought the Roger Charlton trained Big Boy Bobby ran an eye catching race in fifth. Out the back and given time to gather himself he tiptoed through the field to finish off full of running.

Aleas who has had previous experience at Salisbury broke his maiden by making all the running. He really had to dig deep to fight off the pursuers. 

Title who is by Camelot possesses plenty of size, but you could see he was green at the start because he held his head high. It was not until he reached the furlong marker that he began to roll and he was just beaten by a neck on the line. He looks a nice middle distance prospect for next year. 

The lengthy Wicklow stepped forward on his previous two outings to run well in third. 

Tasman Bay who looked on the leg travelled with purpose throughout the race, but looked green once he came off the bridle. 

There were a few nice types that you will see the best of next season. They were the lengthy Kelmscott, Keeper who is well bred and looked the part, but got stuck in the ground, Tajdid who had improved from his last run and ran ok to a point until his inexperience and the ground took its toll and Taraashoq. This colt by Maximus looked immature and was green throughout the race. 

Are You Hot To Trot For 2021 Novice Stakes (Div 2), 1m

I thought this race had plenty of quality amongst its 15 runners. One of the nicest types was Moshaawer.

This colt by Frankel looked in need of the run and was given time to understand what was needed. As he moved through he travelled up behind the leaders, but had to be switched to his left and picked up only to finish third in the shadow of the post. What surprised me is that the horse ran all the way around to the 10 furlong start before his jockey could pull him up. 

Scope who is a chestnut colt looked the fittest member of the field and you could see he was green from the moment the stalls opened. He grabbed hold of the bridle and made steady headway from 3 furlongs out. His jockey gave him one tap and he got there on the final stride. This colt is related to an Oaks winner so he should be at his best over 1m, 4f. 

Richard Hannon’s Mojo Star has got plenty of size and he almost made a winning appearance. He did little wrong in the contest and showed no signs of greenness, but was caught in the final stride. He is sure to go forward from this. 

The favourite Eagle Terrace got a touch warm at the start and tried to use his experience to great effect, but you could see he was wheel spinning on the ground inside the final furlong. 

Other members of the field that look to have a future are King Of Tsavo who was very green in the preliminaries, Boltaway and Peppercorn who ran well to a point.


Doncaster, Saturday 23rd October Doncaster Stakes (Listed Race), 6f 

After the first race the jockeys said the ground was riding heavy and deep in places on Saturday at Doncaster

Since 1988 the best horse to win this race was Night Of Thunder who won in 2013 and went on to win the Guineas and two other Group 1 races. 

This year’s winner Lipizzaner who has a good physique powered through the ground to take this event. He has had previous form in Group races and this was a step down in grade. I think sprinting may be his game next season. 

The leggy Just Frank looked fit, but got warm at the start. He took a good hold once the stalls opened and even though he hung to his right in the closing stages, given the way he raced this was a solid effort. 
Zamaani looked in fabulous order, but you could see that he is just a ready-made two-year-old and may struggle next year. 

Shark Two One is not the biggest and he was soon under pressure form a fairway out. 

The horse that took the paddock honours was Helmont. This once raced colt possesses size and scope, but I think this was just a bridge too far this early on in his career. 

Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap, 6f

Venturous finally came good and obliterated his field with an impressive display. His trainer will have to get him out pretty quickly because he is sure to be hit very hard by the handicapper. 

Abel Handy did nothing wrong. He raced prominently and when he was asked to quicken the winner breezed past him and left him for dead. I am sure he can win before the season is over. 

Mighty Spirit ran with credit, but she has not won in her last seven outings. 

Came From The Dark looked the part, but was never a factor, along with Wrenthorpe

Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1), 1m

This was the last big race of the season and given how the race panned out I don't know how strong a Group 1 this race will be going in to next year.

The horse that travelled all over his opponents was Baradar. This stocky colt moved well throughout the contest and when he hit the front you could see his stride begin to shorten and he was simply too weak to get through the ground over this trip. I am sure next year a mile should not be a problem. 

The winner Mac Swiney looked a horse that will be better next year in terms of his physique. Paddock wise he looked in rude health and showed great guts and determination to come out on top. I am sure middle distances will be where he excels next season. 

One Ruler looked well and was prominent throughout. As he came to challenge at the furlong marker you could see he just couldn’t find what was required in the closing stages. He has done little wrong this season and has the physique to make up in to a decent three-year-old. 

Cobh looked in decent order, but his yard has been struggling for winners of late.

State Of Rest looked bonny and well, but was never a factor, along with Megallan.

The maiden King Vega looked wintery in his coat and was a spent force from some way out.  

Star performance of the week

This goes to Mutasaabeq. This colt out of the 1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati made an impressive debut at Newmarket on Wednesday over 7 furlongs. I know the ground was bad, but he skipped through it to win as he liked. He looks an exciting prospect for his trainer to look forward to next year.

Eyecatcher to note

Hurricane Lane, this chestnut colt by Frankel looked as green as apples and was shouting and screaming before he took the EBF Future Stayers Novice Stakes at Newmarket over a mile. He came off the bridle at least twice, but once hitting the rising ground he stretched out to a comfortable success. I am sure he will be a middle distance prospect for next year.

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