Horse: Amazing Red (4-Y-O Bay Gelding)
Trainer: Ed Dunlop
This lightly raced gelding looks a potential stayer to keep onside in the coming weeks and beyond.
He caught my eye when finishing a never nearer second at Doncaster in the Marra Falcons Handicap over 1m 4f. It was only a 6 runner race but the front three were miles clear of the rest. They all bumped into one here, but the winner was always better positioned. In what looked a slowly run race to the eye, Amazing Red was held up and struggled to quicken immediately when the front two kicked on.
His best two handicap runs have now been with soft in the going description including his win at Newmarket, where again he ran as if wanting further than 1m 4f. He was doing all of his best work late here but had no chance with the winner.
I thought there was plenty to like about this performance, and would be interested to see how he goes in a stronger run race, or when tried again at 1m 6f. He has yet to try that trip on a soft surface which could make all the difference. Given his profile and connections, I would like to think we haven’t seen anywhere near the best of him yet.
Race Type: Handicaps
Race Distance: 1m4f – 1m6f.
Ground Type: GS-Soft looks ideal
Horse: Pipers Note (7-Y-O Chestnut Gelding) (nearside)
Trainer: Ruth Carr
This exposed handicapper may well be a couple of pounds too high in the weights, but I couldn’t fail to notice his staying on 5th in the Portland. He is best over 6f these days and his best form has been on decent ground; but he ran well here as if still at the top of his game.
He has run with credit on most of his recent starts following a couple of wins earlier in the season. He has also placed in some decent races. Over this trip he was doing all his best work late and ran as if still in form, so if well placed I can see him winning one more time before the season is out (maybe outside handicap company). To my eye he was the only horse in this race making up ground come the post. The winner had flown and everything else seemed to be going up and down on the spot.
With any luck he may give each way backers (price allowing) a good run for their money if turning up over 6f in the next few weeks.
Race Type: Handicaps (has run in conditions/listed races previously)
Race Distance: 6f
Ground Type: No worse than GS it seems.