Cleeve Notebook Horses – w/e 27th November

Horse: Thomas Brown (8-Y-O Bay Gelding)
Trainer: Harry Fry
This horse was unlucky at Ascot when last seen and hopefully the ‘UR’ next to his name may ensure he figures at a bigger price in the market than he should. He was very well supported at Ascot and was in the perfect position when he was unsighted at a fence and walked straight through it. Game over. I think he was put off by the horse in front crossing his eye line at the wrong moment.

Up until that point the horse had jumped and travelled well enough. This was his first run in a class 2 since his last win and this appears to be his level, he never quite managed to get competitive in Graded handicaps. He has now come down the ratings to 1lb below his last winning mark, and provided he is none the worse after this he should be going close soon. His best form has been with some ‘good’ in the going description and he may not want it too soft. To date he has done all his winning in single figure fields, and this might just prove he is best suited by a clear sight of his fences.
Race Type: Handicap Chase
Race Distance: 2m4f-2m5f looks ideal. (won over further as a novice)
Ground Type: Good to Soft

Horse: Brandon Hill (9-Y-O)
Trainer: Tom George
This unexposed chaser was making his seasonal return and a very satisfactory first start for Tom George. It is worth noting that he is a bold jumping front runner and that's a racing style that should win him more races.

He ran here as if needing the run but battled on well for a decent second. If he is well placed I’d like to think he will be adding to his tally soon. Soft ground seems to be no issue, and neither is track direction. Maybe he won’t be a great price next time, but you never know. He is lightly raced for his age and there could be more to come. I’d be interested in him on soft ground and very much so f it was clear he would get an easy lead. He jumped superbly here and if he did need the run is definitely one to note next time. In time he could be better than a C3 handicapper, and it will be interesting to see how far he can progress this season.
Race Type: Handicap Chase
Race Distance: 3m+
Ground Type: Soft

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