Hi there and welcome to our fortnightly Eyecatchers column which features a couple of horses that caught our form teams eye this week at Glorious Goodwood. Although they didn't get their heads in front both showed a lot of promise and we believe there are good reasons for thinking they can show improved form in the near future.
We'll be keeping a close eye on them and will alert members when they run...
The Cleeve team
1st August, 1.50 Goodwood Unibet Handicap (Class 2) (3YO) 1M 2F Good
Three-year-old bay colt
Trainer William Haggas
By Camelot out of Heavenly Song
Six career runs, one win and three places.
Last time out at Glorious Goodwood Sinjaari was beaten 2 1/2 lengths and a neck by the progressive Forest Of Dean and Fox Premier in a Class 2 handicap with some good types behind him. He travelled strongly behind the leaders and was switched left for his effort two furlongs out. but unfortunately, his jockey P J McDonald (who ironically was the top jockey of the week) dropped the reins when he switched his whip, this delayed Sinjaari’s challenge at a crucial time and although he recovered and got through the gap and hit the line hard it was too late.
Previously Sinjaari ran in the King George V Stakes Handicap at Royal Ascot. He looked set for a good run and closed in on the leaders two furlongs out, however, his greenness showed and he ran about off a straight line and weakened late on.
Sinjaari is an improving lightly raced three-year-old who is improving at a rate of knots and is highly rated by his trainer, as he matures and gains a bit more experience he can be competitive in some nice races this season.
25th May, 3.40 Goodwood Betfair Exchange Tapster Stakes (Listed race) (Class 1) (4YO+) 1M 4F
Four-year-old chestnut gelding
Trained by Ralph Beckett
By Teofilo, out of Highland Shot (By Selkirk)
Six career runs, three wins and one place
In his last run, Rock Eagle finished last of four behind Mirage Dancer in a four runner race that was run at a very sedate pace that turned into a 3-furlong sprint. Rock Eagle was outpaced as they quickened but stayed on best of all in the final 100 yards. This was the horse’s first run since October 2018, when he won a one and a half mile Heritage Handicap, beating a good field which included Astronomer, Ben Vrackie and Jack Regan.
Rock Eagle looks like a horse to follow for the rest of this season when running at a mile and a half (he looks like he’ll stay further) in handicaps and he will benefit from a big field where there’s a strong pace. His shrewd trainer can place him to take a valuable handicap before the end of the season.