Between The Flags – 2017 – 2018 (4)


It has been a massively busy period on the pointing fields over the past number of weeks with a vast number of promising types on show again. Before looking at my main picks in more detail below close note should be taken of a few more who impressed as well. Of the four-year-old geldings, LONG AFTER DARK is a tough future chasing type, BREWERS PROJECT (Paul Nicholls) is a fine big horse who is a chaser in the making and will need 2m4f+, while the Gigginstown-owned DIOL KER, a winner on his third outing, is also a nice staying prospect.

Other winners like FIRST ACCOUNT, the Gigginstown pair of AXIOMATIC and SHOT TO HELL, APPRECIATE IT (half-brother to Danny Kirwan) and PRINCE KAYF look very promising and horses that haven’t won a maiden but showed good promise including THE CAPTAINS INN, CATCH THE SWALLOWS, BLAZERS MILL and SOLDIER AT WAR should also win their share of races under rules too.

A few five-year-olds to catch the eye include MINELLA BEAT, a winner on his debut, HILL SIXTEEN and MINELLA EXAMINER – who showed potential when runner-up on his only start. Of the four-year-old mares who won, JILLYTHEJET is a really nice type who impressed and has a lot of potential. THE GLANCING QUEEN (Alan King), LEGENDS GOLD, TARA WEST (who looked promising and tough), while of those who didn’t win their maidens, ANOTHER ANNIE, TIPPINGITUPTONANCY (Tim Vaughan) and LITTLE LIGHT will win their races in time while of the older mares SINORIA – a half-sister to Minella Rocco – looked very useful when winning on debut and is one to follow. LOUGH DERG ROSE should also pay her way.

Photo kindly supplied by Michael Harris (@mjyharris on Twitter).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


The maiden at Borris House was run at a really strong gallop and produced a lovely prospect in the form of this lad. He looked well beforehand and he was patiently ridden before travelling very easily into third position three out, before cruising into the lead on run to two out and quickening away in fine style all the way to the line. He looks a very pacy horse, who looks likely to compete at a high level on the track, and trips between 2m and 2m4f may suit best. He will now carry the JP McManus colours and will remain with Gordon Elliott.

The maiden at Tyrella produced a nice sort in this lad who’s well thought of by connections. He was a close third at the third last and was second over two out before taking a narrow advantage jumping the last and he picked up well from there to the line. He likes decent ground and seems a pacy enough type who should win his share of races under rules from 2m to 2m4f .                                                     

This good looking grey created a big impression when winning a slowly run maiden at Quakerstown on debut. He ran second throughout before being pushed along from two out to reel in the leader which he readily did before going on off the last bend and sweeping clear on the run in. He was going away all the way to the line and has a nice mix of speed and stamina. He can prove versatile trip wise on the track where he can develop into a Graded performer.                                                                                                                   

This Gigginstown youngster who was his sires first point winner created a good impression when scoring at Moig South in a good time. He raced in third most of the way before travelling well into the lead on the run to the second last before quickening right away from there and had built up a huge lead by the last before finishing alone. He rates as a bright future prospect and I think he will move on to Gordon Elliott for his career on the track.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

This half-sister to Jetstream Jack made a fine debut when taking her maiden at Inch. She led from the second fence, jumping and travelling well throughout and when asked she readily asserted on the run to the last before keeping on well to the line. She’s a likeable mare who should have a good future on the track and 2m4f should suit her well, but she may go further in time as there’s plenty stamina in her pedigree.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

This big half-brother to Coquin Mans showed plenty of qualities when scoring in the maiden at Liscarrol. He led or disputed it mostly throughout and after being challenged going to the second last, he showed plenty to see off his main rival and had powered clear on the run to the last before eventually finishing alone. He’s a chaser for the future, and will need trips of 2m4f and beyond as he looked a powerful galloper here.

This fine type whos a half-brother to Myska and Daring Carlotta was hugely impressive in winning at Lismore. A chasing type, he stood out in the ring beforehand and he duly looked the part in the race. He made all and jumped well, travelling easily before readily going clear on the run to the last and extended it greatly from the last without being asked by his rider. He rates a top prospect for the future and has now joined Gordon Elliott.

The maiden at Castletown-Geoghegan was slowly run but unveiled a nice looking winner in this sibling to six winners. Patiently ridden, he took closer order four out before going on jumping three out travelling well and he impressed by how he really quickened away between the last two fences to put the race to bed before being eased down on the run in. There’s plenty of pace in his pedigree and he showed plenty here and can go on to have a good track career between 2m and 2m4f. 

This nice mare impressed on debut when winning well at Lismore. Always prominent and travelling well in a steadily run race, she led narrowly from the third last before opening up well to extend her lead on the run to the last, where despite a slow jump she picked up quickly again and ran on strongly to the line. She looks one who can go on to attain blacktype in mares races when she progresses to the track.

This half-brother to Ravenhill Road and Windsor Avenue caught the eye when scoring on debut in a strongly run maiden at Loughanmore. He made progress into third from three out and travelled strongly to lead nearing the last. He was a bit slow at it and was briefly headed before quickly getting back on top to win going away. He was green on occasion here and he should be a useful staying performer on the track, where trips of 2m4f+ ought to suit.   

This imposing grey was a nice winner at Inch at the first time of asking. He was never too far off the pace and travelled strongly throughout before going on from the second last and was shaken up on the run in and kept on well to beat a nice tough staying type without being fully extended. He’s a real chasing type, who should go on to have a good career under rules, where 2m4f and beyond in time should suit him.                 

This fine chasing type, who is a half-brother to Benatar, created a nice impression when scoring on his Dromahane debut. He led or disputed the lead throughout jumping well and was a narrow leader travelling well when putting in a bit of a slow jump at the last before quickly picking up well to go away on the run in. He rates a fine chasing prospect for the future at 2m4f+, but can attain a good level over the smaller obstacles first.                    

This youngster made an eye-catching debut at Punchestown when finishing an unlucky runner up. Patiently ridden, he lost ground on a couple of occasions after being hampered before being ridden to go fourth at the second last before having to go wide off the home bend. He moved into second on the run to the last and was closing when  making a bad mistake, allowing the leader to go clear but to his credit he showed a great attitude to rally and ran on really strongly all the way to the line only losing out by a head. He should make a nice type under rules, where around 2m4f may suit and he is now with Willie Mullins.

This big imposing type created a deep impression when recording a fine victory on his debut at Horse And Jockey. He led or disputed throughout -travelling strongly and jumping well – and held a narrow lead and was going best when his nearest rival (who has won easily since) fell three out and from the second last he just powered away relentlessly to win by a huge margin. He’s a really good chasing prospect for the future, but has the ability to be a Graded horse over the smaller obstacles first and he is now with Willie Mullins.

By | 2018-04-09T19:47:40+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Between The Flags, Michael|

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Michael Looby
Michael is from Tipperary and has a real interest in National Hunt and Point-To-Point. Enthusiast about the sport of horse racing in general, he specifically focus on National Hunt sales and pedigrees. His main aim is to spot a horses potential from the very beginning.