My Stable: Latest eyecatchers
Ben Linfoot and Will Hayler pick out half a dozen eyecatchers for your My Stable trackers from Doncaster and Leopardstown.
Paul Hanagan: Fourth on Okool at Doncaster
Doncaster & Leopardstown Eyecatchers
Okool – 5th in the DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, Doncaster, Sep 8
There's just one maiden race at the St Leger meeting but it produced a thrilling finish with four horses in with a chance stretching for the line, John Gosden's Glencadam Glory coming out on top by a head.
However, it was the horse that finished fifth that caught the eye.
Okool, trained by Owen Burrows, was making his debut at Doncaster and he was weak in the market for a €320,000 purchase, going off at 20/1 with all the money on those with experience.
The market was correct as it turned out, with the four runners that had run before filling the first four positions, but Okool would've finished amongst that lot granted any luck-in-running.
Trapped on the rail under Paul Hanagan, he ran into the back of one when pulled out to make his challenge, losing all momentum, yet he stayed on well again once in the clear and finished full of running.
He looks a nice prospect and can make use of this experience himself in a maiden next time. (BL)
Olivia Fallow – 11th in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap, Doncaster, Sep 10
Olivia Fallow has been running well all season without reward but she's still in really good form judging by her effort in the Portland.
The bare facts are she finished 11th and that gives hope that she'll be dropped a pound or two by the assessor on Tuesday, while she might be underestimated in the betting next time too with a '0' next to her name.
It would be wrong to underestimate her, though, as she travelled well in the Portland and then had nowhere to go inside the final furlong where Jimmy Quinn had to sit and suffer before coasting her home in his own time.
This was a tough assignment, but if she drops in class in the coming weeks she's well worth keeping an eye on. (BL)
Aneen – 4th in the Ballylinch Stud EBF Fillies' Maiden, Leopardstown Sep 10
Pettiocat – 8th and Wild Irish Rose – 9th
Awtaad bounced right back to form at Leopardstown on Saturday and earlier on the card his half-sister, Aneen, made a debut of some promise in the fillies' maiden that opened the card.
Also trained by Kevin Prendergast, Aneen was shuffled back in the early stages on the rail and was in a poor position towards the back on the turn for home.
However, she scythed through the field on the rail in the closing stages, doing much the best of those that were held up in the contest and just failing to get up for third.
Given her breeding she's not going to be missed next time, but she looks a shoo-in for a maiden before going on to bigger and better things. (BL)
One of the great joys of racing is that different people can take different things away from watching exactly the same race.
I wouldn't want to suggest for one minute that 50/1 winner Rain Goddess won't go on to prove herself the best of these fillies, but she did have almost everything go to plan during this race, getting the perfect spot on the rail from her favourable draw.
On the other hand, only one of the first five home came from a double-figure draw and that was third-placed Key To My Heart, who had to do a little more than ideal to reach a prominent spot from her wide stall and didn't quite have enough left in the tank to justify strong late market support for her powerful connections.
But it was a couple of fillies further behind, also representing big operations, who caught my eye from poor draws.
Wild Irish Rose, like the winner a Coolmore-owned daughter of Galileo, was ridden handy in the early stages only to get squeezed out and drop right back soon after halfway. She settled nicely though, despite being plenty of daylight, and kept on again under hands and heels riding in the home straight. She'll be fine over middle distances next season and looks a classic 'tracker' horse.
Godolphin's Petticoat could yet win her maiden this season after a very pleasing debut. The sheepskin noseband she wore suggests she might have shown some keenness in her homework, so it was perhaps not surprising to see Shane Foley switch her right off in the early stages. But she absolutely nothing wrong in the race and made eyecatching late gains without her rider ever having the opportunity to get her involved up front.
All in all, this is a race to watch the replays of and make your own mind up. We've found three eyecatchers between us, but you might well have your own ideas. (WH).
Pyromaniac – 2nd in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Petingo Handicap, Leopardstown, Sep 10
Tony Martin's Pyromaniac has already been in the news (for the wrong reasons) this year when he was deemed a non-trier by the Killarney stewards in an incident that saw him suspended for 42 days.
He was allowed to run in the Galway Hurdle in the end, just 16 days after his Killarney run, but it's on the level he's of interest now following his second to stablemate Quick Jack on Saturday.
Quick Jack had finished two places behind another Martin inmate, Heartbreak City, on his previous start in the Ebor, and he advertised that form with a deserved victory under 7lb claimer Oisin Orr.
Yet throughout much of the contest you'd have called Pyromaniac the most likely winner (he traded at a low of 1.03 on Betfair in-running).
He cruised through the contest, hit the front a furlong out and pulled over two lengths clear of Intense Tango in third only for Quick Jack to swoop past him close to the line.
Martin's staying handicappers on the Flat have been in fine form this season and with big handicaps like the Cesarewitch coming up, for which Pyromaniac is a 16/1 chance, he might not be done yet.
Perhaps Pyromaniac will hit the headlines (for the right reasons) again at Newmarket. (BL)
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