Dark Horses: Tioga Pass

KEMPTON’S frequent all-weather cards can be fairly informative when it comes to pinpointing future juvenile winners. One colt who caught the eye the other day was Paul Cole’s TIOGA PASS. He raced handily and stayed on at the one pace over a mile to be fifth to Psychometry. He wasn’t given a hard time and …[Read More]

Dark horses: Master Clockmaker

ANN Duffield unveils an interesting newcomer in MASTER CLOCKMAKER in the opener at Redcar today. The trainer thinks quite a bit of this strapping son of Mastercraftsman who cost £40,000 as a yearling and whom she describes as a “giant of a horse”. I would expect him to come on massively for today’s run but …[Read More]

Friday fancies: Castle Combe one to note

MARCUS Tregoning often keeps one of his nicer two year olds back for the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Stakes at Newbury. Ethmaar, Elshadi, Taameer, Cavaleiro and, best of all, Nayef have all triumphed for the trainer since 1999. On Friday he saddles another nice prospect in CASTLE COMBE. The long-striding son of Dylan Thomas showed …[Read More]

Dark horses: Gulland Rock

GULLAND ROCK is well worth a second look at Wolverhampton today. This lad is a half brother to the very speedy Stepper Point (left), and although he hasn’t shown much in his two runs, he could well step up on those efforts today. Similarly, Stepper Point showed very little in his first two racecourse appearances …[Read More]

Dark horses: Joyeuse the leading lady

TODAY’S focus is on the fairer sex. JOYEUSE should collect in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury. But a couple of more unexposed fillies also catch the eye. WEDDING WISH showed plenty on her racecourse debut at Newmarket and she could offer a bit of value in the 2.40. A £130,000 yearling by that prolific …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Spencer perfect for Uchenna

UCHENNA has always pleased her trainer David Simcock (left) and she caught the eye with a striking debut run at Kempton. Today she looks to have a good chance of confirming that promise over a mile at Goodwood (2.55) in what is a decent maiden. At Kempton, Uchenna was slowly away and outpaced early on, …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Watch out for Cumani filly

ZAWIYAH is among our two year olds to follow and she makes her second appearance at Windsor tonight (5.40). She showed distinct promise on her debut and should know a lot more about her job tonight. She could upset the jolly Merletta. In the same race Presidente and Master of Alkmaar are both well regarded …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Light the blue Touch Paper

TOUCH PAPER was considered a possible Queen Mary contender back in the spring but has found 5f too short on her two runs. Tonight she is upped to 7f and with Richard Hughes on board should prove very hard to beat at Kempton (7.00). In the same race don’t be surprised if Assolut, who has …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Veiled Intrigue

HENRY Candy has done rather well with the progeny of the dam Verbal Intrigue. Codemaster was second in the Jersey Stakes to Strong Suit in 2011 and, more recently, Code of Honor has won three times and proved very useful. Tonight the last foal of Verbal Intrigue makes her racecourse debut at Windsor. VEILED INTRIGUE …[Read More]

Dark horses: Grey day for Fahey

RICHARD Fahey sends out his usual Saturday tsunami of runners and it’s a grey colt with no real form who catches my eye. TWO SHADES OF GREY showed nothing on his debut but then hinted at ability with an improved run at Beverley when just three lengths behind the winner. He looks an ideal type …[Read More]