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Eyecatchers Notebook

The Racecourse Notebook section of the Newmarket Bulletin contains expert analysis by our team of highly experienced race-readers. Compiled by our extensive team both on and off the track, they detail any noteworthy performances with a view to future engagements. They are particularly valuable as Eyecatcher entries are made by our experts on the day of the race, they are without bias or outside influence and consequently provide a completely independent view of the horse in question both for its connections and, indeed, punters considering their betting plans. All Eyecatcher entries are held in a database and are available for inspection on demand using our easy to navigate system. Similarly, 'dark horses' are added to the database, as and when such data becomes available. Moreover, when any Eyecatcher horse is declared to run, the Newmarket Bulletin 'flags' it up immediately on the racecard with full comments. Look out for the 'N' symbol in the Eye Column. The accompanying number indicates our editor's assessment of the value of the note from 1-5, with 5 being top class.

An excellent example of our notebook horses is Angel Gabrial who clearly delivered what was expected following his noteworthy performance in the Chester Cup, where he was considered an unlucky loser (see comments below). He, subsequently, produced an excellent performance to win the Northumberland Plate, turning the form around with Suegioo who had beaten him at Chester. In addition, while Angel Gabrial was the only eye-catcher in the field at Newcastle, he was also the top ranked horse and, consequently, the Judge's Verdict, making him the clear bet in the race.

Result : Angel Gabrial WON 4/1

Our second notebook example, New Story, was noted as an eye catcher on his debut. He’d run very well on his only subsequent racecourse appearance when perhaps given a little too much to do and beaten by some useful performers. Worth another try on only his 3rd race course appearance, he justified the inclusion into the Newmarket Bulletin notebooks with an emphatic victory.

Result : New Story WON 5/2

Alternatively, if you click on the notebook icon as a member you’ll be provided with a list of all notebook horses for that specific day's racing and for the flat where the declarations are 48 hours the next days notebooks will also be available.

Notebook & Dark Horse: Recent Winners (view more)
Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1535 bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 19-04-2018 Time: 1535 Distance: 1 m
 Dark Horse
Unraced New Approach colt Masar has been given a 2018 Derby entry. He is , unsurprisingly, a well bred sort. He is from the extended family of Sea The Stars and Galileo and his early work has been highly encouraging and he has shown that he is at home on an easy surface. The stable has won with all five two year olds it has run so far and Masar can add to the tally.

Race Course: Wolverhampton Race: 2015 FCL Global Forwarding Novice Stakes
Date: 10-04-2018 Time: 2015 Distance: 1 m 4f 51 yds
23-06-2017, Ascot, 1 m 5f 211 yds, Queen's Vase (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to Firm.
2nd here,
WINNER: Count Octave FINAL ODDS: 1/2F

Race Course: Fairyhouse (IRE) Race: 1445 Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
Date: 02-04-2018 Time: 1445 Distance: 2 m
 Dark Horse
By Getway, this Largy point winner has looked good in all his early work and indications are that he could take very high order in his chosen career path. He has the option to go in bumpers or hurdles and although that decision not taken yet, is definitely one for the short list wherever he turns up.

Race Course: Wolverhampton Race: 1510 Renault All-New Koleos Novice Median Auction Stakes
Date: 02-04-2018 Time: 1510 Distance: 1 m 1f 104 yds
24-06-2017, Ascot, 7f , Chesham Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to Firm.
4th here,
WINNER: Bartholomeu Dias FINAL ODDS: 2/9F

Race Course: Southwell Race: 1535 Grand National Free Bets At Handicap
Date: 01-04-2018 Time: 1535 Distance: 2 m 0f 102 yds
19-04-2017, Newmarket, 1 m 2f , bet365 Handicap Flat, Turf, Good to firm, good in places.
Although posessing a, largely, fast ground pedigree this colt by Dansili has a pronounced high knee action that would not have been suited by the fast ground here. he hits the ground very hard but, nevertheless was in the process of running a big race until hampered and becoming unbalanced going into the dip. He was given an easy time of things but there is little doubt, he will be capable of much more when getting his toe in.

Race Course: Carlisle Race: 1525 Scoop6 At Handicap Chase
Date: 31-03-2018 Time: 1525 Distance: 2 m 4f
17-03-2017, Cheltenham, 2 m 0f 62 yds, Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Jump, Turf, g/s, good places.
Was making his debut for the yard but ran a blinder and, but for a mistake 3 out, he may well have taken a hand inthe finish. He stayed on stringly up the hill but could get no closer than 7th, leaving a most positive impressiona and a big prize awaits in due course over this trip or a tad further. Ideally suited by good or good to soft..
WINNER: Calipto (FR) FINAL ODDS: 9/2

Race Course: Kempton Race: 1435 Better Odds With Matchbook Magnolia Stakes (Listed)
Date: 31-03-2018 Time: 1435 Distance: 1 m 1f 219 yds
17-06-2016, Ascot, 1 m 4f , Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Flat, Turf, Good to soft, soft places.
5th here - Owned by Her Majesty had obviously been laid out for this big event and ran a blinder without ever being able to get in a blow at the leaders. Made ground from the rear in the final quarter mile but wasn't able to quicken, merely staying on well without being hard ridden. He looks sure to get further and will be suited by faster ground. Can win a staying handicap shortly.
WINNER: Fabricate FINAL ODDS: 13/8F

Race Course: Musselburgh Race: 1425 totescoop6 Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Conditions Stakes
Date: 31-03-2018 Time: 1425 Distance: 5f 1 yds
18-05-2017, York, 5f , British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to soft, soft in places.
2nd here, and had some decent sorts behind and although its entirely possible they didnt handle the prevailing soft ground, this fellow had also won on good tofirm but made light of the surface and was desperatelyh unlucky not to win this. Only going down by a head he was only colared on the line after forging ahead with a furlong to go. Looks sure to win more races and 5f on faster ground looks sure ot be his ideal.
WINNER: Kyllang Rock (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 100/30

Race Course: Newbury Race: 1700 Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race)
Date: 24-03-2018 Time: 1700 Distance: 2 m 0f 69 yds
 Dark Horse
This unraced four year old by Ballingarry is a half brother to four winners in France and has been pleasing connections at home. He has been working very well and looks a readymade bumper winner after going particularly well with a couple of the yards recent winners.
WINNER: Caribert (FR) FINAL ODDS: 5/2F

Race Course: Cheltenham Race: 1330 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered as The Baring Bingham)
Date: 14-03-2018 Time: 1330 Distance: 2 m 5f 26 yds
 Dark Horse
Hardly a dark horse, being unbeaten in three bumpers and a maiden hurdle but, from the same shrewd gentleman that told us about Faugheen before he had ever jumped a hurdle, this one comes from an upwardly mobile yard who could well break more records this term. He is by Germany and may well not want the ground too soft although he has won in it and has recently schooled in electric fashion. Really could be anything.

Race Course: Southwell Race: 1545 Betway Casino Novice Stakes
Date: 13-03-2018 Time: 1545 Distance: 4f 214 yds
29-04-2017, Leicester, 5f , scoop6 The Millionaire Maker Novice Stakes Flat, Turf, Good, good to firm in places.
Ran a blinder on his debut here and by first season stallion, Dawn Approach, he made quite an impression. He was always likely to succumb to the more experienced favourite but did so only in the last few yards and left the impression he can win one of these, especially on a stiffer track. he will be well suited by a step up to 6f and can be expected to win his maiden sometime very soon.

Race Course: Sandown Race: 1645 Commission Free Racing At Matchbook Handicap Chase
Date: 10-03-2018 Time: 1645 Distance: 2 m 4f 10 yds
 Dark Horse
Is defintely a chaser in the making and although he was well beaten last time at Haydock by the impressive Neon Wolf, he showed enough to suggest he will be winning races at a lower level shortly. He has been working really well at home and is one to note.
WINNER: Crievehill (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 3/1J

Race Course: Kempton Race: 1400 32Red Casino 'Jumpers' Bumper' NH Flat Race
Date: 05-03-2018 Time: 1400 Distance: 2 m
 Dark Horse
Grapevine has been working well on the home slopes this spring and from a mark in the mid 80s he is expected to win early in the campaign.
WINNER: Grapevine (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 4/1

Race Course: Lingfield Race: 1530 32Red Spring Cup Stakes (Listed)
Date: 03-03-2018 Time: 1530 Distance: 7f 1 yds
21-04-2017, Newbury, 5f 34 yds, Dreweatts Newcomers' EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good to Firm.
There was a lot to like about the way this fellow lived up to his name and made great strides towards the front inside the last. Possibly got to the lead for a brief stride or two but lack of peak fitness was a factor and he looks to have plenty more to come. Will definitely be suited by a step up to six furlongs in timebut looks sure to win a maiden over either trip.
WINNER: Headway FINAL ODDS: 11/10F

Race Course: Southwell Race: 1345 Southwell Racecourse 'Jumpers' Bumper' NH Flat Race
Date: 02-03-2018 Time: 1345 Distance: 2 m
21-04-2017, Newbury, 2 m 2f , Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar Handicap Flat, Turf, Good to Firm.
Is every inch a stayer and looked to have this won coming to two out but while putting in a strong challengre from the two pole, he could never master the leader and it looks as though a slight step back in trip will serve him well. Sure to win again soon and is at home on all bar extremes of ground.
WINNER: Swashbuckle FINAL ODDS: 5/2

Race Course: Chelmsford City Race: 1830 Bet exacta At Handicap
Date: 15-02-2018 Time: 1830 Distance: 2 m
19-04-2017, Newmarket, 1 m 2f , bet365 Handicap Flat, Turf, Good to firm, good in places.
Although posessing a, largely, fast ground pedigree this colt by Dansili has a pronounced high knee action that would not have been suited by the fast ground here. he hits the ground very hard but, nevertheless was in the process of running a big race until hampered and becoming unbalanced going into the dip. He was given an easy time of things but there is little doubt, he will be capable of much more when getting his toe in.

Race Course: Punchestown (IRE) Race: 1340 P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase
Date: 11-02-2018 Time: 1340 Distance: 3 m
 Dark Horse
The stable have provided a masterclass in the cross country division and this fellow, only seven years old has his whole career ahead of him in this sphere. He was fourth at the Festival last year but is reported to have strengthened up and improved significantly over the Summer. His owner has a wealth of riches in this division so it is uncertain where he will be campaigned but is one to follow in cross country event either side of the Irish Sea and the Festival is a distinct possibility. Goes on most types of ground.
WINNER: Auvergnat (FR) FINAL ODDS: 7/2

Race Course: Kempton Race: 1350 Commission Free Racing At Matchbook Novices' Hurdle
Date: 09-02-2018 Time: 1350 Distance: 2 m 5f
 Dark Horse
Ok Corral has worked encouragingly of late and boasts a cracking run at the back end of last term with a second to Yorkhill at Punchestown. He will remain in bumpers for the remainder of this term but is more than capable of winning a decent event.

Race Course: Kempton Race: 1425 Matchbook VIP Graduation Chase
Date: 09-02-2018 Time: 1425 Distance: 2 m 4f 110 yds
11-03-2015, Cheltenham, 2 m 0f 110 yds, Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race) Jump, Turf, Good.
Hadn't seen track since Aintree 2014 but gave a massive account of himself after his long lay off and 'met one' in the shape of the useful winner. Is well related to both flat and jumps winners and could do both jobs. He looks to have bright future and goes well on good and soft ground. Would be a stayer on the flat and will probably need 2m4f over hurdles.

Race Course: Wolverhampton Race: 1815 Conditions Stakes
Date: 05-02-2018 Time: 1815 Distance: 1 m 0f 142 yds
16-06-2016, Ascot, 1 m   , Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to soft.
Arcanada ran a race of rich promise here as there is little doubt that he was severely compromised by having to race on the stands' side. He quickened up well a furlong and a half out to hold every chance before tiring slightly one hundred yards from home to finish second in his unfavoured group of ten. A similar handicap is well within his compass and a slight drop back in trip could prove absolutely ideal.
WINNER: Arcanada (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 8/11F