User Login:
33/1
Thirsk
1400, 27-07-2018
Raypeteafterme
Learn More about interactive Racecards
Recent Results
Gallop Reports
Sign Up

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: Newbury Race: 1535 Ladyswood Stud Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) (Str)
Date: 18-08-2018 Time: 1535 Distance: 7f
Comment:
 Notebook
14-07-2018, Newmarket, 6f , ey July Cup Stakes (Group 1) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
4th here, to US Navy Flag and ran an absolute stormer, never nearer than at the finish. He had previously shown good form over 7f inclduing at group level and it was an ambitious gesture by the Trainer to throw him i here but it nearly paid off. A shower or two f rain may well have seen him in the first three and theres little doubt he will need a sterner test at this trip to trouble top class opposition. However, he may well be able to win at this trip on good if he takes a step down in grade or, if persisted with at this level, a stiffer track or seven furlongs will be his optimum. Goes on most ground bar extremes and a likeable individual who may well get his day in he Sun when conditions fall right. An admirable sort and one to follow.
WINNER: Sir Dancealot (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 4/1

Race Course: Beverley Race: 1600 Weatherbys General Stud Book Handicap
Date: 16-08-2018 Time: 1600 Distance: 2 m 0f 32 yds
Comment:
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Dagueneau (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 4/5F

Race Course: The Curragh (IRE) Race: 1535 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1)
Date: 12-08-2018 Time: 1535 Distance: 6f
Comment:
 Notebook
19-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , ntry Stakes (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Advertise did very well to finish second to Calyx here staying on strongly from a disadvantaged draw, on the extreme opposite side of the track to the clear winner. The winner may be exceptional but Martyn Meade's charge looks sure to win again and his hold-up style of racing points to a step up in trip. He is progressing well and he can win a similar event over a stiff six furlongs or further in the near future.
WINNER: Advertise FINAL ODDS: 11/10F

Race Course: Cork (IRE) Race: 1315 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10)
Date: 11-08-2018 Time: 1315 Distance: 1 m
Comment:
 Notebook
14-07-2018, Newmarket, 7f , dales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing second to Antonia De Vega in what was almost certainly a high class maiden Zagitova suggested that she is a filly of real merit. She came through strongly to be never nearer than at the finish she will stay well. She would have been seen to greater effect here had she encountered a stronger pace. However, she is certainly not short of pace as befits a half sister of Garswood. She cost 1,600,000 guineas as a yearling, she has looks to match and she is almost certainly a pattern filly in the making.
WINNER: Zagitova (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 30/100F

Race Course: Goodwood Race: 1350 Bombay Sapphire Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 03-08-2018 Time: 1350 Distance: 1 m 3f 218 yds
Comment:
 Notebook
19-06-2018, Ascot, 1f 212 yds, erton Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing fifth to Monarchs Glen Mirage Dancer proved conclusively that he is much better served by further than a mile and a quarter. His normally meticulous trainer may have made his only error of judgement all week and although never seen with a chance, Mirage Dancer kept on strongly enough under his penalty to suggest he can win at this level and possibly even higher when stepped back up in trip. He goes well on fast ground and he equally at home on good, but he has yet to convince on anything slower.
WINNER: Mirage Dancer FINAL ODDS: 6/5F

Race Course: Goodwood Race: 1500 Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2)
Date: 31-07-2018 Time: 1500 Distance: 7f
Comment:
 Notebook
14-07-2018, Newmarket, 6f , ey July Cup Stakes (Group 1) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
4th here, to US Navy Flag and ran an absolute stormer, never nearer than at the finish. He had previously shown good form over 7f inclduing at group level and it was an ambitious gesture by the Trainer to throw him i here but it nearly paid off. A shower or two f rain may well have seen him in the first three and theres little doubt he will need a sterner test at this trip to trouble top class opposition. However, he may well be able to win at this trip on good if he takes a step down in grade or, if persisted with at this level, a stiffer track or seven furlongs will be his optimum. Goes on most ground bar extremes and a likeable individual who may well get his day in he Sun when conditions fall right. An admirable sort and one to follow.
WINNER: Sir Dancealot (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 5/1J

Race Course: Wolverhampton Race: 1745 mymedsuk.com Novice Stakes
Date: 30-07-2018 Time: 1745 Distance: 5f 21 yds
Comment:
 Notebook
23-06-2018, Ascot, 5f , sor Castle Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing seventh to his stable companion Soldiers Call, Rockin Roy ran well. The winner is a sharper type but Rockin Roy showed a tremendous attitude. He was outpaced by the principals, but he stayed on really well. This level of competition may well be beyond him, but he will be a force in the nurseries. He looks sure to stay six furlongs and good sort that he is, he can win plenty of races.
WINNER: Rockin Roy (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 1/6F

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1500 Gigaset International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
Date: 28-07-2018 Time: 1500 Distance: 7f
Comment:
 Notebook
20-06-2018, Ascot, , l Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
unplaced here, to Settle For Bay but after travelling supremely well in the far side group, he failed to see out the trip. He needs 7f and is obviously in very good shape at present. One to keep an eye on when dropping back in trip.
WINNER: Burnt Sugar (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 20/1

Race Course: Newcastle Race: 1515 Biffa Waste Management Novice Stakes
Date: 24-07-2018 Time: 1515 Distance: 1 m 4f 98 yds
Comment:
 Notebook
08-06-2018, Haydock, 1 m 3f 140 yds, Silvestre De Sousa At 188Bet 'Confined' Fillies' Novice Stakes Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing fifth Morning Beauty, Elasia, a half sister to 100 rated Ela's Ruby looked a stayer in the making. She was slow to start and she was pushed along to get involved. She travelled well enough but she was outpaced two furlongs out. Thereafter she stayed on well, and time may tell this was a good event. She may well have prevailed over had this race been over thirteen or fourteen furlongs. She is by Nathaniel and she will come on for introduction. She looks sure to win a maiden over this trip, or further, in due course.
WINNER: Elasia FINAL ODDS: 8/1

Race Course: The Curragh (IRE) Race: 1730 Darley Irish Oaks (Fillies Group 1)
Date: 21-07-2018 Time: 1730 Distance: 1 m 4f
Comment:
 Notebook
18-04-2018, Newmarket, , 65 British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) (Div 2) Flat, Turf, Good to soft.
This Sea The Stars filly has plenty of pattern performers close up in her pedigree and she was well found in the market being backed from 13/8 to 5/4 just before the off. She ran really well in defeat. She finished well clear of the third and she had quickened nicely to take up the running before being collared by a more experienced filly. She looks sure to improve when stepped up in trip. Good ground suits although she probably would not want extremes. She will need at least ten furlongs to be seen at her best.
WINNER: Sea of Class (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 11/4

Race Course: Haydock Race: 1650 Bet On Horse Racing With Smarkets Handicap
Date: 20-07-2018 Time: 1650 Distance: 1 m 6f
Comment:
 Notebook
19-04-2018, Newmarket, , 65 Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good.
Although she finished unplaced this Frankel half brother to Oaks winner Sariska showed plenty of pace before folding inside the last furlong. Undoubtedly will need further and may well benefit from a little cut in the ground. Ten furlongs is likely to be her minimum before she tackles a further step up in trip
WINNER: Surya FINAL ODDS: 5/4F

Race Course: Chepstow Race: 1510 Open Championship Golf In Play At starsports.bet Novice Median Auction Stakes
Date: 19-07-2018 Time: 1510 Distance: 6f 16 yds
Comment:
 Notebook
23-06-2018, Ascot, 5f , sor Castle Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing seventh to his stable companion Soldiers Call, Rockin Roy ran well. The winner is a sharper type but Rockin Roy showed a tremendous attitude. He was outpaced by the principals, but he stayed on really well. This level of competition may well be beyond him, but he will be a force in the nurseries. He looks sure to stay six furlongs and good sort that he is, he can win plenty of races.
WINNER: Rockin Roy (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 1/2F

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1320 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2)
Date: 14-07-2018 Time: 1320 Distance: 7f 213 yds
Comment:
 Notebook
19-06-2018, Ascot, , n Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Beat The Bank finished sixth to Accidental Agent, but was beaten by only two lengths on ground that would have been unsuitable for him. Although this was a slightly below par renewal, we have little doubt that on slower ground, he would almost certainly have won this judged on the way he progressed through the field and stayed strongly at the finish without being able to get on terms. He is thoroughly progressive and he is one to be with over this trip when there is more cut in the ground.
WINNER: Beat The Bank FINAL ODDS: 11/4F

Race Course: Chester Race: 1440 Signature Living Fillies' Handicap
Date: 14-07-2018 Time: 1440 Distance: 6f 17 yds
Comment:
 Notebook
20-04-2018, Bath, 5f 10 yds, sbury Manor Stud / British EBF Lansdown Stakes (Fillies' Listed) Flat, Turf, Good.
TBC
WINNER: Rock On Baileys FINAL ODDS: 9/2

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1340 bet365 Bunbury Cup Handicap
Date: 14-07-2018 Time: 1340 Distance: 7f
Comment:
 Notebook
20-06-2018, Ascot, , l Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
unplaced here, to Settle For Bay but after travelling supremely well in the far side group, he failed to see out the trip. He needs 7f and is obviously in very good shape at present. One to keep an eye on when dropping back in trip.
WINNER: Burnt Sugar (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1425 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Sponsored By bet365) (Fillies' Group 2)
Date: 13-07-2018 Time: 1425 Distance: 6f
Comment:
 Notebook
22-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , ny Stakes (Fillies' Group 3) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
5th here, to Main Edition but although winning over this trip at Yamrouth first time out was always though to need 7f to be seen at her best. She is a half sister to a decent 7f winner and in staying on well here, without the necessary pace to trouble the principals, she gave notice that, when stepped up in trip, she will be seen at her best. Only raced on quick ground so far and handles it well but will probabaly handle good an maybe a tad slower equally well.
WINNER: Pretty Pollyanna FINAL ODDS: 20/1

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1350 Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 12-07-2018 Time: 1350 Distance: 1 m 5f
Comment:
 Notebook
22-06-2018, Ascot, 3f 211 yds, Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Wells Farhh Go ran creditably by finishing sixth to Old Persian. However, in line with the expectations from his pedigree, he found this surface to quick. He was noted staying on well up the final climb and giving a clear indication he would have been suited to a sterner test at the trip. Good ground or slower is his ideal and is one to keep tabs on when getting such conditions.
WINNER: Wells Farhh Go (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1425 Arqana July Stakes (Group 2)
Date: 12-07-2018 Time: 1425 Distance: 6f
Comment:
 Notebook
19-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , ntry Stakes (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Advertise did very well to finish second to Calyx here staying on strongly from a disadvantaged draw, on the extreme opposite side of the track to the clear winner. The winner may be exceptional but Martyn Meade's charge looks sure to win again and his hold-up style of racing points to a step up in trip. He is progressing well and he can win a similar event over a stiff six furlongs or further in the near future.
WINNER: Advertise FINAL ODDS: 11/10F

Race Course: Pontefract Race: 1530 King Richard III Handicap
Date: 10-07-2018 Time: 1530 Distance: 6f
Comment:
 Notebook
18-04-2018, Newmarket, 6f , herbys General Stud Book Handicap Flat, Turf, Good to soft.
Ower Fly ran well to finish second. He made most, but he was caught inside the last furlong. Thereafter he kept on well and he has enough pace for this trip. He is one to be with on good ground over this trip, although a fast seven would suit as well.
WINNER: Ower Fly FINAL ODDS: 10/1

Race Course: Uttoxeter Race: 2000 Betfred 'Follow Us On Twitter' Maiden Hurdle
Date: 10-07-2018 Time: 2000 Distance: 2 m 6f 45 yds
Comment:
 Dark Horse
Looked a little awkward on his debut over hurdles at Chepstow but is going nicely again now and there seems no reason judged on recent work why he wont be able to put that effort well behind him. Capable of much better and expected to show that in the near future.
WINNER: Motueka (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 2/1