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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: Bangor Race: 1220 Beginners' Chase
Date: 01-12-2018 Time: 1220 Distance: 2 m 4f 72 yds
 Dark Horse
Jerrysback looked right on his game when he worked well ahead of a novice hurdle engagement at Ascot. He won impressively on his first run for the stable at Plumpton last month and he looks ready to take a steep rise in class at the weekend.
WINNER: Jerrysback (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 50/1

Race Course: Lingfield Race: 1325 Sun Racing No1 Racing Site Conditions Stakes
Date: 24-11-2018 Time: 1325 Distance: 7f 1 yds
30-03-2018, Lingfield, 6f 1 yds, d 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes Flat, Polytrack, Standard.
He has made up into a useful sort after just four runs. He finished 4th here, but the does not tell the whole story. He possesses plenty of pace but he did not get the chance to show his full merit. He was last round the home turn and rather hemmed in until inside the last furlong. Once extricated he finished and he was flying at the line. Will be well suited by six furlongs on turf but may well get further in due course. A sound surface likely to suit best. He is one to keep on the right side.
WINNER: Breathless Times FINAL ODDS: 6/4F

Race Course: Plumpton Race: 1620 SIS Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle
Date: 22-10-2018 Time: 1620 Distance: 3 m 0f 217 yds
 Dark Horse
Hardly has the form figures to get you excited but we're reliably informed that, if this fellow can steer clear of injury, he is a very well handicapped individual who looks sure to make his way through the ranks. Where he will end up is anyones guess but, starting from a very workable mark of only 100, he will be winning soon. He is likely to be best served by good to soft or slower.
WINNER: Royal Hall (FR) FINAL ODDS: 6/1

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1400 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)
Date: 20-10-2018 Time: 1400 Distance: 6f
22-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , onwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing second to Eqtidaar, Sands Of Mali may have been disadvantaged the middle of the track had looked the place to be. He finished fast on the stands side to go down by only a half length. Sands Of Mali is a former Gimcrack winner who is a tough and consistent performer. He may well re-oppose the winner in the July Cup and other top sprints but, given the opportunity to race with the principals, he may well turn out to be the best of these. He is certainly a high grade sprinter and has shown himself to be adept on most surfaces, possibly slightly more effective on easier ground. He is one to follow and he looks sure to win his a Group One event soon.
WINNER: Sands Of Mali (FR) FINAL ODDS: 28/1

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1550 Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1)
Date: 20-10-2018 Time: 1550 Distance: 1 m 1f 212 yds
20-06-2018, Ascot, 1f 212 yds, ce Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
As he was sent off at long odds, finishing second to Poet's Word was a disappointing effort from Cracksman. He struggled to prevail at Epsom and this performance showed emphatically that he is not a ten furlong horse on fast ground as quick as prevailed. To be effective at this trip he needs slower ground. His demeanour in the paddock did not please many seasoned judges and he may have been below par. However, back on slower ground and/or over a mile and a half he can restore his presently tarnished reputation.
WINNER: Cracksman FINAL ODDS: 5/6F

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1630 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco) (Str)
Date: 20-10-2018 Time: 1630 Distance: 1 m
19-06-2018, Ascot, 1f 212 yds, erton Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Sharja Bridge ultimately finished eighth to Monarchs Glen, but he looked sure to be involved in the finish a furlong out and he gave a clear indication that, at this level, he needs less of a test of stamina. He quickened up nicely two furlongs out he was almost level with the leaders before the furlong pole but went backwards quickly thereafter. Nine furlongs would appear the extent of his stamina at this stage on fast ground and, as he handles slower ground too, he may well be worth stepping back even further when there is a decent cut in the ground.
WINNER: Sharja Bridge FINAL ODDS: 8/1

Race Course: Nottingham Race: 1330 Galliford Try East Midlands EBF Maiden Stakes
Date: 17-10-2018 Time: 1330 Distance: 1 m 0f 75 yds
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Dubai Icon FINAL ODDS: 11/10F

Race Course: Leicester Race: 1605 Stubbs Fillies' Conditions Stakes (Plus 10)
Date: 16-10-2018 Time: 1605 Distance: 6f
20-06-2018, Ascot, 5f , n Mary Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Come On Leicester ran well in finishing fifth here to Signora Cabello. She is the first foal of Mick Channon's useful sprint filly Graphic Guest. However, she will be much better suited to either a furlong further or slower ground. Either way, she has plenty of pace but not enough for top races such as this on fast ground. She was disadvantaged by her track position from stall one but she stayed on well. She is by Kodiac and she should get six furlongs. She is expected to win more races when conditions suit.
WINNER: Come On Leicester (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 9/4

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1650 Dubai Life British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Fillies' and Mares' Listed)
Date: 13-10-2018 Time: 1650 Distance: 6f
22-06-2018, Ascot, , ringham Stakes (Fillies' Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Perfection did well to finish fifth to Agrotera having had to run alone up the far rail for almost the whole race. She can be marked up as better than her finishing position suggests. She no company at all, but she showed a terrific attitude especially as her pedigree suggests she will be much better suited to easier ground. She is a winner at seven furlongs and she has the pace to win at that trip again. Nevertheless she saw this trip out well and she will not be troubled to win at either distance.
WINNER: Perfection FINAL ODDS: 3/1J

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1350 Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 12-10-2018 Time: 1350 Distance: 5f
19-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , ntry Stakes (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Sergei Prokofiev did well to finish third to Calyx and put up a tremendous effort after being given a lot of work to do. He was stone last in the far side of two groups with just a furlong and a half to go but he picked up really well and only just failed to fill the runners up spot. He is certain to win more good races on both sides of the Irish Sea. He goes well on fast ground and, unlike the first two home; this may well be the limit of his stamina. He has a nice turn of foot, he is very useful and he looks sure to win more races.
WINNER: Sergei Prokofiev (CAN) FINAL ODDS: 3/1F

Race Course: Worcester Race: 1635 MintBet 500 Welcome Casino Bonus Novices' Hurdle
Date: 11-10-2018 Time: 1635 Distance: 2 m 7f
 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.

Race Course: Chelmsford City Race: 2045 Bet In Play At Handicap
Date: 04-10-2018 Time: 2045 Distance: 6f
 Dark Horse
Compas Scoobie won an all weather maiden on his penultimate start last October. He has been working well with much higher rated horses this spring and he can add to his tally early on in his four year old campaign.
WINNER: Compas Scoobie FINAL ODDS: 13/8F

Race Course: Newton Abbot Race: 1525 Bryan And Ilva Westcott Memorial Novices' Hurdle
Date: 01-10-2018 Time: 1525 Distance: 2 m 5f 122 yds
 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.

Race Course: Musselburgh Race: 1410 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
Date: 30-09-2018 Time: 1410 Distance: 1 m 0f 208 yds
23-06-2018, Ascot, 7f , ham Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
This renewal of the Chesham may be considered below par. Nevertheless, Nate The Great ran with real credit to finish to finish second to Arthur Kitt going down only narrowly. She is out of a half sister to James Garfield and he is bred for this trip and further and he stayed on well to give the winner a fright close home. Nate The Great is by Nathaniel and accordingly a further step up in trip should suit him well. He is a useful sort and he looks sure to win something similar.
WINNER: Nate The Great FINAL ODDS: 1/9F

Race Course: Haydock Race: 1625 Best Racing Odds On Smarkets Handicap
Date: 29-09-2018 Time: 1625 Distance: 1 m 6f
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

Race Course: Haydock Race: 1700 Bet On The Premier League With Smarkets Handicap
Date: 29-09-2018 Time: 1700 Distance: 1 m 3f 175 yds
18-04-2018, Newmarket, 7f , 65 European Free Handicap (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to soft.
2nd here, but was always behind the 8-ball. Slightly outpaced going into the dip he really stretched out once hitting the rising ground and gave every indication a step up to a mile will suit. May well get further, too, later on. One to keep tabs on when there is a little juice in the ground.
WINNER: Finniston Farm FINAL ODDS: 9/2

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1500 Bonham Fillies' Handicap
Date: 27-09-2018 Time: 1500 Distance: 7f
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Right Direction (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 11/4F

Race Course: Goodwood Race: 1610 TBA thisfillycan Fillies' Handicap
Date: 26-09-2018 Time: 1610 Distance: 1 m 6f
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.

Race Course: Ayr Race: 1515 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes (Fillies' Group 3)
Date: 22-09-2018 Time: 1515 Distance: 6f
11-05-2018, Ascot, 5f , ish Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good.
In finishing 2nd, she showed a nice change of gear to get involved after travelling well in behind. she was rather isolated on the wing away from where the race developed. However, she showed more than enough to win a maiden and she looks sure to go on to something better, in due course. She should handle most types of ground.
WINNER: Queen Of Bermuda (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 9/2F

Race Course: Sandown Race: 1655 ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Fillies' Handicap (Div 1)
Date: 19-09-2018 Time: 1655 Distance: 1 m 1f 209 yds
03-03-2018, Lingfield, 6f 1 yds, ay Maiden Stakes Flat, Polytrack, Standard.
WINNER: Geetanjali (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 2/1F