Hey Up Dad (Haydock 6:45, M Dods, Long Shot)
Lucy Brown (Haydock 6:45, MW Easterby, Long Shot)
Scottish Colourist (Thirsk, MW Easterby, Long Shot)
Bob's Smithy (Haydock, TP Tate, June to August debuts)
As the list shows the Haydock Auction race has an interesting set-up. As
well as the three noted debuts there are FTO runners for Alan Swinbank
(Proud Times) and Geraldine Rees (Susurrayshaan, trainer
has debuts ready to show most of their ability, this one by poor sire Dilshaan).
This set of interesting newcomers meet a solid enough group of cheaper
sales purchases with placed form many of whom are receiving weight. A race
which should prove competitive with an open market.
To tie up two threads trainer Tom Dascombe has a debut runner for Harry
Findlay's mother with Belated Silver. As noted yesterday the Findlay
horses seem to compete well on debut and this is a breeze-up purchase for
£44,000 with enough in it's profile to be a good debut with the right
Now, Mr Dascombe is having a very good year but competent debuts aren't
an area he has mastered. One of his Group 2 winners - Firth Of Fifth -
blew the start to the extent that he failed to win a weak race FTO. His
other Group winner - Classic Blade - was notably inexperienced on his April
debut and ran poorly. He won his next three starts and over last weekend
The Legal Blonde came on from a midfield debut at Nottingham to just get
caught late on in an Ascot Listed race. [Worth noting that Firth Of Fifth
was comfortably beaten in a stronger Group 2 two days ago to put into context
the real class level of the Newmarket Superlative Stakes].
The other positive that has been noted on this site is that Mr Dascombe
and his team buy well at the sales to get the range of winners and class
they have over the last three seasons given the money they spend. 2 days
ago the filly Eyes Like A Hawk made her debut in a Leicester maiden
race. She cost only 9,000gns but in interview Mr Dascombe had said he doesn't
make Group 1 entries lightly and she had been put into the Cheveley Park
Stakes. He also said that his father had bought the filly when he wasn't
at the sales with him so perhaps the father is the sales wizard.
This turned into a typical "..this thing's the next Nijinsky.."
type whisper and she ended up favourite. Now, if you look simply at the
record of the trainer with his high class horses on debut this season that
made her a bad favourite. She could finish midfield and still be useful
and win STO. She missed the break before making ground beyond midfield
towards the top of the hill into the final furlong before fading away.
Showing enough to believe she might be ok. But, with another trainer who
did competent debuts she would have placed and won if she really was good
So, with Belated Silver we have competing forces of the trainer happy with
educational debuts and the owners liking to see a good effort when the
old mum has got herself down to the track.He's topweight giving weight
to a motley bunch. If you look at the Virtual Paddock you'll probably agree
that Robin The Till looks the more powerful of the three and the one to
stick with over Timeteam. He's hasn't put a proper race together in three
goes but he's been missing for nearly two months and Mr Hannon has a good
record of using these sort of breaks well to improve the horses condition
and racecraft. Timeteam looks to have shown all he has and doesn't make
a lot of appeal. Inthawain hasn't been reviewed and was 22/1 when
in midfield in a tough Ripon maiden FTO.
An interesting group but not a particularly strong test for Belated Silver
if he's ok and, at least as important, he's grasped what is required. A
key question is what Robin The Till comes back as after his break.