Horses To Follow In 2020 – Part Four
Part four of the 2020 horses to follow list is outlined below.
Spargrove (Hughie Morrison) 4g rated 68
A 5 length winner last time out over 14f at Wolverhampton, clocking a decent time for the grade in the process. A horse who I feel has just been laying the foundations for a very progressive 4yo season. Gelded since bolting up back in August he looks just the type to blossom now he has had a chance to mature and grow into his frame. From a family the yard know extremely well having trained most of Spargoves siblings at some stage, these include Marmelo (multiple group winner), Vent De Force (group two winner) and Jedhi (winner off of 85). Ease underfoot looks a must given the way he moves and this was backed up by the trainer when speaking about the horse prior to his withdrawal at Bath due to good to firm ground. Hopefully a spin when half cooked when racing resumes so the market feels like the handicapper has caught up with him already. A fair few pounds to play with in my opinion.
French Polish (William Haggas) 3f
Showed ample on debut at Kempton in early November, drawn wide, very slowly away and lost all chance at the start.Too green to do herself justice but shaping significantly better than the bare facts. Gradually making late gains into a quickening pace as they crawled upfront through the early stages. The form of the race hasn’t worked out but she was one of the best looking ones in the paddock pre race, carrying condition and had a frame to grow into. Her dam didn’t see the track until she was a 3yo, won both starts including a listed race at York. A more polished performance can be expected next time out and the type to take a huge step forward.
Punchbowl Flyer (Eve Johnson Houghton) 3g rated 73
This good looking son of Dream Ahead is one who I feel gelding will be the making of also horse I feel needs some sort of ease underfoot. Won his sole start on officially ‘good to firm’ ground times that day suggest it was more good to soft suggesting overwatering which tends to be the case on the south coast. He failed to handle the course this day, outpaced down the hill, rolling down the camber in the straight, finding slight trouble in running but still going away to win despite plenty going wrong. Strong in the market when upped in trip on the back of this at Kempton, he raced lazily, looked tricky and finished with running left. Outpaced and rolling around on good to firm ground on his final start at Yarmouth I felt he did remarkably well given the ground I think he needs. He hits the ground pretty hard and his dams two wins both came on soft and heavy ground. Hopefully the gelding operation has helped him mentally and granted ease underfoot I can see him being underestimated by the market given the wrong going description for his Brighton victory.
Combine (Hugo Palmer) 3f
Yard know the family well being half sister to Crimean Tatar and looks the type to make a leap forward from what was a promising debut at the backend of the turf season. In rear and showed signs of greeness throughout, she was forced to switch wide around the field, made her ground up in an inefficient manor between the 3f and 2f pole and then paid the price for this big sweeping move on heavy ground when fading close home. Lack of race fitness telling in the closing stages. Green initially off of the bridle, given an educational time and looks the type to make a good chunk of improvement with this behind her. That form has yet to be tested but with the ‘right’ yards represented I’m happy to take a view that it’ll be strong long term.