Inside The Notebook – Week 10 31/01/2017

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A warm welcome to the latest edition of ‘Inside The Notebook.’ The pages this week are full of future prospects who caught the eye in novice company who could make an impact once they are stepped into handicaps. While none of these are Cheltenham Festival bound in six weeks, there are some smart long term prospects so let’s get stuck in! Follow @myracingtips for the latest gossip, news, banter and free horse racing tips.

Midnight Merlot

It’s likely that time will show that he faced a very tough task on his hurdling debut against Ballyarthur and Global Stage. He looks a three mile chaser for the future but this suggests that there will be prizes to be won with him once handicapping over hurdles.

Sams Gunner

Didn’t jump all that well on his hurdling debut but the sole juvenile against older horses shaped with promise despite not being knocked about. Representing a canny yard, he is one to keep in mind for when he goes handicapping stepped up in trip.

Otter Moon

Has had 3 runs for a handicap mark now, catching the eye, making late gains at Ludlow. His two decent runs in bumpers came on a sounder surface so would be interesting campaigned through the summer given better ground.

Out Of Order

A shade unlucky not to finish a little closer on handicap debut, he saw out the step up in trip well fitted with a first time tongue tie. A step down in class to a 0-65 could easily reap dividends next time with this mark looking a winnable one.

There Was A Time

Did best of those held up in a big field maiden at Gowran. That’s his third run for a mark and was his best effort. Breeding suggests that better ground is likely to suit and a handicap or two look likely to come his way this Spring.


3rd to a pair who already had hurdling experience at Warwick. Lightly raced on the flat in Germany, he showed a good level of form and looks well up to winning races in the UK. His slightly unfashionable yard should ensure that he isn’t too short next time out.


Won on her handicap debut at Wolverhampton before being massively unsuited to the way the race was run at Lingfield. Held up last in a race that turned into a sprint, she did well to finish as close as she did. Her dam won over 2 miles on the flat so chances are that there is more improvement in the tank given more of a test of stamina.


Strong staying damline, it was no surprise to see him struggling to lay up over a mile at Lingfield on debut. It would be no surprise to see a couple more runs over this sort of trip before stepping up considerably once the turf season starts again.


Probably wasn’t a strong contest he ran in, but against a field with previous experience, Jessie Harrington’s horse did well to finish 4th, looking a little green under pressure. His dam is a half sister to the likes of Jezki, Jetson, Jett, Jered etc and he is surely a winner in waiting.

An Siltean

Not for the first time, caught the eye picking his way through late without being too knocked about. He will get a handicap mark now and could find that much more to his liking given better ground and potentially more of a test of stamina.
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