Newman’s Notebook: Week 2 – O’Brien juvenile one to follow

Welcome to week two of a new weekly feature here at myracing. This feature will get all the more intertesting as the weeks go by, with those in the notebook reappearing. Until the time that these find their way into our horse racing tips patience is the key word.

Getupthemstairs – J G Cosgrove

Steady improvement with each start in hurdles, now ready to go handicapping. Has chased home some fair types at Punchestown last week, only really losing touch after a mistake two from home. That was his first run in ten months so he is entitled to come on for that effort and should improve for handicaps.

Target – Low level handicaps will be his thing now. Yard have superb record at Thurles and Clonmel.

Barley Breeze – Phil Kirby

Second string for his yard in the betting and jockey bookings in a Carlisle bumper last week but beat his stablemate home. Travelled well into things there, just outpaced at a crucial time but he kept digging in up the hill. Bred to be a chaser, it was a debut full of promise for a yard not known for bumper success.

Target – May have enough to win a bumper but more appeal as a novice hurdler later in the campaign.

Mandobi – William Haggas

Beaten half a length on his race debut at Haydock when slow to begin. He was green under pressure on deep ground, carrying his head a touch awkwardly. That is a minor note of concern for the future but he’s a half-sibling to three winners for the same yard who won on second, second and third starts respectively.

Target – Plenty of all-weather winners in his pedigree, interesting if pitching up there second time out.

Point King – Joseph O’Brien

Held up in last on his race debut, the principals were all positioned much further forward in the field. He ran green under pressure, taking him a while to pick up but when he did, he made up ground steadily in the final furlong down the wide outside. He looks to have plenty of size about him and should progress well into a three-year-old next year.

Target – 10/12f horse for next year, should make up into a decent handicapper.

On The Meter – David Bridgwater

Caught the eye in the paddock at Plumpton on Monday. He has plenty of size about him so it was no surprise to see him improve on his hurdles form on his chase debut. He set off in front over the 3m1f trip, fading late on. A step down in trip should suit in the short term.

Target – 0-100 handicaps at around 2m6f look ideal for him.

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Aone Ally – Lucinda Russell
Montgomery – Tom Lacey
Elsals – Richard Hannon
Libra Tiger – David Menuisier
Crosshouse Boy – Eugene O’Sullivan

Getupthemstairs – J G Cosgrove
Barley Breeze – Philip Kirby
Mandobi – William Haggas
Point King – Joseph O’Brien
On The Meter – David Bridgwater

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