I've had a lot of success over the years with my Horses to Follow Lists and this year is no exception. I published a list of 10 handicappers way back in May and although only 3 of the 9 to have run, have won, they have had 5 wins between them. As those wins have come at 33/1, 14/1, 5/1, 4/1 and 5/6 the List is well in profit for the Season. Those of you who subscribed to the FREE 2yo Eyecatchers service at the start of the Season will also know that it's not just in handicaps these lists have proved profitable to follow.
I'm always on the lookout for horses that run well without winning and tend to concentrate on middle distance handicaps. I note them down, list them in an email tracker and back them when I feel they have their ideal conditions. The List is always changing as horses are dropped (once they win, if they disappoint too many times or if they keep getting placed and rise up the handicap) and new additions are made. There are currently quite a few middle distance handicappers and a number of progressive 2yo's on my list this Season but these are the 6 I am most looking forward to see run again...
4 HANDICAPPERS TO FOLLOW (1st August - End of the Season)
CULLINGWORTH - He began this Season with a shock victory over Grey Britain at Musselburgh (which has worked out well since the runner up went on to win in Listed company) before running behind Atty Perse, Rusamaat and Defoe who have all recorded big wins since. Cullingworth had his last run in a Newmarket handicap where I noted him running on very well at the finish after suffering a poor run at the 2 furlong mark. He wasn't beaten that far in the end and off a current rating of 83 it offers a lot of hope that he can nab another handicap before the end of the year. If he is dropped in class he would rate a very strong bet although I wouldn't rule him out of holding his own should he run at Glorious Goodwood.
UAE PRINCE - I noted this one when running 5th in a Listed race at Ascot back in May and had him down for the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot. Roger Varian's 3yo was Gelded after the Ascot defeat so missed the Royal meeting and he went for the John Smiths Cup instead. In that he pulled hard and raced prominently before being sent for home 2 furlongs out. He never really got away from the field though and was swamped in the last 50 yards to finish 4th, only beaten a length. Despite such a good run he remains on the same mark of 97 and under a more restrained ride I'm convinced he will win a big race this Season. He is definitely one to watch out for at Glorious Goodwood.
INDIAN DANDY - The form of the Britannia Handicap hasn't really worked out with the 3 winners to have since come from that race all having finished below half way. At the time it didn't look a very satisfactory race due to the draw bias seemingly reversing over night and giving the far side an unfair advantage. Indian Dandy did best of those running down the stands side rail and, although never in contention with the first three home, ran on well to lead home the largest group. Raised just a 1lb for that run he can gain compensation in a similar race before the end of the Season.
TOP TUG - He was campaigned over hurdles last Winter but didn't really go on in 4 subsequent starts after winning impressively first time up. Back on the flat, Alan Kings 6yo is in the form of his life this Season having finished 2nd at Newmarket, won at Goodwood and 4th at Royal Ascot in 3 starts. That win came over 1m6f with his two defeats coming when finishing strongly over 1m4f. This would seem to suggest he'll be campaigned over the longer trip for the rest of the Season with the 1m6f Handicap on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood and/or the Tote Ebor looking obvious targets.
A COUPLE OF WINNING 2YO'S TO FOLLOW (1st August - End of the Season)
EXPERT EYE - This Sir Michael Stoute 2yo created a huge impression when winning first time up at Newbury by a length and a half. The form has worked out well so far with the third winning next time out by 6 lengths and the 4th also winning easily on his next start. I'm sure he'll now be upped in class and we can expect to see him holding his own in some of the top juvenile races for the rest of the Season.
TIGRE DU TERRE - Unfancied on debut for Richard Hannon in an auction race at Ascot but probably the most visually impressive 2yo winner so far this Season. Stormed home by 4 1/2 lengths+ from plenty of juveniles with previous race course experience and must surely go on from this.
P.S. There are quite a few horses on my List currently declared this weekend including Cullingworth (40/1 although down in distance).
THE SECOND HALF
If you would like notifying when any of the Horses To Follow run (subscribers will get full access to all the horses currently on my List), plus any qualifiers from yesterday's Trainer Systems or any runners from the Systems and Races that will appear tomorrow then I will be running a Daily Email Service throughout August and September for JUST £10!
There will also be 7 further races during those two months that I will be giving the 5T treatment to (Trends, Trainers, Trials, Tips and Those Taking Part). These will be exclusive to those subscribing to the Email Service and include some of the biggest handicaps and Group races run during the second half of the Season.
The email service starts on 1st August but for those signing up before then I will also include the Daily Nag Email for Glorious Goodwood, for FREE!
That's a lot of value for just £10!
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