Weekly Eye-Catchers – 19/06/17

Weekly Eye-Catchers – 19/06/17

Weekly Eye-Catchers

At the start of each week we will be providing you with three eye-catching performances from the previous week of racing. Be it a horse that has bolted up, or one which was unlucky not to be first passed the post, we believe over time these will give you a long list of next time out winners.

16/06/17 – Sandown 15:10 – Call Me Grumpy


Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Miss Rochester (IRE)

Recent Form Figures: 1

To kick off this week’s eye-catchers we have the Roger Varian trained 3-y-o ‘Call Me Grumpy’. Following three very average outings as a 2-y-o, he was sent to Sandown on handicap debut where he won with plenty in hand. He was all the rage in the market that day suggesting this didn’t come as a shock to connections or Roger, who has entered him into a shoddy looking affair at Redcar on Friday.

His 6lb rise looks more than manageable with him due to go up further after this race, but reliable 7lb claimer Cameron Noble now takes over meaning he is theoretically running lighter than his convincing win. In our opinion, this makes him very hard to beat with it seemingly being a stepping stone onto bigger and better things. (Odds TBC).

16/06/17 – York 14:20 – Big Country


High Chaparral (IRE) x Dam: Mount Eliza (IRE)

Recent Form Figures: 1141

Second up this week is the progressive 4-y-o gelding ‘Big Country’. Since moving to Michael Appleby this Irish import has come on leaps and bounds, winning 3 out of 4 races en route to the John Smith’s cup at York in July. Most recently, at the same course, he dished out a lesson to 12 other rivals without ever really getting into full stride. This should set him in good stead as he sneaks back up in class – currently best priced 12/1 HERE.

His only defeat on English shores came to the subsequent Coronation Cup second Frontiersman, who was actually very unlucky not the claw back Aidan O’brien’s star & recent Royal Ascot victor Highland Reel. This form holds some serious weight for a horse in and around class 2 events – definitely one to keep an eye on!

16/06/17 – Haydock 15:05 – Lugano  


Galileo (IRE) x Swiss Lake (USA)

Recent Form Figures 111

Sir Mark Prescott has built up quite a reputation for success with his stayers and we think he’s found another potential big hitter in ‘Lugano’. In typical fashion he showed little until handicap debut, where he shrugged off a 245 day absence to win narrowly in a minor event at Newcastle. He then took another long layoff, which looks to have been the making of him with him coming back to complete a quick-fire hat-trick in impressive style.

He now gets nudged up into a class 3 event at Ayr on Friday evening. Admittedly, it is a double blow with his rise in weights combined with better opposition but we really can’t see this stopping him. This son of Galileo has plenty more to come and still looks very well-treated – price TBC.