TWE Eye-Catchers Of The Week - 07/11/22

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

New Year Honours

The first horse from last week that caught the eye and will be winning races in the future is the Gordon Elliott trained New Year Honours.

A fair horse on the flat for Ralph Beckett winning one of his four starts, getting off the mark on his last run on the level at Lingifeld when stepped up to 1m4f.

Bought and sent to Gordon Elliott to be trained over the jumps, he made his yard debut at Down Royal on Saturday when finishing a good second behind another nice type from the flat in Cougar.

For a first attempt over hurdles for New Year Honours it was a smart performance and with him only going to improve under the Tutelage of Elliott, he could be exciting.


Paul Nicholls had a superb weekend with winners up and down the country, but the one that got away in the opener at Wincanton on Saturday was Sabrina.

Backed off the boards from 11/2 into the 6/4 favourite, she was set to have a big run and did just that, looking the winner jumping the last but having drifted off a true line handed the race to Wynn House, who landed the race for a second year.

That run came off a mark of 115 and hopefully not penalised too bad by the handicapper which she shouldn't be, she still is a on very workable mark and will be winning races this season.

Bubble Dubi

Bubble Dubi for Stuart Edmunds took the eye on Wednesday having his first run over hurdles and staying on superbly behind potentially a very nice type for Paul Nicholls in Tahmuras.

Showing glimpses of form in both of his bumper runs, sent hurdling at Chepstow he was a big eye-catcher obviously wanting further in time and when getting that could be winning some decent races.

He absolutely flew home in the week and we think the form of that maiden could turn out quite strong.


Finally, Gesskille for trainers Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero was a very interesting runner ahead of the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase and having finished a narrow second caught the eye massively.

Making his debut for the yard in a Hunter Chase at Ludlow in March this year when beating a decent horse, he then went to Kempton and made it back to back wins.

Sent to France in May up to 2m 6 1/2f he was a narrow second to a next time out winner and then backed that up himself next time out when making it three wins from four for the yard at Auteuil again in a Listed Chase.

The key to this horse is soft/heavy ground and having got that at Aintree on Saturday off a mark of 133 he ran a superb race to finish a nose second.

There are some valuable handicaps out there for him and off the back of that run over 2m5f, 3m might be what he needs.