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

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

So Scottish

The first horse to put in your trackers this week is the Emmet Mullins trained So Scottish who went close in the Jim Barry Wines Hurst Handicap Chase when second to Boothill.

So Scottish struggled over hurdles and has really turned a corner since going over fences, making his chase debut in October at Tipperary when getting off the mark of 2m3 1/2f.

He saw off the talented Railway Hurricane by seven lengths who has since franked the form for Gavin Crowell when a 3/4 length second to the well backed Unanswered Prayers at Cheltenham last weekend giving weight away.

So Scottish then gave the form a boost at Carlisle at the end of October when taking a Novices' Chase under a penalty.

Making his handicap debut over fences off 135 at Ascot he looked to have plenty in hand and with how well he stayed on late, going up in trip next time out should bring more improvement.

Absolute Notions

Absolute Notions looks an absolute weapon for Gordon Elliott and owner Robcour having been seen twice now and on both occasions he has showing he has an engine.

Making his debut in April at Punchestown in a bumper over 2m 1/2f he was a very taking winner being close to seven lengths clear of the second.

Bought by Robcour after that win for €370,000, he was sent over hurdles with Elliott on Sunday and showed just how good he was to get back up when headed over 2m 3 1/2f.

A horse to keep on side for the season in the big novice hurdling events.


The last horse for this weeks segment is the Padraig Roche trained Sundial who made his hurdles debut on Sunday at Punchestown.

A horse that has moved to the yard to go over hurdles having previously been trained by Aidan O'Brien, he is now under the ownership of JP McManus.

Following the same path as similar horses like Brazil and Cougar who have both taken to hurdles from the flat for the same team, Sundial looks another potentially smart type to add to that list.

Seen four times on the flat he showed his best when stepped up in trip, finishing second on first start over two miles on a maiden and then when last seen at Navan in October over 1m6f on heavy ground he got off the mark in good style.

Making his debut on Sunday the three year old finished sixth of 16 runners but was hardly tried on and that makes us think he will be one plotted for handicaps later in the season.