TWE Eye-Catchers Of The Week - 28/11/22

James Mackie

Filey Bay

The first runner to add to your trackers from last week is the Emmet Mullins trained Filey Bay who looked extremely impressive on Saturday when bolting up on handicap debut at Doncaster.

Average in bumpers and maidens, this six year old gelding was sent handicapping for the first time in his career at the weekend and off a mark of 117 won extremely cosily.

Looking to have plenty in hand and be aimed at other handicaps throughout the season, it might pay to follow this lad who will be shrewdly campaigned by a master trainer with these specific horses.

Petit Tonnerre

Petit Tonnerre for Jonjo O'Neill has been an eye-catcher on both his starts this season and having been bought from France by JP McManus with huge potential he could still be better than his mark.

Moved to O'Neill at the end of last season, he was a nice winner on his yard debut at Market Rasen, franking the form of his two wins in France before coming over the England.

Sent into the Grade One 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at the Grand National meeting at the back end of last term he was pulled up, but put into a race like that on just his second start for the stable shows just how much they like him.

Sent into handicap company for his first run of the season, he ran a stormer to finish a close up third on his first start at 2m4f and going off 22/1 he obviously wasn't fancied with it being a pipe opener for bigger events this season.

Off 1lb higher for that run on Saturday he again plugged on well to grab second behind shock winner Red Risk in a valuable Handicap Hurdle at Newbury.

He has a race in him this season.

Ittack Blue

The final horse to follow from last week came on Friday in the opener at Newbury, with Jet Powered for Nicky Henderson looking a Supreme Novices' Hurdle contender.

However, back in second and plugging on to finish 11 lengths behind the superstar was Ittack Blue for Dan Skelton, who in his own right looks a very nice horse.

Costing the famous owning partnership of A Ferguson, G Mason, J Hales & J Diver £310,000gns off the back of winning a PTP at Punchestown in May, he was sent to Skelton and looks a potentially smart grey.

Bumping into the very smart Jet Powered was unfortunate but with plenty of easier races to tackle in the near future he will be winning races.