Three Handicap Horses To Follow On The Flat In 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Denis Anthony

The final horse to follow during the 2023 flat season from TWE is the James Fanshawe trained Denis Anthony, who is a horse to keep an eye on in handicaps this term.

Needing his first two runs at Newmarket in August and Nottingham in October, the penny seemed to drop on his third start at Kempton over a mile when a good fourth of 13 behind the talented winner Wigmore Street.

Having three runs under hist belt now, he has been given a mark of 68 to go handicapping with and with him looking to have some in hand he should be winning races this term.


Mascapone for trainer David Simcock was a big eye-catcher on handicap debut when denied a clear run in the Too Darn Hot Nursery at Newmarket finishing back in fourth.

Before that she started her career in the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes at Doncaster nearly a year to the day when finishing a solid fourth behind the talented Persian Force.

A winner off the back of that run at Chelmsford in a Maiden over 6f, she then went into Listed company at Ascot in the Pat Eddery Stakes when third to another smart horse in Naval Power.

Now handicapping she offers a lot more scope to improve and off a mark of 91, she looks to have a race in her this term.

Flying Barty

Trained by Kevin Ryan being half sister to Boonie who's currently rated 97, this mare was one of Ryan's 2YO's to follow last season holding an entry to the Marygate at York.

The three year old has been seen four times to date flattering to deceive on all of her three starts in Maiden and Novice company.

She was last seen on handicap debut off a mark of 64 finishing sixth of 10 at Ayr over 6f in a Class 2 event and now on a mark of 62, if being dropped in class she is surely better than her current mark and should be winning races this term.