Eye Catchers September 2023
Lettuce Leaf – 4th in 2.05 Nottingham 26/09/23
Lettuce Leaf went off an unfancied 80/1 for the five furlong maiden at Nottingham on Monday. Franny Norton was onboard and after a slow inexperienced start she ran well above her odds. She was beaten just over three lengths into fourth and she made up a lot of ground before showing greenness under pressure throughout the last furlong. She wasn’t given a hard time and should be capable of picking up a maiden in time.
Theonewedreamof – 4th in 2.50 Downpatrick 15/09/23
The onewedreamof caught the eye staying on after been hampered two hurdles out. It looked like jockey Keith Donoghue had given up on her chances after that but she picked up again and stayed on strongly to the line finishing fourth beaten 4 ¾ lengths. She definitely lost that amount of ground trying to avoid the faller Invictus World at the second last and she should pick up a race of a similar nature.
Gesture – 3rd in 4.50 Naas 14/09/23
Gesture took a significant step forward from his debut effort to suggest he is capable of winning a race of this nature in the near future. He was still showing signs of greenness when turning the bend but stayed on nicely to finish a 1 length third behind the 4/9 favourite. He should have learnt plenty for pressure and should take another step forward for that run.
Mulgrave – 13th in 2.20 Punchestown 13/09/23
Mulgrave is obviously better on the all weather but has dropped to a mark of 71 on turf and after his last run at Punchestown he could well be dropped a further 3 lb or more. He started a winning sequence last February at Dundalk off what will be a similar mark and won three races in a row ending up on a mark of 88. He is too well treated to ignore and with a better draw could be dangerously well handicapped.
Vassula Ryden – 3rd in 5.25 Galway 12/09/23
Vassula Ryden made an encouraging debut for Willie McCreery and jockey Billy Lee in the Fillies Maiden at Galway. She is a half sister to Rose Of KIldare who herself was a triple Group 3 winner. She dwelt at the start before travelling smoothly into contention to the bottom of the hill where she stayed on to the line without ever reaching Tannola. Tannola had the experience of two runs and Vassula Ryden should be capable of picking up a mares maiden.
Crimson Chief – 8th in 5.47 Kilbeggan 08/09/23
Crimson Chief has run 44 times under rules, winning 3 and being placed 7 times.He is 11 years old and is not a horse I would usually put in the tracker but it wouldn’t surprise if he was to pop up one more time before retirement. This time last year he won off marks of 85 and 91. He is now back on similar marks of 87 over hurdles and 88 chasing. He is entered in a 0-95 Handicap Chase this Friday with Shane O’ Callaghan claiming a further 7 lbs.