'He appears to have come to himself and further success this season is likely'
Our analysts pick out nine horses who caught their eye over the last two weeks. Members can view the race replays and add these horses to their Racing Post Tracker.
Second, Sandown, July 21
This mid-March foal and £18,000 breeze-up purchase shaped promisingly, despite her apparent greenness, when chasing home the more experienced Porsche Cavalier on her debut.
Following a tardy start, the juvenile, who has plenty of speed in her pedigree, caught the eye with her finishing effort after edging into the centre of the track in the closing stages.
She made a good deal of ground to finish a clear second behind one who was much more professional on the day and it will be a surprise if she couldn't reverse placings with that rival with this run behind her. She is sure to improve and win races. [Richard Young]
Second, Sandown, July 21
Although Snowalot will be 3lb higher than this in future handicaps, he is still one to keep in mind in the near future as he deserves plenty of credit for finishing as close as he did under a penalty.
The James Ferguson-trained progressive four-year-old, who was bidding to follow up a Salisbury win, had to be switched to the wide outside to get space in a race that was run at just an ordinary gallop. It took him a stride or two to hit top gear but he made up plenty of ground in the closing stages to finish second to a reliable yardstick who very much enjoyed the rub of things.
A much stronger overall gallop would have suited and, given this was only his third run in a handicap, he is the type to add to his tally in the coming weeks. [Richard Young]
Second, Newmarket, July 23
Stepping up to a mile on her handicap debut, Danni California gave away a lot more ground at the start than she was beaten by at the finish.
Given the Richard Spencer-trained filly didn't get an uninterrupted passage either, having to be switched for a clear run against the stands' rail, it's to her credit that she got to within a length of the winner, Cosmos Raj.
Danni California hadn't blown the start in any of her previous three starts, so for now it's best to assume it was a one-off. She looked unlucky and should be able to find a similar race. [Steffan Edwards]
Son And Sannie
Second, York, July 24
Son And Sannie had seemed out of form and wasn't among Paul Midgley's leading contenders for this race as the trainer saddled five in his bid to win the 'Jump Jockeys' Nunthorpe for the third time in four runnings, but he ultimately fared best of the quintet in finishing second.
The five-year-old didn't enjoy the clearest of runs and was beaten only a neck, although it would be hard to claim he was unlucky as he had every chance to go past the winner had he been good enough.
However, this was still his best effort for a while and, even after a 3lb rise, he is still 3lb lower than when successful at Wolverhampton last November, so he is well worth watching out for. [David Bellingham]
Second, Newcastle, July 24
Despite a small field, this race looked a strong event and it is worth keeping faith with Second Slip despite his defeat.
Hoisted 11lb for winning over course and distance four weeks earlier earlier, the four-year-old, trained by James Fanshawe was travelling strongly heading into the final stages but wasn't able to get himself in front under a big weight, with the victor Hasty Sailor gaining first run and proving game under pressure himself.
With few miles on the clock, the gelding appears to have come to himself now and further success this season seems likely. [David Toft]
Fifth, Goodwood, July 29
At first glance, Forest Falcon's run doesn't exactly jump off the page, but a deeper delve into the race shows the three-year-old is better than the bare facts of his fifth place behind stablemate Qaader would suggest.
The Mark Johnston-trained gelding, who travelled strongly, fared easily the best of those who raced up with the decent gallop and it was absolutely no surprise he tired in the closing stages, especially as he raced with the choke out early on.
His pedigree suggests the return to a quicker surface should suit and his official rating means he will be eligible for lesser events in the coming weeks. Given he is by Raven’s Pass out of a Shamardal mare, there is every chance the return to a sound surface would be more to his liking. [Richard Young]
Second, Goodwood, July 29
Brazilian Beach had shown only modest form on his debut at Chelmsford the previous week but stepped up a fair way on that effort when chasing home market leader Wilderness Girl.
Although the race lacked strength in depth, the Mark Johnston-trained juvenile still performed with plenty of credit, responding well for pressure when headed and pulling clear of the rest in the closing stages.
Given the stamina on the dam's side of her pedigree, she should have no problems with middle distances in due course but, in the short term, she remains capable of winning something similar, especially when she goes over a mile. [Richard Young]
Seventh, Goodwood, July 29
Aldbourne was making his nursery debut after three ordinary qualifying runs, which saw him sent off at 16-1, but he shaped with plenty of promise despite little going right for him.
The son of Awtaad ended up further back than ideal before being hampered just as he was starting to get going. Hollie Doyle looked after him after that, though he still motored home to be beaten just two and a half lengths.
He ought to relish going up to a mile and can find a lesser race from this sort of mark. [Mark Brown]
First, Thirsk, August 1
King's Commander was still green on his third start but nonetheless proved good enough to win a fair novice, confirming the promise of his fourth in a 7f Haydock maiden on his previous start.
The David O'Meara-trained three-year-old proved well suited by the extra furlong, leading in the closing stages and just doing enough to score by half a length.
It bodes well for his future prospects that he was able to win despite being far from the finished article and boasting a pedigree that suggests he will appreciate even further, being a brother to 1m6f Listed winner Mighty Blue. [Ron Wood]
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