'She should be adding to her tally soon' - our experts with four to follow
Raceform analysts Marcus Buckland and Richard Young pick out four horses who caught their eye last week. Members can view the race replays and add these horses to their Racing Post Tracker.
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First, Lingfield, Monday
Jumpers’ bumpers aren’t everyone's cup of tea but they have more than served their purpose this winter and are a good way of measuring if a horse is in form.
Lingfield on Monday was pretty much dominated by those ridden up with the pace, so it was hard not to be impressed with the victory of the Olly Murphy-trained Strong Glance in the finale.
The eight-year-old made up lots of ground in the home straight under a confident waiting ride to beat a useful yardstick convincingly. Still last turning in, he picked up to good effect when a gap presented itself and took his record in bumpers to 3-4.
His confidence will rightly be buoyed after this and he’s one to keep very close tabs on once back over hurdles. [Marcus Buckland]
Third, Southwell, Thursday
The betting suggested the Richard Bandey-trained Extracuricular had a lot on her plate on her handicap debut over 6f at Southwell on Thursday, but she ran a stormer to finish third of the 12 runners and it’s a performance worth marking up given she tried to make all in a race where the winner and runner-up came from well back.
This was a highly encouraging first start for her over 6f and it will be really surprising if there isn’t another 0-65 or 0-70 handicap on the Fibresand with her name on it in the coming weeks. [Marcus Buckland]
Second, Leopardstown, Saturday
It was some performance from Champagne Gold to finish second in the Ladbrokes Hurdle on only his fourth start under rules on Saturday.
The Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old has improved with every outing and was dropping back half a mile in distance on the back of his fine third in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Navan in November.
He showed another chunk of improvement to finish second of 22 behind the more experienced Drop The Anchor, with the pair a few lengths clear of the remainder.
He will go up a few pounds in the weights but he's open to further improvement and it will be a surprise if he isn't able to make his mark in similar company over this trip or a bit further in the coming months. [Richard Young]
Third, Leopardstown, Sunday
The opening race at Leopardstown on Sunday was a fiercely competitive mares' event in which the unexposed Telmesomethinggirl caught the eye when a staying-on third on her handicap debut.
The drop back in trip and reverting to testing ground proved no hindrance and the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old kept on stoutly in the last two furlongs on her first outing since September.
She'll be well suited by the return to 2m4f and, although she's capable of better in the hurdling sphere, she looks the type (backed up by pedigree) that will go well over fences in due course.
Further improvement is expected, she's fully effective on a sound surface and her strike-rate is a decent one having won three of her last five races. She should be adding to her tally in the near future. [Richard Young]
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