HORSE RACING FIXTURES AND RESULTS
HORSE RACING FEATURE
My Timeform: Eye-catchers from Sandown, Lingfield and Fontwell
Adam Houghton picks out three horses from recent meetings at Sandown, Lingfield and Fontwell that could be worth following in the coming weeks.
Consul de Thaix was highly tried in two starts for the Nicky Henderson yard last season and showed himself to be a useful performer with a good three-length third on his UK debut in the Finesse Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. He was below that form when down the field on his next start in the Triumph Hurdle, but that represented a tough task for one so inexperienced and the silver lining is that his novice status remains intact. It was therefore interesting that connections made the decision to pitch him straight into handicap company for his seasonal reappearance at Sandown on Saturday and Consul de Thaix went close to vindicating their boldness, finishing three-quarters of a length second to stablemate Brain Power. The way he finished that race suggested he is ready for a step up in trip and, while a small novice hurdle would be his for the taking should connections choose to pursue that route, Consol de Thaix remains potentially well-treated from just 3 lb higher in the weights and is fancied to be competitive in some of the top handicap hurdles between two and two and a half miles. Nicky Henderson