Just Don’t Ask (Timeform rating 124p) – Wetherby, Saturday 2 November
Just Don’t Ask shaped extremely well on his return to action at Wetherby on Saturday, but may have been slightly unsuited by the emphasis on stamina. He has loads about him physically and tackled the Wetherby fences superbly on his fourth start as a chaser, and will be worth backing to get back to winning ways when next seen, particularly if dropped back in trip.
He won a novice chase at Wetherby last season so clearly goes well at a track suited to free-running, long-striding sorts, and should be able to make his presence felt in this sphere in the coming months. Charlie Longsdon
Known (Timeform rating 110p) – Huntingdon, Sunday 3 November
Known shaped well in his only bumper, has the looks and pedigree for jumping, and very much caught the eye on his first run over hurdles earlier this month. He travelled well through the race and, though hampered three out, finished with plenty of running left when staying on for fourth.
Known was given a somewhat conservative ride on his first assignment over the sticks and could hardly be in better hands going forward - no trainer has produced more second-time-out winners over hurdles than Nicky Henderson. He has the breeding to stay further in the future and is expected to continue improving and start winning races sooner rather than later. Nicky Henderson
Sandy Boy (Timeform rating 112) – Exeter, Monday 4 November
More than £23,000 was traded at 1.01 on Sandy Boy when he led a field of 14 on the run-in at Exeter, before hanging badly left in the dying strides, almost stopping completely, to allow Heavy to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. He managed to finish out of the places in the end but that does not tell the whole story.
This was not the first time Sandy Boy has wandered after jumping the last - he also strayed off a true line when finishing runner-up on his previous start at Chepstow - so this is clearly something that needs to be addressed.
Phillip Hobbs’s horse clearly has ability, though, and may have had an extra couple of 1s next to his name had he been able to chart a straighter course late on, so he is certainly one to keep an eye on going forward. Phillip Hobbs