Blow Your Horn (Timeform rating: 87p) – Kempton, Wednesday 24th February
Blow Your Horn cost 200,000 guineas as a yearling and was tight in the market on his debut at Newcastle in January last year, where he finished runner-up to a now-useful rival. He didn’t build on that initial promise the following month, but showed improved form after 10 months off when hitting the frame on handicap debut at Wolverhampton in December.
Blow Your Horn still looked in need of the experience on that occasion, and hasn’t been seen to best effect the last twice, so remains a horse to be positive about. It was his first start at a mile and a quarter at Kempton last week in what turned into a messy race, a stop-start gallop ensuring those who were held up were at a disadvantage. Blow Your Horn did much the best of those who came from the rear, keeping on well inside the final furlong and leaving the impression he will be capable of better when circumstances allow. He is well treated from a mark in the mid-70s and is one to watch out for. Charlie Fellowes
Thomas Cochrane (78p) – Wolverhampton, Friday 26th February
Thomas Cochrane is a half-brother to Surrey Pride – who is a useful three-time winner for Joseph Tuite – and judged by his debut at Wolverhampton last week, he has the potential to reach a similar level.
Thomas Cochrane finished third in a minor event which was dominated by the first two from the two-furlong pole, but he made encouraging headway from the rear of the field once entering the straight without being given a hard time. The race was run over Wolverhampton’s unique nine and a half furlongs, but the way in which Thomas Cochrane finished his race off – aligned with the stamina in his pedigree – suggests he could improve a chunk once moving up in trip, and is well up to winning a similar event. Trainer Tom Clover has enjoyed a productive winter and Thomas Cochrane will win races in the coming weeks. Tom Clover
Culture (97) – Newcastle, Tuesday 2nd March
Culture has built a very solid record on the all-weather this winter, winning twice for George Baker and once for Tom Ward, while not finishing out of the frame on the remainder of his starts. Culture moved yard again to Jedd O’Keeffe ahead of his latest start at Newcastle, and he has even more to offer judged on that performance.
Culture was easy enough to back on his first start for O’Keeffe in a handicap that featured several in-from sorts. He is definitely the horse to take out of the race, too, shaping very well in a steadily-run affair where the first two were always up near the pace. Culture was still travelling powerfully in behind the principals, and was briefly short of room approaching the final furlong, his jockey having to hold on to him probably longer than ideal. He did stay on well once in the clear, but the first two had already bolted and Culture finished with some running left. The five-year-old went through the race as though ahead of his mark and will remain of interest in all-weather handicaps up to a mile and a half. Jedd O’Keeffe