My Timeform: Three for your tracker from Newcastle, Newmarket and Windsor
Keith Melrose picks out three to look out for next time, including one that could run in the Bunbury Cup. Why not add them to your My Timeform tracker?
Major Jack stands astride two categories, both of which make him interesting. He is both a sprinter that just needs a change of luck and one that appears to be improving gradually. A series of respectable efforts in the face of traffic problems earlier in the season were followed by a virtually career-best amid even worse luck on Saturday. A little free early, Major Jack was hampered at halfway and again a furlong out, having to weave his way through and finishing never nearer with some running seemingly left in him. Given his come-from-behind style there will always be a risk attached, though Major Jack certainly looks ready to take a useful sprint handicap.
Kasb has been highly tried from the start. Perhaps we need to take notice of that given how well-connected he is (trained by John Gosden and owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum), but equally connections probably need to admit that, for the time being at least, he’s due a drop in grade.
Saturday’s Criterion Stakes was the fourth time Kasb has been entered in a big race, following the Coventry, Doncaster’s valuable sales race and the Two-Year-Old Trophy as a juvenile. Again, he wasn’t quite up to it, but there was ample promise of more to come once he’s fit and at his level. That needn’t mean a drop to the everyday: he’s in the Bunbury Cup and either that, or its newly-founded consolation race, appeal as the right sort of contest for a horse that will probably prove a little better than a BHA mark of 95 if given the chance to show it.
We’d be confident in stating that Zabeel Star is better than modest. The clues are everywhere. There’s his pedigree (all useful/smart middle-distance horses on his dam’s side), or his yard (Graeme McPherson’s charges tend to flourish in handicaps). The way in which he’s actually shaped is but a clincher, the promise tightened by the fact he’s shown more with each start.
At Windsor on Monday, Zabeel Star was never going to win from an early stage. He was out the back in a race that only really picked up three furlongs out, at which point Liam Keniry was only starting to get anything like serious and he soon gave that up once it was clear his mount was beaten. It left the impression that Zabeel Star would have been mixing it with the principals under a more attacking ride, so watch out for him next time, with low-grade handicaps now an option.
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