• Christopher Loader

Eye-catchers | 7th August - 9th August


Lone Eagle (Martyn Meade)

This son of Galileo ran a very encouraging race on debut at Sandown behind Recovery Run who already had shown a fair level of ability. It was impressive how he kept finding under pressure and showed a willing attitude. He would have learnt a lot from that and he will be looking to run over further from his middle distance based pedigree.. Furthermore he cost 500,000gns as a yearling and connections will surely have hopes of the two-year-old running in Group Company soon. A race such as the Solario Stakes or Autumn Stakes could be on the radar later this season.

Louganini (Roger Charlton)

It was only a four runner race at Sandown, but despite only finishing third he ran a very creditable race. The son of Zoffany found trouble in running and didn’t have the clearest of runs in a messy affair. Moreover the ground wouldn’t have been his ideal surface as his career best efforts have seen him run well with ease in the ground. When there is soft in the going description this horse will be one to note and it wouldn’t be absurd to see him running well in a competitive handicap like the Cambridgeshire in the Autumn.


Magisterium (Michael Dods)

Magisterium gave a really good account of herself just being out battled by Thank You Next for Richard Hannon. Hannon’s colt brought some strong Goodwood form to the table and this suggests that it was a warm nursery at Newmarket. I suspect the daughter of Elzaam could head for one of the strongly contested nurseries at the Ebor Festival where I could see her being a major player.

Omnivega (David Simcock)

This was the strongest eye-catcher of the weekend after running on strongly in the closing stages at Ascot. The four-year-old was out the back for the majority of the race, but when he was making his challenge he hit a blind alley and could only manage a fourth placed effort. Prior to his run at Ascot, he had strong form from Kempton that was boosted at Glorious Goodwood. He still looks ahead of his mark and I am sure he will run well again on his next start.

Posted (Richard Hannon)

I put up Posted as my Longshot on my YouTube Channel on Saturday and she ran a superb race to finish second behind Group 1 winner Veracious. She could have more to offer in Group 3s and Listed races this season. A potential target might be the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster which a race she finished fourth in last season.


Genuflex (Richard Hannon)

Again it was only a small field at Windsor but the style of victory was very impressive. He made his nursery debut off a mark of 74 and the son of Holy Roman Emperor looked to have plenty in hand. He is another two-year-old who could easily be a major contender in nurseries at York or Doncaster in the coming weeks.

Wooded (Francis-Henri Graffard)

It was an outstanding renewal of the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday with Space Blues a deserving winner. However if there was a hard luck story then Wooded was surely the one. I fancied this three-year-old colt who was overlooked in the betting markets. In the saddle was Pierre-Charles Boudot and he probably would admit he didn’t give him the best of rides. I was surprised with the hold-up tactics because his emphatic victory at Chantilly saw him race prominently. Also at the key point of the race he didn’t get the gap and then had to be switched which cost him his chance. Afterwards he stayed on strongly finishing on the bridle. If I was Graffard, I would be looking towards the Sprint Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day.

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