Who To Watch – Week Beginning 8th October

A fairytale ending to a brilliant week as Enable claimed back to back wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for John Gosden under Frankie Dettori, just holding off the late surge from Sea Of Class and James Doyle. More Group 1 action awaits this week as the juveniles take centre stage at Newmarket, with the Fillies Mile on Friday and the Dewhurst on Saturday. One of the biggest handicaps of the season, the Cesarewitch, also takes place there on Saturday. The jump season at Chepstow begins at the weekend with the feature contest being the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle on Sunday.


  • William Haggas – Came agonisingly close to winning his first Arc on Sunday with Sea Of Class, but gained some compensation when One Master when the Prix de la Foret. 6 winners last week including a treble on Saturday, has plenty of entries throughout the week.
  • Simon Crisford – 5 of his 9 runners last week crossed the line in front, including Group 2 winner Ostilio in France on Saturday. Horses are clearly thriving and have a number of entries in the coming days.
  • James Tate – Operated at an impressive 42% strike rate in the UK last week, plus Hey Gaman ran a stormer in a French Group 2 to be third. Doesn’t have an abundance of runners, but they should all be noted given the yard form.


  • Silvestre De Sousa – Champion jockey had 5 winners last week and is chasing down Oisin Murphy in the jockeys championship. Ended the week before with a treble at Epsom. Has a full book at Pontefract on Monday where he has a 46% strike rate this season.
  • Andrea Atzeni – 5 winners in the UK last week and added a Group 2 double to that at Longchamp on Saturday. Stable jockey for Roger Varian and should have some good rides on ITV on Friday and Saturday.
  • Harry Bentley – 29% win strike rate last week, rides for varying trainers and goes to Windsor for a solitary ride on Monday. Picks up the ride on Fillies Mile favourite Antonia De Vega on Friday.


  • Lansky – 300,000 Guineas Breeze Up purchase who’s been switched to Robert Cowell’s yard, third in the Acomb and fourth in the Mill Reef last season. Disappointed in March but entered to return in the 7.40pm at Kempton on Wednesday.
  • Big Challenge – Impressive winner of a decent maiden and was runner-up to talented Monarchs Glen on second start but hasn’t been seen since April 2017. Could return in the 7.15pm at Chelmsford on Thursday.
  • Baritone – Got off the mark comfortably in a maiden last time, good form in handicaps prior to that and still has potential off this mark, entered in the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket on Friday.
  • Antonia De Vega – Exciting horse who flew home to win a Group 3 last time, suggesting extra furlong should suit in the Fillies Mile on Friday.

Alex Peperell

I’m an avid horse racing fan who often has his head in the form book. I have been properly into racing and thoroughly extending my knowledge of the sport for the last 3 or 4 years and it doesn’t matter if it’s the flat or jumps, I’ll watch it. I write and talk to anyone that will listen and feature on a few different racing websites and the odd magazine. Always learning, love a bet and constantly looking for the next winner.
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