Notebook Horses January 16

Welcome to our Notebook Horses feature,this is where we look at the horses who may win races/land a punt /under the radar potentially. This feature in November has produced two winners Gevrey Chambertin & Rigadin De Beauchene. I believe, I have found three horses this month who could win for us in the coming weeks and months.


Mozoltov was pitched into Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December after an eight month lay off, Mozoltov was pulled up despite being very well backed. I must admit at being annoyed with myself when Mozoltov ran on 10-1-16 ,having talked myself out of backing Mozoltov. The main reason I considered backing Mozoltov was his record on Heavy ground, Mozoltov looks like he is now well handicapped to win on Heavy ground his form figures read on heavy ground (1131312221) ,however on the other side of the coin, Mozoltov form figures on better then heavy ground reads (211FU5P) .

Recommendation Back Mozoltov on his next 3 starts in handicap chases with heavy in the going description.

Might Be Magic

The racing expression in life you hear a lot is "horses for courses" this really applies to Might Be Magic. This horse has won three races in his career over jumps all at Fairyhouse. Might Be Magic ran at Fairyhouse on 10-1-16, travelling really well until just after the home turn, this was Might Be Magics first run of the season. Might Be Magic prior to his run 10-1-16, Might Be Magic had on his last six visits to Fairyhouse made the frame every time. I think connections will find a suitable race for Might Be Magic at Fairyhouse and he can win again.

Recommendation Back Might Be Magic on the next 2 starts at Fairyhouse only in Handicap Hurdles.

Houblon Des Obeaux

Houblon Des Obeaux has been dropped 13 pounds this season, it looks risky by the handicapper ,with Venetia Williams string in such good form Houblon Des Obeaux may strike sooner rather then later off his new handicap mark. Houblon Des Obeaux is proven on heavy ground conditions which abound in the UK right now.   Houblon Des Obeaux has never won over trips further then 3 miles.  Houblon Des Obeaux has had  a couple of attempts at trips further then 3 miles, however the evidence is inconclusive as he fell on both attempts at the first fence in the bet365 Gold Cup ,  Houblon Des Obeaux then fell in the Scottish National .I think it is hard to be dogmatic about his trip, Houblon Des Obeaux  will need to jump better if he is to win a big staying handicap chase. In February  Houblon Des Obeaux was seven-length second to subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup Coneygree, conceding 1 pound to Coneygree at Newbury.   Houblon Des Obeaux   has a similar profile  to recent "notebook horse " winner Rigadin De Beauchene 

Recommendation Back  Houblon Des Obeaux  on his next 3 starts in handicap chases.