Horses To Follow » Swindler


Swindler was impressive in winning the six-furlong handicap. Settled towards the rear of the field early on by Liam Keniry, he travelled notably well through his race. He made his ground easily among horses, joined the front rank on the run to the furlong pole, and he quickened up smartly to come nicely clear of his rivals.

This was a visually impressive performance by Ed Walker’s horse, and the time was good, the fastest comparative time of the day by a fair way. He ran just three times last year as a juvenile and, while he didn’t win, he was never out of the first three. This was his seasonal debut and his first handicap, and it was just his fourth run ever, and his first since being gelded, so he has lots of potential for further progression. The handicapper raised him by 8lb to a mark of 90, but he merited a decent hike, he won with plenty in hand, and he should be progressive enough to take that type of hike in his stride. He will be of interest now in another six-furlong handicap, stepped up in grade. He holds an entry in a Class 2 six-furlong handicap at Newmarket on Saturday and, up in grade, he will be of interest if he takes his chance in that.

Ascot, 12th July 2019