Horses To Follow » Inthepocket


Inthepocket was impressive in winning the opening maiden hurdle at Wexford last Sunday on his racecourse debut. Nicely strong in the market beforehand, Henry de Bromhead’s horse was quickly into a nice racing rhythm for Rachael Blackmore in third or fourth place behind a decent pace that Feddans set. He made good progress up on the outside as they raced to the end of the back straight, and he was one of four horses who shared the lead as they straightened up for home. He moved forward nicely too when his rider asked him to, he went on with Transmission over the second last flight,  and he picked up well on the run to the last, readily coming clear of his only real remaining rival and winning by six lengths in the end.

Winner of his only point-to-point for Paul Cashman, he was an expensive purchase shortly thereafter, but he is on his way now to justifying his price tag. A half-brother to To Be Sure, a three-time winner so far for Evan Williams over three miles, there is every chance that he can step up in trip now, but he showed plenty of pace here, he travelled well over the minimum trip and he handled the heavy ground. He will obviously have to step up in grade, but he is a horse who could make his mark at a higher level now.
Wexford, 30th October 2022