At this time of the year there's not a great deal about sprintwise unless you want to bet on low grade races that can be won by anything that shows a bit of form on the day. Its a much better idea to wait for more profitable times ahead and maybe pick up a couple of winners along the way that fit our criteria.
That said we can still keep our eyes on things and look out for improving horses and a few that have popped up in this last week or so are as follows :
Joe Le Taxi was raised a whopping 12lb after his win over 6f in a Class 6 Handicap at Wolverhampton on 17th January to a mark of 65. He had duly won by 5 lengths under Greg Fairley and he was able to come out and win again by 3 lengths this time at Southwell 10 days later carrying a 6lb penalty. On both occasions he was running on very strong at the finish and you would have to think that he is capable of winning again either over 6f or 7f.
Arctic Lynx was the worthy winner of Class 5 6f Handicap at Lingfield on 22nd January, he sat in 5th on the inside for most of the race and he was produced between horses up the straight to win by 3/4 of a length in what was a good time for the day only being just outside that recorded by Anne of Kiev in the following Class 3 Handicap. As a result he was raised 5lb to 79 and this gelded son of One Cool Cat could well be up to winning again from his new mark for his trainer John Best having only had 7 runs to date. Afterwards his trainer John Best said "Arctic Lynx put up another great performance to win with a bit in hand. He certainly looks to be progressing well. His next target will probably be the final of the Blue Square series on the 26th of February. George thought he possibly got to the front a bit too soon but had no option but to take the gap when it appeared. He said he idled a bit when he got to the front and there's more improvement to come."
Anne of Kiev continued her improvement in the Class 3 Handicap at Lingfield over 6f when she got the better of Five Star Junior and Sioux Rising when she came with a strong run to win and only two short heads seperated all three of them at the line and afterwards her trainer Jeremy Gask said "I would say she will now wait to tackle a Listed race at Lingfield towards the end of February".
There are now 3 parts of the Sprinterstogo 2011 Master List covering horses A to R accessible (See "Pages" right).