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Horse Racing: Daniel Briden’s Horses To Follow – 2017 Flat

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Horse Racing – Flat 2017

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***** Considerable improvement expected, strongly recommended to follow
**** Above average improvement expected, definitely worth following
*** Improvement expected, worth following

OLDER HORSES

AMAZING RED (4 b c Teofilo – Artisia) ****
Form: 61-  Trainer: Ed Dunlop  Owner: Ronald Arculli

Half brother to connections’ high-class middle distance stayer Red Cadeaux who shaped with a deal of promise on debut when sixth to Winning Story in a 10f maiden at Newmarket’s Craven meeting last April (33/1 chance), racing enthusiastically under restraint and his effort petering out as a result (beaten 8¾ lengths). He showed the benefit for that initial experience when landing a similar event at Pontefract two weeks later (7/2 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling well, making progress on the approach to the straight and leading inside the final 150 yards, forging clear to score by 2¾ lengths from Timekeeping. That proved to be his final outing of the season but he was always going to improve with age, and both the style and substance of his maiden win suggests an opening mark of 90 is workable; open to significant improvement in his second season, he ought to find 12f well within reach.

ARTSCAPE (5 b g Iffraaj – Artisti) ****
Form: 4–  Trainer: Dean Ivory  Owner: Harlequin Direct Ltd & Derrick Bloy

Half brother to German dual 10f Group 3 winner Magic Artist who made his belated debut outing in a 1m maiden at Chelmsford last September (33/1 chance, hooded), taking a fierce grip under restraint until allowed to race up with the pace before halfway, leading going strongly with two furlongs left to run but soon headed and fading inside the final furlong to finish fourth behind Eltham (beaten 3¼ lengths). For all there’s a fair amount stamina in his pedigree, this gelding’s sire is an influence for speed and therefore he may prove best at distances shorter than 1m, very keen on debut despite sporting a hood. His handler is a dab hand with cast-offs from big operations, picking up this son of Iffraaj for 4,500gns from Darley and sure to get the best out of him once handicaps become an option.

EL VIP (4 b c Pivotal – Elle Danzig) *****
Form: 1431-  Trainer: Luca Cumani  Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Well-bred colt who made a winning start to his career in a 10.5f maiden at Doncaster last August, patiently ridden and making sustained progress from over two furlongs out, gathering in long-time leader Twobeelucky inside the final 75 yards and going on to score by half a length. He wasn’t seen to best effect in handicaps at Haydock and Pontefract (both 10f) the next twice but got back on track when dropped to 1m at Leicester last October, waited with and produced with an effort two furlongs out, leading inside the final 100 yards and clearing away to score by 1½ lengths from God Willing. It was no mean feat for this colt to see off some hardened handicappers over a trip likely to prove short of his optimum, travelling well under a waiting ride and finding plenty to win going away; capable of bagging a good handicap from his revised mark of 94 before tackling Listed/Group company.

KHAIRAAT (4 b c Shamardal – Mumayeza) *****
Form: 211-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Smartly-bred colt who shaped extremely well on debut in a 7f maiden at Salisbury last July, weaving his way through from the rear of the field to lead briefly inside the final furlong – only to be collared in the dying strides by You’re Hired. He justified odds of 8/13 when going one better in a 1m maiden at Pontefract the following month and followed up in a 10.5f classified event at Doncaster six weeks later (6/4 favourite), travelling well and moving closer with over two furlongs left to run, leading inside the final furlong and always doing enough to see off Laurence by a length. This colt had more in hand the bare margin of victory suggested, a little keen and then appearing to idle upon hitting the front but always in control against more experienced rivals; open to significant improvement from a revised mark of 91, he’s just the type to progress through the handicap ranks and into pattern company this term.

KHARBETATION (4 b g Dream Ahead – Anna’s Rock) *****
Form: 1-  Trainer: David O’Meara  Owner: Salem Rashid

Half brother to dual 7f Group 2 winner Breton Rock who made a winning start to his career a 1m maiden at Thirsk last July (11/2 chance), slowly into stride and in rear until making good progress on the outer from halfway, travelling powerfully in second at the top of the straight and taking over on the bridle over a furlong out, nudged clear inside the final furlong to score by 5 lengths from Ehtiraas (pair well clear). It was a deeply impressive start from this gelding, fractious at the stalls beforehand and slowly away from them but doing everything else right, coasting along throughout and readily dispatching a more experienced rival who went one better next time out. For all it could hardly be termed as lenient, an opening mark of 93 may yet underestimate him given his smart pedigree and the ease of that debut success, possessing black type pretensions; ought to prove just as effective over 7f.

LUGANO (4 b c Galileo – Swiss Lake) ****
Form: 947/1–  Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott  Owner: John Pearce

Half brother to several smart sprinters but clearly takes more after his sire, raced at/around 1m in three qualifying runs in maidens at two during November 2015, typically too green to show his true worth. His only outing last season came in a 12.5f handicap at Newcastle in October (7/2 chance), prominent until driven and outpaced passing the three furlong marker, losing his position and looking held approaching the final furlong, whereupon everything suddenly clicked and he came with a storming late run to get up in the final stride and deny Ajman Prince by a head. It was a remarkable performance from this colt, clearly still having plenty to learn, his race appearing run over a furlong out but producing a strong burst in the closing stages to edge out one that has scored twice since. The third and fifth placed horses have also won subsequently, and a revised mark of 69 is highly unlikely to halt this son of Galileo’s ascension through the handicap ranks, sure to improve his rating significantly during the course of 2017.

MARYLEBONE (4 b g Shamardal – Mary Boleyn) ****
Form: 61/0-  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Chasemore Farm

Hinted at ability on debut in a 7f maiden at Leicester in October 2015 and duly improved to land a similar event at Kempton the following month (5/1 chance), tracking the leader and ridden two furlongs out, catching a bump soon after but staying on well to lead inside the final 75 yards and see off Cape Banjo by ½ length. His only outing last season came in a big-field 1m handicap at Ascot last May (8/1 chance), prominent on the far side and racing with enthusiasm, asked for an effort two furlongs out and soon beaten, coming home 10th of 17 to Taurean Star (beaten 12 lengths). His subsequent absence suggests all was not right on the day, dropping out rather tamely once asked for his effort having not settled fully; a sizeable sort that has been strong in the market on all three outings to date, he appeals as the type to do better at some stage in handicaps from a mark of 82; will likely prove best at 7f/1m.

MAZZINI (4 ch g Exceed And Excel – Firenze) *****
Form: 321431–  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Mr & Mrs Peter Hopper, Mr & Mrs Michael Morris

Speedily-bred gelding who didn’t immediately build on the early promise he had shown in maidens, but he got off the mark at the sixth attempt when played late to readily account for course specialist Kenny The Captain in a 6f handicap at Newcastle last August (strong form). Having endured a luckless passage at Yarmouth before posting an excellent effort in defeat when 2lbs ‘wrong’ at the weights in a 6f handicap at Ascot, he signed off with victory in a 6f handicap at Kempton last November, waited with off a strong pace and swooping to lead inside the final 150 yards and score by 2 lengths from Brilliant Vanguard. He was undoubtedly well placed as things went last time, but he has long appealed as the type to excel in strongly-run/big-field events; plenty of scope for further improvement from a revised mark of 91, remembering that his dam and her siblings Frizzante and Zidane all positively thrived with age.

NEXT STAGE (4 ch c Dubawi – Dash To The Front) ****
Form: 1/20-  Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor  Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to dual 10f Group 1 winner Speedy Boarding who made a winning debut in a 1m maiden at Lingfield in November 2015 (2/1 chance), close up and travelling strongly throughout, still on the bit approaching the final furlong and easing clear inside the final 100 yards to score by 1¾ lengths from Always Welcome. His return to action came in a 1m handicap at Doncaster last June (11/8 favourite, hooded), held up travelling strongly and making good progress over two furlongs out, looking to challenge when badly hampered by the errant winner Defrocked approaching the final furlong, keeping on well without matching that rival to come home 2 lengths adrift. He turned in a listless performance when favourite for a 1m handicap on slower ground at Salisbury 18 days later and hasn’t been seen since, clearly not right on the day; well worth another chance given the impression he created on his two previous outings, from a slow-maturing family and always liable to do better with age; will return from a mark of 90.

TO BE WILD (4 br c Big Bad Bob – Fire Up) *****
Form: 5/11-  Trainer: Hugo Palmer  Owner: Carmichael Jennings

Nicely-bred colt who showed plenty to work on when fifth in a 1m maiden at Newmarket on his sole outing at two, belatedly building on that debut promise to comfortably land the odds in a 12f maiden at Ffos Las last July. He made it 2-2 for the season when landing a competitive 12f handicap at Doncaster three months later (6/1 chance), prominent and shaken up to challenge over two furlongs out, showing some signs of inexperience off the bridle but forging clear inside the final furlong to record a 4-length margin of victory over Percy Street. It was a visually taking performance from this colt, still rough around the edges but readily overcoming both that and a mark of 93 to see off a decent bunch of handicappers. He appeals strongly as the type to carry on improving for a while yet and, granted a clearer run with injuries in 2017, can realise his full potential and make his mark in pattern company.

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

PATTERN CLASS

ASTRONOMY’S CHOICE (b f Redoute’s Choice – Astronomy Domine) *****
Form: 1-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Robin Geffen

First foal of a once-raced maiden close relation to French 15f 3yo Group 3 winner Pacifique and a half sister to French 11f 3yo Listed winner Prudenzia (later dam of Irish Oaks winner Chicquita). Made a winning start to her career in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last October (8/1 chance), slowly into stride and waited with in rear, moving closer three furlongs out and ridden to challenge with over a furlong left to run, leading inside the final 100 yards and going on to score by half a length from First Dance. There was much to like about this filly’s performance that day, overcoming a slow start and some signs of inexperience when first off the bridle to get the job done, hitting the line hard. Her pedigree is geared towards middle distances, making her debut success over seven furlongs all the more praiseworthy, and she appeals as the type to develop into a credible Oaks contender.

ATTY PERSSE (b c Frankel – Dorcas Lane) ****
Form: 1-  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Godolphin

First foal of a Group 2/3-placed 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) who made a winning start in a 1m maiden at Sandown last September (10/11 favourite), tracking the leading pair and pulled out to challenge over two furlongs out, showing signs of inexperience initially but knuckling down well once asked for his effort and readily gaining the upper hand inside the final 150 yards to see off Hamada by 1¾ lengths. It was an ultimately impressive performance from this well-bred individual, taking a little while to find top stride but fairly charging up the hill to account for a next-time-out winner with the pair nicely clear of the remainder. His pedigree points to him excelling over middle distances in his second season, out of a high-class performer who improved with time/distance; purchased privately by Godolphin, it’d be disappointing if this son of Frankel couldn’t quickly reach a smart level.

CRACKSMAN (b c Frankel – Rhadegunda) *****
Form: 1-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Half brother to 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Fantastic Moon who made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last October (9/2 chance), racing enthusiastically and dropped in towards the rear of the field, making progress from the three furlong marker and soon on terms, leading entering the final furlong and staying on well to repel the challenge of Wild Tempest and score by 1¼ lengths. It was a hugely likeable debut performance from this son of Frankel, keen early but professional in the heat of battle and extending his advantage close home, clocking a good time in the process. He has the looks to match his smart pedigree, bred to come into his own with age, and that he was able to create such a striking impression first time out says plenty about the ability he possesses; it would be somewhat surprising if his early-season programme wasn’t tailored towards a crack at the Derby.

GLEN SHIEL (ch c Pivotal – Gonfilia) ****
Form: 1-  Trainer: Andre Fabre  Owner: Godolphin SNC

Half brother to useful dual 10f winner Greek War and useful dual 6f 2yo winner Signs In The Sand, out of a smart 6-9f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a sister to several smart performers and a half sister to German dual 12f Group 1 winner Gonbarda (later dam of Farhh and Racing History, both by Pivotal). This colt made a winning start to his career in a 7.5f maiden at Saint-Cloud last November (11/10 market leader), tracking the leaders and travelling smoothly, brought over to the stands’ side rail in the home straight and soon leading, driven out to score by 1¾ lengths from Vue Fantastique. He was far from all out to prevail that day, strong at the finish having travelled comfortably in behind the pace; his dam has so far produced just useful performers at best, but sire Pivotal has worked exceptionally well with the family and this colt rates a smart prospect for the season ahead.

LA COCHERE (b f Le Havre – Lady Meydan) *****
Form: 1-  Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget  Owner: Gerard Augustin-Normand

Second foal of a French 7f 3yo Listed winner who created an excellent impression when making a winning start to her career in a 7.5f fillies’ maiden at Deauville last July (2/5 favourite), slowly into stride and waited with in rear, shaken up inside the two furlong marker and making good progress down the outer, quickening smartly inside the final furlong to lead close home and see off Senga by ¾ length. It was a deeply impressive performance from this filly, fluffing her lines at the start but travelling powerfully off the pace and picking up the eventual runner-up with the minimum amount of fuss inside the final 50 yards. The second placed filly won well next time and subsequently posted an excellent effort in defeat in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac, putting this daughter of Le Havre’s debut performance into perspective; has all the ingredients to become a top-flight performer this season.

SWISS STORM (b c Frankel – Swiss Lake) ****
Form: 71-  Trainer: David Elsworth  Owner: Lordship Stud & David Elsworth

Half brother to high-class sprinters Swiss Spirit, Swiss Diva and Swiss Dream who was sent off the 4/5 market leader for a 6f maiden at Haydock on debut last September, slowly into stride and displaying signs of greenness from the outset, shaken up two furlongs out and making minor progress inside the final furlong to come home seventh of 10 behind Pennsylvania Dutch (beaten 4 lengths). He proved a totally different proposition when landing a 7f maiden at Newbury 16 days later (7/2 chance), soon leading and tanking along at the head of affairs, still on the bit approaching the two furlong marker and quickening clear with one other soon after, strongly pressed inside the final furlong but finding plenty to see off City Of Joy by 1¾ lengths. There was an awful lot to like about the way this colt went about his business that day, travelling powerfully and quickening on request before pulling out plenty when challenged to win going away; an exciting prospect for the season ahead, he ought to find 1m within range.

TALAAYEB (b f Dansili – Rumoush) *****
Form: 1-  Trainer: Owen Burrows  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half sister to very useful 1m 2yo winner Muntazah out of a 1m 1f 3yo Listed winner/Oaks third who was a half sister to 1000 Guineas/Coronation Stakes winner Ghanaati and 12f Group 3 winner Mawatheeq, family of Nashwan and Nayef. Made a winning start to her career in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (well-supported 10/1 chance), restrained into midfield and travelling powerfully throughout, making smooth progress with over a furlong left to run and challenging at the furlong pole, soon leading and clearing away to run out an authoritative 2½-length winner over Neshmeya. It was a visually taking debut performance from this filly, travelling well throughout and coasting into contention, overcoming a slight stumble when delivering her challenge at the furlong marker to win going away; bred in the purple, she looks an exciting addition to the family; will stay 1m at least.

TARTINI (ch c Giant’s Causeway – Vignette) *****
Form: 1-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: George Strawbridge

Half brother to St Leger winner/Derby fourth Lucarno, smart 8-12f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Thought Worthy and smart 1m-2m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Flying Officer. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last October (25/1 chance, hooded), in rear and still well off the pace when pushed along and running green three furlongs out, beginning to get the idea approaching the final furlong and coming with a strong run that carried him into the lead close home, seeing off Dhajeej by half a length. He did incredibly well to cut back the deficit in order to make a winning debut, having plenty on at the top of the straight, not least his own greenness to work through, everything clicking inside the final furlong as he overhauled a more experienced pair that had gained first run (form already working out). This son of Giant’s Causeway is bred to come into his own with time and distance, certain to stay 10f at the very least, and is categorically one to follow.

TEMPLE CHURCH (b c Lawman – All Hallows) ****
Form: 31-  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Patrick Dalby & Richard Schuster

Second foal of an unraced half sister to very smart stayer Allegretto who debuted in a 1m auction maiden at Newbury last August (16/1 chance), racing in behind the leaders and shaken up three furlongs out, making progress with two furlongs left to run and, despite edging left, keeping on well to take third behind Genetics (beaten 4¼ lengths). He confirmed that debut promise when landing a four-runner conditions event over the same course and distance the following month (11/2 chance), close up until taking over with two furlongs left to run, wandering around out in front but doing enough to repel the challenge of next-time-out winner/Racing Post Trophy fourth Raheen House and score by a neck. That he achieved as much as he did at two is to his credit, looking far from the finished article on either start and bred to want a real test of stamina one day; above-average improvement anticipated once tackling 10f+ in his second season, with rain-softened conditions likely to bring out the best in him.

WHITE SATIN DANCER (gr f Oasis Dream – Wild Side) ****
Form: 31-  Trainer: Nicolas Clement  Owner: Markus Jooste & Braam Van Huyssteen

Half sister to Group 1-placed 12-14.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Wild Coco who shaped encouragingly in a five-runner 7f fillies’ Listed event at the Curragh on debut last August (8/1 chance), waited with in touch and travelling smoothly, not getting the clearest of runs over a furlong out and keeping on well to take third behind Hydrangea (beaten 2¾ lengths). She confirmed that initial promise when landing a 1m fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown two and a half months later (4/1 chance), travelling strongly close up and leading with over a furlong left to run, ridden clear inside the final furlong to see off Xenobia by 4¾ lengths. The distaff side of this filly’s pedigree is all about stamina, relishing the additional furlong last time, and she ought to flourish once presented with middle distances this term; has joined this stable following the retirement of previous trainer David Wachman.

MAIDENS

COCONUT CREME (b f Cape Cross – Soft Centre) ****
Form: 5-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd

Half sister to 10f Group 1 Nassau Stakes winner Sultanina who made her debut outing in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Yarmouth last October (12/1 chance), in rear on the far side until making smooth progress over two furlongs out, soon ridden and keeping on steadily thereafter to come home fifth of 14 behind Shutter Speed (beaten 6¾ lengths). It was an encouraging first effort from this filly, not ideally placed as things went, set plenty to do and somewhat isolated as she began her challenge down the centre of the track; from a slow-maturing, if somewhat fragile family, the very best of this daughter of Cape Cross will only start to be seen in her second season; will stay 10f.

CRYSTAL OCEAN (b c Sea The Stars – Crystal Star) *****
Form: 2-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Sir Evelyn de Rothschild

Three-parts brother to very smart 10-12f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Crystal Capella (by Cape Cross) and a half brother to high-class 7-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Hillstar and 10f 3yo Listed winner Crystal Zvezda, out of a 7f 2yo Listed winner. This colt’s sole outing at two came in a 7f maiden at Newbury last September (7/4 market leader), held up in rear and travelling well, shaken up and making progress from the two furlong marker, leading briefly entering the final furlong but having to settle for a neck second to Warrior Spirit. It was an excellent effort in defeat from this son of Sea The Stars, beginning his challenge from a long way back and that perhaps telling, overhauled late by one that had the benefit of previous experience. His pedigree and connections alone point to significant improvement at three, not to mention the vast amount of promise he showed first time out over an inadequate trip; no surprise to see him progress into a pattern-class performer in 2017, when he’ll stay 10f.

EAGLE CREEK (b c Raven’s Pass – Blue Angel) ****
Form: 5-  Trainer: Simon Crisford  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

200,000gns half brother to 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Viren’s Army who made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October (7/2 chance), racing enthusiastically close up and still going easily approaching to the two furlong marker, soon ridden and holding every chance until inside the final furlong when fading into fifth behind Sound Bar (beaten 6¼ lengths). This colt shaped a fair bit better than the bare result suggests, his refusal to settle fully appearing to impact on his finishing effort, considerately handled once his chance had gone. The strength behind him in the market on debut is likely to prove very significant another day, the manner in which he travelled for a good portion of the race marking him down as a potentially useful performer; ought to stay 1m at least.

EVERYTHING FOR YOU (b c Pivotal – Miss Delila) ****
Form: 4-  Trainer: Kevin Ryan  Owner: T A Rahman

75,000gns three-parts brother to connections’ smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) Ashadihan (by Kyllachy) whose only start to date came in a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October (12/1 chance), soon well in rear and showing marked signs of inexperience, driven along at halfway and continuing to run green, finally beginning to learn what was required inside the final furlong and finishing with a flourish to take fourth behind Mirage Dancer (beaten 7 lengths). This colt was clueless for the most part, in rear and going nowhere despite firm driving, but the late work he put in once everything seemed to click offered plenty of encouragement for the future; the type to make swift and pronounced improvement in his second season, he ought to find 1m well within his compass.

GOD GIVEN (b f Nathaniel – Ever Rigg) *****
Form: 33-  Trainer: Luca Cumani  Owner: St Albans Bloodstock Limited

Half sister to King George/Juddmonte International winner Postponed who debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (11/2 chance), racing a little worse than midfield and pushed along from halfway, starting to get the hang of things over a furlong out and keeping on well to take a remote third behind Sobetsu (beaten 12 lengths). She showed the benefit of that experience when contesting a similar event at Yarmouth the following month (4/1 chance), stumbling soon after the start and waited with in midfield, driven along three furlongs out but responding well to take third close home behind Shutter Speed (beaten 3¼ lengths). This filly has shaped as if already in need of a stiffer test, in keeping with her middle distance pedigree, strong at the finish on both outings having been off the bridle sooner than most; very much the type to make marked progress in her second season.

HAJJAM (b g Paco Boy – Amanda Carter) ***
Form: 43–  Trainer: William Knight  Owner: Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah

25,000gns half brother to Listed-placed multiple 7f winner Salateen who shaped with promise on debut in a 7f maiden at Salisbury last September (40/1 chance), racing in midfield and staying on well throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Mucho Applause (beaten 6½ lengths). He showed the benefit of that first outing when finishing third to Across Dubai in a similar event at Lingfield the following month (10/1 chance), close up from the outset but unable to go with the first two home inside the final furlong (beaten 4 lengths). This gelding appeals as the type to do better still in his second season, doing enough in two outings last term to suggest he can win a maiden but likely to come into his own once tackling handicap company after one more run; will stay 1m.

HAWRIDGE FLYER (b c Sir Percy – Strictly Lambada) ****
Form: 3-  Trainer: Stuart Kittow  Owner: Eric Gadsden

70,000gns half brother to Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Last Tango Inparis and 12-14f Flat/2m hurdle winner Sleep Easy, out of a 10.5f 3yo winning half sister to smart triple 10f winner (including twice at Listed level) Marsh Daisy and Group 3/Listed-placed 11.5f 3yo winner Yankee Doodle. This colt made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October (66/1 chance), recovering from a tardy start to race prominently, ridden two furlongs out and keeping on well throughout the final furlong to finish third of 14 behind Sound Bar (beaten 3 lengths). That this son of Sir Percy achieved as much as he did first time out is praiseworthy, bred to come into his own over middle/staying distances in his second season; could prove to be a useful performer for his small but very capable stable.

INCONCEIVABLE (b f Galileo – Mohican Princess) *****
Form: 4–  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: China Horse Club

400,000gns full sister to smart 8.5f-2m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Eye Of The Storm and two other winners and a half sister to several winners, notably the Group 2-placed 6f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Satchem and Group 2/Listed-placed 11.5-14.5f winner Curbyourenthusiasm. This filly’s sole outing at two came in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Chelmsford last November (12/1 chance), pulling hard in rear and still there at the top of the straight, soon ridden and staying on nicely inside the final furlong to take fourth behind Elas Ruby (beaten 3½ lengths). It was a most encouraging first effort from this well-related individual, hopelessly placed as things went but closing up in eyecatching fashion behind a more experienced, better placed trio. Her pedigree is replete with stamina, and the majority of her siblings have improved markedly with age; with a handler that excels with fillies, it would be rather surprising if this daughter of Galileo couldn’t develop into a very useful performer this term.

LETHAL IMPACT (b c Deep Impact – Musical Way) ****
Form: 4–  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

¥180,000,000 full brother to Japanese 10/12f Group 1 winner Mikki Queen who made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newcastle last November (11/2 chance), waited with at the rear of the field until shaken up to move closer with over two furlongs left to run, staying on steadily throughout the final furlong to come home fourth of six behind Stradivarius (beaten 1 length). This colt is almost certain to leave the bare form of that debut effort well behind in due course, only really hitting top stride as the line approached; above-average improvement anticipated once faced with middle distances in his second season, his four winning siblings in Japan all improving with age.

LUNAR JET (ch g Ask – Lightning Jet) ***
Form: 94–  Trainer: John Mackie  Owner: Ladas

Full brother to connections’ fairly useful 10-11.5f 3yo winner Fire Jet who hinted at ability in a pair of maidens at Nottingham (1m) and Wolverhampton (8.5f) last autumn, making modest late gains to finish ninth of 17 to Crowned Eagle on debut prior to a fourth place finish behind wide-margin winner Zumurudee, travelling okay to a point and plugging on in the straight (beaten 11 lengths). This gelding is very much bred to come into his own with time and distance, his year older sister (unraced at two) improving significantly for middle distances/handicap company last term; no surprise to see this son of Ask follow suit once qualified for that sphere after another run.

METEOR LIGHT (b g Clodovil – Nordkappe) ****
Form: 7-  Trainer: Ed Vaughan  Owner: Front Runner Racing – I

26,000gns second foal of a maiden half sister to German 11f Listed winner North Mum whose sole outing at two came in a 7f maiden at Sandown last August (66/1 chance), travelling smoothly in midfield but finding his path blocked when looking to make progress approaching the two furlong marker, short of room again not long after and spared a hard race as he came home in seventh behind Deningy (beaten 9¾ lengths). He shaped much better than his finishing position that day suggests, denied a clear run on a more than one occasion as things developed up ahead, considerately handled once his chance had gone inside the final furlong. There ought to be a fair amount of improvement forthcoming from this son of Clodovil in 2017, likely to stay 1m at least; has been gelded.

MEYANDI (ch c Mount Nelson – Susi Wong) ***
Form: 08-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Mick and Janice Mariscotti

35,000gns half brother to Group 1-placed 7-13.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Buccellati who showed similar form in a pair of 1m maidens at York and Nottingham a month apart last autumn, never involved on debut and then fading from prominence on the second occasion when finishing eighth of 17 to Crowned Eagle (beaten 17 lengths). His handler enjoyed plenty of success with half brother Buccellati, and, for all he no more than hinted at ability in two starts last term, this colt rates the type to do better once upped in distance/moving into handicaps.

NESHMEYA (b f Lawman – High Heeled) ****
Form: 24-  Trainer: Charlie Hills  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

425,000gns half sister to German 1m Listed winner Pabouche who debuted in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (7/4 favourite), close up and ridden to lead briefly inside the final furlong, soon headed by eventual winner Talaayeb and going down by 2½ lengths. She failed to improve as expected when 15/8 market leader for a 1m fillies’ maiden at Yarmouth a month later, prominent on the far side until brought across to join the stands’ side group over two furlongs out, her effort flattening out inside the final furlong as she came home in fourth behind Shutter Speed (beaten 3½ lengths). Out of a high-class middle distance performer for this stable and having plenty about her physically, it would be rather surprising if there wasn’t a lot more to come from this daughter of Lawman in 2017, also remembering the strength behind her in the market on both outings at two; should stay 10f.

PARADISE LAKE (b c Siyouni – Kalandara) ****
Form: 86–  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limted

320,000gns fourth foal of a half sister to Kalanisi who debuted in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last October (14/1 chance), slowly into stride and held up in rear, pushed along over two furlongs out and running green/ill-at-ease on the track, eventually coming home in eighth behind Cape Byron (beaten 7 lengths). His other outing last term came in a similar event at Chelmsford a couple of weeks later (5/1 chance), looking to recover from a tardy start when squeezed out after a furlong, in rear thereafter and then forced wide into the home straight, keeping on inside the final furlong to take sixth behind Mamdood (beaten 6¾ lengths). This colt was unable to reveal the true extent of his capabilities last term, running green and patently not handling the track on debut and then hampered early and forced wide next time; open to above-average improvement his second season, he’ll stay 1m at least.

REALLY SUPER (b f Cacique – Sensationally) ****
Form: 4-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Helena Springfield Ltd

Half sister to useful multiple 8-8.5f 2yo AW winner Greatest Journey who made her debut outing in a 1m 1f maiden at Goodwood last September (20/1 chance), in rear and showing signs of inexperience early on, travelling better than most turning in but having just one rival behind her, making sustained progress from the two furlong marker and staying on strongly to take fourth behind Monarchs Glen (beaten 6 lengths). This filly’s pedigree points to her wanting middle distances at three, going on nicely at the finish on debut having been left poorly placed as the race began to take shape; no surprise to see this daughter of Cacique progress into a very useful performer this season.

REVEREND JACOBS (b c Nathaniel – Light Impact) ***
Form: 67-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Bernard Kantor

50,000gns half brother to useful 12f-2m winner Gang Warfare who caught the eye on debut with the late progress he made from off the pace in a 7f maiden at Sandown last August, but he still looked in need of the experience when failing to improve as expected in a 1m maiden at Haydock the following month (11/4 chance), fading from prominence to finish seventh behind Barney Roy (beaten 7¾ lengths). It was a slightly disappointing effort bearing in mind the promise he’d shown on debut, that initial experience and the additional furlong on offer failing to bring about the anticipated improvement. This colt’s pedigree contains plenty of stamina and as such, it would be something of a surprise if there wasn’t more to come from him once tackling 10f+ handicaps at three.

SANSIBAR JEWEL (b f Street Cry – Irresistible Jewel) *****
Form: 5-  Trainer: Dermot Weld  Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm

Full sister to high-class 10-12f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/Irish Oaks third Princess Highway and a half sister to high-class 14f-2m winner (including the Group 1 Irish St Leger) Royal Diamond and Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Mad About You, out of a Ribblesdale Stakes winner. This well-bred filly’s sole outing to date came in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown last October (10/1 chance), dropped in from her wide draw and racing in mid-division, short of room three furlongs out and pushed along soon after, keeping on from over a furlong out to finish fifth of 19 behind White Satin Dancer (beaten 9½ lengths). She comes from a family that tends to improve with time/distance, shaping in kind on debut, never involved at any stage but closing in come the line; bound to be significant improvement forthcoming from her over middle distances in 2017.

SCOONES (ch c Sepoy – Hannda) ****
Form: 9-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Tim Vestey

Half brother to smart 11-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Seal Of Approval, French 15.5f Listed winner Gale Force, Group 3-placed 6-7f winner Instance and 7f-1m 3yo winner Fly. This well-bred colt made his one and only appearance last term in a 1m maiden at Nottingham in October (16/1 chance), racing in midfield and pushed along passing halfway, losing touch from the two furlong marker and not persevered with as he came home in ninth behind Century Dream (beaten 24 lengths). His pedigree alone points to there being much better to come this season, his notable siblings all slow-maturing types for these connections; no reason he’ll prove to be any different, highly likely to make above-average improvement as he gains experience; ought to stay further than 1m.

SO SLEEK (b f Lawman – So Silk) ****
Form: 43–  Trainer: Luca Cumani  Owner: Lordship Stud

450,000gns half sister to Group 1-placed 12-14.5f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Silk Sari who shaped better than the bare result when a well-held fourth on debut in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Nottingham last October, fitness clearly an issue and considerately handled once held. She showed the benefit of that initial outing in a similar contest at Kempton the following month (16/1 chance), attempting to make all but headed inside the final furlong and having to settle for third behind Golden Nectar (beaten 1¾ lengths). This filly hails from a slow-maturing family her veteran handler knows inside out, merely laying the foundations for her three-year-old campaign last autumn but performing creditably all the same; should be a lot more to come over middle distances in 2017.

STAR ROCK (b f Fastnet Rock – Starfala) ****
Form: 45–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib

Half sister to connections’ useful 13.5-21f winner Star Rider who showed promise in a pair of 1m fillies’ maidens at Newbury and Kempton last autumn, catching the eye on both occasions with how she finished off her race, the one-mile distance on offer providing a wholly inadequate test. This filly’s pedigree is all about stamina, her dam a smart middle distance stayer for connections (runner-up in the 14.5f Group 2 Park Hill Stakes) and her first two foals needing at least 10f in order to get off the mark; open to above-average improvement in her second season.

STONE THE CROWS (b g Cape Cross – Stars In Your Eyes) ***
Form: 42–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Half brother to very useful 7-10f winner Banksea who shaped promisingly in a 1m maiden at Nottingham on debut last November (14/1 chance), prominent from the outset and pushed along with well over two furlongs left to run, short of room approaching the final furlong and plugging on to finish fourth behind Big Challenge (beaten 4½ lengths). He again acquitted himself with credit in defeat when contesting a 10f maiden at Kempton three weeks later (6/1 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling better than most, shaken up two furlongs out and intimidated by a rival when challenging for the runners-up spot soon after, keeping on well to take a 6-length second behind Azam. This gelding still looked rather gawky off the bridle last time, also shaping like one that will stay well; ought to be a good deal more to come this season, particularly once sent handicapping over 12/14f.

SWIFTSURE (b c Dubawi – La Sylphide) ****
Form: 24-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: The Queen

Half brother to US 11f Grade 2 winner Expansion who created a favourable first impression when chasing home Make Time in a 7f maiden at Salisbury last September (6/1 chance), racing in midfield and pushed along over two furlongs out, taking a while to find top stride but keeping on well inside the final furlong to take second close home (beaten 5 lengths). He failed to improve as expected when sent off the 11/8 market leader for a similar event at Doncaster a month later, racing in midfield and pushed along three furlongs out, trying to challenge with two furlongs left to run but edging left and proving one paced inside the final furlong as he came home in fourth behind Hyde Park (beaten 7¾ lengths). This colt is surely better than he showed last time, remembering the immense promise of his debut effort, while he has the looks to match his smart pedigree; ought to stay 1m at the very least.

UAE KING (b c Frankel – Zomaradah) *****
Form: 7-  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Half brother to very smart 6f-1m winner (three times at Group 1 level, including the Irish 2000 Guineas)/Derby third Dubawi, 12f Group 2 winner Emirates Queen and Group 2-placed 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Princess Nada (later dam of Australian 12f Group 3 winner Qewy), out of a high-class 10-11f winner (including at Group 1 level). This colt made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October (7/2 joint-favourite), close up on the near side and travelling smoothly, ridden to challenge two furlongs out but unable to sustain his effort inside the final furlong, coming home seventh of 14 to Rosarno (beaten 6¼ lengths). There’s a very good chance this son of Frankel will leave that debut showing behind right away, shaping as though fitness was the key issue, travelling well for a long way; bred to shine over 10f+, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see him live up to his stellar pedigree.

VALCARTIER (b c Redoute’s Choice – Vadawina) *****
Form: 8-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Godolphin

€950,000 half brother to smart French 9-14f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Vadamar and French 1m 2yo Listed winner Vedouma, out of a French 10f 3yo Group 1 winning half sister to French 10f 3yo Group 1 winner Vazira and high-class French 10.5-11f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Vadapolina. This colt debuted in a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October (7/4 joint-favourite), waited with towards the rear of the field until pulled out and asked for an effort over two furlongs out, rather isolated and fading approaching the final furlong to come home in eighth behind Mirage Dancer (beaten 14 lengths). He is almost certainly better than he showed that day, racing away from the main action which developed on the other side of the track and not persevered with once held. His market position on debut allied with top connections and a first-rate pedigree are all pointers to a bright future for this son of Redoute’s Choice, and no surprise to see him develop into a smart performer in 2017; ought to stay 10f.

WINE LIST (ch g Champs Elysees – Masandra) ****
Form: 6-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Another Bottle Racing 2

50,000gns half brother to very useful 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) Elbreth whose sole outing at two came in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October (8/1 chance), recovering from a sluggish start to race a little worse than midfield and moving closer still with over two furlongs left to run, soon driven along and fading inside the final furlong to come home sixth of 14 to Sound Bar (beaten 6¾ lengths). There was plenty of encouragement to take from this gelding’s debut effort, moving closer from halfway in smooth fashion but unable to sustain his effort; bred to excel with both time and distance, he’ll surely prove capable of a lot better once faced with 10f+ this season.

HANDICAPS

ACROSS DUBAI (b c Cape Cross – Saadiah) *****
Form: 1–  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum

120,000gns second foal of an unraced half sister to smart 10-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Laaheb and very useful 6-7f winner Ruwaiyan (both by Cape Cross) out of an unraced half sister to Luso, Needle Gun and Warrsan. Made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at Lingfield last October (6/1 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling strongly, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong and picking up well to lead inside the final 75 yards and see off Dubai Horizon by a length. It was an impressive performance from this colt, conceding first run to a more experienced rival yet cutting back the deficit inside the final furlong to score with a bit to spare. His pedigree points to him doing better still in his second season, with his sire already enjoying success with this family via aforementioned pair Laaheb and Ruwaiyan; would be sure to make an immediate impact in 1m+ handicaps from an opening mark of 84, but no surprise to see him fast-tracked into better company.

BLACK TRILBY (ch c Helmet – Reine De Romance) *****
Form: 737-  Trainer: Clive Cox  Owner: Alan Spence

54,000gns half brother to fairly useful 7.5-8.5f winner Thorkhill Star who showed promise amidst greenness on debut when seventh to Thunder Snow in a 6f maiden at Leicester last May, and he duly built on that when third behind Lockheed in a 7f maiden at Glorious Goodwood a couple of months later. He couldn’t quite maintain his race-to-race progress when finishing seventh of 14 to Rivet in the valuable 7f Convivial Maiden Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting three weeks on, close up/disputing until ridden and beginning to lose his place when hampered over a furlong out, making no impression thereafter (beaten 5½ lengths). That this colt was so highly tried the last twice says plenty about the regard in which he is held, shaping particularly well second time out; an opening mark of 79 looks none too prohibitive where handicaps are concerned, a cracking prospect for that sphere; should stay 1m.

BRIMHAM ROCKS (b g Fastnet Rock – Colima) ****
Form: 808-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Mr and Mrs David Aykroyd

First foal of a Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner who was merely gaining experience in a trio of outings at two, making late progress into midfield on debut in a 7f maiden at Chepstow last September but beating just rival home in a similar event at Salisbury a couple of weeks later, signing off with an eighth place finish behind Tartini in a 1m maiden at Nottingham. His pedigree suggests that he’ll be seen to much better effect once the emphasis is on stamina, finding 7f/1m a wholly inadequate test but inexperience also holding him back; handed an opening mark of 62, this son of Fastnet Rock will likely prove a different proposition in 10f+ handicaps this term; has been gelded.

BUZZ (gr c Motivator – Tiysha) ****
Form: 51–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Bevan, Pickford & Angliss

€13,000 first foal of an unraced half sister to French 10/10.5f Group 3 winner Tashelka who debuted in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last November (50/1 chance), racing with zest in midfield and pushed along over three furlongs out, coming under nothing more than a hand ride as he kept on throughout the final two furlongs to finish fifth behind Big Challenge (beaten 4½ lengths). He built on that initial promise to land a 1m median auction maiden at Kempton the following month (3/1 market leader), settled in behind the leaders and travelling nicely, ridden two furlongs out and staying on well to lead inside the final 100 yards and run out a 2¼-length winner over Dubaitwentytwenty. It probably wasn’t much of a race, but this colt confirmed the good impression he’d created first time out, again strong at the finish; bred to excel over 10f+, he ought to make an impact in handicaps from an initial mark of 78.

CASTELLATED (b f Teofilo – Portal) ***
Form: 331-  Trainer: Richard Hannon  Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Half sister to Group 3-placed 8-12f winner/St Leger fourth Windshear who shaped promisingly on debut when third of six to Coronet in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Leicester last September, and she more or less matched that effort when filling the same position in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton a couple of weeks later, clearly inconvenienced by the step back in trip. She came good at the third time of asking in a 10f maiden at Bath the following month (7/2 chance), waited with in midfield until moving closer with half a mile left to run, ridden two furlongs out and finding plenty to lead close home and deny Vantage Point by a nose. The bare form of what this filly achieved in maidens is nothing more than fair, but an opening mark of 73 reflects that and she’s one to follow 12/14f in handicaps.

ENABLE (b f Nathaniel – Concentric) *****
Form: 1–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Half sister to Group 3-placed French 12-15f winner Contribution and useful 8-8.5f AW winner Tournament, out of a French 10f 3yo Listed winning sister to high-class 10-12.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/French Oaks runner-up Dance Routine (later dam of Flintshire) and a half sister to smart French 8-8.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Apsis. This filly made a winning start to her career in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Newcastle last November (7/2 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling strongly, making smooth progress two furlongs out and shaken up to challenge approaching the final furlong, soon leading and staying on strongly to score by 3¾ lengths from Gallifrey. It was an impressive debut performance from this well-related sort, travelling powerfully throughout and forging clear inside the final furlong to readily dispatch a next-time-out winner (fourth also a winner since); handed an initial mark of 84, she’s open to significant improvement over middle distances in 2017.

EYNHALLOW (b g Nathaniel – Ronaldsay) ****
Form: 447-  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Bob McCreery & Partners

Half brother to Group 1-placed 6-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Gale Force Ten who shaped with plenty of promise on debut in a 7f maiden at Sandown last August, waited with in midfield and pushed along well over two furlongs out, making steady progress thereafter to come home in fourth behind Deningy (beaten 3¾ lengths). However, he didn’t progress as expected on his next two starts, never quite going the pace when fourth to Zainhom in a 7f maiden at York the following month and signing off with a seventh place finish in a similar event at Leicester five weeks later. For all he’s a half brother to a high-class sprinter/miler, both his sire and dam are influences for stamina, certain to stay 10f at least this term; handed a mark of 73 with which to go handicapping, he appeals as the type to do very well in that sphere; has been gelded since last seen.

FIRST NATION (b c Dubawi – Moyesii) *****
Form: 61–  Trainer: Charlie Appleby  Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to St Leger/Hong Kong Vase winner Mastery who stepped up on his debut effort to land an 8.5f maiden at Wolverhampton last November (4/1 chance), travelling well close up and taking over with two furlongs left to run, coming clear inside the final furlong and eased close home to score by 2¾ lengths from Wild Shot. It is likely he accounted for nothing more than an average bunch that day, but he was vastly superior to them in every way, travelling much the best throughout and afforded the luxury of being eased down as the line approached. This colt’s pedigree alone suggests the best is very much yet to come, with an opening mark of 83 likely underestimating him by some considerable margin; open to significant improvement over middle distances in that sphere in 2017.

GLORIOUS FOREVER (ch c Archipenko – Here To Eternity) ****
Form: 41-  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Kangyu International Racing (HK) Limited

110,000gns full brother to smart 8-8.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) Time Warp who debuted in a 7f maiden at Redcar last August (12/1 chance), waited with in rear and travelling smoothly, shaken up two furlongs out and keeping on steadily under hands-and-heels riding to finish fourth behind Davy’s Dilemma (beaten 3 lengths). He confirmed that debut promise when landing an 8.5f maiden at Windsor five weeks later (13/8 market leader), travelling powerfully at the head of affairs and cranking things up a notch approaching the two furlong marker, running green once asked for his effort over a furlong out and forced to fight to repel the challenge of Jewel House by a neck. This colt looked in complete control for much of the way last time, residual greenness from that kind introduction at Redcar allowing the runner-up to join him inside the final furlong, asserting close home; an opening mark of 81 looks potentially lenient, open to above-average improvement at three; may prove best at/around 1m.

IMPHAL (b g Nathaniel – Navajo Rainbow) ***
Form: 007–  Trainer: Marcus Tregoning  Owner: Mrs Heather Slade

75,000gns half brother to very useful 5-9f winner (including twice at Listed level) Navajo Chief who was quite clearly brought along with handicaps in mind last term, finishing 10th of 13 on debut in a traditionally strong 7f maiden at Glorious Goodwood last July and following that with a 12th of 14 finish in a 7f maiden at Sandown the following month. His third and qualifying run came in a similar event at Kempton a couple of months later (66/1 chance), racing on the outer in midfield until shaken up and losing his position at the top of the straight, eventually coming home last of seven behind Dick Tracy (beaten 14½ lengths). He is sure to be seen to better effect in handicaps this term from an opening mark of 57, likely to be suited by middle distances in the long run; gelded since last seen.

MAGIC BEANS (br g Pastoral Pursuits – Jasmeno) ****
Form: 076–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: MNC Racing

Second foal of a 12-14f winning half sister to Group 3-placed 7f-1m winner Sagramor who improved with each start at two, failing to beat a rival home on debut in a 1m 1f maiden at Goodwood last September but faring slightly better when seventh of nine to Pivoine in a 1m maiden at Kempton 10 days later (beaten 12 lengths). His best effort came on his third and qualifying run in a similar event at Lingfield a month later (66/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and shaken up over two furlongs out, making steady but sustained progress throughout the final furlong to come home in sixth behind Melting Dew (beaten 6¾ lengths). The surface has barely been scratched with this gelding, learning all the while in maidens and hopelessly placed when the dash for home began last time, needing a stiffer test; allocated a mark of 62, he’s liable to come good in a big way in 10f+ handicaps in 2017.

MAKKAAR (b c Raven’s Pass – Beneventa) ****
Form: 331-  Trainer: Mark Johnston  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

85,000gns half brother to smart 7-9f winner (including three times at Group 2 level) Bow Creek who offered encouragement in maidens at Beverley (7.5f) and Leicester (7f) prior to putting that experience to good use when making all to land a 7f maiden at Newmarket 17 days later, scoring by 1¾ lengths from Top Mission. It’s true to say this colt had a fitness/experience advantage over all his rivals last time, but he did it well and continued his gradual race-to-race progression in the process. He appeals as the type to improve further now eligible for handicaps, handed an opening mark of 84 for that sphere; not beyond the realms of possibility he could make up into a Britannia contender this summer (half brother Bow Creek finished second in the 2014 renewal); will stay 1m.

MOJITO (b c Requinto – Narva) *****
Form: 31–  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Carmichael Jennings

€320,000 second foal of an unraced half sister to Group 3/Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Gold Bubbles who debuted in a 7f maiden at York last October (3/1 joint-favourite), waited with in rear and last when shaken up two furlongs out, staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to take third behind Gulliver (beaten 3 lengths). He duly confirmed that promise in a 1m maiden at Newcastle three weeks later (1/2 market leader), waited with towards the rear of the field and travelling strongly, shaken up two furlongs out and making good progress to lead entering the final furlong, forging clear to score by 2¼ lengths from Somnambulist. There is much to like about this son of Requinto, a strapping sort physically who has hit the line hard on both outings to date; an opening mark of 83 looks a fair starting point where handicaps are concerned, the type to reach a smart level in that sphere in no time at all.

MR MAC (b g Makfi – Veronica Franco) ***
Form: 069–  Trainer: Peter Hedger  Owner: P C F Racing Ltd

Half brother to several winners for these connections including fairly useful pair Franco Is My Name (9.5-11f) and Francos Secret (7-8.5f), and he hinted at ability on his second start in a 1m maiden at Kempton last October (66/1 chance), tracking the leaders and more or less holding his position until losing ground close home as he finished sixth of nine to Pivoine (beaten 9¾ lengths). He was never involved when ninth of 12 to Daschas in a 7f maiden back there a couple of months later, waited with and always towards the rear; handed a mark of 59 for handicap company, this gelding appeals as the type to be seen to much better effect in that sphere; likely to stay 1m at least.

NAVAL WARFARE (b c Born To Sea – Three Days In May) ****
Form: 421-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

€105,000 half brother to Group 1-placed 7-8.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Gregorian who was unable to justify favouritism on debut in a 7f maiden at Sandown last July, showing the benefit for that outing when run down only late in the piece by next-time-out nursery winner Maths Prize in a 7.5f maiden at Ffos Las two and a half weeks later. He came good at the third time of asking in a 7f maiden at Ayr a couple of months later (2/1 market leader), travelling nicely in behind the pacesetter and shaken up to lead well over a furlong out, keeping on well for pressure despite edging right to see off next-time-out winner Saint Equiano by ¾ length. He put down solid foundations last term for a handicapping campaign this time around, handed a mark of 84 for that sphere; will stay 1m.

POETIQUE (ch c Halling – Lyrique) *****
Form: 1–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Godolphin

Second foal of a 1m 3yo winning half sister to high-class 10-12.5f winner (including at Grade 1 level) Debussy who made a winning debut in a 1m maiden at Newcastle last December (4/5 favourite), recovering from a slow start to track the leaders, travelling strongly into contention with two furlongs left to run and ridden to lead over a furlong out, clearing right away inside the final furlong to score by 8 lengths from stablemate Oxford Thinking. For all it was probably a case of style over substance, this colt could hardly have impressed more with how he went about things on debut, having to overcome initial signs of inexperience off the bridle before fairly powering clear. It’s almost certain he’ll have a higher calling than handicaps, but it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this sizeable individual brought along steadily and begin his three-year-old campaign in that sphere from a mark of 88; will stay 10f.

RED LABEL (b c Dubawi – Born Something) ****
Form: 31-  Trainer: Luca Cumani  Owner: Jon S Kelly

375,000gns half brother to Listed-placed UAE 10f 3yo winner Tarbawi who shaped well when third of 10 to Time Zone in a 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut last September, confirming that initial promise in a 1m maiden at Leicester the following month (5/1 chance), coming with a strong and sustained challenge to lead approaching the final furlong but forced to pull out plenty in order to see off X Rated by 1½ lengths. This colt looked a ‘work in progress’ on both starts last term, taking a while to master the runner-up last time but showing a willing attitude to get the job done in the end, with both that rival and the sixth placed horse (First Nation) winners since. He appeals as the type that will improve significantly on what he achieved last year, an opening mark of 81 allowing him to start out at a sensible level in handicap company and work his way up the ladder; ought to stay 10f at least.

RIPP ORF (b g Rip Van Winkle – Barzah) ****
Form: 342–  Trainer: David Elsworth  Owner: C Benham/K Quinn/L Quinn/D Elsworth

50,000gns half brother to connections’ Listed-placed 7f-1m winner Speculative Bid who shaped with promise on all three outings in a trio of 6f maidens at Kempton last autumn, in rear and staying on strongly to take third close home behind Dagonet on debut in October before shaping in similar fashion when fourth of 11 to Hathiq the following month. His third and final outing of last season came in a median auction event a further month on (5/2 chance), racing in midfield and shaken up passing the two furlong marker, staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to take a length second behind Fivetwoeight. This gelding appeals as the type to do a good deal better in his second season once tackling 7f+, only finding top stride as the line approached on each of his three outings over six furlongs at two; handed an opening mark of 75, there should be much more to come in handicaps.

SAINT EQUIANO (b c Equiano – St Athan) ****
Form: 021-  Trainer: Keith Dalgleish  Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

€45,000 first foal of an unraced half sister to 1m 3yo Listed winner Nantyglo who failed to live up to market expectations (3/1 joint-favourite) when beating just one rival home on debut in a 6f maiden at Carlisle last June, faring much better in a 7f maiden at Ayr (in a hood) three months later when chasing home Naval Warfare. He made it third time lucky in a 6f maiden back there the following month (2/1 chance, hood dispensed with), tanking along at the head of affairs and shaken up approaching the final furlong, readily drawing clear and allowed the luxury of being eased down inside the final 100 yards as he came home 2¾ lengths clear of Midaawi. Whilst this colt undoubtedly beat a modest bunch last time he did so with the minimum amount of fuss, confirming the promise of his previous outing; should be even more to come in handicaps this term from an initial mark of 83.

SEE OF ROME (gr c Pour Moi – Balandra) ***
Form: 344-  Trainer: Richard Hughes  Owner: John & Jordan Lund

75,000gns second foal of a maiden half sister to smart 10-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer who shaped similarly in three outings in the space of a month last autumn, faring best of the newcomers when third in a 1m maiden at Salisbury last September and signing off with fourth place finishes at Goodwood (1m 1f) and Newbury (1m). His pedigree is replete with stamina and he shaped in kind last term, strong at the finish on all three starts; very much the type to do better in 10f+ handicaps at three from an initial mark of 76.

SOCRATES (b g Dick Turpin – Lisathedaddy) ***
Form: 068–  Trainer: Daniel Kubler  Owner: Wilbart Racing

Half brother to dual 10f winner Who’sthedaddy and 10-12f Flat/2m 4f hurdle winner Lisa’s Legacy who failed to beat a rival home on debut at Ascot last September, but he showed some improvement in a 7f maiden at Kempton a couple of months later, considerately handled as he came home in sixth behind Leshlaa (beaten 9 lengths). His third and final outing of the season came in a 6f maiden back there seven days later (33/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and nudged along from the two furlong pole, becoming steadily outpaced and finishing eighth of 11 behind Al Reeh (beaten 12 lengths). The step back in distance last time wouldn’t have been in this gelding’s favour, ridden very much with an eye on his prospective handicap mark in any case; handed an official rating of 66, he’ll be seen in a much more favourable light now qualified for that sphere; ought to stay 1m at least.

TAWAAFOQ (b g Showcasing – Gilt Linked) ****
Form: 648-  Trainer: Richard Hannon  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

330,000gns half brother to Group 3-placed 5-7f winner Lincoln who debuted in a 6f maiden at Salisbury last July, taking a fierce grip in midfield and moving through to dispute the lead briefly two furlongs out, soon headed and dropping away inside the final furlong to finish sixth behind Shozita (beaten 5¾ lengths). His refusal to settle was also feature of his other two outings last term, fourth in a 6f maiden at Newmarket (July) the following month before signing off with an eighth place finish in a 7f maiden at York last October, travelling well close up but failing to see things out (beaten 6¾ lengths). The fact he has been gelded since comes as no surprise, much too keen to have a meaningful impact on proceedings in his first season; potentially ‘thrown in’ from an opening mark of 71 if the gelding operation has the desired effect, bred to be useful (dam a half sister to Chil The Kite and Pastoral Player).

TOMSAMCHARLIE (b c Nathaniel – Windy Britain) ****
Form: 805–  Trainer: Gary Moore  Owner: Paul Mott

30,000gns half brother to Group 3/Listed-placed Italian 7-9f winner Kadabra and useful triple 1m AW winner Windy Citi who shaped like a long-term project on all three outings at two, uncompetitive in maidens at Goodwood (1m 1f) or Newbury (1m) last October. He offered his first bit of encouragement in a 10f maiden at Kempton the following month (100/1 chance), held up in last a long way off the pace, shaken up at the two furlong marker and making steady but sustained progress thereafter to finish in fifth behind Azam (beaten 11 lengths). This colt was quite clearly brought along with handicaps in mind at two, rushed through maidens in order to acquire a mark; handed an official rating of 68, there ought to be much better to come in that sphere over middle distances this term.

TRIBUTE ACT (b f Exceed And Excel – Sister Act) *****
Form: 1–  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Elite Racing Club

Half sister to dual 10f Group 1 winner Ribbons who made a successful start to her career in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton last October (13/2 chance), racing in midfield and shaken up over two furlongs out, showing signs of inexperience off the bridle initially but picking up well approaching the final furlong, leading inside the final 100 yards and scoring by ¾ length from Golden Nectar. This filly won with a bit more in hand than the bare margin implies, running green and appearing to idle once working her way to the front, always doing enough to account for a next-time-out winner (fourth also a winner since). She comes from a good family that has served connections well, and while an opening mark of 75 will almost certainly see her begin 2017 in handicap company, it’d come as no surprise to see this daughter of Exceed And Excel competing for black type honours come the end of the season.

WALTER RALEIGH (b c Nathaniel – Regrette Rien) ****
Form: 91–  Trainer: John Ryan  Owner: Alan Dee & Graham Smith Bernal

45,000gns half brother to the stable’s 7f 2yo Group 2 winner Silver Grecian who debuted in a 5f maiden at Newmarket last May (33/1 chance), waited with and unsurprisingly found wanting for pace/know-how as he came home last of nine behind Global Applause (beaten 18 lengths). He showed the benefit for both that experience and the step up in distance when landing a 1m maiden at Chelmsford three months later (8/1 chance), close up and travelling strongly, shaken up two furlongs out and responding well for pressure to lead inside the final 150 yards, seeing off Al Hamdany by 2 lengths (pair clear). He wasn’t seen again thereafter for whatever reason, but the runner-up has since won a nursery from a mark of 79 and finished second at Listed level, leaving this colt looking handily treated on a mark of 84; scope for above-average improvement in his second season, certain to stay 10f.

UNRACED

There are always those that fail to make it to the track at two for one reason or another. Listed below is a selection of well-bred and/or highly-regarded, unraced three-year-olds worth noting for the 2017 Flat season.

Sir Michael Stoute looks to have a particularly nice bunch of three-year-olds for the season ahead, and an unraced trio worth keeping a close eye on are: Abjar (24/2 b c Nathaniel – Kinnaird), a 525,000gns half brother to smart 7-11.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Berkshire, Listed-placed 8-10.5f winner Abdon and 10-12f 3yo winner Keenes Royale (later dam of dual 6f 2yo Group 2 winner/2000 Guineas third Ivawood), out of a 10f Group 1 Prix de l’Opera winner; Mori (1/2 b f Frankel – Midday), a three-parts sister to Group 2-placed 8-10f winner (including at Group 3 level) Midterm (by Galileo) out of a six-time 10/12f Group 1 winning sister to 10f 3yo winners Atone, Popular and Shoal and a half sister to Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3 level) Hot Snap; and Queen’s Castle (11/4 b f Dansili – Queen’s Best), a full sister to 10f Grade 1 Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Queen’s Trust and useful dual 7f 3yo winner Royal Seal, out of a Group 2-placed 6-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half sister to nine winners, most notably French 12f Listed scorer Reverie Solitaire.

William Haggas has a surfeit of unraced talent to unleash from his Somerville Lodge base this term, chief among them: Awaafy (21/2 b f Street Cry – Ethaara), a full sister to smart 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Etaab and a half sister to useful triple 1m 3yo winner Estiqaama, out of a 6f Listed winning close relation to 7f 2yo Listed winner Mudaaraah and Group 3/Listed-placed dual 7f winner Muwaary and a half sister to 7f 2yo Listed winner Sudoor; Stellenbosch (9/3 b c High Chaparral – Serisia), a €420,000 full brother to high-class UK/Australian 8.5-10f winner (including twice at Group 1 level) Contributer and a half brother to four winners including Listed-placed French 7f 3yo winner Saimaa, out of a French 10f 3yo Group 3 winning half sister to Group 3-placed French 5.5-7f winner (including at Listed level) Mayyadah; and The Grand Visir (12/3 b c Frankel – Piping), a €750,000 half brother to French 11f 3yo winner Phedre out of an unraced half sister to Arc winner Sagamix, French 10f 2yo Group 1 winner/Arc third Sagacity, French 12f 3yo Group 3 winner Sage Et Jolie and to the dam of Secret Gesture.

Another top Newmarket handler with a plentiful supply of well-bred, unraced three-year-olds to go to war with this season is John Gosden, and a couple of fillies under his care worth looking out for are: Madeenaty (26/4 b f Dansili – Mooakada), a full sister to smart 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Mahsoob out of a Listed-placed 1m 2yo winning three-parts sister to very useful triple 12f 3yo winner Rewaaya out of a once-raced daughter of a 7f 2yo Group 3 winner/1000 Guineas third; and Present Tense (30/1 b f Bated Breath – Zenda), a three-parts sister to 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Remote (by Dansili) and a half sister to top-class miler Kingman, out of a French 1000 Guineas winning half sister to top-class sprinter Oasis Dream and dual 1m Listed winner Hopeful Light.

Others from various different stables worthy of a mention are: Dermot Weld’s Asmat (12/2 b f Dansili – Askeria), a half sister to 1m 3yo winner Ashraf out of a maiden close relation to very smart 7-12f winner (including four times at Group 1 level)/2000 Guineas third Azamour and a half sister to Irish 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Arazan; the Ralph Beckett-trained Belle Above All (25/2 ch f New Approach – Foodbroker Fancy), a full sister to Listed-placed 7f-1m winner Pretzel and a half sister to Group 2-placed UK/US 7-12f winner (including at Grade 3/Listed level) Dalvina, 10f 3yo Listed winner Soft Centre and 10.5f 3yo Listed winner French Dressing, out of a dual 10f 3yo Listed winner; and the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Dubai Thunder (27/2 b c Dubawi – Gonbarda), a half brother to top-class 7-10f winner (including the Lockinge/Champion Stakes) Farhh, Group 1-placed 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 3 level) Racing History and Listed-placed multiple 1m winner Basem, out of a German dual 12f Group 1 winning sister to German 1m Listed winner Gorlor and a half sister to several winners, notably smart duo Gonfilia and Gonlargo.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Forever Song (30/3 b c Dubawi – Echoes In Eternity), a half brother to smart 9f-2m Flat (including at Group 3/Listed level)/2m-2m 4f hurdle winner Whispering Gallery, Listed-placed dual 7f 2yo winner Sound Reflection and useful 7f-1m 2yo winner Yodelling, out of a high-class 8-14.5f winner (including twice at Group 2 level) who was a half sister to Nathaniel and Great Heavens; William Muir’s Hollander (6/5 ch c Dutch Art – Thrill), a 160,000gns half brother to 5-6f winner Effusive out of a dual 7f winning sister to 7f 3yo Group 3 winner/1000 Guineas fourth Infallible (later dam of Intrinsic and Mutakayyef) and Group 3-placed dual 6f winner Watchable and a three-parts sister to the dam of French 6.5f Group 1 winner Garswood (by Dutch Art); and the James Fanshawe-trained Jafetica (15/3 ch f New Approach – Fann), a 100,000gns full sister to Group 3/Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner Future Empire and a close relation to Group 3-placed German 8-11f winner (including twice at Listed level) Black Arrow and 8-12f Flat/2m 1f-2m 5f hurdle winner Muhtaris (both by Teofilo), out of a Listed-placed 1m 1f 3yo winner.

The Jamie Osborne-trained Long John Silver (22/3 b c Rip Van Winkle – Tropical Lady), a €160,000 half brother to very useful dual 1m winner Von Blucher and Irish 7f 3yo winner Tropical Mist, out of a high-class Irish 7-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a half sister to Listed-placed Irish 8-12f winner Primohbhean and Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner Wilamina; Simon Crisford’s Molhib (10/4 b c Dream Ahead – Go Lovely Rose), a 60,000gns half brother to Group 3-placed French 10.5-12f winner Game Zone out of a French 7.5f 3yo winning sister to very smart 6.5f-1m winner (including twice at Group 1 level) Immortal Verse and a half sister to useful 6f-1m winner Keep Discovering and French dual 7.5f 3yo winner Letthemusictakeus; and the Willie McCreery-trained Naturalist (3/5 b c Nathaniel – Vassiana), a close relation to 1m 3yo winner Valtina (by Teofilo) and a half brother to smart Irish 6-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Girouette, Group 3/Listed-placed French 7.5f-1m winner Prince D’Alienor and Listed-placed 7f 3yo winner Paraphernalia, out of a Listed-placed French 1m 3yo winner.

The Roger Charlton-trained Princess De Lune (9/3 gr f Shamardal – Princess Serena), a full sister to Group 1-placed Australian 7-13f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Puissance De Lune and a half sister to four winners including the dam of Rizeena, out of a winning daughter of a sister to eleven-time US Grade 1 winner Serena’s Song; Jim Bolger’s Ringside Support (5/5 b c Teofilo – Halla Siamsa), a full brother to very smart 6-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Parish Hall, Listed-placed 9-10f winner Siamsaiocht and very useful 1m 2yo winner Hall Of Fame, out of a 10f 3yo winning half sister to high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/Irish Derby third Light Heavy (by Teofilo); and finally the David Simcock-trained Stockton (27/4 b c Galileo – Walklikeanegyptian), a full brother to high-class 7-10f winner (including at Grade 1 level) Deauville and smart 10-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) The Corsican, out of a Grade 3-placed UK/US 5-9f winner who was closely related to smart 8-11f winner (including the Group 2 Italian Oaks) Contredanse and Canadian 8.5f Group 2 winner Callwood Dancer.

OLDER HORSES

61- AMAZING RED (Ed Dunlop)
4ARTSCAPE (Dean Ivory)
1431- EL VIP (Luca Cumani)
211- KHAIRAAT (Sir Michael Stoute)
1- KHARBETATION (David O’Meara)
947/1LUGANO (Sir Mark Prescott)
61/0- MARYLEBONE (Ed Walker)
321431MAZZINI (James Fanshawe)
1/20- NEXT STAGE (Saeed Bin Suroor)
5/11- TO BE WILD (Hugo Palmer)

PATTERN CLASS

1- ASTRONOMY’S CHOICE (John Gosden)
1- ATTY PERSSE (Roger Charlton)
1- CRACKSMAN (John Gosden)
1- GLEN SHIEL (Andre Fabre)
1- LA COCHERE (Jean-Claude Rouget)
71- SWISS STORM (David Elsworth)
1- TALAAYEB (Owen Burrows)
1- TARTINI (John Gosden)
31- TEMPLE CHURCH (Hughie Morrison)
31- WHITE SATIN DANCER (Nicolas Clement)

MAIDENS

5- COCONUT CREME (William Haggas)
2- CRYSTAL OCEAN (Sir Michael Stoute)
5- EAGLE CREEK (Simon Crisford)
4- EVERYTHING FOR YOU (Kevin Ryan)
33- GOD GIVEN (Luca Cumani)
43HAJJAM (William Knight)
3- HAWRIDGE FLYER (Stuart Kittow)
4INCONCEIVABLE (Ralph Beckett)
4LETHAL IMPACT (David Simcock)
94LUNAR JET (John Mackie)
7- METEOR LIGHT (Ed Vaughan)
08- MEYANDI (Andrew Balding)
24- NESHMEYA (Charlie Hills)
86PARADISE LAKE (Sir Michael Stoute)
4- REALLY SUPER (Ralph Beckett)
67- REVEREND JACOBS (William Haggas)
5- SANSIBAR JEWEL (Dermot Weld)
9- SCOONES (James Fanshawe)
43SO SLEEK (Luca Cumani)
45STAR ROCK (Hughie Morrison)
42STONE THE CROWS (Roger Charlton)
24- SWIFTSURE (Sir Michael Stoute)
7- UAE KING (Roger Varian)
8- VALCARTIER (John Gosden)
6- WINE LIST (Andrew Balding)

HANDICAPS

1ACROSS DUBAI (William Haggas)
737- BLACK TRILBY (Clive Cox)
808- BRIMHAM ROCKS (Ralph Beckett)
51BUZZ (Hughie Morrison)
331- CASTELLATED (Richard Hannon)
1ENABLE (John Gosden)
447- EYNHALLOW (Roger Charlton)
61FIRST NATION (Charlie Appleby)
41- GLORIOUS FOREVER (Ed Walker)
007IMPHAL (Marcus Tregoning)
076MAGIC BEANS (Hughie Morrison)
331- MAKKAAR (Mark Johnston)
31MOJITO (William Haggas)
069MR MAC (Peter Hedger)
421- NAVAL WARFARE (Andrew Balding)
1POETIQUE (John Gosden)
31- RED LABEL (Luca Cumani)
342RIPP ORF (David Elsworth)
021- SAINT EQUIANO (Keith Dalgleish)
344- SEE OF ROME (Richard Hughes)
068SOCRATES (Daniel Kubler)
648- TAWAAFOQ (Richard Hannon)
805TOMSAMCHARLIE (Gary Moore)
1TRIBUTE ACT (James Fanshawe)
91WALTER RALEIGH (John Ryan)

UNRACED

ABJAR (Sir Michael Stoute)
ASMAT (Dermot Weld)
AWAAFY (William Haggas)
BELLE ABOVE ALL (Ralph Beckett)
DUBAI THUNDER (Saeed Bin Suroor)
FOREVER SONG (Charlie Appleby)
HOLLANDER (William Muir)
JAFETICA (James Fanshawe)
LONG JOHN SILVER (Jamie Osborne)
MADEENATY (John Gosden)
MOLHIB (Simon Crisford)
MORI (Sir Michael Stoute)
NATURALIST (Willie McCreery)
PRESENT TENSE (John Gosden)
PRINCESS DE LUNE (Roger Charlton)
QUEEN’S CASTLE (Sir Michael Stoute)
RINGSIDE SUPPORT (Jim Bolger)
STELLENBOSCH (William Haggas)
STOCKTON (David Simcock)
THE GRAND VISIR (William Haggas)

© Daniel Briden

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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