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Horse Racing: Daniel Briden’s Horses To Follow 2018 – Flat

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Last year’s list proved to be a mixed bag, though it did at least feature Group 1 scorers Cracksman and Enable, who, rather embarrassingly, was included in the handicap section! Indeed, it was that particular set of horses that helped the list show a reasonable enough profit of £17.90 to a £1 stake at ISP. Others that served the 2017 edition well were Atty Persse, Brimham Rocks, Crystal Ocean, Eynhallow, First Nation, God Given, Imphal, Star Rock and Talaayeb. Hopefully this year’s version can turn a healthy profit.

OLDER HORSES

ALAADEL (5 ch g Dubawi – Infallible)
Form: 582241-  Trainer: Stuart Williams  Owner: Tom Morley

Well-bred gelding who belatedly made a winning debut in a 6f maiden at Doncaster last May (for William Haggas), failing to land a blow on his first two attempts in handicap company but shaping much better the next twice, arriving just too late when runner-up in 6f events at Ffos Las and Ascot. Having failed to see things out over 7f back at Ascot next time, he signed off with victory in a 6f handicap at Newbury last October, travelling strongly under a patient ride and making smooth progress two furlongs out, keeping on well to lead close home and deny Baron Bolt by half a length. He was bought for 90,000gns at auction 72 hours later and appeals as the type to flourish in his new surroundings, still having room for improvement from his revised mark of 85 after just a handful of runs. By no means straightforward (wears a tongue tie/blinkers and can flatter to deceive), but this half brother to 2014 Stewards’ Cup winner Intrinsic appeals as the type thrive with racing/when having a strong pace to aim at.

BUZZ (4 gr g Motivator – Tiysha)
Form: 51/02-  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Bevan, Pickford & Angliss

Finished off strongly to land a 1m median auction maiden at Kempton in December 2016, but things didn’t go according to plan on his return to action in a 10f handicap at Windsor five months later, hampered/stumbling on the bend and never able to get back on terms. His only other outing to date came in a similar event at Sandown a couple of months later, travelling smoothly in midfield and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, staying on well to draw clear with Eynhallow inside the final furlong but finding that rival 2¾ lengths too good come the line. A stress fracture of the knee brought his 2017 campaign to a premature end, but he always appealed as the sort to do better still as a four-year-old, with a 5lb rise for that Sandown effort unlikely to halt his progress; has been gelded.

DARK PEARL (4 b g Born To Sea – Luanas Pearl)
Form: 32137-  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: OTI Racing & Chi Un Fred Ma

Shaped well on debut in a 10f maiden at Newbury last May and came good at the third time of asking in a 12f contest at Chepstow a month later, making all and readily dispatching a trio of rivals. He performed with credit on both subsequent outings in handicap company, travelling strongly when third to Royal Associate at Ascot (12f) last July prior to a seventh place finish in the Melrose Handicap (14f) at York the following month, again travelling well but his cause not helped by challenging away from where the main action unfolded (beaten 6¼ lengths). This son of Born To Sea gives the firm impression the best is yet to come, having untapped potential as a stayer and travelling the last twice like one that will prove a fair bit better than his current mark of 82; gelded since last seen.

KILOWATT (4 ch g Power – Bogside Theatre)
Form: 822212-  Trainer: Tim Easterby  Owner: Geoff & Sandra Turnbull

Half brother to very useful middle distance performer Lord Yeats who, after three consecutive second place finishes in 10/12f maidens, showed there was little wrong with his attitude when outpointing Londinium to land a 12f handicap at Ripon last June. His only subsequent outing came in a similar event over the same course and distance the following month, waited with and challenging over three furlongs out, unable to sustain his effort inside the final furlong and having to settle for second place behind Cape Coast. It was another creditable run in defeat from this gelding, his conqueror that day going on to finish second in two good quality races; a sizeable sort bred to come into his with time and distance, it’d be rather surprising if there wasn’t much more to come from this son of Power.

MONAADHIL (4 b g Dark Angel – Urban Daydream)
Form: 121-  Trainer: Marcus Tregoning  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Overcame inexperience to make a winning debut in a 1m maiden at Leicester last May, and he found only Blaze Of Hearts too good on handicap debut at Yarmouth some four months later, travelling best but unable to sustain his challenge. He signed off with victory in a 1m handicap at Nottingham a couple of weeks later, waited with in behind the pacesetters and travelling powerfully, produced to lead approaching the final furlong and soon in full command as he ran out a ready 2-length winner from Rosarno. A 6lb rise to a mark of 83 is highly unlikely to halt this gelding’s ascent through the handicap ranks, having had just the two cracks at that sphere and yet to test the waters at 10f, likely to have further improvement for that trip if learning to settle fully (was particularly keen second time out).

NATHAN (4 b g Nathaniel – Maid To Treasure)
Form: 382113-  Trainer: Alan King  Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd

Three-parts brother to smart stayer King Of Wands (by Galileo) who, following a trio of sound efforts in 10f maidens, made a successful start in handicap company over the same distance at Bath last August, coming from further back than ideal to score by half a length from Seafarer. He followed up in a similar event at Newbury a couple of weeks later, waited with in rear and making smooth progress with over two furlongs left to run, hanging both ways under pressure but leading inside the final furlong and staying on well to score by 1½ lengths from Doctor Bartolo. He failed in his hat-trick bid at Chester the following month, his keenness seemingly blunting what had looked a telling challenge over a furlong out, having to settle for third behind Alexander M (beaten half a length). The best is very much yet to come from this son of Nathaniel, not seen to best effect in a tactical affair last time; so long as he learns to relax in his races (has been gelded), there ought to be further improvement for a step up in distance this year.

PERCY’S WORD (4 b g Sir Percy – Laverre)
Form: 1/316-  Trainer: Simon Crisford  Owner: Saeed H Al Tayer

Made a winning start to his career in a 10f maiden at Kempton in September 2016 and, having shaped well on his return to action in a 12f handicap at Leicester last April, resumed winning ways when dictating matters to land a 2m handicap back at Kempton some four months later. His only subsequent outing came in a valuable and highly competitive 14f handicap at York six weeks later, never too far off a strong pace but unable to land in a blow on the principals, merely plugging on down the home straight to finish sixth behind Brimham Rocks (beaten 3¼ lengths). This son of Sir Percy has had a rather fragmented career thus far, but he remains thoroughly unexposed as a result and looks sure to win more races from his current mark of 89; boasting a 100 per cent record at Kempton, a race such as the Queens Prize over 2m there in April appeals as logical starting point for his 2018 campaign.

REVEREND JACOBS (4 b g Nathaniel – Light Impact)
Form: 7/2221-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Bernard Kantor

Sidelined after sustaining an injury at Haydock in September 2016, he returned last summer with a trio of second place finishes in maidens at Haydock (1m) and Newbury (12f) and a 10.5f handicap at Chester in between. He came good at the sixth time of asking in a 12f maiden at Ascot last September, sent off the 8/13 market leader but forced to pull out all the stops to deny newcomer Hang Man by a short-head. For all it was a fairly underwhelming performance, it’s highly likely this son of Nathaniel will prove capable of better still in 2018, remembering that both his dam and two of his siblings achieved their peak performances as four/five-year-olds. One of those siblings, Gang Warfare made up into a useful staying handicapper and this gelding will likely follow suit, still wholly unexposed in that sphere and yet to tackle distances beyond twelve furlongs; will resume this season from a mark of 78.

TRIBUTE ACT (4 b f Exceed And Excel – Sister Act)
Form: /41102-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Elite Racing Club

Half sister to Group 1 winner Ribbons who impressed when making a winning debut in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Kempton in October 2016 and, having blown the start and raced freely on her return at Newmarket, landed a fillies’ handicap over the same course and distance in decisive fashion last June. She followed up in a 1m handicap at Doncaster a month later (waited with and delivered late to score by a head from Shenanigans), but patently failed to handle the track when tailed off in a 1m fillies’ handicap at Glorious Goodwood the following month. Her final outing of the season came in a 7f handicap at Ascot a couple of months later, pulling her way into a prominent position and moving closer still from halfway, ridden to challenge inside the two furlong marker and responding well but losing out by a nose to Mukalal. It is highly unlikely this filly has reached her full potential just yet, from a family that flourishes with age; handicaps will likely remain on the agenda from a revised mark of 90, but no surprise to this daughter of Exceed And Excel competing for black-type honours sooner rather than later.

ZEELANDER (4 b c Dubawi – Zeeba)
Form: 9/351-  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Full brother to 10f Group 3 winner Danadana and useful 10-14f winner Semeen who, though ultimately well held on all three occasions, showed glimpses of ability in a trio of maidens (prominent in the market for the first two of those outings). He made a successful start in handicap company when landing an 11.5f event at Windsor last October (10/11 favourite), racing towards the rear of the field and still showing signs of inexperience, driven along over three furlongs out but responding well for pressure to lead inside the final 75 yards and win going away by a length from Orin Swift. This colt still looked rough around the edges that day, the level of form achieved nothing special but his finishing effort once it all clicked a portent of bigger and better performances ahead. His pedigree is another recommendation (family excels with age) and, yet to explore 14f and with a revised mark of 74 allowing him to begin 2018 at a realistic level, it’s not difficult to envisage this son of Dubawi progressing significantly at four.

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

PATTERN CLASS

AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (b c Galileo – Gooseberry Fool)
Form: 31-  Trainer: Aidan O’Brien  Owner: Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

750,000gns first foal of a 7f 2yo winning three-parts sister to French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules who shaped with abundant promise on debut in a 7f maiden at the Curragh last July (20/1 chance), travelling well in midfield and finishing off strongly despite clear signs of inexperience to take third behind stablemate Gustav Klimt (beaten 3½ lengths). He made short work of four rivals in an 8.5f maiden at Galway a month later (2/9 favourite), tanking along in behind the leaders and slipstreaming the eventual runner-up into the straight, quickening to lead entering the final furlong and forging clear to score by 5½ lengths from Crecerelle. For all he beat a limited bunch that day, the visual impression he created whilst doing so was a deep one, backing up a highly promising debut performance to land the same maiden won 12 months earlier by Capri. His stable boasts its usual embarrassment of riches in the three-year-old department, but this son of Galileo has both the pedigree and potential to promote himself up the Ballydoyle pecking order; bred to be suited by middle distances, he has raced exuberantly on both outings to date.

CORELLI (b c Point Of Entry – Vignette)
Form: 61–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: George Strawbridge

Three-parts brother to very smart 8-14.5f winner (including the St Leger)/Derby fourth Lucarno, high-class 8-12f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/Derby fourth Thought Worthy and high-class 1m-2m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Flying Officer (all by Dynaformer). This colt showed the benefit of his debut outing when landing a 9.5f novice event at Wolverhampton last November (4/1 chance), waited with in midfield and pushed along over two furlongs out, staying on well in the straight for hands-and-heels riding to lead close home and see off Craving by a neck. The narrow margin of victory that day doesn’t begin to do this colt justice, the relatively sharp nature of the track not in his favour but still able to overhaul one that had gained first run without his rider having to go for the whip. He is liable to leave that bare form a long way behind once faced with middle/staying distances in his second season, it worth remembering just how much his high-class close relations improved with racing.

EXTRA ELUSIVE (ch c Mastercraftsman – Nessina)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar

Half brother to Gimcrack Stakes winner Ajaya out of an unraced half sister to dual 7f Listed winner Tantina (later dam of very smart miler Cityscape and very smart sprinter Bated Breath). This colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m novice event at Newbury last October (7/1 chance), waited with in rear and travelling strongly, making smooth progress over two furlongs out and produced to lead approaching the final furlong, forging clear inside the final 100 yards to run out a 2¾-length winner from First Eleven. It was a striking debut display from this son of Mastercraftsman, impressing both with how he travelled and sealed matters in a race his stable has been represented by subsequent Group winners Al Kazeem, Captain Cat, Quest For More and Sea Of Heartbreak in recent times. No surprise to see this colt uphold that tradition, having the basic ingredients to make up into a smart performer; will stay 10f, with the conditions event over that trip at Newbury in April looking a likely starting point.

GHAIYYATH (b c Dubawi – Nightime)
Form: 311-  Trainer: Charlie Appleby  Owner: Godolphin

€1,100,000 half brother to US 11f Grade 1 winner Zhukova who showed the benefit of his debut run when landing a 1m maiden at Newmarket last September, making just about all and clearing right away inside the final furlong to record a five-length margin of victory over Proschema. He followed up over the same course and distance in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes a couple of weeks later (11/4 chance), waited with in midfield and challenging between rivals two furlongs out, taking over at the furlong marker and staying on strongly to score by 1¾ lengths from Dream Today. That this son of Dubawi was able to achieve as much as he did at two is to his credit, bred to come into his own over middle distances; no surprise to see his early-season programme tailored towards a crack at the Derby, but, looking even further ahead, he appeals as the sort to make up into a leading contender for the St Leger.

HERCULEAN (ch c Frankel – African Rose)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Full brother to Group 2-placed dual 6f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Fair Eva and a half brother to useful 8-8.5f AW winner Hakka, out of a very smart 6-7f winner (including twice at Group 1 level) who was a full sister to Group 1-placed French 6f-1m winner (including Group 3/Listed level) Helleborine. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at Ascot last September (11/10 market leader), tracking the leaders and pushed along three furlongs out, soon warming to the task and taking up the running inside the two furlong marker, sticking on well throughout the final furlong to run out a 1¾-length winner over Wadilsafa. For all it was a fairly workmanlike performance, it’s hard to believe this colt – a strong, good-looking sort boasting an excellent pedigree – won’t prove capable of a whole lot better in time; will relish another furlong at the very least and, though a race such as the 2000 Guineas may come a little too soon in his development, he rates an excellent prospect for the season ahead.

KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (b c Sea The Stars – Angel Of The Gwaun)
Form: 21-  Trainer: Harry Dunlop  Owner: Neil Jones

Half brother to 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Beauty O’Gwaun out of an unraced sister to Group 2-placed 8-10f winner/Derby third Let The Lion Roar and half sister to very smart prolific 11f-2m 2f winner (including the St Leger) Millenary and 12f 3yo Group 3 winner Head In The Clouds. This colt went very close to making a winning start in the Haynes, Hanson And Clark (1m) at Newbury last September, in rear until making headway over two furlongs out, finishing off strongly and failing by just a nose to overhaul White Mocha. He confirmed that promise when going one better in a 1m novice event at Newmarket a month later (11/8 favourite), close up from the outset and drawing clear with eventual runner-up Bow Street from the two furlong marker, staying on well for pressure to lead close home and score by a neck. He has run to his middle distance pedigree thus far, strong at the finish on both starts; not the biggest physically, but there’ll surely be a lot more to come from this son of Sea The Stars over 10f+ in 2018.

MRS SIPPY (b f Blame – Qushchi)
Form: 41-  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: St Albans Bloodstock Limited

First foal of a US 12f Listed winner who shaped with significant promise on debut in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Kempton last October (12/1 chance), held up in rear and making progress from the two furlong marker, ridden and staying on well throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Preening (beaten 2¼ lengths). She duly confirmed that good first impression in a similar event at Doncaster a fortnight later (2/1 favourite), confidently ridden and making smooth progress over two furlongs out, ridden to lead at the furlong pole and staying on well to score by 1¼ lengths from Ficanas. The manner in which this daughter of Blame travelled into things last time marked her down as a good prospect, merely driven out to score and clocking a respectable time in the process; for all her yard also house the promising once-raced Lady Of Shalott, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this filly aimed at an Oaks trial this spring.

PERFECT CLARITY (b f Nathaniel – Clarietta)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Clive Cox  Owner: Dr Bridget Drew & David J Keast

30,000gns half sister to Listed-placed winners Clarentine (1m, twice) and Law Power (7f), out of a Listed-placed dual 7f 2yo winning half sister to Group 1-placed 7-11.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Cassydora and 10f 3yo Listed winner Classic Remark. Made a successful start to her career in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Nottingham last August (well-supported 3/1 chance), tracking the leaders and shaken up two furlongs out, moving through stylishly to lead inside the final 100 yards and score by 1¼ lengths over Cosmopolitan Queen. This daughter of Nathaniel was only beginning to hit top gear as the line approached, and that she was able to win first time out is noteworthy given her slow-maturing pedigree; open to above-average improvement over middle distances this season.

STREAM SONG (gr f Mastercraftsman – Montare)
Form: 741-   Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: George Strawbridge

Half sister to high-class 10-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Journey and Group 3/Listed-placed French dual 12f 3yo winner Travelling Man, out of a very smart French 10-15.5f winner (including at Group 1 level). Despite no more than hinting at ability on debut at Ascot (7f), she was sent off 10/11 favourite for a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last August, unable to muster the pace to challenge and having to settle for fourth behind Dark Rose Angel (beaten 6½ lengths). She came good at the third time of asking in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Newmarket a month later (11/2 chance), close up and ridden to challenge over two furlongs out, coming with a strong and sustained run to lead close home and deny Sheikha Reika by a neck. This daughter of Mastercraftsman is bred to thrive over middle distances and beyond, so that she achieved as much as she did at two/1m augurs extremely well for her future prospects; no surprise to see her aimed at something like the Pretty Polly on Guineas weekend.

VERACIOUS (b f Frankel – Infallible)
Form: 31-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Half sister to Group 1-placed 8-10f winner (including twice at Group 2 level) Mutakayyef, smart 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Intimation and Stewards’ Cup winner Intrinsic, out of a 7f 3yo Group 3 winner/1000 Guineas fourth. This filly was sent off 3/1 favourite for a 7f fillies’ conditions event at Newbury on debut last September, taking a keen hold in midfield early, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong but her effort soon flattening out and having to settle for third behind Magnolia Springs (beaten 3¾ lengths). She showed the benefit of that experience when landing a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket the following month (3/1 chance), close up and ridden to lead over a furlong out, staying on strongly and drawing clear inside the final 100 yards to run out a 4-length winner from Winter Lightning. Everything – from pedigree, to connections, to performance – points to this daughter of Frankel making up into a high-class performer, admittedly well placed last time but still impressing with the manner in which she dispatched the opposition; plenty more to come over 1m+ this term.

MAIDENS

AL MUFFRIH (b c Sea The Stars – Scarlet And Gold)
Form: 3-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum

260,000gns third foal of a French 10.5f 3yo winning half sister to French Derby winner Le Havre and smart 10-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Astronereus (by Sea The Stars). This colt’s sole outing at two came in a 1m novice event at Newmarket last October (9/2 chance), taking a keen hold under restraint in midfield, ridden to try and close on front pair over two furlongs out, never threatening but keeping on well to draw clear of the rest of the field (beaten 3 lengths). It was a debut performance that promised much for the future, keen early and showing his inexperience but travelling well for much of the way and, under sympathetic handling, coming home well clear of the remainder. Bred to relish middle distances, this son of Sea The Stars has scope for significant improvement in his second season, sure to find a maiden well within his capabilities before tackling better company.

ALLIEYF (b c New Approach – Sajjhaa)
Form: 5-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum

First foal of a high-class 8-10.5f winner (including twice at Group 1 level) who was a full sister to 6f 2yo winner Soofiah and a half sister to useful 13.5f-2m winner Mobbhij (by New Approach) out of a 10f 3yo winning half sister to 12.5f 3yo Flat/useful 2m-2m 1f hurdle/dual 2m chase winner Ittirad. This colt debuted in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last November (17/2 chance), slowly into stride and in rear, shaken up over two furlongs out and not getting the clearest of runs, ridden and staying on well throughout the final furlong to take fifth close home behind Kinaesthesia (beaten 3½ lengths). He is bred to come into his own with time/distance, not seen to anything like best advantage on debut, his late gains under considerate handling promising better to come; should stay 10f at least.

BARITONE (b c Camelot – Star Ruby)
Form: 5-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Michael Tabor

Half brother to very useful 8-10f winner Stravagante and useful 10f 3yo winner Stargazer, out of a Group 3-placed 10f 3yo winning daughter of a full sister to Group 3/Listed-placed 12f 3yo winner Handel and half sister to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Matiya and 1m 3yo Listed winner Carambola. This colt debuted in a 7f novice event at Newbury last September (easy-to-back 16/1 chance), dropped in at the rear of the field and nudged along with over two furlongs left to run, not getting the clearest of runs through but finishing off nicely throughout the final furlong to take fifth behind Emaraaty (beaten 11 lengths). He was given a very considerate introduction that day, hopelessly placed as the race began to take shape; ought to make above-average progress in his second season, when he’ll stay 10f.

BOBBY BISCUIT (b c Scat Daddy – Poupee Flash)
Form: 4–  Trainer: Simon Dow  Owner: Robert Moss and Christopher Brennan

110,000gns first foal of a 1m 1f 3yo Listed winner who made his debut outing in a 7f novice contest at Kempton last September (20/1 chance), racing in touch in midfield and pushed along over two furlongs out, making steady but sustained progress from over a furlong out to come home in fourth behind Symbolization (beaten 7 lengths). This colt had a few subsequent winners around him that day, shaping with a good deal of promise himself, never too far away and sticking on in pleasing fashion inside the final furlong for nothing more than hands-and-heels riding. His small but very capable stable’s youngsters often improve considerably for a run, so that this son of Scat Daddy offered as much as he did first time out in a useful event augurs well; ought to find 1m well within his compass.

BOND STREET BEAU (ch g Dandy Man – Loveleaves)
Form: 0-  Trainer: Charlie McBride  Owner: Chris Budgett & P J McBride

Half brother to high-class 5f-1m winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Lovelace, fairly useful 6f-1m winner Avonrose and 10f 3yo Flat/useful 2m-2m 4f hurdle winner Greyfriars Drummer, out of a 1m 3yo winner. He debuted in a 7f novice contest at Newmarket last October (150/1 chance), waited with until shaken up and making some progress over two furlongs out, rather uncoordinated going into the Dip and fading to come home 10th of 14 behind Key Victory (beaten 14 lengths). This son of Dandy Man showed only a modicum of promise that day, seeming to lack for both fitness and experience, appearing to not handle the Dip when asked for an effort; almost certain to do better at some point, however, related to a handful of winners and having a bit of size about him; has been gelded.

ENZEMBLE (b c Zoffany – Fifer)
Form: 72-  Trainer: David Elsworth  Owner: Ben CM Wong

110,000gns half brother to very useful UK/UAE 7f-1m winner Udododontu who shaped with promise on debut in a 7f novice event at Newmarket (July) last August (12/1 chance), taking a fierce grip in rear early on, shaken up two furlongs out and not given a hard time as he came home in seventh behind Vintager (beaten 13 lengths). He showed the benefit for that experience when contesting a 7f maiden at Sandown the following month (5/1 chance), tracking the leaders and ridden to challenge over a furlong out, keeping on well to take a 1¼-length second to Rum Runner. It was a much-improved performance from this son of Zoffany, going a long way to justifying strong pre-race market support; capable of winning a maiden, but handicaps will provide him the platform on which to shine.

HAZARFIYA (b f Fastnet Rock – Hazariya)
Form: 3-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Newsells Park Stud

Half sister to Derby winner Harzand, Group 1-placed dual 7f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Harasiya and Irish 12f Listed winner Hazarafa, out of a smart Irish 7-9.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level). This filly’s sole outing to date came in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Newbury last October (11/1 chance), racing in midfield but pushed along and running green over three furlongs out, responding approaching the final furlong and keeping on well to take third behind Red Starlight (beaten 3¼ lengths). It was a highly encouraging first effort from this daughter of Fastnet Rock, her inexperience all too evident at the midway point but her finishing effort promising much better to come. Her pedigree and connections are other strong recommendations of vast improvement in her second season, a banker for a maiden and likely to make her mark in exalted company before long; should stay 12f.

HIGHLAND SKY (b c Camelot – Healing Music)
Form: 06–  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay

€360,000 three-parts brother to 11-12f Flat/2m hurdle winner Kuda Huraa (by Montjeu) and a half brother to 1m 2yo winner/Derby runner-up At First Sight, out of a Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner. This colt was strong in the betting when failing to beat a rival home on debut in a 1m maiden at Goodwood last September, offering a bit more in a 9.5f event at Wolverhampton two months later, travelling fluently in rear and not subjected to a hard race as he ran on into sixth behind Corelli (beaten 7¾ lengths). For all he hasn’t looked like making any immediate inroads into his hefty price tag so far, this son of Camelot appeals as the type to do a whole lot better in his second season over middle distances; needs just one more run for a handicap mark and should be seen to good effect in that sphere.

HISTORY WRITER (b c Canford Cliffs – Abhasana)
Form: 3-  Trainer: David Menuisier  Owner: Clive Washbourn & Partner

First foal of a maiden half sister to French 12f Group 3 winner Sub Rose who started off in a 7f maiden at Sandown last September (20/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and travelling better than most, making good progress over two furlongs out and keeping on well throughout the final furlong to take third behind Rum Runner (beaten 3 lengths). There was plenty of encouragement to be taken from how this colt went through the race on debut, coming from a long way back to grab a place close home; has a fair amount of size about him and appeals as the type to make above-average improvement during his second season, when he’ll stay 1m at least.

KRIPKE (b g Fast Company – Tranquil Sky)
Form: 3-  Trainer: David Barron  Owner: Mrs Christine Barron

£28,000 half brother to very useful multiple 5f AW winner Wolowitz and useful 5-6f winner Discussiontofollow, out of a fairly useful 6-7f winning half sister to fairly useful 8-10f winner Sequillo. This gelding debuted in a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October (8/1 chance), soon off the bridle and running green at the rear of the field, making good progress down the outer from the two furlong marker and keeping on well to take third behind clear-cut winner Breath Caught (beaten 4 lengths). He was clueless throughout the first half of the race, but the work he put in late on under considerate handling gave notice of better to come, likely to prove a different proposition next time.

LEGAL HISTORY (b c Lawman – Nina Celebre)
Form: 8–  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: P K Siu

Half brother to Group 1-placed Hong Kong dual 7f winner Pakistan Star and Listed-placed German winner 6.5f 2yo winner Ninas Terz, out of a German dual 10f Listed winning daughter of a German Oaks winner. This colt made his debut outing in a 1m novice event at Kempton last December (25/1 chance), settled well off the pace in a steadily-run affair and still having plenty to do when shaken up two furlongs out, keeping on nicely throughout the final furlong to finish eighth behind Native Appeal (beaten 5¾ lengths). He shaped a lot better than his finishing position suggests, hopelessly placed as things went but closing in quickly come the line and finishing with plenty more left to give; it would be rather surprising if this son of Lawman wasn’t capable of better in his second season.

MILLE TANK (b f Mastercraftsman – Millevini)
Form: 07–  Trainer: William Muir  Owner: Lee Yuk Lun Alan

60,000gns first foal of a maiden half sister to very smart 7-14.5f winner (including the Racing Post Trophy/St Leger)/Derby runner-up Kingston Hill (by Mastercraftsman) and useful 8-11.5f winner Ramona Chase out of a smart French 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level). This filly failed to beat a rival home on debut at Newbury last October, but she hinted at ability in an 8.5f fillies’ novice event at Wolverhampton a month later (66/1 chance), travelling comfortably at the rear of the field for much of the way, ridden over a furlong out and edging right as she came home in seventh behind West Palm Beach (beaten 8½ lengths). She requires just one more run for a handicap mark and looks the sort to do a good deal better in that division, especially once faced with middle distances.

NASEE (b c Intello – Mischief Making)
Form: 0–  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Saeed Suhail

280,000gns half brother to smart 8.5-12f winner (including at Listed level) More Mischief, 10f 3yo Listed winner/Oaks fourth Horseplay and 10-11f Flat/Grade 1-placed triple 2m hurdle winner Devilment, out of a Group 3-placed 9.5-13f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to smart pair Khukri and That Is The Spirit. This colt debuted in a 7f novice event at Chelmsford last October (5/1 chance), trapped very wide early from a high draw and unable to get any cover, pushed along two furlongs out and never involved as he came home 10th of 13 behind Society Power (beaten 9 lengths). He is likely to waste no time in leaving that debut effort well behind, caught wide throughout and not given a hard time once it was clear his chance had gone; bred to get better with better with age, this son of Intello is liable to make giant strides over middle distances in his second season.

PROSCHEMA (ch c Declaration Of War – Notable)
Form: 23-  Trainer: Tom Dascombe  Owner: Empire State Racing Partnership

65,000gns half brother to high-class middle distance pair Maria Royal and Red Cardinal who shaped with distinct promise first time out in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last September (40/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and travelling powerfully, ridden inside the two furlong marker and staying on strongly to take second behind clear-cut winner Ghaiyyath. He didn’t improve quite as expected when contesting a similar event at Newbury a month later (2/1 chance), waited with in touch and shaken up over two furlongs out, taking a while to find full flow but staying on strongly inside the final furlong to take third close home behind Military Law (beaten 3¼ lengths). This colt is bred for middle distances and has shaped in kind so far, outpaced when the tempo lifted last time out but hitting the line hard and finishing with running left; open to above-average improvement in his second season.

REWAAYAT (br c Pivotal – Rufoof)
Form: 9-  Trainer: Charlie Hills  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

First foal of a 7f 3yo winner who was a half sister to top-class sprinter Muhaarar, 6f 2yo Listed winner Sajwah and Group 3-placed UK/UAE 6-7f winner Tamaathul out of a Listed-placed dual 7f winner. This well-bred colt made his debut outing in a 6f maiden at Newbury last September (11/2 chance), keen under restraint towards the rear of the field, travelling as well as anything two furlongs out but running green off the bridle and making no impression, coming home ninth of 13 behind Beshaayir (beaten 9½ lengths). His pedigree and physique alone suggest there’ll be much better to come at some point, simply too free/green to make a telling contribution first time out; will stay 7f.

ROCOCO (b f Dubawi – Intrigued)
Form: 5-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Denford Stud

Half sister to 11f 3yo Listed winner/St Leger third Michelangelo and very useful 12f-2m 2f winner No Heretic, out of a Listed-placed 8.5f 2yo winning half sister to high-class performers Aussie Rules and Approach (later dam of Coronet (by Dubawi) and Midas Touch). This filly’s sole outing at two came in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Newmarket last November (4/1 chance), waited with towards the rear of the field and shaken up two furlongs out, running green initially but staying on nicely inside the final furlong to take fifth behind Nawassi (beaten 7¾ lengths). It was a commendable first effort from this daughter of Dubawi, given a kind introduction over an inadequate trip and showing something to work on; ought to mature into a useful performer over middle distances this season.

SAGENESS (b f Most Improved – Saga Celebre)
Form: 00-  Trainer: Ed Dunlop  Owner: The Sagacious Lot

Three-parts sister to Listed-placed 8-10f winner Sagaciously (by Lawman) and a half sister to useful 8.5-10f winner Sagely, out of a useful 10f 3yo winning half sister to French 12f 3yo Listed winner Sagaroi. This filly shaped like one for the longer term in 1m fillies’ maidens at Nottingham and Doncaster last October, slowly away and never out of the rear division on either occasion. She requires one more run in order to become eligible for handicaps, unlikely to get much of a mark; the move into that sphere/up to middle distances should see her in a more favourable light.

TAMMY WYNETTE (b f Tamayuz – Cmonbabylitemyfire)
Form: 3–  Trainer: Willie McCreery  Owner: F Fahy

€70,000 first foal of an unraced half sister to high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Group 1 level) Toormore, smart 6.5f-1m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Estidhkaar and useful 5.5-7f winner Try The Chance. She made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Dundalk last September (33/1 chance), close to the action on the outer and travelling strongly, going best two furlongs out and ridden to lead approaching the final furlong, drifting left and headed soon after as she came home in third behind My Mystique (beaten 1 length). This filly could hardly have shaped any better first time out, fairly tanking along but held back by inexperience when it mattered most, edging persistently left; open to above-average improvement in her second season, she ought to find 1m within range.

VOLUMINOUS (b f Nathaniel – Capacious)
Form: 0-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Second foal of a maiden sister to Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner (including twice at Group 2 level)/1000 Guineas runner-up Spacious and a half sister to smart 6.5f-1m winner (including three times at Grade 2 level) Dimension and useful 7f-1m winner Artimino. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Nottingham last October (16/1 chance), settled at the rear of the field and shaken up over three furlongs out, running green and never on terms, considerately handled as she finished 10th of 14 behind Hadith (beaten 16 lengths). She was ridden with education in mind, never involved and coming home under mainly hands-and-heels riding; hailing from a successful Cheveley Park Stud family, there ought to be a fair bit more to come from this daughter of Nathaniel in 2018.

WADILSAFA (b c Frankel – Rumoush)
Form: 2-  Trainer: Owen Burrows  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half brother to smart dual 7f winner (including at Group 3 level)/1000 Guineas fourth Talaayeb and very useful 7f 2yo winner Muntazah, out of a Group 2-placed 8-9f winner (including at Listed level)/Oaks third who was a half sister to 1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati and Group 1-placed 8-12f winner (including at Group 3 level) Mawatheeq. This resplendently-bred colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Ascot last September (9/2 chance), close to the action from the outset and travelling well, shaken up to get on terms two furlongs out but outpaced and running green, staying on well inside the final furlong to take second behind fellow Frankel colt Herculean (beaten 1¾ lengths). It was a most encouraging first effort, especially as the rain-softened conditions wouldn’t have played to his strengths; open to significant improvement in his second season, he ought to find 10f within range.

HANDICAPS

BOMBYX (ch c Sir Percy – Bombazine)
Form: 31-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Mr & Mrs A E Pakenham

Half brother to several smart performers who shaped extremely well on debut in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last September (25/1 chance), racing towards the rear of the field and shaken up over two furlongs out, picking his way through rivals and finishing off strongly inside the final furlong to take third behind Ghaiyyath (beaten 8¼ lengths). He confirmed that promise when landing a 1m novice event at Leicester three weeks later (15/8 chance), trapped wide and rather lit up early on, settled into midfield and travelling smoothly into contention two furlongs out, ridden to lead approaching the final furlong and always doing enough to score by 1¾ lengths from Sea Youmzain. This colt looked far from the finished article even in victory last time out, showing his naivety once hitting the front but always in complete control; open to significant improvement in his second season, he’ll stay 10f at the very least.

COCKTAIL (ch g Dream Ahead – Pina Colada)
Form: 982–  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Caron & Paul Chapman

€50,000 full brother to Group 3/Listed-placed 7-8.5f winner Golden Stunner who stepped up markedly on his first two efforts when contesting a 6f novice event at Newcastle last November (66/1 chance), waited with and making progress two furlongs out, ridden and keeping on inside the final furlong to take second close home behind Gowanbuster (beaten 1¾ lengths). This son of Dream Ahead seemed better suited by a sounder surface last time, also cutting a more professional figure off the back of two previous outings; handed an opening mark of 68, it’d be rather surprising if he couldn’t make a significant impact in 7f/1m handicaps this term; has been gelded.

CONTREBASSE (b g Champs Elysees – Viola Da Braccio)
Form: 765–  Trainer: Tim Easterby  Owner: The Harmonious Lot & Partner

16,000gns three-parts brother to fairly useful 7-8.5f winner Skytrain (by Exceed And Excel) and a half brother to German 10f 3yo Listed winner Sarinda and Hong Kong 1m 1f Listed winner Pleasure Gains, out of a maiden half sister to Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner Winning Venture. This gelding was very much brought along with handicaps in mind in a trio of outings last autumn, catching the eye with the late progress he made in novice auction events at York (1m) and Newcastle (7f) the last twice. An opening mark of 65 allows him to start out in handicap company at a realistic level, liable to come good in a big way in that sphere/over middle distances in his second season.

DAFFY JANE (b f Excelebration – Final Dynasty)
Form: 774631-  Trainer: Nigel Tinkler  Owner: W Burton & D Fielding

£40,000 three-parts sister to Listed-placed 5-5.5f winner Thesme (by Exceed And Excel) who showed some promise in novice events last June/July, and she took a step forward for the move into nursery company at Ripon (5f) a month or so later, caught widest of all as she finished third behind Life For Rent (beaten half a length). She came good at the sixth time of asking in a similar contest at Musselburgh 12 days later (9/2 favourite), soon prominent and taking over at halfway, ridden over a furlong out and fending off all comers to score by 1¼ lengths from Savannah’s Show. This filly has only achieved a fair level of form thus far, but the manner in which she shaped in her two handicap runs suggests she will capable of better, not best placed on the first occasion and then one of the few prominent racers to see things out last time. For all she may not prove to be in the same league, her older three-parts sister Thesme improved with racing, as did a few others from the family; will return from a mark of 68.

GLENCADAM MASTER (gr c Mastercraftsman – Coquet)
Form: 321–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Angus Dundee Distillers Plc

150,000gns first foal of a smart 8-10f winner (including twice at Listed level) who was a half sister to useful 8-9.5f winner Genius Boy, useful 10f-2m winner Cartwright and useful dual 12f 3yo Flat/dual 2m hurdle winner Midnight Oil out of a 10f 3yo winning sister to Juddmonte International winner One So Wonderful. This colt shaped well in defeat on his first two outings in maidens at Nottingham (1m) and Kempton (10f) last November, not getting the clearest of runs through on debut and then finding only a useful prospect in Ispolini too good next time (pair dominated from a long way out). He came a good at the third time of asking in a 1m novice event back at Kempton the following month (13/8 chance), making all and pushed along two furlongs out, briefly pressed entering the final furlong but finding plenty for pressure to repel the challenge of Tum Tum and score by 1¾ lengths. A good-looking sort who has displayed a likeable attitude so far, this colt has shaped like one that will improve further once tackling middle distances; handed an opening mark of 85 for handicaps, he ought to reach a very useful level in that sphere.

GLOBAL EXCEL (b c Exceed And Excel – Seta)
Form: 606-  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Kangyu International Racing Ltd & Dr Johnny Hon

120,000gns half brother to UK/UAE 6-7f winner Seastrom out of a smart 7f-1m winner (including three times at Listed level) who was a half sister to smart performers Affirmative Action, Armure and Gravitas, family of Barathea and Gossamer. This nicely-bred colt shaped better than the bare result in 1m events at Kempton and Nottingham last autumn, travelling well to the two furlong marker on each occasion before looking like a non-stayer and/or one too weak to sustain his effort fully. He has been handed a potentially lenient mark of 69 with which to tackle handicap company, likely to be well suited by a sound/artifical surface and perhaps a step back to 7f.

GOWANBUSTER (b g Bahri – Aahgowangowan)
Form: 51–  Trainer: Susan Corbett  Owner: Hassle-Free Racing

Half brother to useful multiple 5f winner Gowanharry and 6f 2yo winner Gowanless, out of a prolific 5-6f winning sister to fairly useful multiple 5f winner Stolt. This gelding caught the eye on debut in a 7f novice race at Newcastle last October and duly confirmed that promise in a 6f event at the same track a month later (10/1 chance), waited with and travelling strongly, moving through to lead approaching the final furlong and driven out to score by 1¾ lengths from Cocktail. It was a smooth performance in what looked a useful race for the grade, travelling best and soon in full command; looks set to uphold the family tradition and make up into a solid sprint handicapper.

HIGHLIGHT REEL (b g Big Bad Bob – Dance Hall Girl)
Form: 2031-  Trainer: Michael Bell  Owner: The Deflators & Partner

€40,000 full brother to 7f 2yo Listed winner Tashweeq who shaped well on debut in a 6f novice auction event at Lingfield last June, but, having found the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot too hot, disappointed with his finishing effort back down in grade at Newcastle next time. However, it all clicked when fitted with a hood for a 7f novice auction contest at Newmarket (July) three weeks later (7/2 chance), tanking along under a waiting ride and making smooth progress amongst rivals two furlongs out, produced to lead entering the final furlong and kept up to his work to see off Alternative Fact by half a length. For all he doesn’t look the most straightforward of individuals (has been gelded since last seen), this son of Big Bad Bob clearly possesses a significant amount of ability, a strong traveller who appeals as the type to be seen to good effect in a big field/well run race. No surprise to see him reach a good level in handicap company, asked to move into that sphere from a mark of 82; ought to stay 1m.

HOUSE EDGE (gr c Nathaniel – Bezique)
Form: 51-  Trainer: Michael Bell  Owner: Edward J Ware

85,000gns half brother to Group 2/3-placed 8-11f winner (including twice at Listed level) Khalidi who very much caught the eye first time out in a 1m novice race at Sandown last September (25/1 chance), in rear and pushed along three furlongs out, finishing with a flourish inside the final furlong to take fifth close home behind Crossed Baton (beaten 7¾ lengths). He duly built on that debut promise in a 1m 1f novice contest at Musselburgh 16 days later (6/4 chance), waited with in behind the leaders and coming with his challenge over two furlongs out, ridden to lead approaching the final furlong and forging clear to score by five lengths from the useful Lynwood Gold. This colt still looked far from the finished article that day, ill-at-ease around the bends, but the manner in which he opened up inside the final furlong served notice of bigger performances ahead; needs another run for a mark, but no surprise to see that merely serve as a stepping stone towards a crack at exalted company; will stay 10f at least.

I’M IMPROVING (b c Most Improved – Shebelia)
Form: 331-  Trainer: Keith Dalgleish  Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

€30,000 half brother to very useful 8-9.5f winner String Theory who shaped well in defeat on his first two outings last August, finishing off well to take third on debut in a 7f novice race at Ayr prior to filling the same position in what proved to be a strong 8.5f novice event at Hamilton a couple of weeks later won by Lisheen Castle. He came good at the third time of asking in a 1m 1f novice contest at Redcar two months later (5/2 chance), tracking the leaders and travelling strongly, green off the bridle initially but taking over approaching the final furlong and forging clear to score by six lengths from Sea Youmzain. This colt still looked a ‘work in progress’ last time, travelling best but taking his time to assume command, doing so in emphatic fashion inside the final furlong; open to plenty of improvement in middle distance handicaps this term, asked to move into that sphere from an initial mark of 85.

LUCKY DEAL (ch c Mastercraftsman – Barter)
Form: 31–  Trainer: Mark Johnston  Owner: Kai Fai Leung

85,000gns half brother to Group 2-placed 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Haggle and useful 8-10f winner Bermondsey, out of a maiden half sister to Group 2-placed 12f-2m winner Golden Quest, 12f Listed winner Puce (later dam of Lion Sands and Pongee and grandam to Pacifique) and the dams of Alexandrova and Rekindling. This colt showed the benefit of his debut experience when landing a four-runner 1m event at Chelmsford last November (5/1 chance), getting to the lead easily and dictating matters, pressed early in the straight but finding plenty to win going away by 2 lengths from Wissahickon. For all he very much had the run of things, he impressed with his attitude that day, responding well for pressure having looked vulnerable at one point; bred to come into his own over middle/staying distances, there ought to be a whole lot more to come from this colt in 2018.

MASTER GREY (gr g Mastercraftsman – Market Day)
Form: 567-  Trainer: Rod Millman  Owner: The Links Partnership

90,000gns full brother to 10/12f Listed winner Carnachy who looked one for the longer term in a trio of outings last season, sent off as short as 4/1 for his debut outing in a 6f contest at Nottingham last May but soon outpaced and running green in rear, never involved. He offered a good deal more in a 7f maiden at Salisbury the following month, travelling with a lot more fluency albeit on the retreat when short of room inside the final furlong, but signed off with a lesser effort in a 7.5f novice event at Ffos Las a further month on. The strength behind him in the market on all three occasions combined with a useful pedigree point to this son of Mastercraftsman doing better at some stage, likely to prove much more of a force in 1m+ handicaps from an opening mark of 62; has been gelded.

MATEWAN (b g Epaulette – Cochin)
Form: 970-  Trainer: Ian Williams  Owner: Michael Watt & Billy Slater

€95,000 half brother to smart French/Australian 12-14f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Permit, Group 3-placed French 11-12f winner Seaport, useful 8-11.5f winner Hushood and 1m 2yo winner Richie McCaw, out of a 10f 3yo winning half sister to US 11/12f Grade 1 winner Senure. This son of Epaulette looked a long-term project in three outings in 7f novice events at Sandown, Salisbury and Newbury last summer, green and never seriously involved at any point, his seventh place finish to Bullingdon on his second start his best effort. He was quite clearly brought along with handicaps in mind last term, mostly uncompetitive on all three outings but gaining a lowly opening mark of 61 as a result; gelded since and bred to excel with time/distance, he should fare a lot better in his second season.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR (b g Planteur – Trexana)
Form: 544-  Trainer: Alan King  Owner: Top Brass 2

20,000gns half brother to French 10f 3yo Listed winner Biens Nanti who improved steadily with each outing at two, following a debut fifth at Newbury (7f) with a fourth place finish in 1m novice event at Salisbury last September, waited with and shaken up two furlongs out, battling on for pressure inside the final furlong. He rounded off his juvenile campaign with another fourth place finish in a 10f maiden at Goodwood, racing in midfield and making progress to challenge over two furlongs out, unable to go with the leaders and plugging on at the one pace inside the final furlong (beaten 6¼ lengths). This gelding was merely laying the foundations last term for a handicapping campaign this time around, handed an opening mark of 71 for that sphere; shapes as though he’ll stay well in time.

ORANGE SUIT (b c Declaration Of War – Guantanamera)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Richard Hannon  Owner: Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen

90,000gns half brother to high-class 12-14.5f winner (including the St Leger) Simple Verse, 12f 3yo Group 2 winner Even Song and Group 2-placed UK/Qatari 6f-1m winner Maxtenius, out of an unraced half sister to six winners. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 6f maiden at Newbury last September (20/1 chance), waited with in midfield and travelling well, moving closer at halfway and still going easily over a furlong out, running on well to lead inside the final 75 yards and score by a neck from Jack Crow. For all the bare form is nothing special, that this colt was able to make a winning start over six furlongs bodes well, hardly bred for sprinting and only getting on top as the line approached; could prove decidedly useful over 7f+ this term, be it in handicaps or at a higher level.

PENTLAND HILLS (b g Motivator – Elle Galante)
Form: 805-  Trainer: Chris Wall  Owner: Des Thurlby

40,000gns half brother to 12f 3yo Group 3 winner Balios and Listed-placed UK/French 6f-1m winner Cersei, out of a Listed-placed 10.5-15f winning sister to German 10f Listed winner Elle Gala, a three-parts sister to Group 2/Listed-placed 8-12f winner Ayrad and a half sister to German triple 10f Listed winner/German Oaks runner-up Elle Shadow. He contested a trio of 1m contests at Haydock and Newmarket (twice) last autumn, uncompetitive and soundly held on all three occasions, looking both immature and to be lacking for full fitness. However, the main objective was achieved, gaining a lowly opening mark of 62 and looking the type to take off in handicap company; bred to excel over middle distances, it isn’t hard to envisage this son of Motivator doing a lot better this term; has been gelded.

SHOWROOM (b c Motivator – Lemon Twist)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Mark Johnston  Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Nick Skelton

€30,000 half brother to smart French 10.5-12f winner (including at Group 2 level) Al Wathna who made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Goodwood last September (7/2 market leader), well away and soon leading, driven along two furlongs out and drawing clear inside the final furlong to run out an authoritative five-length winner from Ship Of The Fen. It was a professional debut display from this son of Motivator, travelling sweetly on the front end and coming right away inside the final furlong, evidently relishing the rain-softened conditions. It’s entirely possible connections will have higher aspirations than handicaps for this colt, having given him Group-race entries last year; whatever the case, he looks a very useful middle distance prospect for the season ahead.

SILVER CRESCENT (b g Champs Elysees – Winter Solstice)
Form: 705–  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Full brother to French 10.5f 3yo Flat/2m hurdle winner Low Sun, a three-parts brother to French 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Ice Blue (by Dansili) and a half brother to Listed-placed French 8-9f winner Market Share and useful dual winners Northern Solstice (10/10.5f), Shortest Day (8/10f) and Winter Sunrise (both 10f; dam of Nassau Stakes winner Winsili). Soundly held in 1m maidens at Goodwood and Newmarket last September, he offered more on his return from a gelding operation at Wolverhampton two months later, making late headway from the back of the field to take fifth behind Hipster Boy (beaten 6 lengths). This well-related sort appeals as the type to make marked improvement for the move into handicap company, handed an opening mark of 70; will stay 10f at least.

SURREY BLAZE (b g Thewayyouare – Catadalya)
Form: 800-  Trainer: Joseph Tuite  Owner: Surrey Racing Limited

45,000gns first foal of a maiden half sister to useful Irish 7-12f winner Adjaliya who was rushed through novice/maiden company last summer, contesting a trio of 7f races at Sandown, Newbury and Lingfield within the space of 19 days, failing to beat a rival home on his first two starts but at least hinting at ability on the third occasion. He has quite clearly been brought along with handicaps in mind, handed a lowly mark of 51 and looking the type to do a fair bit better in that sphere over 1m+; should also be well suited by artificial surfaces given his sire.

TOUR DE PARIS (b g Champs Elysees – Disco Lights)
Form: 084–  Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton  Owner: H P Racing Tour De Paris

20,000gns half brother to useful Irish 6.5-7f winner Branch Line, fairly useful 2yo winners Mutazamen (6/7f) and Tipsy Girl (5.5f) and fairly useful multiple 6f winner Honcho, out of a 1m 1f 3yo winning half sister to Ebor winner Tuning and Group 2/Listed-placed maiden Clog Dance. He stepped up markedly on his first two efforts when contesting a 1m novice auction event at Kempton last November (25/1 chance), racing in midfield and travelling with a lot more fluency, shaken up over furlong out and attempting to challenge inside the final furlong but having to settle for fourth behind Losingmyreligion (beaten half a length). It was a vastly improved performance from this son of Champs Elysees, turning in a more polished display and not beaten far having travelled better than most; handed an opening mark of 69, he ought to do better in 1m+ handicaps this term; gelded since last seen.

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 2018 Flat season.

John Gosden has the usual surfeit of well-related, unraced individuals at his disposal this term, chief among them: Almoghared (7/2 b c Dansili – Ezima), a half brother to top-class 8-12f winner (including the Oaks and King George)/Arc third Taghrooda and 12f 3yo winner Taqaareed, out of a Group 2-placed 8-14f winner (including three times at Listed level) who was a half sister to Listed-placed 10f 3yo winner Ezalli and the dam of smart pair Meadow Creek (by Dansili) and Solomon’s Bay; Kite Wing (14/3 ch c Pivotal – Gull Wing), a full brother to Group 1-placed 10.5-12f winner (including at Group 2 level)/Derby fourth Wings Of Desire, Group 1-placed 11-12f winner (including at Group 2 level) Eagle Top and smart 8-14.5f winner (including at Group 2 level)/Oaks third The Lark, out of a 14f Listed winning half sister to Sariska (by Pivotal); Relent (13/3 b f Dansili – Deliberate), a half sister to smart French/US 6-8.5f winner (including at Grade 2 level) Projected and Group 3-placed French 10f 3yo winner Delivery, out of a French 10f 3yo winning half sister to very smart 10-12f winner (five times at Group/Grade 1 level) Flintshire and Group 2-placed French 10-12f winner (including twice at Listed level) Dance Moves (both by Dansili), family of Enable; and Sacred Path (5/4 b f Galileo – All’s Forgotten), a full sister to 13f 3yo Group 3 winner Shantaram, Group 3-placed dual 12f winner (including at Listed level) To Eternity, Group 3-placed 12-14f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Forever Now and Irish 1m 2yo winner/2000 Guineas third Gan Amhras, out of an Irish 8.5f 3yo winner.

Roger Charlton has a couple of particularly interesting types to unleash from his Beckhampton base this season, namely: Dabble (3/4 gr f Mastercraftsman – Dolma), a half sister to high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Thistle Bird, Group 1-placed UK/Australian 7-10f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) McCreery and 10f 3yo Flat/smart 2m-2m 1f hurdle (including at Grade 2/3 level)/2m 1f chase winner Old Guard, out of a Group 1-placed French 6-7f winner (including three times at Listed level); and Guild (14/5 ch c Frankel – Arrive), a half brother to high-class 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Promising Lead, Grade 1-placed 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) Visit and 7f 2yo winner Revered (dam of 1m 2yo Group 3 winner Commemorative), out of a 15f 3yo Listed winning sister to outstanding broodmare Hasili (dam of Dansili, Banks Hill, Intercontinental etc.).

Mark Johnston has some interesting unraced sorts amongst his vast string, and a couple in particular worth following are: Matterhorn (16/4 b c Raven’s Pass – Tanaghum), a 70,000gns half brother to smart 12-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Tactic, Group 2/3-placed French 11-12f winner (including at Listed level) Yaazy, Listed-placed 8-12f winner Zahoo (later dam of 7f Group 3 winner Convergence) and to the dam of Ribchester, out of a Listed-placed 10f 3yo winning daughter of an Irish 1000 Guineas winner; and Tajdeed (30/4 br c Teofilo – Nufoos), a half brother to high-class multiple 6f 2yo winner (including at Group 1 level) Awzaan, Group 2-placed 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Muraaqaba, Group 3-placed 7f-1m winner (including twice at Listed level) Muteela and Listed-placed 8-10f winner Hajras, out of a Group 3-placed 5-7f winner (including at Listed level).

Others from various yards worthy of a mention are: George Scott’s Advanced Virgo (1/4 b c Holy Roman Emperor – Amaraja), the first foal of a 12f 3yo winning full sister to Group 2-placed French 12-12.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) Launched and a close relation to high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Curtain Call and French 12f 3yo Listed winner Nature Spirits; the Simon Crisford-trained Al Amir (27/2 b c Frankel – Emirates Queen), the first foal of 12f Group 2 winner who was a half sister to very smart 6f-1m winner (three times at Group 1 level, including the Irish 2000 Guineas)/Derby third Dubawi, 10f 3yo Listed winner Princess Nada (later dam of smart pair Jordan Princess and Qewy) and Listed-placed 11.5f-2m 3yo winner UAE King (by Frankel); and the Charlie Appleby-trained Aurum (2/5 b c Exceed And Excel – Rachelle), a full brother to smart triple 6f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Rouleau and a close relation to very smart multiple 6f winner (including at Group 1 level) Amadeus Wolf (by Mozart) and useful 7f-1m 3yo winner Always A Rock (by Rock Of Gibraltar), out of an Italian 1m 3yo winner.

The Michael Halford-trained Cloak Of Darkness (13/2 b c Iffraaj – Cape Of Night), a 62,000gns second foal of an unraced close relation to Group 1-placed 5-6f winner (including three times at Group 2 level) Muthmir, Irish 7f 2yo Group 3 winner My Titania and Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Aneedah out of an Irish 7.5f 3yo Listed winning half sister to US 12f Grade 3 winner Dress Rehearsal; Dermot Weld’s Falcon Eight (20/2 b c Galileo – Polished Gem), a close relation to very smart 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Free Eagle (by High Chaparral) and a half brother to high-class prolific 7-9f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Custom Cut and high-class 8-12f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Sapphire, out of a 7f 2yo winning sister to high-class Irish/US 7-9f winner (including at Grade 1 level) Dress To Thrill; and the James Fanshawe-trained Harry’s Bar (10/5 ch c Exceed And Excel – Firenze), a full brother to useful triple 6f AW winner Mazzini and a half brother to 5-6f winner Green Monkey and 6f 3yo winner Isola Verde, out of a Group 2-placed multiple 6f winner (including twice at Listed level) who was a full sister to July Cup winner Frizzante and a half sister to Group 3-placed multiple 6f winner (including at Listed level) Zidane.

The Charlie Fellowes-trained In Demand (24/3 b c Dalakhani – Fleur De Cactus), a 110,000gns half brother to useful 8-11f winner Pivoine out of a 13f 3yo winning half sister to Listed-placed 7f-1m winner Red Dune and to the unraced dam of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente out of a useful 7f-1m winning half sister to Group 1 scorers Islington, Greek Dance and Mountain High; Clive Cox’s King’s Slipper (24/3 b c Leroidesanimaux – Last Slipper), a 37,000gns half brother to Listed-placed French 1m 3yo winner Slippers Best out of an unraced half sister to Group 3-placed 8-12f winner (including at Listed level) Dansili Dancer, Listed-placed 6-7f winner Muhab, useful 7-14f Flat/Grade 1-placed 2m-2m 4f hurdle (including at Grade 3 level)/2m 4f-2m 6f chase (including at Grade 1 level) winner Thari and to the dams of New Seeker and Seeking Magic; and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Moojib (22/4 b c Dubawi – Safwa), a half brother to smart 8-9f winner (including at Group 3 level) Mustashry and Group 3-placed UK/UAE 8-10f winner Munaaser, out of a 1m 3yo winning half sister to very smart 8-12f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Maraahel, Group 3-placed 7f 2yo winner Huja (later dam of smart miler Tazahum) and Britannia Handicap winner Mostashaar.

The Karl Burke-trained Mount Ararat (30/4 b c Sea The Stars – Divine Authority), a 120,000gns half brother to French 8.5-10f winner Fumata Bianca out of an unraced sister to useful 6.5f 2yo winner Chroussa and half sister to smart 6-6.5f 2yo winner (including at Group 2 level) Carrizo Creek, family of very smart sprinters Balidar and Balliol; Joseph O’Brien’s Predawn (30/4 b f Fastnet Rock – Perihelion), a full sister to high-class 7-12f winner (including the Oaks) Qualify and Group 3-placed 7f 2yo winner Shogun and a close relation to useful 10-13.5f Flat/2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Satellite (by Danehill Dancer), out of a Group 2-placed 12.5f 3yo winner who was the daughter of a half sister to the Park Hill winning dam of Brian Boru and Sea Moon and grandam of Workforce; and finally the Charlie Hills-trained Tafawoq (13/2 b f Oasis Dream – Raasekha), a three-parts sister to 7f 3yo winner Mulhimatty (by Invincible Spirit) out of a useful 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to top-class sprinter Muhaarar (by Oasis Dream), 6f 2yo Listed winner Sajwah and Group 3-placed UK/UAE 6-7f winner Tamaathul out of a Listed-placed dual 7f winner.

OLDER HORSES

582241- ALAADEL (Stuart Williams)
51/02- BUZZ (Hughie Morrison)
32137- DARK PEARL (Ed Walker)
822212- KILOWATT (Tim Easterby)
121- MONAADHIL (Marcus Tregoning)
382113- NATHAN (Alan King)
1/316- PERCY’S WORD (Simon Crisford)
7/2221- REVEREND JACOBS (William Haggas)
/41102- TRIBUTE ACT (James Fanshawe)
9/351- ZEELANDER (Roger Varian)

PATTERN CLASS

31- AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (Aidan O’Brien)
61CORELLI (John Gosden)
1- EXTRA ELUSIVE (Roger Charlton)
311- GHAIYYATH (Charlie Appleby)
1- HERCULEAN (Roger Charlton)
21- KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (Harry Dunlop)
41- MRS SIPPY (David Simcock)
1- PERFECT CLARITY (Clive Cox)
741- STREAM SONG (John Gosden)
31- VERACIOUS (Sir Michael Stoute)

MAIDENS

3- AL MUFFRIH (William Haggas)
5- ALLIEYF (William Haggas)
5- BARITONE (Sir Michael Stoute)
4BOBBY BISCUIT (Simon Dow)
0- BOND STREET BEAU (Charlie McBride)
72- ENZEMBLE (David Elsworth)
3- HAZARFIYA (Sir Michael Stoute)
06HIGHLAND SKY (David Simcock)
3- HISTORY WRITER (David Menuisier)
3- KRIPKE (David Barron)
8LEGAL HISTORY (Ed Walker)
07MILLE TANK (William Muir)
0NASEE (Sir Michael Stoute)
23- PROSCHEMA (Tom Dascombe)
9- REWAAYAT (Charlie Hills)
5- ROCOCO (John Gosden)
00- SAGENESS (Ed Dunlop)
3TAMMY WYNETTE (Willie McCreery)
0- VOLUMINOUS (James Fanshawe)
2- WADILSAFA (Owen Burrows)

HANDICAPS

31- BOMBYX (James Fanshawe)
982COCKTAIL (Jedd O’Keeffe)
765CONTREBASSE (Tim Easterby)
774631- DAFFY JANE (Nigel Tinkler)
321GLENCADAM MASTER (John Gosden)
606- GLOBAL EXCEL (Ed Walker)
51GOWANBUSTER (Susan Corbett)
2031- HIGHLIGHT REEL (Michael Bell)
51- HOUSE EDGE (Michael Bell)
331- I’M IMPROVING (Keith Dalgleish)
31LUCKY DEAL (Mark Johnston)
567- MASTER GREY (Rod Millman)
970- MATEWAN (Ian Williams)
544- NEBUCHADNEZZAR (Alan King)
1- ORANGE SUIT (Richard Hannon)
805- PENTLAND HILLS (Chris Wall)
1- SHOWROOM (Mark Johnston)
705SILVER CRESCENT (Ralph Beckett)
800- SURREY BLAZE (Joseph Tuite)
084TOUR DE PARIS (Eve Johnson Houghton)

UNRACED

ADVANCED VIRGO (George Scott)
AL AMIR (Simon Crisford)
ALMOGHARED (John Gosden)
AURUM (Charlie Appleby)
CLOAK OF DARKNESS (Michael Halford)
DABBLE (Roger Charlton)
FALCON EIGHT (Dermot Weld)
GUILD (Roger Charlton)
HARRY’S BAR (James Fanshawe)
IN DEMAND (Charlie Fellowes)
KING’S SLIPPER (Clive Cox)
KITE WING (John Gosden)
MATTERHORN (Mark Johnston)
MOOJIB (Sir Michael Stoute)
MOUNT ARARAT (Karl Burke)
PREDAWN (Joseph O’Brien)
RELENT (John Gosden)
SACRED PATH (John Gosden)
TAFAWOQ (Charlie Hills)
TAJDEED (Mark Johnston)

© 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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