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Horse Racing: Daniel Briden’s Horses To Follow – Flat 2019

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OLDER HORSES

CARNWENNAN (4 b g Cacique – Slieve)
Form: 033612–  Trainer: Charlie Fellowes  Owner: Dr Vincent K F Kong

Full brother to 13.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Census who improved with each outing last term, finishing a soundly-held third on his final two outings in novice company at Lingfield and Ffos Las prior to plugging on into sixth on handicap debut over 12f at Haydock last September. He duly came good when upped to 14f for a handicap at Nottingham the following month, rather awkward under pressure and taking a while to get hit top stride but picking up well to lead entering the final furlong, always doing just enough to score by a neck from Paddy A (solid form). He ran very well in defeat from a 4lb higher mark in a 2m handicap at Kempton four weeks later, waited with off a modest pace and still having plenty to do passing the two furlong marker, getting rolling entering the final furlong and finishing strongly to close to within ¾ length of Seinesational at the line. This gelding still looks far from the finished article, tending to carry his head at an awkward angle/hang for pressure but it not impacting on his performances so far, poorly placed last time in a modestly-run affair but closing in fast come the line. A sizeable individual boasting a useful pedigree, this son of Cacique appeals as still well treated from a mark of 78, wholly unexposed as a stayer.

FAIRY FALCON (4 ch f Sepoy – Easy To Imagine)
Form: 315-  Trainer: Bryan Smart  Owner: Clipper Logistics

Half sister to the yard’s high-class sprinters Alpha Delphini and Tangerine Trees who failed to live up to market expectations when only third on her debut in a 6f maiden at Ayr last May (1/6 favourite), but she made amends on slower ground in a 5f maiden at Thirsk in early August, making all and asserting for nothing more than hands and heels inside the final furlong to score by 3 lengths from Sharp Reply. She acquitted herself with credit in a 5.5f Listed event back at Ayr the following month, held up and making progress when short of room between the two and one furlong makers, keeping on well inside the final furlong to take fifth behind Intense Romance (beaten 2¾ lengths). For all it was hardly a strong race for the grade it was still a creditable effort, not getting the clearest of runs through and also showing her naivety off the bridle, only really building up momentum as the line approached. Her pedigree offers hope the best is very much yet to come, the majority of her siblings thriving with time; for all her breeding could see her campaigned to gain some black type, she ought to prove capable of making an impact in handicap company from an opening mark of 88, likely to prove best at sprint distances and with some ease in the ground.

HARRY’S BAR (4 ch g Exceed And Excel – Firenze)
Form: 5-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Jan and Peter Hopper

Full brother to very useful multiple 6f winner (mainly on the AW) Mazzini whose sole outing to date came in a 6f novice event at Yarmouth last May (16/1 chance), waited with and racing enthusiastically under restraint, shaken up two furlongs out and running green, unable to muster the pace to challenge the principals but keeping on inside the final furlong to finish fifth behind Emblazoned (beaten 5 lengths). He wasn’t seen again thereafter and has been gelded in the interim, showing enough on that debut outing to suggest he has a decent future, showing clear signs of inexperience at the business end of matters and ridden sensitive to the fact. He hails from a family of late-maturing sprinters, his dam peaking as a five/six-year-old and herself related to smart speedsters Frizzante and Zidane, both of whom positively thrived with age; ought to prove capable of making up for lost time in 2019.

IN DEMAND (4 b g Dalakhani – Fleur De Cactus)
Form: 78666-  Trainer: Charlie Fellowes  Owner: The Yes Men

Well-bred type who fell short of expectations in his first season, too green to justify pre-race market support (4/1) when only seventh of nine in a 12f novice event at Lingfield on debut last April, offering even less in a 10f novice contest at Newmarket a couple of weeks later and then fading from prominence when sixth to Celestial Force in a 12f novice event at Thirsk a month later. He wasn’t seen again until tackling a pair of handicaps at Lingfield (2m) and Redcar (14f) within a couple of weeks of each other last October, waited with and unable to land a serious blow on either occasion, albeit reportedly returned lame on the latter occasion. His strength in the market for those two outings indicate the regard in which he’s held, looking both green and awkward to date. A gelding operation since his last run could be the catalyst for this son of Dalakhani to start fulfilling his potential and repay some of his 110,000gns price tag, also yet to be tried in headgear; bred to be a lot better than his current rating of 66, a half brother to the good handicapper Pivoine and out of a half sister to the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

MAID OF SPIRIT (4 br f Invincible Spirit – Indian Maiden)
Form: 14–  Trainer: Clive Cox  Owner: Con Harrington

Half sister to six winners including French 5.5/6f Listed scorer Love Spirit and made a winning start to her career in a 5f novice event at Windsor last August (7/2 chance), close up against the stands’ side rail but running green/carrying her head at an awkward angle, ridden over a furlong out and challenging inside the final 150 yards, leading soon after and running out a ready 1¼-length winner over Indian Tygress. She was unable to follow up under a penalty when sent off 4/5 market leader for a 6f novice contest at Kempton the following month, rearing as the stalls opened and forfeiting ground as a result, recovering to race in midfield and shaken up over two furlongs out, keeping on well inside the final furlong to come home in fourth behind Alba Del Sole (beaten 3½ lengths). This filly is best forgiven that effort, immediately on the back foot having reared as the stalls opened, probably doing well to get as close as she did despite a rather high head carriage which had also been on display first time out. So long as that doesn’t manifest itself to the point of impacting on her performances, this daughter of Invincible Spirit is open to significant improvement in her second season, coming from a good sprinting family noted for excelling with age.

ROCK EAGLE (4 ch g Teofilo – Highland Shot)
Form: 12141-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Jeff Smith

Half brother to 1m Group 2 winner Highland Knight who made a winning start to his career in a 10f novice event at Windsor last April, and he went down narrowly under a 7lb penalty in a similar event at Salisbury the following month before only workmanlike when justifying odds of 1/4 in a 10f novice event back at Windsor a month later. He shaped very well in defeat in a good 10f handicap at Glorious Goodwood in August, keen early and waited with towards the rear of the field, ridden well over two furlongs out and staying on nicely throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Communique (beaten 2¼ lengths). He signed off with victory in the valuable 12f Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket a couple of months later, racing in midfield and making smooth progress over two furlongs out, leading approaching the final furlong and kept up to his work to maintain the advantage and score by half a length from Astronomer. This gelding was value for a bit further than the eventual winning margin, rather idling once hitting the front having eased his way into contention; a 5lb rise for that success is unlikely to halt this son of Teofilo’s progress, likely having another big payday in him before tackling better company; ought to stay 14f.

ROCK SOUND (4 ch g Lope De Vega – Thoughtless Moment)
Form: 18677-  Trainer: Declan Carroll  Owner: Steve Ryan & The Bramblers

Nicely-bred gelding who made a winning start to his career in a 7f maiden at Limerick last April, but he was hampered/struck into when eighth on handicap debut (1m) at the Curragh the following month and then left poorly placed back over 7f at Galway in early August. He was again given plenty to do when running on from well off the pace to finish seventh in a 1m handicap at Navan a couple of months later, though excuses were harder to come by when filling the same position at Gowran Park nine days later (visored). He was bought out of Dermot Weld’s stable for 21,000gns not long after, snapped up by the same connections that enjoyed plenty of success last season with Titus from the same source. While it would be asking a lot for this gelding to replicate that one’s exploits, he does give the firm impression there are bigger performances in him, not always seen to best effect last term and having the pedigree to do a lot better. He has joined a good stable that does well with cast-offs from other yards, and this gelding will start out from a mark of 66 in this country; not difficult to envisage him doing much better in 2019.

TABDEED (4 ch c Havana Gold – Puzzled)
Form: 1/101-  Trainer: Owen Burrows  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Made a winning start to his career in a 6f novice contest at Leicester in August 2017, waited with and travelling strongly, making good progress over two furlongs out and switched right soon after, ridden to lead 150 yards out and clearing away to score by lengths from Yafta. He shrugged aside a penalty to make a winning return in a 6f novice event at Nottingham last May but lost his unbeaten record in the 7f Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot the following month, racing in midfield in the stands’ side group and travelling better than most approaching the two furlong marker, unable to sustain his effort inside the final furlong and fading to finish 12th of 21 behind Expert Eye (beaten 9½ lengths). He quickly regained the winning thread in a 6f handicap at the same venue last October, waited with in midfield and travelling strongly, short of room entering the final two furlongs but quickly asserting once in the clear inside the final 100 yards to score by a length from Aljady. The manner in which this colt disposed of a good field of handicappers bore all the hallmarks of a future pattern-class performer, his superiority on the day not done full justice by the winning margin; to that end, he could have another handicap in him from a revised mark of 103, but given the time already lost with him, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see his sights raised right away.

THAAYER (4 b g Helmet – Sakhya)
Form: 331–  Trainer: Rebecca Menzies  Owner: The Racing Brothers

Shaped with promise despite signs of inexperience on his two starts for Owen Burrows, finishing third in novice events at Lingfield (1m) and Chelmsford (7f) within a fortnight of each other last October. He was picked up by new connections for 19,000gns soon after and made a winning start for them in a 1m novice contest at Newcastle at the end of November (13/2 chance), racing enthusiastically in behind the leaders and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, responding well for pressure to lead inside the final 100 yards and see off Matterhorn by 1¼ lengths. The runner-up (three times, including from a mark of 93) and third have already won since, leaving an opening mark of 81 looking fair, still wholly unexposed; so long as he learns to relax, he shaped last time as though 10f would be within range (stamina further back in his pedigree, from the family of Mr Combustible and Shirley Heights).

WELSH LORD (4 gr g Dark Angel – Welsh Angel)
Form: 4/122–  Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor  Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to very useful pair Commander Cole and Scarlet Dragon who made a winning return after an 11-month layoff in a 10f maiden at Chelmsford last September, making all and running out a ready 3-length winner, but he met with defeat under a penalty in a similar event at Lingfield the following month when finding Kasbaan 3¼ lengths too good. His third and final outing of 2018 came in a five-runner 12f handicap at Kempton a month or so later, once again restless in the stalls and taking a keen hold in the race itself, left poorly placed in a tactical affair and keeping on well inside the final furlong to take second behind Dramatic Queen. There is little doubt this gelding has his quirks, but he wasn’t seen to best effect last time behind a next-time-out Listed winner; a keen-going sort, it is surely only a matter of time before he is tried in a hood, something that helped both of his aforementioned siblings, and, still unexposed, he likely has a good deal of improvement left in him from his current mark of 92.

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

PATTERN CLASS

DANCING VEGA (ch f Lope De Vega – We Can Say It Now)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Waverley Racing

€150,000 half sister to French 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Sky Kingdom out of a New Zealand dual 1m Group 1 winner who made a winning start to her career in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Doncaster last October (5/2 chance), recovering from a tardy start to race close up, travelling very strongly and coasting into contention over a furlong out, quickening clear inside the final furlong run out a 4-length winner from Blue Gardenia. It was a visually taking debut performance, going along on the bridle to the furlong marker and quickening clear upon instruction, and the second’s victory in a Listed contest at Newmarket next time adds substance to the style. Her pedigree suggests the best is yet to come, her classy half brother unraced at two and her dual Group 1 winning dam improving with racing; an exciting prospect, she should find 10f within range though wouldn’t be certain to stay much further.

FRANKELLINA (ch f Frankel – Our Obsession)
Form: 1-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

First foal of a 12f Listed winner who made a winning start to her career in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Yarmouth last October (5/4 market leader), waited with in midfield and racing enthusiastically under restraint, moving closer over two furlongs out and shaken up to challenge soon after, making sustained progress throughout the final furlong to lead in the last few strides and deny Oussel Falls by a head. This filly is likely to prove herself much better than the bare form of that debut success, not really bred to shine until tackling middle distances at three and beyond (out of a relation to the dam of Golden Horn), getting the job done on debut for little more than a hands-and-heels ride, given just one slap with the whip entering the final furlong. Her progress in 2019 once faced with middle distances is likely to be both swift and pronounced, the strength behind her in the market on debut noteworthy; absolutely no surprise to see her early-season programme tailored towards a crack at an Oaks trial of some description.

GRACE AND DANGER (b f Teofilo – Opinionated)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: N M Watts/D Powell/Mrs I A Balding

€60,000 half sister to Irish 1m 1f 3yo winner Cockalorum and once-raced 10f 3yo winner Strong Belief, out of a once-raced maiden close relation to Irish/US 7f-1m winner Thiella (later dam of 6f 2yo Group 2 winner/Middle Park second Moohaajim) and half sister to US 12f Grade 3 winner Niagara Causeway out of an Irish 7f 2yo Group 3 winning half sister to French 10.5f 3yo Group 1 winner Cudas. This filly made a winning debut in an 8.5f fillies’ maiden at Nottingham last October (7/1 chance), slowly into stride and racing in rear, pulled out and making smooth progress on the outer approaching the three furlong marker, taking over entering the final furlong and clearing away to score by 2 lengths from Dorah. It was a rather impressive display from this filly, coming from a fair way back and making up her ground easily, well on top come the finish; open to significant improvement for tackling middle distances in her second season, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see her return in an Oaks trial.

HEADMAN (b c Kingman – Deliberate)
Form: 12–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Well-bred colt who created a deep impression when making a winning start in a 1m novice event at Newcastle last November (8/13 favourite), slowly/awkwardly away from the stalls and waited with in last, coasting into contention over two furlongs left to run and leading on the bit over a furlong out, given a reminder to go about his business entering the final furlong and soon clearing away to score by 3¾ lengths from Repaupo. He lost his unbeaten record when 4/9 favourite for a 7f novice contest at Kempton three weeks later, close up and tanking along, leading over a furlong out but soon joined by eventual winner Zakouski and left behind by that rival inside the final 100 yards or so, coming home 2 lengths adrift at the line. It is much too soon to forget the promise of that debut win, the step back to seven furlongs and the way the race unfolded at Kempton clearly not playing to his strengths, time likely to show conceding 7lbs to the winner was no easy task. A strapping sort from the family of Enable and Flintshire, it isn’t difficult to envisage this son of Kingman doing much better in 2019; should prove best at/around 10f.

HUMANITARIAN (b c Noble Mission – Sharbat)
Form: 21–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Mohammed Racing

$200,000 half brother to three winners in the US (dam a half sister to the yard’s Lancashire Oaks winner Pomology) who shaped very well on debut in a big-field 1m maiden at Newmarket last September (12/1 chance), waited with in behind the leaders and moving closer three furlongs out, shaken up two furlongs out and staying on well inside the final furlong to take a 2½-length second behind stablemate Kick On. He confirmed that initial promise when landing a 1m novice contest at Lingfield some three weeks later (5/6 favourite), tracking the leaders and going easily, taking over at the top of the straight and clearing away inside the final furlong to score by 5 lengths from Sash. It probably wasn’t the deepest of contests, but this colt was much the best of them on the day, taking several lengths out of the field in no time at all without being flat out to do so; his professionalism allied with the clinical nature of his success last time suggested he would be ready for a crack at exalted company right away, sure to find 10f within range.

MAGIC J (ch c Scat Daddy – Miss Lamour)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Ed Vaughan  Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited

$950,000 first foal of a useful US 8-8.5f winner who was a half sister to Grade 3-placed US 8-9f winner Tejida out of a US triple 8.5/9f Grade 3 winner who was a three-parts sister to Grade 3/Listed-placed US triple 1m 1f winner Tresna (later dam of Eclipse Stakes winner Hawkbill) out of a US 7f Grade 1 winner. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 6f novice event at Yarmouth last September (7/4 chance), recovering from a tardy start to race in mid-division, ridden and making good progress over a furlong out, coming with a sustained run to lead inside the final 100 yards and win going away by 1¼ lengths from Swindler. It was a highly encouraging debut performance from this expensive purchase, readily picking up a pair with experience that had gained first run without being subjected to anything more than hands-and-heels riding; open to above-average improvement and will stay at least 7f.

MUBAKKER (gr c Speightstown – Ready To Act)
Form: 41–  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

$500,000 first foal of a US 7f 3yo Grade 2 winner who made his debut outing in a 6f novice event at Yarmouth last September (easy-to-back 20/1 chance), waited with and shaken up two furlongs out, making headway approaching the final furlong and staying on strongly to finish fourth behind Magic J (beaten 3 lengths). He confirmed that promise when landing a 6f novice contest at Wolverhampton some six weeks later (7/4 favourite), waited with and moving closer over two furlongs out, staying on to lead entering the final furlong and quickening clear to score by lengths from Angel Alexander. This colt had clearly learned plenty from his debut run, sealing matters in the style of one destined for bigger and better things, his improvement likely as much to do with natural progression as the switch to a synthetic surface. There is no reason why he shouldn’t prove as effective back on turf, his dam a smart performer on grass in the US, and he shapes as though he’ll find 7f within range though that may well prove his limit; races such as the Commonwealth Cup or Jersey Stakes could be on his radar if progressing as expected.

NIVALDO (b c Archipenko – Nocturne)
Form: 11–  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Quantum Leap Racing II

€60,000 second foal of a winning close relation to German 12f Group 1 winners Nymphea and Nutan who made a winning start in a 1m novice event at Ffos Las last September (5/4 favourite), waited with in midfield and moving closer over two furlongs out, challenging between rivals and leading entering the final furlong, running green but stretching clear to score by lengths from Aspire Tower. He followed up under a 7lb penalty in a similar event at Kempton seven weeks later (13/8 favourite), pulling his way into the lead after a furlong or so and tanking along at the head of affairs, quickening clear at the two furlong marker and in full control entering the final furlong, understandably tiring close home and eased off as he finished 1¾ lengths ahead of Silent Hunter. This colt created deep impression at two under vastly differing circumstances, overcoming traffic problems/greenness on slow ground first time out before following up on polytrack, tanking his way through proceedings and sealing matters in clinical fashion. It has to be hoped he’ll be able to cultivate a more professional edge as he gains experience, needing to settle better in order to tackle the longer trips he’s bred for and make an impact in exalted company.

STORMWAVE (b c Dalakhani – Celtic Slipper)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Abdulla Al Khalifa

Full brother to 14f Listed winner Moonrise Landing who made a winning debut in a 1m novice event at Salisbury last October (5/2 favourite), tracking the leaders and travelling smoothly, pulled out to challenge with over two furlongs left to run and ridden to lead approaching the final furlong, staying on strongly to score by 2 lengths from Artistic Language. It was a highly satisfactory debut performance from this colt, travelling comfortably in behind the pacesetters and quickly putting a seal on matters once given the office inside the final furlong, making a winning start in a race his handler has used as a launchpad for the likes of Look Here and Cubanita. It is very much all to come for this son of Dalakhani, far from the finished article physically and boasting a good middle distance/staying pedigree, likely to have a fair chunk of improvement for tackling 10f+; rates a smart prospect for the season ahead.

SUCELLUS (b c Dansili – Primevere)
Form: 1–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Third foal of a dual 10f Listed winner who made a winning start to his career in an 8.5f novice contest at Wolverhampton last December (11/4 chance), slowly into stride and running green in rear early, still there when shaken up at the top of the straight, picking up well approaching the final furlong and coming with a sustained run down the outer which carried him into the lead close home as he saw off Nabbeyl by half a length. This colt’s debut success was more about style than substance, beating a limited enough field, but that he won at all is to his credit, poorly placed in a steadily-run affair but able to overcome both positional bias and work his way through greenness to get the job done. He will likely leave that level of form a long way behind this year, boasting a smart pedigree and coming from a stable hardly averse to starting off a good one on the all-weather during the winter months. Quite whether he’s in the same league as the likes of Enable, Jack Hobbs and Without Parole remains to be seen, but it would be disappointing if this son of Dansili wasn’t a big improver during his second season; ought to stay 10f.

SURFMAN (b c Kingman – Shimmering Surf)
Form: 31-  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Peter Winkworth

Half brother to French 12f Group 1 winner Kitesurf who shaped with considerable promise on his debut outing in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham last October (9/2 chance), slowly into stride and waited with in rear, making progress three furlongs out but running green off the bridle, short for room briefly inside the final furlong but keeping on well to finish third behind Star Safari (beaten half a length). He duly built on that promising first effort to land a maiden over the same course and distance a month later (10/11 favourite), tracking the leaders and travelling smoothly, ridden to lead over a furlong out and kept up to his work to score by 1¾ lengths from Durston. This colt appeals strongly as the type to thrive in his second season once faced with 10f+, still looking to have something to learn last time, green once hitting the front having travelled best; a sizeable sort, the best is very much yet to come.

TANKERVILLE (b c Kitten’s Joy – Starformer)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Dermot Weld  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Half brother to Irish 10f 3yo Listed winner Flavius out of a US 10f Grade 2 winner who made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Gowran Park last October (4/5 favourite), tracking the pace and tanking along but short of room two furlongs out, switched left and soon leading, merely pushed out inside the final furlong to come home 2¼ lengths clear from Killourney. The strength behind him in the market beforehand was likely as much to do with the modest standard set by those with experience as his home reputation, but there was a lot to like about the manner in which this colt got the job done, soon in full control once getting the split over a furlong out. He boasts a good Juddmonte pedigree, representing a sire that has enjoyed notable success in Europe in recent times via the likes of Hawkbill and Roaring Lion; sure to stay 10f, this colt could prove another good advertisement for his stallion.

URBAN ICON (b c Cityscape – Fauran)
Form: 11-  Trainer: Richard Hannon  Owner: Michael Pescod

£23,000 purchase from the family of 10/11f Group 3 winner Blue Monday who created a deep impression on both outings at two, making a winning start to his career in a 6f novice auction event at Windsor last May and following up under a penalty in a similar event at Salisbury a fortnight later, making all and quickening clear over a furlong out to see off Even Keel by 3½ lengths. He had beaten the same rival a similar distance off level weights on debut at Windsor, with that one going on to prove himself a useful sort as he rounded off his campaign with a rating of 94, though this colt clearly met with some sort of setback to not see action again in 2018. The fact remains he rates a smart prospect, with a race such as the European Free Handicap (officially rated 96) in April making sense as a starting point for his three-year-old campaign, a good test of his 2000 Guineas credentials in terms of stamina as much as anything, bred to stay at least 7f but hardly short of speed on the evidence of his two victories last term.

WALDSTERN (ch c Sea The Stars – Waldlerche)
Form: 124-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Gestut Ammerland

Half brother to high-class middle distance performers Waldgeist and Waldlied who made a winning debut in a 1m novice event at Newmarket (July) last August, in rear and running green, making progress over two furlongs out and coming with a sustained run to lead inside the final 100 yards and run out 1¼-length winner over Venedegar. He wasn’t able to add to that tally in two subsequent outings but hardly did his credentials any harm, unsuited by the relative test of speed when finding only the potentially smart Kadar (in receipt of 7lbs from this colt) too good in a 1m novice event at Haydock the following month before a fourth place finish to Norway in the 10f Listed Zetland Stakes at Newmarket some five weeks later, unable to sustain his effort from off the pace on the fastest ground he had encountered. This colt is bred to excel over middle distances and beyond (smart dam also a half sister to the yard’s St Leger winner Masked Marvel), the fact he has already achieved so much going into his second season a foretaste to the true extent of his abilities, which will surely be revealed once getting his optimum conditions.

ZAKOUSKI (b c Shamardal – O’Giselle)
Form: 1–  Trainer: Charlie Appleby  Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to Australian 6.5f Group 3 winner Albrecht out of an unraced half sister to Australian Group 1 winners Lonhro (7-10f) and Niello (9.5-10f). This colt made a successful start to his career in a 7f novice contest at Kempton last November (5/2 chance), tracking the leaders and shaken up to challenge two furlongs out, leading approaching the final furlong and clearing away inside the final 100 yards or so to score by 2 lengths from Headman. It was a highly impressive debut performance from this well-bred colt, notably strong in the market against an impressive first-time-out winner, more to his victory than simply the 7lbs he was in receipt of from that rival. He looks ready enough to be fast-tracked into pattern company and appeals as a high-class prospect, sure to find 1m within range.

MAIDENS

AL BATTAR (b c Dubawi – Giofra)
Form: 6–  Trainer: Ed Vaughan  Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited

€1,550,000 second foal of a high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a half sister to smart 8-8.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) Big Baz and French 12f Listed winner Gradara. This well-bred colt made his debut outing in a 1m novice event at Kempton last December (10/1 chance), recovering from a sluggish start when hampered and shuffled back after a furlong or so, shaken up two furlongs out and keeping on well inside the final furlong to finish sixth behind Set Piece (beaten 2½ lengths). It was a most encouraging debut effort from this colt, caught on heels early and left poorly placed as a result, considerately handled in the straight but hitting the line hard, having running left in him. His dam got better with age as did her half brother Big Baz, and it will be disappointing if this son of Dubawi isn’t capable of significantly better as he gains experience; ought to stay 10f.

ARABIAN KING (ch c New Approach – Barshiba)
Form: 6-  Trainer: David Elsworth  Owner: Jeff Smith

Half brother to high-class 5-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Arabian Queen and two other winners, out of a high-class 8-12f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was a half sister to 1m 2yo Listed winner Doctor Dash, Listed-placed 8-12.5f winner Dashing Star and very useful 10-12f winner Dash Of Spice. This colt’s sole outing at two came in a 7f newcomers’ maiden at Newmarket (July) last August (well-supported 7/2 chance), taking a keen hold in rear and showing signs of inexperience, making progress over two furlongs out and attempting to challenge approaching the final furlong, running green off the bridle but coming again near the finish to come home in sixth behind Red Bravo (beaten 5 lengths). He was much too green to show to best advantage, acknowledging there are quirks in the family; however, the strength behind him in the market beforehand allied with a good pedigree well known to his veteran handler point to better days ahead, likely to prove best over middle distances in the long run.

BE MORE (b f Shamardal – Pearl Dance)
Form: 4-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: George Strawbridge

Full sister to very useful UK/Hong Kong 6f-1m winner Born In China and a half sister to smart French 8-9f winner (including at Group 3 level) Sparkling Beam and Group 1-placed 1m 1f 3yo winner Rainbow Springs, out of a Group 1-placed 6f 2yo winning half sister to German 10.5f Listed winner Ocean Sea and the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues. This filly debuted in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (8/1 chance), in touch in midfield and niggled along from around halfway, shaken up and switched right two furlongs out, green and outpaced initially but coming back again at the line to take fourth behind Sunday Star (beaten 8 lengths). Her inexperience was there for all to see, pushed along mid-race and caught cold when the pace increased two furlongs out, but she was noted putting in some eyecatching late work under considerate handling. A May foal boasting a smart pedigree, there ought to be a whole lot more to come from this daughter of Shamardal in 2019, when she’ll stay at least 1m.

DURSTON (ch c Sea The Moon – Caribana)
Form: 32-  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Durston

52,000gns half brother to dual 12f Group 3 winner Cubanita and useful 7-10.5f winner Aquarium who debuted in a 10f novice event at Bath last October (7/1 chance), tracking the pace and ridden to chase eventual winner West End Charmer from over three furlongs out, never able to challenge and losing second close home (beaten 5½ lengths). His other outing at two came in a big-field 8.5f maiden at Nottingham three weeks later (20/1 chance), prominent and ridden over two furlongs out, sticking to the task well for pressure to close down eventual winner Surfman to 1¼ lengths at the line. This colt is very much bred to come into his own over middle distances, shaping accordingly on both outings, looking ready for a return back up in distance when chasing home a potentially smart sort last time; good enough to win a maiden/novice event at the right level, but he’ll prove a real force in handicap company.

EAGLES BY DAY (b/br c Sea The Stars – Missunited)
Form: 2-  Trainer: Michael Bell  Owner: Clipper Logistics

125,000gns first foal of a 14f Group 3 winner/Ascot Gold Cup runner-up who debuted in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham last October (7/1 chance), slowly into stride and waited with towards the rear of the field, moving closer soon after halfway and shaken up to chase the leader over two furlongs out, keeping on well to get to within 1½ lengths of Alnadir at the line. It was a promising first effort from this stoutly-bred colt, the only newcomer in the field and that in evidence early, also coming from further back than the other principals. That he was able to reveal as much as he did first time out bodes well, bred to excel with time and distance; should find winning a maiden/novice event a mere formality before moving on to bigger and better things; will stay at least 10f.

ENTRUSTING (br c Nathaniel – Royal Empress)
Form: 5-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Ben CM Wong

110,000gns second foal of a Group 3-placed 6f 3yo winner who made his debut in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham last November (28/1 chance), racing in midfield and pushed along over two furlongs out, making sustained progress throughout the final furlong to take fifth behind Surfman (beaten 5½ lengths). This colt was spared a hard race, only really building up a head of steam as the line approached, faring much the best of the newcomers. He comes from a stable that rarely has its youngsters fully wound up on debut, shaping in kind; pedigree is one of contrasts, but his sire is an influence for stamina and, given how he shaped on debut, this colt is likely to find 10f within range.

GAMBON (b c Dutch Art – Guajara)
Form: 30-  Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton  Owner: Anthony Pye-Jeary

52,000gns first foal of an Italian 11f 3yo Listed winner who shaped with distinct promise on debut in a 6f novice event at Ascot last July (7/1 chance), waited with in behind the leaders and shaken up to move closer when impeded two furlongs out, switched right and taking third inside the final furlong behind Marhaba Milliar (beaten lengths). He was unable to confirm that initial promise in a 7f maiden back at Ascot eight weeks later (10/1 chance), soon leading but headed approaching the two furlong marker, dropping away inside the final furlong to come home last of 11 behind Prince Eiji (beaten 11 lengths). His tame finishing effort that day can be explained by the fact he was struck into, well worth another chance to build on the promise of his debut effort in a race that has worked out particularly well; sire a speed influence but the distaff side of his pedigree suggests he’ll stay at least 1m in time.

GRANDMASTER FLASH (ch c Australia – Kittens)
Form: 22–  Trainer: Joseph O’Brien  Owner: LECH Racing Limited

52,000gns second foal of a triple 12f winning half sister to 7f/1m Group 3 winner Purr Along who debuted in a 7f maiden at Dundalk last November (7/4 joint-favourite), racing in midfield and shaken up over two furlongs out, making good progress over a furlong and keeping on well for pressure inside the final furlong to chase home Thebeastfortheeast (pair clear). He again found one too good when contesting a 1m minor event back there three weeks later (4/6 market leader), tracking the leaders and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, coming clear with eventual winner Playa Del Puente inside the final furlong but having to settle for a half-length second. This colt has shaped very well on both outings to date, finding just one too good but drawing well clear of the remainder on each occasion; shapes like one that will come into his own over middle distances and rates a very useful prospect.

INFUSE (b f Lope De Vega – Fusion)
Form: 7-  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Duke Of Roxburghe & WP Wyatt

Second foal of a lightly-raced maiden sister to useful dual 1m winner Racketeer and half sister to very smart 5f-1m winner (five times at Group 1 level, including the 1000 Guineas) Attraction, Grade 3-placed UK/US 8-8.5f winner Federation and three other winners. This filly’s sole outing at two came in a 1m novice event at Newmarket last October (20/1 chance), slowly into stride and running green in rear, ridden soon after halfway and continuing to run green, making some late headway to finish seventh behind Turgenev (beaten 10½ lengths). She was much too green to show best advantage, the rain-softened conditions and course compounding matters, but her finishing effort once getting the idea inside the final furlong gave a hint of what is to come; open to considerable progress in 2019.

KIEFER (gr c Pour Moi – Dali’s Grey)
Form: 7-  Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton  Owner: Aston House Stud

Half brother to smart 10-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer, useful 10-14f winner Boz and fairly useful 10-12f winner Batik, out of a French 11f winning half sister to French 12f 3yo Group 2 winner Diamilina and French 7f 2yo Group 3 winner/French 2000 Guineas runner-up Diamond Green. This colt made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Goodwood last September (100/1 chance), a little slowly into stride and racing in rear, shaken up three furlongs out and running green on the outer, hanging right and outpaced inside the final furlong as he came home seventh of 10 behind Line Of Duty (beaten 11½ lengths). This nicely-bred son of Pour Moi is very much in the learning phase of his career and there is little doubt that middle distance/staying handicaps will be the making of him once qualified for that sphere, by which time he should be fully up to speed.

KISS FOR A JEWEL (b f Kingman – Sapphire)
Form: 2-  Trainer: Dermot Weld  Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm

Three-parts sister to Irish 7f 3yo winner Jewel House (by Invincible Spirit) out of a high-class 8-12f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a half sister to very smart 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Free Eagle and high-class prolific 7-9f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Custom Cut. This filly made her debut outing in an 8.5f fillies’ maiden at Galway last October (6/1 chance), slow to gather stride and showing signs of inexperience in rear, making good progress on the outer from the three furlong marker, challenging entering the final furlong but unable to sustain her effort and coming home half a length adrift of Delphinia. It was a debut performance packed full of promise, making a fast-forward move into contention and briefly serving it up to the eventual winner (only one to do so), the energy exerted to get into such a position against a more experienced rival telling late on. It would come as no surprise to see this daughter of Kingman develop into a pattern-class performer if her debut effort and pedigree are any guide, coming from a fine family that has served these connections well; ought to stay 10f.

LADY BOWTHORPE (b f Nathaniel – Maglietta Fina)
Form: 4-  Trainer: William Jarvis  Owner: Ms E L Banks

82,000gns half sister to smart triple 6f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Speak In Colours out of a UK/Italian 5-7f winner who was a half sister to smart 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Tullius and 7-8.5f 2yo winner Poster. This filly’s sole outing to date came in a 6f fillies’ novice event at Yarmouth last September (10/1 chance), racing in midfield and making progress on the outer over two furlongs out, ridden and trying to challenge approaching the final furlong but unable to sustain her effort and having to settle for fourth behind Hidden Message (beaten 5½ lengths). She gave the distinct impression that she’ll prove capable of better at some point, her finishing effort lacking punch having travelled nicely into things on the flank; pedigree a blend of speed and stamina, clearly comfortable over six furlongs on debut but more than likely to get another furlong or two in time.

LEWIS SLACK (b g Coach House – Pelican Key)
Form: 97-  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Caron & Paul Chapman

50,000gns half brother to connections’ very useful 6-7f winner Shared Equity who no more than hinted at ability in a couple of outings at two, unable to sustain his effort having taken a keen hold when ninth of 10 to Cosmic Law in a 5f novice event at Carlisle last May and then fading from prominence when seventh of eight to Chuck Willis in a 6f novice contest at Ayr the following month, again not settling fully. He wasn’t seen again thereafter and has been gelded in the interim, that procedure likely to aid his cause given his refusal to settle; showed enough to a point on both starts last term to think he’ll prove a force in sprint handicaps after another run, on course for a lowly mark.

MADAME TANTZY (b f Champs Elysees – Roodle)
Form: 3-  Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton  Owner: Mrs R F Johnson Houghton

Half sister to connections’ high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Group 1 level) Accidental Agent who made her debut in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Newbury last October (16/1 chance), recovering from a slow start to race a little worse than midfield, ridden and making headway two furlongs out, staying on well throughout the final furlong to finish third behind Nausha (beaten 3½ lengths). For all there is a fair amount of speed and precocity in the family, her sire is a strong influence for a stamina and that appears to have come through in this filly, kicking off over 1m in the autumn and never nearer than at the finish. She showed more than enough on debut to think she will prove capable of winning a maiden/novice event this spring, sure to have derived plenty from that initial experience.

NO DRESS REHEARSAL (b f Cityscape – Sailing Days)
Form: 74–  Trainer: Mick Easterby  Owner: Mrs Charles Cyzer

Half sister to 11.5-12f 3yo winner Statsminister out of a maiden half sister to smart 12f-2m winner (including twice at Listed level) Land ‘n Stars and useful 12f-2m winner Establishment. This filly shaped like one for the longer term in a pair of maidens at Newcastle last November, blowing the start before running on late to take seventh behind Mostawaa on debut (1m) and offering a good bit more when upped to 10f a couple of weeks later, staying on late and nearly snatching third behind Moonlight Spirit (beaten 5½ lengths). Her finishing effort both times have given a taste of things to come once her stamina needs are better catered for, bred to stay well and shaping in kind so far; needs one more run for a mark and handicaps will undoubtedly bring out the best in this daughter of Cityscape.

OMNIVEGA (b c Siyouni – Vermentina)
Form: 76-  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: Never Say Die Partnership

€120,000 half brother to high-class French 12-15f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Verema who debuted in a big-field 1m maiden at Newmarket last September (33/1 chance), dropped out and anchored well off the pace, travelling well and switched right over a furlong out, staying on nicely throughout the final furlong to come home seventh of 18 to Kick On (beaten 8 lengths). He was fast-tracked into pattern company for the Group 3 Autumn Stakes over the same course and distance a couple of weeks later (33/1 chance), in rear and ridden over two furlongs out, running green and left behind by the principals inside the final furlong as he came home sixth of eight behind Persian King (beaten 17½ lengths). He remains with his potential fully intact, simply flying too high last time, that he was asked such a question an indication as to the regard in which he’s held; ought to prove good enough to win his maiden/novice and should make significant progress in his second season, especially once faced with 10f+.

STRINDBERG (b c Sea The Moon – Summer Night)
Form: 04-  Trainer: Marcus Tregoning  Owner: M P N Tregoning

35,000gns half brother to Group 2-placed 7f-1m 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Songerie, German 12f Listed winner/Italian Oaks third Souvenance, French 9.5f 3yo Listed winner Soft Morning, Swedish 12f 3yo Listed winner Sourire and four other winners, out of a twice-raced 6f 3yo winner. This colt stepped up on a debut tenth in a 7f novice event at Newbury last September when contesting an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham 18 days later (20/1 chance), close up and pushed along three furlongs out, outpaced initially but keeping on steadily throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Alnadir (beaten 7¾ lengths). The best of this colt won’t be seen until moving into handicap company after another run, hailing from a stable that thrives with such types; ought to stay at least 10f.

TAVUS (b g Pour Moi – La Persiana)
Form: 7–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Tony Bloom

65,000gns half brother to Grade 3-placed UK/US 7-12f winner (including at Listed level) Qushchi (later dam of 12f 3yo Listed winner Mrs Sippy), useful 8-12f winner Persepolis and three other winners, out of a Group 3-placed 10-10.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) who was a half sister to Dewhurst/St James’s Palace winner/2000 Guineas runner-up Grand Lodge. This gelding’s sole outing at two came in a 7f novice event at Kempton last November (12/1 chance), in rear and running green, ridden over two furlongs out and keeping on inside the final furlong to finish seventh behind Global Spectrum (beaten 11 lengths). He was much too green to show anything worthwhile, seven furlongs clearly an inadequate test though the late inroads he made under sympathetic handling promising better to come at some point; likely the bulk of his improvement will be reserved for 10f+ handicaps.

WANNIE MAE (ch f Australia – Wurfklinge)
Form: 7-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Bjarne Minde

€150,000 half sister to Listed-placed 8.5f 2yo Flat/2m Grade 3 hurdle/chase winner Landofhopeandglory whose sole outing at two came in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Newbury last October (8/1 chance), slowly into stride and waited with in rear, travelling better than most but still well off the pace approaching the two furlong marker, shaken up soon after and keeping on well throughout the final furlong to finish seventh behind Nausha (beaten 9 lengths). This filly’s pedigree is all about stamina, shaping in kind on debut, going smoothly on the bridle in rear but only finding top stride as the line approached; rates as the type to do significantly better at three over middle distances.

YORKSHIRE FLYER (b g Cape Cross – Moonlight Wish)
Form: 89–  Trainer: Les Eyre  Owner: RP Racing Ltd

60,000gns half brother to Listed-placed 5-6f winner Kerry’s Requiem who no more than hinted at ability in a pair of outings at two, unable to sustain a forward move when eighth of 12 to Ernest Aldrich in a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October and then doing too much too soon when fading from prominence to finish ninth of 14 behind Heath Charnock in a 6f novice event at Newcastle a month later. He has shaped a little better than the bare facts suggest, refusing to settle early and paying for a mid-race move on debut before helping to force the pace into a crosswind and dropping away inside the final furlong second time out. He boasts a reasonable enough pedigree and appeals as the sort to do better once eligible for handicaps after one more run, unlikely to get much of a mark; been gelded.

HANDICAPS

AGRAVAIN (b g Camelot – Pivotal Lady)
Form: 799-  Trainer: Tim Easterby  Owner: Geoff & Sandra Turnbull

Half brother to smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Raven’s Lady who made little impact in a trio of outings at two, not unfancied on debut for a 1m maiden at Carlisle (12/1 chance) but dropping away to finish last of seven having not settled fully in testing conditions. He beat only a couple of rivals home in a pair of 7f novice events at Redcar within a 10 days of each other not long after, leading but racing keenly on the final occasion, soon done with once headed over a furlong out. It is clear he has been brought along with handicaps in mind, rushed through maiden/novice races and shaping like one in need of more time; has been handed a mark of 60 and should do better over 1m+ in that sphere this term, when he’ll hopefully be able to ration his energies better now gelded.

ANNA BUNINA (b f Poet’s Voice – Russian Society)
Form: 8846-  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Highbeck Racing 3

24,000gns three-parts sister to 2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Skywards Reward (by Dubawi) and a half sister to useful 8-12f winner Petrovsky, 10-12f winner Scarab, 12-13f winner Donnachies Girl and two other winners, out of a Listed-placed 10f 3yo winner from a very good family. This filly shaped like one for the longer term in a quartet of outings at two, green and outpaced before closing up into eighth on debut in a 7f fillies’ novice contest at Thirsk last July and then never involved when filling the same position in a 7.5f novice event at Beverley three weeks later. She offered a fair bit more over the same course and distance the following month, keeping on from off the pace to take fourth behind Brassica, and rounded off her campaign with a sixth place finish behind Prejudice in a 1m nursery at Redcar three and a half weeks later, outpaced by the principals over a furlong out and merely plugging on. Both her pedigree and the manner in which she has shaped to date suggest she wants middle distances, perhaps even further, and it would come as no surprise to see her take off in handicaps this term from a revised mark of 61.

BABA GHANOUJ (b f Sea The Stars – Lombatina)
Form: 41–  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

Half sister to connections’ Listed-placed dual 1m 3yo winner Agrotera who shaped with promise on her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket last September (6/1 chance), waited with until making good progress three furlongs out, running green in the Dip and her effort flattening out inside the final furlong as she came home in fourth behind Qabala (beaten lengths). She showed the benefit for that experience when landing an 8.5f fillies’ novice event at Wolverhampton two months later (3/1 favourite), tanking along in behind the leaders and ridden to lead approaching the final furlong, keeping on well to score by lengths from Lady Lizzy. The manner in which this filly has travelled on both outings to date has caught the eye, settling matters in clinical fashion last time having travelled best, relishing the additional distance. Her year older half sister progressed well for these connections last season, winning the 1m Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot, but this filly ought to stay a little further being a daughter of Sea The Stars (dam from the fine family of Schiaparelli and Samum); good prospect who may well achieve enough on her third run to bypass handicap company, requiring another run to qualify for a mark.

BALLYLEMON (b c Champs Elysees – Athreyaa)
Form: 334-  Trainer: Richard Hughes  Owner: Graham Doyle & Hazel Lawrence

75,000gns half brother to three winners, notably useful 6-7f winner Dawaa, out of an unraced half sister to high-class 12f-2m 5f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/St Leger third Honolulu out of a French 10f 3yo Group 1 winning sister to 12f 3yo Listed winner/Irish Oaks runner-up L’Ancresse and half sister to Irish Oaks winner Moonstone. This colt shaped with promise on all three outings at two, a staying on third behind Prince Eiji in a 7f maiden at Ascot on debut last September and filling the same position in a 7f novice event at Newbury 15 days later, attempting to make all. His third and final outing saw him finish fourth to Bell Rock in a similar event at Newmarket the following month, close up and ridden two furlongs out, one paced inside the final furlong. He didn’t really progress at two but certainly has the scope for improvement in his second season, longer trips in handicap company likely to hurry along his development, sure to stay at least 10f; has been handed an opening mark of 78.

BUBBELAH (b g Zoffany – Sanadaat)
Form: 858-  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: Daniel Pittack

€42,000 half brother to useful winners Charcor (9.5f) and Fennaan (7f) who improved steadily with each run at two, never involved when beating one home on debut in a 6.5f novice event at Doncaster last June but offering a bit more in a 7f novice auction event at Ascot five weeks later, waited with and travelling better than most but unable to sustain his progress inside the final furlong and having to settle for fifth behind Nuremburg (beaten 12 lengths). His third and qualifying run came in a 6f novice contest at Newmarket (July) three weeks later, anchored in rear and still well off the pace when shaken up over a furlong out, coming home in eighth behind Garrus (beaten lengths). It is clear this son of Zoffany has been brought along with handicaps in mind, the step back to six furlongs last time allied with a considerate/waiting ride not showing him in the best light; gelded since and handed an opening mark of 64, he ought to prove capable of a lot better in his second season now qualified for that sphere, likely to stay 1m.

COPAL (b g Dark Angel – Mirabilis)
Form: 642–  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Half brother to high-class 9-11f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Monarchs Glen who showed promise on all three outings at two, staying on well into sixth behind Senza Limiti in a 7f novice event at Salisbury on debut last October and then keeping on into fourth behind Bayroot in a similar contest at Kempton 19 days later, tapped-for-toe initially as the tempo lifted. His third and final outing came in an 8.5f novice event at Wolverhampton in November (9/4 joint-favourite), tracking the leaders and ridden over two furlongs out, keeping on well throughout the final furlong to take a half-length second to Great Bear. This son of Dark Angel was once again not seen to best effect, the step up in distance negated by a modest pace, flat footed when the tempo increased on the approach to the straight and only really opening up inside the final furlong. He appeals the type do much better in his second season now handicaps are an option, handed an opening mark of 78; will stay 10f; has been gelded since last seen.

CRASTER (b c Sea The Stars – Coquet)
Form: 435-  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Margadale, Scott, Kerr-Dineen

Half brother to 1m 2yo winner Glencadam Master out of an 8/10f Listed winner who was a half sister to useful 8-9.5f winner Genius Boy, useful 10f-2m Flat/2m Listed hurdle winner Cartwright and dual 12f 3yo Flat/dual 2m hurdle winner Midnight Oil out of a 10f 3yo winning sister to 10.5f Group 1 winner One So Wonderful. This colt shaped promisingly on debut when fourth in a 1m novice event at Ffos Las last September, slowly away and running green but keeping on inside the final furlong, and he very nearly made it second time lucky in a 10f novice contest at Bath the following month, caught close home and having to settle for a ¾-length third behind Themaxwecan. He signed off with a fifth place finish in a 1m novice event at Newbury three and a half weeks later, waited with in midfield and making progress over two furlongs out, sticking on well for pressure inside the final furlong. Everything points to this colt doing better in his second season, boasting a slow-maturing pedigree and coming from a stable that play the long game with its younger horses; showed more than enough at two to think an opening mark of 79 is well within his capabilities, handicaps over middle/staying distances sure to see him reach maximum potential.

DAL HORRISGLE (b c Nathaniel – Dalvina)
Form: 51–  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: St Albans Bloodstock Limited

Half brother to Group 2/3-placed 1m-2m winner (including at Listed level) Dal Harraild who debuted in a 7f novice event at Redcar last November (11/4 chance), racing in midfield and soon off the bridle, left behind by the principals over two furlongs out but gradually responding to eventually come home in fifth behind Dashed (beaten 13½ lengths). He duly improved for that outing and the longer trip when landing an 8.5f novice contest at Wolverhampton 18 days later (11/2 chance), dictating matters at the head of affairs and ridden two furlongs out, hanging right entering the final furlong but keeping on well to score by ¾ length from Emirates Knight. For all he very much had his own way out in front last time, this colt is bred to excel with age, still showing his inexperience under pressure last time; middle distances are sure to elicit above-average improvement from this colt in 2019.

DAME MALLIOT (b f Champs Elysees – Stars In Your Eyes)
Form: 1–  Trainer: Ed Vaughan  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Half sister to very useful 7-10f winner Banksea and useful 12-14f winner Stone The Crows, out of a 12f winner who was closely related to very useful 8-10f winner Coordinated Cut and a half sister to Listed-placed multiple 10f winner Wild Savannah. This filly made a winning start to her career in a 9.5f median auction novice contest at Wolverhampton last December (3/1 chance), racing enthusiastically in behind the leaders, shaken up over two furlongs out and produced to lead entering the final furlong, keeping on well to score by lengths from Lady Lizzy. She was nicely on top at the line, justifying the strength behind her in the market to see off a more experienced rival that had some decent form to her name; open to improvement in her second season, she ought to stay at least 12f.

DAZZLING DAN (b g Dandy Man – Scrumptious)
Form: 4221-  Trainer: Pam Sly  Owner: Thorney Racing Partners

£50,000 purchase who was gelded after a promising debut fourth to Loch Ness Monster in a 6f maiden at Nottingham last July, chasing home subsequent Middle Park Stakes runner-up Jash in a 6f novice event at Newmarket (July) a month later and then bumping into another smart sort in Watan when filling the same position in a similar event at Leicester a couple of months later. He gained a deserved first success on his final outing of 2018 in a 6f maiden at Doncaster 12 days later (9/4 favourite), close up/disputing on the near side and travelling powerfully, still on the bridle approaching the final furlong and soon clear to run out an easy 4-length winner over Night Secret. He boasts some very good novice form and even a revised rating of 89 likely underestimates him, the early-season three-year-old sprint handicap programme sure to be taken advantage of by his shrewd handler.

GENNARO (b g Harbour Watch – Buzkashi)
Form: 958–  Trainer: Ivan Furtado  Owner: Sohi & Sohi

€22,000 second foal of a maiden half sister to UAE 1m 1f Group 1 winner Tryster who stepped up on his last place finish on debut at Newcastle when contesting a 7.5f novice event at Chester a month later, waited with and travelling better than most, making headway over two furlongs out but unable to sustain his effort and coming home in fifth behind Indomitable (beaten lengths). He seemed to pay for his earlier exuberance when fading into eighth in a 1m novice event at Chelmsford a further month on, but he appeals as the type do better now qualified for handicaps, from a stable that does particularly well in that sphere; has been handed a mark of 65.

IMPERIAL CHARM (b f Dubawi – Reem Three)
Form: 331-  Trainer: Simon Crisford  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Half sister to French 10f Group 1 winner Ajman Princess, smart multiple 1m 3yo winner (including at Group 2 level) Ostilio, very useful UK/UAE 7-12f winner Naqshabban and very useful 7f-1m winner Cape Byron, out of a Listed-placed 8.5-10.5f winner who was a half sister to 1m Group 2 winner Afsare (by Dubawi). This well-bred filly made a promising start when third to Layaleena in a well-contested 7f fillies’ novice event at Newmarket (July) last August, and she followed that with another third place finish over the same trip on the Rowley Mile the following month. She came good at the third time of asking over the same course and distance in November (11/10 market leader), travelling strongly in behind the leader and still going easily when taking over two furlongs out, clearing right away inside the final furlong to run out a very easy -length winner from Jadeerah. It was a performance more about style than substance, but she could hardly have won any easier; an opening mark of 86 allows her to start out in handicap company in 2019, a race such as the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot appealing as a medium-term target, though it wouldn’t at all surprise to see her competing for black-type honours sooner rather than later.

IRON MIKE (gr g Gregorian – Regal Velvet)
Form: 446-  Trainer: Keith Dalgleish  Owner: Weldspec Glasgow Limited

€60,000 half brother to five winners, notably useful 1m winner Robemaker, and he shaped as though in need of the run when a well-held fourth in a 10f maiden at Pontefract on debut last October, duly improving when fourth of 10 to Lord North in a 1m novice event at Redcar 11 days later, running on well from off the pace (beaten lengths). His third and final outing saw him contest a 7f novice event back at Redcar two and a half weeks later, close up and ridden over two furlongs out, soon left behind though rallying near the line to take sixth behind Dashed (beaten 14 lengths). Three runs in the space of a month and the step back in distance each time clearly didn’t see this son of Gregorian to best advantage, rushed through novice events in order to acquire a mark; gelded since last seen, he has been asked to start out in handicaps from a rating of 73 and shapes like one that will prove best over 10f+.

L’UN DEUX TROIS (gr c Mastercraftsman – Moment Juste)
Form: 946–  Trainer: Michael Bell  Owner: Mrs G Rowland-Clark & T Hyde

€50,000 full brother to useful Swedish 11-13f winner Sea Lieutenant out of a maiden half sister to 10f Group 2 winner Imperial Stride, 12f Group 3 winner High Pitched, smart 8-10.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) Zero Tolerance and 11f 3yo winner/Derby fourth Hala Bek. This colt shaped like a future stayer in a trio of outings at two, making little impact on debut in a 7f maiden at Ascot at September but offering a good bit more in a 10f maiden at Goodwood 19 days later, very much having the run of things but sticking to his task well to come home in fourth behind Pablo Escobarr (beaten 2 lengths). He reaffirmed the fact he is a stayer in the making when keeping on into sixth behind Zuba in a similar event at Chelmsford a month later, taking a while to warm to the task; handed an opening mark of 70, he appeals as the type come good in a big way once tackling 12f+ in handicap company.

LAND OF WINTER (b g Camelot – Gaselee)
Form: 909–  Trainer: Rae Guest  Owner: Paul Smith & Rae Guest

Half brother to 12f 3yo winner Wallflower and French 10.5f 3yo winner Millepassi, out of a fairly useful 9f-2m winner who was a half sister to useful 12f 3yo winner Sayadaw. This gelding shaped like one for the longer term in a trio of outings at two, in rear and never involved in novice/maiden events at Leicester (1m), Nottingham (8.5f) and Chelmsford (1m) within the space of six weeks last autumn. His dam was a slow burner who came into her own over staying trips and this son of Camelot will likely prove no different, contesting decent races at two and predictably too backward to show anything worthwhile; capable of better in handicaps from an initial mark of 54.

LOUIS TREIZE (ch c Slade Power – Black Rodded)
Form: 210-  Trainer: Richard Spencer  Owner: Rebel Racing Premier

£120,000 second foal of a 5.5f 2yo winning sister to 6f 2yo Listed winner Queen’s Grace who made a promising start in a 6f maiden at Doncaster last July, travelling smoothly close up until taking over before halfway, still going easily approaching the final furlong but soon tackled and running green, headed close home by Hafeet Alain and going down by lengths. He duly went one better in a 6f novice event at Newcastle 12 days later, tanking along just off the pace and leading on the bit over a furlong out, clearing away under mainly hands-and-heels riding inside the final furlong to score by 3 lengths from Swiss Connection. His only other outing at two came in a valuable sales contest at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting in September, keen under restraint in mid-division in the far side group, making some progress over a furlong out but soon done with and coming home 13th of 22 behind The Great Heir (beaten 9 lengths). This nicely-bred colt is well worth another chance to confirm the high promise of his first two runs, simply too free after a break in a competitive event last time; from an initial mark of 83, this colt has scope for improvement for the move into handicap company this season, just the type to thrive in such an environment.

MARRONNIER (ch g Lope De Vega – Beach Bunny)
Form: 341-  Trainer: Stuart Williams  Owner: Gg Thoroughbreds III

€22,000 half brother to very useful winners Naadirr (6-7f, including at Listed level), Beach Belle (5-6f 2yo, including at Listed level) and Aasheq (9-11f) who offered promise on debut when a staying on third of four in a 7f auction novice event at Epsom last August, but he blew the start and left himself with too much to do when fourth to Major Snugfit in a similar event at Beverley the following month. He came good at the third time of asking in a 7f novice auction race at Brighton three weeks later, racing in midfield and closing in going well over two furlongs out, ridden over a furlong out and responding well for pressure to lead inside the final 100 yards and score by lengths from Water Diviner. There is no doubt this gelding has his quirks (unseated his rider and withdrawn ahead of his intended debut on the July course) and is related to one or two temperamental sorts, but, like them, it ought not to hinder his development too much, strong at the finish and looking more polished all round last time. He has been handed a mark of 77 and should prove capable of making an impact in handicap company, likely to stay at least 1m.

MUBARIZ (b c Dansili – Could It Be)
Form: 661-  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Second foal of an unraced sister to Group 1 winners Misty For Me (7-10f) and Ballydoyle (1m) who caught the eye with his finishing effort when sixth in a 1m novice event at Sandown on debut last September, and he filled the same position in a big-field 1m maiden at Newmarket 13 days later, racing freely and rather uncoordinated going into the Dip. He came good at the third time of asking in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham a month later (13/8 market leader), leading and racing enthusiastically on the front end, ridden and forging clear from the two furlong marker, eased right off in the closing stages to finish lengths clear of Wedding Blue. It was a visually taking display from this smartly-bred colt, likely beating nothing out of the ordinary but doing so in the manner of a smart sort, quickening on request and having the race sewn up over a furlong out. Given his overall profile and an opening mark of 89, it would come as no surprise to see him sent down the handicapping route first, with races such as the Esher Cup and/or London Gold Cup appealing as short-term targets; ought to stay 10f if learning to settle better.

PREJUDICE (ch c Dubawi – Ever Rigg)
Form: 64513-  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: St Albans Bloodstock Limited

Full brother to 10.5/12f Group 1 winner Postponed and a half brother to Italian 12f Group 1 winner God Given who improved steadily in novice races for Luca Cumani last term, offering little on debut in a 7f event at Yarmouth but running better over the same course and distance next time before finishing fifth to Kadar over 1m at Haydock on his qualifying run. He duly came good on his nursery debut over 1m at Redcar in September, held up and moving smoothly into contention two furlongs out, taking over entering the final furlong and clearing away to score by lengths from Al Fajir Mukbile. He was unfortunate to not follow up over the same trip from a 10lb higher mark at Doncaster a month later, held up and looking to move closer when short of room over two furlongs out, staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to take third behind Big Baby Bull (beaten lengths). This colt was left poorly placed last time, having nowhere to go as the race began to take shape, the two that beat him far better placed. For all he’ll not replicate the top level success of his two notable siblings, it’s unlikely he has finished progressing from a revised mark of 85, almost certain to have another chunk of improvement reserved for tackling middle distances.

PRINCE OF HARTS (br g Dalakhani – Reaf)
Form: 055-  Trainer: Rod Millman  Owner: Perfect Match 2

Half brother to very useful 8-12f winner Duke Of Bronte, very useful 12f-2m winner Deauville Flyer and useful 14f-2m 1f Flat/2m hurdle winner Taws, out of an unraced half sister to Doncaster Cup winner Boreas. This gelding offered a good amount of promise in a trio of outings at two, slowly away and never really competitive on debut in a 7.5f novice contest at Ffos Las last August but faring better when fifth to Jersey Bean in a 1m median auction novice event at Salisbury a month later, unable to sustain a promising forward move. He signed off with a fifth place finish to Themaxwecan in a 10f novice event at Bath the following month, slowly into stride and held up in rear, making progress over two furlongs out and keeping on steadily inside the final furlong (beaten lengths). His progress in handicap company from an opening mark of 70 is likely to be more pronounced than was the case in novice events, encouraging that he was able to show as much as he did at two, his pedigree all about stamina; will stay at least 12f.

ROCKET ACTION (b c Toronado – Winning Express)
Form: 31–  Trainer: Robert Cowell  Owner: Robert Ng

First foal of a Group 1-placed 5-7f winner (including twice at Listed level) who debuted in a 5f median auction novice event at Windsor last October (6/1 chance), tracking the leaders and ridden over two furlongs out, very green off the bridle and taking a while to get organised but closing in at the finish to take third behind Aegean Mist (beaten lengths). He proved a completely different proposition when landing a 5f novice event at Newcastle a month later (4/1 chance), tanking along in behind the pacesetters and quickening to challenge over a furlong out, soon leading and clearing away inside the final furlong run out a -length winner over Dragon Beat. It was a visually taking display from this colt, it very much being a case of style over substance, beating a limited enough bunch but doing so emphatically; looks all about speed at this stage and certainly in the right hands to reach full potential.

SPARGROVE (b c Cacique – Capriolla)
Form: 000–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Selwood Bloodstock & Mrs S Read

Closely related to smart 12-15f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo (by Duke Of Marmalade) and a half brother to Group 2-placed 14f-2m winner (including at Group 3 level) Vent De Force, useful 1m 2yo winner Halling’s Quest, fairly useful 12-14f winner Jedhi and 13.5f-2m winner Atalan, out of a maiden close relation to 11.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Saddler’s Quest. This colt offered limited promise in a trio of outings last backend, in rear and uncompetitive in novice events at Newbury (1m) and Wolverhampton (8.5f) either side of an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham, ridden with an eye to the future. He has very little form to speak of after three runs, but they all came within a month of each other and connections’ intentions are plain for all to see, simply laying the foundations for a middle distance/staying handicapping campaign this season. His pedigree alone proposes significant improvement at some point, and an opening mark of 56 allows to him to start out at a realistic level.

SPIRIT OF LUND (b g Fast Company – Kyrielle)
Form: 473–  Trainer: Iain Jardine  Owner: R D Rainey

€18,000 first foal of a maiden half sister to 1m 3yo winner Kirtle (later dam of very useful 8-12f winner Kirthill) who shaped with promise on his debut in a 7f maiden at Musselburgh last August, slowly away and in rear, making progress from over two furlongs out and keeping on well inside the final furlong to take fourth behind Caballero (beaten lengths). Never involved over 1m at Pontefract a month later, he signed off with a good third place finish behind Boston George in a 7f auction novice event at Newcastle a further three weeks on, waited with in rear until moving closer three furlongs out, ridden two furlongs out and keeping on steadily inside the final furlong (beaten 2 lengths). He has shaped as though ready for a stiffer test of stamina, from the family of good stayer Invermark; an opening mark of 74 looks reasonable and he should make an impact in 10f+ handicaps in 2019; has been gelded.

THE OLYMPIAN (ch g Olympic Glory – Basira)
Form: 221-  Trainer: Alan King  Owner: Jamie Magee, Anthony Bromley & Alan King

€72,000 first foal of a half sister to French 12f 3yo Group 1 winner Behkabad who found only one too good on his first two starts in a novice auction event at Windsor (1m) and Goodwood (10f) last September, not seen to maximum effect on either outing, too far back on debut and then not getting the clearest of runs through next time, nearest at the finish on both occasions. He gained compensation when making it third time lucky in a 10f maiden at Newmarket the following month, tracking the leaders and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, responding well for pressure throughout the final furlong to edge ahead close home and see off Travel On by a neck. This gelding looks as though stamina is his strong suit, relishing every yard of the ten-furlong trip last time, also hitting the line hard on his previous two outings. He hails from a smart Aga Khan middle distance/staying family and rates the type to do better still once faced with 12f+ in his second season, asked to start out in handicap company from a mark of 86.

VICTORIANO (b g Teofilo – Victorian Beauty)
Form: 667–  Trainer: Archie Watson  Owner: Ebury Racing 3

€20,000 third foal of an unraced half sister to six-time 10/12f Group/Grade 1 winner Fantastic Light who was sent off the 9/4 market leader on debut for a 1m auction maiden at Newcastle last September, racing in midfield and ridden over two furlongs out, keeping on inside the final furlong until flattening out close home to finish sixth behind Universal Order (beaten 6½ lengths). He was unable to improve significantly on that debut effort in two subsequent outings, caught wide when sixth of 10 in a 1m auction novice event at Chelmsford a month later and then never involved (wide again) but not given an overly hard time when eighth in a similar event at Kempton a couple of weeks later. It is likely he’ll prove a different proposition now qualified for handicaps, handed an opening mark of 63; pedigree and manner of his performances thus far suggest he will stay at least 10f; has been gelded.

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 2019 Flat season.

William Haggas has a surfeit of unraced talent to unleash from his Somerville Lodge base, chief among them: Baiddaa (14/3 b f Dubawi – Ferdoos), a full sister to high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Nezwaah out of a smart 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) who was closely related to 14.5/15f Listed winner Brusco out of a useful dual 12f 3yo winner; Hamish (3/2 b g Motivator – Tweed), the first foal of a 12-12.5f 3yo winner who was a half sister to high-class UK/Australian 10-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Beaten Up, Group 2-placed 10-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Harris Tweed, 12f 3yo Listed winner/Oaks fourth Vow (by Motivator) and four other winners; Montzar (8/3 b c Dansili – Nahrain), a half brother to very smart 7-10f winner (including three times at Group 1 level) Benbatl out of a very smart 8-10f winner (including at Group/Grade 1 level) who was a half sister to smart 7-9.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) Baharah, very useful 8-10f winner Sarrsar and three other winners out of a 12f 3yo Group 2 winner/Oaks runner-up; and Space Walk (29/3 b c Galileo – Memory), a full brother to smart 1m-2m winner (including at Grade 2/Listed level) Call To Mind and 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Recorder and a three-parts brother to Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner Learn By Heart (by Frankel), out of a high-class triple 6f 2yo winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a half sister to Irish 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Remember Alexander.

John Gosden has his usual collection of well-related, unraced three-year-olds, and a couple of particular interest are: Logician (29/3 ro c Frankel – Scuffle), a full brother to useful 9-10f 3yo winner Collide and a half brother to Grade 1-placed UK/US 7-15.5f winner (including at Grade 3/Listed level) Suffused and Listed-placed 7f-1m 3yo winner Battlement, out of a Listed-placed 8-8.5f 3yo winner who was a half sister to 1m 1f Group 1 winner Cityscape and high-class sprinter Bated Breath out of a 7f 3yo Group 3 winner; and Swift Wing (14/4 ch c Pivotal – Gull Wing), a full brother to Group 1-placed 10.5-12f 3yo winner (including at Group 2 level)/Derby fourth Wings Of Desire, Group 1-placed 11-12f 3yo 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 winner who was a half sister to Oaks winner Sariska (by Pivotal).

Dermot Weld has a particularly interesting unraced pair owned by Moyglare Stud Farm to unleash in 2019, namely: All Our Tomorrows (3/3 b f Kingman – Justlookdontouch), a half sister to Group 2/3-placed 10-12f winner (including three times at Listed level) Abingdon and dual 7f winner Aim Of Artemis, out of an unraced three-parts sister to four-time 10/12f Group 1 winner Islington and 10f Group 1 winner Greek Dance and half sister to 12f Group 1 winner Mountain High; and Coeur D’Or (2/3 b c Dubawi – Irresistible Jewel), a half brother to high-class 14f-2m winner (including at Group 1 level) Royal Diamond, high-class 10-12f 3yo winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/Irish Oaks third Princess Highway and Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Mad About You, out of a Group 1-placed 10-12f 3yo winner (including at Group 2/3 level).

Others from various yards worthy of a mention are: Ralph Beckett’s Aloe Vera (2/2 b f Invincible Spirit – Almiranta), a full sister to French 1m 2yo Group 3 winner Alea Iacta and a half sister to smart 12-14.5f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Alyssa, out of a once-raced maiden half sister to Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Alla Speranza and Group 3-placed Irish 11-12f winner (including at Listed level) Altesse out of a French 10.5f 3yo Listed winner; the Jim Bolger-trained Cerro Bayo (20/1 b f Dansili – Villarrica), a full sister to Group 1-placed multiple 10f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Vancouverite and a half sister to smart 8-9.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Khawlah (later dam of Derby winner Masar), out of an 11-12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to French 12.5f 3yo Group 2 winner/Arc third Masterstroke, high-class 7-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Moonlight Magic, 13f AW Listed winner Hidden Gold, smart 11.5-12f winner Royal Line and four other winners out of a 10f 3yo Listed winner/Oaks third who was a half sister to top-class duo Galileo and Sea The Stars; and the Roger Charlton-trained Imhotep (29/4 b c Kingman – African Rose), a half brother to Group 2-placed dual 6f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Fair Eva, useful 7-10f winner Herculean and useful 8-8.5f AW winner Hakka, out of a very smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a full sister to Group 1-placed French 6f-1m 2yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Helleborine (later dam of Coventry Stakes winner Calyx, by Kingman).

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Jubiloso (20/1 b f Shamardal – Joyeuse), the first foal of a Group 3-placed triple 6f winner (including twice at Listed level) who was a full sister to useful 8-8.5f winner Morpheus and a half sister to brilliant 7-10.5f winner (including ten times at Group 1 level) Frankel, very smart 8-12f winner (including three times at Group 1 level) Noble Mission and 11.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Bullet Train out of a Group 3-placed 5-6f winner (including twice at Listed level); Jamie Osborne’s Memento (27/4 b c Sea The Stars – Wizz Kid), a 155,000gns half brother to 12f 3yo winner Formula One out of a high-class multiple 5f winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a half sister to smart French 7.5-10f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Mustaheel and 11-12f 3yo winner Hibernicus (by Sea The Stars) out of a 6.5f 3yo winning half sister to smart UK/UAE 5-7.5f winner (including at Listed level) Yaa Wayl and useful 6-8.5f winner Robert The Painter; and the Kevin Prendergast-trained Nan Yehi (24/2 b f Camelot – Rebelline), a €160,000 half sister to Group 1-placed 8-8.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Irish 2000 Guineas fourth Recharge, Irish 9.5f 3yo Listed winner I’m Yours and four other winners, out of a high-class 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a half sister to smart 5-11f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Quws.

The George Scott-trained Narak (29/5 ch f Dubawi – Chachamaidee), a half sister to smart 10-12f 3yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Klassique out of a high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a full sister to high-class 6-7f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) J Wonder, a three-parts sister to smart UK/Hong Kong 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) California Whip and a half sister to the dam of 1m 2yo Listed winner/Racing Post Trophy third Celestial Path; the Owen Burrows-trained Ojooba (5/5 b f Dubawi – Rumoush), a full sister to Group 2-placed UK/UAE dual 7f winner (including at Listed level) Muntazah and a half sister to 7f 3yo Group 3 winner Talaayeb and 1m 3yo Listed winner Wadilsafa, 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; and the Amanda Perrett-trained Paseo (7/2 b g Champs Elysees – Posteritas), a full brother to French dual 1m 3yo winner Starflower, a three-parts brother to French 1m 3yo Group 1 winner Mutual Trust and useful 7.5f-1m 3yo winner Kryptos (both by Cacique) and a half brother to two winners as well as the dams of useful pair Amabilis and Star Archer (both by Champs Elysees), out of a 10f 3yo Listed winner.

The Simon Crisford-trained Persian Beauty (4/4 b f Dubawi – Zeeba), a full sister to smart 10-10.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Danadana, useful 10-14f winner Semeen and 11.5f 3yo winner Zeelander, out of a 12f 3yo winner who was a full sister to 14f Listed winner Lost Soldier Three and a half sister to five winners including the dam of 1m Group 2 winner Afsare (by Dubawi); Mark Johnston’s Rochester House (28/2 ch c Galileo – Kalla), a €90,000 half brother to a couple of winners in Germany out of a Group 2-placed French 10-12.5f 3yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a full sister to German 10f 3yo Group 3 winner/German Oaks runner-up Karavel and German 1m 3yo Listed winner Kitcat and a half sister to high-class 7.5-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Konigstiger out of a Listed-placed 10f 3yo winner who was a half sister to King George/Irish Champion Stakes winner Pentire; and finally the Hughie Morrison-trained Seaduced (15/2 br f Lope De Vega – Starfala), a half sister to Group 2-placed 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) Star Rock and useful 13.5-20.5f Flat/2m 3f hurdle winner Star Rider, out of a Group 2/Listed-placed dual 12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Group 3-placed 8-10f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Under The Rainbow and Group 3/Listed-placed 12-14f winner Sweeping Up.

OLDER HORSES

033612CARNWENNAN (Charlie Fellowes)
315- FAIRY FALCON (Bryan Smart)
5- HARRY’S BAR (James Fanshawe)
78666- IN DEMAND (Charlie Fellowes)
14MAID OF SPIRIT (Clive Cox)
12141- ROCK EAGLE (Ralph Beckett)
18677- ROCK SOUND (Declan Carroll)
1/101- TABDEED (Owen Burrows)
331THAAYER (Rebecca Menzies)
4/122WELSH LORD (Saeed Bin Suroor)

PATTERN CLASS

1- DANCING VEGA (Ralph Beckett)
1- FRANKELLINA (William Haggas)
1- GRACE AND DANGER (Andrew Balding)
12HEADMAN (Roger Charlton)
21HUMANITARIAN (John Gosden)
1- MAGIC J (Ed Vaughan)
41MUBAKKER (Sir Michael Stoute)
11NIVALDO (Ralph Beckett)
1- STORMWAVE (Ralph Beckett)
1SUCELLUS (John Gosden)
31- SURFMAN (Roger Varian)
1- TANKERVILLE (Dermot Weld)
11- URBAN ICON (Richard Hannon)
124- WALDSTERN (John Gosden)
1ZAKOUSKI (Charlie Appleby)

MAIDENS

6AL BATTAR (Ed Vaughan)
6- ARABIAN KING (David Elsworth)
4- BE MORE (Andrew Balding)
32- DURSTON (David Simcock)
2- EAGLES BY DAY (Michael Bell)
5- ENTRUSTING (James Fanshawe)
30- GAMBON (Eve Johnson Houghton)
22GRANDMASTER FLASH (Joseph O’Brien)
7- INFUSE (Roger Charlton)
7- KIEFER (Eve Johnson Houghton)
2- KISS FOR A JEWEL (Dermot Weld)
4- LADY BOWTHORPE (William Jarvis)
97- LEWIS SLACK (Jedd O’Keeffe)
3- MADAME TANTZY (Eve Johnson Houghton)
74NO DRESS REHEARSAL (Mick Easterby)
76- OMNIVEGA (David Simcock)
04- STRINDBERG (Marcus Tregoning)
7TAVUS (Roger Charlton)
7- WANNIE MAE (William Haggas)
89YORKSHIRE FLYER (Les Eyre)

HANDICAPS

799- AGRAVAIN (Tim Easterby)
8846- ANNA BUNINA (Jedd O’Keeffe)
41BABA GHANOUJ (Ed Walker)
334- BALLYLEMON (Richard Hughes)
858- BUBBELAH (David Simcock)
642COPAL (Ralph Beckett)
435- CRASTER (Hughie Morrison)
51 DAL HORRISGLE (William Haggas)
1DAME MALLIOT (Ed Vaughan)
4221- DAZZLING DAN (Pam Sly)
958GENNARO (Ivan Furtado)
331- IMPERIAL CHARM (Simon Crisford)
446- IRON MIKE (Keith Dalgleish)
946L’UN DEUX TROIS (Michael Bell)
909LAND OF WINTER (Rae Guest)
210- LOUIS TREIZE (Richard Spencer)
341- MARRONNIER (Stuart Williams)
661- MUBARIZ (Roger Charlton)
64513- PREJUDICE (David Simcock)
055- PRINCE OF HARTS (Rod Millman)
31 ROCKET ACTION (Robert Cowell)
000SPARGROVE (Hughie Morrison)
473SPIRIT OF LUND (Iain Jardine)
221- THE OLYMPIAN (Alan King)
667VICTORIANO (Archie Watson)

UNRACED

ALL OUR TOMORROWS (Dermot Weld)
ALOE VERA (Ralph Beckett)
BAIDDAA (William Haggas)
CERRO BAYO (Jim Bolger)
COEUR D’OR (Dermot Weld)
HAMISH (William Haggas)
IMHOTEP (Roger Charlton)
JUBILOSO (Sir Michael Stoute)
LOGICIAN (John Gosden)
MEMENTO (Jamie Osborne)
MONTZAR (William Haggas)
NAN YEHI (Kevin Prendergast)
NARAK (George Scott)
OJOOBA (Owen Burrows)
PASEO (Amanda Perrett)
PERSIAN BEAUTY (Simon Crisford)
ROCHESTER HOUSE (Mark Johnston)
SEADUCED (Hughie Morrison)
SPACE WALK (William Haggas)
SWIFT WING (John Gosden)

© 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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