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Dan Briden’s Horses To Follow 2020 – Flat

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OLDER HORSES

ASAD (4 ch c Lope De Vega – Venus De Milo)
Form: 43/3-  Trainer: Simon Crisford  Owner: SH Nasser Al Khalifa & SH Duaij Al Khalifa

Well-bred colt who shaped with promise in a couple of outings at two for George Peckham in novice events at Windsor (1m) and Redcar (7f), travelling powerfully and looking set to play a leading role on both occasions until his exuberance told late on. He moved to his current stable early last year and was sent off the 10/11 market leader for a 10f novice contest at Ripon in April, attempting to make most of the running but joined over two furlongs out and soon headed, fading to eventually come home in third behind Eightsome Reel (beaten 9½ lengths). The step up in distance appeared not to suit that day, though the pair that beat him home ended their campaign with ratings of 104 and 86 whilst big improver Platform Nineteen (now rated 85) finished one place behind in fourth. He has evidently had a few issues to not be seen again since, but his potential remains firmly intact when it comes to handicap company, for which he has been allotted a potentially lenient mark of 77; will benefit from a return to 1m.

CALL ME GINGER (4 ch g Orientor – Primo Heights)
Form: 52168-  Trainer: Jim Goldie  Owner: Johnnie Delta Racing

Full brother to fairly useful multiple 5f winner Primo’s Comet and a half brother to useful 6-7f winner Tommy G who caught the eye with the late progress he made into fifth place on debut in a 6f novice event at Newcastle last January, and he very nearly caused a 50/1 upset when missing out by a neck to Deep Intrigue in a Fast-Track Qualifier over the same course and distance the following month. He wasn’t seen again until readily going one better in a 6f novice event at Redcar in September and then shaped better than the bare facts could communicate in a pair of handicaps at Ascot (5f) and Doncaster (6f) – caught wide on the first occasion and then appearing to struggle on heavy ground next time. He is from a family that tends to get better with age and appeals as the type to climb through the sprint handicap ranks from a mark of 86, with another winter on his back sure to benefit him.

CRASTER (4 b g Sea The Stars – Coquet)
Form: 435/  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Margadale, Scott, Kerr-Dineen

This nicely-bred type shaped promisingly on debut when fourth in a 1m novice event at Ffos Las in September 2018, slowly away and running green but keeping on inside the final furlong. 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 useful pair Themaxwecan and Skymax (now rated 102 and 90 respectively). 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 (beaten 4 lengths). That remains his most recent outing, gelded last spring and out of training since August, but he still has a good deal of upside – well-related, unexposed and handed an appealing opening mark of 79. So long as he is over whatever kept him away from the track last year, this son of Sea The Stars ought to make up for lost time in middle distance handicaps this term.

EDINBURGH CASTLE (4 b g Sea The Stars – Evensong)
Form: 2/13–  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay

Full brother to useful UK/Australian 8-10f winner Choreographer who finished well to take second behind West End Charmer (who, along with the third placed Durston, is now rated 100) in a 10f novice event on debut at Bath in October 2018, and he made a belated winning return to action in a 10f novice race at Epsom over 11 months later. He was a beaten favourite under a penalty in a similar event at Chelmsford the following month but wasn’t seen to best effect, waited with and short of room two furlongs out, staying on well throughout the final furlong to come home in third behind Wemyss Ware (beaten 1¼ lengths). He was much better than the bare result indicates, conceding weight all round and the race panning out in such a way that wouldn’t have suited a prospective stayer like this son of Sea The Stars. Gelded since and handed an opening mark of 82 for handicaps, he appeals strongly as the type to do better both in that sphere and as a four-year-old, particularly once tackling trips in excess of 10f.

KIEFER (4 gr g Pour Moi – Dali’s Grey)
Form: 212370-  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Quantum

Half brother to 12f Group 3 winner/Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer who confirmed the promise he had shown in maidens when landing a good 11f handicap at Newbury last May, travelling well and staying on strongly to lead inside the final 100 yards and score by ¾ length from Alhaazm. He was unable to add to his tally subsequently, shaping well in a pair of 12f handicaps at Salisbury and Ascot the next twice but turning in below par efforts in valuable events at York (14f) and Newmarket (12f), suffering from heat exhaustion on the first occasion but simply laboured next time. He was bought out of Eve Johnson Houghton’s yard for 210,000gns not long after and appeals as the type to quickly resume his progress, remembering the high promise of his first three runs in handicaps; now gelded and returning from a mark of 86, he should make immediate inroads on new connections’ significant outlay.

MOHTARRIF (4 b g Cape Cross – Sharedah)
Form: 418-  Trainer: Ger Lyons  Owner: David Spratt/Mrs Lynne Lyons

Nicely-bred sort who caught the eye with his finishing effort into fourth on debut in a 10f novice event at Chelmsford last March, and he duly confirmed that initial promise with a ready success in a 1m novice contest at Lingfield three weeks later, leading over a furlong out and keeping on well to score by a length from Fields Of Athenry. His only other outing in 2019 saw him come home last of eight in a 10f novice event at Nottingham some three months later, keen in touch on the outer and quickly done with once asked for an effort. He was purchased from the Marcus Tregoning yard for 32,000gns in the autumn and remains with potential for the season ahead, especially where handicaps are concerned from an opening mark of 79. These connections have enjoyed plenty of success with such castoffs in recent times – notably Mustajeer and Buffer Zone – and a gelding operation since he was last seen will hopefully enable this son of Cape Cross to ration his energies a little better and fulfil his potential.

PLEDGE OF HONOUR (4 b g Shamardal – Lura)
Form: 33–  Trainer: Dean Ivory  Owner: Dean Ivory

Full brother to Group 1-placed 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Group 2 level)/1000 Guineas runner-up Lucida who was bought for £22,000 last summer, and he made a promising start on his belated debut in a 1m maiden at Kempton in November (33/1 chance), keeping on well from midfield without being subjected to a hard race to take third behind Godhead (beaten 2¼ lengths). He filled the same position in an 8.5f novice event at Wolverhampton 17 days later (15/2 chance), blowing the start but recovering to race in touch out wide, shaken up over two furlongs out and making progress approaching the final furlong, keeping on without threatening the front pair (beaten 3 lengths). He showed a similar level of form to that of his debut run, again finishing behind Kempton conqueror Godhead despite receiving weight from that rival though a slow start and a wide trip didn’t really aid his cause. This gelding appeals as the type to continue improving for a good while yet, his inexperience evident on both starts thus far. He comes from a stable that boasts a good record with throwouts from Darley – notably Tropics, Eljaddaaf and Varsovian – and this son of Shamardal ought to prove another shrewd purchase in 2020, particularly once going handicapping.

PRINCE OF HARTS (4 br g Dalakhani – Reaf)
Form: 251321-  Trainer: Stuart Williams  Owner: Tom Morley

This gelding made a winning seasonal/handicap debut in an 8.5f event at Wolverhampton last March and, having shaped well in defeat in the interim, doubled his tally in a similar contest at Nottingham in June. He placed in a couple of 1m handicaps at Ascot during July, not seen to best effect on the first occasion and then battling on well take second in a valuable contest a couple of weeks later. He signed off his three-year-old campaign with a smooth success in a 1m handicap at Windsor nearly three months later, travelling strongly close up and taking over approaching the two furlong marker, soon in full control and running out a cosy 1-length winner from Saikung. He was sold to new connections for 170,000gns soon after (previously with Rod Millman) and heads into 2020 still open to improvement, bred to stay well and his stamina yet to be fully explored. Looks the ideal type to target at a race such as the Ebor, likely to have improved upon his current mark of 92 sufficiently by August to make the cut.

RAINING FIRE (4 ch g Kitten’s Joy – Flame Of Hestia)
Form: 962– Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Merry Fox Stud Limited

Half brother to useful winners Colonial Classic (8.5-12f), Flaming Marvel (12-14f) and Sleeping Lion (11-14.5f) who hinted at ability on debut in a 10f novice event at Newbury last May won by subsequent St Leger winner Logician, making some late gains from off the pace to finish ninth. He wasn’t seen again (gelded in interim) until contesting a 9.5f novice event at Wolverhampton five months later, waited with and unable to muster the speed to get on terms with the principals as he came home in sixth behind Nsnas. He signed off with a second place finish in a four-runner 12f novice event back at Wolverhampton 11 days later (hooded), waited with and shaken up with half a mile left to run, outpaced three furlongs out but responding well in the home straight to take second close home behind Bye Bye Lady (beaten 1 length). This gelding looked very much a work in progress last year, suited by the step up in distance last time though circumstances not really conducive to making it a thorough test at the trip. Handed an opening mark of 75 and likely to return a more rounded individual, he should do well in 12/14f handicaps this term.

RUM BABA (4 ch g New Approach – Soft Centre)
Form: 031-  Trainer: Charlie Fellowes  Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd

Full brother to Nassau Stakes winner Sultanina who offered little on debut when beating just a couple home in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last April, gelded soon after and duly showing much more when third to the useful First In Line in a 10f novice event at Lingfield some seven weeks later, leading approaching the final furlong but soon headed. He made it third time lucky in a 1m maiden at Windsor the following month (6/5 market leader), always prominent and leading two furlongs from home, strongly pressed by Frontman entering the final furlong but responding well for pressure to see off that rival by a neck at the line (subsequent dual winner Bear Force One well held back in fourth). He presumably suffered a setback of some sort to not be seen again in 2019, but he rates the type to do better still at four and in handicap company from an initial mark of 79, with a return to 10f sure to suit.

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

PATTERN CLASS

AMMA GRACE (b f Galileo – Polished Gem)
Form: 31-  Trainer: Dermot Weld  Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm

Full sister to smart 10-14f 3yo winner (including the Irish St Leger)/Irish Oaks fourth Search For A Song and Group 3-placed 11f-2m winner (including at Listed level) Falcon Eight, a close relation to 10f Group 1 winner Free Eagle (by High Chaparral) and a half sister to triple 1m Group 2 winner Custom Cut and 12f Group 2 winner Sapphire. This well-bred filly shaped with promise on debut when a staying on third to Passion in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Cork last September (solid form) and duly came good at the second time of asking in a similar event at Leopardstown seven weeks later (2/1 favourite), close up from the outset and kicking clear two furlongs out, always doing enough to fend off a couple of late challengers and score by ¾ length from Roca Roma. The eventual margin of victory doesn’t begin to do this daughter of Galileo justice, sent for home plenty soon enough and being the only prominent racer to see things out under testing conditions – the pair with her entering the home straight dropping right away in the end. She boasts an impeccable pedigree and that will likely come to fruition during her second season once tackling middle distances, possessing the basic potential to develop into the latest black-type performer out of her dam.

DOMINO DARLING (b f Golden Horn – Disco Volante)
Form: 1-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Three-parts sister to 12f/2m Group 3 winner Namibian (by Cape Cross) and a half sister to five winners, out of a Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to Group 1-placed 6-7.5f winner/French 2000 Guineas third Valentino. This filly made a successful start to her career in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last October (10/1 chance), sitting in behind the leaders and pushed along over two furlongs out, making good progress soon after and staying on well to lead inside the final 100 yards and score by a neck from Gold Wand (pair nicely clear). The manner in which this filly gathered in the well-fancied runner-up for nothing more than hands and heels riding identified her as a useful prospect, and the third, fourth and sixth all winning subsequently adds a bit of substance to the style. She ought to find ten furlongs well within range and looks an obvious candidate for an Oaks trial this spring.

ENGLISH KING (b c Camelot – Platonic)
Form: 71–  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

€210,000 three-parts brother to smart French 10-15f 3yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Pacifique (by Montjeu) and a half brother to four winners including French 11f 3yo Listed winner Prudenzia (later dam of high-class duo Chicquita and Magic Wand), out of a maiden half sister to smart duo Lion Sands and Pongee. This colt confirmed the promise of his debut seventh in a 1m novice event at Newmarket last October when landing a 10f maiden at Newcastle a month later (13/2 chance), held up and making smooth headway from the three furlong pole, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong and leading inside the final 100 yards to score by 1¾ lengths from Waleydd. It was an impressive display from this son of Camelot, cutting the back the deficit on a better-placed trio for just hands and heels riding, well on top at the finish. He is bred to come into his own with time and distance and ought to make above-average progress during his second season, when he’ll stay 12f at least. For all he will almost certainly be pitched into a Derby trial, a race such as the Queen’s Vase appeals as a viable mid-range target.

FOORAAT (b f Dubawi – Nahrain)
Form: 1–  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum

Full sister to very smart 7-10f winner (including three times at Group 1 level) Benbatl out of a 10f Group/Grade 1 winner who was a half sister to dual 1m Listed winner Baharah and very useful 8-10f winner Sarrsar. This well-bred filly made a winning start to her career in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Newcastle last October (5/1 chance), racing in midfield and ridden to close over two furlongs out, responding well throughout the final furlong to edge ahead close home and deny Maria Rosa by a neck. She deserves a good deal of credit for that success, needing every yard of the seven-furlong trip and the stiff finish bringing her stamina into play against an expensively-purchased, strongly-fancied rival. It is worth remembering that neither her brother nor dam made it to the track at two, and it’s not difficult to envisage this daughter of Dubawi reaching a good level in 2020; will stay another furlong at least.

MAGNETISED (b c Shamardal – Princess Nada)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Half brother to high-class 1m-2m Flat (including at Group 3/Listed level)/2m hurdle winner Qewy and 12f Listed winner Jordan Princess, out of a 10f 3yo Listed winning half sister to very smart 2yo/miler Dubawi and Lancashire Oaks winner Emirates Queen. This smartly-bred colt’s only outing to date saw him land a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October (7/4 market leader), recovering from a tardy start to track the pacesetters, shaken up and making progress over a furlong out, staying on well inside the final furlong and leading close home to run out an ultimately comfortable winner by a neck from Beauty Choice. It was a most promising start from this son of Shamardal, scoring by a narrow margin but nicely on top at the line and far from all out to prevail. He will almost certainly leave the bare form of that debut success a long way behind during his second season, the strength behind him in the market that day noteworthy and also having an excellent pedigree to call upon; ought to find 10f well within range.

SATONO JAPAN (b c Deep Impact – Dubawi Heights)
Form: 1–  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Satomi Horse Company Ltd

¥194,400,000 half brother to Japanese 7f Group 2 winner Liberty Heights out of a US 9/10f Grade 1 winner who was a three-parts sister to French 2000 Guineas winner Make Believe out of a 5.5f 2yo winning half sister to several winners, notably 6f Group 1 winner Tante Rose and the useful dam of Group 1-placed 10-11f winner Almodovar. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 7f novice event at Kempton last October (14/1 chance), towards the rear of the field and still there approaching the two furlong marker, picking up smartly between rivals over a furlong out and sustaining his run to lead close home and see off Raatea by ¾ length. The manner in which this colt both travelled and cut through the pack to deliver his winning challenge marked him down as a good prospect, never asked for maximum effort to go about his business. The fact he was sent off at odds of 14/1 suggests that he wasn’t expected to be ready enough to show his best right away, marking up the performance further still. Boasting a smart pedigree and top connections, this colt is unquestionably one to follow in 2020, when he’ll stay 1m at least.

STARCAT (ch c Lope De Vega – Purr Along)
Form: 1–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes

125,000gns half brother to useful 10-12f winner Zuba out of a Group 2-placed 7f-1m winner (including twice at Group 3 level) who was a half sister to 5f Listed winner Katawi and Listed-placed 8.5f 2yo winner Lady Francesca. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m novice contest at Kempton last December (not unfancied 9/1 chance), racing in mid-division and making progress with two furlongs left to run, switched right to deliver his challenge approaching the final furlong and sustaining his run to lead inside the final 100 yards, scoring by ¾ length from Eastern World (front three clear). It was a highly promising performance from this sizeable son of Lope De Vega, gathering in the pair he pulled clear with in the style of a very useful prospect; should find 10f within range.

SUNCHART (b c Teofilo – Hometime)
Form: 21-  Trainer: Andrew Slattery  Owner: Pat Garvey

€62,000 three-parts brother to useful 10f-2m winner What A Welcome (by Nathaniel) and a half brother to useful 7f-1m winner Space Bandit, out of a French 10f 3yo winning sister to the once-raced dam of dual Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow and half sister to French Oaks winner West Wind. This colt shaped with considerable promise on his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Listowel last September (8/1 chance), tracking the leaders and switched to challenge two furlongs out, staying on well throughout the final furlong to draw clear with eventual winner Santiago (beaten 1¼ lengths). He duly went one better in a 1m 1f maiden at Tipperary three and a half weeks later (11/10 favourite), always prominent and quickening to lead over a furlong out, soon in full command and powering clear to run out a 4¾-length winner over Sacramento. He is bred to come into his own with time and distance, and that he achieved as much as he did at two bodes incredibly well for his future prospects; will stay 10f at the very least.

TREFOIL (b f Teofilo – Prairie Flower)
Form: 1-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Julian Richmond-Watson

Full sister to useful dual 10f 3yo winner Thimbleweed and a half sister to Grade 3-placed UK/US 8-12f winner Desert Sage, out of a Listed-placed French 8-12f winner who was a half sister to French Group 2 winners Prairie Star (11f) and Pacific Rim (12f). This filly made a winning start to her career in a 1m novice event at Newmarket last October (8/1 chance), recovering from a slow start to race handily before taking over at halfway, shaken up and running green over two furlongs out but knuckling down well inside the final furlong to assert and run out an authoritative 1¼-length winner from Secret Victory. It was no mean feat for her to topple the boys first time out, showing signs of inexperience when first brought off the bridle but strong at the finish, whilst the form of that race has already started to work out with the fourth and seventh winning when next seen. She is very much bred to come into her own over middle distances and as such, it would come as no surprise to see an Oaks trial on the agenda this spring.

WALDKONIG (b c Kingman – Waldlerche)
Form: 1–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Gestut Ammerland & Newsells Park Stud

Half brother to Arc winner Waldgeist, French 12f 3yo Group 3 winner Waldlied and very useful 8-10f winner Waldstern, out of a French 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winning half sister to St Leger winner Masked Marvel. This well-bred colt made a winning debut in an 8.5f novice event at Wolverhampton last December (6/4 market leader), settling in behind the leaders until making a sweeping move around the outer on the approach to the home straight, leading soon after and forging clear despite edging right to run out a very easy 9-length winner over Zoran. He was almost certainly beating an average bunch and the overall time was nothing special, but the closing sectionals this colt posted along with the deep visual impression he created suggest that he’s something out of the ordinary. His stable has a well-documented tradition of starting off high-class performers on artificial surfaces late in their juvenile campaign – namely Enable, Jack Hobbs, Without Parole, Anapurna and Star Catcher – and it’s not at all outlandish to suggest this sizeable son of Kingman could prove another pattern-class performer to emerge from such humble beginnings. His pedigree is something of a mixture and thus may prove best at/around 10f; most exciting prospect.

MAIDENS

BILLHILLY (b c Sea The Stars – Boccassini)
Form: 07–  Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton  Owner: Khalifa Dasmal

55,000gns half brother to German 1m 3yo Listed winner Bastille, useful 10-10.5f 3yo Flat/Grade 2-placed triple 2m hurdle (including at Listed level)/2m 1f-3m chase winner Broughton and fairly useful 6-7f winner Blindingly, out of a French 5.5f 2yo Group 2 winning sister to the dam of smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) What About Carlo. This colt raced keenly and faded inside the final furlong to finish tenth behind Hukum on debut in a 1m novice event at Kempton last November, and he again raced enthusiastically when contesting a 7f novice race at Chelmsford just nine days later, ridden two furlongs out and keeping on at the one pace to come home seventh of 10 to Great Ambassador (beaten 11½ lengths). He could do with settling down first and foremost, fighting his rider throughout the first half of the race and unable to stay/get competitive at the business end on either run at two. His pedigree alone proposes better to come at some stage, related to a couple of useful types and out of a sister to the dam of the yard’s smart performer What About Carlo. He should be seen to greater effect in handicaps this term.

BLIGH (b c Camelot – Colour Rhapsody)
Form: 05-  Trainer: Joseph O’Brien  Owner: Williams, Gudinski & Ateam Syndicate

€130,000 first foal of a 7.5f 2yo winner who was a half sister to Group 2-placed multiple 6f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Only Mine and very useful 8-12f Flat/2m hurdle winner Miner’s Lamp out of an Irish 10.5f Listed winning sister to very useful 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) True To Form. This colt shaped better than the result on debut when tenth of 18 in a 7f maiden at the Curragh last August, held up and still well off the pace with two furlongs left to run, closing up late under considerate handling. He was a well-supported 3/1 chance for a 1m maiden at Gowran Park a month later, tracking the leaders and pushed along over two furlongs out, unable to sustain his effort and weakening inside the final furlong to come home in fifth behind Mythical (beaten 11½ lengths). The testing conditions perhaps didn’t see this colt to best effect last time, and he remains with potential for the season ahead; has elements of speed in his pedigree but will likely prove best at distances in excess of 1m.

CELESTIAL BLISS (b c Oasis Dream – La Pomme D’Amour)
Form: 4-  Trainer: Kevin Ryan  Owner: Guy Reed Racing

Third foal of a French dual 12.5f Group 2 winner who was a sister to French 12f 3yo Listed winner Van Gosh and a half sister to smart 7f-1m winner Pablo and useful 7f-1m Flat/2m hurdle winner San Antonio. This colt’s only outing to date came in a 7f novice event at Ayr last September (20/1 chance), racing a little worse than midfield and pushed along three furlongs out, keeping on well throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Gravity Force (beaten 1 length). The market beforehand suggested not a lot was expected and he duly shaped as though he’d be better for the experience, closing in late to fare best of the newcomers. He hails from a good family that thrives with age and there ought to be significant improvement forthcoming from this son of Oasis Dream in 2020, when he’ll stay 1m.

CHORAL WORK (gr f Nathaniel – Chapel Choir)
Form: 7-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

First foal of a lightly-raced maiden half sister to high-class 10-14f winner (including twice at Group 2 level) Gospel Choir and smart 7-12.5f winner (including twice at Listed level) Sennockian Star out of a 10f Group 1 winner. This filly debuted in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Newmarket last November (12/1 chance), soon pushed along towards the rear of the field and outpaced/running green over two furlongs out, staying on nicely inside the final furlong to come home seventh of 14 to Heiress (beaten 9¼ lengths). It was an encouraging first effort from this daughter of Nathaniel, her inexperience all too evident at the midway point but her finishing effort promising much better to come, seven furlongs clearly not enough of a test. Her pedigree and connections are other strong recommendations of vast improvement during her second season, when she will prove best over middle distances.

CODE OF CONDUCT (b c Siyouni – Sequence)
Form: 52–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: The Queen

Half brother to 8-8.5f 3yo winner Desert Caravan out of a Listed-placed 10-12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Derby/Arc winner Sinndar, Listed-placed Irish 1m 2yo winner Simawa and six other winners out of an Irish 2m Listed winner. This nicely-bred colt debuted in the 1m Haynes, Hanson & Clark conditions event at Newbury last September (33/1 chance), slowly into stride and waited with, ridden and running green/outpaced over two furlongs out but closing in come the finish to take fifth behind Tritonic (beaten 4 lengths). He was sent off the 9/4 market leader for a 7f maiden at Kempton some six weeks later, dropped out and shaken up to close on the outer from the two furlong marker, making sustained progress throughout the final furlong but having to settle for a half-length second to Canagat. For all he didn’t improve quite as much as expected last time, circumstances didn’t really allow for this son of Siyouni to show the full extent of his abilities, waited with in a steadily-run contest back in trip and only really unwinding as the line approached behind one that had gained first run. He looks capable of winning a novice/maiden event this spring, appealing as the type to make up into a useful handicapper at least; will stay 10f.

COSMIC PRINCESS (b f Kingman – Galaxy Highflyer)
Form: 6–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Helena Springfield Ltd

Half sister to Group 2/3-placed 6-7f 2yo winner Oklahoma City out of an unraced three-parts sister to King George/Eclipse winner Opera House and Ascot Gold Cup winner Kayf Tara and a half sister to 10f Group 1 winner Zee Zee Top (later dam of dual 10f Group 1 winner Izzi Top). This smartly-bred filly made her debut in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Kempton last October (33/1 chance), dropped out and showing both keenness and inexperience in last place, still there two furlongs out but making eyecatching progress under hand riding throughout the final furlong to come home in sixth behind Jaariyah (beaten 3¾ lengths). The market beforehand flagged up that she would need the experience and that certainly proved to be the case, slightly detached in last place and racing keenly on occasions but the late work she put in for sympathetic handling promising much better to come. Bred to get better with better with age, this daughter of Kingman is liable to make giant strides during her second season.

COURT OF APPEAL (b c Golden Horn – Gwael)
Form: 74–  Trainer: James Tate  Owner: Saeed Manana

Third foal of a lightly-raced maiden half sister to smart 10-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Laaheb, Group 1-placed 7.5-10f winner Fox Tal, Group 3-placed 6-7f winner Ruwaiyan and six other winners out of a half sister to smart performers Cloud Castle, Luso, Needle Gun and Warrsan. This colt looked a longer-term project in a pair of novice events at Leicester (7f) and Newcastle (1m) last autumn, shaping like one still on the weak side and needing a stiffer test of stamina. His pedigree backs up that assertion, and it is worth noting the strong influence the Green Desert sireline has had on this family via grandsire Cape Cross and Sea The Stars. He requires one more run for a handicap mark and looks the sort to do a good deal better in that division, especially once faced with 10f+.

FRANKENSTELLA (b f Frankel – L’Ancresse)
Form: 6-  Trainer: John Quinn  Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited

€480,000 full sister to Group 1-placed 12-14f winner (including at Group 3 level)/Melbourne Cup fourth Master Of Reality and a three-parts sister to Irish dual 12f 3yo Listed winner Chamonix (by Galileo), out of an Irish 12f 3yo Listed winner/Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf runner-up who was a full sister to French 10f 3yo Group 1 winner Cerulean Sky (later dam of smart stayer Honolulu) and a three-parts sister to Irish Oaks winner Moonstone (later dam of Chester Vase winner/Derby second US Army Ranger and 8/10f Group 3 winner Nelson (by Frankel)). This well-bred filly’s sole outing to date came in an 8.5f fillies’ maiden at Nottingham last November (4/1 chance), running green at the rear of the field and driven along from halfway, unable to make any impression as she plugged on into sixth behind Moonlight In Paris (beaten 13¾ lengths). Her pedigree and physique alone suggest there will be much better to come at some point, simply too green to make a telling contribution first time out; will stay 10f at least.

FRENCH POLISH (ch f New Approach – French Dressing)
Form: 7–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd

First foal of a 10.5f 3yo Listed winning half sister to US 12f Grade 3 winner Dalvina (later dam of the smart Dal Harraild), 10f 3yo Listed winner Soft Centre (later dam of Nassau Stakes winner Sultanina, by New Approach) and useful 7f-1m winner Pretzel (by New Approach). She debuted in a 1m fillies’ novice event at Kempton last November (20/1 chance), very slowly away and in rear, ridden two furlongs out and making sustained progress throughout the final furlong to finish in seventh behind Oriental Mystique (beaten 7¼ lengths). This filly was much too green to show what she’s all about on debut, but the work she put in late on under considerate handling gave notice of much better to come, likely to prove a different proposition next time. She has moved to this stable from William Haggas.

KING FAN (b c Kingman – Forever Times)
Form: 5-  Trainer: Mark Johnston  Owner: Hussain Alabbas Lootah

70,000gns half brother to 7f 3yo Group 3 winner/Cheveley Park Stakes second Sunday Times (later dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Newspaperofrecord and 6f Listed winner Classical Times), Listed-placed 6f 3yo winner Question Times (later dam of Irish Derby winner Latrobe and Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood) and very useful 5-6f winner Udontdodou. This colt’s sole outing to date came in a 6f novice contest at Carlisle last August (10/1 chance), caught wide in midfield and shaken up to challenge two furlongs out, on terms approaching the final furlong but unable to sustain his effort as he came home in fifth behind Lampang (beaten 4¼ lengths). Things didn’t pan out ideally for this well-related sort, stuck out on the wing and unable to go with the leaders when it came to the crunch. He wasn’t seen again thereafter for whatever reason, but he hails from a family that generally improves with racing, whilst the form of that debut race has worked out well; open to improvement and should stay 7f.

LAW OF ONE (ch c Galileo – Strawberry Fledge)
Form: 2–  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd

Three-parts brother to very useful 8-12f winner Warrior Of Light (by High Chaparral) and a half brother to very smart French 8-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level)/French Derby/Arc runner-up Cloth Of Stars, out of a maiden sister to Oaks winner Light Shift (later dam of Eclipse/Juddmonte International winner Ulysses (by Galileo)) and half sister to 10.5f Group 1 winner Shiva and 1m 3yo Listed winner Burning Sunset (later dam of Listed winners Smoking Sun (10f) and Zhiyi (1m) and grandam to 11/12f US Grade 1 winner/Derby runner-up Main Sequence). This impeccably-bred colt debuted in a 7f novice event at Chelmsford last October (5/2 joint-favourite), a bit slow to stride and waited with in rear, making his move when briefly short of room against the stands’ side rail over a furlong out, staying on well throughout the final furlong and failing by a just neck to overhaul Always Fearless. It was a debut run packed full of promise from this son of Galileo, arguably a shade unlucky not to make a winning start having been impeded as he began his challenge from off the pace. His pedigree suggests that he’ll be seen to best effect over middle distances, having all the ingredients to make up into an above-average performer in 2020.

MACHIOS (br g Maxios – Astragal)
Form: 74-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Lord Blyth

Half brother to useful 8-10f winner Simoon and 11.5f 3yo winner Admirals Bay, out of a maiden half sister to smart 8-14.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Duretto and Listed-placed 11.5-14f winner Nabatean. This stoutly-bred sort unsurprisingly looked one for the future in a pair of median auction novice events at Newbury (7f) and Salisbury (1m) last summer, offering a good bit more on the second occasion when staying on well to take fourth behind Oleksander (beaten 4¾ lengths). He was gelded not long after that and sensibly put away for a three-year-old campaign; ought to take off in middle distance/staying handicaps this season once qualified for a mark.

MAGICAL MORNING (b c Muhaarar – The Lark)
Form: 6–  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Lady Bamford

First foal of a Park Hill Stakes winner/Oaks third who was a full sister to 12f 3yo Group 2 winner/King George runner-up Eagle Top and Dante Stakes winner/King George runner-up Wings Of Desire and a half sister to Group 2/3-placed 8.5-10f winner Crowned Eagle out of a 14f Listed winning half sister to dual Oaks heroine Sariska. This smartly-bred individual debuted in a 7f novice event at Kempton last October (9/2 chance), slowly into stride and in rear, shaken up and making progress on the inner from the two furlong marker, keeping on without ever threatening to come home in sixth behind Satono Japan (beaten 3 lengths). This colt was poorly placed given how the race panned out, and the bulk of his pedigree suggests that seven furlongs was always likely to prove something of a minimum requirement. There will be much better to come from this son of Muhaarar at 1m+ in 2020.

RED KELLY (ch c Manduro – Jomana)
Form: 08-  Trainer: Johnny Murtagh  Owner: Red Kelly Syndicate

Full brother to Listed-placed French 11-12f 3yo winner Jollify and a half brother to smart 12f-2m winner Litigant and 3yo winners Metternich (9.5f) and Motivate Me (10f), out of a French 10/10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner. This stoutly-bred colt contested a pair of 1m maidens at the Curragh and Gowran Park last autumn (33/1 both times), making late gains from off the pace without remotely threatening on either occasion. He is clearly being brought along with handicaps in mind and will be of interest in that sphere once qualified for a mark and the emphasis is on stamina.

ROBERT WALPOLE (b c Golden Horn – Whazzat)
Form: 55-  Trainer: George Scott  Owner: W J & T C O Gredley

Closely related to useful 8-10f 3yo winner Eva Maria (by Sea The Stars) and a half brother to Group 1-placed 6-7f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) James Garfield, Listed-placed 7.5f-1m winner The Shrew and three other winners including the dam of Group 3/Listed-placed 6-9f winner Nate The Great, out of a 7f 2yo Listed winning half sister to 1m Group 3 winner Whazzis. This colt shaped similarly in novice events at Newmarket (July) last August (7f) and Yarmouth the following month (1m), fading from prominence on debut and then unable to muster the speed to challenge when fifth of seven to Ursa Minor next time. The form of that last outing has started to work out nicely, and he perhaps wasn’t ideally placed as things went. A strong colt who always looked the sort to do much better at three, he is likely to prove capable of making up into a useful handicapper at/around ten furlongs in 2020.

SALSADA (ch f Mukhadram – Mokaraba)
Form: 5–  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Geoff & Sandra Turnbull

75,000gns three-parts sister to smart UK/US 8-10f winner (including at Grade 3 level) Qaraaba (by Shamardal and later dam of US 1m 1f 3yo Grade 2 winner Californiagoldrush) and a half sister to Group 3/Listed-placed French/UAE 6-7f winner Kifaah, very useful 13f-2m winner Mubaraza and useful French 12f-2m winner Murafej, out of a 12f 3yo winning granddaughter of the top-class Salsabil. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ novice contest at Newcastle last December (80/1 chance), tracking a moderate pace and caught rather flat-footed when tempo increased approaching the two furlong marker, keeping on steadily thereafter to come home in fifth behind Desert Flyer (beaten 2¼ lengths). For all she was well placed as things went, a slowly-run race wouldn’t have benefited this daughter of Mukhadram given she is bred more for stamina than speed; likely capable of much better this year.

SIR DANDY (b g Sir Percy – Cartoon)
Form: 00–  Trainer: Lucy Wadham  Owner: The FOPS

Full brother to smart 8.5-12f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Lady Tiana, smart 12f-2m winner (including at Listed level) Blakeney Point and fairly useful 8-11f winner Rake’s Progress, out of a 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to several winners, notably Group 2-placed 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Smirk. He offered very little in the way of short-term promise when finishing last in a pair of 1m novice events at Kempton and Lingfield last November (33/1 both times), soon left behind once the tempo lifted. It could just be that he’s moderate, but it is well worth remembering that smart brother Blakeney Point showed next to nothing on his first two starts at two before improving significantly in middle distance/staying handicaps at three, while another brother, Rake’s Progress, got better with time and distance. Gelded since last seen, this son of Sir Percy requires one more run for a mark and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see a move into handicaps/up to middle distances elicit a sudden jolt of improvement.

SPANISH KISS (b c Lope De Vega – Kissable)
Form: 04–  Trainer: William Knight  Owner: Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds XIV

30,000gns three-parts brother to useful UK/US 7f-1m winner Amandine (by Shamardal) out of a US 12f Listed winning daughter of a 1m 3yo Listed winner who was a full sister to St Leger winner Brian Boru and the dam of Derby/Arc winner Workforce and a three-parts sister to triple 12f Group 2 winner Sea Moon. This colt had caught the eye by the finish on debut in a 1m novice event at Kempton last October, dropped in from his wide draw and still well off the pace at the top of the straight, finishing well to come home 10th of 14 behind First View (beaten 5¾ lengths). He duly improved on that initial effort when contesting a similar event at Chelmsford a month later, going along enthusiastically behind the leaders and pushed along to challenge two furlongs out, only able to muster the one pace inside the final furlong as he came home in fourth behind Stepney Causeway (beaten 1½ lengths). It is handicaps that will provide this colt the platform on which to shine, requiring just one more run for a mark.

ST CLERANS (b f Golden Horn – Discreet Brief)
Form: 73-  Trainer: Jessica Harrington  Owner: Frank Fahy

€170,000 half sister to smart 7f-1m 2yo winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Steeler, Listed-placed 6f-1m winner Secret Brief and Listed-placed 12-12.5f 3yo winner Doggerbank, out of a Park Hill Stakes winner. This filly caught the eye on debut when staying on into seventh behind Ridenza in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown last August, and she was again strong at the finish when third to Peaceful in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Thurles two months later, losing her position early and never really getting to grips with the track. She is a lot better than she was able to show last time, only finding full flow as the line approached and shaping like the middle distance/staying type she’s bred to be. This daughter of Golden Horn is very much the sort to continue to progress as her stamina is drawn out.

WILL SOMMERS (b c Teofilo – Dubai Queen)
Form: 5-  Trainer: Kevin Ryan  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Three-parts brother to 10-11f winner Regal Director (by New Approach) and a half brother to very useful 7.5-10f winner Sharja Queen, out of a Listed-placed 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to very smart 2yo/miler Dubawi, Lancashire Oaks winner Emirates Queen, 10f 3yo Listed winner Princess Nada and Listed-placed 11.5f-2m winner UAE King. This well-related colt debuted in a 1m novice event at Ayr last September (8/1 chance), slowly into stride and soon in rear, still there when ridden three furlongs out but making sustained headway from over a furlong out, coming home in fifth behind Morisco (beaten 6¾ lengths). He made up significant late ground from a long way off the pace that day, inexperience leaving him poorly positioned and never coming under anything more strenuous than hands and heels riding. This son of Teofilo ought to have derived plenty from that initial experience – likely enough to see him go close in most maiden/novice events next time out, and he has longer term potential, too.

HANDICAPS

ALARGEDRAM (ch g Lope De Vega – Myrica)
Form: 944-  Trainer: Alan King  Owner: McNeill Family & Niall Farrell

75,000gns fourth foal of a Listed-placed French 1m 3yo winner who was a full sister to French 9.5-12f winner Ketchikan and a three-parts sister to very useful 9-16.5f winner Eddystone Rock out of a Listed-placed 10.5f 3yo winning half sister to 14f Listed winner Songcraft. He was never involved on debut in a 7.5f novice contest at Ffos Las last August but offered a good bit more in novice events at Wolverhampton (8.5f) and Windsor (1m) the next twice, doing all his best work late on both occasions to take fourth position each time. He has been gelded since and appeals as the type to do well in handicap company from an initial mark of 72, especially once faced with 10f+.

ARRIVISTE (b f Sea The Moon – Apparatchika)
Form: 631–  Trainer: Rae Guest  Owner: Kirsten Rausing

Second foal of a 10-12f winning half sister to high-class miler Zaaki who shaped with promise on her first two outings in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last October and a 7f novice event at Chelmsford a month later, taking a keen grip but strong at the finish on both occasions. She duly came good at the third time of asking a couple of weeks later over the same course and distance as her previous outing, again racing keenly in behind the leaders but moving into contention going well on the approach to the straight, ridden to lead over a furlong out and staying on strongly to see off True Believer by 2 lengths. This filly is bred for middle distances and has duly been strong at the finish over seven furlongs the last twice, but she has looked comfortable at that trip and indeed her keen-going nature may limit how far she actually stays. Whatever her optimum distance proves to be, she looks a decent prospect for the season ahead and ought to enjoy plenty of success in handicap company from an initial mark of 79.

BLACK STAR DANCING (b g Lemon Drop Kid – Beautiful Cat)
Form: 577–  Trainer: Keith Dalgleish  Owner: Weldspec Glasgow Limited

$110,000 first foal of a maiden sister to US 12f Grade 3 winner Charming Kitten who offered something to work on in 1m events at Carlisle and Ayr within eight days of each other last September, lacking for speed at the business end of matters on each occasion. He was ridden with a prospective mark in mind when finishing seventh of 10 to Tsar in a 1m novice event at Newcastle in early October, keen under restraint and never able to get competitive (beaten 17 lengths). He has been gelded since and handed an initial mark of 62, with a switch to handicapping from that rating allied with a step up to middle distances sure to see this son of Lemon Drop Kid in a much better light.

DEPOSIT (b g Sea The Stars – Interim Payment)
Form: 089–  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: The Crepello Partnership

60,000gns three-parts brother to French/Spanish 7.5-14.5f winner Cape Bosco (by Cape Cross) and a half brother to German 12f Group 1 winner Temida, useful 8-11f winner Emirates Knight and useful 8.5f 2yo winner Contrapposto, out of a dual 10f 3yo winning half sister to smart trio Midships, Principal Role and Staging Post. This gelding was very much ridden with an eye to the future in a trio of 1m events at Kempton within the space of a month last November/December, held up and never involved under mainly hands and heels riding on each occasion. It is clear that handicaps were always the plan for this son of Sea The Stars, rushed through maiden/novice company in order to acquire his opening mark of 62. He appeals as the type to do better in that sphere once faced with 10f+.

DUKE OF CONDICOTE (b g No Nay Never – Duchess Of Gazeley)
Form: 0654-  Trainer: Alan King  Owner: Jamie Magee, Anthony Bromley & Alan King

£46,000 second foal of a fairly useful 12-14f winner who was a half sister to useful 6-7f winner Common Touch and useful 12-14.5f winner Just In Time. He improved steadily with each start in novice/maiden company last term, catching the eye on his third run when staying on into fifth in a 1m 1f contest at Goodwood in late September, but he was a little disappointing when 11/4 favourite for a 10f nursery at Nottingham a fortnight later, ridden three furlongs out and merely plugging on to finish fourth to wide-margin winner Dubai Souq (beaten 10 lengths). It is possible he found the race coming too soon and being in such a competitive environment ought to aid his development if anything. He has since been gelded and also dropped a couple of pounds to a mark of 72, so it’d be rather disappointing if this son of No Nay Never couldn’t quickly resume his progress in 10f+ handicaps this year.

HERBERT POCKET (b g Helmet – Marysienka)
Form: 960-  Trainer: Tim Easterby  Owner: Frank Gillespie

40,000gns half brother to Group 1-placed 6f 2yo winner True Mason, 5f-1m winner Be Bold and 14f-2m winner Ivanhoe, out of a maiden half sister to 6f 3yo Listed winner Irresistible (later dam smart trio Infallible, Remarkable and Watchable). He ran green from halfway and was soon held on debut in a 6f maiden at York’s Dante meeting last May but offered a bit more over the same trip at Carlisle three months later, soon in rear but not getting the clearest of runs through when closing up in the straight and very much spared a hard race as he came home in sixth behind Deb’s Delight (beaten 10 lengths). He was turned out again just eight days later over the same course and distance, held up and never close to the action at any point as he finished 11th of 13 to stablemate Lampang (beaten 16 lengths). This son of Helmet will be much better off in low-grade handicaps in 2020 from an opening mark of 58, quite clearly brought along with that sphere in mind at two; has been gelded since last seen.

I’M WATCHING YOU (ch g Harbour Watch – Victrix Ludorum)
Form: 038–  Trainer: Ron Harris  Owner: John McCoy

€10,000 half brother to 8-8.5f winner Imperial Act out of a Listed-placed 6-7f 2yo winner. This gelding stepped up markedly on a modest debut effort to finish third of nine in a 6f novice auction event at Wolverhampton last October, tanking along under a waiting ride and making smooth headway over two furlongs out, ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong but his effort rather flattening out inside the final 100 yards (beaten 3½ lengths). His third and final outing at two came in a similar event over the same course and distance three weeks later, pulling hard in midfield and those exertions appearing to tell in the home straight, never quite able to get on terms and fading into eighth behind Wadaat (beaten 5¼ lengths). For all he doesn’t have the pedigree of an out-and-out speedster, he looks worth a go at the minimum distance given the way he travels through his races, keenness last time playing a part in his failure to last home. Ought to prove competitive in handicaps from an initial mark of 66.

INVINCIBLE BERTIE (gr g Zebedee – Miss Moody)
Form: 786557-  Trainer: Nigel Tinkler  Owner: John Saville Partnership

Hinted at ability in maiden/novice company and shaped better than the end result on all three outings in 5f nurseries last summer, travelling powerfully but forced to wait for a gap and getting going too late when it eventually came at Musselburgh in August and having to settle for fifth behind Too Hard To Hold (beaten 5 lengths). He was caught wide from the worst of the draw when again travelling well into things at Wolverhampton a fortnight later and signed off with a seventh place finish back at Musselburgh the following month, waited with and once again not enjoying the clearest of runs through. This gelding is almost certainly better than his current mark of 53, and he shapes as though he will be well suited by a sixth furlong. From a stable that does particularly well its three-year-old handicappers, it is surely only a matter of time before it all comes together for this son of Zebedee.

ISLAND NATION (ch g Ruler Of The World – Rethink)
Form: 858-  Trainer: Heather Main  Owner: Donald M Kerr

18,000gns first foal of an unraced half sister to useful 1m 3yo winner Space Talk and 12f Flat/2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Tomorrow Mystery out of a French 12f 3yo winning half sister to German Derby winner Buzzword and useful 12f-2m Flat/2m 1f hurdle winner Montefeltro. He was uncompetitive on debut in a 7f novice contest at Newbury last September but showed a bit more in a 7f novice auction event at Kempton the following month, waited with in midfield and staying on steadily in the home straight to finish fifth (beaten 4 lengths). His third and final outing at two came in a 1m novice event at Newmarket a couple of weeks later, prominent on the far side until ridden and outpaced when tempo increased well over two furlongs out, plugging on thereafter to come home in eighth behind Trefoil (beaten 8½ lengths). This son of Ruler Of The World has displayed enough basic ability to think he can exploit an opening mark of 65 in handicaps, especially once tackling middle distances; has been gelded since last seen.

JERSEY GREY (gr g Rajsaman – Akoyama)
Form: 009–  Trainer: Jamie Osborne  Owner: A Taylor

44,000gns full brother to French 10.5f 3yo winner Bonnoeil and a half brother to French 10.5-12.5f winner Auzebosc, out of a lightly-raced maiden half sister to high-class 9f-2m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level)/dual Ascot Gold Cup runner-up Geordieland, French 6.5f-1m winner Easterland and French 11-13f winner Arwad. He unsurprisingly shaped like one in need of more time/distance in a trio of outings at Kempton (1m), Chelmsford (10f) and Wolverhampton (8.5f) last autumn, unfancied in the betting and never seriously involved each time. Gelded since and handed a mark of 56, he ought to prove a more competitive force in 12f+ handicaps this season, certainly bred to be better than his modest rating as a relation to connections’ mercurial but talented stayer Geordieland.

JUAN LES PINS (b g Invincible Spirit – Miss Cap Ferrat)
Form: 732–  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: John Pearce Racing Ltd

Half brother to very useful 8-12f winner (including at Listed level) Miss Cap Estel, useful UK/Danish 8-11f winner (including at Listed level) St Jean Cap Ferrat and Listed-placed dual 1m 2yo winner Cap Francais, out of a twice-raced maiden half sister to eight winners, notably 3yo Listed scorers Miss Riviera Golf (1m) and Miss Corniche (10f) and the dam of smart stayer St Michel. He progressed with each outing at two, held back by a mixture of keenness and inexperience on debut at Newbury (7f) but showing the benefit of that run when third of 10 to Smokey Bear in a 6f novice contest at Kempton next time, keeping on well from midfield (beaten 4 lengths). His third and final outing of 2019 came in a 7f novice event back at Kempton seven weeks later, racing enthusiastically in behind the leaders and moving through to challenge over a furlong out, keeping on well to take second without matching clear-cut winner Boccaccio (beaten 3½ lengths). It is little surprise that he has been gelded since last seen, exuberance a common theme in his three runs at two but showing a fair level of ability all the same. His useful pedigree indicates that he’ll stay 1m at least and, from an initial mark of 76, this son of Invincible Spirit looks sure to win a race or two this term.

LASTING LEGACY (gr f Lethal Force – Araminte)
Form: 741–  Trainer: Chris Fairhurst  Owner: Exors of the Late Mrs L Peacock

Half sister to fairly useful 6-10f winner Mountain Breath out of an unraced half sister to 6f 2yo Group 2 winner Please Sing, Group 1-placed 7-10f winner Mountain Song, Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner Raindancing and useful 7-10f Flat/2m hurdle winner Barney McAll. This filly showed some promise in a pair of 6f contests at Redcar and Carlisle and sprang a 50/1 surprise when making it third time lucky in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newcastle last September, travelling comfortably close up and ridden to lead over a furlong out, clearing away to run out a convincing 3¼-length winner from Finery. There didn’t appear to be any element of fluke about that victory, and the next three home all won next time out whilst the seventh won at 33/1 a couple of starts later. Handed an opening mark of 78, it would be disappointing if this daughter of Lethal Force couldn’t add to her tally in 7f/1m handicaps this season.

LITTLE BECKY (b f Sir Percy – Amelia May)
Form: 1–  Trainer: Ed Vaughan  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Third foal of a maiden sister to 1m 2yo winner Bartholomew Fair, a three-parts sister to 1m 3yo Listed winner Miss Pinkerton (later dam of 14f Group 3 winner Precious Ramotswe) and a half sister to three winners, notably Listed-placed 7-10f winner Grand Central. This well-related filly made a successful start to her career in a 7f fillies’ novice contest at Kempton last October (11/1 chance), tracking the leaders and shaken up two furlongs out, making good progress on the inner to lead inside the final 100 yards and run out a comfortable 1½-length winner over Sorrel. The manner in which this filly sealed matters marked her down as a useful prospect, readily overhauling one with previous experience that had gained first run. She comes from an excellent family that has served her owner/breeder very well and given the promise of that debut success, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see connections pursue black type sooner rather than later with this daughter of Sir Percy; will stay another furlong at least.

MOLINARI (gr c Mastercraftsman – Moon Empress)
Form: 605-  Trainer: William Muir  Owner: C L A Edginton

Full brother to Group 3-placed 8-12f winner (including at Listed level) Restorer who offered some encouragement in a trio of outings in maiden/novice company at Ffos Las, Bath (both 1m) and Nottingham (8.5f) within the space of a month last September/October, fading out of contention the last twice like one in need of more time. This colt is very much bred to come into his own over middle distances and has been handed an opening mark of 65, coming from a stable that enjoys a good deal of success in three-year-old handicaps; hard to believe he won’t do better.

MORLAIX (b g Mayson – Estemaala)
Form: 845–  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: John Cook & Partner

16,000gns half brother to 6f-1m winner Thechildren’strust out of a 10f-2m winner who was a full sister to 1m 2yo winner Multames and a half sister to 8-10f winner Mazaaher. This gelding contested a trio of novice auction events at Kempton within the space of six weeks last autumn, stepping up on his debut effort when fourth of 14 to Eevilynn Drew (both over 7f), unable to sustain a promising forward move. His third and final outing at two saw him upped to 1m and post his most encouraging effort yet, travelling comfortably in midfield and making steady but sustained progress in the home straight to finish fifth behind Eastern Sheriff (beaten 5¼ lengths). It is unlikely he is anything out of the ordinary, but he has a fair bit of size about him and shapes like one that will stay well eventually, clearly taking more after his dam than his speedy sire. He ought to prove a greater force in handicaps from a mark of 71.

ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE (b f Kingman – Madame Chiang)
Form: 41–  Trainer: David Simcock  Owner: Kirsten Rausing

First foal of a 12f Group 1 winner who was a full sister to useful 1m-2m winner Mister Chiang and 1m 2yo winner Chinoiseries and a half sister to useful 8-8.5f winner Oriental Scot and 8-12f Flat/2m 3f hurdle winner Mannlichen. This nicely-bred filly caught the eye on debut when staying on well into fourth in a good 1m novice event at Newmarket last October and duly confirmed that promise in a 1m fillies’ novice race at Kempton a fortnight later, close up and taking over entering the final furlong to run out a comfortable 1½-length winner from Declared Interest. She looks capable of taking her form to another level during her second season, sure to stay 10f; no surprise to see her achieve enough on her return to make connections bypass handicaps and hunt for black type.

PEERLESS PERCY (b g Sir Percy – Victoria Montoya)
Form: 780–  Trainer: Michael Dods  Owner: D Neale

€22,000 full brother to 10f 3yo winner Victoria Pollard and a half brother to very useful 11-14f 3yo winner Ranch Hand and fairly useful triple 12f 3yo winner Cape Victoria, out of a Group 3/Listed-placed triple 14f winner who was a half sister to several winners, notably high-class miler Passing Glance, 7f Group 3 winner Hidden Meadow and Listed scorers Kingsclere (1m) and Scorned (12f). This gelding was too backward/lacking for speed to offer much promise in a trio of outings last September/October, beating just one rival home on debut in a 1m novice event at Haydock and then finishing eighth of 11 in a 7f maiden at Redcar and 10th of 13 in a 7f novice auction contest at Newcastle. He has been handed a lowly opening mark of 55 as a result and ought to prove more competitive in handicap company this season, with a step up to middle/staying distances sure to hurry along his development.

PHILOSOPHICAL (ch g Mukhadram – Incarnation)
Form: 447-  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Highbeck Racing 5

21,000gns half brother to 8.5f 3yo winner William Sayle and 12f 3yo winner Al, out of a 12f 3yo winning half sister to multiple Group 1-placed 7-9f winner (including twice at Group 3 level)/2000 Guineas third/Derby fourth Norse Dancer. He shaped with promise on debut in a 7f novice auction event at Doncaster last August, ridden along from halfway and staying on nicely into fourth behind Wyclif. Shaping in a similar fashion at Newcastle four weeks later, he signed off with a seventh place finish to Convict in a 7f maiden at Redcar the following month, pushed along in rear fully three furlongs out but making some late inroads. This son of Mukhadram has since been gelded and handed an opening mark of 66, looking the sort that will prove a much bigger force in 10/12f handicaps at three.

SALAMANCA SCHOOL (b c Rock Of Gibraltar – Princess Sofia)
Form: 321-  Trainer: Mark Johnston  Owner: Dr Jim Walker

€65,000 full brother to 10/12f Group 1 winner Prince Gibraltar, German 1m Listed winner Princess Gibraltar and Group 3-placed 9-12f Flat/very useful dual 2m hurdle winner Sofia’s Rock, out of a French 8-9f winner who was a half sister to French 1m 3yo Listed winner Queen Catherine. This colt shaped well in defeat on his first two outings in novice events at Ayr (1m) last September and Bath (10f) a month later, and he came good at the third time of asking in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham in November, always prominent and taking over with half a mile left to run, sticking to the task well inside the final furlong to run out a 1½-length winner from Book Review. This son of Rock Of Gibraltar put down some solid foundations at two for a middle distance handicap campaign this time around, asked to begin life in that sphere from a mark of 79. All of his notable siblings improved with age including former stablemate Sofia’s Rock, who achieved a similar level of form as a two-year-old; open to significant improvement.

SAND DIEGO (ch g Starspangledbanner – Supreme Quest)
Form: 4221-  Trainer: Peter Crate  Owner: Peter Crate

34,000gns fourth foal of a 5f 3yo winner who caught the eye with his finishing effort on his first two starts in 5f maidens at Sandown and Windsor last summer, though keenness left him vulnerable to a closer when duly collared late by the useful Brad The Brief in a 5f maiden at Bath next time. However, it all came together in a 5f maiden back at Sandown in September, waited with this time and moving smoothly into contention from the two furlong marker, switched left approaching the final furlong and staying on strongly to lead inside the final 75 yards as he ran out a ¾-length winner from Qaseeda. The overly-strong pace on that occasion saw this gelding to best effect under more patient tactics, and he appeals as the type to thrive in big-field/strongly-run handicaps from an initial mark of 79.

SHANDOZ (b c Golden Horn – Shabyt)
Form: 341–  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Nurlan Bizakov

Half brother to Listed-placed 1m 1f 2yo winner Shaherezada and useful 10-11f 3yo winner Shymkent, out of an unraced three-parts sister to Juddmonte International Stakes winner/Derby third Japan, 10.5f Group 2 winner/Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, 1m 2yo Group 2 winner Mogul and 10f Group 3 winner Sir Isaac Newton. This smartly-bred colt shaped with distinct promise in defeat on his first two outings, following a debut third in a 1m novice event at Newmarket (July) last August with a fourth place finish to Kenzai Warrior in a similar race at Salisbury the following month, staying on well from further back than ideal. He duly got off the mark at the third attempt in an 8.5f novice contest at Wolverhampton 16 days later, waited with in midfield and slightly short of room when ridden two furlongs out, staying on well against the far side rail throughout the final furlong to get up close home and deny Trumpet Man by a neck. This colt did well to win at all last time, the second and third gaining first run on him but able to cut back the deficit nevertheless; no surprise were he to develop into a major player in some of the more valuable three-year-old middle distance handicaps this season, asked to start out in that sphere from a mark of 85.

SURE I’M YOUR MAN (b g Sea The Moon – All Hallows)
Form: 959–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

€85,000 half brother to useful 8-12f winner Temple Church out of an unraced half sister to high-class 12f-2m winner (including at Group 1 level) Allegretto and seven other winners. He didn’t go unbacked ahead of his debut outing in a 1m novice event at Newbury last October but was much too green to justify that pre-race market support, coming home a well-beaten ninth behind Acquitted (beaten 28 lengths). Having offered a bit more encouragement in a 1m novice contest at Chelmsford a couple of weeks later, he caught the eye on his third/qualifying run over the same course and distance a further 17 days on, short of room approaching the final furlong and finishing with running left in him under sympathetic handling. He was clearly rushed through novice company in order to acquire a mark, handed an official rating of 65 and very much the type do better in 12f+ handicaps in 2020; has been gelded.

THE TURPINATOR (b c Canford Cliffs – Bessichka)
Form: 61–  Trainer: David Elsworth  Owner: John Manley

Half brother to very useful triple 1m winner The Grape Escape out of a once-raced maiden half sister to smart multiple 6f winner (including twice at Listed level) Rising Shadow and useful 8-10f Flat/dual 2m 4f hurdle winner Night Cru. This colt caught the eye on debut when running on into sixth behind Desert Peace in a 7f novice event at Kempton last October and confirmed that promise back there in a 1m maiden 19 days later, waited with in midfield and shaken up two furlongs out, pulled out to challenge approaching the final furlong and coming with a sustained challenge that carried him into the lead close home as he edged out Tahitian Prince by half a length. He deserves extra credit for that success, able to overhaul one that had the run of things without his rider having to go for absolutely everything. Looks set for a productive three-year-old campaign, when he should prove best at 1m.

TOM COLLINS (br c Dubawi – Cocktail Queen)
Form: 8210-  Trainer: David Elsworth  Owner: Jeff Smith

First foal of a smart 8.5-12.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a half sister to useful dual 1m winner Gold Prince and 7f-1m 3yo winner Hidden Fire (later dam of 1m 3yo Listed winner Sea Of Flames) out of a 10f Listed winner. This nicely-bred colt stepped up on his debut run to chase home very easy winner Premier Power in a 6f novice contest at Kempton last October, and he put that previous experience to good use when leading home a field comprising mainly of newcomers in a 7f novice event at Newmarket a couple of weeks later, scoring by 1¾ lengths from Galsworthy. He was stepped up in class for the rearranged Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes back at Newmarket just 10 days later, off the bridle from the halfway stage and dropping away to finish last of the eleven runners. He is better than he was able to show that day, the taxing conditions and it being his third run within a month as much a factor as the rise in class. This son of Dubawi appeals as the type do well in handicap company from a mark of 84, with a race such as the Esher Cup in April looking an ideal starting point; will stay 1m at least.

TOMMY ROCK (gr c Society Rock – Chiara Wells)
Form: 304–  Trainer: Clive Cox  Owner: Peter Ridgers

€100,000 half brother to French 5-5.5f 3yo winner Samskara out of an Italian 5f Listed winner who was a half sister to smart 6-7f winner Mjjack and a pair of prolific winners in Europe out of a maiden half sister to US Stakes winners Afare (6/6.5f) and Eddie B Runs (8.5f). This colt was sent off 2/1 favourite for a 5f maiden at Bath on debut last August, caught wide in midfield and running green, getting the idea inside the final furlong and keeping on well to finish third behind Brad The Brief (beaten 3 lengths). He failed to build on that encouraging start in two subsequent outings in 6f contests at Newbury a month later and then Kempton the following month, though was hopelessly placed on the latter occasion and kept on nicely for mainly hands and hands riding from over a furlong out to take fourth behind Premier Power (beaten 10½ lengths). For all his second run was disappointing, both efforts either side of that suggest this son of Society Rock will prove capable of better in handicaps from an initial mark of 68.

UNRACED

There are always those that fail to make it to the track at two for one reason or another. Listed below are a selection of well-bred and/or highly-regarded unraced three-year-olds worth noting for the 2020 Flat season.

John Gosden is typically well stocked with unraced talent and a quartet of particular interest from his Clarehaven base are: Bizzi Lizzi (28/3 b f Muhaarar – Izzi Top), a three-parts sister to smart 6-7f winner Dreamfield (by Oasis Dream) and a half sister to Group 3-placed 7f 2yo winner Prince Eiji and Listed-placed 7-10f winner Willie John, out of a dual 10f Group 1 winner who was a half sister to Group 1-placed 8-10f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Jazzi Top; King Of Unicorns (26/4 b c Night Of Thunder – Aviacion), a three-parts brother to Group 3/Listed-placed 8-12f winner Arabian Comet (by Dubawi) and a half brother to smart 7-9f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Promising Run, 7f 2yo winner Kunooz and French 1m 1f 2yo winner Voladora, out of a Brazilian 10f Grade 1 winner; Shareefa (18/4 gr f Shamardal – Qertaas), a half sister to Group 2-placed 12-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Muntahaa out of a French 11f 3yo Listed winning daughter of an unraced half sister to 1000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters, Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner/Irish Derby runner-up Alexander Of Hales and the dam of Matron Stakes winner Chachamaidee; and Sunray Major (9/3 b c Dubawi – Zenda), a half brother to top-class miler Kingman, 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Remote and very useful 11-12f winner First Eleven, out of a French 1000 Guineas winning half sister to triple 5/6f Group 1 winner Oasis Dream and dual 1m 3yo Listed winner Hopeful Light.

Another Newmarket trainer with a wealth of unraced talent to call upon is Simon Crisford, and a well-bred trio worth monitoring from Gainsborough Stables are: Banna (21/3 b f Pivotal – Salacia), a three-parts sister to high-class 8-8.5f winner (including at Group 1 level)/2000 Guineas runner-up King Of Change (by Farhh) and a half sister to Group 1-placed 8-8.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Century Dream, out of a 6f 3yo winning half sister to Listed-placed French dual 1m 3yo winner Melicartes and useful 8-8.5f winner G K Chesterton; Freedom Flyer (28/4 b c Invincible Spirit – Liberating), a 160,000gns second foal of a Listed-placed Irish 5f 2yo winner who was a half sister to several winners, notably Group 3-placed triple 6f winner/2000 Guineas fourth Bossy Guest and 5f 2yo winner Kate The Great (later dam of high-class sprinter Eastern Impact); and Turquoise Kingdom (11/3 b c Dubawi – Fallen For You), a 500,000gns full brother to high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Glorious Journey out of a Coronation Stakes winning half sister to smart 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) Fallen Idol and Group 2/Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Fallen In Love (later dam of French 10.5f Group 3 winner Loving Things).

Charlie Fellowes begins his first full season at Bedford House and has a couple of well-related fillies of particular interest for 2020, namely: Immortal Beloved (6/3 b f Gleneagles – All’s Forgotten), a three-parts 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 (all by Galileo), out of an Irish 8.5f 3yo winner; and Riviera Belle (20/3 b f Medaglia D’Oro – Eastern Belle), the first foal of a Grade 2/3-placed 10f 3yo Listed winning half sister top-class middle distance performer Golden Horn out of an unraced half sister to several winners, notably Coronation Stakes winner Rebecca Sharp, Cheshire Oaks winner Hidden Hope (later dam of 12f Listed winner Our Obsession) and Lingfield Derby Trial winner Mystic Knight.

Charlie Appleby is another Newmarket-based handler with a couple of well-bred sorts to keep a close eye on this forthcoming campaign: Hysterical (9/4 gr f Galileo – Laugh Out Loud), a 700,000gns full sister to smart Irish/US 8-10f winner (including at Grade 2/Group 3 level) Platinum Warrior and a three-parts sister to fairly useful 9.5f 3yo winner Elisheba (by Australia), out of a Group 1-placed multiple 1m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was a half sister to smart 6-12f winner (including twice at Listed level) Suzi’s Decision, smart 10-12f winner Baghdad and useful 10-12f Flat/2m 1f hurdle winner Pippa Greene; and Kingswear (22/2 b/br c Dubawi – Galatee), a full brother to Grade 1-placed 8-14f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Dartmouth and a half brother to French dual 12f Group 2 winner Manatee and French 15.5f Listed winner Gaterie, out of an Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner.

Mark Johnston has a few interesting unraced sorts to go to war with this forthcoming campaign, chief among them: Almqvist (9/2 b c Kingman – Alvarita), a half brother to Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Alla Speranza (later dam of 7f 3yo Group 2 winner Shine So Bright), Irish 12f Listed winner Altesse, four other winners and the dam of smart trio Alea Iacta, Aloe Vera and Alyssa, out of a French 10.5f 3yo Listed winning daughter of dual Champion Stakes heroine Alborada; and Serengeti Star (13/3 b f Teofilo – Shawanda), a half sister to St Leger winner Encke and 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Genius Beast, out of a very smart 10-12f 3yo winner (twice at Group 1 level, including the Irish Oaks) who was a half sister to French 1m 3yo Listed winner Shawara (later dam of dual 12f Group 1 winner Shareta).

Others from various yards worth a mention are: Lucy Wadham’s Abound (13/3 b f Sir Percy – Atwix), the first foal of a 10-12f winner who was a half sister to useful 6-7f 2yo winner Twin Sails (by Sir Percy) and 7f-1m winner Ajig out of a 7f 3yo winner; the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Astro King (2/3 b c Kingman – Astroglia), a 375,000gns second foal of a French 9.5f winning daughter of a Group 3-placed French 7f 3yo Listed winner who was a full sister to US 8.5-9.5f Grade 3 winner Snake Mountain, a three-parts sister to French 6f 2yo Group 3 winner Loving Kindness and a half sister to French 1m 2yo Group 1 winner Denebola and the unraced dam of Arc winner Bago and French 8/9f Group 1 winner Maxios; and the Charlie Hills-trained Badrah (20/3 ch f Kitten’s Joy – Aqsaam), a half sister to useful triple 6f 3yo winner Thafeera out of a Grade 3-placed US 7f-1m winner who was a half sister to Grade 2/3-placed US triple 6.5f winner Lady Lumberjack (later dam of Grade 3-placed US 7.5-8.5f winner Machtree (by Kitten’s Joy)) and US 6.5-8.5f winner Harbor Lights out of a US 8.5f 3yo Listed winning half sister to US 1m Grade 2 winner Night Patrol.

The William Haggas-trained Dalhousie (10/5 b f Golden Horn – Dalvina), a half sister to Group 2/3-placed 12f-2m winner (including twice at Listed level) Dal Harraild and useful 8.5-10.5f winner Dal Horrisgle, out of a US 12f Grade 3 winner who was a half sister to 10f 3yo Listed winner Soft Centre (later dam of Nassau Stakes winner Sultanina), 10.5f 3yo Listed winner French Dressing and useful 7f-1m winner Pretzel; Ed Walker’s Ice Eagle (4/5 b f Free Eagle – Malaspina), a 250,000gns half sister to 7f 3yo Group 3 winner/1000 Guineas third Daban and smart 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Thikriyaat, out of a maiden half sister to Group 1-placed 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3 level) Johnny Barnes, French 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Albisola and the maiden dam of Group/Grade 1 winners Ectot and Most Improved; and the Michael Halford-trained Kerandi (24/4 ch c Champs Elysees – Kerisa), a half brother to useful Irish dual 1m winner Karasi and Irish 1m 3yo winner Kerineya, out of an Irish 10-12f winner who was a half sister to Group 3-placed Irish 7-12f winner (including at Listed level) Karasiyra and Group 3/Listed-placed Irish 7f 2yo winner Kirinda out of a maiden half sister to smart middle distance/staying performer Kerdem.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Monopoly (10/5 ch c Australia – Carolines Secret), a 115,000gns half brother to Grade 1-placed French/US 8-12f winner (including at Grade 2/3 level) Elektrum and useful Irish 8-11f winner Maudlin Magdalen, out of a Group 3/Listed-placed German 10f 3yo winning daughter of a maiden half sister to UAE 6f/1m Listed winner Kassbaan and the grandam of Group 1-placed French dual 7f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Charming Prince; Paddy Twomey’s Moore Street Wise (4/5 b c More Than Ready – Dane Street), a full brother to Grade 3-placed US 1m 2yo winner Data Dependent and a half brother to Irish 7f 2yo Group 1 winner Skitter Scatter, out of a useful dual 10f winner who was a full sister to useful UK/UAE 6-9f winner Jalaa and a half sister to Dewhurst Stakes winner Intense Focus; and the James Tate-trained Opening Night (24/4 ch f Night Of Thunder – Varsity), a €130,000 close relation to smart UK/UAE 8-11f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) GM Hopkins (by Dubawi) and Listed-placed French/US 8-9f winner Zvarkhova (by Makfi), out of a Listed-placed French/Irish 10.5-12f winner who was the daughter of an unraced sister to 2000 Guineas/Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Mark Of Esteem.

The Jedd O’Keeffe-trained Queen Of Camelot (11/2 b f Camelot – Bogside Theatre), a full sister to dual 12f 3yo winner Theatro and a half sister to smart triple 12f Flat (including at Listed level)/2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Lord Yeats and fairly useful 12f 3yo winner Kilowatt, out of a useful 10-13f Flat/2m hurdle winner; the Hugo Palmer-trained Rocket Rod (7/4 b c Australia – Tessa Reef), a €160,000 close relation to high-class 7-12f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Permian (by Teofilo) and Listed-placed 7-9.5f winner Second Wave (by New Approach) and a half brother to Listed-placed French 9-10f winner Samana Cay and very useful UK/Australian 7-12f winner Noumea, out of a French 8/9f Listed winner from the excellent family of Alpha Centauri and Study Of Man; and finally Donnacha O’Brien’s Star Of Juniper (7/2 b c Deep Impact – Kissed By Angels), the first foal of an Irish 1m 3yo Group 3 winner who was a full sister to very smart 6-12f winner (seven times at Group 1 level, including the 1000 Guineas and Oaks)/Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Minding out of a high-class 6f-1m winner (including twice at Group 1 level).

OLDER HORSES

43/3- ASAD (Simon Crisford)
52168- CALL ME GINGER (Jim Goldie)
435/ CRASTER (Hughie Morrison)
2/13EDINBURGH CASTLE (Andrew Balding)
212370- KIEFER (Jedd O’Keeffe)
418- MOHTARRIF (Ger Lyons)
33PLEDGE OF HONOUR (Dean Ivory)
251321- PRINCE OF HARTS (Stuart Williams)
962RAINING FIRE (James Fanshawe)
031- RUM BABA (Charlie Fellowes)

PATTERN CLASS

31- AMMA GRACE (Dermot Weld)
1- DOMINO DARLING (William Haggas)
71ENGLISH KING (Ed Walker)
1FOORAAT (Roger Varian)
1- MAGNETISED (Roger Varian)
1SATONO JAPAN (Sir Michael Stoute)
1STARCAT (Hughie Morrison)
21- SUNCHART (Andrew Slattery)
1- TREFOIL (Ralph Beckett)
1WALDKONIG (John Gosden)

MAIDENS

07BILLHILLY (Eve Johnson Houghton)
05- BLIGH (Joseph O’Brien)
4- CELESTIAL BLISS (Kevin Ryan)
7- CHORAL WORK (William Haggas)
52CODE OF CONDUCT (Roger Charlton)
6COSMIC PRINCESS (Hughie Morrison)
74COURT OF APPEAL (James Tate)
6- FRANKENSTELLA (John Quinn)
7FRENCH POLISH (Roger Charlton)
5- KING FAN (Mark Johnston)
2LAW OF ONE (Sir Michael Stoute)
74- MACHIOS (Andrew Balding)
6MAGICAL MORNING (John Gosden)
08- RED KELLY (Johnny Murtagh)
55- ROBERT WALPOLE (George Scott)
5SALSADA (Jedd O’Keeffe)
00SIR DANDY (Lucy Wadham)
04SPANISH KISS (William Knight)
73- ST CLERANS (Jessica Harrington)
5- WILL SOMMERS (Kevin Ryan)

HANDICAPS

944- ALARGEDRAM (Alan King)
631ARRIVISTE (Rae Guest)
577BLACK STAR DANCING (Keith Dalgleish)
089DEPOSIT (David Simcock)
0654- DUKE OF CONDICOTE (Alan King)
960- HERBERT POCKET (Tim Easterby)
038I’M WATCHING YOU (Ron Harris)
786557- INVINCIBLE BERTIE (Nigel Tinkler)
858- ISLAND NATION (Heather Main)
009JERSEY GREY (Jamie Osborne)
732JUAN LES PINS (Ed Walker)
741LASTING LEGACY (Chris Fairhurst)
1LITTLE BECKY (Ed Vaughan)
605- MOLINARI (William Muir)
845MORLAIX (David Simcock)
41ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE (David Simcock)
780PEERLESS PERCY (Michael Dods)
447- PHILOSOPHICAL (Jedd O’Keeffe)
321- SALAMANCA SCHOOL (Mark Johnston)
4221- SAND DIEGO (Peter Crate)
341SHANDOZ (Roger Varian)
959SURE I’M YOUR MAN (Roger Charlton)
61THE TURPINATOR (David Elsworth)
8210- TOM COLLINS (David Elsworth)
304TOMMY ROCK (Clive Cox)

UNRACED

ABOUND (Lucy Wadham)
ALMQVIST (Mark Johnston)
ASTRO KING (Sir Michael Stoute)
BADRAH (Charlie Hills)
BANNA (Simon Crisford)
BIZZI LIZZI (John Gosden)
DALHOUSIE (William Haggas)
FREEDOM FLYER (Simon Crisford)
HYSTERICAL (Charlie Appleby)
ICE EAGLE (Ed Walker)
IMMORTAL BELOVED (Charlie Fellowes)
KERANDI (Michael Halford)
KING OF UNICORNS (John Gosden)
KINGSWEAR (Charlie Appleby)
MONOPOLY (Joseph O’Brien)
MOORE STREET WISE (Paddy Twomey)
OPENING NIGHT (James Tate)
QUEEN OF CAMELOT (Jedd O’Keeffe)
RIVIERA BELLE (Charlie Fellowes)
ROCKET ROD (Hugo Palmer)
SERENGETI STAR (Mark Johnston)
SHAREEFA (John Gosden)
STAR OF JUNIPER (Donnacha O’Brien)
SUNRAY MAJOR (John Gosden)
TURQUOISE KINGDOM (Simon Crisford)

STATS

1-1 RAINING FIRE – Kempton 1st 5/4fav
1-2 SALSADA – Newcastle 2nd 14/1
1-3 ALMQVIST – Southwell 7th 10/1
1-4 KINGSWEAR – Kempton 4th 11/4
2-5 BADRAH – Kempton 1st 9/4
2-6 ALMQVIST – Newcastle 8th 8/1
2-7 QUEEN OF CAMELOT – Newcastle 4th 10/1
2-8 ALMQIVST – Wolverhampton 7th 100/1
3-9 KINGSWEAR – Wolverhampton 1st 3/1
4-10 SALSADA – Newcastle 1st 2/1
4-11 ALMQVIST – Lingfield 2nd 10/1
4-12 PLEDGE OF HONOUR – Wolverhampton 2nd 4/1
4-13 BILLHILLY – Lingfield 4th 20/1
4-14 ALMQVIST – Kempton 2nd 100/30
5-15 KERANDI – Dundalk 1st 9/4
5-16 MONOPOLY – Dundalk 9th 7/1
6-17 ALMQVIST – Lingfield 1st 7/2jtfav

LSP: +3.25

© Dan 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.

3 Comments

  1. Great stuff as always Dan! Really looking forward to Cosmic Princess after a read of her pedigree and watching her debut!!

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