Flat Horses to Follow 2019

DOUG CAMPBELL’S 50 3yo FLAT HORSES TO FOLLOW RUNNER: THURSDAY 23 MAY

Goodwood 4.20 Aloe Vera

Advertise colt

Trained by Martyn Meade

Has turned out to be a tremendous purchase at just £60k as a yearling from the Doncaster sales in 2017. The son of Showcasing is a winner of three of his five starts to date, including a success in Group 2 company when taking the July Stakes at Newmarket, and also at the highest level when collecting the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh the following month.

On his final start of the season Advertise was no match for the leading juvenile Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst Stakes, but nonetheless ran with plenty of credit to be runner up – beaten two and three quarter lengths.

His three wins have all came over six furlongs, and whilst he may not be guaranteed to stay a mile as a three year old – he is likely to be aimed at one of the Guineas trials, in order to see if he possesses the required stamina for the colts first classic. A very nice individual.

All Points West gelding

Trained by Sir Mark Prescott

Achieved little in three starts as a juvenile in 2018, but that in itself may not be the end of the world given that his trainer is renowned for not rushing his youngsters. All Points West has a likeable pedigree, with his sire being the top class dirt sprinter Speightstown and his dam being the Listed placed Galileo mare Albamara – who herself was out of the multiple Group 1 winning racemare Albanova.

It’s a pedigree that his trainer knows well and it would not be the biggest of surprises if All Points West was capable of better than we have seen so far. His bloodlines are a mixture of speed and stamina, so at this stage it is a little difficult to be certain of his optimum trip, however he gave the impression that ten furlongs should be within his compass.

Artois colt

Trained by Hugo Palmer

Did well to win a novice contest at Kempton over a mile on the second of a brace of starts last term, after failing to gain the clearest of passages with a couple of furlongs to run. In fairness though Artois probably won with a little more in hand than the length and a half winning distance suggested, and he was going away at the finish. It may not be the strongest of form lines, but the runner up shed his maiden tag a couple of starts later, and the manner of the win gave the impression that there was certainly more to come as he gains experience.

Artois has a lovely Juddmonte Farms pedigree, he’s by the high class French middle distance performer Mizzen Mast – out of Breeders Cup and multiple Graded winner Intercontinental. He will stay at least a mile and a quarter, and hopefully will be able to produce a stellar performance or two during 2019.

Bayroot  colt

Trained by Roger Varian

Can be considered somewhat fortunate to have won a late season Novices Stakes at Kempton over seven furlongs, as the third placed home – Jirnaas, trained by William Haggas would surely have collected but for being fatally injured close home. That said, it was a very pleasing debut by Bayroot and there should certainly be more to come from him in his second season.

It may not be the strongest of form lines, but the runner up that day Private Rocket was successful on his next start, so there is at least a little substance to it. A step up in trip may also bring about some improvement, and at this stage I would mark Bayroot down as a handicapper to watch over trips of a mile to ten furlongs, with hopefully further success as he gains experience.

Cadre Du Noir colt

Trained by Martyn Meade

Cost his owners (Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited) the considerable sum of $1.1m when purchased at the Keeneland yearling sales in September of 2017, a purchase price that at this stage looks particularly expensive despite his likeable pedigree. He’s by the much sought after American sire War Front, who is responsible for the likes of U S Navy Flag – Lancaster Bomber and Air Force Blue, and out of the Rahy mare Dynamic Feature, who has produced the multiple Graded winner Parranda (by English Channel).

Cadre Du Noir looked green and inexperienced on his only start at two, when third of nine beaten two and a half lengths at Nottingham behind Mubariz, over an extended mile at the end of October, and may not be the type to be rushed in the early months of the season. However progress should be forthcoming with experience, his half sister certainly improved with time – and he may well be one to keep a close watch on in the second half of his 2019 campaign. Cadre Du Noir should stay at least a mile and a quarter.

Camber colt

Trained by Richard Fahey

Yet to get off the mark in four starts over six furlongs, with his best effort coming when runner up at Pontefract in late September – beaten just half a length by shock 100/1 scorer Our Rodney. He’s far from being a world beater, but has shown enough to suggest opportunities can be found for him to lose his maiden tag over the course of the season. He will start the year from an official mark of 70, and I would imagine a campaign in Northern Handicaps over six or maybe seven furlongs would be the order of the day.

Clematis filly

Trained by Charles Hills

A Juddmonte Farms homebred filly that showed a lovely turn of foot inside the final furlong to pull three lengths clear of her nearest rival ( Sezim ) when collecting a mile contest on the all weather at Kempton in late November. That was her only start of the season, and was all the more impressive as the runner up had the benefit of two races experience before they met.

Clematis is a half sister to the useful handicapper Sepal ( by Afleet Alex ) but has the potential to prove much superior to her sibling as she gains experience. A very likeable type that should have no difficulty in staying at least ten furlongs, and I will be amazed if she cannot reward her followers and connections with further success over the summer months.

Craster colt

Trained by Hughie Morrison

On pedigree alone it is not surprising that Craster failed to get off the mark in three outings at two, he’s by Sea The Stars and out of a two times Listed winning mare by Sir Percy, so should clearly be suited to racing over middle distances. He did however show bits of ability, with his best effort coming when a narrowly beaten third place behind Themaxwecan and Skymax over ten furlongs at Bath at the start of October.

As a three year old I would imagine he would require a minimum test of a mile and a half before we see any possible progress. Craster is unlikely to prove anything more than a handicapper in time, and should be placed to shed his maiden tag with little difficulty.

Designated filly

Trained by Clive Cox

Designated wasn’t sighted on a racecourse until mid November (
her only start of the year), but hinted at some ability in running fifth of thirteen, beaten a shade over three lengths in total behind the Marco Botti trained Sonja Henie. She looked in need of the experience that day, and a winter behind her can only do her good.

She’s by Dutch Art who tends to produce performers best at six furlongs to a mile, and her dam – the Pivotal mare Entitled was herself a winner at both six and seven furlongs, so one would imagine that those sort of trips would be her optimum. Designated should be found opportunities to lose her maiden status before hopefully moving on to something better, and there’s no reason to suggest that she won’t be equally effective on both turf and an artificial surface.

Dubai Philosopher colt

Trained by Michael Bell

Got a little edgy in the preliminaries before his only outing last year, and appeared to race a little green, but shaped with definite promise nonetheless to run third of ten behind Trolius and Ideological over a mile at Newcastle, beaten around a length in total. He’s likely to require more of a trip during his second season, and will have little difficulty in staying ten furlongs – possibly even a mile and a half. Should prove up to winning in maiden company, before a campaign in handicaps as the season develops.

Dubai Warrior colt

Trained by John Gosden

Put up an eye catching performance on his only appearance last season, when racing away from a field of Novices over a mile at Chelmsford in early November. He was always travelling well in midfield, and made his move inside the final quarter of a mile – taking up the running with around a furlong to go and quickening clear all the way to the winning line, with a margin of four and a half lengths as they passed the post.

It left a lasting impression and surely future successes await this son of Dansili. His full brother – the year older Mootasadir trained by Hugo Palmer, looked progressive last season, with his campaign culminating in a Group 3 win at Dundalk on his final start. I feel that Dubai Warrior has the potential to even better that, as he gains experience. He’ll have no trouble staying ten furlongs and may even stay a mile and a half. He looks an exciting prospect.

Duneflower filly

Trained by John Gosden

A nicely bred first foal of the Group 2 placed Desert Blossom and by the leading Darley sire Dubawi. Duneflower ran a nice race on her debut in the second week of October, when runner up over seven furlongs at Newmarket – beaten a length and a half by the Ralph Beckett trained Queen Power. Just twelve days later at Newcastle she struggled a little to land odds of 2/9 , when scraping home by the minimum margin from the Charles Hills trained debutant Stagehand.

Duneflower will hopefully progress with more racing, and when stepped up in trip. I’d imagine she will start off over a mile and she should stay at least another couple of furlongs, and although she holds no fancy entries at this stage I’m sure connections will be hoping she can add to that sole success given her attractive bloodlines. Most likely capable of better than we have seen to date.

Durston colt

Trained by David Simcock

A half brother to four winners, most notably the twice Group 3 scorer Cubanita trained by Ralph Beckett. Durston is from the first crop of Sea The Moon, the German Derby winner of 2004 who himself hails from a nice family. It wasn’t the biggest of surprises that Durston failed to get off the mark in a couple of late season contests, but he certainly showed signs that he is capable of future successes as a three year old.

He struck me as the type to require a mile and a half before we see some progress, and even a couple of furlongs further should be within his capabilities. Durston should have little difficulty in shedding his maiden tag, and may well be a handicapper to follow when faced with his optimum test of stamina.

Eagles By Day colt

Trained by Michael Bell

Ran a very promising race on his only start at two, staying on nicely in the final quarter of a mile to chase home the Simon Crisford trained Alnadir at a distance of a length and a half. He was slowly away that day and looked as if the experience would do him no end of good, and I’d expect improvement to be forthcoming during 2019 – particularly when given a sterner test of stamina than the extended mile he raced over at Nottingham.

Eagles By Day holds an early entry for the Epsom Derby, but he would need to show considerable progress if he was to take his place in the line up. However, he does look a ready made winner of a Maiden in the early weeks of the campaign before hopefully moving on to better things. He may well be quite a bit better than the bare form of his only start suggests.

Ebbraam filly

Trained by Simon Crisford

Second foal of the Listed placed mare Oojooba ( by Monsun ). Slowly away and looked a little immature on her only start of 2018 towards the end on November, but warmed to her task as the race developed, staying on quite well in the final furlong and a half or so to run third – beaten a length and three quarters & a length and a quarter by Baba Ghanouj and Lady Lizzy.

That was over a mile and half a furlong on the all weather at Wolverhampton, and she should be at least as effective – maybe even better suited to racing on turf. Ebbraam looks as if she will be suited to around ten furlongs, and while her form in the book at this stage is nothing spectacular, I do expect her to have little trouble in disposing of her maiden tag.

Frankellina filly

Trained by William Haggas

No prizes for guessing that the sire of this filly is none other than the superstar himself Frankel, her dam Our Obsession – a daughter of Shamardal, was also was no mean performer on the track, winning three of her four starts including the Listed Galtres Stakes at York back in 2013. Frankellina is her first foal and owner Anthony Oppenheimer certainly appears to have chosen the right sire.

Frankellina won her only start last year, a Novices contest over a mile at Yarmouth in October, showing some batting qualities to get the better of another nice type in the shape of Oussel Falls from the all conquering John Gosden stable. She must have been working well ahead of her debut as an SP of 5/4 indicated plenty of confidence behind her.

There’s surely plenty more to come, and I would imagine that connections are hoping that she will develop in to a pattern race performer in time, with an early season target maybe something like the Musidora Stakes in the Spring to see whether she is good enough to aim for the Epsom Oaks. Potentially a very nice filly in the making.

Great Bear colt

Trained by Roger Charlton

Over the last five years Roger Charlton’s strike rate with his juveniles can be described as fair, rather than spectacular with a success rate of around 15% on both turf and an artificial surface, often too his two year olds can improve for a run or two under their belt.

Great Bear had just the one run last term, a successful one at that, winning at Wolverhampton over the extended mile in mid November. It wasn’t a bad effort at all, even though the winning margin was only half a length from the Ralph Beckett Copal, as the runner up had the experience of two previous outings. Copal later received an opening official rating of 78 for his performance, so one would imagine Great Bear’s merited one in the low to mid 80’s, with possible improvement to come.

He’s the third foal of the Group 1 winning mare Great Heavens, whose son to Dubawi is the useful Dubhe, but his full brother Althib is only a modest handicapper trained in Ireland. I fully expect Great Bear to be more like the former, and possibly even better. He should stay ten furlongs, and pay his way with a win or two throughout the season.

Kadar colt

Trained by Karl Burke

Another expensive purchase owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred to make the list. Kadar was an 700k euro buy at the Arqana May Breeze Up Sales, he’s from the final crop of the late American sire Scat Daddy, who is already proving a huge loss to the bloodstock industry since his passing in 2015. British racegoers got to see Kadar just the once last term, when landing a novices event at Haydock in early September over a mile.

It looked a fairly decent contest, with the runner up Waldstern trained by John Gosden going on to earn an official mark of 98 after his third start. It was a very good first effort by Kadar, as Wadstern himself was a previous winner, and you would have to hope that Kadar would be up to making his mark in pattern company at three. May well prove best at around a mile for the time being, and may not want the going too quick. Exciting prospect.

Kimblewick filly

Trained by John Gosden

A once raced daughter of Iffraaj, out of a Sadler’s Wells mare whose three previous foals managed just two wins between them from seventeen races. Kimblewick herself got off the mark on her only start last year, despite looking a little immature. That was over a mile at Kempton in mid November. Getting the better of the Hughie Morrison trained Say Nothing by half a length, with the same margin back to Eithaar from the Owen Burrows stable in third place.

Kimblewick was a 350,000 guineas purchase at Tattersalls October yearling sales in 2017 and looks open to improvement as she gains racing experience. She shaped as if she should stay an extra couple of furlongs at Kempton, and while she may not prove one of the headline makers for her trainer in the months ahead, she should prove up to paying her way.

Koduro filly

Trained by Karl Burke

Winner of a Novices event at Carlisle over seven furlongs on the middle of three starts over the trip, turning the tables on Aussie View who had defeated her when Koduro finished fifth on her debut at Doncaster four weeks earlier. Koduro was then raised in class to contest a Listed race at Sandown in the final week of July, just a fortnight after the Carlisle victory.

She finished fourth of the seven runners that day, beaten a shade over six lengths behind the Andrew Balding trained Look Around – who had finished a length behind Koduro on their debuts in mid June. That turned out to be Koduro’s final start of 2018, and I can only guess that some sort of injury kept her off the track.
Should she return to action in full health then her initial handicap mark of 82 appears workable to me.

She’s in excellent hands to have her talent nurtured, and will hopefully have her owner dancing in the winners enclosures over the summer. Will stay at least a mile, and has only raced on Good to Firm to date.

Lady Lawyer filly

Trained by John Gosden

An American bred filly by Blame – who is best remembered for being the only horse to defeat the wonder mare Zenyatta when they met in the Breeders Cup Classic of 2010 – out of an unraced mare by War Front. Lady Lawyer was not an overly expensive purchase in today’s climate, costing $150k at the Keenland September yearling sales of 2017, and she went a tiny way to recovering some of that price when successful over seven furlongs at Kempton on her only outing last year.

She won with more in hand than the three quarters of a length margin over Bint Soghaan suggested, and although the bare form of the win is far from spectacular Lady Lawyer did indicate that she was capable of better. Trips up to a mile and a quarter should be within her capabilities, and even though her sire was predominantly a dirt performer he can throw a smart one on turf also, with the French trained mare and Group 1 Prix De Diane winner Senga being a prime example. Should go on to better things.

Lyndon B colt

Trained by George Scott

Considering George Scott has only been training since the end of 2015 he has done fairly well for himself and his owners, with ( at the time of writing ) 54 winners and 75 placings from 411 races contested. He is probably best known for his exploits with James Garfield, who took the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes as a juvenile and beat none other than Expert Eye when taking the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury last Spring.

Lyndon B is quite some way off that level, but in two late season races in 2018 showed enough to suggest he should be winning before too long. A three quarters of a length second to Aplomb at Yarmouth and a respectable fourth in a fair Maiden at Newbury suggested that he should have little trouble winning in Maiden company himself, and will hopefully progress in to becoming a useful handicapper as the season progresses. He’s a half brother to Ruth Carr’s tough as teak Sovereign Debt, and I am sure Scott will be pleased if Lyndon B proves half as talented.

Lyzbeth filly

Trained by Martyn Meade

We only got to see Lyzbeth the once last season, when fifth of twelve in a Novice event at Ascot in early September. It was a respectable effort, staying on late to be beaten a total of two and a half lengths behind the winner Cloak And Dagger, with the race looking as if it would do her plenty of good. The second – third & sixth home that day all went on to shed their maiden tags later in the year, giving the race some substance.

Lyzbeth is a daughter of Zoffany, out of a very modest maiden Galileo mare, and cost connections 45k euro as a yearling from the Arqana Deaville Sales in October 2017. Hopefully she will prove that was money well spent and reward her connections with a win or two in 2019, she’s an athletic filly and should stay a mile – but may not want the going too quick (was withdrawn from a second intended outing on Good to Firm)

Maid For Life filly

Trained by Charlie Fellowes

Probably did quite well to finish runner up to Accommodate over seven furlongs at Chelmsford in October, as she appeared pretty clueless at times, hopefully it will prove in the future that it was simply down to her inexperience and not issues with her temperament. It was her only start of the campaign, and a winter behind her can only do her good.

Being by Nathaniel I would expect her to be suited to trips of around a mile and a quarter at three, and success in Maiden company is well within her capabilities before hopefully moving on to something better.

Magic J colt

Trained by Ed Vaughan

Made a very pleasing debut when taking a Novices event at Yarmouth over six furlongs on his only start in 2018. Always travelling well, he only needed to be shaken up and ridden out with hands and heels to win going away, to win with more in hand than the winning margin of a length and a quarter from Swindler suggests. It looked a fair race even though there were only seven runners, and one would expect that there was more to come from Magic J as a three year old.

He’s another offspring of Scat Daddy to make the fifty, and should stay a mile with a little more experience behind him. His win came on Good to Firm going which he coped with very well, and I would have some reservations if the ground came up soft. A nice prospect nonetheless for the season ahead.

Manuela De Vega filly

Trained by Ralph Beckett

Ralph Beckett has already trained two winners of the Epsom Oaks with Look Here in 2008 and Talent five years later, and has a number of promising three year old fillies in his stable for 2019, one of whom is Manuela De Vega. A lot can happen between now and June, but Manuela De Vega who is unbeaten in two starts to date looks the type that may well develop in to a candidate for the fillies second classic.

She appeared to stay the mile strongly as a juvenile when taking a Listed contest at Pontefract in October, and should be well suited to middle distances at three. Her full sister Isabel De Urbina (also trained by Beckett) was twice successful in Listed company herself and stayed up to 1m 6f. I’d imagine something like the Cheshire Oaks or the Lingfield Oaks Trial would be in the plan, to see if she is good enough to be aimed at Epsom.

At the time of writing Manuela De Vega is available as big as 40/1 in a place to break the recent O’Brien & Gosden stranglehold on the Oaks, and there may well be many worse 40/1 chances in the ante post lists than her. She looks a nice one for the months ahead.

Montatham colt

Trained by William Haggas

Caught the eye on his only start last year, when staying on late to be third in a backend Maiden at Newbury over six and a half furlongs, beaten three quarters of a length and a length and a half by Thrilla In Manila and Monsieur Noir. There should be more to come from him in 2019, with hopefully a win in Maiden company before possibly developing in to a handicapper to follow over the Summer months. He gave the impression at Newbury that a mile may well be in his capabilities with a bit more experience behind him.

Nausha filly

Trained by Roger Varian

Won a mile event for Novices at Newbury in October, getting the better of Spanish Aria by half a length. She took a keen hold in the early stages but was still travelling strongly when moving up to make her challenge inside the final quarter of a mile, running on well to hold the John Gosden trained filly. She’s by the four times Group 1 winning miler Kingman out of an unraced Galileo mare, so I’d expect her to be suited to trips of around ten furlongs. She may not win any classics, but I’m sure better days lay ahead for her with a trip or two more to the winners enclosure.

Nearooz filly

Trained by Roger Varian

Caused somewhat of a surprise when scoring narrowly at 20/1 on her only start last season, when winning a Maiden at Newmarket over seven furlongs during the second week of October. It looked an above average Maiden, and one which I expect a number of future winners to emerge from.

Nearooz is by the Epsom Derby winner New Approach, out of a Listed Class winning mare over ten furlongs, and it is over middle distances where I can see improvement coming Nearooz. It’s difficult to predict what level she will reach at three, but she is a promising sort to take in to the new season and one that will hopefully add to her tally.

Oussel Falls filly

Trained by John Gosden

Runner up to Frankellina – another of the fifty, on her only start of 2018 over a mile at Yarmouth, after looking the likely winner for much of the latter stages of the race. Under a hands & heels ride she lost out by only a head, but lost little in defeat and looks a winner waiting to happen in the early stages of the new turf season.

She is a beautifully bred filly by Invincible Spirit, and is the first foal of Too The Stars ( Sea The Stars x Finsceal Beo ) so connections must surely be hoping that she gets some black type. Whether she proves up to that remains to be seen, but at this stage she appears a very promising young filly that should have little difficulty in getting her head in front over a mile or ten furlongs.

Qabala filly

Trained by Roger Varian

Took a Newmarket Maiden over seven furlongs on her only start last term by a head from Ralph Beckett’s Desirous, with two and a half lengths back to the William Haggas trained Rainbow Heart in third, and a further three and a half lengths back to Ed Walker’s filly Baba Ghanouj in fourth. It looked a decent contest, with the three that finished immediately behind her all shedding their maiden tags in the latter stages of the season.

Qabala is a daughter of Scat Daddy, out of a dam by Empire Maker, hailing from a nice American Juddmote Farms pedigree on the distaff side. She cost $300k as a foal as is related to a couple of winners on dirt in the States, and could herself be effective on both turf and an artificial surface. She gave me the impression that she should stay further this season, and she is potentially pretty useful.

Red Impression filly

Trained by Roger Charlton

Unbeaten in two starts over six furlongs, at Kempton in October and at Lingfield the following month, on both occasions in the style of a smart filly in the making. At Kempton she showed a smart turn of foot inside the final furlong to pull almost four lengths clear of Listen To The Wind ( a winner since ) at the line, and the Lingfield success was arguably even more impressive coming home six lengths and upwards ahead of her rivals without being extended.

Those two victories have earned Red Impression an official rating of 96 on the all weather, and hopefully she will be able to transfer that form to turf during 2019. With a winter behind her you would have to hope she will develop in to a Pattern Class performer as she gains a little more experience, and I eagerly await her reappearance.

Say The Word gelding

Trained by Simon Crisford

Runner up on both starts to date, over nine and a half furlongs at Wolverhampton and over a mile and a quarter at Chelmsford, on each occasion looking a potential middle distance / staying handicapper in the making for his three year old campaign. Slowly away on both outings and needing every inch of the trip, Say The Word did reasonably well to be beaten by no more than a length.

He may not be the quickest of horses, but he’s shown enough to suggest that winning opportunities should be found when faced with a sufficient test of stamina – his half brother Smart Champion ( by Teofilo ) was successful at 1m 6f. Will hopefully pay his way for connections and his followers over the course of the Summer.

Senza Limiti colt

Trained by William Haggas

Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souade are better known for a number of talented National Hunt performers, but in Senza Limiti have a promising colt for the new flat season. Senza Limiti did well to win a seven furlongs event for Novices at Salisbury on his only start, beating a number of more experienced rivals, with more in hand than the official margin of two and a half lengths suggests.

He’s by the popular sire Lope De Vega out of a mare by Barathea, and should stay a mile and a quarter this term. He cost a hundred thousand guineas as a yearling and I am confident that the £5,111 prizemoney that he collected at Salisbury won’t be the last that he picks up towards that purchase price.

Stagehand filly

Trained by Charles Hills

Runner up to Duneflower at Newcastle over seven furlongs on her only start of 2018, beaten by the minimum margin after taking a keen hold in the early stages of the race. It was a pretty good effort, as the filly was almost four lengths down with around a furlong left to run, but stayed on nicely and strode out well all the way to the line.

Stagehand is an attractive filly, not too big and coped well with the Tapeta surface at Newcastle, she’s a good mover and may not want the going too soft when asked to race on turf. Her dam’s two previous foals failed to win in a handful of outings, but her granddam Arrive has produced five winning foals, including the smart middle distance fillies Promising Lead and Visit. Stagehand herself looks too good to remain a Maiden and should stay up to ten furlongs.

Themaxwecan colt

Trained by Mark Johnston

The only runner from the Master Of Middleham to make my list this year, but looks the type to pay his way during 2019. Themaxwecan was successful on his only outing last season, when winning over a mile and a quarter at Bath at the start of October – beating Skymax (winner of a Newmarket Nursery next time out) by a short head in a driving finish.

He’s already off the mark for 2019, making an early appearance – just ten days in to the New Year, maintaining his unbeaten record – this time at Chelmsford and again over the ten furlongs trip. He looks a colt to follow when back on turf and he could well develop in to a useful middle distance handicapper over the months ahead. Will have no difficulty staying at least a mile and a half and appears on the upgrade.

Thrilla In Manila colt

Trained by Richard Spencer

Caused somewhat of a surprise when scoring at 25/1 in a Newbury Maiden in late October on his only start of the year, beating the Roger Varian trained Monsieur Noir a shade more cosily than the three quarters of a length margin may indicate. It was a very pleasing performance and there’s no reason why he can’t build of that during 2019. He gave the impression at Newbury that a mile may well be within his compass, but he also didn’t look short of pace, so a strongly run six or seven furlongs could well be his optimum trip.

He’s in good hands to have his talent nurtured, by a trainer who looks on the up, with his highlights in the last couple of seasons being his successes in the 2017 Group 2 Coventry Stakes with Rajasinghe and last season’s Group 3 Molecomb Stakes with Rumble Inthejungle. Thrilla In Manila himself may not reach those heights, but I will be surprised if Spencer cannot find winning opportunities for this son of Iffraaj during the course of the season.

To The Moon filly

Trained by John Gosden

Third of eleven in a pretty decent Maiden at Newbury over seven furlongs behind Star Terms & Dutch Treat on her only outing of 2018, she finished a neck and two and a half lengths behind that pair, and given that the winner progressed to run an excellent third place in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at the end of the season the form looked even better going in to the winter.

That run was at the end of July and To The Moon was not seen again (for reasons unknown) , but should she return to the track in 2019 she will hopefully prove a filly to follow over trips in the region of ten furlongs to a mile and a half. She’s a daughter of Sea The Stars – out of a Group 3 winning Dutch Art mare, so no doubt connections would be hoping that she returns to the track, with the hope of picking up some black type if she proves up to that standard.

Vasiliev colt

Trained by Clive Cox

Looking and racing as if in need of the experience, Vasiliev produced an eyecatching display to finish a neck runner up to the Roger Varian filly Manorah in a mile race for Novices at Kempton towards the end of November on his only start to date. Vasiliev put all his best work in inside the final quarter of a mile, and must have made up four lengths inside the final furlong. Given that the winner had the experience of a previous run under her belt made the effort even more meritorious.

It’s hard to predict what level he can achieve at three, but I will be amazed if he doesn’t pick up a race or two over the months ahead. He’s at least a potentially useful performer in the making, and one that I am eagerly looking forward to returning to action.

Youthful colt

Trained by Michael Bell

Owned by her Majesty The Queen – Youthful is a promising son of the four times Group 1 winning performer Shamardal, who was best served by a mile to a mile and a quarter on the track. As a sire Shamardal has a fair record with his two year olds, but in general his progeny tend to improve during their second season.

That is the case I feel with Youthful, who under a determined ride by Hayley Turner won a seven furlongs Wolverhampton Maiden by the minimum distance on his only outing to date, with the three that finished immediately behind him separated only by around a length, and all having had the experience of a previous run under their belt.

It may not be the strongest of form in the book, but Youthful should benefit from a winter behind him, and will hopefully progress as he gains experience. He may well be a handicapper to follow when upped in trip to around ten furlongs or so.

The following ten horses were all unraced at two.

Aloe Vera fllly

Trained by Ralph Beckett

Invincible Spirit x Almiranta (Galileo)

A full sister to the Andre Fabre trained Group 3 winning miler Alea lacta, and half sister to the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes winner Alyssa ( Beckett trained ). Sure to be placed to the best of her ability, and one to watch for in an early season Maiden before hopefully moving on to something better.

Barrenjoey colt

Trained by Amanda Perrett

Australia x Heavenly Dawn (Pivotal)

From the first crop of three times Group 1 (Epsom Derby – Irish Derby & Juddmonte International) winning sire Australia, out of a two time winning miler. Picked up fairly cheaply at just 45,000 Guineas at Tattersalls October yearling sales of 2017. Hopefully that will prove money well spent and he can pick up a race or two for connections. Trips of around ten furlongs should prove ideal.

Carpio colt

Trained by Hugo Palmer

Lope De Vega x Waterlilly (Galileo)

Dam was unraced, but as a broodmare has already produced the Listed placed Roystonia (also trained by Palmer) from her only foal to date. Lope De Vega is a popular and well related sire, whose yearlings fetched up to 900k euro in 2018. On the track Lope De Vega won both the French Guineas & Prix Du Jockey Club, and it is over similar trips (mile to a mile and a quarter) that I see Carpio being campaigned over. He may even be worth a try at a mile and a half at some stage. Will hopefully prove up to winning races.

Confide colt

Trained by John Gosden

Lope De Vega x Confidential Lady (Singspiel)

Sixth foal of the 2006 Prix De Diane winner, who is still waiting for that really good offspring to emerge. Of her first five, three failed to win a race of any sort, while the best two – Red Box, a Listed winner for Sir Mark Prescott, and Untold Secret – runner up in a three runner French Group 2 can hardly be described as top class. The match up with Lope De Vega offers plenty of potential, and I look forward to following Confide’s progress over the Summer. I’d imagine he will need a minimum of a mile and possible a couple of furlongs further to show his best.

Epic colt

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Australia x Rock Kristal (Fastnet Rock)

First foal of a lightly raced mare whose sole success in four outings came in a seven furlongs maiden at Kempton. Cost 135,000 Guineas as a yearling (100,000gns as a foal) and will race for one of the Highclare Thoroughbred syndicates during 2019. I’d imagine he will start off at around a mile, and should stay further in time, although I am not convinced he will be suited to the Derby trip – a race in which he holds an early entry, should he prove anywhere good enough come the 1st of June.

Ghadbbaan colt

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Intello x Rock Choir (Pivotal)

A 425,000 Guineas purchase as a yearling by Shadwell from Cheveley Park. Sire won the 2013 Prix Du Jockey Club and was French Champion three year old, and was responsible in 2018 for Group 1 winning miler Intellogent. Dam Rock Choir won two races from ten starts and was also Listed placed over ten furlongs. Ghadbbaan will stay at least a mile and a quarter himself and has a fair chance of staying a mile and a half. Sure to be found winning opportunities and will hopefully prove smart.

Kung Fu colt

Trained by Simon Crisford

Kingman x Cubanita (Selkirk)

A relatively modest priced purchase as a yearling at 50k euro in 2017 , considering that at the time Kingman’s stud fee was £55,000 ( now £75k ) , and hopefully that will prove money well spent. Kingman a four times Group 1 winner over a mile, while dam Cubanita was twice successful in Group 3 company. Kung Fu is bred to be useful with a mile and a quarter likely to be close to an ideal trip to begin with.

Nefertiti filly

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Galileo x Divine Proportions (Kingmambo)

With a pedigree like Nefertiti’s connections must be hoping for big things, but as we all know breeding and racing is not an exact science and much can happen. By the king of sires out of a mare that only met defeat once in ten outings, with five of those successes coming in Group 1 company – plenty of boxes are certainly ticked. Stoute has had countless good fillies during his time as a trainer, and if anyone can nurture and maximise the talent and potential of a young horse – then he can. I eagerly await her debut, and hope she can live up to her pedigree. It’s a long way off but she already appears in some Oaks lists at around 33/1.

Sea Wings colt

Trained by William Haggas

Sea The Stars x Infallible (Pivotal)

A full brother to the consistent and talented Mutakayyef, whose four wins included two over a mile in Group 2 company, plus plenty of placed form in quality fields including in the highest grade over a mile and a mile and a quarter.

His dam Infallible has also produced four other winners, with Veracious a daughter of Frankel – currently in the care of Sir Michael Stoute, looking a filly open to further improvement this term following an interrupted campaign in 2018. Sea Wings should be suited to trips of around ten furlongs, and will hopefully become the sixth winner from six foals for his gifted dam.

Space Walk colt

Trained by William Haggas

Galileo x Memory (Danehill Dancer)

Bred by The Queen, and a full brother to both Recorder and Call To Mind. The latter named being successful in Listed company at Goodwood, and also in Grade 2 company in the States when sent over for the Belmont Park Gold Cup last Summer. While Recorder did not race beyond the age of two but was successful in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York over seven furlongs.

Their half brother Learn By Heart (Frankel) won once from five starts in 2017 in Maiden company for Haggas, before being sold to race in Norway. Space Walk should stay middle distances and will hopefully find a winning opportunity in Maiden company before moving on to something better. A likeable type on breeding for the months ahead.

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Gary Sears’ Quick Pick Horses to Follow Flat 2019

GARY SEARS’ QUICK PICK HORSES TO FOLLOW RUNNER: MONDAY 20 MAY

Carlisle 4.15 Arletta Star

AIRWAVES – (Trainer) Martyn Meade

Did well to win second time under a penalty from a wide draw and although the form may not be up to much she could prove better than her mark of 75.

ARLETTA STAR – Tim Easterby

Not given a hard time on her first three runs was then well beaten at Catterick when may not have been suited by the soft ground. Has been given the mark of a moderate horse which I am sure she is not.

ATHENA – Aidan O’Brien

As she’s a Grade 1 winner not sure she’ll be kept in training but she looks the sort to improve again as a 4yo and if reappearing could be underestimated in top company

CORELLI – John Gosden

Very lightly raced and has been gelded. Closely related to some top class stayers and off only 95 could stay well enough weighted for the Ebor although well up to group company anyway

DANDHU – David Elsworth

Staying on well in the Rockfel and looks likely to improve again at a mile. Possible likely outsider for the 1000 Guineas

FANNY LOGAN – John Gosden

Made a very promising debut at Yarmouth and bred to improve a lot at 10 furlongs plus should make into a group filly

LEDHAM – Michael Stoute

Lightly raced and in typical Stoute style likely to improve considerably this season. Could get 10 furlongs

MAGICAL SIGHT – William Haggas

Gelded and interesting top stable have kept him and given comments that he has been very immature could be a lot more to come this season.

MEKONG – Michael Stoute

Given connections will almost certainly improve again this season and could make a top stayer.

MUBAKKER – Michael Stoute

Impressive second time and could be anything. Given his breeding always likely to want fast ground.

NAUSHA – Roger Varian

Plenty of scope and won well on debut. Trainer seemed very keen on her afterwards and probably plenty more to come.

QUOTE – Aidan O’Brien

On the face of it well beaten on debut but actually finished so strongly was in front not long after the line and wouldn’t be surprised if she made into a top class filly.

SKARDU – William Haggas

Travelled and picked up well on debut and although not a great time man his finishing fractions were those of a very good horse

SOLID STONE – Michael Stoute

Only won narrowly on third start but had a bit in hand and bred to improve a lot at eight furlongs plus

SPACE BLUES – Charlie Appleby

Couldn’t have been more impressive on debut and another in the could be anything category

TABDEED – Owen Burrows

Was very impressed with him at Ascot in October and wouldn’t be surprised if he made into a group class sprinter.