Gary McKenzie’s Tote 10 to Follow Stable
This weekend Newmarket hosts the Guineas weekend. It is also the start of the Tote Ten To Follow competition for the current flat season and Gary McKenzie posts his entries.
I will start with the first Classics and I had already backed ALCOHOL FREE for the 1000 Guineas before her narrow win in the Fred Darling. That was only her fourth run and she is still a bit of a baby. Stamina is not proven, but even if she has to drop back I think she will win races this season.
I had already selected a 2000 Guineas horse last season but he is not running. More of him later.
MASTER OF THE SEAS looked very good in the Superlative Stakes last term and he overcame some minor traffic problems to win the Craven Stakes. He could well be the best British trained chance.
PRETTY GORGEOUS is my Oaks tip. She had some great battles with Shale in Ireland last season but her best run was when winning the Fillies Mile on her only start in Britain. She should get the trip.
HIGH DEFINITION was my 2000 Guineas hope but he is now favourite for the Derby. He came from last to first to win the Beresford last season and the manner of his win saw his price slashed. Sea The Stars is the last horse to do the double but I think High Definition could be a bit special.
CAMPANELLE and BATTAASH are my sprinting hopes for the season. Battaash seems to have settled better last year. Was that because of no crowds? Maybe. But I can’t leave him out. Campanelle may only run a couple of times over here but she is top class. Only beaten once and that was over a mile.
Stradivarius won again this week and he looks set to go for his fourth Ascot Gold Cup. But I am going to take a chance with SEARCH FOR A SONG. She has won two Irish St Legers and was staying on over two miles on Champions Day. I cannot be sure she will go to Ascot but she is a fine stayer.
SKALLETI was second in the Champion Stakes and has begun this season in fine form. I think he could get some success over the Channel before a second attempt at Ascot in October. He does seem to prefer give in the ground.
My last two are my big hitters. Unfortunately they may clash in certain races.
LOVE was simply sublime last year. Three runs. Three wins. By an aggregate of 18 lengths. She won two Oaks and a Guineas. And I am not sure we have seen the best of her.
TARNAWA has lost just once since being well beaten in the 2019 Oaks. She finished last season with a Group One treble. I have already backed her for the Arc but she could be aimed at ten furlong races. Her turn of foot is frightening.
So there we have it. I will be surprised if at least half of those named don’t win a race or two at the top level.
Good Luck All