1O to Follow – 2018 Flat Season
DOUGLAS CAMPBELL 10 To Follow – 2018 Flat Season
- Almoghared – 3yo C (Dansili x Ezima) John Gosden
Unraced at two, this colt boasts a very nice pedigree being a half-brother to the top-class filly of 2014 – Taghrooda (Sea The Stars). Middle distances should suit and I would imagine his trainer will try and find a nice ten furlong maiden somewhere before hopefully moving on to something better. I await his racecourse debut with keen interest as too I’m sure many others will.
- Astrologist – 3yo C (Sea The Stars x Jumooh) Clive Cox
Looked a little weak and immature on his debut at Newmarket when beating only one horse home in a field of nine over a mile in the first week of October, but showed the benefit of that run just eleven days later when beaten a neck by Blazing Thunder over an extended mile at Nottingham. Should improve for a step up in trip and looks more than capable of collecting a maiden before a handicap campaign over trips in the region of ten to twelve furlongs.
- Cogital – 3yo C (Invincible Spirit x Galaxy Highflyer) Amanda Perrett
A half-brother to the smart Aiden O’Brien trained two-year-old from a few years back Oklahoma City (Oasis Dream), Cogital himself is also by a top class sprinter in the shape of Invincible Spirit. He is yet to make his debut but hails from a stable not renowned for rushing its youngsters. Cogital is likely to start off over trips in the region of seven furlongs but should stay a little further as he gains experience. His pedigree suggests that there are races to be won with him and will hopefully reward his followers and connections over the course of the season.
- Elector – 3yo C (Dansili x Enticement) Sir Michael Stoute)
Winner of his only start last year when taking a seven furlongs contest at Ascot in early September on going officially described as soft. It looks reasonable form and there should be more to come from Elector over the months ahead. Owned by her Majesty The Queen, and out of the Royal mare Enticement who was trained to Listed success by Sir Michael back in 2009, he should have little difficulty staying a mile and a quarter. Unlikely to be rushed by his trainer but hopefully further successes await this promising sort.
- Extra Elusive – 3YO C (Mastercraftsman x Nessina) Roger Charlton
Created a favourable impression when collecting a Novice Stakes over a mile at Newbury in late October on his only outing last term. Only needing to be pushed out to come home almost three lengths clear of the John Gosden trained First Eleven. Extra Elusive should benefit from a winter behind him and in time may well prove to be considerably better than the bare form of the race suggests. A step up to ten furlongs should also bring about some improvement and he looks a colt to keep on your side during 2018.
- Fajjaj – 3yo C (Dawn Approach x Pleasantry) Hugo Palmer
Did well to win on his debut over seven furlongs at Ascot in early September despite showing signs of greenness. Probably found the step up to Group 3 company a little too much just nineteen days later, but ran respectably nonetheless in coming fourth behind the smart Elarqam beaten a total of four lengths. Promises to stay further and appears open to improvement when given the opportunity to do so. Fajjaj is in very good hands to have his talent developed to the maximum.
- Herculean – 3yo C (Frankel x African Rose) Roger Charlton
Winner of his only start last term when getting the better of another potentially useful performer in the shape of Wadilsafa trained by Owen Burrows, over seven furlongs at Ascot in September. Possesses a lovely Juddmonte Farms pedigree through and through and is a full brother to the smart filly Fair Eva. Will stay at least a mile and it will be a major disappointment if Herculean fails to progress at three. Looks an exciting prospect for the season ahead.
- Pretty Baby – 3yo F (Orpen x Premiere Danseuse) William Haggas
Beaten just half a length on her debut at York in September, Pretty Baby showed the benefit of that outing a month later when comfortably landing odds of 1/5 over six furlongs at Chelmsford – beating the David Simcock trained Musical Theatre by three and a half lengths. She looks the type that may do better at three and will hopefully prove her worth with her inclusion in the list. Distances of up to a mile should suit her best and Pretty Baby is sure to be placed to the best of her ability.
- Roaring Lion – 3yo C (Kitten’s Joy x Vionnet) John Gosden
Proved himself to be one of the best two-year-old colts this side of the Irish Sea during 2017, winning three of his four starts and finishing a narrow second to Saxon Warrior in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Held in the highest regard by his trainer his early season target is likely to be the colts first classic at Newmarket in early May. Roaring Lion shapes as though further improvement may come over ten furlongs, although at this stage I would have some reservations about him staying the Derby trip of a mile and a half. A very talented colt nonetheless and connections have plenty to look forward to.
10.Veracious – 3yo F (Frankel x Infallible) Sir Michael Stoute
The second offspring of Frankel to make the list, and even at this early stage of his stallion career it is clear that he is passing on not only ability, but also good looks to his sons and daughters. Veracious got off the mark at the second time of asking when easily taking a seven furlongs maiden by four lengths from the Godolphin owned Winter Lightning, with plenty more in hand than the winning margin suggested. Should appreciate the step up to a mile and may well take in one of the trials races in the spring to see if they have a filly worth taking to Newmarket for the Guineas. At this stage though there are plenty worse 25/1 chances for the fillies classic than this girl.