Friday, 16 April 2021

Weekend Thoughts (April 17th)

Quick review of my last post. Absolutely ran a stinker and will be taken out the trackers after that run at Leopardstown. I was expecting a little support as I jumped in at 14s the night before but no money came and as expected my bet went down, talking of market support I made the same mistake with Canonized when I again I thought I was getting a good overnight price with 6/1 but by the start of the race the William Haggas runner had taken a walk in the betting and end up 10s, when will I bloody learn. To be honest, I think she needs further and wearing a hood down to post is never a good sign. I saw enough to keep her in the trackers and will be keeping a close eye on the market next run. I did mention the Tate runner whom James likes and despite a drift I thought it was a pleasing debut by El Hadeeyah to finish third and one to keep an eye out for. Finally a winner when the well-thought of Joseph O’Brien colt SOUTHERN LIGHTS put in a very impressive display to win at Leopardstown, I was pleasantly surprised at the 4/1 odds in the end. A couple of 3-year-olds to follow ran on Thursday and as always it’s disappointing to see them get beat but both Valiant Prince and Maytal I would think are better than yesterday's performances. 

A few 2-year-old races but I’m still wary about these early races so will be leaving well-alone but I still have a few 3-year-old trackers coming through. 

17:15 Nottingham 17 Apr 2021 

I do have two trackers in this and will wait to see the betting first but here we go. 

The Roger Varian trained THIRD REALM comes from a very nice family with plenty of winners, Cape Byron was a nice type for Roger winning the Victoria Cup in 2019, also won on his reappearance as a 3-year-old. Another offspring of dam Reem Free who was decent type herself for Luca Cumani is Ajman Princess who won the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in 2017. Third Realm is a bay 3-year-old Sea The Stars colt owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum who made his debut at Kempton last November when sent off 16/5 from 6/1. Third Realm was caught napping at the start and missed the break but caught back up soon enough, watching the replay again I think the front few got first run on Third Realm and the Sea The Stars colt wasn’t given a hard time, the trip should be more to his liking and hopefully Third Realm can be involved at the finish. The winner Lord Protector has won again since. As long as no big drift I will hope I can get an each way price but could be wishful thinking by me. 

Richard Hannon has REMEDIUM in this race who was purchased for 48,000 gns. 

16:50 Curragh (IRE) 17 Apr 2021 

BLUE PLANET comes with a big price tag for Aidan O’Brien. The KIngman colt was a 9/1 shot on debut at Dundalk and managed to finish third to Hype. Blue Planet cost a whopping 1,800,000 gns and can hopefully get off the mark here. 

11:10 Thirsk 17 Apr 2021 

I did say I had no 2-year-olds but CLAIM TO FAME runs here for Richard Fahey who seems in great form. A Half-brother to three winners and cost 38,000 gns purchase, debut always a worry. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Midweek Thoughts (13th April)

I thought my selection last week had lost a leg or something after one almighty walk in the market. Handel was well-thought of by Aidan O’Brien last season even after a disappointing debut but I thought I would give the 3-year-old colt another chance. The overnight price was 3/1 which was a bit skinny but when Handel drifted to 12/1 I had given up hope, in the end he ran a cracker to finish second, a step up in trip should bring out more improvement. Evaluation is one of my three-year-olds to follow and stayed on well yesterday at Windsor, the trip was always too short and when stepped up he will be seen in a better light. Another horse I mentioned last week was the big priced 3-year-old debutant Punta Arenas for George Scott, I thought it was a nice debut to be honest but needs to settle better and the head carriage was a bit of a worry. 

Quite a few trackers on Wednesday so here we go. 

14:00 Wed 14 April 2021 Leopardstown 

I might need the luck of the Irish for this one. I have been testing a certain angle with these Irish races and will be doing so again this year. The Donnacha Aidan O’Brien trained ABSOLUTELY was made favourite for her debut at Curragh last November, infact backed in from 13/2 down to 9/4. Absolutely was always there about until the going got tough, and she dropped into midfield before running on again late in the day, a step up in trip will hopefully see some improvement. Dam Bracelet was a star for Aidan winning the Irish Oaks in 2014 but so far her offspring haven’t set the world alight, Mountain Fountain and Love Bracelet both disappointing. 

14:35 Wed 14 April 2021 Leopardstown 

Over to Joseph for this one and SOUTHERN LIGHTS, the Sea The Stars 3-year-old colt was purchased for 550,000 euros from the Orby Sales and made a pleasing debut at Naas last September. Southern Lights was made 6/5 for his debut so obviously the word had got around. I thought it was a decent debut and was just touched off into second in the end after trying to make all. Southern Lights is entitled to come on for that and the step up in trip should be right up his street. 

16:10 Wed 14 April 2021 Newmarket 

I Imagine SNOW LANTERN was scribbled into many notebooks after an eye-catching debut at Ascot last July. The Richard Hannon Frankel filly hasn’t been seen since but after the winter behind her should be ready for a fruitful flat campaign. The Ascot race was won by Zabeel Queen who then finished third in the Group 2 May Hill and fifth in the Fillies Mile. It won’t be an easy task with some lovely looking types here but hopefully Snow Lantern can go one better and get her first win. 

13:15 Wed 14 April 2021 Newmarket 

I will throw a 2-year-old in here that could be worth following, will it be CANONIZED day on Wednesday or will she need the run? The William Haggas trained and Cheveley Park owned Acclamation filly could be anything. Dam Sainted was a nice type for William and won on debut over six furlongs, one thing worth noting is she did like a bit of give in the ground. Interesting that Williams first runner in 2020 was Sacred owned by Cheveley Park and won at Newmarket, Sacred of course went onto be a star last season. Lots of competition of course and another I will be keeping an eye on this season is EL HADEEYAH who James Tate gave a good mention here on the blog. 

It’s a tough time at the minute and early days for the 2-year-olds, plenty nice types will be filling these pages before long. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Mehmas 2yo's To Follow (2021)

Normal service was resumed on Friday afternoon at Leicester when Gubbass set the ball rolling again for last year's two-year-old and leading first crop sire Mehmas. The seven-year-old stallion Mehmas, who was also trained by Richard Hannon and stands at Tally Ho Stud for 25,000 euros an increase from 7,500 euros from the previous year. 

The Bay Acclamation horse was purchased at the Tattersalls 2015 October Yearling Sales for a bargain 62,000 gns, you could say it was money very well-spent as in his only season racing Mehmas earned a total of £305,953 prize money in what was a spectacular season winning two group races along the way including the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and with it a prize of £113,00. 

It’s always unknown how the sire's offspring will perform but with 58 individual winners in what was a brilliant start to his stud career you could say it started with a bang.

Muker trained by Philip Makin and owned by familiar owners Syps Limited. The £27,000 purchase certainly paid his purchase fee back and more after winning on the opening day of the delayed 2020 season at Newcastle at 20/1 and then went onto to finish third at Royal Ascot in what was a brilliant performance in the Windsor Castle and another tremendous effort over in Ireland finishing third in the Group 3 Pat Smullen Stakes. 

Clive Cox unleashed another Mehmas offspring called Supremacy at Windsor in June last season and despite the £65,000 purchase finishing sixth on debut the bay colt made no mistake next timeout a month later at the same course when putting in an impressive performance and heading to the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood with decent claims. Another impressive win made him a name to be reckoned with and the Clive Cox colt hadn’t finished with the best yet to come with a win in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket earning him a timeform rating of 119. I will be looking forward to seeing Supremacy again this season.

Acklam Express another Mehmas offspring and bargain for Nigel Tinkler costing just 26,000 euros had a superb season winning the Listed Rose Stakes at York and placed in all three starts at Meydan this year. 

Minzaal was another who was group class winning the Group 2 Gimcrack and finishing third in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes for Owen Burrows and looks a serious horse for this season. 

Method, Mystery Smiles, Magnanimous, Mamba Wamba, Tetragonal and Virgin Isla all placed at decent levels. I have noted a few for this season that can hopefully win a race or two, some more expensive than others and as always I will be checking the market when they run, I will also update names when available. 

WISH FOR ME:Born 10/3/2019, trained by Joseph O’Brien and purchased for £330,000 at the Orby Sales. A half-sister to K Club who won first timeout for Richard Hannon. K Club has since moved to Germany winning a few decent races including the Group 3 Von Lotto in Hamburg last season over five furlongs, also a half-sister to Back To Brussels who won on debut in Ireland. 

MARITIME RULES: Born 3/3/2019, trained by Richard Hannon and purchased for £95,000 at the Goffs Yearling Sales. A full-brother to Fayathaan who won for Richard Fahey last season and also a half-brother to Chairmanic who won for Brian Meehan. 

SHARESA: Born 27/3/2019, trained by Mark Johnston and owned by Mohammed Bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiya. The Chesnut filly was purchased at the October yearling sales for 42,000 gns and a half-sister to the Ralph Beckett trained Devilwala as 2-year-old debut winner who was previously owned by Archie Watson. 

CIRCOLOCO: Born 21/1/2019, trained by Michael Dods and owned by Mr D Stone & Mrs C Dods. The Bay filly was purchased for 34,000 gns. Dam Special Focus finished second in a Listed race at Naas as a 2-year old for trainer Jim Bloger. 

MEHMAS / CORNAKILL:Born 26/3/2019, trained by Martyn Meade and owned by Aquis Farm And Manton Park. The Bay colt was purchased for £68,000 at the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale. Dam Cornakill was a decent type for trainer Kevin Prendergast and won twice as a 2-year-old over seven furlongs. A couple of nice offspring worth noting are Ghost Serge who was trained by Archie Watson early on in his career and won his first two races over six furlongs. The Stalking Moon was another this time trained by John Quinn who won the fourth time of asking at Redcar back in 2016 over six furlongs. 

MEHMAS / FLAT WHITE: Born 20/2/2019, trained by James Tate and owned by Sheikh J. D. Al Maktoum. The Bay filly was purchased for 140,000 gns at the October Yearling Sales. Dam Flat White was unraced and this will be the first foal. Second Dam Caffe Latte won her first two races in France before having a decent career in America under the guidance of Bob Baffert. 

MEHMAS / TURUQAAT: Born 25/1/2019, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor and owned by Godolphin. Purchased for 180,000 gns at the October Yearling Sales. 

Good luck and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Midweek Thoughts (6th April)

I have been very cautious with betting since the start of the flat season, one winner a second and one unplaced and that's been it. I can honestly say it felt good just holding fire without jumping in all guns blazing with these early 2-year-old races as I’m pretty sure I would have been kicking myself for betting on the unknown. It was nice to see Sean Woods back with a 2-year-old winner after being away for a spell training winners in Hong Kong. General Panic was his first horse since being back and with James Doyle on board the Outstrip colt won in good style. The Craven meeting is on the horizon and I’m pretty sure we will see a few nice types out at Newmarket to get the excitement going again but for now I have a few 3-year-old trackers that could be worth a second look on the day. 

16:00 Gowran Park (IRE) 07 Apr 2021 

I will be checking the betting before I decide whether to bet on the Aidan O’Brien trained Pioneerof The Nile 3-year-old colt HANDEL on Wednesday after what was a pretty disappointing debut to say the least last June. A $250,000 purchase at The Saratoga Sale and owned by Mrs John Magnier & M Tabor & D Smith. Handel was sent off 7/1 for his debut race at Leopardstown after opening up an 11/2 shot. I’m even doubting myself here after watching the replay again where he finished stone last beaten over 20-lengths after being slightly hampered and eased off, it’s been a while since we have seen handel so it’s a bit of a long shot this one. One positive is that Aidan thought a lot of Handel last season and although not the most expensive colt in Ballydoyle by a long shot I will give him another chance if the betting allows. Chicago Black Hawk could be a warm order and comes with the best form after finishing third to Van Gogh last timeout. Probe is another who should be in the mix and come on after a decent debut at Curragh a couple of weeks ago. 

17:15 Newcastle 07 Apr 2021 

A pretty hot contest to make your debut in but all horses have to start somewhere hey, I know trainer George Scott gave PUNTA ARENAS a pretty decent write-up in his post last season but Imagine will be up against it first timeout against a few experienced rivals that’s not to say the bay gelding can’t put in a decent performance. Punta Arenas is by sire Quality Road and bred and owned by Flaxman Holdings Limited. 

Eye-catcher

I could be way out here and I know what readers will think, if WILD MOUNTAIN was an eye-catcher you need to go to specsavers and I wouldn’t blame you. I do like the combination of Paul Cole and owner Mrs Fitri Hay who do pop up with a winner now and again. Wild Mountain was pretty short in the betting (5/2) and you would of needed binoculars to see him as he was slowly away and detached until making up some ground towards the finish at Kempton yesterday, as I said it’s a speculative eye-catcher and I will be checking the betting next time he runs for some support. I’m pretty sure the posts will be coming thick and fast soon as the flat hots up so keep a lookout for my next post or follow me on Twitter and get involved as I chat about the days 2-year-old races. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Monday, 29 March 2021

George Scott And My 3yo's To Follow Weekend Double (29th March)

It’s back and what a great weekend it was for flat racing, yes maybe some of you are not as excited as me to see 2-year-olds but for me it beats watching National Hunt for sure, each to their own I guess. 

The Brocklesby started us off this weekend and even though I wrote a post last week I was still undecided and ended up having a small each way on Kenyan Commander. The money came but despite a touch keen and showing early pace my selection faded. It was nice to see the Eve Johnson-Houghton trained Chipotle win easily as Eve gave the Havana Gold colt as a horse to follow in her post last month. Pretty sure the Richard Fahey Vintage Clarets will come on plenty for that run after being slowly away. 

As we all know we have had a bit of negativity the past few months with a certain trainer but personally I have found they are willing to help and chat any time so it was great to see George Scott have a great weekend with a couple of nice winners. George is a great approachable guy always willing to talk, I think he probably wishes he never gave me his number to be honest. 

Too Friendly was his first winner of the weekend who was given a great ride by jockey Callum Shepherd, what a jockey by the way. 

Next up was George Peabody who I noted as a 3-year-old to follow in one of my past posts

This looked a nice race with some potentially nice newcomers none more so than the Stoute newcomer Thaler who was supported throughout the day. 

I thought George Peabody ran a cracker on debut and would have gone closer if not meeting a bit of trouble so it was nice to see him make headway and with a clear run he quickened up in the style of a nice horse, I couldn’t believe the price but wasn’t arguing with a nice each way at 11/1. I did mention this horse on twitter and thanks for the kind messages. 

George Scott kindly sent me a voice note with a few words on Too Friendly and George Peabody “ I think George Peabody will probably run in another novice before we decide with race to go for at Royal Ascot either the Britannia or the Jersey and Too Friendly will certainly go for a Derby Trial but not sure which one”. 
A couple more from the 3-year-old list ran over the weekend and both Aidan O’Brien. I was pretty disappointed with Hms Seahorse who was beaten odds on. The Galileo colt who is well-thought of at Ballydoyle was never involved and I will be keeping an eye on the market next time for sure. My next one was the unraced Empress Josephine who was another well-thought of type for Aidan, even though I didn’t have a bet it was nice to see her win on debut at 3/1. I will be looking forward to seeing which way Aidan takes her as she has entries for the Irish Guineas and the Irish Oaks. 

Eye-Catcher. The Race at Doncaster in which George Peabody won might just throw a couple of winners, obviously the second and third look promising but I thought the Richard Hannon newcomer and expensive Dandy Man colt Lafan ran a race full of promise even though he never landed a blow, he did attract some late support and under a tender ride plugged on. I will watch the market with interest next timeout. 

Not much catches the eye with only a few 2-year-old races trickling through but I’m sure it will be busy again soon. Thanks for reading and stay extra safe during these uncertain times.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Brocklesby 2021 Early Entries Preview

1: BLACK HILL STORM trained by David Evans and owned by Mrs E Evans. Clodovil - Tilda’s Best / Grey colt. Dam Tilda’s Best was pretty poor for trainer Thomas Mullins after a string of unplaced efforts. Black Hill Storm was purchased for 4200 euros. David Evans has never won this race and has a poor first timeout strike rate with 2-year-olds. 

2: CHIPOTLE trained by Eve Johnson Houghton and owned by The Woodway 20. Havana Gold - Lightsome / Bay colt. Eve’s view: Chipotle Is showing a lot of early speed and would be one of my earlier types. Purchased for 10,000. Dam Lightsome was placed three times as a 2-year-old for Clive Cox. Eve has never won this race but had a couple of nice first timeout winners last season but over a further distance. Debut winners are often priced under 15/2 but can pop up with a big priced winner too. 

3: CLAIM TO FAME trained by Richard Fahey and owned by Five Go Mad In Malton. Aclaim - Rohlindi / Bay colt. Purchased for 33,000 gns at the yearling sales. A half-brother to three winners. Richard has won this race four times and twice in the last three years and has a decent strike rate over five furlongs. A negative if weak in the betting. 

4: DASHING RAT trained by William Stone and owned by Ron Spore And Sheryl Meldram. Adaay - Hot Secret / Bay colt. Purchased for 6000 gns. A half-brother to Roger Varian trained Moraawed who won a couple of nice handicaps as a 3-year-old. Dam Hot Secret won fourth timeout as a 2-year-old for Andrew Balding. William has never won this race and never had a debut 2-year-old winner. 

5: FORCA BRASIL trained by George Boughey and owned by Amo Racing Limited. Cotai Glory - Najas / Ch colt. Purchased for 60,000 gns. A half-brother to the Philip Makin trained Muker who is a speedy type and got off to a great start winning on debut at Newcastle last June when making all over five furlongs. Muker went on to run an excellent race in the Windsor Castle when finishing third to Tactical. First season sire Cotai Glory was also a speedy type winning the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes. 

6: GRAFTONAT trained by David Evans and owned by Mr S W Banks. Heeraat - Erica Bing / Bay gelding. Dam Erica Bing won second timeout as a 2-year-old back in 2016 for trainer Jo Hughes. 

7: KENYAN COMMANDER trained by Mark Walford and owned by Ursa Major Racing & The 8 Amigos. War Command - Kiringa / Bay colt. Purchased for 4500. Dam Kiringa won a handicap for Robert Cowell back in 2016. Trainer Mark Walford had two big priced 2-year-old debut winners over the past two seasons so not one to be dismissed so easily. Candescene won at Pontefract in June last year at 25/1 and Magical Max won a class 3 race at York in 2019 at odds of 20/1. 

8: LITTLETIMYHOULIHAN trained by Adrian Keatley and owned by Ontoawinner And B Keatley. Due Diligence - Secret Romance / Bay colt. Could be a bargain buy at 4000 gns for this Ontoawinner And B Keatley owned colt. Queen Of Rio and Quiet Assassin both won for this owner and trainer last season. A half-brother to Triple Spear who won three times for trainer Michael Appleby. Dam Secret Romance only raced twice for trainer Tom Dascombe and won her debut race at Bath over five furlongs. 

9: LOVE DE VEGA trained by Mark Johnston and owned by Crone Stud Farms. Lope De Vega - Ribble / Ch colt. Purchased for 92,000. Dam Ribble only raced twice and was beaten soundly in both but is a half-sister to the talented The Right Man who was trained by Didier Guillemin and ran some sound races around the world including an excellent victory when winning the Prix de Seine-et-Oise Group 3 in 2017. Mark Johnston has won this race twice and of course one was with the brilliant The Last Lion. Mark does well at Doncaster. 

10: MAHAK trained by George Boughey and owned by Amo Racing Limited. Galileo Gold - Bronze Baby / Bay colt. A half-brother to Lexington Grace who won four times as a 2-year-old for Richard Hannon and Middleham Park before moving to America. Dam was unraced. Purchased for £25,000. 

11: MAJOR GATSBY trained by Mr Brocklesby himself Bill Turner who has won this race six times the last time in 2013 with Mick’s Yer Man. The Grey Gatsby - Monteamiata / Grey colt. Purchased for 26,000 and owned by Mr & Mrs Rj Manning. Out of unraced mare Monteamiata. 

12: MAKALU trained by Kevin Ryan and owned by K&J Bloodstock Ltd. Mehmas - Jolly Juicester / Bay colt. Purchased for 20,000. Out of unraced mare Jolly Juicester. Kevin has never won this race before. If drifting to over 10/1 would be a negative first timeout. 

13: MUSKATEER THREE trained by John Butler and owned by Miss M Evans. EquIano - Scented Garden / Bay colt. Cheap purchase for John Butler. Half-brother to Kevin Ryan trained Waking Warrior who won second timeout as a two-year-old. Out of unraced mare Scented Garden. John Butler is not known for debut 2-year-old winners. 

14: VINTAGE CLARETS trained by Richard fahey and owned by A Tattersall & Partner. Ardad - Enchanted Princess / Bay colt. A £20,000 purchase at the Goffs Sales. A half-brother to Morache Music who was a speedy 2-year-old for Peter Makin winning three times in a decent first season. Dam Enchanted Princess won second timeout for John Gosden at three. Richard has won this race four times including 2019 with Show Me Show Me. 

15: WONDERFUL WORLD trained by Mick Channon and owned by George Materna & Roger Badley. Bungleinthejungle - La Gifted / Bay colt. A half-brother to Xiang Yin who was trained by Channon and won three times over a mile. Dam La Gifted, also a winner over seven furlongs, doesn’t look speedy of pedigrees but Doyle takes the ride. Mick Channon won this race with Izzer in 2018. A 13,000 purchase. 

16: BANANA trained by Martyn Meade and owned by Mantonbury Stud. Aclaim - Bazzana / Bay filly. Dam Bazzana only raced three times winning a maiden second timeout at Wolverhampton over six furlongs, never involved in the Group 3 Albany Stakes next timeout before retiring. Banana is a half-sister to another Martyn Meade runner called Headland who won a handicap nursery at Salisbury at two. Trainer Martyn Meade has never won the Brocklesby. Martyn Meade can come up with a big priced debut winner as it showed when Gloucestershire winning 22/1 last December. 

17: DENIM SHORTS trained by George Boughey and owned by Ontoawinner Finneran And Partner. Galileo Gold - Wee Jean / Ch filly. Purchased for 11,000 gns and another entry for the owners of the 2019 Brocklesby winner Show Me Show Me. Dam Wee Jean was a nice type for trainer Mick Channon winning on debut at Chepstow in 2013. Ontoawinner are in good hands with up and coming trainer George Boughey who was only granted his licence in 2019 but has plenty of experience after learning his trade with Hugo Palmer. I will be looking forward to seeing how the daughter of first season sire Galileo Gold runs. 

18: MUSKATEER ONE trained by John Butler and owned by Mis M Evans. Charm Spirit - Satulagi / Bay filly. Thanks for reading and good luck.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Five Marco Botti Two-Year-Olds (2yos) for the Flat Season 2021


Marco Botti kindly talks through a few two-year-olds in his yard for the season ahead. 

COSTA SMERALDA – Grey filly by sire Outstrip who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf back in 2013 and out of eleven-year-old mare Magika who was a decent type back in her day also trained by Marco Botti. Magika visited the winning enclosure four times winning a couple of nice handicaps along the way for Marco. Costa Smeralda comes from a decent family and is a half-sister to the Marco Botti trained Malotru who made his debut at Chelmsford in 2019. Malotru must have been flying on the gallops as the money was down, and he was sent off the even money favourite that day and duly obliged before going onto win a Group 2 on his next start in Milan, with the winter behind and a year older Malotru certainly improved again and ran a cracker to finish third in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat in Deauville when finishing third to brilliant Pinatubo. The signs are good for Costa Smeralda and it will be interesting to see the market when she makes it onto the racetrack this season.

Marco’s view, “She is not very big, looks to be racy and showing speed. Related to Malotru and we like her. All being well she will run May/June time”. 

ARAMCO – 2019 colt by Sea The Moon and out of Her Honour. Mare Her Honour never really achieved much in her short career for Cheveley Park and John Gosden. Aramco was purchased for 90,000 gns at the yearling sales and is owned by Mr S. R Chua, a half-brother to French colt Mirage Hero who has a couple of wins to his name also a half-brother to the Charlie Fellowes trained Vadream who Charlie described in last years trainer post as one of his quickest 2-year-olds he's ever had, and he wasn’t wrong when Vadream won a shade cosily in her only race of the 2020 season. 

Marco’s view, “He is a nice type, he’s a strong and compact 2yo and looks to be more a 7f type at this stage”. 

Ulysses ex Atalis –A 26,000 gns purchase by Marco Botti at the Tatt Sales and owned by Blueberry R & Boyer Boyer. Mare Atalis won a couple of times in France early on in her career and has produced a nice offspring in the name of Atalis Bay also trained by Marco Botti. The Cable Bay colt was well-thought of by Marco and after rattling off a hat trick of victories Atalis Bay finished down the field in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket which was no disgrace at that level. Looking forward to this unnamed colt making his debut and another who will be worth a market check on debut. 

Marco’s View “We like him and he is doing everything right at home. He is related to a sprinter and we are looking to start him over 6-7f”. 

Muhaarar ex Maglietta Fina – This unnamed colt comes from an impressive family of winners so it will be no surprise to see this Muhaarar colt in the winners enclosure this season. A half-brother to Joseph Patrick O'Brien trained Speak In Colours who started his career with Marco. Speak In Colours raced at a decent level winning some nice group races including the 60,000 euro Group 3 Phoenix Stakes at Curragh as a 3-year-old. Lady Bowthorpe is another offspring who ran at a decent level winning the Group 3 Valiant Stakes at Ascot last year for trainer William Jarvis, the third offspring is the Marco Botti trained Pretty In Grey who won three nice handicaps on the bounce as a 3-year-old last year and ended the season finishing third in a Listed race at Dundalk. The signs are good and it’s worth keeping in mind all have improved with age. 

Marco’s View, “Very good family related to three black type performers. Much to like and looks to be a mid-summer type”. 

Another Marco Botti 2-year-old to look out for this season: 

Gutaifan (IRE) / Fanciful Dancer (GB) 35,000 gns purchase and a half-brother to Marco’s Fanciful Angel and the Roger Varian trained Mountain Angel both nice types. This colt is in the ownership of Middleham Park Racing.

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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

James Tate's Two-Year-Olds (2yos) for the Flat Season 2021


James Tate is a trainer who you can rely on having a nice crop of two-year-olds. 

A variety of owners make this successful Newmarket yard a powerhouse. 

For me, it is the connection with Saeed Manana which holds special memories. It's always intrigued me how such a rich owner doesn't mind buying a fair number of cheaper yearling and breeze-up purchases. It really isn't a surprise because they win their share of races. With over 400 winners this stable has been built on success.

Last year, for a sizable stable, they had a select number of juveniles rated as their star performers. In fact, only five two-year-olds were given significant engagements. This proves the worth of a stable because they know their horses and don't waste their time tilting at windmills. 

For reference, these are the two-year-olds I noted with my thoughts: 

Sense Of Romance

''Will improve at three''

Victory Heights 

''Won three times at two and contested Group class''

Live Stream 

''Won on debut and contested Listed class''

Risk Of Thunder 

''A consistent horse, winner on second start and contested Listed class''

Desert History 

''Winner and contested Listed class'' 

James Tate 2yos 2021


HIGH VELOCITY (IRE) gr c Gutaifan (IRE) – Reflect Alexander (IRE) (Kodiac) 

'' A strong grey colt who is showing plenty of speed and should be out early.'' 

SPECIAL FORCES c Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) – Affectionately (Galileo (IRE)) 

''A strong colt who is showing up well and is out of a sister to Invincible Spirit and Kodiac.'' 

EL HADEEYAH f Invincible Spirit (IRE) – Blhadawa (IRE) (Iffraaj) 

''She is a nice fast filly out of a Listed winning dam that we trained - should be out early.'' 

UNNAMED f Dark Angel (IRE) – Roseraie (IRE) (Lawman (FR)) 

''She is a nice filly by Dark Angel whose full sister was second in the May Hill.'' 

UNNAMED c Kingman – Lamar (IRE) (Cape Cross (IRE)) 

''A beautiful big colt for mid-season out of a mare who we trained to Listed success over one mile.'' 

UNNAMED f Kingman – Uleavemebreathless (Tiger Hill (IRE) 

''A nice filly by Kingman out of a Group placed mare. Should be one for mid-season.'' 

UNNAMED f Shamardal (USA) – Samdaniya (Machiavellian (USA)) Half-sister to Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes winner Dabyah. 

''A nice strong filly by Shamardal who is showing up well.'' 

UNNAMED f Dandy Man – Shirley (Arcano (IRE)) Strong Dandy Man filly 

''Showing plenty of speed. Should be out early.''

STYLISH ICON f Starspangledbanner – Refreshed (Rip Van Winkle (IRE)) 

''Strong filly showing up well.''

I would like to thank James for sending this information and wish the team a successful 2021 season. 

Take a look at his website to learn about his stable

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Rod Millman: 2yos for the Flat Turf Season 2021

I would like to thank James Millman for keeping us informed and very much appreciate him forwarding this post and interactions on Twitter which really add to ours as well as readers interest about two-year-old horse racing. 

Rod Millman has always been a trainer I have admired. Like many within the training ranks he worked hard to get where he is today. Looking back to those early days he was a jockey with Reg Akehurst, a man who knew his sprinters (many fond memories of Reg). 

Rod worked with many and varied trainers, learning his craft, and took out his dual-purpose trainer's licence in November 1989. His first winner, Royal Dartmouth, who went in at odds of 20/1. 

In 2001, Whitbarrow gave the team their first pattern win in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood. 

Many race fans will remember Hawridge Prince and the beloved Sergeant Cecil

Personally, I have great memories of Master Carpenter who was an exceptional horse. After winning his debut at Leicester he proved to be a strong and durable colt who campaigned from 2013 - 2018, racing 53 times, achieving 7 wins and total earnings of £281,723. With a highest official rating of 110 it's no wonder he was purchased by Cheveley Park Stud and stands as a stallion March Hare Stud, Dorset.       

I've followed Rod's two-year-olds back to 2006. Here are a few horses I remember over the years: Il Palio, Harvest Joy, El Bosque, Sauz D'Oulx, Brassini, Roi De Vitesse, Rosina Grey, Blackdown Fair, Maccabees, Yes Two, Blackdown Spirit, Dovil's Duel, Bonnie Grey, Marcano, Indaria, Handytalk, Airshow, Daddies Girl, Betty's Hope to name just a few. 

Betty's Hope was a great filly for the Millman's. Who could forget her win in the Weatherby's Super Sprint Stakes (2019). A prize of £122,925, when collaring Show Me Show Me in the closing strides. 

Last year's crop of two-year-olds saw Furlong Factor show plenty of class when winning once in seven starts and had a strong campaign. Furlong Factor ran two fine efforts at Listed class, especially her second in the Marygate Fillies' Stakes at York. 

Crazy Luck caught the eye when winning well at Salisbury, a course the Millman's do exceptionally well.

Coul Kat won a couple of races by the skin of his teeth, showing a real battling quality.

Other winners included Toptime, Onaraggatip (a horse that will improve a lot this year), Four Adday (3yo) & Vitalline.   

2yos for Flat Turf Season 2021

Amazonian Dream (Great Western Racing) 

Bc Bungle Inthejungle – Grandmas Dream (16th Apr) 

Half-brother to Windsor Castle 2nd Savannah’s Dream. Dam 5/6f winner and a half-brother to Group 3 6f 2yo winner Imperial Applause 

A strong well-built colt that reminds us of our original Super Sprint winner Lord Kintyre. By a sire that produces tough speedy two-year-olds, one we are looking forward to in 2021. 

Devon Envoy (Horniwinks Racing Syndicate) 

Bg Peace Envoy – Favourite Girl (18th Apr) 

Dam six-time 5/6f winner including at two and twice Listed runner-up at two, including in Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy 

The combination of a tough Ballydoyle two-year-old as his sire and a dam that ran eleven times as a juvenile should ensure he makes up into a tough sort and he has done everything right so far. 

Forever Dreaming (JPM Racing II)

Chf Dream Ahead – Melrose Abbey (28 Feb) 

Dam a dual 1m2f/1m4f winner at three. Full sister to Ceilidh House 10f Listed winner who has produced Listed winner Kinross and half-sister to four winners 

A huge filly that already weighs in at 480kg, she has shown some speed befitting of her sire but as her pedigree suggests will likely be seen later in the season before showing her best at three. 

Miss Anaco (Anaco Racing Partnership) 

Bf Adaay – Sonko (12th Feb) 

Full sister to 5f winner Four Adaay. Dam a six-time 5f winner at two and three, half-sister to 6f Listed 2yo winner Terror and 3 other winners. 

Her year older sister had shown tremendous speed at two and we knew she was much better than the bare form (easy winner on her return at three) so we had to buy her for just 6,500gns. A sharper, more compact version of her sister, she should be an early sort.

Soi Dao (Daddies Girl Partnership) 

Bf Twilight Son – Home Cummins (17th Apr) 

Dam tough four-time winner, twice at two and third in 1m Listed. Half-sister to 7f 2yo winner and Group 2/3 winner Forest Ranger. Grand-dam 1m Listed winner 

Unfortunately she got kicked in the paddock which took time to heal, so she started the breaking process around three months later than the rest. A compact filly, she should catch up and is from a tough family. 

Twilight Tone (Crown Connoisseurs) 

Bg Twilight Son – Bikini (18th Mar) 

Half-brother to multiple sprint winners Tight Fit, John Kirkup, Kommander Kirkup and Kolossus. Grand-dam placed in Listed Company. 

A big gelding from a sire that was a late developer and his first season stock followed suit before having a good end to the season. Likely to be one for mid-season onwards and will make up into a strong three-year-old

Twistaline (Mainline Racing) 

Bf Showcasing – Tongue Twista (31st Jan) 

Dam 2yo winner and placed in Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge, half-sister to four winners including 13-time winner Moody Tunes. Grand-dam debut 5f 2yo winner. 

Early foal by a leading stallion in Showcasing, she should be one of our first two-year-olds to hit the track and is doing everything asked so far. 

Whispering Winds (Book 3 Partnership & B R Millman) 

Chf Buratino – Guthanna Gaoithe (6th Feb) 

Dam placed over 1m, half-sister to 1m 2yo Listed winner Avenue Gabriel. 

Solidly built chestnut filly that looks good value at 2,000gns. The sire was a winner in March before winning the Coventry on his sixth start, hopefully she can be out early and prove as tough as him. 

Unnamed Bf Swiss Spirit – Apple Sauce (22nd Apr) 

Half-brother to dual 7f 2yo winner Palawan, placed in Group 2/Listed Company and 13 time 5/6f winner Steelcut. Dam 5f winner and half sister to 5f Group 2 winner Sizzling Melody

A strong looking filly that has recently joined us and she is cantering away nicely. Has the size and pedigree to make up into a nice two-year-old 

Unnamed (Canisbay Bloodstock) bf Territories – Plover (12th Feb) 

Dam 7f 2yo winner for Sir Michael Stoute and half-sister to five winners. Granddam dual 1m Listed winner. 

From a Juddmonte family with Territories injecting a bit of speed into the pedigree. She is progressing in her work and looks the type to make a two-year-old.

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Thursday, 25 February 2021

Eve Johnson-Houghton 2Yos for 2021 Flat Season

Eve Johnson-Houghton has always had an eye for a talented two-year-old. Last year saw three debut winners: Jumby, Tornadic and Percy's Lad. The former, a son of New Bay, in the ownership of Anthony Pye-Jeary And David Ian. This 45,000 guinea yearling purchase competed at Listed class and will make into a very good three-year-old. Percy's Lad won in effortless fashion on debut, comfortable at Class 2 on his second start at Nottingham and concluded his season when runner-up in the Horris Hill (Group 3). 

This year's crop will be worth following. 

Eve states at the time of writing that the juveniles haven't done much speed work so it is difficult to give too much info about them.     

1. DREAMING

Territories x Kerry's Dream, owner Anthony Pye-Jeary & David Ian purchased 40,000gns A really nice type, who has grown & strengthened well since we bought him. He will probably be out around May/June 

2. KING OF THE DANCE

Havana Gold x Figurante, owner HP Racing King Of The Dance, purchased £30,000 A really sharp 2yo type. He looks to be all speed and would be one of my earliest ones 

3. FLYING SPIRIT

Showcasing x Secret Sense, owner Jacobs Construction Holdings Ltd & Mr E Kelly, purchased 75,000gns A very well bred horse. He moves very well & I am very happy with his progress. He is progressing well & I would hope to have him on the racecourse June/July 

4. NUVOLARI

Time Test x Luang Prabang, owner Mick & Janice Mariscotti, purchased 40,000gns A more backward type. A lovely long stride on him. Once for the future. 

5. CABINET OF CLOWNS

Tamayuz x Silver Games, owner The Hon Mrs J. M. Corbett & Mr C. Wright A lovely grey horse who moves well, I am very happy with him and hope to have him out May/June 

6. TARATARI

Caravaggio x Premiere Danseuse, owner Gareth Owen purchased 30,000gns He is still growning, but what we have seen is quite exctiing. He will tell me when he is ready.

7. CHIPOTLE Havana Gold - Lightsome Is showing a lot of early speed and would be one of my earlier types.

We would like to thank Eve for taking the time to forward these tow-year-olds and with the team the best for the season ahead. 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Going La La (25th February)

Admittedly, I have pushed my luck trying to avoid this bloody coronavirus the past year with travelling to work on public transport and shopping each weekend, but despite being extra careful It was pretty obvious when I came down with aches and pains for no reason on Saturday I was doomed. Because of this, it’s ten days in the slammer for me. 

Isolation.

To clarify, I'm not on my way to Her Majesty's prison but for most parts of my isolation period I will be having three meals a day cooked and brought up to me by my wonderful wife while stuck in my bedroom climbing the walls going crazy. 

First and foremost I have to try to avoid contact with my family and hope they don’t catch it. A vital factor in getting this virus under control is doing the right thing. In my opinion, sticking to the rules. If that means lying on my bed, writing a blog, so be it. One other downside is I'm starting to resemble a homeless person and look forward to a bath, shave and haircut the day I'm released. 

Now as you are aware I do love studying and watching horse racing but it's pretty hard to focus and concentrate when you're aching from head to toe, but I did manage to watch the magnificent Frankel and Henry Cecil documentary which brought a tear to my eye and if you still haven’t seen it yet it’s a must for any racing fan. 

Without a doubt I will be bored shitless the next week or so. 

So what to do while self isolating? 

I did manage to watch some horse racing on television over the weekend and it turned out to be a pretty horrific few days with four fatalities including the talented David Bridgewater gelding The Conditional. It was a terrible weekend for all involved and hopefully we won't be talking about the same topic in three weeks when Cheltenham comes around. Social media has been a lot less forgiving with abuse flying everywhere on why this happened, I don’t get involved in all the dramas but with everything going on in the world right now we need to stick together and get some positive messages and thoughts out there. 

I did see a couple of positive stories over the weekend, well I said positive, but one was absolutely ridiculous when Iron man (pardon the pun) Hugh Morgan's right stirrup broke after the first fence, but he still miraculously managed to win on board Young Dev at Naas in what well could be ride of the year done and dusted already. 

Another story was the brilliant John Gosden trained colt Mishriff who won the world’s richest race last Saturday. The Saudi Cup is worth a cool $20million and jockey David Egan showed again what an immense talent he is by timing his run on the 4-year-old to perfection.

Not to blow my own trumpet but I have been pretty pleased with the trainers and owners who have contributed so far to this season's blog. If you haven’t checked my recent Qatar Racing, Quantum Leap Racing and George Scott posts you would be advised to do so as they are all interesting and informative pieces which will stand you in good stead for the season ahead. I still have a couple of beauties up my sleeve but won’t mention them until finalized. 

Following on from my previous posts about newcomers with nice pedigrees I will mention another who will hopefully make her mark this season. 

Trainer George Boughey had a promising first season last year since being granted his training licence in July 2019. George is no stranger to training horses having learnt his trade as assistant to the brilliant Hugo Palmer for six years. Having said that 2020 was no normal year with coronavirus playing havoc and upsetting the whole world, taking this into account George done a phenomenal job managing to train a handful of two-year-old winners including the Mirage Mac who won her first three races in what was a lovely first season for the 22,000 gns purchase who is owned by Mr Adrian McAlpine. 

UNNAMED filly by Showcasing out of Bird Key and trained by George Boughey. Taking a look through the Tatts Book 1 October Yearling Sales George purchased what could hopefully be a nice filly for this season, as I said last time a nice pedigree is not a given that it will produce winners but the signs are good if you take a look at mare Bird Keys other offspring. 

This Unnamed Showcasing bay filly was purchased for 140,000 gns and is a full-sister to Tasleet who was trained by William Haggas who raced six times as a 2-year-old and won three, also finished runner-up in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes and the Tattersall Group 3 Stakes then trained on to be nice type for Haggas and Mr Al Maktoum, now stands stud at Nunnery Stud. Another offspring worth mentioning is Lady Light who is trained by Michael Bell and owned by China Horse Club. Lady Light was purchased for 220,000 gns as a foal and sold on to China Horse Club International for 850,000 euros. Lady Light has only raced twice when winning first timeout then coming third in the Listed Bosra Sham Fillies Stakes at Newmarket in 2019. I will be disappointed if the Showcasing filly can't get a win this season. 

Thanks for reading and as I have been watching nothing but Hill Street Blues all I will say is “Let’s be careful out there”.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

10 George Scott 2yos for the 2021 Season (21st February)


It's great to see George and the Team doing so well since launching his career at the back end of 2015. 

Eve Lodge Stables, Hamilton Road, Newmarket has seen a number of very talented thoroughbreds. 

From our two-year-old pursuits, James Garfield proved his class when contesting the highest grade from 2017 - 2018. 

In fact, a career spanning 14 starts saw him win twice at Group level (a number of narrow defeats, especially losing by a nose in the Acomb Stakes (Group 3) and half-length defeat when caught close home at Deauville, France, when runner-up in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group 1). 

James Garfield proved victorious in the Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) and Greenham Stakes (Group 3). 

For good measure, he contended the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, in the United States when a 13/2 shot, ridden by Frankie Dettori, beaten just over four lengths. 

A stallion, he stands at Rathbarry Stud, Ireland.

Last year, George took his time to detail a number of two-year-old prospects which can be reviewed here: 10 George Scott's 2yos to follow in 2020.    

Personally, I really enjoyed following Great Vibes, who won a very nice race at Newmarket on her third start, and contested the May Hill (Group 2) at Doncaster to conclude her formative season. This daughter of Showcasing is a great prospect for this three-year-old campaign. 

Also, the very progressive Charlie Fellowes who raced 9 times at two, making his presence felt from an official rating of 68 to conclude the season on a mark of 89. This son of Swiss Spirit did the stable proud, especially the owners Offthebridle Podcast Syndicate. He cost just 18,000 euros as a yearling. This gelding is an impressive horse with size and scope to make into a pattern-race performer. 

I can't wait to see this year's crop of two-year-olds. 

I would like to thank George for taking the time to forward the following two-year-olds. He actually made an audio for us. It just goes to show he is not only a great trainer but a generous man who has time for even a little blog like ours. 

So often in life, actions speak louder than words. 

10 George Scott 2yos for the 2021 Season  

UNNAMED Vadamos filly, out of Plus Ca Change; she’s a tall imposing filly bred by Airlie Stud. She's only just joined us, but looks a lovely filly to start in seven furlong maidens in the early part of the summer and then train on to be a nice 3-year-old. 

 

UNNAMED Dabirsim colt out of Akhmatova who is the second horse in the Offthebridle Podcast Syndicate who is a relative inexpensive purchase  costing 20,000gns. However, he's a gorgeous colt and he already looks the part. He's got speed on both sides of his pedigree and I will expect him to be ready to run in the late spring in median auction maidens. 

 

CHANSON d’AMOUR Dark Angel filly out of Coral Mist. Coral Mist was a Group 3 winner when winning the Firth of Clyde, she's a neat, compact filly with a good shoulder and a good hip and looks a ready made 2-year-old. She won't be in the early-early brigade but she should be ready to run around the Guineas meeting. 

 

EXCEEDINGLY SONIC Exceed and Excel filly out of Modify obviously I’m a big fan of Exceed And Excel as he is the sire of James Garfield, although this filly is a little bit light on the dam side she's a very, very good model she’s tall, scopey, athletic and has a fast ground action and I hope to have her ready to run this side of Ascot, she's owned by a chap called Mark Chan who has already had a lot of success internationally and we are delighted to have him as an owner in the yard. 

 

UNNAMED Ulysses colt out of Foundation Filly who was Listed placed and produced multiple winners. He's a good looking horse with plenty of depth and although he's got a more late maturing pedigree, he will end up running at two in the summer and then training on to be a lovely 3-year-old. 

 

T MAXIE  We have got Charlie Fellowes' full-sister who is obviously by Swift Spirit out of Filatelia she's a solid filly that has only just joined us from Kildaragh Stud. I like her; she looks durable, straight forward and a good type of filly. She's taller than Charlie was at this stage; but I would hope she would make a late spring 2-year-old. 

 

LOVE NEVER ENDING is out of Encore L'Amour and by Siyouni. She’s a lovely filly that we leased from Car Colston Hall Stud, she's got plenty of quality and looks a lovely middle distance prospect for the future. 

 

HIGHLIGHTER is an Australia colt out of Cosmic fire, he's owned by the Niarchos Family and is a tall, scopey horse with an excellent attitude. He's got a nice loose walk to him and seems to have a brilliant mind and is a horse we like very much.

 

RUBELDIEKATZ out of For Henry who was Chachamaidee’s first foal, she's by Helmet, again she is a very durable filly with a nice attitude with plenty of bone and plenty of substance, she's got a great attitude, I’m very pleased with her.

 

TIMELAPSE is this Dark Angel filly owned by Niarchos out of Synchronic, a scopey, loose moving filly, who looks like she will want fast ground, she's a little on the weak side so I’m in no rush with her; but she's got everything in the right place and overall is a good type.

 

UNNAMED out of WHAZZAT being by Exceed and Excel she is a full sister to James Garfield. Similar to James; she's not overly big but got a wonderful attitude. Again, she came a bit late to us so she's slightly playing catch up, but everything she's done we are very pleased with. Overall, I am delighted with her.


Thanks to George for taking the time to forward this information. We wish the team every success this season. 

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Friday, 19 February 2021

Quantum Leap Racing: Two-Year-olds to Follow 2021

We believe that horses should be durable and progressive, so racing our horses as juveniles is not a significant consideration for us. We try to buy and breed horses that will improve with age and our trainers handle them considerately. Many of our horses run as two years olds, but this is part of the learning process. Those that are able to achieve forward showings can be expected to do better still the following year. At this stage we hope that they can make their debuts from September onwards, but even minor hiccups can prevent that when one prioritises a long term future. Under normal circumstances we like our horses to have a proper winter break before a three years old campaign, as their workload would increase throughout that season. At this stage therefore it is difficult to give you a two year old to follow, but if you keep your eye out for those below, no doubt a couple will come to the fore. They always have in the past! 

Ham and Jam (Champs Elysees x Artistica) 

The dam is a half sister to Montmartre, who won the Grand Prix de Paris by seven lengths. The cross of Danehill (grandsire) on dam's grandsire (Rainbow Quest) was phenomenally successful, with Derby winner North Light and Frankel's dam among several black type products. He is a May foal and will be a horse for the Autumn. He is in training with Ralph Beckett, who has won with all 7 horses he has trained for Quantum Leap Racing, three of which rated 100+ and three 80+ with the hope they will further improve their ratings this season. 

Speycaster (Highland Reel x Examinee) 

Speycaster is from the first crop of a globetrotter who won Group Ones in England, The United States and Hong Kong during an arduous career. He relished fast ground and was very consistent on that surface. The unraced dam is a full sister to the last German trained Royal Ascot winner. This cross was responsible for Waldgeist: winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Also in training with Ralph Beckett, he has taken enthusiastically to his work and it would not be surprising if he emulated his sire with a midsummer debut. 5% share still available. 

Ribaldry (Ribchester x Greek Goddess) 

Ribaldry is from the first crop of the tough as teak Ribchester. He was very consistent on all ground conditions, having made his debut in early July as a two years old. The dam has bred two winners from three runners including her current two years old filly by Kingman, a winner on her third, most recent start. She also made her debut in July and this filly appears forward enough to emulate her. She is in training with David O'Meara and will be built up gradually with a late 2yo / 3yo campaign in mind. 

The Wellerman (Mastercraftsman x Sworn Sold) 

The Wellerman is by a stallion that polarises opinion, which is strange, given that he has sired fourteen Group One winners. The dam won two listed races in Germany and hails from a family that has been consistently successful there. He is in training with David Simcock who has been very happy with his progress to date. 

The Writer (Ulysses x Arwaah) 

The Writer is from the first crop of his sire, who was a Group One winner at ten furlongs and had the unusual distinction of being by a Derby winner out of an Oaks winner. We are very impressed with his stock and they made up to 320,000 Guineas. He looks uncannily like his sire and has grown appreciably since his sale. He is in training with James Ferguson, who reports him to be strengthening up. He has a good mind and takes everything in his stride, which is half the battle. 5% share available. 

Best of luck with the blog. Kind regards, Niall O'Connor

We would like to thank Niall for taking the time to forward these exciting two-year-old horses and wish the team, owners, trainers and jockeys a successful year. 

Qatar’s 2yo Stars: Owners Selections for 2021


Thanks to Adam Brookes, Racing Analyst and Bloodstock Assistant for David Redvers Bloodstock Ltd, for taking the time to forward the following two-year-old prospects for the 2021 season. 

You can follow Adam via Twitter     

ELECTRESS filly by Galileo x Just The Judge 

Trainer, Ralph Beckett 

She has already had to show lots of character as we lost her dam (a dual Gr.1 winner) shortly after she’d foaled and she was raised by a non-thoroughbred foster mare. Just The Judge’s first two foals are winners and it will be special to see this filly on track as she’ll be the first of them to carry the Qatar Racing silks, as her dam did. It’s unlikely she’ll be out in the first half of the season but she’s a lovely scopey filly, very well balanced, and will hopefully be worth waiting for. 

FRANKLIN WILLIAM colt by Frankel x Kiyoshi 

Trainer, Andrew Balding 

He’ll carry the colours of Sheikh Fahad’s wife Sheikha Melissa Al Fahad, which have already been seen in the winners’ enclosure several times through Kuiper Belt. His trainer also sent out his half-brother Iron Heart to win twice. This lad is a lovely big horse who moves well, covers plenty of ground and has a very straightforward attitude. We are pleased with his progress so far. 

SUNSTRIKE filly by Dark Angel x Extricate 

Trainer, John Gosden 

Has only been with her trainer a few weeks so it’s very early days but she looked a good-moving, athletic filly with a straightforward temperament when broken in by Tim Rusbridge, who has broken in plenty of Qatar Racing’s youngsters near Tweenhills (including Roaring Lion and Kameko). She’s a half-sister to two Stakes-winning fillies with a speedy pedigree so let’s hope she could be a Royal Ascot type. 

SHADOWFAX colt by Galileo x Golden Valentine 

Trainer, John Gosden 

You are unlikely to see this lad before the back-end of the season but he’s a rangy sort with a good attitude and, like another good horse we had with John Gosden, he’s a grey. He gets his colour from his dam Golden Valentine who won two Stakes races over a mile and a half, which tells you all you need to know regards trip for this colt. He cost €450,000 so naturally we have high hopes. We also have exciting colts by Frankel out of Simple Verse and Dubawi out of Wekeela with John this year – it’s just too early to judge levels of ability. 

WOLSEY colt by Kitten’s Joy x Justaroundmidnight 

Trainer, Andrew Balding 

By Kameko’s sire and also with Andrew Balding – let’s hope lightning can strike twice! Like most we’ve had by the stallion, he’s a lovely straightforward colt with a ‘can do’ attitude towards his work and just wants to please. He had a growth spurt after arriving from the US and therefore may well need time; his trainer has only had him a few weeks so no buttons will have been pressed yet. 

EMOTION filly by Frankel x Molly Malone 

Trainer, John Gosden 

While her dam won her Gr.1 over two and a half miles on heavy ground in the Prix du Cadran, she has already produced a Gr.2 winner over a mile and a quarter in Morgan Le Faye. Clearly, this filly is going to be more of a 3-year-old but she has always been a pleasure to deal with, is strong with a good shoulder and has proven active enough to think we should see her on track this year. 

KICKBOX colt by Dabirsim x Rich Legacy 

Trainer, Michael Bell 

He had a reputation at Tweenhills for being a bit of a boy, and he’s a very strong type without being overly big. He was actually straightforward to back according to Tim, and his trainer reports that he’s made excellent progress since joining him, describing him as a “bonny horse”. His sire was an unbeaten Gr.1-winning 2-year-old and his dam won the Gr.2 May Hill Stakes so we’re entitled to dream. 

OHEKA filly by Kodiac x Qatar Power 

Trainer, William Haggas 

She’s likely to be one of our first runners having been with William since mid-November. She has been cantering on the grass and done plenty of bone conditioning. Her dam won her Listed race over a mile at 3 but this filly is strong and neat and is probably one to be cracking on with. 

OUTBREAK colt by Dark Angel x Purr Along 

Trainer, Mark Johnston 

After buying Rose of Kildare mid-way through last season, Qatar Racing has sent Mark Johnston two Dark Angel juvenile colts this year (the other is out of Sea of Grace) and they are hard to split. Both are reportedly well, cantering routinely and have had several upsides canters so far, so we’re expecting to see them out in the first few months of the season. This lad’s dam was a dual Gr.3 winner and her son Starcat ran in last year’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas after his winning debut. 

CUBAN BEAT filly by Havana Gold x Stroll Patrol 

Trainer, Hugo Palmer 

Hugo trained the first foal out of the mare, Hot Touch (by Hot Streak), to win in the July of her 2-year-old year before contesting Stakes races and he’s already a fan of this filly. He’s delighted with her; she’s very natural, extremely strong, moves well and is a really lovely stamp of a filly who looks strong enough and forward enough to make a good 2-year-old. The dam also won in the July of her juvenile year and was placed in the Gr.3 Dick Poole Stakes.

Good luck to Qatar for this 2021 Flat season. Exciting times. 

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