Saturday 25 January 2020

Cheveley Park And Sir Michael Stoute 2-Year-Olds To Follow 2020

The 2020 flat season is upon us and as always I have been busy trying to find any information to beat them, god-damn bookies, this season. As you well know it’s the 2-year-olds I love to look out for and this year I'm hoping to unearth a couple of unraced beauties to go in my tracker for the season ahead. I always love to see what exciting prospects Cheveley Park Stud and Michael Stoute have lined up for the seasons ahead and this year is no different. Over the years they have produced some nice 2-year-olds and are always worth a second glance. 

REGAL REALITY was a nice 2-year-old for the Sir Michael Stoute yard in 2017. By Intello out of Regal Realm, the bay colt made a pretty impressive debut at Yarmouth despite drifting from 15/8 to his eventual starting price of 9/4. Ryan Moore dictated the pace and kicked on to win well. Regal Reality was put away after that success for the winter and since then the 5-year-old gelding won the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood in 2018 and last year added the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown. 

Another Sir Michael Stoute horse that made a big impression as a 2-year-old in 2017 was the Frankel filly VERACIOUS. The bay filly was easy to back in a nice looking Class 2 event at Newbury on debut despite taking a slight drift from 5/2 to 3s, Veracious could only manage third that day after looking a touch keen. Next timeout Veracious looked a different horse with that run under her belt and stormed clear to put the Newmarket contest to bed for Ryan Moore gaining her first win for the Cheveley Park team. As a 3-year-old she only raced four times but all at Group level and gained her first Group win in the Group 3 Atlanta Stakes at Sandown. Next year the hardened Group performer got her rewards with a much-deserved win in the Group One Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket and continues to race at the highest level. 

2019 seen Stoute and the Cheveley Park team unleash another Frankel filly in the name of MELNIKOVA. The chestnut well-bred filly was surprisingly sent off 8/1 for her debut in a Kempton Novice Stakes race in August, even though she ran green James Doyle managed to get a nice tune out of her and Melnikova stayed on to win by a neck. A host of nice entries followed but her next race was a Class 2 at Newbury where she could only manage third to another Frankel superstar QUADRILATERAL. I imagine we haven't seen the last of Melnikova and will be back stronger this season. 

I for one will be looking forward to seeing the firepower that Cheveley Park and Sir Michael Stoute bring to the new 2020 flat season. Let’s hope a couple of these can make a name for themselves in the future: 

QUEEN’S FAIR - 2-year-old bay filly by Dansili - Queen's Best by King's Best 

POTAPOV - 2-year-old bay filly Invincible Spirit - Safina by Pivotal 

IRREPROACHABLE - 2-year-old bay colt by Frankel - Infallible by Pivotal

INIGO JONES - 2-year-old bay colt by New Approach - Spacious by Nayef (2021 Investec Derby Entry Group 1) 

DIVINE HERALD 2-year-old bay filly by Frankel - Heaven Sent by Pivotal 

DEGREE 2-year-old bay filly by Dubawi - Echelon by Danehill 

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