Friday, 20 March 2020

Three-year-old (3yo) Horses to Follow in 2020 (Part 2)

MAGICAL MORNING is by Muhaarar (GB) out of The Lark (GB), trained by John Gosden and owned by Lady Bamford. The homebred bay Colt looks the type to improve as a 3-year-old after an encouraging performance at Kempton last October. This is the first offspring of Dam The Lark who ended her career with an official rating of 106 after running to a decent level in Pattern races as a 3-year-old. The highlight winning the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster in 2013. Magical Morning took a slight drift in the betting from 7/2 to 9/2 before the off and showed a sign of greenness when slowly away, it was only till a few furlongs out the penny dropped and Magical Morning improved to move up the field and finish a no nearer sixth. The winner at Kempton that day was the impressive Satono Japan who looks a useful sort. A step up in trip will hopefully bring out more improvement to the Muhaarar Colt. 

MAN OF PROMISE is by Into Mischief (USA) out of Involved (USA), trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin. Not a big surprise to see this Mischief bay Colt on the list after a cracking run on his debut in a Class 2 race at Ascot last July. The winner that day Mums Tipple went onto win the Class 2 Yearling Stakes race at York next timeout and the second Molatham won the Convivial Stakes and the Listed Flying Scotsman on his next two starts. It was a close run race at Ascot and Man Of Promise needed to be switched a couple of times when making his run, on another day the result could have been different. Really looking forward to seeing Man Of Promise this season and an early 2000 Guineas entry is a positive move for the season ahead.

ON GUARD is by Invincible Spirit (IRE) out of Palitana (USA), trained by John Gosden and owned by Mr A E Oppenheimer. The Invincible Spirit bay Colt cost 110,000 gns at the 2018 Yearling Sales and showed potential on his debut at Haydock last August. On Guard was very keen for much of the race and despite that plugged on to finish second behind the more experienced He’s A Keeper. If he learns to settle better this season, On Guard could be a different proposition. 

RACHMANINOV is by Mizzen Mast (USA) out of Solo Piano (USA), trained by H Palmer and owned by Mr K Abdukkah. The Mizzen Mast Colt is a full brother to the 107 rated Bear Mast who was trained by John Gosden for a year before moving to Hong Kong to race. His highlight was winning the Betway King Charles II Stakes (Listed Race) at Newmarket in 2018. Rachmaninov was backed into favourite for his debut race at Lingfield last August and was up with the pace until weakening pretty dramatically towards the end to finish sixth. I will be hoping for a much-improved performance this season after a disappointing effort first time out.

RAAJIN is by Raven's Pass (USA) out of Atab (IRE), trained by Charlie Hills and owned by Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum. The Raven’s Pass Gelding was supported from 8/1 into 5/1 on debut at Kempton last October which was a good sign. Raajin was quickly away and looked a little keen to me as he was taken on for the lead by Nugget. It seemed a two-horse race as neither would give an inch but Raajin weakened the final furlong to finish fourth. I hope the gelding operation he had in December will calm Raajin down a bit, so he can settle better this season. 

SPARKLING OLLY is by Gleneagles (IRE) out of Sogno Verde (IRE), trained by Michael Bell and owned by Amo Racing Limited. I do like the horses the owner and trainer combination own so it’s no surprise to see me put this Gleneagles bay filly as one to follow for the season ahead. The 300,000 gns purchase at the 2018 October Yearling Sales by agent A C Elliott wasn’t fancied when going off a 33/1 shot on debut at Newmarket last October. Sparkling Olly was always up with the pace and looked like she knew her job from the start, it was only the last furlong or so when she ran green and could never land a blow. It looked like she had more to give to me and should have learned plenty from that experience. 

STATE CROWN is by New Approach (IRE) out of Patroness (GB), trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin. The Chestnut Colt is a half brother to 116 rated Charlie Appleby’s other runner Blair House who has an official rating of 116. State Crown made his debut at Chelmsford back in August last season and went into the notebook after a promising third behind Surf Dancer. The winner Surf Dancer was outclassed in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes next timeout but I would imagine with more experience State Crown would have won the Chelmsford race. A step up to a mile could be ideal for the son of New Approach this season. Thanks for reading and look out for my next Maidens to follow coming soon.

Related post: Maiden 3-Year-Olds to Follow  2020

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