CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS: MEHNAH 15/2, MASHKOORAH 16/1, ROYAL CHAMPION 9/2, ACT OF WISDOM 5/1, ALBA ROSE 11/8, DECISIVE EDGE 4/1, AROUSING 4/1,READY TO VENTURE 4/6, FABILIS 3/1, LATEST GENERATION 3/1, OPERATIC 5/1, LIPIZZANER 6/4, LOVE IS GOLD 9/1, PATIENT DREAM 1/1, HICKORY (ADV) 20/1, ROYAL MUSKETEER 15/2, ROMAN ENCOUNTER 14/1, ROUND SIX 20/1, BEHELD 11/4, MEGALLAN 7/2, LUCID DREAMER 7/1, CALCUTTA CUP 4/1, THRONE HALL 5/1, SURPRISE EXHIBIT 3/1, FRANKENSTELLA 3/1, VENTURA DIAMOND 5/2, ALKUMAIT 5/4, TOP CLASS ANGEL 9/2, ICE SPRITE 1/1, DHAHABI 15/8, DARVEL 11/8, COSMIC PRINCESS 6/1, BEECHWOOD DONNA 15/2, YOUTH SPIRIT 9/2, INTERNATIONAL GIRL 12/1, VENTURA TORMENTA 4/6, FINAL VOYAGE 9/1, IMPERIAL YELLOW 11/8, BOMB PROOF 6/4, TOP CLASSANGEL 18/1 3RD, ALWIGHWAR 11/8, MUTAZAWWED 1/1, TACTICAL 7/2, ALTHIQUA 2/1, LORD CAMPARI 100/30, MAN OF PROMISE 6/4, ON GUARD 11/2, MAGICAL MORNING 9/4, INHALER 10/3, FIESTA DE VEGA 5/1, CREATIVE FORCE 7/2, RENAISSANCE QUEEN 3/1, AWEEMAWEH 28/1 (FB), SHELDON 50/1 EW (PLACED), GEROLAMO CARDANO 13/2, FANTASTIC MS FOX 13/2 (FB), SHIMMERING 7/4, ARRIVISTE 3/1, DULAS 6/1, DELTA'S ROYALTY 4/6, PRINCE KAYF 40/1 (FB PAGE), ELEON 15/2, CELESTRAN 9/4, ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE 4/1, BYE BYE LADY 3/1, KING LEONIDA 13/8, DONNYBROOK 4/11, AL RUFAA 11/2, ALL YOU WISH 33/1, ANASTARSIA 3/1, CONVICT 6/4, GRAVITY FORCE 8/1, THEOTHERSIDE 33/1, NIGHT COLOURS 7/1, PLYMOUTH ROCK 11/4, POCKET SQUARE 9/4, PANIC ROOM 5/2, BAND PRACTICE 11/4, CAPE PALACE 4/11, PALACE PIER 11/8, IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH 8/13, ROMAN VISION 5/4, HURAIZ 2/1, ROYAL CRUSADE 5/6, VALKAN STAR 1/3, FESTIVE START 7/2, IMPRESSOR 13/8, SURF DANCER 4/7, MASTER MCGRATH 13/8, ESHAASY 13/8, PERSUASION 16/1, PASSION FOR FASHION 3/1, ANGEL OF DELIGHT 12/1, LAZULI 11/10, TAMMANI 9/2, COBRA EYE 15/8, MORISCO 6/1, ETHIC 4/6, ABSTEMIOUS 11/8, BOOMER 3/1, SEIZE THE TIME 2/1, TREBLE TREBLE 9/2, NASAIYM 6/4, DARK LADY 11/10, FLEETING PRINCE 11/10, WELL OF WISDOM 3/1, DR SIMPSOM 4/5, HOT TOUCH 7/2, MAN OF THE NIGHT 4/6, SO SHARP 11/10, IFFRAAZ 7/4, BILL NEIGH 13/8, DRAMATIC SANDS 6/4, DRAGON COMMAND 5/1, MIA DIVA 8/1, RAAHY 5/6, LINCOLN BLUE 7/2, HOMESPIN 6/4, FRED 10/1, PINATUBO 3/1, KING'S COMMAND 2/1, ETON COLLEGE 11/2, SHAMMAH 2/1, BIG CITY 5/1, THREAT 14/1, GOOD VIBES 11/1, MISTY GREY 14/1, ROSE OF KILDARE 6/5, RAYONG 7/2, LORD OF THE LODGE 8/1, WAR STORM 7/2, IFFRAAZ 4/1, OCASIO CORTEZ 7/4...

Friday, 11 September 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: John Leeper (Dunlop)

Frankel Watch: John Leeper Dunlop
It's interesting to consider the origin of horse names. 

Today, I noted a Frankel offspring racing in the 4:15 Doncaster, trained by Ed Dunlop. 

You may have noticed it too - John Leeper

This bay colt born on the 28th April, is a son of Frankel, out of a very impressive mare Snow Fairy who was similarly owned and trained. She was a truly amazing racehorse who raced 21 times and achieved 8 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds. In fact, she won no less than 6 Group 1 or Grade 1 races in a four-year career. Very few horses win top-class races across the globe and come close to total earnings of almost £4M. 

Snow Fairy was bred by Anamoine Ltd, who are no stranger to gifted horses. You may have noticed one of Ed Dunlops better horses is Virgin Snow who is similarly owned and trained and going full stream ahead. 

Her mother is Snow Fairy, although sired by Gleneagles. 

It's funny, but I had my eye on Virgin Snow making her debut last year in July because I was pretty confident she would be the best juvenile in the stable. 

That's my thought about John Leeper. I know the stable rate this colt, which is hardly surprising because if this colt went through the sales ring would fetch a huge sum of money. 

Anyway, I was intrigued to find out who is or was John Leeper. 

I typed the name into Google, and who should pop up?

John Dunlop, the late father of Ed Dunlop, and exceptional trainer John Leeper Dunlop, who sadly passed away on 8th July 2018. 

John Dunlop OBE was based in Arundel, Sussex, and trained 74 Group 1 race victories, including 10 Classics with over 3,000 winners in total. In addition, he was British Flat Champion Trainer in 1995. 

Noted winners include:
  • Shirley Heights (1978), Erhaab (1994) Epsom Derby 
  • Habibti (1983) Nunthorpe Stakes, July Cup,  Haydock Sprint Cup, Kings Stand Cup (1984), 
  • Salsabil (1990) 1000 Guineas, Oaks, 
  • Awaasif  (1982), Circus Plume (1984), Yorkshire Oaks 
Ed Dunlop has been in good form with his two-year-olds this season with Lenny's Spirit a recent winner at York.

So will John Leeper be winning on debut?

In general, the stable debutantes struggle to win on their racecourse bow although I am very interested in seeing how this son of Frankel goes today. 

Unless backed to 9/2 and less SP, I would consider this colt to run a very sound race but be primed to win on his second start. 

However, we are talking about a Frankel sired colt from a mare who won millions in prize money and achieved an official rating of 124. 

When your mother and father won 16 Group 1 races between them, anything is possible. 

Good luck to connections.

Guest post: Jason Coote

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