Saturday 19 February 2022

John And Thady Gosden (Clarehaven) Ten to Follow for 2022

Great to have David Pidduck forward his ten John and Thady Gosden horses to Follow for the Flat Turf Season 2022. 

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John And Thady Gosden (Clarehaven) Ten to Follow For 2022 

I have chosen not to put Inspiral or Reach For The Moon on this list, as the world and his wife know how good those two are, and that would not be educating anyone. I have picked ten that are either unraced or have had just one start. 


1: LMAY 

8/3/20 b f 2nd foal, Frankel (RPR 143) – Alienate (unraced) 

“She was brought from the premier yearling sale, Tattersalls Book 1, last October for 650,000 Gns by Thady Gosden, for a new client. She is three parts to Logician, the 2019 St Leger winner (peak RPR 121). By all accounts, she is a lovely moving filly and a good friend of mine, who attended the Sale, said that she was the second best looking yearling of the entire Book.

Alienate’s dam, Scuffle, was best over 1m-1m2f, and her sire was top class sprinter, Oasis Dream. Her full sister, Sleep Walk, was lightly raced by Roger Charlton and kept to sprint distances, producing a decent peak RPR of 90. 

I suspect, with Frankel’s influence, Lmay will start getting entries over 7f in July/August time.” DP 


Out of the dam RECKONING 7/4/20 gr/ro c 

6th foal, Roaring Lion (RPR 127) – Reckoning (RPR 104)

“David Redvers brought this colt from the aforementioned Tatts Book 1 Sale for 450,000 Gns. From the much-missed multiple Group 1 winner’s only crop, John Gosden liked this colt the most out of all the Roaring Lion’s that were brought to the Sale. 

The dam has already produced three black type performers from five foals, two of which achieved RPR’s of 120+ in Subjectivist (2021 Ascot Gold Cup winner, by Teofilo) and Sir Ron Priestley (by Australia). 

All the dam’s five foals have raced at two, and I expect this colt to as well, probably getting entries from August onwards.”DP 

3YO’s 3: 


(Shadwell Stud) 13/3/19 ch c FORM FIGURE 1- 

2nd foal, Sea The Stars (RPR 138) – Adool (RPR 100)

“He is a Shadwell homebred who created a very good impression on his only start. Jim Crowley only went to Newcastle to ride this colt on a late October evening, and he gave him a superb introduction, educating him in every possible aspect of a 2 yo's first day at school. 

Whilst the time of the race was poor, over the straight 1m Tapeta track, the style of his performance was classy, beating a promising three race OR’ed 85 colt by over 3l, whilst coming from last to first. His work on the Limekilns in the lead up to the race was noteworthy, and he had already been impressing high ranking staff at Clarehaven before his only start. 

He has been given a Prix du Jockey Club entry (French Classic entries came out in mid-February) and I take that as a positive indicator that he is still heading in the right direction. It will be interesting to see if he gets a 2,000 Guineas entry in early May, but he looks certain to progress given his sire.”DP 


(Cheveley Park Stud) 17/3/19 b c FORM FIGURE 1- 

4th foal, Iffraaj (RPR 125) – Ladyship (RPR 105) 

“Another homebred, he was impressive on his sole start at Newmarket in late October. Given a masterful ride by Rab Havlin (who is one of the best jockey’s around giving juveniles their first start), he won by nearly 4l from the Godolphin favourite, who is now OR’ed 80. Nothing has come out of the race since, except for the runner up, but ten of the 12 runners were from Newmarket yards and at least nine of the runners came from yards who are capable of housing a top-level performer. 

John said after the race that Audience had always been well thought of, and a couple of little niggles had kept him off the track until then. Mentally, he was a little immature, so the experience would bring him on a lot, and it was always John’s intention to put him away until this year and get him out in April for a Novice over 7f-1m. Another plus is the fact that he has proved he can cope with Newmarket’s Rowley mile undulations, and it will be of great interest to see if he is given a Guineas entry in early March.”DP 


(Qatar Racing) 26/3/19 ch f UNRACED AT TWO 

6th foal, Frankel (RPR 143) – Molly Malone (RPR 112) 

“This filly has always been well thought of, and was always going to be a 3yo, so it was not surprising that she has yet to make the track. John was looking at giving her a run and I do think that she will be aimed at the first Newmarket or Newbury meetings in mid-April, to get her career started. 

Her action is extremely good, she has exceptional presence and strength plus a good attitude to her work. 

The dam has an abundance of stamina, being placed twice in Group company over 1m4f before posting a personal best RPR when winning the 2m4f Prix du Cadran (on heavy ground). The sire needs no introduction and I think John and Thady will start her off over 1m2f. There is a maiden over that trip, on the first day of Newbury’s Greenham meeting, that John has targeted with decent fillies in the past.”DP 


(Sir Anthony Oppenheimer) 12/3/19 b f FORM FIGURE 1- 

3rd foal, Kingman (RPR 128) – Golden Laughter (RPR 66) 

“The dam was moderate for John and has produced two foals so far, both of which have shown some promise with RPR’s in the 70’s. After being paired with Oasis Dream and Dark Angel, it piqued my interest that Kingman was this fillies sire, given his connection with Clarehaven. She is a homebred and she made her only racecourse start on the 1st December in a 1mPoly Lingfield fillies Novice. 

Given a lovely ride by Rab Havlin, from her widest draw, she was green, tall, and towered over much of the field in terms of her physique. She won, beating two fillies with experience and fair form in the book. 

Rab said afterwards that she had been working well enough at home beforehand and that the race was the stronger of the two divisions on the card, adding a little more depth to the form, even though the subsequent runs of those behind her have not set the world alight. 

She will need to fill into her frame over the winter, but the fact that she has been given a French 1,000 Guineas entry in mid-February suggests that she is progressing in the right direction.”DP 


(Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum) 8/2/19 b c FORM FIGURE 3- 

4th foal, Decorated Knight (RPR 121) – Princess Noor (RPR 110) 

“John had trained this colt’s half-sister so had some knowledge of the family before he made his racecourse debut in mid-October at Leicester over 7GS. 

He finished third, beaten half a length. However, when you watch the race, he came from much further back than the front two, had to be switched round runners and finished off the race well. To add to further positives to his CV, the pair that beat him are both well thought of, he raced away from the principles and the winner had already had the experience of two starts. 

But the most interesting development was from the French Classic entries, where he was given a Prix du Jockey Club entry. Clearly, he has gone the right way over the winter.”DP 


(Saeed Suhail) 3/4/19 b c FORM FIGURE 1- 

3rd foal, Ulysses (RPR 127) – Token Of Love (RPR 108) 

“John has sent some Group 1 performers to Yarmouth to make their racecourse debut’s, and this grandly named colt could be another. He made his debut in mid-September over 1mG and the turn of foot he showed to put the race to bed in the final furlong was impressive, especially as he was away from the main protagonists when making his run. 

Rab Havlin was excellent again in giving this colt an excellent education and he commented after the race that the colt had always shown plenty of ability at home. 

Well respected paddock watcher, Ken Pitterson, described him as a sizable colt and he was also impressed with the run. 

Once again, my hopes for Mighty Ulysses increased, when I saw him in the list of entries for both the Prix du Jockey Club and Grand Prix de Paris. A very well-respected, high-ranking employee at Clarehaven, has also said that he is one of two he is looking forward to taking racing this season.”DP 


(Mrs Rebecca Philipps) 2/3/19 b f FORM FIGURE 1- 

2nd foal, Kingman (RPR 128) – Mill Springs (RPR 104) 

“John trained both the sire and the dam, and she made her debut at Kempton over 1mPoly with Rab Havlin. Slowly away, like most of John and Thady’s, she was settled at the rear until entering the straight. Rab was weighing up his options before the cutaway and decided to come wide, down the stands side, whilst the front pair, who were prominent throughout, went for home. She made up considerable ground, under hands and heels to get up close home, beating both the well backed, well thought of favourite and the eventual third, who both had the benefit of experience. 

She seemed to have a lovely frame and size on the Racing TV pictures that I watched, and she seems to have gone the right way, given she has been given an entry in the Prix de Diane. 

Her ideal trip would be difficult to predict, given that Kingman’s progeny seem to struggle in the top-class races over trips of 1m4f+. But given the dam’s abundant stamina, producing three figure RPR’s over 1m6f and 2m4f, Morning Poem may buck that trend. The Diane trip of 1m2f would seem to be her minimum in my opinion, but she remains a filly of extreme promise.”DP 


(Juddmonte) 1/2/19 b c FORM FIGURE 1- 

1st foal, Kingman (RPR 128) – Tempera (RPR 89) 

“This homebred is another 2yo that made his debut at Yarmouth, and this was in mid-October over 7GS. Kieran O’Neill rode him as Rab Havlin rode another of John and Thady’s debutants, Salvator Mundi. Towards the rear, he made smooth headway on the outside to win well with Kieran only having to give one smack with the persuader. Those placed behind are of the 78-84 range in terms of ability, but Samburu had been impressing those at Clarehaven on the lead up to the race and he was expected to need the run too. 

Jason Weaver, on Sky Sports Racing, made Samburu his paddock pick, saying that he was physically impressive. 

Kieran said after the race that he was surprised that he picked up as well as he did, as he hadn’t come off the bridle at home. That is a positive sign, in that he is working so well and well within himself. 

A very well-respected, high-ranking employee at Clarehaven, has also said that he is one of two he is looking forward to taking racing this season, the other being Mighty Ulysses.”DP 

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