Monday 19 September 2022

Qatar Racing Two-Year-olds for 2022

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 2022 season.

Qatar Racing needs little introduction to horse racing let alone exceptional two-year-olds. Founded in 2012, we have an enviable list of stallions (Kameko, Zoustar, Havana Gold & Lightning Spear) and a wealth of opportunity. 

With horses running across the globe, we are privileged to have a select number of two-year-olds to savour this year. 

There will be plenty of winners for the familiar claret with gold braid silks.  

Alpha Zulu (2 b c Zoustar – La Rioja) James Ferguson

La Rioja was a Gr.3 winner at two and fourth in the second renewal of the Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup for Qatar Racing. Her first foal, Criollo, won twice on the all-weather earlier this year before running in a French Listed race. Her second foal Alpha Zulu is a big frame of a horse and, still being a little up behind, we’ll be allowing him time to strengthen up. His trainer is very happy with his progress and really looking forward to doing a bit more with him. He weighs around 500kg. 

Beldale Star (2 b f Zoustar – Beldale Memory) Andrew Balding 

Like Alpha Zulu, Beldale Star is a Qatar Racing homebred who should be quick; her dam won the Listed Marygate Stakes at two and has produced sprint winners True Hero and Refuge. Andrew is very pleased with this athletic filly and she has already sat upsides on a few occasions. She looks as if she wants to start over 6f and should make up into a nice early-summer juvenile. 

Gentle (2 b f No Nay Never – Light The Stars) Andrew Balding

She was bought for €200,000 and is out of a Stakes performer in France and Germany at around a 1m. Her trainer describes her as a lovely filly with quality and a good attitude. She’s a nice mover and he’s very happy with her progress. He doesn’t think she will be ready that early but hopefully will be a nice mid-summer two-year-old.

Glorious Lion (2 b c Roaring Lion – Glories) James Ferguson

He’s one of 33 Roaring Lions Qatar Racing have in training. His dam cost $1.2m as a foal. Cieren Fallon rode him in an easy piece of work over 5f on the Al Bahathri the other day and was happy with him, switched off in behind another two-year-old. He’s one for the second half of the season but his trainer thinks he’s an exciting type and we look forward to tracking his progress.  

Maasai Mara (2 b c Roaring Lion – Wekeela) John and Thady Gosden

The Gosdens naturally have a host of Roaring Lions, including this stunning son of dual Gr.3 winner and Gr.1-placed Wekeela. Her first foal was Millennial Moon who won at Yarmouth last September and is now trained by Brendan Walsh in the US. This is another colt for the second half of the season [Roaring Lion made his own winning debut on Aug 18] but he’s a superb mover who enjoys his work, so we hope he’ll prove worth the wait. 

Middle Earth (2 b c Roaring Lion – Roheryn) John and Thady Gosden

A half-brother to Buckaroo, who was just touched off in the Gr.3 Ballysax Stakes on his recent return. Roheryn was the horse of Aragorn in Lord of The Rings – apparently, I’ve never read the books – so Middle Earth was another nod to that. Naturally, he hasn’t done much yet but he’s described by John Gosden as an athletic colt with a good attitude, light on his feet [as Roaring Lion was] and one for 7f novices.  

Saint George (2 gr c Roaring Lion – Lady Dragon) Andrew Balding

You will not miss this horse on a racecourse as he’s already light grey! He’s a good-moving, athletic colt but hasn’t done anything strenuous so far, which is no surprise given the dam was a middle-distance filly. He also still needs to fill into his frame so will be given time. Lady Dragon has already produced two useful fillies in Afraid of Nothing and Twisted Reality. He has shown the excellent Roaring Lion temperament in everything he’s done so far. 

Thunder Cat (2 br c Roaring Lion – Rich Legacy) Andrew Balding

This is another striking colt, almost black with a white stripe down his face. His dam won the Gr.2 May Hill Stakes at two. He’s one of the more precocious Roaring Lions, a candidate to make his debut over a sprint trip at the end of April. He seems to thrive on his work. 

Velvet Thunder (2 b f Zoustar – Stella Blue) James Ferguson

The dam was a Stakes winner over 7f and has produced multiple Stakes winner over 6f/7f Sirius Prospect. James is very happy with her: she’s doing two canters every day, her stalls work is coming along well and she looks absolutely fantastic. She’s finding everything easy enough and has a lovely character. We haven’t pushed any serious buttons but her trainer thinks she looks the part and is excited by her. She weighs around 450kg. 

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  1. Wonderful stuff Craig, very detailed. Thanks to Qatar Racing.

  2. Thanks mate, really pleased they forward information to the blog. Adam Brookes is a great fella.


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