Monday 16 January 2023

3yo to follow 2023 (part one)

It's been a while since my last post, but I'm sure you haven't missed me too much as Jason has been filling in with a few excellent guest posts as always, reading his thoughts on 2-year-old horses always gets me motivated when I'm losing my mojo and now I'm looking forward to the new season already. I'm cutting out the Irish horses as at times I'm left trying to figure out if an Aidan O'Brien horse is ready or not and that's a puzzle in itself. I might cut down on debutants too as they are also a puzzle, anyway it's time for my usual 3yos to follow list.

I won't be doing any that have already won because there is no fun in that.

Let's just look back on last year.

Emily Dickinson won her maiden and went onto run at Group level and finally won a Group 3 last October for Aidan O'Brien.

Tuesday of course another success for Aidan winning the Oaks and a Grade 1 at Keeneland. 

Thakrah was a 40/1 winner for Robert Cowell.

King Of Time won three on the bounce for Charlie Appleby.

Perotan won her first two races including a Listed race. 

Galleria Borghese won a couple of races, 6s and 12s 

Graceland's Girl ran with credit placing a good few times without winning.

Instrumental won a couple of times, 14s and 2s.

Ivy League won twice.

Zero Carbon was excellent for Richard Hughes rattling up a hatrick of wins, 9s 4s and 10/11.

Express Way won her only race last season at 10s.

Whispering Romance won odds on first time up for Charlie Appleby.

Newfoundland finally got his head in front fourth timeout.

First on this year's list is A Dublin Lad trained by John & Thady Golden. The Ulysses colt is out of unraced  dam Sacre Caroline and purchased for 300,000 gns at the 2021 October Yearling Sales out of book 1 and owned by Mr Saeed Suhail. 

A Dublin Lad is a half-brother to the William Haggas trained Sacred, a nice type who has improved with age winning the Nell Gwyn at three and adding the Dubai Duty Free Cup last year. 

A Dublin Lad started his career in an end of season maiden at Newmarket last October, pretty fancied that day at 7/2. The bay colt was slow away and held up in the rear until making stylish progress looking like he could challenge but couldn't finish it off and was beaten soundly by the impressive winner Imperial Emperor for the boys in blue. Interested to see if the Gosden runner can win a nice race this season.

Unraced Ballymore Boss for Richard Hughes is up next. The colt was purchased at the Tatts Sales for 120,000 gns and was unraced at two. Richard has a full-brother to Ballymore Boss in the name of Connemara Coast who is also owned by Bernardine And Sean Mulryan. Connemara Coast raced twice last year when placing then winning his maiden. Ballymore Boss was well-regarded last season by the stable so I'd expect a win won't be too far away. Zero Carbon was one of my unraced 3yos last season for Richard who won three races on the bounce. 

Look out for my next 3-year-olds to follow soon

Thanks for reading.

Author: Craig 

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