Sunday 26 February 2023

Clarehaven Horses to Follow 2023 Flat Season

I'd like to thank David Pidduck for forwarding his pick of the John & Thady Gosden 3yos for the forthcoming season. 

Readers will remember David's excellent post last year: John And Thady Gosden (Clarehaven) Ten to Follow 2022 which proved a big hit noting a number of supreme talents.

David said: ''Like last year, I am not going to pick the obvious ones (Commissioning, Arrest, Epictetus…) but pick out those once raced or unraced 3yo’s who merit attention.''

Follow David on his twitter Account @DarReMi for his latest news.

Click horse's name to follow via the Racing Post. 

ADUBLIN LAD (sired by Ulysses) 3rd April 3-

Was going to debut on the 22nd September at Newmarket and was well backed into favouritism until he cut his leg within an hour of post time and he was withdrawn.

Recovering quickly, he ran nine days later in another mile maiden at HQ and he was again supported the night before. However, rain changed the ground from Good to Good To Soft and he drifted.

He finished a respectable third and he has the physical and mental scope to leave that fair start well behind.

AUGUST (Almanzor) 28th Feb 7-

I visited Clarehaven three times last year and two prominent members of top tier experienced staff liked what they saw of this colt. Although his debut was not particularly good, he was well backed from opening prices of 8/1 the day before down to 5/2.

I fully expect him to improve markedly this year.

BRIDESTONES (Teofilo) 21st March 1-

It’s rare for John and Thady to get a decent Godolphin horse as they need to be, effectively rejected by Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor before they come to Clarehaven.

This filly may buck that trend.

She made her debut at Yarmouth in an October fillies race, over 1 mile, that the stable have targeted before. She won well, picking up nicely.

John said afterwards that she would be suited by a mile this year and she has been given three French Group 1 entries over 8-10.5f already, suggesting she has wintered well.

COPPICE (Kingman) 13th April 1-

A lot of horses to follow lists will have this filly. A full brother to Calyx, she was well backed on debut despite there being a rival already rated 83 in the field, she won well despite being green.

Rab Havlin said afterwards that her homework had been good, and she had been working with previous winners.

Likely to start off in a Guineas trial if she is forward enough, she could be the yards Coronation Stakes runner at Royal Ascot this year.


Another who got a good mention by two experienced staff at John and Thady’s last year, he is extremely well bred and likely to be out over 10f with the likelihood of going up in trip to 12f.

There are a couple of obvious races at the Craven and Greenham meetings in mid-April and I would expect to see his name among the six day declarations then.

HUMANITY (Roaring Lion) 22nd March 3-

One experience staff member alerted me to him before his debut at Newcastle in November over 10f. Described by Simon Mapletoft on Sky Sports Racing as “a big unit”, he got tired when finished a promising third, beaten a length.

He is likely to start his 3yo career at the same trip of 1m2f and his pedigree suggests that would be his best trip.

Being from the only crop of the 2018 Horse Of The Year, the Owners and the Gosden’s will be extremely keen to place his to best effect.

INNERSPACE (Siyouni) 23rd February 1-

This extremely well bred filly won her debut at Kempton over 1m impressively. Rab Havlin said afterwards that she does very little at home (as did her dam, Journey) and that may explain why she drifted on in the betting through race day.

However, she was thoroughly professional in the race and Rab didn’t need anything more than hands and heels riding. She looked a little small last year, so fingers crossed she has grown, but she looks a decent prospect and has two French Classic entries to her name in 2023.

INTINSO (Siyouni) 30th March 1-

I was fortunate to meet Lord Grimthorpe on one of my visits to Clarehaven last year and I spoke to him about this colt. The best juvenile that Blue Diamond Stud had last year, he didn’t beat much on debut at Newcastle, but he won with the promise of plenty to come this season.

Rab said after that he had a great mind, and he has plenty of physical scope.

He has been given a Prix de Jockey Club entry.

MOSTABSHIR (Dark Angel) 11th April 1-

This colt is a half-brother to Mostahdaf and Nazeef, both of whom have done extremely well under Clarehaven care in the past few seasons. Looking a little small last year, hopefully he will grow.

When Mostahdaf won his Group 3 on Saturday in Saudi, John mentioned this colt and described him as a ‘promising colt’.

He is another with a French Classic entry (2,000 Guineas).

TONY MONTANA (Kingman) 27th April 2-

Two experienced top tier staff mentioned him as a colt to follow to me last year and the owner has also mentioned that he is looking forward to what this colt can do in 2023. He is a sizable colt with plenty of scope and he finished a decent runner up to a well thought of Juddmonte filly who could be destined for an Oaks campaign, in his only start of 2022.

He has been given a French Jockey Club entry and that may be his best trip as Kingman doesn’t seem to be able to get a top class colt or filly over 12f (best progeny over that trip is 111).

Others to note are:

NAAEY (Lope de Vega) 2- Well thought of, two French Group 1 entries

QUEEN FOR YOU (Kingman) UNRACED – Normandie Stud really were positive about this filly last year, as was John.

SHIVASHAKTI (Siyouni) 2- ran well in a race John likes to target, ground a little dead for her and she gfot tired. Done a lot of growing, will be a 10f filly this year.

SLIPOFTHEPEN (Night Of Thunder) 1- couldn’t have been anymore impressive on only start, James Doyle really impressed with him.

SOULSISTER (Frankel) 1- middle distance filly 10-12f filly this year, won well on only start, works well at home.

SUNBELT (Zoffany) 1- beat Shiva Shakti on their respective debut’s/only starts of 2022 and they raced in the different division of the fillies Novice that Bridestones won. Another filly who will be suited by 10f this year.

Good luck to connections. 

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