Tuesday 20 February 2024

Clarehaven Ten To Follow 2024

I would like to thank David for taking the time to detail this year's 10 To Follow from the juggernaut that is Clarehaven Stables, John & Thady Gosden. You can follow David Pidduck on Twitter @DarReMi. Excellent work, as always. 
Firstly, a quick Review of 2023’s List. We found the Betfred Oaks winner (Soul Sister) and a Royal Ascot winner (Coppice) amongst them. Combined they ran 58 times, winning 14 (24%) and producing a LSP of +£7.35.

For reference, here are his 2022 Clarehaven 10 To Follow

So, the usual rules apply – 3yo’s can only have ran NO MORE THAN ONCE. I have added 4yo’s this year (regretting not flagging up COURAGE MON AMI in last year’s list). These older horses can’t have ran more than twice.

This homebred Kingman filly won her 1mPoly Kempton maiden beating Izipizi. Described by Matt Chapman as a “big, lovely type”, John himself called her a “big rangy filly”. John attended that meeting on a mid-December Wednesday primarily for her (although she was withdrawn two weeks before after being restless in the stalls). 

She will start at 10f and has been given a Prix De Diane entry.


This colt was a rare purchase by Juddmonte and is a half to St Mark’s Basilica and Magna Grecia. I know he is well thought of, he won his 1mTap Newcastle maiden despite greenness and he looked tall and unfurnished. He can only improve and if he fills out over winter he could be very good. Early signs are promising as he has been given a Prix Du Jockey Club entry.

3) MUTAAWID unraced

This Shadwell homebred is full brother to Mostahdaf, and a half to Nazeef and Mostabshir. Well thought of at Clarehaven, he had a problem at two but has returned to training recently. Mostahdaf and Nazeef didn’t run as juveniles and were highly progressive with racing and age and hopefully Mutaawid can follow in their hoofprints.

I would ask anyone reading this to watch his only start of his juvenile career, as after watching, you will see why he has to be on this list. An EYECATCHING debut run over 1mPoly at Kempton in early December, he has been given a Prix Du Jockey Club entry and that suggests he has gone the right way over the winter.

John and Thady know the family very well and this well-bred George Strawbridge filly ran a reasonable debut effort at HQ over 7Hy in November. Kieran Shoemark said afterwards that she is a nice filly going forward who just got tired.

The dam has produced two winners from two so far, both with RPR’s in the mid-80’s. I think being sired by Sea The Stars, she has scope over further than both her racing siblings (best over 10f) and Journey, her dam, improved considerably with age.

6) SWORD -4

This Book 1 purchase by David Redvers is well thought of by many people connected to this colt. He was given one of the strong names Qatar Racing reserve for horse’s they feel have the best chance to do the name justice.

He ran with promise on his debut over 1mPoly Kempton in mid-November finished 4th. John & Oisin were on duty at this Wednesday evening. He has been given a Prix Du Jockey Club entry.


This 600,000 Gns Book 1 purchase had worked better than the promising Beeley, in a mid-October gallop, before making her debut in mid-November. Running well in a 7Tap Newcastle Novice with Rab, she was always thought of more of a next year horse. She is another with a French Classic entry, in her case the Prix De Diane.


Unraced at two, and gelded in April of his 3yo season, he was two from two last October and has already got a handicap mark of 89. He has had a similar patiently handled campaign as did the same owner’s Courage Mon Ami. He could be anything, from a decent handicapper to a pattern performer.

9) MAHBOOB (4YO)-1-

Gelded in the September of his 3yo season, he made debut last December and won a 1m2Poly Lingfield Novice with Jim Crowley showing two turns of foot. He the potential to improve further being by Sea The Stars and he had a Derby entry until the six day stage (was still entered 4th April 3yo career).

He must be well thought of otherwise he could easily have been entered in one of the Horse’s In Training Sales last year, but that wasn’t the case, despite his issues (didn’t run at two, gelded).


Well thought of by David Redvers, she was originally sent to Ralph Beckett. Sent to Clarehaven in late August of her 2yo season, she ran twice as a 3yo, winning her second start with a RPR of 83. The placed horses are now OR’ed 96 and 92. Unraced over further than 10f, her dam won the St Leger and she is sired by the late Roaring Lion, so you can be certain that Qatar Racing want to do the very best they can with a filly this well bred.

WORTH A MENTION, just missing the 10 to follow cut.

DIVINE PRESENCE -4 Ran once at Lingfield with Kieran O’Neill over 7Poly, she was slow away, green and hampered in her run up the straight at least twice. The fact that she has been given a Prix De Diane entry peaked my interest and the same owners Star Of Seville started her career with an average debut run before winning the mentioned Classic in 2015.


This homebred is Cracksman’s full brother and is named after Sir Anthony’s family aviation business in South Africa apparently! He didn’t make it to Clarehaven until September last year which would help to explain why he hasn’t run yet.

Bred by The late Queen, Rab Havlin, before his debut run over 1mTap at Newcastle said “He is big, raw and we quite like him. He will be a mile and a quarter horse next year.”

He looked a fine physical specimen when I saw him in May and those looks certainly held true in December. Another pointer was the fact that the Novice he ran in is a race John & Thady had won four times since 2018, most notably with Without Parole.

She is a well related Qatar homebred who won her only start in early December with Osin over 1mPoly. She is a lovely tall type with scope who will get 10f in time. Oisin was impressed with her on that start and she is sired by Kingman.


She is named, apparently, after an expensive handbag brand and is extremely well bred and must have had the looks as she cost over 1m Guineas at Book 1. Shadwell are certainly on the up again in recent seasons and this filly has the potential to be smart over 8-10f.

This Bjorn Neilsen homebred ran with promise in a November 1mPoly Lingfield Novice, finishing second. He has been given a Prix Du Jockey Club entry.

Author: David Pidduck 

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