DARK HORSES for 2012

Here I present Daniel Briden’s DARK HORSES list for the 2012 flat season.

Daniel is an extremely talented watcher of the flat form of the game and annually creates this list of horses to look for in the coming season. Year on year he finds a huge number of potential future winners and below, you can read the full list for the 2012 season.

***** Vast improvement expected, strongly recommended to follow 
**** Above average improvement expected, definitely worth following 

*** Improvement expected, worth following

OLDER HORSES

CONDUCT (5 gr g Selkirk – Coventina) ****
Form: 11/ Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Royal Pal

First foal; dam, useful 1m-2m winner, half sister to dual 12f 3yo winner Largo and 8-10f Flat/2m hurdle winner Ladies Best, family of very smart middle distance stayer Sans Frontieres (Irish Leger winner) and high-class miler Kootenay. This grey gelding didn’t see a racecourse until September 2010 when contesting in a 1m 1f maiden at Sandown, for which he was sent off a not unfancied 8/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field after a slow start but made smooth progress on the outer over two furlongs out, shaken up and asserting readily to lead approaching the final furlong, staying on strongly despite obvious signs of greenness to see off decent yardstick Shallow Bay by three lengths. He maintained his 100 per cent record when accounting for a useful field in a 10f handicap at Newbury 17 days later (7/4 favourite); raced towards the rear of the field once again, waited with, making headway from over two furlongs out and coming with a strong run down the outside to dispute the running over a furlong from home, showing signs of inexperience upon hitting the front but knuckling down well for pressure to win going away by 2¾ lengths. He hasn’t been seen again since, forced to miss the entire 2011 campaign through injury; however, the fact top connections are persevering with this son of Selkirk strongly suggests they believe he retains all of his ability, appealing as the type to pick up a valuable handicap from his current mark of 96 before moving onto bigger and better things. He should have few problems with the step up to 12f at some stage, shaping as though further would suit in both outings to date over 9/10f and being the son of a 2m winner from a smart middle distance/staying family; potential to be very useful if having a clear run with injuries (on course for a return in the summer).

ESHTIBAAK (4 b c Dalakhani – Nanabanana) ****
Form: 51- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

€130,000 second foal of a smart 7f 2yo winner (Group 3/Listed placed) who shaped with abundant promise on his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newbury’s Greenham meeting last April, albeit wasn’t at all fancied in the betting beforehand, going off a 25/1 chance (owner’s second string). He raced towards the rear of the field under a hold up ride, shaken up well over two furlongs out and making steady but sustained progress until finding himself short for room entering the final furlong, shuffled back and forced to switch but finishing off strongly for hand riding to take fifth behind the useful Laajooj (beaten 3 lengths). He had to wait nearly six months in order to confirm that debut promise, reappearing in a 10f maiden at Nottingham in October when a heavily supported even-money favourite; always looked like justifying the strong pre-race market support, making up ground on the leaders easily from the two furlong marker and pressing on approaching the final furlong, soon in control and staying on strongly despite greenness (tended to shift left once out in front) to run out a thoroughly convincing 2¼ length winner from Montefeltro. This son of Dalakhani is a colt of considerable potential on the evidence of his two runs to date, belatedly building on the promise of his Newbury fifth to land a fairly well contested maiden (for the time of year) at Nottingham over an 2f extra, travelling well and winning with a fair amount in hand at the line. He is very much the type to continue improving, entering his four-year-old campaign completely unexposed and asked to start life in handicaps from a more than workable mark of 87; type his astute handler excels with, and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this colt competing at something closer to pattern level before 2012 is out.

PETER MARTINS (4 ch c Johannesburg – Pretty Meadow) *****
Form: 1/ Trainer: Jeremy Noseda Owner: The Honorable Earle I Mack

This colt went into his debut outing in a 7f novices’ contest at Newmarket (July) in the summer of 2010 with a huge home reputation preceding him, something that was borne out by the market beforehand (2/1 favourite), and he certainly didn’t disappoint, doing all that was asked of him and a lot more besides. He tracked the leader towards the inner travelling best throughout, delivering his challenge between horses at the two furlong marker; showed signs of greenness once out in front, but a couple of smacks behind the saddle soon saw him quicken clear in ready fashion to run out an impressive five length winner. It was a taking performance from this son of Johannesburg considering that he was mixing it with previously experienced rivals, exhibiting obvious signs of greenness once asked for his effort but finishing off to good effect, really getting the hang of things in the final 150 yards. However, his three-year-old campaign was over before it had even begun, picking up an injury last March to add to the setback he had suffered the previous autumn, thus ruling him out of a much-anticipated tilt at the 2000 Guineas or one of its trials. It is obviously concerning that he has picked up a couple of injuries that have kept him sidelined since that mightily impressive debut victory in the summer of 2010, but for all he may not be the easiest horse to train, his ability is plain for all to see, and he is more than likely well to prove well worth the wait when reappearing this term. It is almost certain that this colt will be started off in a Listed/conditions contest of some description and be brought along steadily (connections are aiming for him to return around June/July), but there is no doubt that this son of Johannesburg has the potential to compete at the highest level at around a mile if he can stay injury free; fascinating prospect for 2012.

SINGE THE TURF (4 ch c Galileo – Affianced) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Jim Bolger Owner: Mrs J S Bolger

Beautifully bred colt; full brother to Irish Derby winner Soldier Of Fortune and high-class 7-10f winner (including at Group 3 level) Heliostatic and a half brother to dual 10f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Carraiglawn and dual 1m 3yo winner Ard Fheis, out of a smart 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to very smart 7f-1m winner/Irish Derby/Eclipse runner up Sholokhov. His one and only career start to date came in a 10f maiden at Leopardstown last August, for which he was sent off a 9/2 chance; raced in midfield for the most part until shaken up to get closer three furlongs out, showing clear signs of greenness but making good headway to challenge between rivals, leading over a furlong from home and soon in command, still green out in front but clearing right away inside the final furlong to see off Jolie Jioconde by a resounding six length margin. The fact he wasn’t seen until the August of his three-year-old career and hasn’t been seen again since that debut victory implies he isn’t the easiest to train, but, for all he obviously isn’t the soundest of individuals, he possesses an enormous amount of talent on the evidence of that debut victory, readily dispatching a solid yardstick by a wide margin despite giving away experience. He has the makings of a pattern class performer already, bred to be at least very useful, and it is highly likely that this son of Galileo can make up for lost time this year and make his mark at a decent level over middle distances more or less straight away.

TIMELINE (4 b c Elusive Quality – Last Second) *****
Form: 21- Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni Owner: Godolphin

Another blueblood; half brother to French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules, high-class 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) Approach (later dam of smart middle distance colt Midas Touch), 1m 2yo winner/smart middle distance performer Intrigued and 10f 3yo winner Bold Glance, out of a Nassau/Sun Chariot winner who was from the exceptional family of Alborada, Quarter Moon/Yesterday, Alleluia etc. This 425,000gns purchase made his debut in a 10f maiden at Haydock last May, going off a surprisingly unfancied 20/1 chance; shaped with a good deal of promise despite those dismissive pre-race odds, absolutely no match for easy winner Mijhaar but impressing with the way in which he had travelled until left behind by that rival approaching the final furlong, coming home 7 lengths adrift at the line. He had clearly learnt plenty from that debut outing when contesting a similar maiden at Sandown a couple of weeks later (11/2); proved keen in behind the leaders but came through to challenge going easily two furlongs out, shaken up and forging clear approaching the final furlong, drawing further and further away before being afforded the luxury of easing down close to the finish, coming home 5 lengths clear of New Hampshire at the line (next four home all winners since, including useful stayer Highland Castle, whilst the eighth and 12th placed horses were also winners subsequently). It was a deeply impressive performance from this smartly bred son of Elusive Quality, still green but quickening clear over a furlong out and winning with any amount to spare at the line; another who hasn’t been seen since his maiden win, but the manner in which he achieved that victory suggests he is still very much one to follow when returning to action. Hugely exciting colt with a big future ahead of him, and he should prove fully effective at around 8-10f (pedigree suggests a step back in distance wouldn’t be a problem); pattern class performer in the making if fully over whatever kept him off the track for the second half of last year.

THREE-YEAR-OLDS 

GROUP RACE PROSPECTS

AAZIF (ch c Nayef – Ayun) ****
Form: 51- Trainer: John Dunlop Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half brother to connections’ high-class 12f-2m winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Akmal, 13f 3yo winner Elrasheed and 14f 3yo winner Albeed, out of an 8-10f 3yo winner who was closely related to the smart 7-9f winner Haami and out of a high-class 7-10f winner who was a half sister to Derby winner Erhaab. This well-bred colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newbury last September, for which he was sent off a 14/1 chance; raced prominently and caught the eye with the way in which he travelled, shaken up to lead two furlongs out but headed approaching the final furlong, fading thereafter under considerate handling as he came home in fifth behind Mighty Ambition (beaten 3½ lengths). He showed the benefit for that experience when contesting a 1m 1f maiden at Goodwood the following month, sent off the 11/4 market leader; soon led and travelled strongly out in front, quickening clear at the two furlong marker and only having to be pushed out to maintain the advantage, coming home a ready winner by 1¼ lengths over the staying on Theturnofthesun. The manner in which he travelled out in front and then quickened to seal matters last time suggested he would be more than capable of holding his own in stronger company, admittedly beating some fairly ordinary sorts on the day but vastly superior to them in every way. The fact he was entered in the Racing Post Trophy until the final declaration stage last autumn is an indicator to the regard in which this colt is held by connections; bred to come into his own once tackling middle distances this term, and although an opening mark of 82 opens up the possibility of handicaps to begin with, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him tested at a higher level straight away and prove up to the task.

ALBASPINA (gr f Selkirk – Alabastrine) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott Owner: Kirsten Rausing

Beautifully bred filly; half sister to 7-9f Flat/2m hurdle winner Hail Caesar out of a maiden half sister to the very smart 6-10f winner Last Second (later dam of French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules), high-class 8-12f winner Alouette (also dam of dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada, very smart middle distance performer Albanova and to the dam of Derby runner up Dragon Dancer), Doncaster Cup winner Alleluia (later dam of very smart stayer Allegretto), smart 8-14f winner Arrikala and to the dam of Quarter Moon and Yesterday. This daughter of Selkirk made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Carlisle last September, sent off the well-fancied 5/4 market leader; showed clear signs of inexperience from the outset, not really handing the bends and needing encouragement from some way out, but she grew as the race wore on and made good headway towards the outer to lead passing the two furlong marker, staying on powerfully throughout the final furlong despite shifting right to run out an impressive 2¾ length winner from Aleut. It was by no means a strong maiden, but then again, it is very likely connections specifically targeted a weak contest in order for this filly to gain some valuable experience and try to make a winning debut if possible, which she obviously achieved. She was on course to tackle the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket over the same distance later in the month before being pulled out on the morning of the race, but the mere fact connections were looking to fast-track her to that sort of company after just one run is an obvious indication of the high regard in which they hold this filly; should have few problems picking up that all important black type this year, bred to come into her own at three over middle distances.

ALJAMAAHEER (ch c Dubawi – Kelly Nicole) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Fetched 100,000gns at auction; half brother to useful 7f-1m winner Tinkertown out of an 8-10f winner who was a half sister to smart US middle distance performer Cold Cold Women, smart 7f 2yo winner Robin Hood (finished third at Group 2/Listed level) and 10f 3yo winner Snow Lord out of a 2m 3yo winner who was a half sister to very smart 10-13f winner/Irish Oaks runner up Russian Snows, very smart 12-13f winner Modhish, smart dual 10f 3yo winner Truly Generous, smart stayer Wareed and to the Listed winning dam of Grade 2 Canadian winner Truly A Dream. This well-bred colt came with a something of a home reputation prior to his debut outing in a 6f maiden at Yarmouth last backend, sent off a strongly fancied 5/4 chance; recovered from a slow start to race up with the pace, fairly keen but travelling strongly, taking up the running over a furlong out and quickening smartly to promptly seal on matters, comfortably seeing off subsequent dual winner Mezzotint by 1¾ lengths. The fact he missed the break and then raced keenly only adds to the impressive nature of his debut victory, travelling strongly close to the action and quickening stylishly entering the final furlong to put the race to bed within a matter of strides, looking every inch a high-class performer in the making. It is unlikely the race itself was anything out of the ordinary, but it would be still be something of a surprise if this son of Dubawi wasn’t capable of a lot better than the bare form suggests; ought to stay 1m without too many problems based on his pedigree, and he looks the type to make an immediate impact at a higher level for top connections this year.

ASSIZES (gr c Teofilo – Requesting) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Mark Johnston Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Half brother to useful UK/UAE 8-10f winner Dr Faustus, French 2m-2m 1f winner Marmoom Flower, 6f 2yo AW winner Desert Flora, 1m 2yo AW winner Call To Arms and 2m-2m 3f hurdle winner At Your Request, out of an unraced half sister to very smart 6-10f winner Last Second (later dam of French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules), Doncaster Cup winner Alleluia (later dam of very smart stayer Allegretto) and excellent producers Alouette (dam of dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada) and Jude (dam of Quarter Moon and Yesterday). This smartly bred colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October; 15/2, held a prominent position from the outset, ridden along and making headway to challenge over a furlong out, leading entering the final furlong and staying on strongly in the final 100 yards to run out a convincing 2¼ length winner from Hallings Comet. He hasn’t been allocated a handicap mark and will therefore have to begin his three-year-old campaign in something such as a Listed Race/conditions contest (the Listed Fielden Stakes at Newmarket’s Craven meeting in April could be a suitable starting point, a race his handler regularly targets), but he is bred to be well above average and no surprise if he turned out to be just that this term on the evidence of his debut victory; really ought to stay 10-12f without too many problems, hailing from an excellent middle distance/staying bloodline.

ATTENBOROUGH (b/br c Medaglia D’Oro – Julie’s Prospect) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Jeremy Noseda Owner: The Honorable Earle I Mack

Half brother to a handful of winners in the US, including smart sprinter/miler American Miss and fairly useful 6f-1m winner Lions Story, and this colt made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Haydock last August on rain-softened ground, for which he went off a very well supported 7/4 chance. He was waited with towards the back of the main group, travelling well throughout, making smooth progress over on the far side from the top of the straight and leading well over a furlong from home; quickened smartly approaching the final furlong although tended to run green out in front, also appearing to get a little tired in the conditions as those in behind closed up on him late but always holding on to see off Badea by half a length. He wasn’t seen again after that debut victory, pencilled in to contest a Listed contest at Salisbury later in the month but withdrawn the night before; however, he still rates as an exciting prospect for 2012, value for more than the eventual half-length margin of victory on debut suggests, green out in front and then appearing to get a bit tired on the rain-softened ground, understandable for one making its racecourse bow. The fact this colt held Group race entries last autumn suggests he highly regard by leading connections, as does the weight of support behind him in the market when making that debut last summer; could well make up into a high-class miler this year, and a sounder surface is likely to see him in a better light.

COLIMA (b f Authorized – Coyote) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Ralph Beckett Owner: Mr & Mrs David Aykroyd

170,000gns foal who is a three-parts sister to the very useful 10-12f Flat/smart multiple 2m hurdle/2m 3f chase winner Eradicate (by Montjeu), closely related to high-class dual 1m winner/Irish 1000 Guineas third Oh Goodness Me (by Galileo) and a half sister to 10-11f winner Huff And Puff, out of a smart 1m 3yo winner (Listed placed) who was the daughter of a Falmouth/Nassau winning half sister to the very smart 5f-1m winner Lemon Souffle. This smartly bred filly made her debut outing in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Nottingham last November, going off an 11/1 chance; tracked the pace until taking over going strongly just inside the two furlong marker, shaken up approaching the final furlong and soon clear despite edging left, staying on well throughout the final furlong run out a resounding 2 length winner from Key Appointment. It was a very impressive debut display from this daughter of Authorized, travelling strongly in behind the leaders and taking over going well just inside the two furlong marker, kicking clear and maintaining the gallop throughout the final furlong despite the runner-up closing on her late, never in any danger of being caught. She is bred to excel at three over middle distances, so it was hugely encouraging to see her make a winning start to her career over an extended mile against colts; her handler has shown he is adept at getting the very best out of his fillies in recent seasons, no better example than when winning the Oaks with Look Here in 2008, and this filly goes into her second season boasting a similar profile; surely going to begin her three-year-old campaign in an Oaks trial of some description, and she rates as a very exciting middle distance prospect for the season ahead.

DIALA (b f Iffraaj – Quaich) *****
Form: 21- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Abdulla Al Khalifa

Sales price increased from 46,000gns as a yearling to 58,000gns at two; half sister to 1m 2yo debut winner Matula (disappointing after) out of a twice-raced 7f 3yo winner who was a half sister to smart 7f German winner Lukrecia (Group 3 placed) and the granddaughter of the very smart 5-6f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Spain Lane, herself a half sister to the very smart US 9-10f winner Marquetry. This filly made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket (July) last August, sent off a 14/1 chance; raced in behind the leaders and travelled strongly throughout, denied a clear run as things began to develop over a furlong out which eventual winner and subsequent Fillies’ Mile winner Lyric Of Light first run, but she kept on well once out in the open to take a clear second, beaten less than a length at the line. She confirmed the immense promise of that debut outing when proving far too good for the opposition in a 7f median auction maiden over on the Rowley Mile course almost two months later (6/4 favourite); took up a prominent position and again caught the eye with the manner in which she travelled, sent on over a furlong out and forging clear inside the final furlong to run out a thoroughly convincing 4 length winner from Safarjal. This daughter of Iffraaj looks a filly of real potential going into her second season, showing more than enough in both outings last year to suggest she could be Classic material, and to that effect, it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see her reappear something like the Nell Gwyn or Fred Darling this spring en route to the 1000 Guineas; likely to prove best at around 1m.

ELLAAL (b c Oasis Dream – Capistrano Day) ****
Form: 21- Trainer: Charlie Hills Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

220,000gns full brother to the useful 6f 2yo debut winner Dream Day (Group 3 placed) and a half brother to the very useful 6f-1m winner Sabbeeh and fair 7f-1m winner Green Agenda, out of a smart dual 7f winner/1000 Guineas fourth who was a half sister to very useful 6f 2yo winner Bring Plenty (Listed placed) and 7f 2yo debut winner Leopard Hunt (Listed placed) out of a 10f Grade 1 winner in the US. He made his debut outing in a traditionally strong 7f maiden at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting last September, sent off a not unfancied 5/1 chance; raced prominently and travelled kindly for the most part, shaken up two furlongs out but never really looking like landing in a blow on eventual 6 length winner Spiritual Star once that rival quickened, keeping on well all the same to take second place. He duly went one better the following month in a similar contest over the same course and distance (5/2); raced prominently from the outset and once again travelled strongly, still well within himself as he disputed the lead with eventual runner up Periphery approaching the final furlong, the pair drawing clear inside the final furlong with this colt just shading matters close to the finish, scoring by a short head. He wasn’t asked for absolutely everything in order to prevail on that occasion, always holding the determined runner up once gaining the initiative in the final 75 yards and actually value for a bit further than the winning margin implies, and had once again impressed with the way in which he had travelled throughout. He ought to stay 1m on breeding and will likely be seen over that trip sooner rather than later, although he does actually hold a Derby entry (extremely unlikely to stay that far on breeding); has been allocated an opening mark of 85, presenting connections the option of handicaps first, but such was the promise of his two runs last autumn, it is highly likely connections will be aiming higher with this son of Oasis Dream.

IMPERIAL MONARCH (b c Galileo – Ionian Sea) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Owner: Mrs John Magnier

Closely related to a handful of winners, namely 1m 2yo winner/Derby runner up The Great Gatsby, smart 11f 3yo winner Roman Empress (Group 2/Listed placed), dual 10f winner Special Reserve and 7f 2yo winner Magritte (all by Sadler’s Wells) and very useful 10-14f winner Mount Athos (by Montjeu); also a half brother to four winners including useful 12-13f winner Marigold, out of a smart middle distance performer who was a half sister to very smart middle distance performer (French Derby second) Oscar and Dee Stakes winner/Derby runner-up Blue Stag. This colt made his one and only outing at two in a 1m maiden at the Curragh last September, sent off at odds of 6/1; raced in midfield and travelled powerfully throughout, making smooth headway to challenge two furlongs from home, shaken up approaching the final furlong and leading soon after, forging clear inside the final furlong to run out a thoroughly convincing 3½ length winner from Azamenta. His debut success was made all the more meritorious by the fact he is bred to excel at three over middle distances, and the way in which he easily made up ground on the leaders from midfield to challenge just as the race began in earnest before forging clear inside the final furlong was deeply impressive. He comes from a stable hardly lacking in three-year-old talent for the forthcoming campaign, and a few of his stablemates will have achieved a fair bit more than this son of Galileo going into their second season, but there are reasons to believe that this well-related colt won’t be long in catching up, especially once tackling middle distances; even appeals as the type to make up into a Leger horse eventually (bred to stay well).

JUNGLE BEAT (ch c Galileo – Flamingo Guitar) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Michael Tabor, Mrs John Magnier and Derrick Smith

First foal of a 7f 3yo winner who was a full sister to US 1m 1f 3yo Grade 1 winner Fantasticat, fair dual Irish 10f 3yo winner Dainty and US 7f 3yo winner My Tiger out of a very smart 7-9f winner in the US who was herself the daughter of a top-class US miler. This well-bred colt’s sole outing at two came in a well-contested 7f maiden at Newbury last July, for which he was sent off the 9/4 market leader; tracked the leading duo until taking over going best of all two furlongs from home, shaken up approaching the final furlong and quickening smartly, shifting right but always in control as he ran out a commanding 2 length winner from Farhaan. The runner-up on that occasion went on to score twice whilst the fifth won a valuable maiden at York next time out, and the fact that this colt despatched both of them with a degree of ease marks him down as a very exciting prospect. He wasn’t seen again thereafter, presumably suffering a setback of some sort, but the manner in which he achieved his debut win is still fresh in the memory; pedigree suggests that 10f should prove within his stamina range, and this son of Galileo is likely to prove above average in time if his debut performance is anything to go by.

KISSED (b f Galileo – Gwynn) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Owner: Derrick Smith

Fetched 900,000gns at auction, and with good reason, for she is a close relation of last year’s Derby winner Pour Moi (by Montjeu) and very smart 8-11f winner/French Oaks runner up/Irish Oaks third Gagnoa and 1m 2yo winner Rendezvous (both by Sadler’s Wells), out of an unraced granddaughter of Yorkshire Oaks winner Awaasif (later dam of Oaks winner Snow Bride, herself the dam of Derby winner Lammtarra). This regally bred filly made her debut outing in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Navan last October, for which she was sent off a very well fancied 6/4 favourite; raced prominently and travelled very well throughout, still on the bridle over two furlongs out, pushed along to get closer to the leader approaching the final furlong and taking up the running entering the final furlong, only having to be ridden out to score by a comfortable 1½ lengths (pair well clear). The runner-up on that occasion, Violet Lashes, had the benefit of experience and had built up a healthy advantage at one point, but this filly made up ground on her easily and only had be ridden out once taking the lead inside the final furlong, shaping as though further would be absolutely fine. Her all-conquering stable are rich in talent when it comes to fillies for the season ahead, housing the likes of Maybe, Wading and Was, but this classically bred daughter of Galileo could well end up the best of the lot if improving for middle distances as expected this term; likely to reappear in an Oaks trial of some description, and it would be very disappointing if she couldn’t uphold the family tradition and gain a victory at Group level; emphatically one to follow.

LACILY (b f Elusive Quality – Lailani) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni Owner: Godolphin

Full sister to dual 1m 3yo winner Sovereign Remedy and a half sister to high-class French 11f-2m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Ley Hunter and high-class US middle distance/staying performer Gabriel’s Hill, out of an Irish Oaks winner who was a half sister to smart French 8-14f winner Copper Carnival, from the family of very smart 7-10f winner Faithful Son and Coventry winner Always Fair. This well-bred daughter of Elusive Quality made her one and only start at two in a backend 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster, going off a strongly fancied 11/8 favourite; raced keenly off a modest early pace but impressed with the way in which she travelled throughout, making smooth progress over two furlongs out to join then leader Amy Dorrit still on the bridle, coming clear with that rival inside the final furlong and, despite showing signs of inexperience, proved too strong for her in the closing stages to come home 1¼ lengths to the good. It was a very pleasing debut effort from this well-related filly, travelling eyecatchingly well from a long way out before making a sweeping move into contention two furlongs from home, disputing the running still on the bridle and then knuckling down well despite greenness to see off a more experienced rival. She comes from a stable that is strong in the fillies division for 2012, her stablemates including Fillies’ Mile winner Lyric Of Light, Sweet Solera winner Discourse and a handful of other maiden winners, but this filly showed more than enough first time up to suggest she was a filly of real potential who could take high rank amongst them and operate at a smart level this term; 10-12f will suit.

MAIN SEQUENCE (ch c Aldebaran – Ikat) ****
Form: 11- Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Niarchos Family

First foal of a smart 7f 2yo debut winner in France (Group 3/Listed placed) who was a half sister to useful French 12f 3yo winner Cosmic Fire and fair French middle distance stayer Ras Tafarii out of a smart 7f-1m winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to Oaks winner Light Shift, top-class 9-10f winner Shiva, very smart middle distance performer Limnos and smart 8-9f UK/US winner Hyades (Grade 1 placed). This colt made a surprise winning debut when landing a 1m maiden at Yarmouth last September at odds of 50/1; dwelt slightly from the stalls and was waited with at the back of the field as a result, travelling well with three furlongs left to run but still well off the pace, shaken up over a furlong out and making good headway despite clear signs of inexperience, displaying a sharp turn of foot entering the final furlong and sustaining his strong challenge to lead close home, seeing off Almuftarris by 1¼ lengths. He showed that to be no fluke when following up in a nursery over 1m 1f at Newmarket a month later, taking full advantage of a lenient opening mark of 79; missed the break and was again given an exaggerated hold up ride, shaken up and making good headway three furlongs out, flashing his tail for pressure and taking a little while to get his act together but essentially well on top at the finish, scoring by 3¼ lengths from Open Water. He was raised 10lbs to a mark of 89 for that win, leaving open the possibility of a return to handicap company this spring, but it wouldn’t at all surprise to see connections aim for something higher immediately, with the Fielden Stakes at the Craven meeting back over the same course and distance as his nursery win a credible starting point; open to yet further improvement in 2012, and he looks the type to stay middle distances eventually on what he showed last year.

MASTERSTROKE (b c Monsun – Melikah) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Andre Fabre Owner: Sheikh Mohammed

Impeccably bred colt; half brother to useful 8-10f winner Burj Nahar, 10-11f winner Villaricca, 7f 2yo debut winner Valedictory and 1m 2yo winner Chief Of Staff, out of a 10f 3yo Listed winner/Oaks third who was a half sister to the brilliant Sea The Stars, dual Derby/King George winner Galileo, very smart middle distance performers Black Sam Bellamy and My Typhoon, very smart triple 10f winner/Oaks runner-up All Too Beautiful, smart 7-10f winner Urban Ocean and 6f 2yo Listed debut winner Born To Sea out of Arc winner Urban Sea, herself a half sister to 2000 Guineas winner King’s Best. This colt’s sole outing at two came in a 1m maiden for newcomers at Saint-Cloud last September, sent off the 23/10 favourite; raced in midfield for much of the way, making headway over two furlongs out and shaken up to challenge over a furlong from home, leading entering the final furlong and only having to be pushed out to see off Star On The Rocks by 1½ lengths. It was a very promising debut performance from this beautifully bred colt, making good headway from the two furlong marker to challenge and staying on well throughout the final furlong for hand riding in the main to run out a very comfortable winner. He is bred to be well above average and shaped in kind on debut, and there ought to be plenty more to come this season once tackling middle distances; certainly in the right hands to reach his maximum potential, and it is reasonable enough to believe that this son of Monsun will be competing at pattern level before too long.

MIGHTY AMBITION (b c Street Cry – New Morning) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni Owner: Godolphin

Half brother to useful 8-12f 3yo winner Sadeek’s Song out of a high-class 10-12f winner (including at Group 3 level) who was a full sister to the top-class 10-12f winner Islington, very smart 10-11f winner Greek Dance, smart 10-13f winner/Gold Cup third Election Day and very useful triple 10f winner Greek Well and a half sister to the very smart 10-12f winner Mountain High, useful 7f-1m winner Desert Beauty and 12f-2m 1f Flat/triple 2m hurdle winner Praxiteles out of Yorkshire Oaks winner/Leger runner-up Hellenic, excellent family. This beautifully bred colt made his debut in a 7f maiden at Newbury last September, going off a well-fancied 9/2 chance; raced in behind the leaders and travelled supremely well throughout, going to the front easily passing the two furlong marker, shaken up and quickening smartly approaching the final furlong, tending to idle slightly in front but always in full control as he saw off well-supported fellow newcomer Rewarded by ¾ length. The form of his debut win was given a significant boost by both the second and fifth placed horses winning well next time out, and this son of Street Cry looks a hugely exciting prospect for the forthcoming season, able to show enough speed to win over seven furlongs despite coming from a very smart middle distance family; no surprise whatsoever to see him reappear in a Derby trial of some description, and rates as the ‘dark horse’ for this year’s Epsom Blue Riband event, bred to stay the distance and revealing more than enough ability on debut to think he could be out of the top drawer; excellent prospect.

MINIDRESS (b f Street Cry – Short Skirt) ****
Form: 14- Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni Owner: Godolphin

First foal of a high-class 7-12f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) who was a full sister to 1m 2yo debut winner Shorthand and a half sister to very smart 7-14f winner (including at Group 2 level) Whitewater Affair (later dam of Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa), high-class 7-12f winner Little Rock, smart 5-6f 2yo winner Seductress and useful 11f 3yo winner Rich Affair (Listed placed) out of 1m 2yo winner who was a half sister to smart stayer Arctic Owl. This well-bred filly made a winning start to her career when landing a 7f fillies’ maiden restricted to newcomers at Newmarket (July) last August (weak 15/2 chance at the off); raced towards the rear of the field in what was a steadily run race, making progress with over two furlongs left to run, shaken up over a furlong out to challenge and staying on strongly in the 150 yards to win going away by 4 lengths from Everlong. Her only other outing of the season came in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket over the same distance (11/2); raced close to the action and travelled up to the leaders going strongly over two furlongs from home, outpaced soon after as the tempo increased but keeping on again for pressure inside the final furlong to finish fourth behind Alsindi (beaten 2 lengths). The dam and most of her siblings improved significantly for a step up to middle distances at three and beyond, and there is no reason to believe this daughter of Street Cry will prove to be any different.

PEARL SECRET (ch c Compton Place – Our Little Secret) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: David Barron Owner: Pearl Bloodstock Ltd

Sales price rose from 20,000gns as a yearling to £90,000 at two; second foal of a smart multiple 5f winner (including at Listed level) who was herself the daughter of a half sister to smart prolific sprinter winners Palacegate Episode (later dam of very smart sprinting 2yo Dutch Art) and Palacegate Jack. This flashy son of Compton Place debuted in a 5½f maiden at York last October, going off a very well supported 9/2 chance; proved very keen under restraint in midfield early on, dropping back to the rear of the field at halfway, but he travelled strongly throughout and made smooth headway into contention from over a furlong out, weaving his way through to join issue going well before readily settling matters in the final 100 yards, powering clear to run out a commanding 1½ length winner from fair yardstick Lupo D’Oro. He did well to win at all, racing keenly towards the rear of the field and then finding some trouble in running when making good progress two furlongs out, cutting through the field easily to dispute the running basically still on the bridle a furlong out, only having to be pushed out to score from a vastly more experienced rival with some decent maiden form to his name (couple of others in behind have won since, including a rival rated in the mid-80s). There can be little doubt that this colt is destined for big things in the sprint division this year, and it is very often the case that his handler’s winning newcomers are above average; could feasibly start his second season in handicap company from an opening mark of 85, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see connections be a little more ambitious than that and start him off at Listed level.

PERENNIAL (ch c Motivator – Arum Lily) ****
Form: 12- Trainer: Charlie Hills Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Half brother to connections’ very smart middle distance performer Redwood out of an 8-9f winner in France who was a half sister to useful 8-10f 3yo winner Eaton Square out of top-class middle distance performer Jolypha, winner of the French Oaks and Prix Vermeille, and herself a half sister to the brilliant middle distance performer Dancing Brave. This son of Motivator made a winning start to his career when landing a 1m maiden at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting last September (12/1); raced in midfield and travelled well despite displaying signs of inexperience, shaken along to chase the leaders over two furlongs out but finding his path blocked initially, switched right approaching the final furlong and showing a smart turn of foot down the outer to lead inside the final 100 yards, staying on well to see off subsequent winner Encke by half a length. His only other outing to date came in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket a month later, going off at odds of 5/1; raced towards the rear of the field under a waiting ride, making headway over two furlongs out but taking a little while to find top stride, only really getting going inside the final 100 yards to take second close to the finish behind Rockinante, beaten 1¾ lengths. He still rates as a very smart prospect, and the fact he has already achieved so much going into his second season bodes very well for one bred to stay middle distances in time; likely to reappear in a Derby trial of some description, quite likely at the Chester May meeting – a meeting his stable target annually.

RUGGED CROSS (b c Cape Cross – Lunda) ****
Form: 51- Trainer: Henry Candy Owner: Thomas Barr

55,000gns purchase as a yearling; half brother to the high-class 8-11f winner Blue Monday, smart 8-10f winner Lundy’s Lane, useful dual 10f 3yo winner Bazergan, 11f 3yo winner Multiplication and 12f 3yo winner Najam, out of a lightly raced maiden half sister to smart quartet Cloud Castle (7f), Needle Gun (10f), Luso (8-12f) and Warrsan (12-14f). This son of Cape Cross made his debut in a 7f maiden at Newbury last July, going off a not unfancied 8/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field and went nicely up to a point, pushed along over a furlong out and making good progress towards the stands’ side, keeping on well throughout the final furlong to eventually finish fifth behind Jungle Beat (beaten 3 lengths). He confirmed the promise of that debut effort and showed the benefit of experience when landing the valuable Convivial maiden (7f) at York’s Ebor meeting little more than a month later (18/1); raced close to the pace from the outset, pushed along over two furlongs out but sticking to his task well, taking over approaching the furlong marker and staying on well for pressure throughout the final furlong to see off Storming Bernard by 2½ lengths. It was a smart performance from this colt, coming under a ride sooner than most but knuckling down well for pressure, shaping as though a trip would suit in future, accounting for a solid yardstick and several subsequent winners in the most valuable maiden of the season. He wasn’t seen again for whatever reason (held entries thereafter) but is bred to come into his own at three anyway, and he is sure to improve as his stamina is drawn out this term; could well start off in a conditions contest this spring, his initial mark of 98 a little too steep to be starting off in handicaps, but he looks the type to progress into a pattern class performer anyway.

STARBOARD (b c Zamindar – Summer Shower) *****
Form: 61- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Second foal of a smart French 12-13f 3yo winner (Listed placed) who was a full sister to the high-class 8-12f winner Doctor Fremantle out of a very useful 1m 2yo debut winner who was a full sister to the top-class French/US 13f-2m winner Raintrap, top-class 1m-2m winner Sunshack and to the dam of top-class US 10-12f winner Meteor Storm, very smart 12-13f winner Polish Summer, high-class triple 15f winner Host Nation and smart 1m 2yo debut winner Winter Solstice (Group 3 placed). This smartly bred colt had reportedly gone with plenty promise at home prior to his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Ascot last September, going off the 2/1 market leader; missed the break and raced towards the rear of the field, making smooth progress over two furlongs out but proving too green to sustain his forward move on the bridle, ridden along and unable to quicken over a furlong out, slightly impeded inside the final furlong (held at the time) as he came home in sixth behind Ortac Rock (beaten 6½ lengths). He made short work of the opposition when contesting a 7f maiden at Redcar almost two months later, sent off a heavily supported 1/2 favourite; proved tardy from the stalls once again and raced towards the rear of the field, making smooth headway three furlongs out and leading on the bit over a furlong from home, only having to be bustled along to draw readily clear inside the final furlong to run out an impressive 5 length winner from Galician (subsequent winner). It wasn’t the strongest of maidens by any means, but this son of Zamindar clocked a time fully one second faster than the second division on the card, all the while within himself and needing minimal assistance from the saddle to go clear; bred to come into his own at three, it isn’t hard to envisage this well-related colt making up into a very smart performer this term; should be well suited by 8-10f in terms of distance (sire an influence for speed in an otherwise stamina-based pedigree).

TALES OF GRIMM (b c Distorted Humor – Stupendous Miss) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Sir Robert Ogden

Sales price shot up to 320,000gns last year (sales topper) from the $60,000 he had sold for as a yearling; brother to very useful US 8-9f winner Do It All (Grade 2 placed) out of a high-class French/US 9-10f winner (including at Grade 3 level) who was the daughter of 6f 2yo winner/Cheveley Park third Subeen. This colt’s only outing at two came in a well-contested 7f maiden at Newbury last July, for which he was sent off an 11/1 chance; raced in behind the leaders until moving through to take up the running a little over two furlongs out, responding well for pressure once pressed approaching the final furlong by the eventual third and had enough in reserve to see off the fast-finishing Firdaws by a neck (first three nicely clear). This colt showed a very likeable attitude on debut to see off a couple of promising fellow newcomers, firstly fending off the strong challenge of The Nile and then finding enough to see off the late thrust of short-priced favourite and subsequent winner/Fillies’ Mile third Firdaws to become only his yard’s third (of four) winning 2yo newcomer of 2011. He wasn’t seen again after that debut victory, holding an entry in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes back over the same course and distance near the end of the season but failing to take it up; however, he still rates as an exciting prospect for the forthcoming campaign, and it would be something of a surprise if he couldn’t prove himself a pattern class performer sooner rather than later based on the visual impression he created first time up; ought to stay 10f eventually.

THE FUGUE (br f Dansili – Twyla Tharp) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Lord Lloyd-Webber

Half sister to fair 14f-2m 3yo AW winner Susan Stroman out of a 1m 1f 3yo winner/Ribblesdale second who was a half sister to smart miler Summoner, Eclipse winner Compton Admiral, useful triple 7f-1m 2yo winner Anchor, 12f 4yo winner So Vital and 10-12f Flat/2m 5f hurdle winner Talenti. This smartly bred filly made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket on the penultimate weekend of the Flat season, going off a relatively unconsidered 14/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the back of the group that had congregated down the centre of the track, but she made eyecatching headway from halfway to go prominent, making ground on leader and eventual runner-up Salacia in effortless fashion from over a furlong out, coming clear with that rival inside the final furlong and staying on best to and score by 1½ lengths. It is perhaps notable that connections started off top-class mare Dar Re Mi in the same maiden a few years back (finished second), and her handler often starts off a smart sort in the race (won it with Infallible in 2007); the ease with which she made up ground on the front running Salacia really took the eye, and she only had to be pushed along to assert from that rival inside the final furlong, shaping as though further would very much suit, in keeping with her pedigree, bred to excel this year over 10f+. She looks to have an extremely bright future ahead of her based on the visual impression she created on debut, also clocking a faster time than her stablemate who had won the first division on the card; looks all over an Oaks prospect, and it would therefore be very surprising if she didn’t reappear in a trial of some description for that race this spring.

THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (b c Dansili – All My Loving) *****
Form: 01- Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil Owner: Sir Robert Ogden

Cost 375,000gns as a yearling and with good reason, being the first foal of a 10f 3yo winner/Oaks third who was a full sister to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday, 7f 2yo Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner/Irish 1000 Guineas/Oaks/Irish Oaks runner-up Quarter Moon and three other winners, from the excellent family of Alborada, Allegretto, Aussie Rules etc. This well-bred colt debuted in the 7f Convivial maiden at York’s Ebor meeting last August (weak 9/1 chance); raced prominently until pushed along over three furlongs, losing his position and not really going anywhere when tightened up over a furlong from home, far from knocked about thereafter as he eventually finished 10th of 17 behind Rugged Cross (beaten 17 lengths). He showed the benefit for that experience and the extra furlong when landing a 1m maiden at Leicester in October (9/4 joint-favourite); travelled extremely well towards the rear of the field, making smooth progress into contention from over two furlongs out, shaken up entering the final furlong and only having to be pushed along in order to master Went The Day Well, scoring by a neck. He had a lot more in hand than the winning margin suggests, travelling strongly off the pace and cruising into contention before only being asked the bare minimum to get himself to the front, and that he was able to be looked after and still win as he did bodes very well for the future. This costly purchase has always been held in very high regard by leading connections, and it is only this year that their son of Dansili will come into his own, bred to relish middle distances eventually; an opening mark of 86 gives them the option off starting off in handicap company, but this colt has all the right attributes to make up into a pattern class performer this year and it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see this well-bred individual tried at a higher level for his comeback run; very exciting middle distance prospect for 2012.

THOUGHT WORTHY (b c Dynaformer – Vignette) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: George Strawbridge

Full brother to connections’ very smart middle distance performer/Leger winner Lucarno and a half brother to 1m 2yo debut winner Morning Charm and multiple US sprint winner Minute Of Fame, out of a high-class UK/US 6f winner who was a half sister to several winners including smart milers Be Elusive and On A Cloud. This well-bred colt made his one and only outing last term in a 1m maiden at Newcastle last October run on testing ground, sent off a 6/1 chance; raced well off the pace and came under a ride sooner than most, but he began to make headway from over two furlongs out, taking a while to hit full flow but everything clicking approaching the final furlong, leading at the furlong marker and staying on well to fend off Silver Blaze to score by ¾ length. He shaped as though stamina would very much prove to be his forte, much like his classy brother, displaying a likeable attitude to hold off a more experienced rival having appeared to idle once hitting the front, and both the third and fourth won next time out to give the form some substance. He can only improve for the experience and should have a vast amount of improvement to come for a step up in trip this year, certain to be suited by 10f+; will probably start off in a minor event somewhere in the early throes of the season, such as the 10f conditions race at Newbury’s Greenham meeting in April in which his handler likes to target with his untested but promising three-year-olds; has the potential to go far, appealing as the type to progress into a Leger horse eventually (certainly bred for the job).

TOP OFFER (b c Dansili – Zante) *****
Form: 1- Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Half brother to 10f 3yo AW winner Kefalonia out of a smart 8-10f winner who was a half sister to high-class French/US middle distance performer Requete and useful dual 1m winner Questonia, family of Xaar, El Gran Senor and Jazil. This colt has always been held in the highest regard by his handler, something that was backed up in the market ahead of his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newbury last August, going off the 6/4 market leader; lived up to the hype with an impressive debut success, slowly away and proving keen under restraint but making striking headway on the far side over two furlongs out, quickening smartly to lead approaching the final furlong, soon in command and stretching clear of Pulverize to run out a thoroughly convincing 3½ length winner. It wasn’t the strongest maiden the track has ever staged, but the fourth and fifth won next time out, and everything came easily for this son of Dansili, showing a fluent action and settling the issue in a matter of strides having made sustained headway from the rear of the field from over two furlongs out. He wasn’t seen again despite holding numerous Group race entries (reportedly suffered a leg injury) but still ranks as a hugely exciting prospect for the season ahead, and it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that he could still make up into a credible 2000 Guineas contender this spring given the lack of a superstar in the juvenile division last year. It is very rare for a youngster from this stable to make a winning debut at a top track with the ease in which this son of Dansili did, and his handler was glowing in his praise of this colt after his debut win; likely to reappear in either the Greenham or Craven, and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this colt live up to his handler’s sky-high expectations and blossom into a top-class miler this season.

MAIDENS

AL MAMZAR (b c Teofilo – Avila) ***
Form: 8- Trainer: David Simcock Owner: Ahmad Al Shaikh

Half brother to Racing Post Trophy/Dante winner Dilshaan, smart 7-10f winner (both at Listed level) Darrfonah, multiple low-grade 11f-2m winner (mainly AW) Aveiro, 1m 3yo winner Al Joza, 1m 1f 3yo AW winner Miracle Play, 11f 3yo winner Mama-San and 12f 3yo winner Calakanga, out of a maiden half sister to Chester Vase winner Nomrood and smart French middle distance performer Alleging. This 32,000gns purchase made his debut outing in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last October, sent off a not unfancied 10/1 chance; raced freely towards the rear under a waiting ride, travelling sweetly for a long way until left behind as the pace lifted over two furlongs out, not knocked about once held as he came home in eighth behind Kiz Kulesi (beaten 12 lengths). He was soundly beaten in the end but had shown enough mid-race to suggest that he has a fair amount of ability, going nicely under a hold up ride and making some progress into midfield until unable to quicken with the leaders, spared a hard race thereafter. He is bred to come into his own at three over 10f+ and is likely to be a totally different proposition this year with a winter behind him, the experience on debut also likely to have done him the power of good; could be a fairly useful sort given time, and should prove up to winning a maiden of some description before turning his attentions to handicaps.

ALL THAT RULES (b c Galileo – Alba Stella) ***
Form: 6- Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil Owner: Andrew Tinkler

Three-parts brother to multiple 14f-2m 3yo winner (mainly AW) All My Heart (by Sadler’s Wells) and a half brother to multiple 10-12f winner Aleatricis and dual 11f 3yo winner Alicante, out of a fairly useful dual 12f 3yo winner who was a half sister to dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada, top-class 7-12f winner (including three times at Group 1 level in Germany) Albanova and other winners including the dam of Derby runner-up Dragon Dancer, excellent family. This well-bred colt debuted in a 1m maiden at Lingfield in late November, proving an easy to back 100/30 chance; raced in touch with the leaders in midfield, pushed along and left behind somewhat at the top of the straight, but he came home strongly from over a furlong out under tender handling, greenness prohibiting him from hitting top stride until it was far too late but staying on well nevertheless to finish a closing sixth behind Restaurateur (beaten 1¾ lengths). It probably wasn’t the strongest of maidens, as to be expected for the time of the year/track, but this son of Galileo shaped with a fair bit of promise amidst greenness, finishing off strongly inside the final furlong to close right up on the leading bunch at the line (first six nicely clear of the remainder). He is bred to keep on improving with time/distance, his close relation a four-time winner over middle/staying distances last season and his other two relations both winners over middle distances; sure to improve significantly at three once presented with a stiffer test of stamina.

ASTRONOMY DOMINE (b f Galileo – Platonic) ****
Form: 9- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Robin Geffen

€280,000 yearling who is a close relation of smart 10-12f 3yo winner Pacifique (by Montjeu) and a half sister to high-class 9-12f French winner Prudenzia and prolific 12-13f winner Hatton Flight, out of a 1m 1f 3yo winner who was a half sister to the high-class 10-12f winner Pongee, smart 12-14f winner Lion Sands and 10-11f Flat/2m hurdle winner Pukka out of a high-class middle distance performer who was a half sister to the dam of Oaks winner Alexandrova and Cheveley Park winner Magical Romance. This well-bred filly made her debut outing in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last August, going off a 15/2 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear of the field as a result, but she made an eyecatching move into contention over on the far side from the three furlong marker, unable to sustain it and beginning to fade well over a furlong from home, very much spared a hard race thereafter as she finished ninth of 12 behind Rythmic (beaten 8 lengths). That proved to be her only outing of the season, perhaps given more time after what was a fairly satisfactory debut effort, making an eyecatching forward move on the far side of the field but unable to sustain it for long, looked after once held; certain to do better this time around once presented with a stiffer test of stamina (will likely prove best over middle distances).

BANK BONUS (b g Motivator – Small Fortune) ****
Form: 73- Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: The Queen

First foal of a lightly raced 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to useful dual 6f winner Instalment, fairly useful UK/US 7-9f winner Victoria Reel and 10f 3yo winner Regent’s Park out of a useful 9-10f 3yo winner who was a half sister to the very smart 7-9f winner (including at Group 1 level in the UAE) Right Approach and very useful 14f-2m winner Temple Way. This nicely bred gelding made his debut outing in a traditionally strong 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last August, for which he was sent off a wholly unconsidered 66/1 chance; broke slowly and showed signs of inexperience towards the rear of the field for the most part, nudged along over two furlongs out and very much looked after at all costs, but the way in which he made up ground in spite of this throughout the final furlong was extremely encouraging, eventually finishing seventh of 15 behind subsequent Dewhurst third Most Improved (beaten 11 lengths). He stepped up on that debut effort when contesting an extended 1m maiden at Windsor at the beginning of October; raced prominently but became outpaced as the tempo increased over two furlongs out, looking held at one stage, but he stayed on again from over a furlong out and came home with real purpose under a hands and heels ride, tight for room towards the finish as he came home in third behind Eurystheus (beaten ¾ length). He already looks in need of a stiffer test (by a stamina influence), caught flat-footed over two furlongs out as the pace lifted last time but keeping on nicely under considerate handling throughout the final furlong; been gelded in the interim but promises do better over 10f+ at three, and should have few problems shedding his maiden tag early doors before progressing further in handicaps.

BAYAN (b c Danehill Dancer – Kindling) ****
Form: 6- Trainer: Brian Meehan Owner: Iraj Parvizi

210,000gns half brother to high-class Swedish middle distance performer Catch Me A Dream out of a smart 9f-2m winner (including at Listed level) who was a sister to the useful 11f 3yo winner/Chester Vase third Chink Of Light and a half sister to smart 8-9f French winner (including at Listed level) Thattinger, very useful 12f-2m winner Dorothy’s Friend, fair 7f-1m winner River Of Babylon and useful dual 1m Flat/2m hurdle winner Burning Impulse. This colt made his sole outing at two in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last September, going off a not unfancied 8/1 chance; raced towards the back of the main group, travelling comfortably until the eventual winner quickened the tempo over two furlongs from home, pushed along and outpaced, but he kept on in pleasing fashion throughout the final furlong under nothing more than a hand ride to finish sixth behind Spiritual Star (beaten 10½ lengths). He is bred to stay well in time and ran to his pedigree on debut, within himself until caught flat-footed by the sudden increase in tempo by the winner from over two furlongs out, but the way in which he came home under considerate handling promised at much better to come. There ought to be significant improvement forthcoming this term once tackling 10f+, remembering his dam didn’t come into her own until tackling middle/staying distances as a four-year-old; pedigree also indicative of the fact this colt will be well served by some cut in the ground.

BLACK MINSTREL (b c Dylan Thomas – Overlook) ****
Form: 6- Trainer: Amanda Perrett Owner: Alan Spence

Sold for €100,000 as a yearling; second foal of a staying maiden who was a half sister to several winners, most notably the very smart miler Passing Glance, high-class 7f-1m winner Hidden Meadow, smart 7f-1m winner Kingsclere, useful dual 14f winner (also Listed placed) Victoria Montoya and very useful 7-12f Flat/smart 2m hurdle winner Scorned. This colt made his sole outing at two in a 7f maiden at Sandown late last July, for which he was sent off an 8/1 chance; travelled nicely for a long way in behind the leaders, shaken along over two furlongs out and holding his position well until fading inside the final furlong, far from knocked about as he came home in sixth behind Archbishop (beaten 8 lengths). There was a lot to like about this colt’s debut performance, seeming to lack for fitness rather than experience on the day, going nicely in behind the leaders until fitness duly told inside the final furlong, very much looked after once held in a race that has worked out exceptionally well (second, fourth, fifth and eighth all subsequent winners). He is bred to come into his own over middle distances eventually and major improvement can be expected this year once his stamina needs are better catered for; absolutely no surprise to see this son of Dylan Thomas take off this season over the right sort of trip.

BRIDGEHAMPTON (b c Lando – Gaze) ***
Form: 0- Trainer: Michael Bell Owner: Mark Hawtin

First foal of a dual 10f winner in Germany who was a close relation of top-class 2yo/Irish Derby/Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory and useful 10-12f 3yo winner Rain Forest and a half sister to the very useful 7-12f winner Grampian, useful 10-12f winner Guraranda and fair 11-14f winner Graham Island out of a smart miler who was the daughter of German 1000 Guineas winner Grimpola. This 92,000gns purchase made his debut well-contested 1m maiden at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting last September, for which he was sent off an unconsidered 33/1; duly shaped as though the experience was very much needed, slowly away and last early, receiving a reminder soon after, making some headway at halfway into midfield before fading back out of things with fully three furlongs left to run, well adrift over a furlong out until making some modest late gains to finish 12th of 15 behind Perennial (beaten 17 lengths). He is a stoutly bred colt who can do a lot better when presented with a stiffer test of stamina this term; could well be one for handicaps further down the line, appealing as the type to improve gradually with time/distance, likely to need another run or two until fully up to speed; no surprise to see this son of Lando come good in a big way at some stage.

CALEDONIAN LAD (ch g Pastoral Pursuits – Jasmick) ***
Form: 0- Trainer: Hughie Morrison Owner: The Caledonian Racing Society

Full brother to the yard’s very useful 7f-1m winner (including the Britannia Handicap) Sagramor and a half brother to their fairly useful 12-14f winner Jasmeno, out of a 12-14f winner who was a half sister to 6-7f winner Mike’s Double and 6-10f winner Little Tumbler. This gelding made his debut outing in a 7f median auction maiden at Salisbury last August, going off a relatively unfancied 16/1 chance; showed little else other than greenness throughout, slowly away and towards the rear, attempting to make headway around two furlongs out when finding his path blocked, making some modest late progress to eventually finish 10th of 14 behind Goodwood Atlantis (beaten 8 lengths). That proved to be his only outing at two, perhaps deemed in need of more time, looking fairly clueless on debut albeit not exactly having the rub of the green when looking to improve his position over two furlongs out, making some late headway under considerate handling to latch on to the rear of the main group. He is certainly in the right hands to make progress, his handler knowing the family inside out, and there is a good chance that he is a lot better than he was able to show on debut; unlikely to scale the heights of his year older sibling, but some level of improvement can be expected this season and handicaps are likely to see him in a more favourable light; ought to stay 1m.

CAMERON HIGHLAND (b c Galileo – Landmark) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: H R H Sultan Ahmed Shah

310,000gns yearling; full brother to smart 12f 3yo winner Field Of Miracles (runner up in both the Lingfield Oaks Trial and Ribblesdale) and a half brother to fairly useful dual 10f winner Sour Mash, out of US 1m 2yo winner who was a half sister to top-class Canadian 8-10f winner Arravale and French 1m 3yo winner Dynalosca out of a smart French/US 8/10f performer who was a half sister to smart French middle distance stayer Crillon. This well-bred colt made his debut in a 1m maiden at Nottingham last backend, going off a well-fancied 4/1 chance; raced a little worse than midfield until moving into contention going nicely approaching the two furlong marker, but he was unable to make any further progress thereafter and tended to run green throughout the final furlong as he came home in third behind comfortable winner Moidore (beaten 5¾ lengths). It was a very encouraging debut effort from this costly son of Galileo, impressing with the way in which he travelled into contention before his effort flattened out somewhat over a furlong out, also running green once off the bridle and far from knocked about once held inside the final furlong. He is bred to thrive over middle distances at three and showed enough on his first run to suggest he can operate at a decent level this year once presented with a stiffer test of stamina; type to make significant improvement.

CAYUGA (b c Montjeu – Ithaca) ****
Form: 9- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Beautifully bred colt; close relation of connections’ 1m 3yo winner Complexion (by Hurricane Run) and a half brother to their smart 7f-1m winner Zacinto, out of a very useful 7f 2yo debut winner (Listed placed) who was a half sister to smart 10-11f winner Many Volumes, very useful US middle distance stayer Eagle Poise, 11f 3yo debut winner World Domination and 6f 2yo debut winner Western Verse out of Fillies’ Mile/Oaks winner Reams Of Verse. His only outing at two came in a traditionally strong 7f maiden at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting last September, proving an easy to back at 9/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear of the field, showing clear signs of greenness throughout and never getting competitive, very much looked after once held over a furlong out as he came home ninth of 12 behind Spiritual Star (beaten 15½ lengths). He is surely capable of much better in due course, simply too green to do himself justice, the market beforehand forewarning of such an eventuality; fact he debuted in a race his top stable has won with some nice sorts in the past is an indicator to the regard in which he is held, and it would be very disappointing if this son of Montjeu wasn’t capable of much better this season; should stay 10f at least.

DREAM TUNE (b c Oasis Dream – Play Bouzouki) ****
Form: 6- Trainer: Clive Cox Owner: H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Sales price climbed to €300,000 as a yearling from the 82,000gns he had sold for the previous year; third foal of a maiden half sister to smart 7-10f winner Alkhaadem out of a smart dual 1m 1f winner who was a half sister to very smart 10-11f winner Stagecraft, high-class 9-10f winner Mullins Bay and smart triple 1m winner Hyabella. This well-bred colt debuted in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October, for which he went off an 8/1 chance; raced enthusiastically up with the leaders over on the far side of the field, making headway over two furlongs out and coming to the front going easily at the two furlong marker, looking certain to have a say at the finish, but his earlier exertions began to tell approaching the final furlong and he steadily faded out of contention to eventually finish sixth behind Assizes (beaten 6½ lengths). He probably would have finished a lot closer but for his keenness throughout the early stages, finding cover eventually and moving through stylishly to take the lead at the two furlong marker, looking set to play a major role at the finish until steadily fading under considerate handling inside the final furlong. He is bred to come into his own this year, though is far from certain to stay a whole lot further than the 1m distance at which he debuted last autumn, likely to find 10f his very limit; showed enough on debut to suggest he could be pretty useful in time.

EGRETTA (b f Motivator – Firecrest) ***
Form: 6- Trainer: Hughie Morrison Owner: Sir Thomas Pilkington

Half sister to 9-12f winners La De Two (useful) and Lady Songbird, multiple 12f-2m Flat/2m hurdle winner Fire Fighter and 12f 3yo winner Grey Plover, out of a smart multiple 12f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to dual Chester Cup winner Anak Pekan. This stoutly bred filly made her debut in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Leicester last September, going off a wholly unfancied 33/1 chance; taken back from the stalls and dropped in, she tended to race a bit freely early on, improving into midfield over two furlongs out but tapped-for-toe soon after, keeping on again inside the final furlong to eventually finish sixth behind My Queenie (beaten 5¼ lengths). It was a pleasing enough debut from this daughter of Motivator, briefly looking as though she would take a hand in the finish before proving unable to quicken well over a furlong from home, sticking on again inside the final furlong in the manner of a filly who will stay well in time, as befitting one related to several middle distance/staying winners. She revealed more than enough on debut to suggest she would be capable of winning races at three once presented with a suitable test of stamina, and it is likely that handicaps will provide her the platform on which to shine.

GABRIAL THE GREAT (b c Montjeu – Bayourida) ****
Form: 5- Trainer: Michael Bell Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash

€120,000 yearling; full brother to smart French 8-12f winner (including at Listed level) Telluride and a half brother to useful French/US 9-12f winner Bee Charmer and smart French 12f 3yo winner Bella Ida (Listed placed), out of a high-class French dual 10f winner (including at Listed level) who was the daughter of a smart middle distance performer in France. This well-bred colt came with a big reputation when debuting in a 1m maiden at Newcastle last autumn, sent off the 5/2 market leader; however, he proved far too green to do himself justice, waited with towards the rear (keen early) but never able to get competitive, pushed along over two furlongs out and making some progress until left behind inside the final furlong, coming home fifth of eight behind Deia Sunrise (beaten 7¼ lengths). He is surely capable of much better in due course, bred to come into his own over middle distances this year and very highly rated by connections, simply too green for his own good on debut but at least making some progress in between the two and one furlong markers before his effort flattened out to give some encouragement with regards to the future. He looks the type to make above average improvement this year once presented with a suitable test of stamina, and interestingly holds entries in both the English and Irish Derby; intriguing prospect for 2012.

GALLEON (b c Galileo – Tempting Prospect) ****
Form: 8- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: The Queen

Three-parts brother to useful dual 10f winner Promotion (by Sadler’s Wells) and a half brother to very useful 11-14f winner/Ebor runner up Tactician, UK/French 8-12f winner Garden Party and 8-10f Flat/smart multiple 2m hurdle winner Border Castle, out of a very useful 1m 2yo winner (Listed placed at three) who was a half sister to very smart middle distance stayer Phantom Gold (later dam of Oaks second Flight Of Fancy) and smart dual 10f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Fictitious. His sole outing at two came in a 1m maiden at Sandown last September, going off a relatively unfancied 14/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field, pushed along three furlongs out and making some progress to chase the leaders when things got a bit tight two furlongs from home, unable to quicken soon after but holding his position well under considerate handling to finish eighth behind Open Water (beaten 3 lengths). This son of Galileo was very much spared a hard race on debut, so that he was able to reveal as much promise as he did over what is sure to prove an inadequate trip was to his credit; sensibly put away after that promising debut effort, and there is a fair chance that this well-related colt can make up into a useful performer this term once tackling distances upwards of 10f.

GALLIPOT (b f Galileo – Spinning Queen) ****
Form: 5- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Lady Rothschild

Second foal of a very smart 6f-1m winner (including the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes) who was a half sister to useful 5-10f winner Changing The Guard, fairly useful dual 7f 3yo winner Amber Queen and 10-12f Flat/3m hurdle/2m 7f chase winner Shannon Springs out of an unraced half sister to top-class US 7-9f winner Labeeb, very smart 8-9f winner (including at Group 2/3 winner) Alrassaam and very smart multiple UK/French 1m winner Fanmore (later Grade 1 placed over 10f in the US). This filly debuted in a well-contested 1m fillies’ maiden at Newbury last October, sent off a not unfancied 15/2 chance; raced in midfield under a waiting ride but found herself short of room as things began to develop up ahead, still hemmed in over a furlong out as the front two pressed on but catching the eye with the way in which she made up ground throughout the final furlong, staying on strongly close home to finish fifth behind Estrela (beaten 9 lengths). She would have finished a lot closer granted a clearer run, trapped in behind runners for the best part of a furlong and then showing obvious signs of inexperience once finally out in the clear, finishing off strongly inside the final furlong for hand riding; should do a fair bit better this year, particularly at distances up to and including 10f, and she is from a family that tends to improve with age.

GREAT HEAVENS (b f Galileo – Magnificient Style) *****
Form: 5- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Lady Rothschild

Beautifully bred filly; full sister to connections’ 2011 King George winner Nathaniel, closely related to Fillies’ Mile winner/very smart middle distance performer Playful Act, very smart 10-11f UK/US winner Changing Skies, high-class middle distance stayer (Derby fourth)/2m-2m 5f hurdle/2m chase winner Percussionist (all by Sadler’s Wells) and 12f 3yo winner Monterey (by Montjeu) and a half sister to very smart 8-14f winner Echoes In Eternity, very useful 8-14f winner Petara Bay and 1m 1f 3yo winner Distinctive Look, out of a high-class dual 10f 3yo winner (including the Musidora Stakes) who was a half sister to 10f US Grade 1 winner Siberian Summer. Her only start last year came in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Haydock in September, for which she was sent off an 8/1 chance; raced in midfield until moving closer to the leaders from the top of the straight, but found herself caught in behind runners with around two furlongs left to run, forced to wait until the final furlong to launch her challenge, the race as good as over by then, staying on well to come home in fifth behind Oojooba (beaten 7½ lengths). She was unfortunate not to finish a lot closer, short for room as the race began to take shape, and her pedigree alone is a major pointer to above average improvement this year over middle distances; could well reappear in the 10f fillies’ maiden at Newbury’s Greenham meeting in April that her trainer often targets with his better fillies.

HANDSOME RANSOM (b c Red Ransom – Maid For The Hills) ****
Form: 5- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Normandie Stud

Full brother to 10f 4yo winner Made To Ransom and a half brother to 7-10f winner Maid To Perfection, 8-12f winner Made To Believe, 6f 2yo winners Green Tambourine and Run For The Hills and 7f 2yo winner/dual 2m hurdle winner Artistic Lad, out of a very useful dual 6f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to useful 5-6f winner Maid For Walking (runner up at Group 3 level at two) and to the dam of Sun Chariot winner Lady In Waiting and smart stayer Savannah Bay. This nicely bred colt shaped as though he would be better for the experience when making his debut in a 1m maiden at Yarmouth last September (5/1); raced in mid-division and was pushed along at the halfway stage, responding entering the final two furlongs to briefly look a threat on the outer, but he proved unable to sustain his effort into the final furlong and faded to eventually finish fifth behind Main Sequence (beaten 3 lengths). He shaped as though a lack of fitness was the issue, coming with an effort between the two and one furlong markers but fading inside the final furlong, not unduly knocked about once held; related to several winners, most of whom excelled in their second season, and this son of Red Ransom showed enough on debut to suggest could he have a decent future ahead of him; ought to stay 10f without too many problems.

HARLESTONE WOOD (b c Olden Times – Harlestone Lady) ****
Form: 9- Trainer: John Dunlop Owner: John Dunlop

Full brother to the very useful 10-12f winner Harlestone Times and a half brother to useful 10-12f 3yo winner Hot Spice and the ill-fated 14f 3yo winner Harlestone Snake, out of an unraced half sister to the very useful 12f 3yo winner Harlestone Grey (Listed placed) and useful 12f-2m 4f winner Harlestone Brook. This colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last backend, sent off an unfancied 20/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear as a result but made eyecatching progress to take up a prominent position from halfway, travelling nicely until shaken up and fading from over a furlong out, ending up a soundly held ninth of 11 behind Better Announce (beaten 6 lengths). He is bred to stay well in time, and that this colt shaped with such abundant promise over a wholly inadequate distance in a Newmarket maiden on his debut bodes extremely well for the future, appearing to lack for fitness when it mattered most; showed enough on that occasion to suggest a maiden would be well within his capabilities somewhere along the line, but middle distance/staying handicaps are likely to bring out the best of this colt and could be very interesting once switched to that sphere by his veteran owner/breeder/trainer.

INITIATOR (b c Motivator – Dawnus) ****
Form: 4- Trainer: Jeremy Noseda Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

50,000gns half brother to useful Irish/US 6f-1m winner Longhunter out of a smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to 6f 2yo debut winner Viola D’Armour and useful 7f 2yo debut winner Marina Of Venice out of a dual 1m winner in France who was closely related to high-class middle distance performer Wagon Master and a half sister to fairly useful 10f-2m winner Vicious Prince, family of Sun Princess and Saddlers’ Hall. This nicely bred colt was sent off a well-fancied 3/1 chance ahead of his debut outing in a 7f median auction maiden at Newmarket (July) last August; broke slowly and was held up towards the rear of the group that raced far side, making headway into contention over two furlongs out and ridden to challenge approaching the final furlong, unable to quicken with eventual winner Farhaan soon after and fading to eventually come home in fourth behind that rival (beaten 6¼ lengths). It was an encouraging debut performance from this son of Motivator, making eyecatching progress into contention over on the far side around two furlongs out until unable to match the winner for speed, far from knocked about once held, and the winner went on to score again at a better level while the third, fifth and eighth placed horses were all winners subsequently. The fact he also held Group race entries last autumn and was solid in the market before his debut outing are indicators of the regard in which he is held by connections; will be suited by 8-10f in terms of distance.

MAN OF PLENTY (ch g Manduro – Credit-A-Plenty) ****
Form: 96- Trainer: John Dunlop Owner: Bluehills Racing Limited

Half brother to useful triple 10f 3yo winner Bridge Loan, fairly useful 10-12f 3yo winner Balanced Budget and 12-14f 3yo winner Credit Slip, out of a 7f 2yo winner/smart middle distance stayer who was a half sister to smart middle distance performer Stowaway and fairly useful 10-14f winner St Helensfield. This stoutly bred gelding made his debut in a 1m maiden at Sandown last September, going off a wholly unconsidered 100/1 chance; raced in last mostly, pushed along some way out and never able to get involved albeit wasn’t given a hard time from the saddle and did appear to be getting the hang of things close to the finish, for all he was still only beat one rival home behind Open Water (beaten 8 lengths). His only other outing at two came a month later when contesting a 1m maiden at Newmarket, again completely ignored in the betting beforehand (66/1); broke slowly and raced towards the rear of the field as a result, pushed along from halfway and taking a while to respond, but he actually finished off to good effect under a hand ride throughout the final furlong to come home sixth of 11 behind Pembrey (beaten 6 lengths). He has unsurprisingly shaped as though a lot further than 1m will suit, bred to stay very well and only liable to show his true worth once switching his attentions to handicaps; likely to make a significant impact in that sphere once qualified, and is just the type his veteran handler excels with; will be best suited by distances in the region of 12-14f.

MILLION FACES (ch f Exceed And Excel – Millyant) ***
Form: 83- Trainer: Rae Guest Owner: Chris Mills

Half sister to very useful 6f 3yo winner Millybaa (Listed placed), fairly useful 5-6f winner Mirza, four-time 5f winner Millinsky and UK/UAE 5-6f winner Junatorena, out of a very smart multiple 5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a half sister to high-class sprinter Prince Sabo and 6f 2yo Listed winner Bold Jessie (later dam of Gimcrack winner Abou Zouz). This nicely bred filly’s debut outing came in a 5f maiden at Sandown last September, for which she was sent off a not unfancied 11/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field under a waiting ride but found all sorts of trouble when looking to improve two furlongs out, switched left approaching the final furlong and staying on well despite clear signs of inexperience to finish a closing eighth behind Indian Tinker (beaten 4¾ lengths). She went off a well-supported 7/4 favourite in order to confirm that debut promise when contesting a 5f maiden at Ffos Las 17 days later; raced keenly up with the leaders but travelled strongly for much of the way, pushed along over a furlong out to dispute the running until unable to make any further impression inside the final furlong, fading close home to finish third behind Beach Babe (beaten 2½ lengths). It is more than likely that a combination of soft ground and her refusal to settle early took the finish out of this filly, but the way in which she had travelled for two-thirds of the race was most encouraging with regards to the future; from a successful sprinting family that tends to get better with age, this daughter of Exceed And Excel ought to have few problems in landing a sprint maiden before progressing further in handicap company.

MIRACLE MAID (b f Selkirk – Miracle) ****
Form: 4- Trainer: Clive Cox Owner: Dominic Burke

Half sister to Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Miracle Seeker, 12f 3yo winner Miss Miracle, 10f Flat/very smart 2m hurdler (won both the Triumph Hurdle and Champion Hurdle) Katchit and 10-12f Flat/2m-3m hurdle/dual 2m 4f chase winner Prince Erik, out of a fairly useful French/US miler. This filly made her one and only start at two in a decent 1m fillies’ maiden at Newbury last backend, sent off an unfancied 20/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field having been slowly away from the stalls, improving into midfield over three furlongs out and continuing to stay on throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Estrela (beaten 6 lengths). She shaped as though she would be better for the experience all round, blowing the start and racing towards the rear of the field throughout the first half of the race, taking a while to get going but strong at the finish under hands and heels riding to almost grab third place. This filly’s pedigree points to her staying very well in time, and she is from a stable that has already enjoyed success with the family; Irish Oaks entry is an obvious indicator to the regard in which she is held, and this daughter of Selkirk could turn out to be a useful sort this term once tackling 10f+.

MUGAZALA (ch f Sakhee – Nasij) ****
Form: 3- Trainer: Ed Dunlop Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half sister to very useful UK/UAE 10-12f winner Tanfeeth and 8-10f winner Rezwaan, out of a high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to 10f 3yo winner Adraaj, fair middle distance performer Madaarek and useful UAE middle distance performer Musaayer, from an excellent US bloodline including Chief’s Crown. This nicely bred filly made her sole outing to date in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket (July) last August; 6/1, raced up with the leaders from the outset and travelled kindly for much of the way, shaken up lead well over a furlong from home but headed entering the final furlong and proving one paced thereafter, eventually finishing third behind Minidress (beaten 4 lengths). The way in which she travelled up with the pace for two-thirds of the race really caught the eye, leading until the furlong marker and not unduly knocked about once held; form could be working out a little better, but this daughter of Sakhee showed she has a decent level of ability nevertheless, unlikely to have been at concert pitch for that first run and it showing inside the final furlong. She wasn’t seen again after that promising first run for whatever reason, but both of her siblings improved significantly at three and she is unlikely to be any different; should stay 10f at the very least.

OPENLY (b f Singspiel – Grand Opening) ****
Form: 5- Trainer: James Fanshawe Owner: Julian Richmond-Watson

Second foal of a smart dual French 10f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to prolific French 7-12f winner Gogol, fairly useful 10-14f winner Gunslinger and French 1m 2yo winner Guest Artist, from the family of Oaks/St Leger winner Sun Princess and very smart middle distance performer Saddlers’ Hall. This filly made her debut outing in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last October (16/1); broke slowly and raced towards the rear of the field on the outer, making headway over two furlongs out but proving unable to quicken with the leaders soon after, continuing to make steady progress inside the final furlong until her effort flattened out a little close to the finish, coming home in fifth behind Lacily (beaten 5¾ lengths). It was a very promising debut effort from this stoutly bred filly, caught a little wide but going well enough for a long way, soon left behind once the winner quickened over two furlongs out but sticking on well under hands and heels riding without ever being able to get close to the principals. She is very much bred to come into her own this year over middle distances, and that this daughter of Singspiel revealed as much as she did over an inadequate distance on debut bodes extremely well for the future; type to improve significantly at three for her patient handler.

OPINION (b c Oasis Dream – Kiltubber) ****
Form: 76- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Herring

210,000gns half brother to the smart 10-14f winner (including at Group 3 level) Fox Hunt, 6-7f winner Anam Alta and 12f 4yo AW winner Spinning Well, out of a smart French dual 12f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) who was the daughter of 7f Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Priory Belle. This colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Yarmouth last September, one of the three runners from the yard; 16/1, broke slowly and showed obvious signs of inexperience towards the rear of the field, ridden along and outpaced at halfway, but he gradually got the idea approaching the final furlong and put in some good late work to finish seventh behind Electrician (beaten 10 lengths). He again shaped as though a ‘work in progress’ when contesting a 1m maiden at Newmarket little more than a month later, sent off a not unfancied 8/1 chance; raced in behind the leaders and was ridden along over three furlongs, making some progress over a furlong out but never looking a serious threat at any stage, fading inside the final furlong to eventually finish sixth of 13 behind Kiz Kulesi (beaten 10 lengths). He has shaped as though very much in need of the experience on both starts, able to get a bit more competitive last time but still soundly held in the end; likely to need middle distances before reaching his full potential, clearly finding 7f/1m a wholly inadequate test last season; could be a force to be reckoned with once making the move into handicaps after one more run.

PARAMYTHI (ch c Peintre Celebre – The Spirit Of Pace) *****
Form: 4- Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: Leonidas Marinopoulos

€55,000 half brother to multiple 12f Flat/dual 2m 4f hurdle winner Spirit Is Needed and Greek 7-9f winner Sinkasen, out of an unraced half sister to very smart multiple 7-14f winner (including at Group 1 level) Yavana’s Pace, smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Littlepacepaddocks (Group 3 placed) very useful 12-14f 3yo winner Eternal Heart and 12f winners Act Of The Pace and Ceoil An Aith. This stoutly bred colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last October, for which he was sent off a relatively unfancied 14/1 chance; raced close to the leaders but was pushed along at halfway, ridden along and outpaced over two furlong out, but he gradually got his act together and stayed on nicely for hand riding throughout the final furlong to take fourth behind Better Announce (beaten 4½ lengths). This son of Peintre Celebre plainly found the seven furlong distance on debut an inadequate test, caught flat-footed as the tempo increased over two furlongs out, but everything seemed to click inside the final furlong and he finished off well under considerate handling to lead home the second wave in behind the three that were clear. His pedigree points to major improvement at three once tackling middle/staying distances, and he is in just the right hands to be brought along gradually and have his potential fully realised; could make up into a very useful performer in 2012.

PETROL (ch c Danehill Dancer – Pongee) ***
Form: 08- Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: Fittocks Stud

Half brother to useful 1m 2yo winner Poplin (Listed placed) and 10f 3yo winner Paisley, out of a very smart multiple 10-12f winner (including the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks) who was closely related to smart middle distance/staying duo Lion Sands and Pukka out of a smart 10-12f winner/Park Hill third who was a half sister to very useful 12f-2m winner Golden Quest and to the dam of Oaks winner Alexandrova. This colt is bred predominantly to stay middle distances in time and shaped as though a long-term project in two outings last autumn, appearing twice in the space of 10 days in maidens at Yarmouth (6f) and Newmarket (7f), apprentice ridden and unable to get involved on either occasion, beaten a combined total of 38 lengths. However, it is clear that his patient handler is bringing him along with handicaps in mind, sending this colt out twice in a short space of time with 7lb claimers doing the steering on each occasion, slowly away and outpaced for much of the way on debut and beaten before things got serious second time out, albeit very much looked after. He will be qualified for handicaps after his next run and should get a pretty lenient mark unless showing marked improvement; shrewd handler sure to exploit any such future mark to its fullest, and this son of Danehill Dancer is certain to step up significantly on what he has shown once tried over 10f+.

POPULAR (b f Oasis Dream – Midsummer) *****
Form: 4- Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Beautifully bred filly; full sister to connections’ top-class 8-12f winner Midday and a half sister to their fairly useful dual 12f 3yo winner Midsummer Sun, out of an 11f 3yo debut winner/Lingfield Oaks trial second who was a half sister to Fillies’ Mile/Oaks winner Reams Of Verse, Eclipse winner Elmaamul and Yorkshire Cup winner Manifest. Her debut outing came in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Kempton last October, not particularly fancied beforehand as she was allowed to go off at odds of 10/1; broke slowly but soon recovered to race in midfield, making good progress on the inner over two furlongs out and shaken up to mount a challenge approaching the final furlong, denied a clear run initially but switched right and staying on well under hand riding to finish a closing fourth behind Dreams Of Fire (beaten ¾ length). That she was able to finish as close as she did was very much to her credit, denied a clear run at the furlong marker but continuing to make headway throughout the final furlong under considerate handling to finish less than a length down at the line, beaten only by a trio with previous experience. She gave every indication that she could well live up to her illustrious pedigree in time, certain to stay middle distances this term and sure to improve for it, both on breeding and the way she shaped first time up; should have absolutely no problem in getting off the mark early in the season before going on to much bigger and better things.

QAADIRA (b f Mr Greeley – Makderah) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

First foal of a high-class UK/US 7-10f winner (including at Grade 2 level) who was closely related to smart 10f 3yo winner Fatanah (Listed placed) and a half sister to smart miler Oriental Fashion out of a very useful 8-10f winner who was a full sister to the dam of 1000 Guineas/Coronation winner Ghanaati and top-class middle distance performer Nayef and a half sister to top-class middle distance performer Nashwan and very smart middle distance performer Unfuwain. This smartly bred filly made her debut outing in a 7f maiden at Yarmouth last October, going off a very well fancied 5/1 chance; broke slowly but recovered quickly to race in mid-division, travelling nicely and making good progress over two furlongs out, shaken up and running green well over a furlong out and not knocked about as the front two asserted inside the final furlong, coming home in third behind Rewarded (beaten 5¾ lengths). It was a debut run packed full of promise from this daughter of Mr Greeley, recovering from a sluggish start to race in behind the pace, travelling well for a long way but proving green off the bridle, wisely looked after as two with experience asserted over a furlong out in what were fairly testing conditions for two-year-olds. However, the way she travelled throughout the middle part of the race really caught the eye, and she should repay the kindness shown to her at the business end of matters in due course; pedigree suggests she will find the step up to 1m no problem whatsoever, and should stay up to 10f eventually; potentially very useful.

RAZORBILL (b c Speightstown – High Walden) ****
Form: 6- Trainer: Charlie Hills Owner: Khalid Abdulla

Half brother to 7f 3yo winner Portodora, 1m 3yo winner Heather Moor and US 1m 1f 3yo winner Veritable, out of a smart UK/US 8-9f winner (including at Listed level) who was closely related to Fillies’ Mile/Oaks winner Reams Of Verse and a half sister to Eclipse winner Elmaamul, Yorkshire Cup winner Manifest and to the dam of top-class middle distance performer Midday. This well-bred colt made his debut in a 7f maiden at Doncaster last October, for which he was sent off an unconsidered 16/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear of the field, making progress from over two furlongs out and really beginning to get the hang of things approaching the final furlong, staying on well and challenging for places when badly hampered, eased off thereafter, finishing sixth behind Gregorian (beaten 6 lengths). There can be little doubt that this son of Speightstown would have placed at the very least but for his momentum being badly checked well inside the final furlong, squeezed out when challenging strongly for second place behind the easy winner, allowed to come home in his own time thereafter. The way in which he made steady and sustained headway from the rear from over two furlongs out to challenge for a place before being hampered suggests he has a fair amount of ability, bred to be at least useful; scope for above average improvement in 2012; should prove at around 1m.

ROSSLYN CASTLE (ch c Selkirk – Margarula) *****
Form: 4- Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: Lady Rothschild

Full brother to 11f 3yo winner Marywell and a half brother to 12f 3yo winner Set The Scene, out of a very smart 8-12f winner (including the Irish Oaks) who was a half sister to smart 8-9f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Wild Heaven, 11-15f Flat/2m 4f-3m hurdle winner Suaverof and to the unraced dam of useful 8-10f winner Con Artist and 7f 2yo winner Gifted Girl. This colt’s sole outing at two came in a well-contested 1m maiden at Sandown last September, for which he was sent off a wholly unfancied 50/1 chance; showed obvious signs of inexperience from the outset, pushed along from an early stage towards the rear and looking held two furlongs out when receiving a reminder, but he got his act together entering the final furlong and finished off to good effect down the outside once switched left, keeping on well to take fourth behind Open Water (beaten 1 length). He shaped as though further would be required before too long, in keeping with his pedigree, being the son of an Irish Oaks winner who has already produced a couple of middle distance winners; type to make significant improvement at three once presented with a stiffer test of stamina, and the level of ability this son of Selkirk revealed amidst greenness on debut suggests he could operate at a decent level in time.

RUSSIAN ROCKER (b c Acclamation – Russian Ruby) ****
Form: 3- Trainer: Stuart Kittow Owner: Pat & Mike Reditt

Retained for £20,000 as a yearling at auction; half brother to fairly useful 6-7f winner Russian Rave out of a 6-7f 2yo winner who was a half sister to 6f 2yo winner Russian Rosie, 6f-1m winner Observatory Star and 6-9f winner Kings Icon out of a 12f winner in France who was a half sister to high-class French miler Pinaflore (later dam of very smart French/US miler Pinfloron). This colt’s only outing at two came in a 6f auction maiden at Salisbury last August, for which he was sent off a not unsupported 8/1 chance (opened 11/1); proved wayward coming out of the stalls and showed distinct signs of greenness towards the rear of the field throughout the early stages, but he started to get his act together after halfway, ridden along and looking to make progress from the two furlong marker when meeting trouble in running, continually denied a clear run until entering the final furlong, finishing off strongly once out in the open to take third behind The Noble Ord (beaten 1 length). He may well have made a winning debut but for meeting trouble in running between the two and one furlong markers, his earlier greenness leaving him poorly placed to challenge behind a wall of horses as the action began to unfold, but the manner in which he finished off for hand riding only was extremely encouraging. It admittedly wasn’t the strongest of maidens (several in and around this colt have shown just a fair level of form since) but this son of Acclamation shaped as though he was easily the best prospect in the race, and he ought to have plenty of improvement to come off the back of that debut run; surprising if he can’t make up into a useful sprint performer this season.

RYE HOUSE (b c Dansili – Threefold) *****
Form: 00- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Philip Newton

Half brother to high-class 7-14f winner (including the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes) Hi Calypso, very useful dual 12f winner Warringah (Listed placed), quite useful 8-12f winner Jedi and 12f 3yo winners Cops And Robbers and Ship’s Biscuit, out of a very useful 1m 3yo debut winner who was from the family of Generous, Imagine, Triptych etc. This well-bred colt made his debut in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last September, going off an unconsidered 14/1 chance; virtually walked out of the stalls and showed immediate signs of inexperience, soon well in arrears and pushed along, making some headway on the far side over two furlongs out but soon left behind once the race began in earnest, looked after as he eventually beat just one home behind Dandy (beaten 15½ lengths). He showed some improvement when contesting a 1m maiden at Yarmouth a month or so later, going off a 12/1 chance; raced a little worse than midfield, pushed along three furlongs out and taking a while to respond, finally starting to do so approaching the final furlong but immediately hampered, spared a hard race thereafter as he came home 11th of 14 behind Handsome Man (beaten 9 lengths). He looks all over a middle distance/staying prospect, as per his pedigree, hinting at ability in a couple of runs last autumn, too green on debut but making eyecatching progress into midfield until left behind once the pace lifted, and then found himself with nowhere to go approaching the final furlong at Yarmouth when running into a wall of horses, eased off. He needs just one more run to qualify for handicaps, and it is unlikely he will receive much of a mark for that sphere; handler knows this family extremely well – training all five of the dam’s winning offspring, all of whom improved significantly for middle/staying distances; could well take off in a major way this season once it all comes together.

SEA FEVER (b c Footstepsinthesand – Love And Laughter) ***
Form: 8- Trainer: Luca Cumani Owner: De La Warr Racing

115,000gns brother to the very smart 8-12f winner (including at Grade 1 level in Canada) Wigmore Hall out of a 7f 2yo winner who was a half sister to smart 6f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Kissing The Camera, 7f-1m winner Kalinka Malinka and dual 6f 2yo winner Musical Guest out of a high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Grade 3/Listed level). This colt made his one and only outing to date in a 7f maiden at Yarmouth last October, going off a not unsupported 10/1 chance; held a prominent position from the outset, shaken up well over two furlongs out and unable to quicken, fading approaching the final furlong to come home soundly held eighth behind Rewarded (beaten 13 lengths). He shaped as though fitness rather than a lack of experience was the issue, capable of holding a prominent position until the tempo lifted two furlongs from home, soon unable to make much of an impact and then weakening throughout the final furlong under a sympathetic ride. That debut experience ought not to have been lost on him, and he should have few problems picking up a maiden somewhere before moving on to handicaps, an arena in which he should prove a more than capable performer; pedigree suggests he will stay 1m without too many problems.

SONDEDURO (br c Manduro – Madame Cerito) ****
Form: 4- Trainer: Jamie Osborne Owner: Lady Blyth

42,000gns yearling; half brother to 12f 4yo AW winner Ramora out of a very useful 1m 3yo winner (Listed placed) who was a half sister to the very smart German 8-10f winner Ransom O’War, fairly useful UK/UAE 7f-1m winner Rochefort, 1m 3yo AW winner Son Vida and 10f 3yo winner Uliana out of a 7f 3yo winner who was a half sister to high-class sprinters Russian Bond and Snaadee. This son of Manduro debuted in a 1m maiden at Sandown last July, for which he was sent off an unfancied 40/1 chance; raced in last place for much of the way, niggled along intermittently, but he came back on the bridle at the top of the straight and went as well as anything, albeit still towards the rear of the field, ridden along over a furlong out and making eyecatching progress under considerate handling to take fourth behind Clare Island Boy (beaten 2 lengths). He was clearly in need of the experience, niggled along towards the rear of the field for much of the race, but there was a point over two furlongs out where he travelled better than most, taking a little while to slip into top gear but finishing off strongly inside the final furlong up the near side rail. He wasn’t seen again after that promising debut effort but will make up into a better three-year-old anyway, likely to want at least 10f (sire a stamina influence); can do a lot better this term.

STENCIVE (b c Dansili – Madeira Mist) *****
Form: 3- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Bernard Kantor & Markus Jooste

260,000gns half brother to the very smart 7-12f winner (including the Grade 1 Canadian International) Joshua Tree out of a high-class US 8-9f winner (including at Grade 3 level) who was a half sister to smart Irish 7-9f winner (including at Listed level) Misty Heights and useful 12-13f winner Mist Of Magic out of a 10f 3yo winner who was the daughter of Coronation Stakes winner Magic Of Life (later dam of Lowther winner Enthused). This smartly bred colt debuted in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October, sent off a well-supported 9/2 chance (opened 6/1); broke on terms but was dropped in towards the rear of the field, shaken up and making headway over two furlongs out on the far side, green but disputing the running with eventual winner Waterclock and holding every chance inside the final furlong, only fading in the final 100 yards or so to come home in third (beaten 1 length). However, he wasn’t given an overly hard time from the saddle, and the way in which he made his move from the back of the field over two furlongs out really took the eye, disputing the running over a furlong out and drawing clear with the eventual winner and one other but unable to sustain his effort all the way to the line. He is very much bred to come into his own this year, and that debut outing should have put a competitive edge on him for next time; ought to be shedding his maiden tag before too long and it is likely that this son of Dansili will stay middle distances this term (entered in the English and Irish Derbies and a half brother to a 12f Group 1 winner); smart prospect.

SUN CENTRAL (ch c Galileo – Bordighera) *****
Form: 7- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Lael Stable

Half brother to top-class 6f-1m winner (including the 2000 Guineas) George Washington, top-class 7-11f winner Grandera, useful 15f-2m winner Old Hundred, fairly useful 12-14f 3yo winner Lordofthehouse, 8-10f UAE dirt winner Ampelio and 13f-2m Flat/2m hurdle winner Wyeth, out of a very useful French 13f 3yo winner (Listed placed). This smartly bred son of Galileo’s only outing to date came in a 1m maiden at Yarmouth last October; 12/1, shaped with promise despite obvious signs of greenness throughout, held up well off the pace and searching room to challenge with two furlongs left to run, switched left over a furlong out although still found managed to find trouble in running before finally getting his act together inside the final furlong, finishing off strongly to take seventh behind Handsome Man (beaten 8½ lengths). It is fair to say that one or two of his siblings haven’t been the most straightforward of sorts and this son of Galileo did look a bit awkward once pressure was applied over a furlong out, but that can be put down to greenness for the time being, and the way in which he finished off once finding room to manoeuvre inside the final furlong promised much for the future. However, such was his inexperience on debut, it could well be the case that he will need another run or two before being fully up to speed on what is required of him; ought to stay middle distances without too many problems this year, perhaps even further given the exploits of half brothers Lordofthehouse and Old Hundred in recent seasons.

SUPAHEART (b f Lion Heart – Supamova) ***
Form: 96- Trainer: Hughie Morrison Owner: Sir Martyn Arbib

Half sister to connections’ very useful 8-10f winner (including the Cambridgeshire) Supaseus, useful dual 7f AW winner Supa Sal, fairly useful 8-10f winner Supaverdi and 10-12f winner Swellmova, out of a fairly useful 1m 1f 3yo winner who was a full sister to very smart 7-9f winner Septieme Ciel and a half sister to Prix Marcel Boussac winner Macoumba out of a very smart 7f-1m winner/Irish 1000 Guineas runner up/French 1000 Guineas third. This nicely bred filly made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Salisbury last September, for which she was sent off an unconsidered 20/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field, shaken along three furlongs out and making some progress into midfield but never really looked like getting seriously involved, eventually coming home ninth of 13 behind Operattist (beaten 8 lengths). She showed the benefit of experience when contesting a 1m fillies’ maiden at Newbury 12 days later, once again ignored in the betting beforehand (22/1); soon led and travelled comfortably for a good deal of the journey, pushed along over two furlongs out and soon headed, unable to quicken approaching the final furlong as she came home in sixth behind stablemate Shirocco Star (beaten 6 lengths). However, the way in which she had travelled out in front for much of the way hinted at better to come somewhere down the line, likely able to last a lot longer in her races as she strengthens up and matures; should stay 10f this season, and she looks just the type to excel in handicap company once qualified after one more run; ought to prove effective on synthetic surfaces (sire a top-class sprinter/miler on dirt; one or two of her siblings have been AW winners).

VALIANT GIRL (b f Lemon Drop Kid – Victoria Cross) *****
Form: 7- Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Full sister to the smart 8-12f winner (including twice at Group 2 level) Bronze Cannon and 12f 3yo winner Crimson Ribbon and a half sister to useful dual 7f 2yo winner Elusive Award and 7f 2yo debut winner Valiance, out of a useful 7f 3yo winner (Listed placed) who was a half sister to smart 7-10f winner Prize Giving and very smart 2m-2m 5f hurdle/2m chase winner Pridwell. This well-bred filly made her debut in a 1m maiden at Newmarket at the beginning of last October, sent off a 16/1 chance; broke slowly and was soon pushed along in last place, evidently green, but was looking to make headway approaching the final furlong when short of room, staying on again once in the clear until meeting trouble close to the finish, eased off and coming home in seventh behind Encke (beaten 9 lengths). It is highly likely that this daughter of Lemon Drop Kid would have been challenging for a place but for meeting with interference for a second time close to the finish having already been stopped once in her run, her eventual finishing position far from telling the whole story; bred to come into her own over middle distances at three, and she showed enough on debut to think she could be pretty useful in time.

ZE KING (b g Manduro – Top Flight Queen) ***
Form: 00- Trainer: Chris Wall Owner: Ms Aida Fustoq

Half brother to smart multiple 5-6f winner (including twice at Listed level) Anne Of Kiev, 8-10f winner King’s Masque, useful 7-10f Flat/2m 4f hurdle winner Big Robert and French 1m 1f Flat/useful 2m 2f hurdle winner Ellazaria (Grade 3 placed over hurdles), out of a 10f 3yo winner who was a half sister to very smart 9-13f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Sacrament and to the dam of very smart 8-10f winner Chorist. This gelding was sent out twice towards the end of last season, contesting a pair of 1m maidens at Yarmouth and Nottingham within a week of each other, sent off at long odds and clearly not ready on either occasion (very green first time out), struggling soon after halfway both times although did at least make up some ground towards the finish on his second outing (beaten an aggregate of almost 50 lengths). However, this gelding’s pedigree strongly suggests that the best of him will not be seen until tackling middle/staying distances this year, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see his improvement coincide with a move into handicap company. He comes from a stable adept at getting the best out of its late developing three-year-olds once they are qualified for handicaps, and the fact that this son of Manduro was turned out twice in a week last autumn suggests he is being prepped for that sphere; almost certain to get a plater’s mark and is the type to do some damage from a lowly rating after his qualifying run; will stay well.

HANDICAP PROSPECTS

ANISEED (gr f Dalakhani – Anna Karenina) *****
Form: 764- Trainer: William Haggas Owner: Martin & Lee Taylor

60,000gns yearling; half sister to smart dual 7f winner (including at Listed level) Anna’s Rock useful 1m 3yo winner Sugar Mint (Listed placed), out of an unraced half sister to the top-class French/US 9-10f winner (including the Breeders’ Cup Classic) Arcangues, family of 1000 Guineas winner Cape Verdi. Her debut outing came in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket (July) last July, going off an unfancied 22/1 chance; raced prominently until taking the lead outright at the halfway stage, still leading until challenged and headed approaching the final furlong, unable to quicken as she came home in seventh behind Fallen For You (beaten 4½ lengths). She really caught the eye next time out when contesting a valuable sales contest at Newmarket at the beginning of October; raced a little worse than midfield and found herself caught in behind runners when looking to improve her position two furlongs out, continually denied a clear run until finally getting through approaching the final furlong, staying on well all the way to the line to finish sixth behind Samitar (beaten 5 lengths). However, she was unable to confirm the huge promise of that run when stepped back in grade for a 1m fillies’ maiden at Yarmouth 17 days later (5/4 favourite); raced in midfield, pushed along over two furlongs out and running into a wall of horses, taking a while to find her stride but coming home well throughout the final furlong to finish fourth behind Kailani (beaten 4¼ lengths). It was a slightly disappointing effort on the whole considering the promise she had shown a couple of weeks earlier at a much higher level, but it’s possible the race may have come a little too soon, and things hardly fell her way either, caught in behind runners until entering the final furlong, only then able to stride out fully (still looked green for pressure). Her pedigree points to marked improvement in her second season, going into her three-year-old campaign off an opening mark of 78; surprising if she isn’t up to taking advantage from that starting point in handicap company this term; should be suited by middle distances eventually.

BEAUFORT TWELVE (b c Hurricane Run – Violette) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: William Jarvis Owner: Tony Foster & John Kelsey-Fry

Second foal of a smart 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) who was a half sister to high-class 5-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Silca’s Gift, smart 5f-1m winner (including at Listed level) Virginia Hall, 5-6f winner Cecily and dual 5f 3yo AW winner On Point out of a 5-6f winner who was the daughter of Queen Mary winner On Tiptoes. This son of Hurricane Run made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newmarket last October, going off a completely ignored 33/1 chance; belied those dismissive pre-race odds to make a winning start to his career, racing close to the action out wide, ridden two furlongs out and making headway to lead at the furlong marker, staying on well throughout the final furlong to see off Qannaas by 1¼ lengths. The fact this colt was able to make a winning debut was to his credit, ignored in the betting beforehand and hailing from a stable hardly renowned for its winning newcomers, also seeing off a pair of colts with previous experience to call on (fourth a winner since), taking a little while to hit top stride between the two and one furlong markers but staying on well throughout the final furlong. He has a pedigree of contrasts – his sire an Arc winner while his dam was best at around 6/7f and from a speed orientated background herself, so pinning down what his ideal distance will be this year isn’t too easy; however, the way in which he shaped on debut suggests at least 1m will prove well within his compass, likely to stay 10f if anything, and it would be something of a surprise if he wasn’t up to making a significant impact in handicap company this term from an opening mark of 83.

BEYOND CONCEIT (b c Galileo – Baraka) *****
Form: 331- Trainer: Tom Tate Owner: Fitri Hay

Sold for 250,000gns at auction as a yearling; fourth foal of a Lingfield Oaks Trial winner who was a full sister to top-class Japanese middle distance performer Fine Motion and a half sister to top-class 10-12f winner Pilsudski, smart 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) Briolette and extremely useful 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3 level) Glowing Ardour, from the family of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Gaily. This stoutly bred colt shaped with promise on his first two starts, finishing third of 12 behind Asatir in a 7f maiden at Redcar last July before filling the same position behind Attenborough in a 1m maiden at Haydock the following month, doing all his best work late on both occasions. He came good at the third time of asking in a heavy ground 10f maiden back at Haydock in October, sent off the 10/11 market leader; attempted to make all but appeared to be something of a sitting target for those in behind at the top of the straight, however, he stuck on gamely for pressure from over two furlongs out when challenged, pulling out more than enough inside the final furlong to hold off the challenge of the staying on My Destination to score by 1¼ lengths. It is clear that stamina will be this colt’s strong suit, commendably making all in very testing conditions over the extreme 2yo distance of 10f to get off the mark at the third time of asking and confirm the promise of his first two efforts over 7f/1m. He is bred to continue improving for a fair while yet, and has been handed a mark of 80 with which to go handicapping; ought to prove capable of making a significant impact in that sphere as a result, appealing as the type to improve right through the handicap ranks and into pattern class company eventually; should have few problems in getting 12f, and likely to stay even further than that eventually (stoutly bred and shaped as though an out-and-out stayer last time in the mud).

BURNHAM (b c Nayef – Salim Toto) ***
Form: 898- Trainer: Hughie Morrison Owner: The Hill Stud

Half brother to multiple 11-12f winner (mainly AW) Mazij and ill-fated 12f 3yo winner Touchdown, out of a smart 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) who was a half sister to high-class US middle distance performer Capracotta, 6f 3yo winner Thatcher Molloy, 12f 3yo winner Roma and dual 11f Flat/dual 2m 5f hurdle winner Santa Lucia. This colt shaped as though a long-term prospect in a trio of outings last autumn, in keeping with his late-maturing pedigree, never involved after a slow start when down the field in a 1m maiden at Salisbury won by Oxford Charley at the end of September, following that up with a ninth placed finish behind Aazif in a 1m 1f maiden at Goodwood a couple of weeks later (prominent but soon unable to make any impact once things got serious). His third and final outing came back over 1m when contesting a maiden at Newbury 12 days later, sent off an unconsidered 25/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field and was never involved, pushed along over two furlongs out and making some headway for pressure approaching the final furlong, coming home a soundly held eighth of 12 behind Waterclock (beaten 14½ lengths). He will be a different proposition this year now handicapped (clearly brought along last autumn with handicaps in mind, turned out three times within a month), asked to kick off in that sphere from a mark of 62, and this May foal will also appreciate a step up in distance, likely to find anything in the region 10-14f suitable; handler does very well with late maturing sorts in their second season and trained the dam to good effect throughout her career (Listed winner), so everything is in place for this son of Nayef to do well in 2012.

COUNSEL (b g Dansili – Kitty O’Shea) *****
Form: 655- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Booklaw

200,000gns yearling; closely related to smart 7f 2yo winner Kissable (placed at Group 1 level) and 7½f 2yo winner Kingdom Of Munster (both by Danehill Dancer), out of a dual 1m winner (including at Listed level) who was a full sister to Racing Post Trophy/St Leger winner Brian Boru, very smart 10-13f winner Moon Search and to the dam of Derby/Arc hero Workforce and a half sister to very smart 8-12f winner/Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Sea Moon out of a high-class middle distance stayer. This well-bred colt made his debut in a 7f maiden at Leicester last September, for which he went off an uneasy 15/2 chance; shaped as though the run was very much needed, green towards the rear of the field and pushed along at halfway, taking a while to respond but picking up in eyecatching fashion throughout the final furlong to finish sixth behind Oscan (beaten 5½ lengths). He again showed signs of inexperience when contesting an extended 1m maiden at Windsor the following month, going off a 7/1 chance; raced in midfield for much of the way, pushed along over two furlongs as the tempo lifted and was soon unable to make any impact on the leaders, nursed home thereafter to finish fifth behind Eurystheus (beaten 6 lengths). His third and final outing at two came in a well-contested 1m maiden at Yarmouth at the end of October, sent off a not unfancied 8/1 chance; raced in behind the leaders and travelled with a degree of a comfort, moving closer over two furlongs out but ridden soon after and proving unable to make any impression on the leaders, spared a hard race once held to come home in fifth behind Swedish Sailor (beaten 8½ lengths). He has hinted at ability on all three outings to date, simply lacking the wherewithal to make a significant impact at the business end of his races; that’s all likely to change this year now handicapped (handed a mark of 75), and he is the type to make up into a very useful performer at around 10-12f.

DREAMS OF FIRE (b f Dynaformer – Angel In My Heart) ****
Form: 61- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Niarchos Family

Closely related to the yard’s 2003 Derby winner Kris Kin (by Kris S) and a half sister to useful 7f-1m winner Venturer, out of a very smart French/US 8-10f winner (including at Group 3 level; later placed in a Grade 1) who was a half sister to very smart 5-7f 2yo winner (including at Group 1 level)/miler Common Grounds and 7f Group 3 Prix Imprudence winner Lightning Fire. This well-bred filly made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Salisbury last September, for which she was sent off a fairly well fancied 7/2 chance; raced in behind the pace but was denied a clear run when looking to mount a challenge from well over a furlong out, admittedly also lacking pace at the time, keeping on again inside the final furlong under hand riding to finish sixth behind Afnoon (beaten 5¼ lengths). She duly took a significant step forward with the experience of that debut run under her belt to land a 1m fillies’ maiden at Kempton 17 days later (weak 6/1 chance at the off); raced in midfield for the most part, pushed along over three furlongs out and looking booked for a place at best approaching the furlong marker, but she found her stride inside the final furlong and came home strongly in the final 150 yards to overhaul long-time leader Eluding and prove too strong for the fast-finishing Dulkashe, scoring by half a length at the line. It was a remarkable effort from this daughter of Dynaformer, unable to quicken over a furlong out and looking held but finding her stride in tremendous style throughout the final furlong to lead close to the finish. She is bred to stay middle distances in time and is clearly in need of a stiffer test already, and it was to her great credit that she was able to get up and win second time out over what appeared to be an inadequate test at Kempton, announcing herself as a useful filly in the process; no surprise to see this close relation of Kris Kin make a significant impact in handicap company this season from a very fair opening mark of 78 once tackling 10f+.

DUKE OF FIRENZE (ch c Pivotal – Nannina) ****
Form: 31- Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

First foal of a very smart 6f-1m winner (including the Fillies’ Mile at two and Coronation Stakes at three) who was a half sister to 6f-1m winner Sea Vixen, 8-11f Flat/dual 2m hurdle winner Arachine, 7f 2yo debut winners Groom Raider and Queen Scarlet and 1m 3yo winner Rainbow Hill out of a high-class 6-7f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half sister to the dam of smart 6f-1m winner Steinbeck. This colt made his debut outing in a 6f maiden at Windsor last July, for which he was sent off a well-fancied 100/30 chance; recovered from a slightly slow start to track the pace, switched left and ridden along approaching the two furlong marker, sticking to his task well enough for hand riding throughout the final furlong without making any further impression on the leading duo, finishing third behind Otto The Great (beaten 7¾ lengths). He confirmed the promise of that debut outing when landing a 6f maiden at Carlisle little more than a month later, going off the 4/6 market leader; raced in midfield until moving closer past halfway, short of room at the top of the straight but switched to the far side ride and continuing to make progress, leading approaching the final furlong and coming nicely clear without his jockey having to resort to the whip, scoring by 2 lengths from subsequent winner Glamorous Angel. It was a visually impressive performance from this well-bred colt, making sustained headway on the far side rail from the two furlong marker to lead approaching the final furlong, only having to ridden out to score with plenty in hand from a next time out winner. He is bred to smart and should have plenty more improvement to come this year for top connections, particularly in handicaps from an opening mark of 80; ought to stay another furlong.

EASTERN DESTINY (gr/ro f Dubai Destination – Night Haven) ***
Form: 01- Trainer: Richard Fahey Owner: Brian Farr

Half sister to smart 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) Rosa Grace, fairly useful 5-7f winner Secret Night and multiple 5f winner Duke Of Rainford, out of a useful 5-6f winner (Listed placed) who was a half sister to French 5f 2yo Listed winner Shoalhaven out of a 6f 2yo winner who was a half sister to smart 5-6f winner (including at Listed level) Night At Sea. This filly made her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket (July) at the end of July, going off an unfancied 20/1 chance; raced close to the action from the outset, looking to challenge between rivals two furlongs out but proving unable to sustain her effort, hampered when fading inside the final furlong and eased to eventually come home 11th of 14 behind Fallen For You (beaten 6½ lengths). Her only other outing last season came in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Thirsk a couple of weeks later, going off a well-fancied 11/4 chance; raced in behind the leading duo until making good headway on the outer to challenge for the lead two furlongs out, shaken up to take up the running approaching the final furlong and staying on well throughout the final furlong despite signs of inexperience (edged left for pressure) to see off subsequent dual winner (including off a mark of 75 in a nursery) Deepsand by 1¼ lengths. This daughter of Dubai Destination looked far from the finished article last year but was still able to show a fair level of ability, shaping better than the bare result implied on debut before coping well with the step back in distance to land a 6f fillies’ maiden at Thirsk in good style from a useful sort; bred to be fairly quick and hardly looked a slouch last time, but could well prove capable of staying 1m eventually; opening mark of 70 looks very workable.

GABRIAL’S STAR (b c Hernando – Grain Only) ****
Form: 1- Trainer: Bryan Smart Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash

Sold for just 8,000gns as a yearling but comes from a good family, his half brother the hugely progressive 2011 10-12f 3yo winner Caravan Rolls On; dam, unraced, half sister to UK/Qatari 7f-1m winner Granary out of a 12f 3yo winner/Lancashire Oaks third who was herself a full sister to Irish/Yorkshire Oaks winner Pure Grain. This stoutly bred colt debuted in an extended 1m maiden at Hamilton last September, going off a wholly unconsidered 20/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear for much of the way, coming under a ride sooner than most and showing obvious signs of inexperience, but he gradually grasped what was required of him from around the two furlong marker and came home strongly throughout the final furlong, responding well for pressure to get up in the dying strides and overhaul Choisan to score by a head. His pedigree is geared towards middle distances, and this son of Hernando’s debut victory can be marked up further for the fact the mile trip on that occasion will prove to be an absolute minimum (also very green throughout); been handed a mark of 78 with which to tackle handicaps this term, and it would be surprising if this colt didn’t have some level of improvement to come in 2012 over middle/staying distances.

JINKER NOBLE (b c Green Desert – Depressed) ****
Form: 01- Trainer: Clive Cox Owner: Gwynn Powell & Peter Ridgers

Sales price dipped to 27,000gns as a 2yo, selling for double that as a foal and 40,000gns as a yearling; half brother to 5f 2yo winner Overwhelm out of a dual 6f 3yo winner who was a full sister to very smart UK/US 7-10f winner (including at Grade 2/3 level) Eccentric and multiple 5f-1m winner Deceitful and a half sister to multiple 5-7f winner Willheconquertoo. This colt debuted in a 6f maiden at Windsor last August, for which he was sent off a not unfancied 11/2 chance; dwelt from the stalls and ran very green out the back, receiving a reminder after a couple of furlongs, never getting beyond midfield and eventually coming home last of 15 behind Amazing Storm (beaten 12½ lengths). However, he proved a totally different proposition with that debut run behind him when contesting a similar contest at Warwick a couple of months later (8/1); soon led and made just about all, ridden along to take a definite lead two furlongs out and responding well for pressure throughout the final furlong to see off Glen Moss by a length. He had clearly learnt plenty from that debut run two months previously, able to cut out most of the running and showing a good attitude out in front to hold off all comers; undoubtedly has a lot more to come this term, appealing as the type to make up into a very useful sprint handicapper (could well stay 7f if needs be), and an opening mark of 82 looks fair enough.

JOHNNO (br c Excellent Art – Vert Val) *****
Form: 6051- Trainer: John Hills Owner: Gary and Linnet Woodward

Half brother to the high-class triple 5f 2yo winner (including the Group 3 Norfolk Stakes) Russian Valour, 5-7f winner Come Away With Me, triple 1m winner Vetvey and dual French 1m winner Val d’Espoir, out of a smart 7-9f winner in France who was the daughter of a half sister to French 2000 Guineas winner Green Dancer. This colt shaped with some promise on debut when sixth of 11 behind Caledonian Lad in a 7f maiden at Ascot last July, making headway into midfield before fading back out of contention, but he was unable to build on that promise immediately when down the field in a 7f maiden at Newbury the following month, again unable to see things out as he came home 11th of 15 behind Tales Of Grimm. However, he really caught the eye when contesting a 7f maiden at Newmarket next time, making good progress from the back of the field over on the far side to challenge for a place approaching the final furlong fading soon after to come home in fifth behind Ellaal (beaten 4½ lengths). He came good at the fourth time of asking when landing a 7f maiden at Wolverhampton the following month, sent off a 3/1 chance; broke slowly and raced a little worse than midfield, making good headway on the outside of the field from over two furlongs out and led approaching the final furlong, staying on well and only having to be pushed out to readily account for Andalieb by 1¾ lengths. It was a fair race at best, but this son of Excellent Art won it in the style of one who is destined for greater things, and his official rating didn’t really suffer either, raised just 1lb to a mark of 75; will do much better at three; ought to stay 1m.

JUPITER STORM (ch c Galileo – Exciting Times) ****
Form: 701- Trainer: Gary Moore Owner: Heart Of The South Racing

55,000gns half brother to the very smart French/US 7-10f winner (including at Grade 1/2 level) Gorella, smart French/US 5-9f winner (including at Listed level) Porto Santo and 1m 3yo winner Squall, out of a maiden half sister to the high-class stayer Enquiry. This colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newbury last September, sent off a largely ignored 16/1 chance; recovered quickly from a sluggish start to race up with the leaders, going nicely for a long way on the front end but proving unable to quicken over a furlong from home, fading to eventually finish seventh of 15 behind Miblish (beaten 4½ lengths). He unsurprisingly found it all too much when down the field in a valuable sales race at Newmarket at the beginning of October, towards the rear and never involved as he came home a soundly beaten 13th of 16 behind Coupe De Ville (beaten 17 lengths). However, he signed off with a win in a 1m maiden at Brighton three weeks later, sent off a well-fancied 7/2 chance; led/disputed from the outset, travelling strongly and holding a definite advantage well over a furlong out, shaken up to readily draw clear of Henry Clay inside the final furlong and run out commanding 2½ length winner. It was a smooth performance from this son of Galileo, belatedly building on the promise he had shown on his debut outing at Newbury a month earlier, like then travelling strongly on the front end, only this time able to see things out a lot better, admittedly in a lesser race. He has scope for considerable improvement at three, still showing signs of inexperience at Brighton last time but proving more than good enough; could prove to be above average in time, bred to be at least useful, and a step up to 10f will see him in a better light; asked to start life in handicaps from a mark of 85.

KNAVE OF CLUBS (b c Red Clubs – Royal Bounty) ****
Form: 71- Trainer: Peter Makin Owner: John Carrington

Half brother to the yard’s smart multiple 1m winner (including twice at Listed level) Harvest Queen (placed at Group 3 level), dual 6f 3yo AW winner Generous Gesture, dual 7f winner Coconut Queen and dual Irish 1m 3yo winner Fred Fenster, out of a 7f 2yo winner who was the daughter of a half sister to the dam of Derby winner North Light and very smart stayer Cover Up and to the granddam of 2000 Guineas/King George winner Golan and Dante winner/Derby runner-up Tartan Bearer. This colt made his debut in an extended 1m maiden at Wolverhampton last October, going off an unfancied 20/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear, pushed along over two furlongs out and unable to make any significant impact, making some late headway inside the final furlong to finish seventh behind Coquet (beaten 12 lengths). He took a giant step forward when next seen in a 1m maiden at Ffos Las a month later in testing conditions, sent off a 12/1 chance; raced widest of all from a flip start, losing further ground at the bends, brought over to the stands’ side rail half a mile from home and ridden with over two furlongs left to run, making headway approaching the final furlong and staying on strongly for pressure throughout the final furlong to get up in the dying strides and collar Opera Buff to score a neck. This colt did extremely well to get off the mark at the second time of asking, fluffing his lines at the bends and giving away ground as a result, but the manner in which he finished off his race inside the final furlong towards the stands’ side was quite impressive, overhauling a rival with some useful form to his name. He is bred to continue improving with age and is from a shrewd stable that handled half sister Harvest Queen to good effect throughout her career (twice a winner at Listed level); opening mark of 78 looks reasonable enough; should prove best at around 1m.

LESOTHO (gr f Excellent Art – Limpopo) ****
Form: 21- Trainer: Noel Quinlan Owner: Cillian Ryan

Closely related to multiple Irish/French 6f winner Raja and 6f-1m 3yo winner Pinch Of Posh (both by Pivotal) and a half sister to very smart 5-6f winner (including the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup) Pipalong, smart 6-7f winner (including at Listed level) Out Of Africa, very useful 5f 2yo winner China Eyes (runner-up at Group 2 level), useful 7f 3yo winner Silver Shoon (placed at Group 3/Listed level), multiple 7f winner Nufoudh, multiple 7-12f winner Smoothie, 5-6f winner Walvis Bay, 6f 2yo winner Rajab and 7f 2yo winner Corton, out of a sprint maiden. This nicely bred filly debuted in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last June, going off a 16/1 chance; broke sharply and led for much of the way, going comfortably out in front and appearing to have matters in control when shaken up approaching the final furlong, but she flashed her tail entering the final furlong and was unable to fend off the challenge of Colourful Nation close home, going down by a length at the line. However, there was no hint of temperament when going one better in a 5f maiden at Hamilton the following month (4/11 favourite); travelled strongly and made all against the stands’ side rail, shaken up and quickening smartly entering the final furlong to run out a ready 1¾ length winner from Baltic Fizz. She wasn’t seen again after that impressive victory for whatever reason but remains an exciting prospect, looking all about speed on both outings, worryingly flashing her tail on debut when appearing to find six furlongs a little too far but showing no such quirks when making all to win next time. This filly is related to a stack of winners, one or two of them above average, and there ought to be more improvement to come from her this term, initially in handicaps from an opening mark of 74 that looks to underplay her ability; likely to prove best at the minimum distance on the evidence of her two runs last year.

MAYO LAD (b c Holy Roman Emperor – Mrs Marsh) ***
Form: 870- Trainer: Richard Hannon Owner: Middleham Park Racing IX

100,000gns half brother to his yard’s high-class 6f 2yo winner (including the Coventry Stakes)/top-class miler Canford Cliffs out of an unraced half sister to 5f 2yo winner/smart US miler Pina Colada, useful 6f 2yo winner Baltic Dip, triple 1m 1f AW winner Trois and 10f Flat/2m 4f hurdle winner Triple Sharp out of a maiden daughter of very smart UK/US 6-9f winner Triple Tipple. This colt made his debut in a traditionally strong 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last August, sent off an unfancied 66/1 chance; caught the eye with the way in which he travelled for a long way, keen towards the rear of the field but making some progress from over two furlongs out, unable to sustain that forward move entering the final furlong and fading to finish eighth of 15 behind Most Improved (beaten 11½ lengths). He again shaped better than the bare result when finishing seventh of nine in a 7f median auction maiden at Epsom the following month, unfancied in the market beforehand once again (20/1); missed the break and raced well off the pace throughout, proving a shade keen, unable to get anywhere near the principals but very much looked after throughout the final furlong two furlongs (beaten 7¾ lengths). His third and final outing came in a 1m maiden at Salisbury in October, going off a 16/1 chance; took a keen hold again as he raced in mid-division, few going better than this colt passing the three furlong marker, but he was unable to make any impression in the final two furlongs and was looked after once held, slightly hampered approaching the final furlong and eased off thereafter as he came home 10th of 14 behind Bonfire (beaten 14 lengths). This son of Holy Roman Emperor has shaped a lot better than his current form figures suggest, far from knocked about and travelling well to a point on all three outings last term, not helping himself by tending to race keenly throughout the early part of his races. He isn’t bred to stay further than a mile, highly likely to stick at 7f/1m this year, and it would be very surprising if this half brother to the stable’s star miler Canford Cliffs wasn’t up to making a significant impact in handicaps from an initial mark of 65; sure to come good at some stage this season.

MAZEYDD (b c Shirocco – Jathaabeh) *****
Form: 81- Trainer: Roger Varian Owner: Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum

Half brother to very useful 8-9f winner Yaddree, useful 10f 3yo winner Mijhaar and 1m 3yo winner Sky More, out of a useful dual 1m 3yo winner who was a half sister to very smart 6-7f winner (including three times at Group 2 level) Iffraaj, high-class triple 7f 2yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Kareymah, useful four-time 7f winner Taqdeyr and smart 2011 dual 7f 2yo winner Farraaj (placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf), family of Cape Cross, Russian Rhythm, Shadayid etc. This colt made his debut in a 1m maiden at Thirsk run on very testing ground in late August, going off an 8/1 chance; raced towards the rear and met with trouble at halfway, well behind until staying on down the outer from over a furlong out, eventually making his way into eighth behind Tidal Way (beaten 10 lengths). He showed the benefit for that experience when landing a well-contested 1m maiden at Haydock a month later, sent off an unconsidered 14/1 chance; raced prominently from the outset (keen early) and was ridden to challenge over two furlongs out, leading approaching the final furlong and staying on well to hold off the fast-finishing Went The Day Well by ¾ length (form working out nicely). It is encouraging that this son of Shirocco was able to make the impact he did at two as most of his relations have only come into their own at three, and he is sure to make above average progress this term once tackling middle distances; been handed an opening mark of 82 with which to embark upon his move into handicaps; good prospect who handles cut in the ground.

MOIDORE (b c Galileo – Flash Of Gold) *****
Form: 031- Trainer: Roger Charlton Owner: The Queen

Closely related to 12f 3yo winner Going For Gold (by Barathea) and a half brother to useful 6-7f winner Firestreak and 10f 3yo winner Audacious, out of a maiden half sister to the very smart 12-13f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Phantom Gold (later dam of Oaks runner-up Flight Of Fancy), smart dual 10f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Fictitious (later dam of very useful 6f-1m winner Quadrille) and useful 1m 2yo winner Tempting Prospect (later dam of smart middle distance stayer Tactician). This well-bred colt made his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newbury last September, for which he was sent off a well-supported 4/1 chance; broke well but lost his good early position soon after halfway, receiving a reminder and running green over two furlongs out, making up some ground inside the final furlong under hand riding to finish 10th of 15 behind Miblish (beaten 8¾ lengths). His next outing came in a 1m maiden at Leicester a couple of weeks later, attracting strong pre-race market support once again as he went off the 3/1 market leader; however, his inexperience was all too evident once more, nudged along early and then carried wide on the first turn, still well in arrears as things began to develop up ahead until staying on well from over a furlong out to take third behind Mojave (beaten 6¼ lengths). He came good at the third time of asking when landing a 1m maiden at Nottingham 15 days later, sent off the 6/4 market leader; put his previous experience to good use and made all, pushed along two furlongs out and staying on well to draw clear approaching the final furlong, running out a commanding 5 length winner from Aleksandar. His pedigree is geared towards him wanting middle distances, so it is encouraging this son royally bred colt was able to make the impact he did at two (reported by his trainer to be mentally immature); mark of 78 looks a very fair starting point for handicaps; plenty more to come.

MONTASER (b c Rail Link – For Example) *****
Form: 12- Trainer: David Simcock Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash

€35,000 half brother to very useful dual 12f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Viz, dual 1m 3yo winner Dryden House, 1m 2yo winner Miss Emma May, prolific 8-12f Flat/2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Forbearing and 2m 4f hurdle winner Isaac Newton, out of a maiden half sister to the dams of top-class milers Culture Vulture, Polish Precedent and Zilzal and Kentucky Derby winner Awe Inspiring. This colt made a winning start to his career when landing a 1m median auction maiden at Ffos Las last August, going off a 6/4 chance; raced in last place under a typically patient ride from Jamie Spencer, making smooth progress on the outer from the three furlong marker, shaken up to challenge then leader Tidal Way approaching the final furlong and drew clear with that rival, taking a little while to find top stride (also green) but staying on well to lead in the final 100 yards, scoring by a neck (pair nine lengths clear). He was unable to maintain his 100 per cent record when contesting a 1m nursery on rain-softened ground at Ayr the following month, for which he was sent off the 11/4 market leader; raced towards the rear of the field under a hold up ride, travelling well for a long way, switched left and making headway over two furlongs out, responding well for pressure throughout the final furlong despite still exhibiting signs of inexperience but proved no match for Zakreet, going down by 2¾ lengths. This colt has travelled noticeably well on both outings to date, overcoming inexperience on debut to narrowly get the better of a solid yardstick who won next time out, following that with a good effort in defeat against more experienced rivals in a soft-ground nursery at Ayr. He looks ready for a step up in distance already and is the type to improve again at three, certainly having the make and shape of one that will thrive in his second season; been raised just 1lb to a mark of 80 for his latest effort, and this well-related son of Rail Link should prove a useful middle distance performer this term.

MUBARAZA (ch c Dalakhani – Mokaraba) *****
Form: 752- Trainer: John Dunlop Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half brother to useful 7-10f winner Qaraaba out of a 12f 3yo winner who was closely related to useful triple 10f winner Kaateb and the daughter of a 1m 2yo winning half sister to the high-class 6-10f winner (including at Group 3 level at two) Bint Salsabil, herself daughter of 1000 Guineas/Oaks/Irish Derby heroine Salsabil. This colt attracted support at big prices prior to his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last July, sent off a 16/1 chance (opened 100/1); raced towards the rear of the group that raced down the centre of the track, ridden along over two furlongs out and unable to make any real impression until keeping on inside the final furlong, finishing seventh behind the smart Entifadhaa (beaten 10 lengths). His next outing came in a traditionally strong 1m maiden at the same track the following month, going off a 10/1 chance; travelled comfortably for a long way until unable to quicken when ridden approaching the final furlong, coming home in fifth behind Harvard N Yale (beaten 4¾ lengths). His third and final outing of the season came in a 1m maiden on the Rowley Mile course in October, for which he was sent off a well-fancied 7/2 chance; raced up with the leader from the outset, ridden along two furlongs out and hanging both ways in the Dip, finally getting himself on an even keel inside the final furlong and staying on strongly throughout the final furlong, going down by just a short head to Pembrey. He probably would have won but for appearing to not really handle the Dip, hanging both ways before finally get his act together entering the final furlong, finishing off strongly and only just failing to reel in the eventual winner, his cause not helped by the third placed horse leaning into him; interestingly holds entries in both the English and Irish Derby, so it would be hoped that an opening mark of 82 will not prove beyond him when making the inevitable move into handicaps this spring; middle distances will suit.

OPEN WATER (b c Orpen – So Stream) ****
Form: 12- Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: Thurloe Thoroughbreds XXVI

47,000gns first foal of a dual Italian 1m winner who was a half sister to very smart 8-14f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Sweet Stream, multiple Italian sprint winner El Cimbro and useful Italian winner Sfizosia out of a Listed placed performer in Italy. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Sandown last September, for which he was sent off an unfancied 20/1 chance; travelled nicely in behind the leaders, ridden along two furlongs out and taking a little while to hit top stride but staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to lead in the final 100 yards, seeing off Greek War by half a length. His only other outing as a juvenile came in a 1m 1f nursery at Newmarket the following month, going off an 8/1 chance; raced in midfield for the most part, ridden along and improving his position two furlongs from home, staying on well inside the final furlong but proving absolutely no match for fellow debut winner Main Sequence, coming home 3¼ lengths adrift of that rival at the line. There is no doubt he met a potentially smart rival last time at headquarters, and time may well tell he faced a near impossible task off level weights; raised 3lbs to a mark of 82 for that effort, it would be something of a surprise if this son of Orpen doesn’t have further improvement left in him for the season ahead, shaping on both occasions last year as though middle distances would suit eventually (dual mile winning dam a half sister to a Park Hill winner).

PROTANTO (b g Lawman – Incoming Call) *****
Form: 842- Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

120,000gns first foal of a once-raced maiden half sister to high-class 7-11f French winner (including at Group 3 level) Dance Dress (later dam of dual US Grade 2 8-9f winner Costume) and useful 1m 3yo winner Discuss (Listed placed) out of a smart 8-10f winner. This gelding debuted in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) towards the end of July, going off an unfancied 33/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the group that raced down the centre of the track, pushed along over two furlongs out and staying on well throughout the final furlong to finish eighth of 20 behind Entifaadha (beaten 10½ lengths). His next outing came in a 7f maiden at Yarmouth in mid-September, for which he was sent off a well-fancied 9/2 chance; dwelt slightly coming out of the stalls but raced close to the pace, travelling comfortably for a long way despite running green for much of the contest, pushed along and outpaced two furlongs out but staying on again inside the final furlong to eventually finish fourth behind comfortable winner Electrician (beaten 7¾ lengths). His third and final outing of the season came in a 7f maiden on the all-weather at Lingfield towards the end of October, going off at odds of 16/1; raced in midfield and again went comfortably for much of the race, ridden along passing the two furlong marker and making sustained headway down the centre of the track inside the final furlong for hands and heels riding to take second place behind Grizzle, beaten 1 length at the line. This son of Lawman is improving with every outing, demonstrating the ability to travel well in his races so far but taking a while to find his stride, really catching the eye with his finishing effort from off the pace at Lingfield last time, passing several of his rivals inside the final furlong under nothing more than a hand ride. He has been allocated a mark of 80 with which to go handicapping this term, and the fact that this gelding once held Group-race entries last term indicates connections expect him to be a fair bit better than that in time; shaped last year as though 8-10f will suit in terms of distance, and rates as a very useful handicap prospect for the season ahead.

RAYVIN BLACK (b c Halling – Optimistic) ***
Form: 41- Trainer: Mark Tompkins Owner: Ray White & Vinny Walsh

Half brother to 7f 2yo winners Astrobella and Such Optimism, 10-11f Flat/2m hurdle winner Astrolibra and 2m 2f Flat/2m-2m 1f hurdles winner Rajayoga, out of a dual 7f 2yo winner who was a half sister to the dam of the yard’s smart middle distance stayer Franklins Gardens and high-class 7f-1m winner Polar Ben. This colt made his debut in a 7f maiden at Newmarket (July) last June, for which he was sent off an unconsidered 22/1 chance; raced prominently from the outset and went nicely for a long way, ridden along over a furlong out and proving unable to quicken with the leaders, fading inside the final furlong to finish fourth behind Coupe De Ville (beaten 6 lengths). He showed the benefit for that debut run when landing a 7f median auction maiden at Yarmouth a month later (5/4 favourite); tracked the leader until pushed along to take over passing the two furlong marker, shaken up approaching the final furlong and coming readily clear, shifting left but always in full control, ridden out to score by 4½ lengths from Casa Bex. He wasn’t seen again after that comfortable victory in what was admittedly just a fair race, but this son of Halling is very much bred to keep on improving; opening mark of 79 allows him to start at a realistic level and work his way up gradually; likely to need cut in the ground to be seen at his best; could well stay middle distances in time (related to a couple of winning hurdlers and out of a half sister to Yorkshire Cup winner Franklins Gardens).

SEVEN VEILS (b f Danehill Dancer – Ahdaab) ****
Form: 050- Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott Owner: Olivia Hoare

330,000gns sister to high-class 8-11f winner (including the Italian Oaks) Contredanse, smart Canadian 8/10f performer Callwood Dancer (winner at Grade 2 level), dual Australian 1m winner Miss Sivivatu and useful 7f 2yo winner Set Sail and is closely related to very useful UK/US 5-9f winner Walklikeanegyptian (by Danehill), out of a lightly raced half sister to very smart miler Maroof and to the dam of Irish 2000 Guineas/Irish Derby winner Desert King. This smartly bred filly was unsurprisingly unable to show a great deal in three outings last year, clueless on debut when beating one home in a 7f maiden at Kempton last August, but she actually caught the eye with her finishing effort next time in an extended 1m maiden at Wolverhampton the following month, ridden from some way out but making steady progress throughout the last two furlongs despite clear signs of inexperience, finishing fifth of 12 behind Ambivalent (beaten 8¼ lengths). However, her lowly rating was assured when finishing last of 13 in a 10f maiden at Bath next time out, duly handed a mark of 57 for handicapping purposes this year; cost a packet at auction and is bred to be a lot better than she has shown so far, backward and unable to reveal her true colours as a result last year, but that is all likely to change now switching her attentions to handicaps this season; type to make an immediate impact in that sphere over 10f+ and has all the hallmarks of an archetypal second-season improver from this stable.

SHOWMEPOWER (ch g Choisir – Spanish Rainbow) ****
Form: 907- Trainer: John Dunlop Owner: Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc

Half brother to Irish 1m 1f 3yo winner Black Belt out of a maiden half sister to smart 8-14f winner (including the Italian Leger) Spanish Hidalgo, very useful 7-10f winner Spanish Duke, 12f 3yo winner Spanish Ridge and 7f 2yo winner Spanish Pride out of a maiden half sister to very useful 10f 3yo winner Berenice (Listed placed) who was the daughter of a half sister to top-class middle distance performer Mtoto. This gelding made his debut outing in a 6f maiden at Windsor last July, sent off an unconsidered 25/1 chance; broke slowly and raced in last for much of the way, nudged along over two furlongs from home and making some headway inside the final furlong under continued tender handling to finish ninth of 14 behind Compton (beaten 13 lengths). His two other outings last summer came in 6f maidens at Salisbury within three weeks of each other, far too keen on the first occasion when unsurprisingly fading right out of contention to beat just one home behind Gerfalcon; showed a bit more on his third and final outing back over the same course and distance the following month, disputing/leading for over half a mile and travelling comfortably on the front end, far from knocked about as he faded over a furlong out, coming home seventh of nine behind Jacob Cats (beaten 12½ lengths). He is almost certainly a lot better than his form figures to date suggest, spared a hard race on all three outings, never involved on debut before proving far too keen on his second outing, signing off his three-race juvenile campaign with a seventh placed in a decent maiden at Salisbury, within himself for two-thirds of the way and basically allowed to come home in his own time once headed over a furlong out. He is bred to do a lot better in due course and has been handed what could yet prove an extremely lenient opening mark of 49; showed he has a fair amount of speed on all three of his outings last term, unsurprisingly so for a son of Choisir, but he should prove capable of staying 1m in time given the amount of stamina on the distaff side of his pedigree; fascinating prospect for handicaps from his basement mark this season.

SOLAR VIEW (ch g Galileo – Ellen) ***
Form: 009- Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott Owner: Neil Greig – Osborne House

50,000gns half brother to smart dual French sprint winner Faslen (placed at Group 3 level) and 1m 3yo winner Mujrayaat, out of an unraced half sister to smart 7-10f winner (mainly AW) Gentleman’s Deal, smart triple 1m US winner Dame Ellen and useful Irish/US 7f-1m winner Spanish Harlem (Group 3 placed) out of 1000 Guineas winner Sleepytime, herself a half sister to Sussex Stakes winner Ali-Royal, top-class middle distance performer Taipan and very smart US miler Oonagh Maccool. This smartly bred gelding predictably showed very little in three outings last term, his trio of runs coming within a month of each other in maidens at Kempton (1m), Wolverhampton (7f) and Haydock (1m), beaten a combined total of 70 lengths. He is almost certain to leave that form behind this year once switched to handicaps, asked to kick off in that sphere from a lowly mark of 50; bred to be at least useful, it would be hugely surprising if he couldn’t win races from his modest starting point this term, looking just the type of second-season improver from this stable to run up a sequence in handicaps; likely to be suited by anything in the region of 8-10f.

SPIRIT NA HEIREANN (ch f Dubawi – Lady Angharad) ***
Form: 857- Trainer: Richard Fahey Owner: Helen Steel

Sold for £80,000 as a 2yo; half sister to connections’ smart 5-7f winner (including at Group 3 level)/Coronation Stakes third Barefoot Lady, 7f 3yo winner Centenerola and 1m 2yo AW winner Something Perfect, out of a useful 6-10f winner who was a half sister to useful 8-10f winner Able Baker Charlie. This filly made her debut outing in a traditionally strong 7f fillies’ maiden at Glorious Goodwood last July, going off a 12/1 chance; raced in behind the leaders until ridden along and unable to quicken over two furlongs out, keeping on at the same pace when squeezed up slightly inside the final furlong, finishing eighth of 17 behind Gifted Girl (beaten 8¼ lengths). Her next outing came in a 7½f fillies’ maiden at Beverley the following month, sent off at odds of 10/1; raced in midfield and was still travelling okay when short of room over two furlongs from home, ridden along over a furlong out and keeping on nicely inside the final furlong to finish fifth behind Witnessed (beaten 6¾ lengths). Her third and final outing at two came in an extended 1m maiden at Hamilton in September, sent off an 8/1 chance; raced prominently but proved disappointing once asked for her effort, pushed along three furlongs out and one paced for pressure, weakening approaching the final furlong and eased once held as she came home seventh of nine behind Gabrial’s Star (beaten 18½ lengths). It was backward step from this daughter of Dubawi after two promising efforts at Goodwood and Beverley, but it could well be that the combination of an extra furlong on soft ground proved all too much at that stage of her career (her three winning siblings and dam’s victories all came on a sound surface); been handed a realistic opening mark of 65 with which to go handicapping, and it would be something of a disappointment if that proved beyond her; 8-10f will suit.

TIS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (b/br c Rock Of Gibraltar – Tis Me) ***
Form: 007- Trainer: David Lanigan Owner: Catesby W Clay

Half brother to 12f 3yo winner Woodford Belle, multiple Canadian 7f-1m winner Christo and US 1m 3yo winner Guygiddyup, out of a multiple winner in the US who was a half sister to smart US sprinter Well Dressed (later dam of Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed and US 7f Grade 3 winner Witty) and several other US winners. This colt went off a not unfancied 10/1 chance on his debut outing at Yarmouth last October (1m), but he was never better than midfield and found himself tailed off with over two furlongs left to run, finishing last of 14 behind Handsome Man (beaten 45 lengths). His next outing came in an extended 1m maiden at Wolverhampton the following month, going off an unfancied 25/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field and was never involved, but he did run into some difficulty at the top of the straight when appearing to have something still left to give, not knocked about thereafter as he came home 11th of 13 behind Shihbab (beaten 8¾ lengths). His third and final outing came 12 days later in a 1m maiden at Lingfield, sent off a wholly unfancied 100/1 chance; raced out the back once again, never looking likely to get involved at any stage, but he made headway throughout the final furlong for hands and heels riding to eventually finish seventh behind Restaurateur (beaten 7¾ lengths). He has given the impression on all three outings as though a long term project, beaten at halfway on debut under testing conditions and then never involved in a pair of AW maidens the following month, albeit shaping better than his finishing position suggested on both occasions. He is a half brother to a middle distance winner and has shaped as though he will eventually need a test, for all his two other siblings did their winning at up to 1m in the US/Canada; opening mark of 60 looks a nice starting point, and it would be something of a surprise if this son Rock Of Gibraltar didn’t have a fair amount of improvement to come for the switch to handicap company this year.

TOPANGA CANYON (b g Nayef – Classical Dancer) ***
Form: 008- Trainer: Andrew Balding Owner: Mick and Janice Mariscotti

Sales price increased from 70,000gns as a foal to 100,000gns as a yearling; full brother to the useful 7-12f winner Zaaqya out of a useful 1m 3yo winner (Listed placed) who was a half sister to the very smart 8-12f winner Imperial Dancer, smart 8-10f winner Lafite and useful 6-10f winner Perfect Storm out of a 1m 3yo winner (placed in the Lingfield Oaks Trial) who was a half sister to Irish Oaks winner Give Thanks (granddam of 1000 Guineas winner Harayir and great granddam of 2000 Guineas/Champion Stakes winner Haafhd) out of the excellent producer Violetta. This gelding shaped as though in need of the experience on his debut outing in a 7f maiden at Ascot’s King George meeting last July, finishing last of 11, but showed a bit more when contesting a 1m maiden at Newmarket (July) the following month, travelling nicely for two-thirds of the race but coming up short at the business end of matters once again, not given a hard time once held approaching the final furlong, coming home 11th of 14 behind Harvard N Yale (beaten 12 lengths). His final outing at two came in a 1m 1f maiden at Goodwood in September under very testing conditions, going off a not unfancied 10/1 chance; broke slowly and raced towards the rear of the field until moving closer before halfway, ridden over two furlongs out and unable to make any impression, tiring inside the final furlong to come home in eighth behind Welcome Gift (beaten 26 lengths). He is bred to be a good deal better than he has shown so far and has shown glimpses of ability, going comfortably for a good deal of the way on the July course on his second outing (final run can be excused on account of the testing conditions over an extreme distance for two-year-olds); been handed a lowly mark of 62 as a result of a muted juvenile campaign and no surprise to see him take full advantage in handicaps this term; should be suited by anything around 10-12f.

VELVET STAR (b f Galileo – Velvet Moon) ***
Form: 000- Trainer: Paul Cole Owner: Racing Club UK LLP

Three-parts sister to French 1m 7f 3yo winner Sirham (by Sadler’s Wells) and a half sister to top-class 9-10f winner Moon Ballad, very useful miler Velvet Lady and 11f 3yo winner Eta Draconis, out of a high-class 6-10f winner (including the Lowther Stakes at two) who was a half sister to the very smart juvenile/middle distance performer/Melbourne Cup runner-up Central Park and Lancashire Oaks winner Mellow Park. This stoutly bred filly was unable to make a lasting impact in any of her three outings at two but did hint at better to come, making some progress before things got serious in 1m fillies’ maidens at Leicester and Nottingham (showed obvious signs of inexperience on both occasions). Her third and final outing of the season came in a similar contest at Newbury in late October, for which she was sent off a wholly unconsidered 50/1 chance; raced towards the rear of the field once again, ridden along over two furlongs out and making eyecatching headway into midfield, hanging left as she did so and fading back out of contention inside the final furlong to come home 11th of 15 behind Shirocco Star (beaten 10½ lengths). The fitting of a tongue tie on her latest start is something of a concern, but otherwise this well-related daughter of Galileo has slowly but surely been getting the hang of things, too green on her first two outings but making an eyecatching forward move between the two and one furlong markers at Newbury last time out. Her pedigree points to her excelling over middle distances at three, and she has only been given a mark of 55 with which to start life in handicaps, allowing this filly to work her way up gradually; could be very interesting from her lowly starting point if improving as expected this year, and another winter on her back ought to enable this filly to see out her races a lot better.

WILLIE WAG TAIL (b c Theatrical – Night Risk) *****
Form: 51- Trainer: Ed Walker Owner: One Carat Partnership

40,000gns yearling who is a half brother to multiple 6-7f winner (mainly fibresand) Nightjar, US winners Blow The Lot and Sneakin A Smoke, 2m 4f hurdle/3m 1f chase winner Underwriter and top-class US 2m-2m 2f hurdle/very smart 2m-2m 6f chase winner Dark Equation, out of a 1m winner in the US who was a half sister to the dam of St Leger winner Lucarno. This colt made his debut in a 1m maiden at Kempton last September, going off a wholly unconsidered 50/1 chance; missed the break and raced towards the rear of the field, shaken up over two furlongs out and making good progress on the outer, keeping on inside the final furlong to finish fifth behind Trois Vallees (beaten 8½ lengths). He improved significantly on that debut outing to land a 1m median auction maiden at Redcar the following month, for which he was sent off a well-supported 3/1 chance; travelled strongly towards the rear of the field until making headway over two furlongs out, staying on well for pressure to lead entering the final furlong and was soon clear, asserting readily to see off Final Delivery by a resounding 3¼ length margin. It was an impressive performance from this son of Theatrical, not least because he has the make and shape of one who will only start to flourish this term, travelling strongly under a hold up ride and making stylish headway into contention, taking a little while to realise what was required of him upon hitting the front before powering clear. He very much looks the type to make an immediate impact in handicaps from an opening mark of 78 for his up and coming trainer, and should be suited by 8-10f in terms of distance; very nice prospect for the season ahead.

There are always those that fail to make it to the track at two for one reason or another, and here is a selection of well-bred/highly regarded unraced three-year-olds worth noting in 2012.

Sir Henry Cecil has a handful of unraced three-year-olds in his care that are expected to make up for lost time this season, namely CONTINUUM (22/4 b/br c Dansili – Clepsydra), a full brother to very smart 7-10f winner Passage Of Time and King Edward winner Father Time and a half brother to very smart 8-11f winner Timepiece; DR YES (4/2 b c Dansili – Light Shift), first foal of connections’ Oaks winner who was herself a half sister to Eclipse heroine Shiva and also high-class middle distance performer Limnos; HOLOGRAM (23/3 b c Teofilo – Love Divine), a close relation of St Leger winner Sixties Icon (by Galileo) and a half brother to connections’ smart middle distance performer Native Ruler, out of their Oaks winner; and SYMPOSIA (24/3 ch f Galileo – Emplane), a half sister to high-class UK/US 8-10f winner Aviate, smart French dual 7f winner Early March and smart but ill-fated dual 7f 2yo winner Wingwalker.

John Gosden has a few interesting unraced prospects of his own to unleash this term, namely MICHELANGELO (23/2 b c Galileo – Intrigued), a 550,000gns brother to 2011 12f 3yo winner No Heretic out of a 1m 2yo winner who was a half sister to French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules and 10f 3yo Listed winner Approach (later dam of smart middle distance performer Midas Touch), UTTERANCE (18/2 b c Dansili – Valentine Waltz), a half brother to connections’ Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Dyna Waltz out of a French 1000 Guineas winner; and STUNNING VIEW (17/4 b/br f Dynaformer – No Matter What), a full sister to connections’ top-class miler Rainbow View and a half sister to high-class US middle distance duo Just As Well and Winter View.

Others from various different stables worthy of a mention include the Clive Cox trained HASSLE (19/1 b c Montjeu – Canterbury Lace), a half brother to high-class 6-7f winner Chachamaidee and 7-10f winner Maybe I Will, out of an unraced half sister to 1000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters; James Fanshawe’s IF SO (1/3 b f Iffraaj – Persario), a half sister to connections’ very smart sprinter Deacon Blues out of a useful 6-7f winner; the Ralph Beckett trained MATURED (17/3 b f Manduro – Time Away), a half sister to very smart 10-12f winner Time On out of a high-class 8-10f winner/French Oaks third; John Dunlop’s ESTEBSAAL (19/1 b c Dansili – Bunood), a half brother to 7f-1m 3yo winner Bakoura out of a 1m 2yo debut winner (later very useful over middle distances) who was a half sister to the useful 7f 2yo winner Maghanim and the daughter of Prix Marcel Boussac/1000 Guineas winner Shadayid; the Andrew Balding trained OMAR KHAYYAM (24/5 b c Pivotal – Kithanga), a half brother to St Leger winner Milan, very useful middle distance performer Go For Gold and middle distance/staying winners Kahara, Kibara, Kitty Wells and Kossack; Roger Varian’s SPORTING GOLD (22/3 b c Shirocco – Pink Stone), a half brother to the yard’s high-class but ill-fated 7f 2yo valuable sales race winner Tiger Eye, useful 12f-2m winner Battleoftrafalgar and 1m 2yo winner Alright My Son; and the William Haggas trained VOW (19/4 b f Motivator – Frog), a half sister to very smart 10-12f 3yo winner Beaten Up and high-class 10-14f winner Harris Tweed.

Aidan O’Brien has a couple of unraced colts that are of significant interest for the season ahead: CHICAGO (26/3 b c Montjeu – Lady Karr), a close relation to Queen’s Vase winner/very useful middle distance performer Mikhail Glinka (by Galileo) out of a middle distance winning sister to Dewhurst/Derby winner Sir Percy, excellent family; and EL SALVADOR (3/4 ch c Galileo – Balisada), a full brother to smart 10-12f winner Galactic Star and a half brother to French 1m 2yo debut winner Bradamante, out of a Coronation Stakes winner. Staying in Ireland, and Jim Bolger has a classically-bred filly waiting in the wings by the name of OICHE GHEALAI (30/5 ch f Galileo – Affianced), a full sister to Irish Derby winner Soldier Of Fortune, high-class 7-10f winner Heliostatic and promising 10f 3yo debut winning stablemate Singe The Turf.

David Lanigan reportedly has a couple of smart prospects to unveil this term: MAIN LINE (29/1 b c Rail Link – Cooden Beach), a close relation of smart dual 6f 2yo winner Shaweel (by Dansili) out of a 1m winner who was the daughter of a half sister to very smart miler Golden Opinion; and BIOGRAPHER (13/3 b c Montjeu – Reflective), the second foal of an unraced close relation to top-class 2yo/miler Hector Protector, 1000 Guineas/Champion Stakes heroine Bosra Sham and French 2000 Guineas winner Shanghai. Last but most certainly not least is the David Simcock trained SAUNTA (14/4 b f Invincible Spirit – Baize), a half sister to US 1m 1f 3yo Grade 1 winner Singhalese and useful 6f-1m winner Docofthebay whose juvenile campaign was blighted with various minor setbacks and thus she was unable to make it to the track at two; won’t take long to make up for lost time at three.


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  2. john.mountford on February 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    i found this site yery informative,giving me valuable information on countless horses,regarding trip,going and handicap marks.

  3. David Morgan on April 29, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I’m looking forward to following the horses listed above, they seem very promising based on the limited research that I’ve done.

  4. Steven gay on December 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for list have followed and have had some nice winners that have won again and again,some have been disappointing and then romped home but that’s racing

    • Marc Owen-Banks on January 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Steven you are more than welcome, you’ll be pleased to know Dan will have further articles such as this one but we now have another site we collectively write on which can be found by following the link on the home page, alternatively, click here and look for Aidenldrebin on the author list

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