Horse power straight from the stables
The leading Flat trainers tell Richard Austen of their horses to follow for the season which starts at Doncaster tomorrow
Wednesday 22 March 2000
IAN BALDING A 3yo called
Scottish Spice. She won her last two races and I'm hoping she'll win a decent handicap or two and maybe go on to be Listed- or even Group Three-class. We'll probably start at 1m and go to 1m2f. Another 3yo by Selkirk,
Sign Of Hope. He's still a maiden - he was third at Pontefract in his last race - but I think that he is quite well handicapped.
IAN BALDING A 3yo called Scottish Spice. She won her last two races and I'm hoping she'll win a decent handicap or two and maybe go on to be Listed- or even Group Three-class. We'll probably start at 1m and go to 1m2f. Another 3yo by Selkirk, Sign Of Hope. He's still a maiden - he was third at Pontefract in his last race - but I think that he is quite well handicapped.
MICHAEL BELL Autonomy won well at Newmarket at the back-end and, being by Doyoun and a May foal, we're hoping he's going to make up into at least a Group Three horse. We're not sure of his trip yet, but we like him. He is in the Guineas and the French Derby. I'm hopeful that The Tatling will make a high-class sprinter on fast ground. He ran very well in the Cornwallis Stakes in the soft when he chased home Kier Park and looked like winning. I think he would have won if it had been good ground.
ALAN BERRY Bon Ami, he seems to have done particularly well and he wasn't far off winning a good race last year. We've got a 2yo filly by Zieten, called Zietunzeen. She was 14,000 guineas at Doncaster. She wasn't a lot of money because she didn't have the most correct of legs, but she seems to have done really, really well and she goes good. And Zieten did well with his 2yos last year, didn't he?
CLIVE BRITTAIN A 4yo, Who Cares Wins runs off a handicap mark of 80 but has quite a bit of improvement in him, and I'm sure will win some nice races. He could be an Ebor horse. Thunder Sky didn't race at all last year - he pulled a back muscle and it took a long time to get right - but the way he's moving at the moment he would be a serious horse. As a 2yo he was not quite strong enough to go through with his finish, but he's strengthened up and he's a fresh horse.
HENRY CECIL Tarboush is an unraced colt by Polish Precedent from the family of Old Vic. He is a fluent mover and a good middledistance prospect. Another unraced 3yo who looks an interesting proposition is Total Care, who is by Caerleon out of Totality, a sister to the Derby winner Commander In Chief. Total Care is bred to be good and I hope he will live up to it.
MICK CHANNON We hit the post in the Irish 1000 Guineas last year and I think we've got some good 3yo fillies this year. Obviously, there's Seazun who won the Cheveley Park - I'm very pleased with her - and I'm very hopeful for Rowaasi who was second in the Queen Mary. Areydha ran well in the Coventry then had a chip in her knee in the Cherry Hinton. Miletrian is a nice filly who we hope will get 1m4f. Ma Yoram, I still think he's sure to make his mark, in sprint races probably, and I've got a very nice colt called After The Blue.
ROGER CHARLTON Fairy Godmother is a 4yo filly who has run twice, won twice. She's bred to, and looks the type to, improve with age. She finished off winning a Listed race at Newbury and hopefully will start off again in something like the John Porter. Harmonic Way is a very consistent handicapper who improved last year by about 10lb. He'll probably start in handicaps and hopefully progress to listed races.
PAUL COLE Camberley has come to me from Gay Kelleway and he ran two very good races last year and is in tip-top form. He's a good-actioned horse and has got a lot of speed. River Bann got beaten in a mile maiden at Newmarket but that was over an inadequate trip. Although he's very big, I think he'll stay and he's a nice prospect. They're both still maidens but are going to be well entered up.
One of the older horses you can keep an eye on is Strategic Choice. He never appeared to be quite right last year but seems to be back to his best.
LUCA CUMANI Vicious Circle, the Ebor and Ascot winner, improved throughout last year and we're hoping he can find further improvement going over a bit longer. So he'll be targeted at the 2m races and hopefully he can make his mark in group company. A 3yo called Millennium Dash, she's very well bred, by Nashwan out of Milligram. She was a bit too weak as a 2yo to get on the racecourse but she's a nice, good-looking filly and although we haven't done too much with her so far, she looks promising.
ED DUNLOP Peacock Jewel, a colt by Rainbow Quest, he's done very well from two to three. He was a relatively weak horse, but he won a maiden impressively at Newmarket at the backend. One would hope to start him in a Derby trial and take it from there. Sawwaah was beaten a head at Newmarket by Zentsov Street, who was third in the Dewhurst. He's by Marju, and he's a half-brother to Kahal who won the Challenge Stakes. The dam is a half-sister to Reprimand, so he's a well-bred horse. He's lengthened and filled out and we'll probably start him off in a maiden at around 1m or 1m2f.
JOHN DUNLOP Injured in the Derby, Lucido has done well physically during the winter, and, hopefully, will realise last year's early-season potential. He could make his seasonal debut in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Sakhee won two of his three starts last season - albeit in minor company - and could progress into a useful middle-distance performer. He holds a Derby engagement and may be aimed initially at the Thresher Classic Trial at Sandown.
DAVID ELSWORTH Golden Retriever is by Red Ransom out of Golden Rhyme, making him a half-brother to a Group One-winning horse we trained here called Seattle Rhyme. He ran once at the back-end at Newmarket. Everything out of the mare seems to do well and this is a big, fine horse who's got a lot of scope. First Ballot could develop into a decent staying horse. I took him to France for his final start last year but he lost his race in the transit - the traffic in Paris was terrible and he didn't perform to his full potential. That was a Group 3. He's rated 90 and could make his first appearance this season in the Queen's Prize. He's owned by Jeff Smith, who owns Persian Punch, and I'd like to think he'd be having headaches deciding which one he runs in the good staying races.
JAMES FANSHAWE Embraced won quite nicely on her only start, at Nottingham, and she's a half-sister to Nowhere To Exit who was second in the French Derby last year. She should stay at least 1m2f. Petit Marquis runs on the all-weather on Thursday. He wouldn't want the ground too firm. He was second on his only start, at Leicester, and got a bit jarred up. He should be best at around 1m and could definitely be one to follow.
JOHN GOSDEN Lahan won the Rockfel Stakes and her other race, a maiden. She's wintered well and, all being well, would be pointed towards the Fred Darling Stakes. An Unfuwain filly, she'll probably stay 1m2f; I don't think she'd get 1m4f. Argentan, a Gulch 3yo, ran well first time then disappointed at Yarmouth. He has had a good winter and could improve a good deal.
RICHARD HANNON Mana-Mou Bay and Monte Carlo are both very good horses. Mana-Mou Bay only ran twice, winning a 7f listed race at Newbury, and he's improving. He would want a trip and what he did last year he's bound to improve on. I've got him in various things, including the Guineas. We've got Monte Carlo in the French Derby and the English Derby. He won the Zetland Stakes and he stayed the 1m2f well. We're very hopeful for him. Umistim and Cape Town, they would both be Guineas prospects at the moment, but that could all change!
BARRY HILLS Rainbow High should have a successful campaign again. He'll probably run in the Chester Cup and the Ascot Gold Cup. He had a hard race in the Henry II Stakes last year, and this year he'll probably miss that race and go straight to Ascot. Clipper is a nice staying filly. She's a winner - she's run twice - and she'll probably run in a trial over 1m2f to start with, but she'll get 1m4f and we expect her to do well.
JOHN HILLS Cracow was lame first time, then had a couple of races at the back-end and showed a bit of form but nowhere near what he's got. He's a maiden, but is going well now and he's a horse that could go places. I very much like a filly called Al Ghabraa. She won a maiden at Redcar on her only start. She has got a good chance of getting some black type and we might even think of running her in something like the Nell Gwyn.
MARK JOHNSTON Hiddnah did very little wrong last year. She finished off with fifth in the May Hill and always looked like she needed more time and was likely to improve. The Italian Oaks is a possible target. Double Banger would be interesting. He had a couple of runs over 1m2f on the all-weather during the winter, won and then was beaten when he was strongly fancied. I hope that he will benefit from a step up in trip and he might progress as the year goes on.
BRIAN MEEHAN Barakana, a colt by Barathea, is a nice horse and possibly an Ascot 2yo. We bought Make Way from Ian Balding's and he won for me last year. He should go on at 1m2f on decent ground.
MARCUS TREGONING The obvious one would be Ekraar who ran so well in the Racing Post Trophy. I think he's done extremely well over the winter and I'm very hopeful he's going to put up a big show in the 1m/1m2f races. I'm still keen on Albarahin. He's done everything we've asked so far apart from when he was a little bit disappointing in the Cambridgeshire, but he wasn't drawn particularly well and the ground was ghastly.
SEAN WOODS Knockholt must have fast ground to be at his best and hasn't gone over 2m yet, when you'll see another major improvement. Going Global went to Goodwood and won on very soft ground, when he didn't get out until 50 yards from the line. He'll keep his entry in the Derby, so you can see how highly we think of him. We're aiming to start off in a limited stakes and if he proved good enough to win that, then we'd go for one of the Derby trials. Caballe finished second of 18 at Doncaster to Interlude of Michael Stoute's. She's good - just how good, we don't know, but she is good. We'll hopefully be heading to the Oaks.
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