Dark horses that can light up the Flat

As the new season gathers pace next week with a series of Classic trials, Chris McGrath picks 10 to watch

Captain Cat

4-y-o gelding by Dylan Thomas: Form figures 5/312- (trained by Roger Charlton)

A light career to date, but has had a giant frame to fill. Tested out his handicap rating over a mile at Ascot in October, and tanked along before flattening into second. Bred to stay beyond a mile but cruising speed commends a possible return to the same track for the Hunt Cup.

Dare To Achieve

3-y-o colt by Galileo: 3- (William Haggas)

Had presumably been showing plenty to start favourite for his debut at Newmarket in September, and duly travelled well before fading into sixth of 19. Build and pedigree together promise significant improvement over middle distances.

Elusivity

5-y-o gelding by Elusive City: 05099- (David O'Meara)

Has always travelled with a gusto that suggests he could hold his own in a higher grade and has now moved from Brian Meehan to a trainer with a conspicuous record of improving recruits from elsewhere.

Greatwood

3-y-o colt by Manduro: 231- (Luca Cumani)

Though guaranteed to flourish over middle distances, he was well backed for his debut over just seven furlongs and did really well to get up in a sprint finish on his final start. Has some fancy entries but should first get to work with a rating of 84.

Moohaajim

3-y-o colt by Cape Cross: 1512- (Marco Botti)

Can give his trainer a breakthrough Group One success on home soil, having got within a neck of doing so in the Middle Park Stakes. Has every right to improve again at a mile – both on pedigree and the power of his finish.

Nabucco

4-y-o colt by Dansili: 4210- (John Gosden)

Out of the brilliant Cape Verdi, he laid solid foundations in maidens before disappointing at the Newmarket July Festival. Will return as a mature horse and handicapped to make up for lost time.

Plutocracy

3-y-o colt by Dansili: 067- (David Lanigan)

Started out in the same maiden as Dare To Achieve but proved very green. Seemed to be learning in both subsequent spins and is bred to come into his own when stepping up in trip.

Tajheez

3-y-o gelding by Raven's Pass: 083- (Roger Varian)

Acquired a handicap mark of 62 in three spins in the mud last autumn. He showed more on each occasion and, well bred, could prove a different proposition on better ground.

Tribal Path

3-y-o colt by Giant's Causeway: 69-1 (Mark Johnston)

Resurfaced for a stylish success round Lingfield in January and promises to prove far better than an opening mark of 75 as he gains strength and steps up in trip.

Yair Hill

5-y-o gelding by Selkirk: 44007- (Kevin Ryan)

Has travelled like a good horse and always had the physique to keep developing. Campaigned almost exclusively at seven furlongs, he has slipped down the weights if his new trainer is disposed to experiment.

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Hartwright (8.30 Wolverhampton) Well backed when putting it all together in a nursery over course and distance in the autumn. Looks ahead of the game on his return.

Next best

Vinnie My Boy (4.00 Wetherby) Won a couple of bumpers last summer and could prove well treated now he switches to handicap company for a trainer right back in form.

One to watch

A return to form from Ted's Brother (Richard Guest) Was anticipated in the betting at Newcastle last Saturday but he was set plenty to do before finishing well for second.

Where the money's going

Betfred have eased Kingsbarns to 5-1 from 4-1 for the Investec Derby as money comes for his stablemate, Mars, now 7-1 from 10-1.

Travel
travel
News
Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014
peopleTim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
News
Jamie and Emily Pharro discovering their friend's prank
video
Arts and Entertainment
tv
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
techApp to start sending headlines, TV clips and ads to your phone
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift crawls through the legs of twerking dancers in her 'Shake It Off' music video
musicEarl Sweatshirt thinks so
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in What If
filmReview: Actor swaps Harry Potter for Cary Grant in What If
News
Our resilience to stress is to a large extent determined by our genes
science
Travel
travel
Sport
sportBesiktas 0 Arsenal 0: Champions League qualifying first-leg match ends in stalemate in Istanbul
News
Pornography is more accessible - and harder to avoid - than ever
news... but they still admit watching it
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
musicKate Bush asks fans not to take photos at London gigs
News
i100
Extras
indybest
Sport
Manchester United are believed to have made a £15m bid for Marcos Rojo
sportWinger Nani returns to Lisbon for a season-long loan as part of deal
News
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Sales Representative, Birmingham

£25-£30k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major well established nationwide market...

C# .NET Developer (SQL, ASP.NET, JS, MVC) London - Finance

£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Develo...

Marketing & Commnunications Executive, London

£30000 - £34000 per annum: Charter Selection: This highly successful organisat...

C# .NET Developer (ASP.NET, JavaScript HTML, CSS) Finance

£60000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Develo...

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment