Resit for Hills' Pupil as he tests the class of '12

 

Newmarket

In common with everyone who thought there was supposed to be a recession, Charlie Hills has found the going tough at Tattersalls this week. The strength and diversity of overseas interest – combined with fresh admiration for Galileo, sire of Frankel – has disclosed bewildering resilience in the yearling market. Though Hills has managed the last bid on a couple of lots, he finds himself among many relying on Book Two of the catalogue, next week, to introduce fresh blood to his Lambourn stable.

The next 48 hours could prove a great help. Tomorrow, on the Rowley Mile, Hills saddles runners in three of the big juvenile races on Future Champions' Day. Before he can start dreaming of next year's Classics, however, he must turn his attention to one that got away this time round.

Model Pupil has not been seen since the Chester Vase in May, beaten a nose after hitting top gear just too late in the short straight. The colt resurfaces in a conditions race at York today, over a shorter distance but a much more galloping track. "I'm really looking forward to having him back," Hills said. "He had an injury, but he's done very well physically, and I'm very pleased with the way he's moving. He'll stay in training and should stay well next year."

Hills was pleasantly surprised to see just five others declared against Funk Soul Brother in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes. "He came back from the Coventry with sore shins," he said. "But I don't know what went wrong at Newbury last time. His work had been really good."

Glenard tackles the Autumn Stakes after a debut success at Doncaster, while Just The Judge is among the favourites for the Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes after winning both starts at Newbury. "Glenard surprised us, because we thought he'd need the run," Hills admitted. "I loved his attitude, he really looked like he wanted it."

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Natural Bloom (4.15 York) Having made quiet progress in maidens, this very well-bred filly now looks ready to exploit a fair opening mark for her handicap career.

Next best

Burning Blaze (2.00 York) Worth another chance after disappointing in his first nursery, his maiden over course and distance having proved strong form.

One to watch

Aniseed (William Haggas) Will come into her own over longer trips, finding her stride late for fourth in a Listed race over 10f at Newmarket last weekend.

Where the money's going

Countrywide Flame, the Triumph Hurdle winner, is 8-1 favourite from 9-1 with Coral for the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket tomorrow.

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
Kirk Cameron is begging his Facebook fans to give him positive reviews
film
Sport
premier leagueMatch report: Arsenal 1 Man United 2
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Sport
Jonny May scores for England
rugby unionEngland 28 Samoa 9: Wing scores twice to help England record their first win in six
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
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

Reach Volunteering: Financial Trustee and Company Secretary

Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Project Manager

£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Shopfitter

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Sales Account Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Account Manager...

Day In a Page

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, say DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin