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
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Buttoned up: Ryan Reynolds with Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’
filmFor every box-office smash in his Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. Now he says it's time for a reboot
News
people
News
Actress Julianne Moore wins the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for 'Still Alice' during the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California
people
Sport
Ross Barkley
footballPaul Scholes says it's time for the Everton playmaker to step up and seize the England No 10 shirt
News
'We will fix it': mice in the 1970s children’s programme Bagpuss
science
Life and Style
2 Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette
fashion
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
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

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Executive

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Retail Buyer / Ecommerce Buyer

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - CAD Software Solutions Sales

£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...

Ashdown Group: Client Accountant Team Manager - Reading

Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?