Horses To Follow (16th – 22nd August)

A brilliant summer so far on the service with a Return on Investment of 63% for May, 49% for June, 44% for July and an excellent 59% so far for August we find ourselves in some of the best form we have seen in the 8 years in which this service has been operating!

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Highlights this month have included maximum selection Ensemble (9/4) bolting up at Lingfield as well as our French contact giving us three winners at 9/2, 4/1 and 4/1.

Over the past week, at York and elsewhere, there have been several horses that have caught the eye and I have included four eye-catchers below that will be well worth keeping on side:


Hurricane Ivor (William Haggas) – It has become apparent by now that this four-year old needs a sound surface to be seen to best effect and having run a blinder at Ascot in the Heritage Handicap when drawn on the wrong side of the track, this sprinter bounced right back to form following a poor effort at Goodwood on soft ground with a big run in defeat York. Having been caught too far back he finished with running left into a close-up 3rd under Tom Marquand and the stable feel that, granted the luck in running he needs, he can be winning again very soon.

Montather (Roger Varian) – This gelding by Dubawi was given a dreadful ride at York when last seen and having had no luck whatsoever when in need of a gap he was beaten a little over 3L into 6th. Off what will no doubt be the same mark, if not lower, next time around he’ll remain of significant interest with more to offer granted suitable conditions.

Mitbaahy (Roger Varian) – A sprinter that has shown a chunk of progression of late having run far better than his finishing position of 3rd suggests last week at York when upped significantly in grade into Listed company. Having been positioned close up to a frenetic pace he paid the price late on having traded as short as 1.55 in running it’s clear that he remains destined to do better still and with an entry in both the Weatherby’s 2-y-o stakes on the 9th of September as well as the Mill Reef Stakes on the 18th of September he remains a colt to keep firmly on side granted a better judged ride next time out.

Tadita Twitch (Ed Dunlop) – This filly by Siyouni was given a very strange ride under Saffie Osborne when finishing 2nd to the well touted Summer’s Day and whether this was by design to protect her handicap mark remains to be seen. Reports from the yard however are that her mark of 76 remains a lenient one and she’s expected to take advantage very soon.


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5 To Follow

A brilliant months on the service with a Return on Investment of 63% for May, 49% for June and 44% for July with some brilliant highlights including the smart newcomer Bayside Boy (14/1) last month among many others. A phenomenal level of consistency over the course of the summer and long may this continue with some the very exciting two-year old’s still to run as well as one special handicap plot I’ve been waiting quite some time for!

Of course it goes without saying that not all of our selections can win and several have caught the eye of late. Below I have included five eye-catchers that are worth keeping on side and putting in your trackers:


MANAAFITH– A well bred daughter of Exceed and Excel, she shaped with bundles of promise on debut at Newbury last month when green throughout before seeing off her race well into a clear 2nd. Having reportedly improved plenty at home since she’s expected to be tough to beat when out later in the week.


SOLAR SCREEN – A unfortunate 2nd at Ripon earlier in the week this David Simcock trained four-year old will get his compensation very soon having been badly short of room in the final half-furlong. Granted a clear run he likely would have won and in a similar contest, possibly back up in trip, he’s expected to win wherever he goes next.


TIMELESS SOUL – An improving Roger Varian trained filly by Night of Thunder, she took a further step forward on her handicap debut at Glorious Goodwood when appreciating the step up in trip to 1m2f for the first time. Having done all of her best work at the finish she’s felt more than capable of picking up a handicap off her current mark, quite possibly over further still.


MYSTERY FOX  This Roger Varian colt’s work remains good enough to suggest he can win a handicap or two and having been outpaced and caught too far back at Chelmsford last month he failed to run his race last time week at Newmarket


TALL ORDER – A well regarded horse by the Michael Bell yard, this son of Muhaarar ran a cracker on his seasonal return last month at Leicester. He has stripped fitter for that outing and is a horse to keep on side wherever he goes next.

Flat Horses to note for 2020 (Part II)

Following on from my first post earlier in the week with five flat horses to follow, we have a further four horses of interest, all of which have been working well at home in recent weeks and will be worth monitoring closely this season. The disruption all sports have faced in recent weeks and months has been considerable, but I am pleased to say that there are some extremely exciting juveniles here in Newmarket to look forward to over the coming weeks, all of which we will be the first on prices permitting!

Satono Japan – This Sir Michael Stoute trained colt by Deep Impact created a striking impression on debut for a stable that usually tend to lack winning newcomers. Having overcome inexperience at Kempton on the 23rd October he won with far more in hand than the winning margin suggested that day and looks sure to go on to better things this season when stepped up in trip and switched to the turf. His work over the past few weeks has been excellent and with an entry for the Derby this summer he will be of interest wherever he goes next.

Thumur – The Owen Burrows stable gave us some excellent information last year and this colt by Golden Horn made a belated but pleasing debut on the 28th October at Kempton when finishing just over 3.5L behind subsequent winner Ya Hayati. Having been slow away on debut and short of room at a crucial stage that run can certainly be upgraded with some excellent late ground being made up once the penny had dropped. This colt has a touch of quality about him and is well up to winning a maiden or novice on re-appearance. There are also some exciting horses among the two-year old ranks for the season ahead that will be sent out on the private service over the coming weeks.

Waliyak – A frustrating filly for us last season when she was unfortunate not to win on her second outing for us at Newmarket, this daughter of Le Havre has been in excellent order at home lately and her work suggests she is going to make up into a much better three-year old this season with an opening handicap mark of 84 looking a fair one. Her work partner has also been going extremely well and will be of significant interest when she makes her handicap debut – we will be the first on!

Kirstenbosch went into a Listed contest at York last July off the back of two excellent runs at both Redcar and Chelsmford and although she failed to make an impact upped in grade on her most recent start, this fillie’s inexperience was still evident throughout. That race has thrown up plenty of winners and the latest reports from the James Fanshawe stable here in Newmarket are positive ones. This daughter of Mount Nelson has strengthened up considerably and the stable feel she can very much hold her own in pattern company this year.

Flat Horses to note for 2020

Since Mid-March and a lucrative Cheltenham Festival we have been through a lot and after a lengthy wait it appears there’s now some light at the end of the tunnel with UK racing set to resume on June 1st or soon after all being well.

I want to take today to highlight 5 horses that I suspect will go on to bigger and better things this season. A further 5 will follow next week.


Fox Chairman: Trained by Andrew Balding, this King Power owned colt by Kingman will look to follow in the footsteps of late stablemate Beat The Bank who was a stalwart for the stable before losing his life in the Summer Mile at Ascot in July last year. The Andrew Balding stable was a successful source of information for us last season and I am told Fox Chairman will be a horse to follow this season. Having beaten the now 97 rated Migration comfortably on debut he subsequently finished 3rd in the Dee Stakes behind the 112 rated Mohawk and 118 rated Circus Maximus (won a Group 1 since). He has reportedly matured both physically and mentally over the winter and spring and he’s expected to make up into a rock-solid Group performer this year.

Via De Vega: Another Andrew Balding trained horse, this colt by Lope De vega did well to overcome inexperience to win on debut at Sandown in September before understandably coming up short in Group 1 company at Saint-Cloud a month later when failing to handle testing ground. He’s considered a very exciting prospect indeed and will be a horse to follow this year when on better ground.

Waldkonig: Subject of good reports prior to making his debut this colt, another son of Kingman, produced an eye-catching display at Wolverhampton in December to win by an ever-growing 9 length margin. The performance was somewhat reminiscent of Jack Hobbs for the same stable who won over the same C&D before going on to Group 1 success and a rating of 121. It is too early to tell if Waldkonig is going to go on to similar heights, but his homework lately suggests he has the ability to progress into a Group performer this season when stepped up in trip to middle distances.

Impatient: This Ralph Beckett trained horse may be rated just 79 but he produced a much improved effort at Kempton last October having been gelded when winning with something to spare under Harry Bentley. The stable feel his mark of 79 is still a generous one and the gelding operation has transformed him into a different horse for the season ahead.

Duel In The Sun: An unraced colt by Sea The Stars, this Charlie Fellowes trained horse is held in high regard by his stable. A few minor setbacks kept him off the track last Autumn, but following some excellent work at home in recent weeks this breeze-ups purchase will be a horse to follow this season.