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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.

Eye-catchers to follow (1st-15th July)

Below I have three eye-catchers that have all run over the past month that are worth following in the coming weeks. We will be having this as a regular update on a weekly/bi-weekly basis.

Lufricia: A filly from the Roger Varian stable that was just chinned last time out having won for us the time before at big odds. She was unfortunate to bump into Queen’s Gift last time at Doncaster who has since franked the form by winning easily at Ripon on the 15th July. For good measure the 3rd has also gone on to win at Catterick next time out. She’s a banker in similar company next time out and looks at least 5lbs+ well in on that most recent run. If kept to 5f she will be a force to be reckoned with wherever she goes next and is considered up to pattern class in time.

One Master: A ‘nearly’ horse for us last time out when arguably she should have won the Falmouth. She had plenty of ground to make up and was arguably delivered a little late by James Doyle on the day. Prior to that she placed in the Group 1 Queen Anne for us at 33/1 and will surely be up to landing another Group 1 before too long with a slightly better judged ride. One to note for the second-half of the Flat Season.

Bullington Boy: From the small but very shrewd Jane Chapple-Hyman stable this three-old colt remains with bags of potential when seen under the right conditions. He failed to handle the AW last time out at Kempton and was positioned on the wrong part of the track on the 10th July (inside was riding the deepest having been harrowed that week). He’s considered a well handicapped horse and on the back of his Newmarket run in a 0-85 earlier in the summer he’ll be picking up a decent handicap this summer back on the turf in a 0-75 or 0-80 handicap.