National Hunt Horses To Follow 2021/22

BALLYBEGG (6 b g Mahler – Rebel Flyer (Presenting))
Form: 3/2119-  Trainer: Kerry Lee  Owner: Glass Half Full

A seven-race maiden in the point-to-point sphere, he confirmed the promise shown in a bumper at Doncaster (for Warren Greatrex) and a 2m ½f novice hurdle at Bangor when winning a 2m 3½f maiden hurdle at Hereford in January by 18 lengths. He showed good battling qualities when following up under a penalty in a 2m 3½f novices’ hurdle at Wetherby the following month, fending off the challenge of Papa Charley Tango. His final outing of the season saw him finish a 27-length ninth of 17 in a 3m ½f handicap hurdle at Aintree, unable to sustain his challenge from off the pace. He is very much the type to do better still over fences this term, by a sire whose stock are noted for excelling over the larger obstacles and from a stable adept with such types.

CALL OF THE WILD (4 b g Fame And Glory – Glory Days (Tiger Hill))
Form:Trainer: Alan King  Owner: John P McManus

Half-brother to dual bumper/dual 2m hurdle winner Master Red, dual bumper winner My Inheritance and very useful multiple 1m Flat/2m-2m 1f hurdle winner Chatez. This nicely-bred gelding made an impressive winning debut in a bumper at Huntingdon back in May (11/4 market leader), travelling powerfully just off the pace and quickening to lead with over two furlongs left to run, soon clear as he ran out an emphatic 8½-length scorer over Urban Grit. It was a visually taking display, with the third’s next-time-out win adding some substance to the style. Both his pedigree and the speed he showed on debut suggests he is well worth a crack at one of the better bumpers staged this autumn in order to test his championship bumper credentials for later on in the season.

CEDARWOOD ROAD (6 b g Stowaway – Valleyboggan (Saddlers’ Hall))
Form: 1/721F-  Trainer: Gearoid O’Loughlin  Owner: Chris Jones

Out of a half-sister to smart jumper Felix Yonger, this gelding quickly made up into a very useful novice hurdler during 2019/20, signing off a three-race campaign with victory in a 2m Listed event at Naas. Following a considerate introduction over fences he chased home the smart The Big Getaway in a 2m 5f beginners chase at Leopardstown over the Christmas period, simply no match for that rival. He duly went one better in a similar event at Gowran Park in early March before falling at the tenth fence in a 2m 4f Grade 1 novice chase at Fairyhouse a month later. He is still low mileage, especially over fences, and while he may ultimately prove shy of mixing it at the highest level, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see him develop into a contender for something like the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham next March.

COACHMAN (5 b g Maresca Sorrento – La Pelodette (Sagamix))
Form: 31–  Trainer: Oliver Signy  Owner: Mrs Sarah McLean

Half-brother to once-raced bumper winner Au Fleuron. Dam a maiden half-sister to Grade 2-placed 2m 5f hurdle/very useful 2m 4f-3m chase winner Le Bec and bumper/smart multiple 2m hurdle (including twice at Listed level) winner Tocca Ferro. He won the second of his starts in point-to-points at Tipperary back in April, taking over between the final two fences and clearing right away on the run-in to score by 6 lengths. Coachman was picked up by current connections for £140,000 not long after, and he is very much bred to make an immediate impact at 2m under Rules, as evidenced by his year younger half-brother making a winning start in bumper company back in the spring (himself sold for £220,000), while the dam’s hugely talented relation Tocca Ferro did similar before making up into a smart 2m hurdler. Incidentally, he will carry the same colours as those worn to victory on Rules debut last term by the useful Sambezi.

DELUXE RANGE (6 b g Westerner – Kildea Cailin (Anshan))
Form: 521323-  Trainer: Sandy Thomson  Owner: Watson & Lawrence

A maiden pointer who improved with each run and distance increase in novice/maiden hurdles towards the end of last year, culminating in victory in a 2m 6½f event at Kelso when drawing clear of the useful Le Cheval Noir to score by 2¾ lengths. He was unsuited by the step back in distance under a penalty at Newcastle next time and was far from disgraced when third in a 3m Listed event at Kelso on his final outing of the season, and he had run well in defeat when working hard to get the better of Tupelo Mississippi in a 2m 6f novices’ handicap hurdle at Newcastle in between those efforts – only for old rival Le Cheval Noir to run him down close home. A brother to the good chaser Kupatana, it isn’t hard to envisage Deluxe Range doing better still over fences this term.

DONNA’S DOUBLE (5 b g Fair Mix – Elegant Accord (Accordion))
Form: 1-  Trainer: Sandy Thomson  Owner: D&D Armstrong Ltd

This gelding made a winning start to his career in a bumper at Newcastle back in March (not unfancied 9/1 chance), tanking along close to the pace and taking over with a little under half a mile left to run, kept up to his work as he began to idle inside the final furlong as he came home 1¾ lengths clear of Clear White Light. He was a fairly inexpensive purchase at €12,000 and his immediate family is rather sparse, though the likes of Carvill’s Hill and Flemenstar feature further back. However, he clearly possess a good amount of ability with the way he went about things first time up, hardly bred to shine in bumpers (sire’s progeny notorious for improving over obstacles). That Donna’s Double was able to make a winning start in that sphere bodes incredibly well for his future prospects, and he ought to make his mark in 2m 4f+ novice hurdles up north this season.

ENTRE DEUX (7 b g Khalkevi – Evitta (Le Triton))
Form: 80664-  Trainer: Paul Henderson  Owner: S Tulk

Entre Deux looked a strong stayer in point-to-points, getting up late to win at Aghabullogue last January and again running on well when second at Ballyvodock the following month, soon after which he joined current connections. He didn’t shape at all badly on his Rules debut in a bumper at Ascot but finished lame when tailed off at Warwick next time. His three runs in maiden/novice hurdles thereafter all hinted at better to come, specifically in handicaps from an opening mark of 109. He would be of particular interest if switched straight over fences, with his sire’s progeny particularly effective in that discipline and his stable enjoying the bulk of its success with chasers.

FRINGILL DIKE (4 ch g Mahler – Credo Star (Presenting))
Form: 1-  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Caron & Paul Chapman

€20,000 first foal of an Irish 2m-2m 4f hurdle winner who was a half-sister to 3m Grade 2 hurdle winner/Albert Bartlett runner-up Mossley, family of good jumpers Commanche Court and Golan Way. This nicely-bred gelding made a winning start to his career in a bumper at Hexham back in April (7/2 co-favourite), racing somewhat exuberantly in behind the pacesetters and coming wide into the home straight, running green off the bridle initially but picking up well to lead over a furlong out and strong at the finish as he saw off Ailes d’Amour by 2½ lengths. Given his evident inexperience and predominantly jumps pedigree, the fact he was able to make a winning start in a bumper is to his credit, the power-packed finish he produced after racing with zest the hallmark of one with a big engine. So long as he cultivates a more professional edge as he gains experience, Fringill Dike ought to make a significant impact over hurdles on the northern scene over the coming months.

GALLOW FORD (6 b g Westerner – Magical Theatre (King’s Theatre))
Form: 555621-  Trainer: Katy Price  Owner: Nick Elliott

This dual winning pointer shaped like the future chasing prospect he is when contesting a trio of novice hurdles at Hereford, Wincanton and Kempton, unable to remain/get competitive. He got better by the run in handicap company, narrowly denied in a 2m 3½f contest at Chepstow in April before going one better at Exeter over a furlong shorter a couple of weeks later, travelling best and finding plenty for pressure from two out to score by 2¾ lengths from Magic Dancer. Just 4lbs higher for that victory, he will remain competitive in that discipline, but it’s over fences where the very best of Gallow Ford will be seen.

GENTLEMAN JOE (3 b c Authorized – Bella Lulu (Iffraaj))
Form:  Trainer: Henry de Bromhead  Owner: Robcour

Lightly raced on the Flat for Joseph Tuite, he built on the promise shown on his sole outing at two at Kempton when landing a 1m median auction maiden back there in March (strong 2/1 chance), leading over a furlong out and soon in control as he saw off Prontissimo (a dual winner since and now rated 91) by 3¾ lengths. He was highly tried thereafter and showed a similar level of form when sixth in a 1m 1f Listed event at Newmarket next time and third of six behind smart pair Lone Eagle and Yibir in the 11f Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood next time. He could hardly have joined a better outfit with which to embark on a juvenile hurdling campaign, while his sire’s progeny – notably via the likes of Goshen, Nichols Canyon and Tiger Roll – have enjoyed plenty of success over timber. Should he take to hurdling, it would be rather disappointing if Gentleman Joe couldn’t reach a high level in the juvenile hurdling division.

GLENDRUID (7 b g Beneficial – Carrigeen Diamond (Old Vic))
Form: 08/7-41  Trainer: Neil Mulholland  Owner: Murphys Law (Ireland) Syndicate

A well-related sort who offered little more than a modicum of promise in a handful of outings in Ireland for Colm Murphy, and he proved somewhat disappointing when well-supported on his stable/British debut in a 2m 1½f novices’ hurdle at Fontwell in May. He relished the step up to 2m 7f, the move into handicap company and more forceful tactics when getting off the mark at Bangor at the end of July, making all and turning the screw from before three out, responding generously for pressure to run out a 3¼-length winner over next-time-out scorer White Walker. Up 7lbs for that success, Glendruid is liable to go on improving for a good while yet, just two runs into his time with this stable and having scope for further improvement, especially once going chasing.

HERE WE HAVE IT (6 b g Mahler – Islands Sister (Turtle Island))
Form: 22-  Trainer: Laura Morgan  Owner: Hanbury & Fretwell

A three-time runner-up in point-to-points, Here We Have It has also endured a couple of near misses in his first two outings under Rules, starting with a half-length second to Aviewtosea in a bumper at Carlisle last November. He filled the same position on his hurdling debut when contesting a 2m novice event at Newcastle the following month, travelling better than most but proving no match whatsoever for Tommy’s Oscar. That one’s subsequent achievements (has won twice more since, finished third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and is now rated 139) rather puts that performance into perspective, and it’s worth remembering how well this gelding had travelled that day. Here We Have It is bred to stay well and jump fences in time, so that he was able to show as much as he did over 2m last term bodes well. He ought to find 3m within range.

HILLCREST (6 br g Stowaway – Shop Dj (Dushyantor))
Form: 21-  Trainer: Henry Daly  Owner: Trevor Hemmings

The second foal of his high-class dam, he fetched €190,000 at auction and nearly made the perfect start to his career in a bumper at Doncaster in January, failing by just a nose to reel in odds-on favourite Wiseguy. He went one better at Wetherby the following month but it didn’t look at all likely at one stage, looking held in third early in the straight but aided by the errancy of the eventual third cutting across the challenging runner-up, picking up strongly to mow them both down near the finish and score by a neck. He is a sizeable individual, coming in at a reported 18hh, so that he was able to prove such a competitive force in bumpers marks him out as a very exciting prospect for novice hurdles this season. It is highly likely he will require further than 2m from the outset.

JAY BEE WHY (6 b g Yeats – Lady Bernie (Supreme Leader))
Form: 0/1515-  Trainer: Alan King  Owner: David J S Sewell & Tim Leadbitter

Picked up for £68,000 following his point-to-point win, this gelding proved a bitter disappointment on his Rules debut when finishing 10th of 13 in a bumper at Newbury last January. Given time and a breathing operation in the interim, he made a winning return/hurdling debut in a 2m 5f maiden contest at Warwick in December, making smooth headway from the fourth last flight and taking over approaching two out, forging clear to eventually score by 9½ lengths. His relative inexperience perhaps told when only fifth in a Grade 2 event over the same course and distance the following month, but he returned to winning ways in a 2m 3f novices’ hurdle back there next time, clearing away on the run-in to score by 7 lengths. He signed off with a creditable fifth place finish in a 2m 4f Grade 1 event at Aintree in April, soon on the retreat after a mistake at the third last flight. Another summer on his back is sure to see Jay Bee Why better equipped to cope with such demands over larger obstacles this term, all over a chasing type (from the family of Calgary Bay, Grey Abbey and The Grey Monk).

KING ORRY (6 b g Oscar – Deer Island Peg (Bob’s Return))
Form: 900U-  Trainer: Sue Gardner  Owner: Gardner Wheeler

Out a winning half-sister to very smart jumper Peddlers Cross (by Oscar), King Orry has yet to show much in four outings, racing keenly and dropping away tamely on his debut in a bumper at Exeter in January. He was then rushed through novice hurdles at Wincanton (2m, twice) and Taunton (2m 3f), never involved on the first occasion and fading from prominence next time before unseating when well held on his third hurdles run. He has been handed a lowly mark of 87 with which to go handicapping and the vast majority of his stable’s winners are gained in that sphere, so it would come as no surprise to see King Orry prove more competitive at some point this campaign.

MARBLE SANDS (5 gr g Martaline – Sans Rien (Poliglote))
Form: 5152-  Trainer: Fergal O’Brien  Owner: DL Adams, JA Adams & G McPherson

A well-bred individual who confirmed the promise of his debut fifth in a bumper at Warwick last October when scoring at Ascot some four weeks later, travelling strongly close up and taking over going easily early in the home straight, running green off the bridle but always doing enough as he came home 2½ lengths clear of Italian Spirit. He attempted to make all and was far from disgraced when fifth in a Listed event over the same course and distance next time, though he could only manage a 4¾-length second to the speedy Washington at Huntingdon in March. His latest effort rather confirmed that he is ready to step up in distance/switch to hurdling, done for speed in a tactical affair last time. Bred to excel over obstacles, he could make into a useful hurdler this term.

MUMBO JUMBO (5 b g Califet – Touched By Angels (Saffron Walden))
Form: 2-  Trainer: Emma Lavelle  Owner: Nick Mustoe

The second foal of an unraced half-sister to smart jumper Morning Assembly, this gelding shaped with a deal of promise on his sole outing to date in a bumper at Newbury back in January (18/1 chance). He raced close to the action throughout and travelled strongly, still going easily over two furlongs out but showing signs of inexperience once asked to close down the leader, eventually having to settle for a 1½-length second to Fine Casting (8 lengths clear of remainder). His relative inexperience to that of the winner was a crucial factor, but it was a highly encouraging start to his career in a race that has worked out well. Bred to make his mark over obstacles, he ought to make above-average progress in the novice hurdle division over trips in excess of 2m this term.

NOT LONG NOW (5 b g Flemensfirth – Drop of Spirit (Westerner))
Form: 2-  Trainer: Evan Williams  Owner: Mr & Mrs William Rucker

Second foal of an unraced half-sister to 3m Grade 1 hurdle winner Prince of Scars (by Flemensfirth) and very useful staying chaser Folsom Blue. His only outing to date came in a bumper at Huntingdon (for Mel Rowley) in April, racing in midfield and creeping closer until challenging two furlongs out, unable to go with Shantou’s Melody inside the final furlong and coming home 8 lengths adrift of that rival at the line. He was purchased for £70,000 by new connections a month later and appeals as the type to make into a useful novice hurdler this term, bred to jump and stay further than 2m in time.

PARRAMOUNT (5 b g Mount Nelson – Queen Soraya (Persian Bold))
Form: 2218-  Trainer: Charlie Longsdon  Owner: Andrew Fox-Pitt

A half-brother to connections’ smart jumper Snow Leopardess, this gelding had to settle for second in a pair of heavy-ground bumpers at Haydock and Wetherby last December, picked off very late on debut before unable to put a seal on matters having travelled well when chasing home Mr Glass on the latter occasion. He went one better at Stratford some 11 weeks later, travelling typically well and settling matters in clinical fashion, and he was far from disgraced when eighth in the Grade 2 bumper at Aintree the following month. Half-sister Snow Leopardess was useful in bumpers but got better with age/when going jumping and Parramount is likely to follow suit this season, certainly having the physical scope to reach a useful level at least in that sphere.

PATS FANCY (6 b g Oscar – Pat’s Darling (Supreme Leader))
Form: 612P06-  Trainer: Rebecca Curtis  Owner: Hydes, McDermott, Spencer, Frobisher & Lee

Out of a half-sister to Champion Chase winner Big Zeb (by Oscar), this gelding shaped with promise on debut in a bumper at Ffos Las last October though wasn’t so good next time at Hereford. He made a successful switch to timber when landing a 2m 4f maiden hurdle back at Ffos Las a couple of weeks later, overcoming a couple of novicey jumps to come clear between the final two flights and see off Gladiateur Allen by 2¼ lengths. He ran well in defeat in a 3m Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham but came unstuck on his next three outings, pulled up in a similar event at Doncaster next time before predictably coming up short at the top level at Cheltenham and Aintree. So long as those experiences haven’t soured him, Pats Fancy’s potential remains intact for novice chasing, very much bred to excel over fences and representing a stable that does well with such types.

SAM BARTON (6 b g Black Sam Bellamy – Bartons Bride (Anshan))
Form: 3/5214-  Trainer: Emma Lavelle  Owner: Trevor Hemmings

This gelding’s pedigree isn’t much to write home about, but he is a physically imposing sort who showed promise on his sole outing in a bumper at Exeter back in February 2020. He shaped well in defeat in a 2m 3½f maiden hurdle at Chepstow on his return last October before finishing second to Optimise Prime in a novice event over the same sort of trip at Hereford the following month. He went one better in a maiden hurdle at Doncaster (2m 3½f), travelling best and merely kept up to his work to score before running with plenty of credit when fourth in the EBF Final at Sandown. Sam Barton built up a good profile over timber last term, much to his credit considering he has the make and shape of one that will positively thrive over the larger obstacles. He rates a cracking novice chasing prospect for the 2021/22 season.

SHANTOU’S MELODY (5 b g Shantou – Glen’s Melody (King’s Theatre))
Form: 421-  Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill  Owner: Perfect Strangers Partnership

A €72,000 first foal of a 2m 2f/2m 4f Grade 1 hurdle winner, he found only a Flat-bred rival too good on his debut in a bumper at Fontwell last September though could only match that form when fifth in a stronger race at Cheltenham the following month. He was wisely given a break thereafter and duly returned with victory in calmer waters at Huntingdon in mid-April, waited with and travelling powerfully throughout, taking over in the home straight and forging clear inside the final furlong to score by 8 lengths from Not Long Now. His pedigree alone points to him doing even better over obstacles, also shaping last time as though a stiffer test of stamina would bring about significant improvement. It would be disappointing if Shantou’s Melody couldn’t develop into an above-average 2m 4f+ novice hurdler this season.

TIME FOR TIMONE (6 b g Mahler – Letterwoman (Fourstars Allstar))
Form: 7-7545  Trainer: Alex Hales  Owner: S Brackenbury

A half-brother to useful 2m 3f-3m chase winner The Kings Writ who made little impact in bumpers, and he has clearly been brought along with handicaps in mind over hurdles so far, kept to 2m for all three runs at sharp tracks and racing off the pace each time. He has been handed an opening mark of 97 with which to go handicapping and appeals strongly as the type to enjoy a far more productive time of things in that discipline, particularly once tackling longer trips (has the likes of Grand National winner Ballabriggs and Scottish Grand National third Out The Black in his pedigree).

TIP TOP MOUNTAIN (6 b g Mountain High – The Central Lady (Lord Americo))
Form: 080-  Trainer: Robert Walford  Owner: R J Brown

£30,000 point-to-point winner (at the third time of asking) who was another to be hurried through maiden/novice hurdles over inadequate distances in order to acquire a mark. He has been handed a rating of 93 with which to tackle handicaps, representing a stable that enjoys plenty of success in that sphere, especially chasers. Tip Top Mountain promises to prove a far more competitive force in 3m+ handicap chases this term from his lowly opening mark.

TWOMINUTES TURKISH (6 ch g Mahler – Kilbarry Cliche (Classic Cliche))
Form: 6/124P-  Trainer: Chris Gordon  Owner: The Cabal

A second foal of an unraced half-sister to high-class chaser Racing Demon, he unsurprisingly lacked the speed to get competitive in a pair of bumpers at Newbury and Huntingdon during the 2019/2020 season. He showed immediate improvement for a switch to timber when landing a 2m maiden hurdle at Fakenham on his seasonal reappearance last October and followed that with a second place finish to the very useful Cadzand in a 2m novices’ hurdle at Warwick the following month, attempting to make all under an attacking ride but absolutely no match for the winner. He wasn’t seen again until the spring, kept to 2m and finishing fourth at Warwick before turning in a lacklustre effort on his handicap debut at Sandown. For all his season ended on something of a low note, there is almost certainly better to come from Twominutes Turkish once tried over further than 2m, with his limit seemingly reached at that distance now. He also appeals as the type that will make more of an impact once going chasing, having both the pedigree and physique for that discipline.

UNRACED

BEN BULBEN (4 b g Yeats – Mystic Masie (Turgeon))
Trainer: Harry Fry  Owner: Tom Chadney & More Friends  Sales price: €10,000 (T Chadney)

Half-brother to 2m Grade 2 hurdle/2m 5f Grade 2 chase winner Angels Breath and bumper/2m 4f hurdle winner Outofthisworld. Dam an unraced half-sister to 2m Listed hurdle/smart dual 2m chase winner Toubab, French 11f 3yo Flat/Listed-placed 2m 2f hurdle/Grade 2/3-placed 2m 1f-2m 3f chase winner Narock and useful maiden chaser Milanford out of a maiden half-sister to the dam of 2m Grade 2 hurdle winner/Champion Bumper third Pique Sous and Listed-placed bumper winner Laveroque.

BILLY BOI BLUE (4 b g Blue Bresil – Kentucky Sky (Cloudings))
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien  Owner: BDRSyndicates  Sales price: £21,000 (Graeme McPherson)

Half-brother to dual bumper/smart 2m-2m 4f hurdle (including at Listed level) winner Martello Sky, bumper/Listed-placed 2m-2m 2f hurdle winner Mystic Sky and Listed-placed bumper/dual 2m 4f hurdle winner Brief Ambition. Dam a Listed-placed bumper winner who was the daughter of an unraced half-sister to the dam of 2m Grade 2 hurdle winner General Miller.

BLUE HOP (4 b g Soldier of Fortune – Afaraka (Flemensfirth))
Trainer: Tom George  Owner: R S Brookhouse  Sales price: £80,000 (Shaun Brookhouse)

Fourth foal of an unraced half-sister to bumper/high-class 2m-2m 5f hurdle (including twice at Grade 2 level) winner Younevercall, Grade 3-placed Irish 2m-2m 3f hurdle winner Afasheen, dual bumper/2m 5f hurdle winner Ballyhenry and the maiden dam of 2m 4f Grade 1 hurdle winner Black Op; family of smart hurdlers Afsoun and Agrapart and smart/versatile jumper Balthazar King.

FIRESTREAM (4 b g Yeats – Swincombe Flame (Exit To Nowhere))
Trainer: Anthony Honeyball  Owner: Buckingham, Chapman, Langford & Ritzema  Sales price: £35,000 (Anthony Honeyball)

Full brother to dual bumper (including at Listed level)/smart dual 2m hurdle (including at Grade 2 level) winner Master Debonair and useful bumper winner Swincombe Fleat. Dam a dual bumper (including at Listed level)/Grade 2-placed 2m-2m 1f hurdle winner who was a sister to 2m 3f chase winner Lady Everywhere out of a 2m Flat/useful 2m 7f-3m hurdle winner.

HENRI THE SECOND (4 b g Saddler Maker – Rock Treasure (Video Rock))
Trainer: Paul Nicholls  Owner: Martin Broughton & Friends 7  Sales price: n/a

Half-brother to very useful dual bumper/2m 4f Grade 2 hurdle/Grade 3-placed 2m 7f-3m chase winner Enrilo and French APQS/Listed-placed 2m 2f hurdle/2m 1f chase winner Colere Noire. Dam a French 11.5-13f Flat/dual 2m 2f chase winner who was a half-sister to the dam of bumper/useful dual 2m hurdle winner Diamond Guy out of a French 2m 4f Grade 3 chase winner.

IDEM (3 b g Rail Link – Reflexion (Discover D’Auteuil))
Trainer: Lucinda Russell  Owner: The Boltons and Atholl Duncan  Sales price: €26,000 (Morten Buskop/Lucinda Russell)

Half-brother to French 2m 5f Listed hurdle winner Cote d’Azur and French 2m 1f-2m 2f hurdle winners Fortuitous and Honoris Causa. Dam a French 2m 2f Grade 3/Listed hurdle winner who was a half-sister to triple bumper/Grade 3-placed 2m-2m 1f hurdle/smart 2m 3f-3m 4f chase (including three times at Grade 3 level) winner Vieux Lion Rouge and French 2m 2f Listed winner Azza out of a Belgian 2m hurdle winning half-sister to Tolworth Hurdle winner Marcel and the dam of Irish 2m 4f Grade 2/3 chase winner Royal Rendezvous.

MONEY SPINNER (4 b g Soldier of Fortune – Floral Spinner (Alflora))
Trainer: Philip Hobbs  Owner: Alan Peterson  Sales price: n/a

First foal of a dual bumper/2m 3f-3m hurdle winner who was a half-sister to bumper/3m Grade 1 hurdle/3m Grade 2 chase winner Sam Spinner and bumper winner Misty Dawn out of a bumper winning half-sister to high-class jumper The Tsarevich, bumper/2m 5f hurdle/useful multiple 2m 4f chase winner Golden Spinner, the dam of 3m Grade 2/3 chase winner Gungadu and the great-grandam of Listed-placed dual bumper/dual 2m hurdle winner Apollo Lady.

NO RISK NO FUN (4 b g No Risk At All – Incorrigible (Septieme Ciel))
Trainer: Sam Thomas  Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd  Sales price: €35,000 (Highflyer Bloodstock)

Full brother to bumper/2m hurdle winners L’Incorrigible and Nickolson and a half-brother to 2m 2f hurdle/Grade 3-placed 2m-2m 3f chase winner Hollywoodien and bumper/useful 2m 3f-3m hurdle winner Jabulani. Dam an unraced half-sister to French 2m 3f Listed hurdle winner Dioscoride and the dams of dual Listed bumper winner Israel Champ and bumper winner/smart jumper Stellar Notion.

NOLLYADOR (4 b g No Risk At All – Playa du Charmil (Saint des Saints))
Trainer: Emma Lavelle  Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Nollyador  Sales price: £82,000 (Gerry Hogan Bloodstock)

Half-brother to once-raced bumper winner Peejaybee. Dam a maiden close relation to Grade 1-placed dual 2m hurdle/Grade 3-placed 2m 4f-3m chase winner Patman du Charmil and half-sister to French dual 2m 2f hurdle/2m 1f Grade 2 chase winner Pablo du Charmil.

NURSE SUSAN (4 ch f Doctor Dino – Hembra (Croco Rouge))
Trainer: Dan Skelton  Owner: Colm Donlon  Sales price: €32,000 (Vincent Le Roy)

Half-sister to bumper/useful 2m hurdle/2m-2m 1f chase winner Le Martalin and French 15f Flat/very useful Irish 2m hurdle winner Vision D’honneur. Dam a French 12f 3yo Flat winner from a good Flat family including South African triple 8/9f Grade 1 winner Captain America.

ONESTEPTWOSTEPS (4 b g Getaway – Total Gossip (Take Risks))
Trainer: Nick Gifford  Owner: Mrs L Bowtell & Mr P Bowtell  Sales price: £31,000 (Nick Gifford)

Third foal of a maiden half-sister to useful Irish triple bumper winner Macbride and bumper/dual 2m hurdle winner Are They Your Own out of a 12f 3yo winner who was a full sister to dual 2m Grade 1 hurdle winner Straw Bear.

PATAILLE (3 ch g Martaline – Panzella (Kahyasi))
Trainer: Jane Williams  Owner: Gascoigne Brookes Barker & Jakeman  Sales price: n/a

Full brother to bumper/useful 2m-2m 3f hurdle winner Prudhomme and a half-brother to Irish 2m 4f Grade 1 hurdle winner Pont Alexandre, Irish bumper/2m 4f hurdle winner Pont Aval and French 14-15f 3yo Flat/Listed-placed 2m 1f hurdle winner Ponte Fortune. Dam an unraced half-sister to Prix Kergorlay winner Ponte Tresa and French 12f 3yo Listed winner Pontille.

PICNIC IN THE PARK (4 b f Walk In The Park – Cherry Pie (Dolpour))
Trainer: Harry Fry  Owner: Trevor Hemmings  Sales price: n/a

Closely related to bumper/Grade 3-placed dual 2m hurdle winner Great Try (by Scorpion) and a half-sister to dual bumper/Grade 2-placed 2m 4f-3m hurdle (including at Grade 3 level) winner Stoney Mountain and 2m 4f hurdle winner Padstow Harbour. Dam a maiden half-sister to Grade 2-placed bumper/useful 2m 3f hurdle/dual 2m 4f Grade 2 chase winner The Nightingale.

SAINT BIBIANA (4 b f Sholokhov – En Vedette (Astarabad))
Trainer: Kim Bailey  Owner: Mrs M Peterson  Sales price: €20,000 (William Bryan)

Full sister to once-raced bumper winner Lady Adare and closely related to bumper winners Sabrina (by Yeats) and The Milan Girl (by Milan). Dam a French 2m 2f Listed hurdle winner who was a full sister to 2m 1f-2m 2f hurdle/Listed-placed 2m 1f-2m 4f chase winner Bretaye.

SCARFACE (4 b g Milan – Consider Her Lucky (Silvano))
Trainer: Colin Tizzard  Owner: Taylor & O’Dwyer  Sales price: €62,000 (Doyle/Tizzard)

Second foal of a maiden half-sister to Listed-placed 11f-2m Flat/high-class 2m-3m hurdle (including at Grade 1 level)/Grade 1-placed 2m 4f chase winner Catch Me and bumper/smart triple 2m hurdle (including at Grade 1 level)/2m-2m 4f chase winner Cash And Go out of a winning half-sister to the dam of bumper/2m 3f hurdle winner Caitys Joy; family of high-class Flat performers Inspiral, Medicean and Sanam.

Three-Year-Olds 2021

PATTERN CLASS

AROUSING (b f Kodiac – Enticing)

Form: 1-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Lael Stables

Closely related to triple Prix de la Foret winner One Master (by Fastnet Rock) out of a dual 5f Group 3 winning daughter of high-class sprinter Superstar Leo. This smartly-bred filly made a winning start to her career in a 6f fillies’ novice event at Yarmouth last September (4/1 chance). Slowly away and in rear off just an ordinary gallop, she began to move closer from halfway, having to wait for a gap to appear but forcing her way through to challenge approaching the final furlong, quickening smartly to lead inside the final 100 yards and going on to score by a neck from a battling Ville De Grace. For all she was receiving weight from the winner, Arousing did extremely well to get to the front at all given she challenged into a quickening pace, nicely on top come the line without her riding having to resort to the whip. Although the bulk of her pedigree suggests she should have been a precocious two-year-old, a few members of the family improved with age and racing. Open to significant improvement, it would be disappointing if this daughter of Kodiac wasn’t competing for black-type honours at some point during 2021.

HICKORY (b c Free Eagle – Badr Al Badoor)

Form: 1-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner Fred Archer Racing – Galliard

125,000gns half-brother to 6f Listed winner Archer’s Dream out of a useful 6-6.5f winning half-sister to high-class sprinters Profitable and Ridge Ranger. This colt’s sole outing to date came in a 7f novice contest at Yarmouth last August (7/1 chance), breaking slowly and racing in rear, still there but travelling better than most over two furlongs out, switched soon after and making good progress to lead entering the final furlong, driven out to score by 1¼ lengths from Ridgeway Avenue. It was performance more about style than substance, conceding both experience and track position to his rivals but still winning with plenty in hand, admittedly bred to be sharper than a few of his rivals on the dam’s side. That said, he hails from a stable that brings along its youngsters steadily, and the manner in which he sealed matters marked him down as an above-average prospect. Sensibly put away after that debut success, it would come as no surprise to see Hickory quickly make up into a very useful performer at least this term.

HURRICANE LANE (ch c Frankel – Gale Force)

Form: 1-  Trainer: Charlie Appleby  Owner: Godolphin

200,000gns brother to Listed-placed 8-12f winner Frankel’s Storm out of a 15.5f Listed winning half-sister to 12f Group 1 winner Seal Of Approval, family of Derby winner Harzand. This colt made a winning start to his career in a five-runner 1m novice event at Newmarket last October (3/1 chance). Racing in behind the pacesetters, he was pushed along and ran green/became outpaced with around three furlongs left to run, picking up well approaching the final furlong and staying on strongly to lead inside the final 150 yards and score by 2 lengths from Parachute. The testing conditions and lack of runners holds to the form down to some extent, but Hurricane Lane still impressed with how he went about things, working his way through greenness to run out an ultimately authoritative winner. His pedigree strongly suggests that he will come into his own over middle/staying distances during his second season, and it wouldn’t at all surprise to see him make up into a contender for something like the Queen’s Vase.

NOON STAR (b f Galileo – Midday)

Form: 31-  Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute  Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Full sister to 10/12f Group 3 winner Midterm and a three-parts sister to Group 2-placed 10f 3yo Listed winner Mori (by Frankel), out of a six-time 10-12f Group 1 winning half-sister to Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Hot Snap and 10f Group 3 winner Sun Maiden. This beautifully-bred filly shaped with distinct promise on her debut outing in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Salisbury last September, green and outpaced by halfway but coming home strongly to take third in a race that worked out nicely. She duly confirmed that initial promise when landing an 8.5f fillies’ maiden at Nottingham the following month (11/4 chance), travelling well in behind the leaders and ridden to lead two furlongs out, soon challenged but staying on well throughout the final furlong to draw clear and run out a commanding 3¼-length winner over Ocean Road. She has been strong at the finish on both outings so far, very much in keeping with her excellent middle-distance pedigree, the majority of the family excelling with age including her dam who was rated 86 following her maiden win as a two-year-old (this filly had been given an opening mark of 87). It is hard to believe Noon Star won’t follow suit and make rapid strides at three, with an Oaks trial of some description surely on her agenda this spring.

PORT SUNLIGHT (b f Harzand – Liber Nauticus)

Form: 41-  Trainer: Dermot Weld  Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm

Half-sister to 2020 7f Listed winner Miss Celestial out of a Musidora Stakes winner from the excellent family of Conduit, Glass Harmonium, Petrushka and Spectrum. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Navan last August, slowly into stride and in rear until moving closer in smooth fashion on the outer over two furlongs out, ridden and keeping on steadily without reaching the principals to come home in fourth behind April Showers. She confirmed that initial promise when landing a similar event at Navan some eight weeks later (9/4 market leader), slowly into stride once again and waited with, making good progress down the near side rail in the straight, responding well for pressure to lead inside the final 150 yards and run out a commanding 3-length winner from Even Flow. Her stamina clearly came into play last time, readily overhauling the strong-travelling runner-up in the end, but she had to make up plenty of ground to do so and deserves extra credit for that alone. Port Sunlight hails from an excellent Ballymacoll Stud family that excels with time and distance and for all she needs to prove herself as effective on better ground, it would be rather disappointing if she couldn’t secure herself some black type at the very least during 2021.

ROYAL CHAMPION (b c Shamardal – Emirates Queen)

Form: 1-  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Half-brother to Listed-placed 12-13.5f winner Outbox out of a Lancashire Oaks winner who was a half-sister to numerous smart performers, most notably Irish 2000 Guineas winner/Derby third Dubawi. This well-bred colt made a winning start to his career in a 1m maiden at Newmarket last October that has produced the likes of Telescope, Eminent and Ghaiyyath in recent times. Sent off a well-fancied 100/30 chance, he recovered from a tardy start to race close to the action, ridden to challenge over two furlongs out and going on approaching the final furlong, kept up to his work to see off Toromona by 1¼ lengths. The eventual margin of victory somewhat masks Royal Champion’s superiority on the day, appearing to idle once hitting the front but never looking likely to be caught, merely driven out hands and heels to score. He has all the right credentials – from pedigree, to connections, to looks – to make up into a high-class performer during his second season, when he ought to stay at least ten furlongs.   

SIR LUCAN (b c Camelot – Sparrow)

Form: 541-  Trainer: Aidan O’Brien  Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier

Full brother to high-class 10-12.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Sir Dragonet out of a Group 3-placed 6f 2yo winning half-sister to Cheshire Oaks winner/Oaks runner-up Wonder Of Wonders, exceptional family of Galileo, Sea The Stars and King’s Best. This resplendently-bred colt offered little when last of five on debut in a 1m maiden at Killarney last July but showed much more when staying on into fourth behind stablemate High Definition in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh a couple of months later, not getting the clearest of runs through. He made it third time lucky in workmanlike fashion in a 1m maiden at Cork 17 days later (5/4 favourite), responding well for pressure to lead in the dying strides and deny Flying Visit by a neck. The runner-up is a consistent sort who went on to land a Group 3 next time, and Sir Lucan was never going to be seen to best effect in a steadily-run contest over a mile. For all this colt may not prove a leading light amongst his stable’s classic generation, it’d come as no surprise to see him improve a good amount for tackling middle distances in 2021, remembering how quickly brother Sir Dragonet made up into a Derby contender (unraced at two; sent off favourite when fifth in the 2019 renewal).

TAIPAN (b c Frankel – Kenzadargent)

Form: 1-  Trainer: Jessica Harrington  Owner: Ms Fiona Carmichael

€500,000 half-brother to 2020 6f 3yo Group 3/Listed winner Brad The Brief out of a 7f 2yo Listed winner. This colt made a successful start to his career in a big-field 1m maiden at Naas last November (7/1 chance), in rear after breaking a step slow and chased along from before halfway, beginning to get the idea two furlongs out and coming with a strong and sustained run throughout the final furlong which carried him into the lead close home, scoring by half a length from Team Of Firsts. That he was able to overhaul a pair that had shown useful form previously was to his immense credit, visibly green in rear and leaving himself with plenty to do as a result but making up the ground in good fashion inside the final furlong. Although related to a smart sprinter and from a family of milers, he has clearly inherited a good bit of staying power from the top line of his pedigree. All in all, it would be rather disappointing if Taipan couldn’t progress into a high end performer in 2021, when he ought to stay 10f at least.

TANMAWWY (b c Invincible Spirit – Rufoof)

Form: 1-  Trainer: Charlie Hills  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half-brother to a couple of winners and out of a dual 7f winner who was a half-sister to several at least useful performers, notably four-time 6/6.5f Group 1 winner Muhaarar. This colt’s sole outing to date came in a 6f novice event at Haydock last September (4/1 chance), breaking slowly and racing in rear until making smooth progress on the outer over two furlongs out, shaken up to lead approaching the final furlong and soon quickening clear to run out an impressive 4½-length winner over Rogue Nation. It was a visually taking display from this son of Invincible Spirit, quickening smartly upon request to take several lengths out of the field in the manner of one destined for much better things. The overall level of form he achieved looks nothing out of the ordinary, but Tanmawwy certainly does and for all it’s asking him a lot to match the exploits of relation Muhaarar, he has the latent talent to make an impact in the three-year-old sprinting division in 2021. He will almost certainly stay a seventh furlong if required, though.  

WILLOW (b f American Pharoah – Peeping Fawn)

Form: 431-  Trainer: Aidan O’Brien  Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier

Half-sister to Group/Grade 1-placed dual 7f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) September and Irish 6f 2yo winner/Coventry Stakes third Sir John Hawkins, out of a four-time 10/12f Group 1 winner/Oaks runner-up. This filly made the frame in fillies’ maidens at the Curragh (7f) and Leopardstown (1m) last summer, attempting to make all on both occasions but coming up just short. However, she was given time and reappeared at Leopardstown over the same distance nearly three months later, tracking the leaders and ridden to challenge two furlongs out, taking over at the furlong pole and staying on strongly to score by 2¼ lengths from Unmeyaat. Willow’s progress so far has been incremental, but a step up to middle distances allied with another winter under her belt is likely to see her improvement prove swifter and more pronounced this term, remembering her dam’s rapid progression into a high-class performer at three. It is also worth noting how her stable’s youngsters were struggling for form at the time of her first two runs and, like many, she proved a different proposition entirely in the autumn, so it shouldn’t be held against her or indeed fellow list member Sir Lucan that they weren’t able to make a more immediate impact.

MAIDENS

AVA GO JOE (b g Dragon Pulse – Elusive Ellen)

Form: 73-  Trainer: Tim Easterby  Owner: B Valentine & Partner

10,000gns first foal of a fairly useful multiple 6-7f winning daughter of a fairly useful multiple 1m winner who was a half-sister to Group 1-placed Irish dual 6f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Miss Beabea (later dam of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Miss Beatrix) and good sprint handicappers Ellens Academy, Ellens Lad, Invincible Lad and Novellen Lad. This gelding was much too green to make an impact when closing up late into seventh in a 5f novice event on debut at York last October, and his only other outing at two came in a lesser 5f novice race at Catterick 18 days later (10/1 chance). He was soon off the bridle and some way detached from the principals, working his way into contention from over a furlong out and staying on well thereafter to take third behind Secret Eagle (beaten half a length). Ava Go Joe’s lack of experience has likely played a major part in his inability to get competitive throughout the first half of a race so far, though he ought to stay a sixth furlong without any issues whatsoever. From a solid family of sprint handicappers, it isn’t difficult to envisage him making an impact in that sphere once gaining a mark after one more run. Better ground than he has encountered so far should also see him in a better light.

BASHFUL (b c Manduro – Inhibition)

Form: 9-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Kingsclere Racing Club

Half-brother to useful 12-14f Flat/bumper winner Swashbuckle out of a useful 12f 3yo winning half-sister to high-class miler Passing Glance, 7f Group 3 winner Hidden Meadow, 3yo Listed winners Kingsclere (1m) and Scorned (11f) and several other winners including the dams of 2020 Hong Kong 1m Group 3 winner Ka Ying Star and 2020 2m Listed winner Ranch Hand. This well-related colt’s only outing to date came in a 1m median auction novice event at Salisbury last September (10/1 chance), breaking slowly and racing in rear, ridden over two furlongs out and slightly hampered soon after, eventually coming home ninth of 11 to Percy’s Lad (beaten 14½ lengths). Bashful’s greenness off the bridle was plain to see, never able to get competitive from off the pace and seemingly finding it happening all too quickly, and it was no surprise to see him put away for the year afterwards. He is very much bred to come into his own with time and distance and for all handicaps will be his thing, it would come as no surprise to see him prove a much more competitive force in maiden/novice events when returning to action.

CASUARINA (b f Sea The Moon – Caribana)

Form: 3-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Miss Kirsten Rausing

Full sister to very useful 12.5-14.5f winner Durston and a half-sister to Group 1-placed 8.5-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Cubanita and very useful 7-10.5f winner Aquarium. This filly started off in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Leicester last September (5/1 chance), slowly into stride and very green in rear, driven along from three furlongs out and finally getting the idea entering the final furlong, keeping on well to take third behind easy winner Star Seeking (beaten 7 lengths). Casuarina was borderline clueless throughout the first half of the race and off the bridle before most, but the late work she put in over an almost certainly inadequate trip bodes well for the future. Her pedigree points to her doing a whole lot better at three, with her brother making up into a good middle distance/staying handicapper in his second season whilst half-sister Cubanita was a smart middle distance performer for these connections. She ought to prove capable of winning a maiden/novice event at the right level this spring.

COLDSTREAM (b c Australia – Balandra)

Form: 93–  Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton  Owner: Aston House Stud

Closely related to Listed-placed Polish 6f 2yo winner Nathan Mnm (by Nathaniel) and 2020 French 12f 3yo winner Civilian (by Teofilo), out of a maiden half-sister to smart 10-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level)/Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer, useful 12-14f winner Boz and useful 11f 3yo winner Kiefer, family of Irish Derby/St Leger winner Capri and Doncaster Cup winner Desert Skyline. This stoutly-bred colt unsurprisingly failed to cut much ice in a couple of outings at two, never involved on debut at Kempton (1m) last November before finishing third of four in a muddling event over 10f at Chelmsford the following month. He requires one more run for a handicap mark and strongly appeals as the type to come into his own in that sphere once tackling distances in excess of ten furlongs.

HOPEFULLY DARLING (b f Frankel – Rhadegunda)

Form: 3-  Trainer: John Gosden  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Full sister to top-class 8-12f winner (including four times at Group 1 level)/Derby third Cracksman and a half-sister to 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Fantastic Moon, out of a 1m 1f 3yo Listed winner. This smartly-bred filly made her debut in a 7f fillies’ novice event at Newmarket last October (3/1 chance), slowly into stride and in rear, ridden over two furlongs out and making steady but sustained progress thereafter to eventually work her way into third behind Urban Violet (beaten 4½ lengths). Hopefully Darling was quite clearly held back by inexperience whilst the trip also appeared to be an inadequate test, taking a while to find full flow but hitting the line hard. For all the level of form achieved on the day was nothing more than average, it is highly likely this well-related daughter of Frankel will leave that a long way behind in due course. It is perhaps also worth noting that she debuted in a race her handler has used as a launchpad for the careers of high-class performers such as Dar Re Mi, The Fugue and Infallible.

JASMINE JOY (b f Lope De Vega – Pecking Order)

Form: 4-  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Merry Fox Stud Limited

First foal of a Listed-placed 12-12.5f winner who was a three-parts sister to Listed-placed French dual 1m winner Shendaya and a half-sister to French 10f 3yo winner/French Derby runner-up Shemkiyr and the dam of French 10f 3yo Group 2 winner Shimraan, family of French 12f 3yo Group 1 winner Shakeel. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last October (3/1 joint-favourite), racing enthusiastically in midfield and travelling smoothly into things over two furlongs out, ridden to challenge soon after but unable to sustain her effort fully and fading to finish fourth behind Vesela (beaten 2½ lengths). It was a debut performance packed full of promise, her exuberance under restraint seemingly blunting her finishing effort having briefly looked like playing a part approaching the final furlong. Not only was her strength in the market significant but that she was aimed at that particular maiden is perhaps also telling given her handler started off subsequent Group 1 winner Speedy Boarding in the 2014 renewal as well as winning it with the talented Zest 12 months later. So long as she learns to settle better, the way Jasmine Joy travelled first time out suggests she has plenty of ability waiting to be exploited to its fullest extent in 2021.

JOHN LEEPER (b c Frankel – Snow Fairy)

Form: 4-  Trainer: Ed Dunlop  Owner: Anamoine Limited

Closely related to Group 3-placed 10f 3yo winner Virgin Snow (by Gleneagles) out of a six-time 10-12f Group/Grade 1 winner, family of Big Bad Bob, Lucky Guest and Elusive Pimpernel. This smartly-bred colt made his debut in a 7f maiden at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting last September (8/1 chance), in touch towards the rear of the field and pushed along and outpaced over two furlongs out, short of room when beginning to make headway over a furlong out and staying on nicely once in the clear to come home in fourth behind Tawaareq (beaten 3¼ lengths). A steadily-run race over seven furlongs was never going to be beneficial to John Leeper, very much bred to come into his own over middle distances and only hitting full flow as the line approached. He will obviously garner plenty of attention given his illustrious parents (winners of 16 Group/Grade 1 races between them), but it’d be disappointing if he couldn’t at the very least win a maiden/novice contest close to hand before tackling better company.

JUST JACOB (b g Charm Spirit – Bari)

Form: 8-  Trainer: William Haggas  Owner: Ian & Christine Beard & Family

15,000gns half-brother to useful 2020 Irish dual 7f 3yo winner Maud Gonne Spirit out of a 12f winning half-sister to several winners, notably 1m Listed winner Brindisi (later dam of 12f Listed winner Livia’s Dream) and useful 8.5f 3yo winner La Spezia (later dam of smart dual purpose performer Thomas Hobson), family of Staying On and Talent. He debuted in a 1m novice event at Newbury last October (20/1 chance), close up from the outset and travelling better than most, shaken up two furlongs out and fading inside the final furlong to come eighth of 15 behind Scope (beaten 14 lengths). It appeared as though fitness under very testing conditions was the main issue for Just Jacob, going along on the bridle for longer than most but dropping away quite quickly. For all his pedigree has a fair bit of stamina to it, his year older half-sister won twice at seven furlongs whilst his sire is also a relative speed influence, so it could also have been the case that 1m on heavy ground stretched him at that stage of his career. Gelded since that first run, this son of Charm Spirit is the type to be well placed to win a small novice/maiden event by his handler before moving onto handicap company.

LUISA CASATI (b f Vadamos – La Marchesa)

Form: 7–  Trainer: Tom Ward  Owner: Every Girl’s Dream Limited

30,000gns close relation to Italian 1m 2yo winner Laurus Nobilis (by Maxios) out of an unraced half-sister to 12f Listed winner Livia’s Dream. This filly is from the same family as the aforementioned Just Jacob and also caught the eye on her sole outing at two, debuting in a 1m median auction maiden at Kempton last November (20/1 chance). She raced in touch in mid-division and travelled better than most into the straight, shaken up and outpaced soon after but staying on nicely inside the final furlong to finish seventh behind Napper Tandy (beaten 7¼ lengths). It was a more promising effort than the bare facts perhaps imply, travelling fluently in behind the leading cluster and closing up nicely come the finish having been done for speed initially in the straight. The form of that race looks pretty solid for the grade and there ought to be a good bit more to come from Luisa Casati over 10f+ in 2021.

MARIEGOLD (b f Golden Horn – Sinnamary)

Form: 5–  Trainer: Charlie Fellowes  Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Full sister to 2020 13.5f 3yo winner Golden Rules out of a French 1m 1f 2yo winning sister to high-class 8-12f winner (including at Group 1 level) Magic Wand and close relation to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, family of Alexandrova, Rekindling, English King etc. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ novice contest at Kempton last November (40/1 chance), racing towards the rear of the field and pushed along over two furlongs out, running green but making good progress throughout the final furlong to come home in fifth behind Auria (beaten 5½ lengths). It wasn’t a surprise to see her find it happening all a bit too quickly over a mile on debut, but the late work she put in under hands-and-heels riding promised much better to come. Mariegold ought to make good progress at three once her stamina needs are better catered for, hailing from a very successful middle distance/staying family.

NAVEGAON GATE (b c Frankel – Cascata)

Form: 4-  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Stuart Stuckey

Half-brother to Listed-placed 10-12f winner Pacharana, Listed-placed US 5-6f winner Misericordia, useful 2020 8-10f 3yo winner Matthew Flinders and useful 10-12f winner Richard Of Yorke, out of a 1m 2yo winner who was a sister to six-time 8-12f Group/Grade 1 winner St Nicholas Abbey, family of Aristotle, Starborough and Charming Thought. This colt’s only outing at two came in an 8.5f maiden at Nottingham last November (11/1 chance), racing in rear and pushed along with over three furlongs left to run, making progress over a furlong out and staying on into fourth close home behind Simons King (beaten 7¼ lengths). He was one of the few to make any sort of impression from off the pace in an understandably steadily-run race on testing ground, his inexperience off the bridle plain to see but coming home stronger than most. It is a family that often improves significantly with age and, by the stoutest influence his dam has been paired with to date, Navegaon Gate is liable to progress throughout 2021 as his stamina is drawn out.

RANI OF JHANSI (b f Invincible Spirit – Madame Chiang)

Form: 3-  Trainer: David Simcock   Owner: Miss Kirsten Rausing

Three-parts sister to Group 2-placed 1m 2yo winner Oriental Mystique (by Kingman) out of a 12f Group 1 winner, family of French 10f 3yo Group 1 winner Villa Marina. This filly debuted in a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster last October (16/1 chance), steadied and taking a keen hold in rear, shaken up and making good progress with over a furlong left to run, keeping on well inside the final furlong without quite being able to match the winner and collared for second close home (beaten half a length). She had been withdrawn ahead of her intended debut at Newmarket a fortnight earlier having become fractious in the stalls. Hopefully that along with her keenness at Doncaster doesn’t limit her potential as it was a debut run full of promise, seeing things out well despite not settling fully and having come from a fair way back. Rani Of Jhansi ought to stay further than a mile in time, with close relation Oriental Mystique proving effective at 10/12f last term and her dam a smart middle distance performer.

STAY WELL (b c Iffraaj – Sweeping Up)

Form: 2-  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib

First foal of a Group 3/Listed-placed 12-14f winner who was a half-sister to smart 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Under The Rainbow (later dam of very useful pair Luncies (by Iffraaj) and Watersmeet) and useful dual 12f 3yo winner/Park Hill Stakes runner-up Starfala (later dam of 12f 3yo Listed winner Star Rock). This nicely-bred colt made his debut in a 1m maiden at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting last September (9/1 chance), waited with in rear and pushed along with three furlongs left to run, making good progress for pressure over a furlong out and looking a major threat 150 yards out but unable to sustain his challenge, having to settle for a 1½-length second to Latest Generation. It was a hugely promising first effort from Stay Well, asked to make up a lot of ground on one with the benefit of a previous outing and who had the run of things. That form hasn’t worked out as well as expected so far, but this colt appealed as one of the best prospects in the field that day and ought to prove the point this season. By a speed influence but having plenty of stamina on the distaff side of his pedigree, he is sure to stay 10f at least.

TEOFILO STAR (b c Teofilo – Georgie Hyde)

Form: 3–  Trainer: James Ferguson  Owner: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing

60,000gns second foal of an unraced half-sister to useful 11.5-13f Flat/2m 4f hurdle winner Mysterious Man and useful 12f-2m Flat/Grade 3-placed 2m hurdle winner Edeymi out of a 7f 2yo Group 1 half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla and Ascot Gold Cup winners Enzeli and Estimate. This stoutly-bred colt made his debut in an 8.5f novice contest at Wolverhampton last October (15/2 chance), recovering from a tardy start to race close up, shaken up two furlongs out and keeping on well for pressure in the straight to come home in third behind Beau Nash (beaten 2 lengths). Given his stamina-laden pedigree it was encouraging to see Teofilo Star show as much as he did on debut, with an extended mile hardly going to provide him with the sort of test he will eventually require. He ought to win a maiden/novice event on that evidence and should progress throughout 2021 as his stamina is drawn out.

TWO TWO TIME (ch f Al Kazeem – Alla Breve)

Form: 4–  Trainer: James Fanshawe  Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Second foal of a 12f 3yo winner who was a half-sister to 2020 12f 3yo Listed winner Cabaletta and useful 12f 3yo winner Baihas out of the high-class stayer Allegretto. This filly debuted in a 1m median auction novice event at Lingfield last October (28/1 chance), travelling fluently in rear and still well off the pace at the top of the straight, shaken up and forced to switch left approaching the final furlong, staying on strongly inside the final 100 yards to take fourth behind Beautiful Bertie (beaten 4 lengths). Over a wholly inadequate distance and under considerate handling, Two Two Time did very well to get as close as she did, faring best of those that raced off the pace despite not getting a clear run initially in the home straight. Her pedigree is all about stamina and it would be somewhat surprising if she couldn’t progress plenty once tackling distances in excess of ten furlongs this season.

HANDICAPS

ALABAMA BOY (b c Awtaad – Gabardine)

Form: 975–  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Laurence Bellman

€35,000 first foal of an Irish 12f 3yo winning daughter of a 7-10f winner who was a sister to US 12f Grade 2 winner Always First. This colt caught the eye in three runs at two, closing up late from off the pace to finish ninth of 15 to Scope in a 1m novice event at Newbury last October before coming home in seventh in a 7f novice contest at Kempton the following month (raced keenly close up and faded out of contention). His third and most recent outing came in a similar event back at Kempton a fortnight later, settled into midfield and shaken up two furlongs out, keeping on nicely inside the final furlong to finish fifth behind Royal Fleet (beaten 9 lengths). Alabama Boy is very much the type do better in handicap company from an initial mark of 70, too free on his second outing but catching the eye with his finishing effort under considerate handling either side. He will stay 1m at the very least.

ALEAS (ch g Archipenko – Alea Iacta)

Form: 211–  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Miss Kirsten Rausing

Half-brother to useful dual 7f winner Animal Instinct out of a French 1m 2yo Listed winning sister to 10f 3yo Listed winner Aloe Vera and half-sister to Park Hill Stakes winner Alyssa and Group 3-placed 2020 10f 3yo winner Albaflora. This gelding shaped very well in defeat on debut in a 1m novice event at Salisbury last October, racing prominently and responding well for riding from halfway to lead inside the final 100 yards or so, only to be run down close home by subsequent Listed scorer Belloccio. He confirmed that initial promise when making all to score in the mud at Newbury three weeks later before making short work of an opening mark of 82 to follow up in a 1m nursery at Kempton the following month, again making all and finding plenty once pressed to score by ¾ length from Surprise Picture. Aleas looks a straightforward and thoroughly likeable individual, his dam a Listed winner at two but his pedigree overall suggesting that he’ll only come into his own with time/distance. A 4lb rise in the weights ought not to halt his progress anytime soon, appealing as the type to climb the ladder in 10/12f handicaps during 2021.

BAGUE D’OR (ch g Belardo – Ravensburg)

Form: 765–  Trainer: Chris Wall  Owner: Salah Fustok

Half-brother to Listed-placed multiple 10f winner Black Lotus and fairly useful multiple 7f-1m winner Forseti, out of a twice-raced maiden half-sister to Group 1-placed 7-14f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/St Leger runner-up High Accolade and the dam of 7f Group 3 winner Mix And Mingle. He shaped with some promise in a trio of outings at two, unable to sustain his effort in a 7f novice auction event at Yarmouth on debut last July and shaping similarly when upped to 1m at Goodwood a month later. His third and qualifying run saw finish fifth in a 1m novice auction at Chelmsford in mid-October (popular 13/2 chance), rousted along from the stalls to sit in behind the leaders, ridden three furlongs out and hanging persistently in the home straight to the point where his rider gave up close home (beaten 7¾ lengths). It is hoped his ungainly head carriage last time was down to greenness and nothing more sinister, though there is past form for such awkwardness within the family (has been gelded since last seen). However, it’s a family that is well to known to connections and which positively thrives with time and distance, so it’s hard to believe Bague D’Or won’t do a whole lot better this season in handicaps from an initial mark of 69.

BIG BOY BOBBY (b g Vadamos – Duchess Of Foxland)

Form: 858–  Trainer: Roger Charlton  Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

€60,000 half-brother to useful 5.5-6f winner Tawdheef and 7f 3yo winner Arabian Coast, out of a Group 3-placed Irish 6-9.5f winner (including at Listed level). This gelding debuted in a 7f novice event at Kempton last September, never involved and showing signs of inexperience before closing up late into eighth behind Secret Protector. He caught the eye second time out in the 1m novice contest at Newbury won by the aforementioned Aleas, racing towards the rear of the field and shaken up over two furlongs from home, making sustained progress throughout the final furlong to latch onto the main first group home (beaten 2¼ lengths). His third and final outing at two came back over 7f at Kempton 19 days later, slowly into stride and racing a little worse than midfield, ridden two furlongs out but unable to muster the speed to throw down a serious challenge and coming home in eighth behind Bullace (beaten 4¼ lengths). The drop back to seven furlongs last time was clearly against Big Boy Bobby, but it was a means to an end in gaining him an opening mark of 77 with which to go handicapping. Although related to a useful sprinter, he is by a stouter influence and out of a 9.5f Listed winner so is likely to prove best suited by 10f at least.

GWENHWYVAR (b f Camelot – Quiz Mistress)

Form: 43–  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: The Fairy Story Partnership

Third foal of a Group 3-placed 9.5-14f winner (including three times at Listed level) who was closely related to Lingfield Derby Trial winner Saddler’s Quest and the maiden dam of high-class stayers Marmelo and Vent De Force and a half-sister to French 12.5f Listed winner Seren Hill. This nicely-bred filly debuted in an 8.5f fillies’ maiden at Nottingham last November, racing in mid-division and improving over three furlongs out, ridden to challenge with two furlongs left to run and sticking to her task well to come home in fourth behind Twisted Reality (beaten 4¼ lengths). She achieved a similar level of form when contesting an 8.5f novice event at Wolverhampton 17 days later, slowly away and in rear until recovering into midfield by halfway, ridden over two furlongs out and keeping on well in the straight to come home in third behind Mawenzi (beaten 3 lengths). Gwenhwyvar has shaped very much in line with her stout pedigree in both outings so far, neither race getting remotely close to the bottom of her stamina reserves. From a family that connections have enjoyed good recent success with, it’d be disappointing if a step up to middle/staying distances allied with a move into in handicaps didn’t see this filly in a far better light.

JUAN DE MONTALBAN (ch c Lope De Vega – Abilene)

Form: 431-  Trainer: Andrew Balding  Owner: Mick and Janice Mariscotti

85,000gns second foal of a Listed-placed 11f 3yo winner who was a half-sister to Group 1-placed French 9-9.5f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Akatea, family of Angara, Aquarelliste, Cape Verdi and Dartmouth. This colt shaped with promise on debut in a 1m novice event at Haydock last August, missing the break completely but keeping on well in the straight to take fourth, though he could only manage third when 4/5 favourite for a six-runner 10f maiden at Goodwood the following month. However, he came good at the third time of asking back there in a 1m 1f novice contest 18 days later, close up from the outset and switched right to challenge two furlongs out, responding well to lead entering the final furlong and clearing away near the finish to score by 3 lengths from King Frankel. The surface has barely been scratched with Juan De Montalban, improving by the run at two and comfortably reversing form with the runner-up having been picked off by both that rival and subsequent scorer Act Of Wisdom the time before, rather setting things up for the pair that day. He will begin life in handicap company from a mark of 84 and has all the right credentials to reach a very good level in that sphere, sure to find 12f within range.

KINGMANIA (b f Kingman – Greek Goddess)

Form: 641-  Trainer: Chris Wall  Owner: Salah Fustok

Half-sister to fairly useful 13.5-14f winner Houlton out of an Irish 8.5f 2yo winner who was a sister to four winners including Group 3-placed 7f 2yo winner Iberia and the subsequent dam of German 7f 3yo Listed winner Nashmiah, family of Aldebaran and Spinning World. This filly caught the eye in no uncertain terms on debut in a 6f fillies’ maiden at Newbury last July, running on strongly under considerate handling from the rear of the field to finish sixth, but she was still rough around the edges kept to 6f at Pontefract next time when a beaten 7/4 chance. However, the step up to 7f and a move into nursery company at Yarmouth a month later saw her off the mark, waited with and staying on strongly to lead close home and deny Ajrad by a length. It is hard to believe the best of Kingmania has yet to be seen, especially as she looks certain to improve as her stamina is drawn out (will stay 1m at least). Up 6lbs for that Yarmouth success, she starts 2021 from a mark of 72 and looks the type to climb the handicap ranks throughout the campaign.

NORTHERN EXPRESS (ch g Zoffany – Hint Of A Tint)

Form: 127-  Trainer: Michael Dods  Owner: Sekura Group

€47,000 second foal of a Group 3/Listed-placed Irish 6-8.5f winner who was a sister to Listed-placed 10-11.5f winner Songbird out of an unraced close relation to French 10.5f 3yo Group 1 winner Johann Quartz and half-sister to top-class middle distance performer Hernando. He made a winning start to his career in a 7.5f novice event at Beverley last August, waited with and pushed along two furlongs out, running green off the bridle but staying on well inside the final furlong to lead close home and deny Il Bandito by ¾ length. However, he hasn’t quite gone on as expected in two subsequent outings, refusing to settle fully and that seeming to dull his finishing effort when second in a 1m novice event at Ayr the following month before coming home seventh of 11 in a 1m nursery at York a further month on, unable to sustain a forward move from off the pace. Now gelded, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Northern Express go a long way to confirming the excellent impression he had created on debut, still keen/looking raw when beaten favourite on both subsequent outings. From a family that gets better with age, hopefully he’ll be able to cultivate a more professional edge this time around and make a bigger impact in handicaps from a revised mark of 80.

OLYMPUS (b g Kingman – Carpe Vita)

Form: 775–  Trainer: Tim Easterby  Owner: Sir Robert Ogden

First foal of a 14f 3yo winner who was a full sister to St Leger/Ascot Gold Cup winner Leading Light, Irish 13f 3yo Flat/smart multiple 2m hurdle (including at Grade 3/Listed level) winner John Constable and useful Irish dual 10f 3yo winner Warwick Avenue and a half-sister to very useful 6-7f winner Castles In The Air. He ultimately offered little in a trio of outings at Haydock (1m), Redcar (1m 1f) and Newcastle (10f) last autumn, though it was notable that he was only 10/1 for the second of those outings. Gelded since last seen, it is clear Olympus has been brought along with handicaps in mind, an opening mark of 67 allowing him to start out at a realistic level in that domain. Although he will almost certainly never live up to his smart pedigree, he should do a lot better once tackling 12f/14f this year.

PARACHUTE (ch c Sea The Stars – Fly)

Form: 821–  Trainer: Ed Walker  Owner: Highclere Racing, T Vestey & P Silver

First foal of a fairly useful 7f-1m winner who was a half-sister to 12f Group 1 winner Seal Of Approval, French 15.5f Listed winner Gale Force and Group 3-placed 6-7f winner Instance, family of Derby winner Harzand (by Sea The Stars). This smartly-bred colt left behind a muted debut effort at Sandown when chasing home cousin Hurricane Lane in a 1m maiden at Newmarket a month later, keeping on well for pressure to come home 2 lengths adrift at the line. He duly made it third time lucky when landing a 10f novice event at Lingfield three and a half weeks later, caught wide from his high draw but soon tucking in and racing prominently, pushed into the lead turning for home and responding well for pressure to score by ¾ length from subsequent dual winner Castlebar. Parachute’s pedigree is mainly about stamina, his dam best up to 1m but herself related to a host of smart middle distance/staying performers. Handed an opening mark of 84, it is hard to believe there won’t be another chunk of improvement to come from this colt once tackling middle distance handicaps in 2021, appealing as the type to reach a good level in that sphere with a race such as the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot sure to be uppermost in connections’ minds.

PRIDE OF HAWRIDGE (b g Vadamos – Face The Storm)

Form: 695–  Trainer: Rod Millman  Owner: Eric Gadsden

105,000gns half-brother to Group 2-placed 5-7f winner Roi De Vitesse, Listed-placed 6-7f winner Rebel Surge and three other winners, out of a 1m 2yo winner who was a half-sister 10f 3yo Listed winner Santa Isobel (later dam of smart stayer Whiplash Willie). He offered a modicum of promise in a trio of outings at two, firstly in a pair of 1m novice events at Salisbury before finishing fifth of 10 to Quintillus in a decent 7f novice contest at Kempton, unable to the muster the speed to sustain his challenge into the final furlong. Gelded soon after, Pride Of Hawridge appeals as the type to fare a lot better in handicaps this time around from an opening mark of 65, coming from a good stable that tends to do well with such horses. Pinning down exactly what distance he will want isn’t easy given his pedigree is something of a mixture, but it is highly likely that he will stay beyond a mile in time.

RAINBOW’S GIFT (b g Nathaniel – Riot Of Colour)

Form: 745–  Trainer: Jedd O’Keeffe  Owner: Highbeck Racing 1

11,000gns half-brother to useful 2020 dual 10f 3yo winner Kaleidoscopic out of a useful 7f 3yo winner who was a half-sister to 6f 2yo Listed winner Invincible Warrior, useful 7-8.5f winner Crowdmania and useful dual 10f 3yo winner Dubai Instinct, family of Brando, Crowded House and Reckless Abandon. This well-related individual found it happening all too quickly first time out in a 7f novice event at Thirsk last September, but he showed more when fourth behind Titian in a 1m novice contest at Newcastle 18 days later, keeping on well having been outpaced initially (beaten 5½ lengths). He signed off with a fifth place finish back at Newcastle over 7f the following month, blowing the start and racing in rear, pushed along over two furlongs out and staying on well inside the final furlong (beaten 10½ lengths). Gelded since, Rainbow’s Gift looks all over the type to excel once tackling 10f+ handicaps in 2021 from an initial mark of 62, his pedigree alone proposing plenty of improvement.

RHEBUS ROAD (ch g Champs Elysees – Red Riddle)

Form: 994-  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: The Lucra Partnership

55,000gns half-brother to Listed-placed dual 5f winner Sarshampla out of a maiden half-sister to Group 2/3-placed Irish/UAE 7-10f winner Elleval and useful 10f 3yo winner Heddwyn, family of Rainbow Quest. This nicely-bred individual offered some promise in a trio of outings in 7f maiden/novice events at Sandown, Kempton and Leicester last summer, closing up late on debut but completely blowing the start and never involved next time. His third outing saw him break on terms and race in touch towards the rear of the field, pushed along three furlongs out and soon outpaced, responding well for pressure inside the final furlong to run on into fourth behind Tawleed (beaten 5 lengths). Gelded since, Rhebus Road appeals strongly as the type to prove a different proposition in handicap company in his second season from an initial mark of 68. Although a half-brother to a useful sprinter, he is by a stout influence and from a predominantly middle distance family so should prove best suited by 10f+ this term.

RICH DREAM (b g Make Believe – Poppet’s Lovein)

Form: 41-  Trainer: Ed Bethell  Owner: The Vickers & Clark Racing Partnership

40,000gns three-parts brother to Group 3-placed 7f-1m winner Make Time (by Makfi) and a half-brother to Grade 3-placed Irish 1m 2yo winner Secret Stash, out of a fairly useful triple 7f winner who was a half-sister to high-class sprinter Overdose. It was interesting that he started off in the valuable 7f Convivial Maiden Stakes at York last August, too green to play a major role but catching the eye with his finishing effort from off the pace as he worked his way into fourth. He duly went one better without necessarily improving quite as much as anticipated when landing a 7f novice contest at Haydock three weeks later, tracking the leaders and pushed along three furlongs out, taking a while to knuckle down for pressure but doing so to lead inside the final furlong and score by a length from Echo Beach. There was nothing flashy about Rich Dream’s performance last time, but the fact he was gelded and not seen again at two suggests connections viewed him more of a long-term project, and it’s worth remembering it was only his second career start after a fairly recent debut. There ought to be further improvement forthcoming from this nicely-bred son of Make Believe in handicap company this season.

RUN TO FREEDOM (b c Muhaarar – Twilight Mistress)

Form: 021–  Trainer: Henry Candy  Owner: Godfrey Wilson

Half-brother to high-class multiple 6f winner (including twice at Group 1 level) Twilight Son, Group 1-placed 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) Music Master, 6f Listed winner Spring Fling and useful multiple 6-7f winner The Confessor. This colt shaped as though needing the run when fading from prominence to finish down the field on debut in a 7f event at Newbury last September, duly stepping up on that effort when chasing home Quintillus over the same distance at Kempton the following month. He went one better in a similar event over the same course and distance seven weeks later, racing enthusiastically in behind the leader until quickening to lead with two furlongs left to run, driven out to fend off Highland Avenue by a neck. The pair were nicely clear of the remainder which included a pair of next-time-out scorers and Run To Freedom probably did well to see things out given his early exuberance. He not only has a smart pedigree but one that suggests he’ll do better still at three, and it would come as no surprise to see him contesting some good quality handicaps this term, asked to start in that sphere from a mark of 85.

SISKANY (b c Dubawi – Halay)

Form: 51–  Trainer: Charlie Appleby  Owner: Godolphin

First foal of an unraced half-sister to Grade 1-placed 8-14f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Dartmouth (by Dubawi), French dual 12f Group 2 winner Manatee, French 15.5f Listed winner Gaterie and very useful 2020 12-14f 3yo winner Kingswear (by Dubawi) out of an Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner. This well-related colt debuted in a 1m maiden at Sandown last September, pulling very hard in behind the leaders early on, short of room and running green when shaken up two furlongs out, switched left at the furlong marker and keeping on well to take fifth behind Just Fine (beaten 4¾ lengths). He confirmed that initial promise when landing a 1m novice contest at Kempton a fortnight later, tracking the leaders and ridden to close over two furlongs out, taking a while to respond but leading inside the final 150 yards and running out a half-length winner over Barn Owl. For all it was only workmanlike stuff from Siskany, it came just two weeks on from his debut when showing plenty of inexperience, while a fairly ordinary gallop wouldn’t have benefited one so stoutly bred. He ought to come into his own over middle distances during his second season, sure to have another hit of improvement for tackling 10f+.

SPANGLER (gr c Starspangledbanner – Sixpenny Sweets)

Form: 1-  Trainer: Hughie Morrison  Owner: Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen

€55,000 half-brother to useful 8-8.5f winner Contrive and useful 10f 2yo winner Kipps, out of an unraced half-sister to French 10f 3yo Group 2 winner Knight To Behold, Irish 10f 3yo Group 3 winner Beauty O’Gwaun and Japanese 2m 1f Grade 3 winner Cosmo Meadow, family of Millenary and Spectrum. This colt made a winning start to his career in a 7f novice event at Leicester last October (notably strong 100/30 chance), racing in midfield and making good progress on the outer with two furlongs left to run, leading approaching the final furlong and keeping on well despite greenness to score by 3¼ lengths from Knowwhentorun. That Spangler was up to the task at the first time of asking says much about his latent ability, debuting on testing ground and hailing from a stable hardly renowned for its first-time-out scorers. Year older half-brother Kipps has plenty of ability but became a frustrating individual for connections and it is hoped this colt enjoys a more fruitful three-year-old campaign, when he ought to find 10f within range.

SPY LEGEND (b/gr g Mastercraftsman – Colima)

Form: 760–  Trainer: Ralph Beckett  Owner: Mr and Mrs David Aykroyd

Half-brother to Group 1-placed UK/Australian 10-14f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Brimham Rocks, 2020 10f 3yo Listed winner Chamade and 12f 3yo winner Philonikia, out of a Listed-placed 1m 2yo winning three-parts sister to 12f Listed Flat/dual 2m Grade 3 hurdle winner Eradicate and half-sister to Irish 1m 3yo Group 3 winner/Irish 1000 Guineas third Oh Goodness Me. This nicely-bred individual was well found in the market for his first two outings in 1m novice events at Haydock (5/2 favourite) and Lingfield (9/2 chance) last autumn, but he finished last of seven on debut before coming home sixth of nine next time. He was sent off at 40/1 when failing to beat a rival home in an 8.5f novice event at Wolverhampton in early December, once again off the bridle from an early stage and never able to get competitive. It is clear Spy Legend found the trip an inadequate test on all three occasions, much like half-brother Brimham Rocks had during his two-year-old campaign before he improved to the tune of 36lbs over middle distances at three. Although it’d be asking a lot for this son of Mastercraftsman to repeat that feat, an opening mark of 65 allows him start off at a low enough level and work his way up, sure to stay 10f at the very least.

WHENTHEDEALINSDONE (b c Dark Angel – Maureen)

Form: 313-  Trainer: Roger Teal  Owner: Austin Whelan

65,000gns third foal of a Group 2-placed 6-7f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) who was the daughter of a maiden half-sister to 6f 2yo Group 2 winner Spinola and 1m Group 3 winner Shot To Fame. This colt debuted in a 6f novice event at Windsor last August, slowly away and exhibiting clear signs of greenness at the rear of the field, weaving his way through runners in the straight and finishing off well to take third behind Onaraggatip (beaten 5¾ lengths). He duly stepped up on that first run to land a 6f novice contest at Newbury the following month, making up good ground down the outer to lead entering the final furlong and keeping on determinedly to see off Twilight Calls by a head. His final outing came in a four-runner 6f conditions event at Salisbury at the start of October, waited with and shaken up two furlongs out, hanging left approaching the final furlong but keeping on well close home to finish third to Apollo One (beaten 1 length). It is perhaps no coincidence his best performance came on the soundest surface he tackled last year, also shaping last time as though coming off a steady gallop in a small field didn’t see him to best effect. He appeals as the sort to make a significant impact in the good early-season 6/7f three-year-old handicaps from a mark of 89, having the potential to progress quickly through the ranks and into better company.

ZAAJEL (gr f Awtaad – Elshaadin)

Form: 1–  Trainer: Roger Varian  Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Half-sister to 2020 Britannia Handicap winner Khaloosy and useful 1m 3yo winner Moqtarreb, out of a twice-raced maiden daughter of a 1m 1f 3yo winning half-sister to several smart performers, notably King George/Eclipse winner Nathaniel and Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens. This filly made a successful start to her career in a 7f maiden at Kempton last November (5/2 chance), travelling well in behind the leaders and pushed along to challenge two furlongs out, picking up well entering the final furlong to lead inside the final 100 yards and score by 1¼ lengths over Campeao. For all the bare form is nothing out of the ordinary, Zaajel could not have done much more than she did, travelling nicely and coming with a sustained run to win with a fair bit in hand at the line. Her pedigree alone proposes significant progress during her second season, sure to stay another furlong at least. She could well be the type that makes up into a contender for something like the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot and attempt to follow up year older half-brother Khaloosy’s win in the Britannia over that course and distance 12 months prior.

UNRACED

William Haggas has a surfeit of unraced talent at his disposal for 2021 and those that appeal most from his Somerville Lodge stable are Artemisia Lomi (2/3 b f Galileo – Sharp Susan), a half-sister to South African four-time 9/10f Group 1 winner Oh Susanna and Australian triple 6f Listed winner Signore Fox. Dam a Grade 1-placed US 8.5-9f winner (including at Grade 2/3 level) who was closely related to US 1m 1f Grade 1 winner Spring At Last and a half-sister to US 1m Grade 1 winner Sharp Lisa (later dam of Australian 12f Group 1 winner Foundry and 13f 3yo Group 3 winner/St Leger third Housesofparliament (both by Galileo)); Baaeed (8/4 b c Sea The Stars – Aghareed), a full brother to 2020 Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Hukum and a half-brother to useful 8-10f winner Kasbaan. Dam a French 10.5f 3yo Listed winning daughter of a US 10/11f Grade 1 winner, family of Nashwan, Nayef, Ghanaati etc; Candleford (8/2 b c Kingman – Dorcas Lane), a half-brother to Listed-placed 8-12f winner Atty Persse. Dam a Group 2/3-placed 8-10f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) who was a half-sister to very useful 6f-1m winner Mutawaqed and 7-12f Flat/smart multiple 2m hurdle (including at Grade 1 level)/useful 2m 3f-3m chase winner Faasel out of a maiden sister to the dam of UAE 1m 1f Group 1 winner Tryster and half-sister to 1000 Guineas winner Harayir.

Gaassee (21/3 b c Sea The Stars – Oojooba), a half-brother to useful 8.5f 3yo winner Sharamm and useful 2020 12.5f 3yo winner Midrarr. Dam a Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner who was a full sister to useful Australian 9.5-11f Flat/very useful multiple 2m hurdle (including at Listed level) winner High Bridge out of a 1000 Guineas winning half-sister to the dam of dual 12f Listed winner Polly’s Mark; Sea Karats (29/3 b f Sea The Stars – Kitcara), a full sister to 2020 13f 3yo Group 3 winner Al Aasy. Dam a French 1m 3yo winner who was a half-sister to Group 2-placed French/Australian 9.5-12f winner (including twice at Listed level) Kapour out of a German 1m 3yo Listed winning sister to German 10f 3yo Group 3 winner/German Oaks runner-up Karavel and Group 2-placed French 10-12.5f 3yo winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Kalla and half-sister to 1m 2yo Group 1 winner Konigstiger; and Usloob (14/3 b c Invincible Spirit – Thawaany), the second foal of a Group 1-placed French 6f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half-sister to very smart 1m-2m winner (twice at Group 1 level, including the St Leger)/Derby runner-up Kew Gardens and 2020 Irish 12f 3yo Group 3 winner Snow out of a Moyglare Stud Stakes winning half-sister to Group 2-placed Irish/Australian 7-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Downdraft and Irish 1m 3yo Listed winner European.

John Gosden is another top handler typically well stocked with smartly-bred three-year-olds, and an unraced trio of interest from Clarehaven are Gal Wonder (24/2 b f Galileo – J Wonder), a half-sister to Listed-placed triple 7f winner Boccaccio. Dam a smart 6-7f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) who was a full sister to high-class 6f-1m winner (including at Group 1 level) Chachamaidee (later dam of 12f Group 3 winner Klassique (by Galileo)) and a three-parts sister to smart UK/Hong Kong 6-7f winner (including at Group 3 level) California Whip, family of High-Rise and In The Wings; Netherton (23/3 b f Frankel – Lynnwood Chase), a half-sister to very smart 10-12f winner (three times at Group 1 level, including the Irish Oaks) Star Catcher, high-class 10-12f winner (including at Grade 1 level) Cannock Chase and smart 8-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Pisco Sour. Dam a maiden half-sister to 1m 1f Group 2/3 winner Lord Admiral; and Well Spent (30/4 b f Siyouni – Pleasemetoo), the first foal of a Group 3-placed French 7f 2yo winner who was a half-sister to Group 1-placed French 7f-1m winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Siyoushake (by Siyouni) and smart French 9.5-12.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Skyward out of a French 11.5f 3yo winning sister to US 10f Grade 1 winner Frost Giant.

Jessica Harrington has some interesting unraced three-year-olds for the forthcoming campaign, chief among them Climate (31/3 b f Australia – Frappe), a three-parts sister to high-class 10-12f winner (including at Grade 1 level)/Irish Oaks third Curvy (by Galileo) and a half-sister to high-class 5f-1m winner (twice at Group 1 level, including the Irish 2000 Guineas) Power and Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thakafaat. Dam a 6f 2yo winner who was a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, Irish 6f 2yo Group 1 winner Pedro The Great and 1m 3yo Listed winner Belle D’Or; Pappina (14/2 ch f Sea The Stars – Padmini), a full sister to 2020 French 9.5f 3yo Listed winner Conte De Fee and a half-sister to French 7f 3yo Listed winner Lucie Manette. Dam a once-raced 7f 2yo winner who was a half-sister to Listed-placed 8.5-14f Flat/2m 4f Grade 1 hurdle winner Parlour Games out of a triple 10/12f Group 1 winner/1000 Guineas third/Oaks fourth; and Valle De La Luna (13/3 b f Galileo – Fiesolana), a full sister to Group 3-placed Irish 8.5-9.5f 3yo winner (including at Listed level) Up Helly Aa. Dam a high-class 6-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a three-parts sister to French 2m 3f Grade 1 hurdle winner Tidal Reach and half-sister to smart 5-10f winner (including at Grade 2/Group 3 level) Innit and French 2m 2f Grade 1 hurdle winner Tidal Fury.

Sir Michael Stoute has his usual collection of well-bred three-year-olds to go war with this term, and an unraced pair of particular interest are Queen’s Fair (16/4 b f Dansili – Queen’s Best), a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Queen’s Trust and useful dual 7f 3yo winner Royal Seal. Dam a Group 2-placed 6-12f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half-sister to Listed winners Reverie Solitaire (12f) and Urban Castle (13f) and the dam of Group 1-placed triple 7f winner (including at Group 3 level) Dabyah, family of Avenir Certain, Mehmas, Warrsan etc; and Thaler (2/3 b c Dubawi – Timepiece), a full brother to 2020 7f 3yo winner Tacitly. Dam a high-class 8-11f winner (including at Group 1 level) who was a half-sister to high-class 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Passage Of Time (later dam of Grade 1-placed 7-10.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Time Test (by Dubawi)) and 12f 3yo Group 2 winner/St Leger fourth Father Time out of a 12f 3yo winner who was a half-sister to Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Double Crossed (later dam of four-time 10/10.5f Group 1 winner Twice Over).

Simon & Ed Crisford are another Newmarket operation that boast an array of well-bred unraced talent for 2021, and a couple that take the eye in particular from Gainsborough Stables are Figures (13/2 b f Fastnet Rock – Gadfly), a 200,000gns second foal of an unraced half-sister to 1000 Guineas winner Speciosa, US 12f Grade 3 winner Major Rhythm and Listed winners Liberally (10.5f) and Special Meaning (12f) out of a US 8.5f 2yo winning half-sister to triple 10/12f Group 1 winner Pride (later dam of French dual 12f Group 2 winner One Foot In Heaven (by Fastnet Rock)) and French 10.5f Group 3 winner Fate, family of Touching Wood; and Saleymm (13/5 b c Dubawi – Talmada), the first foal of a Grade 1-placed 10-12f winner (including at Listed level) who was a full sister to useful 7-10.5f winner Yarroom and a half-sister to Champagne Stakes winner Saamidd and smart triple 1m winner (including at Listed level) Masaarr out of a 12f 3yo winning half-sister to Irish 7f 2yo winner/Irish 2000 Guineas third Oracle and Group 2/3-placed French 6-7.5f winner Mathematician, family of Barathea, Gossamer, Desert Style etc.

Roger Charlton has a couple of unraced fillies that make plenty of appeal on paper for the season ahead, namely Dolphin (4/3 b f Sea The Stars – Dolma), a half-sister high-class 8-10f winner (including at Group 1 level) Thistle Bird, Group 1-placed UK/Australian 7-10f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) McCreery and 10f 3yo Flat/smart 2m-2m 1f hurdle (including at Grade 2/3 level)/2m 1f chase winner Old Guard. Dam a Group 1-placed French 6-7f winner (including three times at Listed level) who was a half-sister to the dam of 6f 2yo Listed winner/Cheveley Park Stakes third Madeline; and Dorte (27/1 b f Dubawi – Gretchen), the first foal of a smart 12-14.5f 3yo winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was a half-sister to Irish St Leger winner Duncan, Doncaster Cup winner Samuel, Listed-placed 1m 2yo winner Deirdre (by Dubawi), useful 11.5-12f 3yo winner Alexana and 12f 3yo winners Romina and Stella Bellissima out of a Group 1-placed 1m 3yo Listed winner/1000 Guineas fourth, family of Carlton House.

Others from various stables worth a mention are the Owen Burrows-trained Alghadeer (27/2 b c Lope De Vega – Dark Crusader), a €425,000 second foal of a Group 3/Listed-placed 11-14f winner who was a half-sister to Irish 13f 3yo Listed winner Naughty Or Nice and useful Irish 12-13f winner Cailini Alainn out of an unraced three-parts sister to US 11f Grade 1 winner Subtle Power and half-sister to Group 1-placed 8-9f winner Mutahadee; Archie Watson’s Badlands (4/3 b c Territories – Quiritis), a 150,000gns half-brother to Irish 12.5f 3yo Listed Flat/2m Grade 1 hurdle winner Sir Erec. Dam an unraced sister to Queen’s Vase winner/St Leger runner-up Mahler out of an unraced sister to 7f 2yo Group 3 winner Glatisant (later dam of 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand) and half-sister to Cheshire Oaks winner Rockerlong, 10f 3yo Listed winner Gai Bulga and the dam of high-class sprinter Superstar Leo and grandam of Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet; and Charlie Appleby’s Beautiful Future (25/5 b f Night Of Thunder – Miss Lucifer), a three-parts sister to high-class 6.5-8.5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Space Blues (by Dubawi) and half-sister to smart 7-9.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Shuruq and useful 7f 2yo winner Capel Path. Dam a 7f 3yo Group 2 winner who was a half-sister to six winners and from the family of Chachamaidee, High-Rise and In The Wings.

The Ed Walker-trained Closing Bell (26/2 b f Siyouni – Wiener Valkyrie), a half-sister to useful 8-10f winner Declared Interest. Dam a Grade 3/Listed-placed 7f 2yo winner who was a half-sister to Racing Post Trophy winner Crowded House, French 10.5f Listed winner On Reflection and the dam of French 6.5f Group 1 winner Brando and US 9/10f Grade 1 winner Ticker Tape and grandam of Prix Morny/Middle Park Stakes winner Reckless Abandon; Dermot Weld’s Emilie Gray (14/2 gr f Dubawi – Carla Bianca), the first foal of a smart Irish 9-10f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half-sister to German 7f Listed winner Joailliere (by Dubawi) and Group 2/3-placed Irish 7f 2yo winner True Solitaire out of an unraced half-sister to Group 1-placed 10-14f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Profound Beauty (later dam of Irish dual 1m Listed winner Rose De Pierre (by Dubawi)); and the Michael Halford-trained Haziya (22/4 br f Le Havre – Hazaraba), the third foal of an Irish 7f 3yo winner who was a half-sister to Derby winner Harzand, Group 1-placed Irish dual 7f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Harasiya, Australian 8/12f Listed winner Haripour, Irish 12f 3yo Listed winner Hazarafa (later dam of Irish 8/10f Group 3 winner Hazapour) and Group 3/Listed-placed Irish dual 10f 3yo winner Haziyna out of an Irish 7f 3yo Group 3 winner.

The Mark Johnston-trained Home And Dry (5/4 ch c Sea The Stars – Pale Mimosa), a 100,000gns second foal of a Group 1-placed 12f-2m winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) who was a sister to Listed-placed 12f-2m winner Suailce and a half-sister to Group 1-placed 10f-2m 2f winner (including at Group 2/Listed level) Nearly Caught out of a 1m 1f 3yo winning half-sister to Musidora Stakes winner/Oaks second Kalypso Katie; the Charlie Fellowes-trained Injazati (11/4 ch c Night Of Thunder – Mathanora), an 85,000gns third foal of a French 11f winner who was closely related to the dam of 1m Group/Grade 2 winner Rhythm Of Light and a half-sister to US 1m Grade 2 winner Little Treasure, US 8.5f 2yo Grade 3 winner Keep Quiet and Listed-placed French 1m 1f 2yo winner Annee Lumiere (later dam of Irish 7f 2yo Group 3 winner/Irish 1000 Guineas fourth New York Girl); and James Fanshawe’s Loving Dash (23/3 b f Lope De Vega – Miss Dashwood), a half-sister to smart 8.5f-2m winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Dashing Willoughby. Dam a useful 8.5-12f winner who was a half-sister to dual 10f Group 1 winner Speedy Boarding, useful dual 10f 3yo winner Elwazir and useful dual 1m winner Next Stage out of an 11f Listed winning half-sister to Group 1-placed 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Dash To The Top (later dam of Oaks winner Anapurna).

The Tom Clover-trained Rogue Power (12/2 b c Pivotal – Strawberry Sorbet), a 35,000gns first foal of a 1m 3yo winning half-sister to 2020 1m 3yo winner Lehwaiyla and French 10.5f 3yo winner Zalzalah out of a Group 1-placed multiple 8-9f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) who was a sister to useful multiple 5-6f winner Wentworth Falls and a half-sister to 8.5-10f winner Strawberry Lolly (later dam of 1m 2yo Listed winner Tony Curtis); James Tate’s State Of Play (4/1 b c Dark Angel – Ambiguous), a half-brother to 6f 2yo winner Jamaheery. Dam an unraced half-sister to high-class multiple 5f winner (including at Group 1 level) Alpha Delphini, high-class multiple 5-6f winner (including at Group 1 level) Tangerine Trees, smart triple 5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) Kurious and Listed-placed 5f 3yo winner Fairy Falcon; and finally Marcus Tregoning’s Waajeeha (1/2 b f Kingman – Hawaafez), the fourth foal of a smart 8-13.5f winner (including at Group 3/Listed level) who was a half-sister to useful UK/Bahraini 8-9f winner Midhmaar and fairly useful 14-15f 3yo winner Nateeja, family of six-time 6.5f-1m Group 1 winner Moonlight Cloud, Derby/King George winner Generous and Irish 1000 Guineas/Oaks winner Imagine.

PATTERN CLASS

1- AROUSING (William Haggas)
1- HICKORY (James Fanshawe)
1- HURRICANE LANE (Charlie Appleby)
31- NOON STAR (Sir Michael Stoute)
41- PORT SUNLIGHT (Dermot Weld)
1- ROYAL CHAMPION (Roger Varian)
541- SIR LUCAN (Aidan O’Brien)
1- TAIPAN (Jessica Harrington)
1- TANMAWWY (Charlie Hills)
431- WILLOW (Aidan O’Brien)

MAIDENS

73- AVA GO JOE (Tim Easterby)
9- BASHFUL (Andrew Balding)
3- CASAURINA (Ralph Beckett)
93COLDSTREAM (Eve Johnson Houghton)
3- HOPEFULLY DARLING (John Gosden)
4- JASMINE JOY (James Fanshawe)
4- JOHN LEEPER (Ed Dunlop)
8- JUST JACOB (William Haggas)
7LUISA CASATI (Tom Ward)
5MARIEGOLD (Charlie Fellowes)
4- NAVEGAON GATE (Ed Walker)
3- RANI OF JHANSI (David Simcock)
2- STAY WELL (Hughie Morrison)
3TEOFILO STAR (James Ferguson)
4TWO TWO TIME (James Fanshawe)

HANDICAPS

975ALABAMA BOY (Ed Walker)
211ALEAS (Ralph Beckett)
765BAGUE D’OR (Chris Wall)
858BIG BOY BOBBY (Roger Charlton)
43GWENHYVAR (Hughie Morrison)
431- JUAN DE MONTALBAN (Andrew Balding)
641- KINGMANIA (Chris Wall)
127- NORTHERN EXPRESS (Michael Dods)
775OLYMPUS (Tim Easterby)
821PARACHUTE (Ed Walker)
695PRIDE OF HAWRIDGE (Rod Millman)
745RAINBOW’S GIFT (Jedd O’Keeffe)
994- RHEBUS ROAD (Ralph Beckett)
41- RICH DREAM (Ed Bethell)
021RUN TO FREEDOM (Henry Candy)
51SISKANY (Charlie Appleby)
1- SPANGLER (Hughie Morrison)
760SPY LEGEND (Ralph Beckett)
313- WHENTHEDEALINSDONE (Roger Teal)
1ZAAJEL (Roger Varian)

UNRACED

ALGHADEER (Owen Burrows)
ARTEMISIA LOMI (William Haggas)
BAAEED (William Haggas)
BADLANDS (Archie Watson)
BEAUTIFUL FUTURE (Charlie Appleby)
CANDLEFORD (William Haggas)
CLIMATE (Jessica Harrington)
CLOSING BELL (Ed Walker)
DOLPHIN (Roger Charlton)
DORTE (Roger Charlton)
EMILIE GRAY (Dermot Weld)
FIGURES (Simon & Ed Crisford)
GAASSEE (William Haggas)
GAL WONDER (John Gosden)
HAZIYA (Michael Halford)
HOME AND DRY (Mark Johnston)
INJAZATI (Charlie Fellowes)
LOVING DASH (James Fanshawe)
NETHERTON (John Gosden)
PAPPINA (Jessica Harrington)
QUEEN’S FAIR (Sir Michael Stoute)
ROGUE POWER (Tom Clover)
SALEYMM (Simon & Ed Crisford)
SEA KARATS (William Haggas)
STATE OF PLAY (James Tate)
THALER (Sir Michael Stoute)
USLOOB (William Haggas)
VALLE DE LA LUNA (Jessica Harrington)
WAAJEEHA (Marcus Tregoning)
WELL SPENT (John Gosden)

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