Thursday, 10 March 2011

Paul Cole Blog: Entries for Juveniles Gather Pace

Two-year-old season rolling onwards

The horses are stepping up their work rate and at present, we’re planning their seasons. We’ve just completed our entries for the bigger juvenile sales races, and we’re excited with the strength of each and every horse we’ve put in.

In the Super Sprint, we’ve entered a fair few: Daring Damsel is a promising early type sired by the talented Van Nistelrooy. Silverheels is from the family of Airwave and looks to be a good learner at present, and Overpowered is a lovely Choisir type. There’s still a half share available in him, which is £6000 plus expenses. He looks to be worth the cost.

In the Wetherby’s Insurance Stakes, Macdonald Mor and Royal Brush are the two we’ve picked. The former is a Dansili colt, out of Imperial Beauty. That pedigree alone is a champion one, so we’re hoping he has some of his parents’ genes. Royal Brush is from the Royal Applause family, and we’re familiar with her type, having trained her half sister Jazz Jam to success in Listed company.

Macdonald Mor is also entered in the Tattersalls Million, along with Minimise Risk and Pink Damsel. We’re slightly in the dark with the latter two, and hopefully they will show us what they’re all about soon enough on the gallops.

As for the older horses, we’ve seen some setbacks: Mata Keranjang and No Hubris will not be going to Wolverhampton for Lincoln trial races, and will therefore probably not be involved in the big one on the first day of the flat season. Their time will come, but with them suffering minor setbacks, we want them to re-appear with purpose, not beaten out of sight. Other than them, there are no problems and everyone seems to be starting to get excited about the season.

The next update will take place in a fortnight.

Anthony Dunkley