Tuesday, 1 November 2011

HCE Dark Horse (Update)

The mysterious dark horse.

We could be talking Lloyd's Bank, Dick Francis or a million and one racing websites. 

However, these dark horses are 100% High Class Equine.

Many of our regulars know we write for Racing Ahead magazine, a monthly publication. It's a chance to illustrate our expertise within two-year-old horse racing to a wider audience. This page is an extension of those type of juveniles but free to those who visit our little blog.

So what makes these Dark Horse so interesting? Well, it wouldn't be fitting to tell the story behind their publication on this page. Being of a secretive nature. However, be assured this is no haven for odds on backers or equine fodder enjoyed by TV pundits and their classic 'one to put in your notebook'. These are truly hidden gems. A few of these juveniles may be given as tips for HCE Regular/Elite. But it is unlikely because these will not feature the highest win rate. However, each  deserve their moment in the spot light rather than a passing mention on a blog post. They have something to say which sets them apart from the norm. Don't expect every selection to win. It doesn't work like that. The aim is for a profit this season and hopefully strike gold with a couple of fancy prices.  

Welcome to our Dark Horses.

Red Corvette (Michael Bell)
This bay filly is yet to race and unlikely to be seen until a three-year-old but a very exciting prospect. Sired by Galileo out of Red Evie who won nine from fifteen starts, a multiple group winner & twice Group 1 victor when trained by Bell. With total prize winning of just under £400,000 and official rating of 115 she was a hugely successful/popular racehorse. This youngster is owned by Magnier, Smith & Tabor. She was given a Fillies' Mile (Group 1) entry, which gives hope she will take after her mare. 

Dick Bos (Peter Chapple-Hyam)
This chestnut colt is a son of Dutch Art out of the winning mare Cosmic Countess. A seventh foal, he cost £48,000. Although a relatively cheap purchase, this juvenile is held in high regard by the stable and owned by The Comic Strip Heroes who have been very successful with a number of talented juveniles over the years. This colt is yet to make his debut but must have suffered a setback because he has been entered for a couple of Stakes races throughout his 2yo season and also considered for a Group race. The stable's juveniles have a fair strike rate on debut and although he will be kept for a three-year-old campaign it would be no surprise to see Dick Bos win early in his career.

Daliance (Tom Dascombe)
This son of Dalakhani may have slipped under the radar because he made his debut at Clairefontaine, France, at the beginning of August. He finished a creditable 5th, staying on at the finish, beaten three lengths, after being hampered. A 120,000euro purchase, he is one of few juveniles to be entered at Group level for the stable, which is a positive sign that he will be winning sooner rather than later. With stamina-packed breeding he will appreciate a trip much greater than the 7f he faced on debut. It is possible Dascombe may look for an easy win on the AW over the winter.

Gingernut (John Gosden)
Few trainers compare to the talents of John Gosden. Gingernut is yet to make his debut but could be worthy of your consideration. This son of Galileo is a home bred by Normandie Stud out of the Listed-winning mare Foodbroker Fancy. This February-born colt is likely to appreciate a test of stamina, so it's not surprising he has been slow to come to hand. However, he is rated by the stable and should make into a decent three-year-old prospect. 

Nine Realms (William Haggis)
This 100,000gns yearling is closely related to high-class winner Aqlaam, the dam unraced but a half-sister to classy stayer Persian Punch. This bay colt was one of a select few juveniles to be entered at Group class from a stable that knows a good horse. In addition, Vow, a daughter of Motivator is owned by Highclere  Thoroughbred Racing and at one time considered for the Fillies' Mile (Group 1).

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