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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Best Unraced Horses For Our Loyal Readers

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. All 3yo (worthy of note for the new Flat season)

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 has 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  Thoroughbreds Racing and at one time considered for the Fillies' Mile (Group 1).

Samoan (Brian Meehan)
Brian Meehan & the Sangster family have a reputation for delivering top-class horses. This youngster is part owned by Mrs J Magnier and a potentially smart horse. Not the most expensive breeze-up purchase (vendor) at 45,000gns, this bay colt by DanehillSwettenham Stud and is held in some regard by connections. He was considered for a couple of Group races in the latter part of the season but is yet to make his debut and will be kept for a three-year-old campaign.     

Saunta (David Simcock)
This is one horse that will be wining at three-years-old. A bay filly by Invincible Spirit out of the useful 5f winning mare Baize, she cost 95,000gns as a yearling. Her trainer isn't one to throw around fancy entries for the fun of it and after being entered for a couple of Stakes races, once holding an engagement for the Lowther (Group 2), it looks as thought she must have been close to making her debut but probably suffered a minor setback. Saunta is well regarded in the stable and one for the notebook. 

Valbchek (Jeremy Noseda)
Few trainers have a wealth of owners such as Jeremy Noseda. A name that has been connected with talented two-year-olds across the seasons. This year alone Roman Soldier, Talwar, Regal Realm & Harvard N Yale have shown class. This bay colt by Acclamation coast 110,000gns as a yearling and owned by Richard Keen & Paul Smith. This youngster was entered for three Group races throughout his first season - including the Gimcrack (Group 2) - but never made the race track. As far as fancy engagements go he looked one of the better juveniles in the yard and should win in his three-year-old career. 

Gold Edition (Jeremy Noseda)
This American-bred son of Mr Greeley is another of Noseda's juvenile prospects which is likely to make its debut at three. This chestnut colt was entered in the early declaration stages of the Phoenix Park Stake (Group 1), Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) & at least one more prestigious race so must have been showing a touch of class on the gallops.    

Shada (Sir Michael Stoute)
It's not all about debutantes. This chestnut filly went off favourite for a decent Newmarket maiden towards the end of August. This daughter of Galileo finished third in a tantalising performance. By all account that was a competitive race because the winner has gone on to Group 1 success, the second, Diala, is held in high regard by William Haggis (with intentions of going for the 1,000gns), while the sixth, Bana Wu ran a superb race in the Rockfel Stakes (Group 2). Shada looks a certain future winner on that form alone - it could well be Listed class for starters. This juvenile cost 290,000gns as a yearling, a full sister to a Group winner. The dam was raced in France. Sir Michael Stoute had this filly entered for the Fillies' Mile (Group 1) and a horse that could well hit the heights at three.

Alzahra (Roger Varian)
Following in the footsteps of his talented mentor was never going to be an easy challenge but this reserved trainer has done connections proud. Alzahra is one of few talked-about fillies not to have made a racecourse appearance but an interesting candidate for a belated 2yo campaign or more likely a three-year-old career. This bay filly - a daughter of Exceed And Excel - was one of two juveniles entered for the Lowther (Group 2). The dam was a 5f winner, who herself was a half-sister to Classic-winning Attraction (winner of ten of her fifteen races). On breeding, this youngster could well start her career at 5/6f and must - as far as the lofty entries indicate - have a level of ability.  
All That Rules (Sir Henry Cecil) 
Andrew Tinkler has been a prominent supporter of horse racing in the last few years and it will no doubt be a proud moment to see this son of Galileo make his debut for such a gifted trainer. Probably not one of the leading lights but a horse that will be seen next season and worthy of respect.

Great Namoos (Brian Meehan)
If a talented dam makes for a good horse then this bay colt is a winner. This son of Dansili is out of the Queen Mary (Group 2) & Lowther (Group 2) winner Flashy Wings, who was trained by Mick Channon. It is perhaps surprising that Jaber Abdulla has sent this juvenile to Meehan. However, this could be a talented prospect. He has been entered for a Group race this season but yet to make it to the course and worth noting in his three-year-old campaign.

Junior Diary (Brian Meehan)  
This American-bred filly is a daughter of Mr Greeley out of the winning mare Cross Channel who was trained by Ed Dunlop, and similarly bred by Cliveden Stud. Her owner Mrs Lucinda Freedman done well with another youngster in Meehan's care, Brevity. This January foal is yet to make her race course bow but may be a capable sort considering connections gave this chestnut a Fillies' Mile (Grouyp 1) entry.