Monday 18 July 2016

6 Dark Horses

Just a few unraced two-year-olds.

Portledge - Trained by James Bethell

This bay colt is a son of Acclamation out of a five times winning mare who won at Listed class with a best official rating of 101.  James Bethell is a clever trainer who keeps his cards close to his chest but this 60,000G yearling purchase has something of a reputation. Tony Buckingham did well last year with Fast And Furious so connections will be hoping this April foal can win this formative season.

Twiggy - Trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam

Chapple-Hyam doesn't have many juveniles in her string but she does have an odd talent and Twiggy could well be worth an interest second start. This bat daughter of Sixties Icon is out of a winning mare who was similarly owned and bred by Mrs T Brudenell. Twiggy ran in a fair Yarmouth maiden where she was too keen but far from disgraced. I am pretty sure this filly will step up markedly next start. I know connections have been considering pattern class which should give good chances for winning an average maiden.

Wadood - Trained by Robert Cowell

I see this bay colt a son of Kodiac is entered to race on Tuesday (19th July).  This April foal is owned by Abdulla Al Mansoori and cost 55,000G at the yearling sales. This colt is definitely held in some regard by connections and if not shining on debut is likely to progress well with racing. 

Kruger Park - Trained by Richard Fahey

Fahey is a supreme talent when it comes to hitting the mark with his debutantes and this son of Requinto out of a winning mare. A recent breeze-up purchase at £40,000 this horse owned by Andrew Tinkler is earmarked for the Gimcrack Stakes (group 2). 

Lockheed - Trained by William Haggas

This son of Exceed And Excell needs little introduction after a supreme debut performance at Ascot behind John Gosden's son of Frankel Seven Heavens. Lockheed [pictured] is owned by the China Horse Club who simply don't have poor juveniles and forked out a colossal 450,000G for this chest/grey colt. I'm not jumping on the bandwagon because I detailed this colt to a number fo people before debut. Physically, a beautiful specimen and he will be racing at Group level and most likely be winning at that level too. 

Rich And Famous - Trained by Mark Johnston 

This son of Bernardini is well thought of and worth following.