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One Jump Ahead

The Top National Hunt Horses To Follow for 2019/2020

Foreword by Nick LUCK, 7 times Broadcaster of The Year

“A funny thing happened recently. I was working with Mark Howard on Racing TV and it wasn’t raining. Far from it, in fact: the sun beat down on the Knavesmire on the fourth and final day of the Ebor Festival in August. During a brief interlude between races, our producer decided that a quiz would be the order of the day to see which member of the team could recall some of the events of the mesmerising few days that had gone before. 

As widely predicted, Mark turned away the combined brain power of Hislop, Hannity and Dixon with consummate ease. I had sensibly opted for the role of question master, knowing that I had scant chance of bettering the analyst whose grip on the finer detail of the game has always been vice-like. 

As predictable as his mini victory that afternoon was Mark’s annual gentle chivvying to deliver the Foreword to One Jump Ahead, a task that is always a pleasure, but which seems so out of kilter when it’s cracking the flags and you’re busy going through tomorrow evening’s card at Salisbury. Suddenly, those August shop-window Christmas displays seem to make sense.

In truth, the hiatus between what you might call the traditional winter jumps season is contracting all the while. Sparked up by the extensive reporting of the trainers’ Open Days, you start beating the drum for the return of your favourites well before the leaves have started to fall. And that fervour is only intensified by racing’s vibrant social media community, already fully engaged in whether Altior or Cyrname will emerge victorious if and when they ever should meet. 

What the Twitter jousting and peacocking won’t give you, however, is the objectivity and depth of knowledge that you are about to find between the covers of this book. I’ve said it before, but Mark is just as much about predicting the sport’s power bases as he is reflecting them. His inclusion of Jonjo O’Neill in the Talking Trainers section, for example, is founded on the realisation (long before it was made public) that Jonjo’s yard is restocked with some serious potential talent from the sales and a raft of fresh owners. 

It is equally good to see the ever consistent Warren Greatrex merit a full stable tour this time: his handling of La Bague Au Roi last season was a magnificent training feat. Other personal highlights from the 18/19 season included the finishes of the RSA Chase and the Liverpool Hurdle, won respectively by Topofthegame and If the Cap Fits, both of whom unsurprisingly featured among Mark’s Top 40 Prospects twelve months ago. 

The horses mentioned, plus Tiger Roll’s barnstorming second National and that fabulous and frenetic ‘golden hour’ at Cheltenham featuring Bryony Frost and Paisley Park, only serve to make you wish away these early autumn days that bit quicker.

I hope you enjoy One Jump Ahead one more time. This is the goldmine for the price of a goldfish: the book that proves that - year in, year out - Mark gets more of the answers right than most of us.” 

Owners’ Enclosure – Exclusive interviews with Rich RICCI & Jared SULLIVAN

Rich Ricci (28 horses covered) & Jared Sullivan (23) horses covered, in training with Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins, Olly Murphy & Paul Nicholls

Rich RICCI & racing manager Joe CHAMBERS, plus Jared SULLIVAN nominate their horse to follow for 2019/2020

Stable Interviews:

Kim BAILEY (44 horses featured), Harry FRY (44), Warren GREATREX (40), Philip HOBBS (66), Alan KING (59), Tom LACEY (33), Donald McCAIN (46), Olly MURPHY (47), Paul NICHOLLS (106), Jonjo O’NEILL (52), David PIPE (37) & Nicky RICHARDS (46).

Quotes from One Jump Ahead:

“We were going to run him in the spring because his homework was fantastic but he started coughing so we left him off. He is an exciting prospect for novice hurdles.” PHILIP HOBBS

“I adore him and I think he is very good.” TOM LACEY

He is a lovely unraced horse. Big and backward last season, he has shown a lot of raw ability at home and we will run him in a bumper around Christmas time. I think he is a very nice horse.” OLLY MURPHY

“A lovely big horse who has arrived from France having been bought by Andy Stewart. He will go novice hurdling and I like him a lot.” PAUL NICHOLLS

“He will come into his own over fences and I would like to think he is on a fair mark.”

DAVID PIPE

“Unraced, she is a classy looking filly by Milan who we bought in Ireland in August last year. She is a grand filly and one for a mares’ bumper in the Autumn.”

NICKY RICHARDS

One Jump Ahead (198 pages) also features the following sections:

The Top 40 Prospects – Last year’s Top 40 Prospects produced 36 winners at a strike-rate of 31% and produced a PROFIT of £262.30 (£10 level stake). They included 5 Grade 1 winners, namely COMMANDER OF FLEET (13/2), ENVOI ALLEN (2/1), IF THE CAP FITS (7/1), KALASHNIKOV (4/1) & TOPOFTHEGAME (4/1)

Bromley’s Best Buys – Leading Bloodstock Agent ANTHONY BROMLEY highlights 28 new recruits from France and Ireland. 22 winners at a strike-rate of 20% in last year’s article, Anthony’s horse to follow was THE GLANCING QUEEN (16/1 & 5/1).

Changing Codes – 11 Flat horses who are set to go hurdling for the first time.

English Pointers – my Racing TV colleague JONATHAN NEESOM picks 17 horses who raced between the flags in the UK last season and caught his eye. In the last couple of years, Jonathan has highlighted the likes of CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK, INTERCONNECTED, KING ROLAND and SANTINI.

French Revolution - 31 horses who have being plying their trade in France but have been bought to race in the UK and Ireland this winter. Last year’s article unearthed Cheltenham Festival winners A PLUS TARD and KLASSICAL DREAM, plus Listed/Graded winners ALLAHO, ELFILE, ELIMAY and FRENCH MADE. For the first time, former French Champion jockey JAMES REVELEY has added his comments to the majority of those featured.

Handicap Snips – New section – 18 horses who look ahead of the assessor.

Irish Pointers - expert DECLAN PHELAN highlights 60 pointers to follow from across the Irish Sea who will race under Rules this winter. Last year’s feature yielded 40 winners at an impressive strike-rate of 29% showing a PROFIT of £462.90 (£10 stake) and they included Grade 1 winners HONEYSUCKLE (4 out of 4) & MINELLA INDO (50/1 & 5/1).

Stable Gossip - news from BRIAN ELLISON, DAN SKELTON & NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES.

Appendix – a full and comprehensive analysis of the 2 mile chasers, 2m 4f chasers, staying chasers & 2 mile hurdlers

Index – 832 horses included

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One Jump Ahead Updates – VIA EMAIL ONLY

I shall be producing 5 One Jump Ahead Updates throughout the 2019/20 National Hunt season. Each Update comprises information about the horses in One Jump Ahead, an update from top Bloodstock Agent Anthony Bromley, Bumper News, Ante-Post Advice (recommendations for the major races), Big-Race Previews and News from Ireland from one of the most informed Irish experts Declan Phelan. Please note, the Updates are ONLY AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL (Not Post).

It is £6 per Update (except £10 for the Cheltenham Festival version) or £34 for ALL 5 via EMAIL.

Summary of the 2018/2019 Updates:

 

What The Clients Said:

“Cheers Mark re info on Sopat from February Update. Had 9/1 this morning.” N.P.

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“Great results today, managed to include Jerrysback and Lake View Lad in amongst a small stakes Yankee but with a very good return! Fantastic day, appreciate the advice!!” R.J.

 

One Jump Ahead Updates

PADDY POWER UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2019

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WINNERS: ROCK THE KASBAH (Advised @ 10/1), FIRST ASSIGNMENT (Advised @ 11/4 – WON @ 6/4), SCEAU ROYAL (Advised @ 13/8)

Quote: ROCK THE KASBAH could only finish sixth in the same handicap chase at Chepstow last month which he had won twelve months earlier (five pounds higher now). A three times winner over fences, Philip Hobbs’ gelding will be suited by this longer trip having finished sixth and runner-up in the last two renewals of the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. Rated 147, he stays well and has been placed at Cheltenham in the past. His stable have won this with Gold Cap (1994) and Sausalito Sunrise (2015). The ground ought to suit and his trainer is in very good form (11 winners in the last 14 days). Best Price: 10/1 (Bet365, BetVictor, Boylesports, William Hill).” Advised @ 10/1, WON @ 9/1.

Quote: FIRST ASSIGNMENT was trained to win his only Irish point by Cormac Doyle and he beat Red River (rated 145 over hurdles for Kim Bailey) by a length and a half. Bought for £40,000, he has won two of his five races over hurdles for Ian Williams and still looks attractively handicapped off a mark of 130. The Vinnie Roe gelding won at Huntingdon (2m 4f) before finishing third in the EBF Final at Sandown in March. Returning to action at Cheltenham last month, he landed a gamble when scoring by a short head (2m 5f) off a mark of 125. Yet to race beyond two miles five, Tom Scudamore (2131) said afterwards: “He’s more about stamina.” He is therefore expected to improve over this longer distance and can defy a five pounds rise in the weights.” Advised @ 11/4, WON by 9 lengths @ 6/4.

Quote: PALMERS HILL has other entries at the meeting but would be of definite interest if running here. A winning pointer for Denis Murphy who was subsequently bought by J.P.McManus for £310,000, the Gold Well gelding looked a smart prospect when winning by a length and a half on his Rules debut at Uttoxeter (2m) in October last year. Disappointing in his subsequent two outings at Ascot (2m 5f) and Sandown (handicap debut), he has had a long break since (287 days). First time out could be the time to catch him and, if in the same form as he was at Uttoxeter over a year ago, Jonjo O’Neill’s lightly raced five year old could be well in off a mark of 124.” WON @ 7/1

FRENCH REVOLUTION – Part II: WINNERS: EXTRA MAG (11/10), FUSIL RAFFLES (4/1, 13/8), STYLE DE VOLE (2/5)

Quote: FUSIL RAFFLES: “Another three year old by Saint Des Saints who has joined the champion trainer, he was purchased on behalf of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede having raced twice over hurdles for Guillaume Macaire. A four and a half lengths winner on his debut at Senonnes (2m 2f : Soft) in July, he was then beaten a neck a fortnight later at Les Sables (2m 1f : Good). The third has won since. He is another for juvenile hurdles.” WON the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle at Kempton (23/2/19) @ 4/1 & the Grade 1 juvenile Hurdle at Punchestown (4/5/19) @ 13/8.

Plus: BEAKSTOWN (5/4 & 6/1), CHRISTOPHER WOOD (10/11, 6/5), GLITTERING LOVE (4 out of 4: 9/5, 6/5, 2/1, 11/4) (PISTOL WHIPPED (13/8), PRAECEPS (5/2, 8/11)

Quote: “My contact at the Dan Skelton keeps telling me BEAKSTOWN is a proper horse. Featured on page 132 of One Jump Ahead as one of Declan Phelan’s Irish Pointers, the Stowaway gelding held an entry in Graded company at Cheltenham on Friday but he bypasses that engagement. He does, however, hold entries at Uttoxeter (12.50) and Wetherby (12.30) on Saturday, plus another at Hereford on Monday (2.45) and Chepstow on Wednesday (1.40). Runner-up in a Kempton bumper last February, I was sent a video of him schooling on Thursday morning and he worked beautifully. He is one to look forward to.” WON @ 5/4 & 6/1 (Grade 2 Leamington NH at Warwick (12/1/19))

Quote: “Nicky Richards has his team in good order at present with four winners this month already. The lightly raced GLITTERING LOVE could prove a well handicapped six year old once stepped up to three miles for the first time under Rules. Owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, the Winged Love gelding is a half-brother to nine times winner Riptide and has shown little in five runs under Rules (yet to race beyond two and a half miles). Rated 92 over hurdles as a result, he fared much better in point-to-points for Nicky’s daughter Joey Richards winning four out of five. Successful at Friars Haugh (twice), Corbridge and Overton (all over three miles) between January and March this year, he was well held in a novices’ handicap hurdle at Sedgefield in April over an inadequate two and a half miles. He could be a different proposition over three miles this winter, especially if sent novice handicap chasing.” WON 4 out of 4 – SP’s of 9/5, 6/5, 2/1 & 11/4 – with his official rating rising from 92 to 125.

TALKING TRAINERS: KEITH DALGLEISH: WINNERS: ALRIGHT SUNSHINE (30/100, 8/11), BEAST OF BELSTANE (11/4), BORN FOR WAR (11/4), CHICA BUENA (4/1), GLORIOUS LADY (13/2), I’M TO BLAME (5/6, 2/5), MIXBOY (100/30), ONE NIGHT IN MILAN (100/30), SPORTING PRESS (11/1, 11/4).

Quote: BORN FOR WAR: “Had his first run for us at Musselburgh last week finishing fourth over hurdles. I thought he looked a bit ring rusty and I am inclined to stick some headgear on him next time. Still a maiden, we might try him over fences sooner rather than later.” WON by 13 lengths at Musselburgh (26/11/18) over fences and wearing a visor for the first time @ 11/4

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2019

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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2018

WINNERS: BIRCHDALE (2/1), HUMBLE HERO (5/2), LADY BUTTONS (Evens, Evens), SIR EREC (11/8, 13/8), TEDHAM (4/1)

Quote: “McManus is also the new owner of the 109 rated Flat racer SIR EREC. A son of Camelot and from the family of Queens Vase winner Mahler, he only raced a handful of times on the level improving with each start. A half length winner of a ten furlongs maiden at the Curragh in late August, he then beat The King by four lengths in a Listed contest at Limerick (1m 4f : Heavy) in October. Joseph O’Brien’s charge produced a career best on his most recent start when two and a half lengths third behind Stradivarius and Thomas Hobson in the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot (2m : Soft) a week later. Significantly, he holds an entry in the three year old maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on Thursday (12.10) in which subsequent Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov made a winning start to his jumping career. If he shows an aptitude for his vocation, he possesses the talent to be a top-class hurdler and the 20/1 (Bet365, Skybet & William Hill) for Festival glory next March is tempting.” WON twice at Leopardstown, including the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle (3/2/19) @ 13/8

Quote: “Despite the fact TEDHAM has failed to win any of his three races over hurdles this Autumn/Winter, the Jonjo O’Neill trained could prove a well handicapped novice off an opening mark of 125. A well bred four year old by Shirocco out of Donald McCain’s dual Listed winner Alegralil, he shaped with plenty of promise in his bumper at Warwick last spring finishing third behind Umndeni. Switched to hurdling this season, he finished fourth behind Al Dancer (won twice since and now rated 141) at Carlisle and then third to The Big Bite at Chepstow. On both occasions, he impressed with the way he travelled during his races before finding two potentially top notch novices too strong late on. Runner-up behind Getaway Trump in desperate ground at Exeter last time, he had previous winners Remastered and Samarquand (rated 135) behind him. Yet to race beyond two miles one, he is bred to appreciate further.” WON @ 4/1 at Wincanton on his handicap debut over 2m 5f (5/1/19)

HUNTER CHASERS: WINNERS: SAUSALITO SUNRISE (11/10), SHANTOU FLYER (8/15, 10/11), UCELLO CONTI (4/6, 4/7, 7/2)

FEBRUARY 2020

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FEBRUARY 2019

BETFAIR HURDLE: AL DANCER WON @ 5/2

Quote: AL DANCER bids to become the eighth novice to win the race in the last ten years and provide Nigel Twiston-Davies with his third victory (Splash of Ginge (2014) & Ballyandy (2017) – both six year old novices). The Al Namix gelding started his career with Christian Williams before being transferred to Naunton. Successful in a bumper at Bangor last spring, he then finished a creditable fourth in the Grade 2 championship event at Aintree. The six year old is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles, including when beating subsequent winners Windsor Avenue (twice) and Tedham at Carlisle in October. A comfortable winner at Ffos Las under a penalty, he then made a mockery of an opening handicap mark of 129 at Cheltenham in December. An eleven lengths scorer from Not That Fuisse (won since), he has been raised twelve pounds but it may not be enough to halt his progress. Already towards the forefront of the ante-post market for the Sky Bet Supreme NH at Cheltenham, he ought to go very close off 141, if he is to make an impact in the Festival opener. Unbeaten with Sam Twiston-Davies on his back, he handles good and soft ground but may not want bottomless conditions.” WON the Betfair Hurdle by three and three quarters of a length @ 5/2.

WINNERS: EMITOM (6/4), L’AIR DU VENT (10/11), MISTY WHISKY (5/1)

Quote: “Harry Fry has his eye on another Listed bumper for his potentially exciting mare MISTY WHISKY. The EBF Stallions/TBA Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt race at Sandown (9th March) has been earmarked for the progressive daughter of Stowaway. A half-sister to four times winning stablemate Air Horse One and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ One For Rosie, she was pitched in against the geldings on her debut at Aintree in November. In receipt of seven pounds, she was sent off 11/10 favourite in a small but select field. The steady early gallop didn’t play to her strengths with the front running and more experienced Sojourn dictating matters. Denied by a length and three quarters, she stayed on well to fill the runners-up berth (fifth has won since). Reappearing less than a month later at Ludlow, Sean Bowen’s mount made no mistake next time when beating List One by three lengths pulling clear in the home straight. His rider was impressed saying: Misty Whisky is very nice. She was very green at Aintree and I was probably there too soon today, but all she does is gallop. She'd come on massively and learned a lot from Aintree and went through that soft ground fine, but went on better ground at Aintree, so I'm sure she's fairly versatile.” Reported to be improving all the time by her trainer, her ultimate target this term is the Grade 2 mares’ bumper at Aintree (4th April). It may take a good one to stop her winning at the Esher venue en route.” WON the Listed mares’ bumper at Sandown @ 5/1

AUTUMN POINTERS: WINNERS: CHANTRY HOUSE (8/13), MINELLA MELODY (9/10), MOUNT IDA (13/8), SOPAT (4/1), WALK AWAY (13/8)

Quote: “The headline mare from the autumn, in terms of price was MINELLA MELODY (by Flemensfirth): she arrived at Boulta in December with a tall reputation and made light work of making a winning debut: the substance of that race is questionable but her style was pleasing on the eye. She has apparently changed hands for a sum in the region on £300,000 (private deal) and will be in the future care of Henry De Bromhead.” WON by 12 lengths at Gowran Park (9/3/19) on her Rules debut @ 9/10.

Quote: “Out of the geldings, I will pick one six year old: WALK AWAY, a relentless galloper, he survived a final fence scare to win on his debut at Ballindenisk: another bought by Henry De Bromhead, this big unit by Black Sam Bellamy will be a fine 130+ staying handicap chaser.” WON by 9 lengths at Thurles (7/3/19) on his hurdling debut @ 13/8.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL HANDICAPS PREVIEW: SIRE DU BERLAIS (Advised @ 10/1 – WON the Pertemps Final @ 4/1), DALLAS DES PICTONS (WON @ 7/2 at Leopardstown, plus advised @ 16/1 for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ HH at Cheltenham finished 2nd @ 7/2 favourite.

Quote: “J.P.McManus has won the Pertemps Final (Thursday 14th March) twice this century (Creon (2004) & Kadoun (2006)) and the legendary owner is responsible for both SIRE DU BERLAIS and THE ORGANIST. The former is trained by Gordon Elliott and has only raced nine times over hurdles and is unexposed over three miles. Beaten seven and a half lengths in fourth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle at the Festival last March, the seven year old is now rated two pounds lower off a mark of 142. The Poliglote gelding has only raced twice this season finishing eighth in a two and a half miles handicap hurdle at Naas in November. Stepped up to three miles for the first time in a Pertemps qualifier at Leopardstown’s Christmas fixture, Davy Russell’s mount kept on in the closing stages to finish sixth and was only around ten lengths behind the winner Cuneo. From the family of Howard Johnson’s Becher Chase runner-up and Grade 2 winning novice hurdler Royal Rosa, the ex-French gelding handles most types of ground and is guaranteed a place in the line-up with his rating. Elliott won the race last season with Delta Work and this has probably been the plan all season (10/1 generally).” SIRE DU BERLAIS (Advised @ 10/1) WON the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival @ 4/1

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL PREVIEW 2020

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The CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2019

5 WINNERS: A PLUS TARD (Advised @ 8/1), TOPOFTHEGAME (4/1). ENVOI ALLEN (Advised @ 4/1), SIRE DU BERLAIS (Advised @ 6/1), SIRUH DU LAC (9/2)

Plus: COKO BEACH (Advised @ 25/1 – 2nd @ 14/1), ANIBALE FLY (Advised @ 25/1 – 2nd @ 22/1)

Quote: A PLUS TARD (featured on page 128 of OJA) had alternative entries at the Festival in the RSA and JLT Novice Chases suggesting he may be fairly treated here off 144. Twice a winner over hurdles in France, including a Listed contest at Auteuil, when trained by Dominique Bressou, he was subsequently bought by Cheveley Park Stud and has run three good races over fences for Henry De Bromhead. Runner-up at Gowran in October, he then beat subsequent 15 lengths winner Duc De Genievres (runs in the Arkle) by three and a quarter lengths at Naas in December. Beaten around two lengths by Winter Escape (fifth in a Grade 1 next time) in Graded company at Punchestown last time in receipt of a stone, he is lightly raced and is a superb jumper. Chapoturgeon won this as a five year old and there have been two Irish trained winners (Finger Onthe Pulse (2008) & Tully East (2017)).” WON the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase by 16 lengths @ 5/1 (Advised @ 8/1)

Quote: TOPOFTHEGAME (Top 40) won a point-to-point for Donnchadh Doyle before being bought for £120,000. A dual winning hurdler who was rated 154, he won a Grade 3 handicap at Sandown before finishing a neck second in the Coral Cup twelve months ago. Returning to chasing (fell at Newbury on his fencing bow last season) this time around, he was runner-up behind Defi Du Seuil at Exeter (2m 3f) having forfeited over twenty lengths at the start. The giant seven year old then looked certain to win the Grade 1 Kauto Star NC at Kempton when jumping to the front at the third last, only to get run out of it after the final fence by the high-class mare La Bague Au Roi (won another Grade 1 since). Paul Nicholls has purposely kept him fresh since and the Flemensfirth gelding is reportedly in tip-top shape. The former champion trainer has won this twice (Star De Mohaison (2006) & Denman (2007)).WON the RSA Chase @ 4/1

Quote: ENVOI ALLEN (Top 40) was purchased for £400,000 in February last year having won his only point by ten lengths for Colin Bowe. Unbeaten in three races under Rules for Cheveley Park Stud and Gordon Elliott, he won at Fairyhouse and Navan (Listed) in the space of a fortnight in December before returning at Leopardstown last month. Taken wide by Jamie Codd, the Muhtathir gelding stayed on strongly to beat a host of promising types by upwards of a length and a quarter from Meticulous in the Grade 2 event. He sets the standard but this will be his stiffest test to date.” WON the Grade 1 Festival bumper @ 2/1 (Advised @ 4/1)

Quote: SIRE DU BERLAIS is another leading fancy from the Elliott yard. Seven and a half lengths fourth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey HH last year off 144, he is only a pound higher now and qualifies for this having finished sixth at Leopardstown last time. It was the first time he had tackled three miles and was staying on under Davy Russell. The Poliglote gelding has only raced twice this term and this has obviously been the plan all year. From the family of Becher Chase runner-up Royal Rosa, he is unexposed over the trip and is very much shortlist material.” WON the Pertemps Final @ 4/1 (Advised @ 6/1)

Quote: SIRUH DU LAC has been in terrific form this season winning all three of his starts. The progressive six year old has scored at Newbury, Exeter and Cheltenham off marks of 123, 129 and 134. A head winner from the aforementioned Janika at the last named venue, he has been raised a further seven pounds since. Nick Williams’ charge handles most types of ground and has won five of his seven races over fences. A tremendous jumper, he looks capable of defying that rise in the weights.” WON the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase @ 9/2

Quote: COKO BEACH is one of five entries Gordon Elliott (Flaxen Flare (2013) & Veneer of Charm (2018)) has left in at the five day stage. A four and a half lengths winner at Nantes (Very soft) when trained by Francois Nicolle, he was bought soon afterwards and plunged straight into Grade 2 company at Leopardstown over Christmas. Sent off 6/1 and backed on the day, he was beaten twenty one lengths in ninth on much quicker ground. Last time, he performed a lot better (again on good ground) in a slowly run juvenile hurdle at Naas last month. Beaten eight lengths by the aforementioned Band of Outlaws, he is now five pounds better off with the ex-Flat racer and a combination of a stiffer track and more testing conditions ought to see the pair finish closer here. I think he is an interesting outsider who could be a different proposition on slower ground.” Advised @ 25/1 – 2nd in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle @ 14/1

Quote: ANIBALE FLY was a running on third in the race last year, eight and a half lengths behind Native River. Tony Martin’s stable star has only raced twice this term – withdrawn twice at Leopardstown due to drying ground. Beaten nearly twenty five lengths in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork (2m) in December, he was a good second behind Monalee in the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park last month. Keeping on in the closing stages, he was fourth in the Grand National last season and will relish the return to this longer trip. His record at Grade 1 level is 32P2F3. The softer the ground the better, he arrives fresh and has definite each-way claims, granted suitable conditions.” Advised @ 25/1 – 2nd in the Cheltenham Gold Cup @ 22/1

FESTIVAL PREVIEW ROUND-UPS:

ANTHONY BROMLEY:Quote: PENTLAND HILLS (Triumph Hurdle): “An inexpensive buy out of Chris Wall’s yard, he won twice on the Flat. He then had ringworm when he first joined Nicky (Henderson). It was therefore a rushed preparation prior to winning very easily at Plumpton on his hurdles debut last month. He beat a useful horse and is an interesting contender for the Triumph Hurdle.” WON the Triumph Hurdle @ 20/1

TALKING TRAINERS: PAUL NICHOLLS: WINNERS: FRODON (9/2), TOPOFTHEGAME (4/1)

Quote: FRODON: “He has had an amazing season winning three out of four, including the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last time over a trip which was only eight yards short of the Gold Cup distance, according to Simon Claisse. He is in seriously good order at home, too, and he looks great. Entered in both the Ryanair and Gold Cup, it will be a last minute call but I suspect he will end up running in the former.” WON the Ryanair Chase @ 9/2

Quote: TOPOFTHEGAME: “A huge horse who has been a big baby but has a big engine. He won a Graded handicap hurdle at Sandown last season before being narrowly beaten in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham. Unlucky on his reappearance over fences at Exeter, he missed the start and must have forfeited over twenty five lengths. He just spooked at something but still ran a lovely race behind Defi Du Seuil. Then, last time in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton, he hit the front too soon and was run out of it late on. Harry (Cobden) learned his lesson because he held on to Clan Des Obeaux a bit longer and won the King George later the same day. I think he will develop into a Gold Cup contender next season. The plan is to run him in the RSA Chase.” WON the RSA Chase @ 4/1

TALKING TRAINERS: GORDON ELLIOTT: WINNERS: ENVOI ALLEN (2/1), SIRE DU BERLAIS (4/1), TIGER ROLL (5/4)

Quote: ENVOI ALLEN: “He is a three mile chaser in the making and has looked good in all three of his bumpers this season. His preparation has gone well and I couldn’t be happier with him.” WON the Grade 1 Festival bumper @ 2/1

Quote: SIRE DU BERLAIS: “He worked very well on Friday morning. Fourth in the Martin Pipe HH last year, the longer trip here will suit him.” WON the Pertemps Final @ 4/1

Quote: TIGER ROLL: “Keith Donoghue rides him in the Cross Country chase on Wednesday. He worked well on Tuesday morning and has had a brilliant preparation.” WON the Cross Country chase by 22 lengths @ 5/4

DATES FOR THE DIARY:

Quote: “This is one for Flat racing fans. I interviewed Karl Burke last month (he was en route to watch Liverpool play Bayern Munich at Anfield) and he is very keen on an unraced filly called ROBOTIQUE DANSEUR. By the same sire as stable star Laurens, namely Siyouni, she is entered in the French 1000 Guineas and the Middleham trainer believes she is very good.” WON at Newcastle (29/3/19) @ 9/2

Saturday 23rd March – NEWBURY – 5.00 Goffs UK Spring Sale Bumper

“Harry Fry has won the last two renewals of this £50,000 event courtesy of Bullionaire and Caribert and Paul Nicholls’ former assistant can land the hat-trick. GET IN THE QUEUE looks well bought at £40,000 as a three year old having won both his starts. A gelding by Mount Nelson, he won at Uttoxeter in December by nine lengths in the same event the ill-fated stablemate Neon Wolf won two years earlier. The five year old then bolted up under a penalty at Exeter last month by sixteen lengths conceding sixteen pounds to the runner-up. Held in the highest regard, he runs here in preference to the Festival bumper.” WON by four and a half lengths @ 1/3.

AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL PREVIEW 2020

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The AINTREE GRAND MEETING 2019

WINNERS: FELIX DESJY (Advised @ 8/1), MIN (Advised @ 5/1)

Quote: FELIX DESJY was a useful bumper horse finishing sixth in the championship event at the Cheltenham Festival last season having raced too keenly. The six year old has been in and out over hurdles this campaign winning impressively at Galway on his reappearance in October. Below par on his next three outings, Gordon Elliott’s gelding was back to form in January when winning the Grade 2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer NH at Punchestown (Good) by five lengths. Given a break, he was a creditable fifth in the Supreme NH at Cheltenham last month, holding every chance turning for home. Beaten eleven lengths, he looks a better horse on a flatter track and Aintree ought to suit him.” Advised @ 8/1 WON the Grade 1 Top Novices’ Hurdle @ 7/2

Quote: MIN was beaten a neck by Poltilogue in the race last year having raced keenly early on. The eight year old had looked better than ever during the first half of this season winning the Grade 1 John Durkan Chase at Punchestown in December by a length and a half before winning another Grade 1 over two miles at Leopardstown (for the second consecutive year) in February by six lengths. However, Willie Mullins’ Walk In The Park gelding produced a lacklustre performance in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham finishing a well beaten fifth behind Altior. His record over 2m 4f is 121 and he is a triple Grade 1 winner. Ireland’s champion trainer won this with Boston Bob five years ago and he has a major contender again. Ruby Walsh (11211115) is expected to take the ride.” Advised @ 5/1 WON the Grade 1 Melling Chase by 20 lengths @ 2/1

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Ahead On The Flat

The Top Flat Horses To Follow for 2019

Foreword by Ed CHAMBERLIN, ITV Racing

I’ve long been a follower of Mark’s having initially been his editor many moons ago on Sports Advisor. Having worked closely with him then it’s no surprise that he’s gone on to become one of the most knowledgeable and incisive pundits in the sport. He works hard on behalf of his readers and has established some great contacts.”

Stable Interviews:

Andrew BALDING, Ralph BECKETT, Karl BURKE, Roger CHARLTON, William HAGGAS, David O’MEARA, Roger VARIAN, Ed WALKER, Ian WILLIAMS.

Ahead On The Flat (148 pages) also features the following sections:

The Top 40 Prospects - last year’s produced Royal Ascot winners CRYSTAL OCEAN, DASH OF SPICE & WITHOUT PAROLE.

Ballydoyle Juveniles8 well bred unraced Two Year olds trained by Aidan O’Brien

Handicap Snips – Last year’s article unearthed DIOCLETIAN (33/1), FIRST ELEVEN (8/1 & 5/2) & VICTORY CHIME (6/1, 5/4 & 8/1)

Maidens In WaitingCRYSTAL HOPE (14/1) & PILASTER (12/1, Evens & 11/4) were featured last season.

Significant Sales – 6 horses who will be racing for new connections this summer having gone under the hammer in recent months. GUNMETAL (10/1, 9/2, 10/1) & MAGIC CIRCLE (8/1 & 11/2) were highlighted twelve months ago.

Stable Gossip – the latest news from Sir Michael Stoute’s powerful yard

Unraced Three Year Olds – 21 horses who didn’t see a racecourse last year but are expected to make up for lost time this season.

What’s The Craic In Ireland? – 10 horses from the Emerald Isle who are expected to develop into high-class performers this year. MAGIC WAND (Cheshire Oaks & Ribblesdale Stakes) was featured in 2018.

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Index

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8 WINNERS: CALYX (Advised @ 3/1 WON @ 2/1), WITHOUT PAROLE (Advised @ 11/4 WON @ 9/4), SETTLE FOR BAY (Advised @ 16/1), STRADIVARIUS (Advised @ 9/4 WON @ 7/4), AGROTERA (Advised @ 14/1 WON @ 11/2), DASH OF SPICE (Advised @ 10/1 WON @ 7/2), CRYSTAL OCEAN (Advised @ 6/4 WON @ 4/7), MERCHANT NAVY (4/1) 

Plus: 11 places including ADVERTISE (Advised @ 16/1 2nd @ 10/1), SABRE (2nd @ 12/1), TIS MARVELLOUS (Advised @ 25/1 4thin the Wokingham) 

Quote: CALYX is trained by John Gosden who won this in 2004 with Iceman. It is only ten days since the son of Kingman (his first winner as a stallion) made a sparkling racecourse debut but he has reportedly come out of the race very well. Like his father, he was introduced at the July course at Newmarket and he blitzed his eight rivals by upwards of five lengths (his dad won by six lengths). Hooded in the paddock beforehand, he raced quite keenly early on but travelled strongly before quickly putting the race to bed. The runner-up had won beforehand and, provided the occasion doesn’t get to him and stall 22 isn’t a disadvantage, he looks a major player. It is a quick turnaround but it is worth remembering Gosden produced Ardad to win the Windsor Castle Stakes six days after a winning debut at Yarmouth a couple of years ago.” Advised @ 3/1 WON the Coventry Stakes @ 3/1 

Quote: WITHOUT PAROLE looks a colt with huge potential having won all three of his career starts. Officially rated 109, he was a six lengths winner at Newcastle on his sole start at two before scoring by the same margin on his reappearance at Yarmouth (runner-up has won since and is rated 90), conceding seven pounds. The son of Frankel was forced to miss the 2000 Guineas due to a foot problem but he returned with a hard fought win in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown. Despite being unsuited by the rain softened ground, he prevailed by three parts of a length from Gabr (fifth in the Racing Post Trophy last year). John Gosden, who won this with Kingman in 2014, believes he wants fast ground. This will be his first run above Listed level and the last horse to complete the Heron Stakes/St James’s Palace Stakes double was Kris in 1979.”Advised @ 11/4 WON the St James’s Palace Stakes @ 9/4 

Quote: SETTLE FOR BAY is trained in Ireland by David Marnane, who sent out Dandy Boy to win the Wokingham Handicap six years ago. The same handler has a live contender for this having won 5 of his 12 career starts. A gelded son of Rio De La Plata, who is rated 99, won four times on the all-weather at Dundalk between November last year and January 2018 (all over a mile). His rating rose from 76 to his current mark. His record on turf reads one win from six starts and the four year old ran a cracker at Leopardstown (Good) last month when finishing three lengths fourth behind Zorion (has won a Listed race since) over seven furlongs. Having encountered traffic problems, he finished strongly. His trainer commented in January: “He’ll get a break now as he’s won his four races but he’s obviously an exciting horse for the summer when he fills out a bit. Long-term, he could be a Royal Hunt Cup horse.” His record over a mile is 51111. Best Price: 16/1 (Bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes, Skybet, William Hill).” Advised @ 16/1 WON the Royal Hunt Cup 

Quote: “Ed Walker has yet to train a winner at the Royal meeting but the Lambourn based handler believes AGROTERA could be a Pattern filly in the making. If that’s the case, the daughter of Mastercraftsman ought to go well off an opening mark of 88 for her handicap debut. Sixth on her only start as a juvenile at Newmarket last backend, she was beaten a length by Dathanna (now seven pounds better off) in a conditions event over this C&D in May (soft). She then lost her maiden tag at Windsor with a length and a half victory from Four White Socks (won since) less than three weeks later. It was her first run on fast ground and it bodes well for her chances here. This has been her target ever since.”Advised @ 14/1 WON the Sandringham Handicap @ 11/2 

Quote: DASH OF SPICE tackled a mile and a half for the first time in a seemingly competitive handicap at Epsom on Derby day. David Elsworth’s four year old destroyed his sixteen rivals by upwards of six lengths making all off a mark of 87. Raised eleven pounds, he looked a Pattern horse in the making last time and has only raced half a dozen times. Although the son of Teofilo has yet to race on good to firm ground, a couple of his relations Barshiba and Dashing Star both won on such a surface. His trainer has had 15 winners at Royal Ascot but none since 2007, which ironically was his half-sister Barshiba in the Sandringham Handicap.”Advised @ 10/1 WON the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes @ 7/2 

Quote: MERCHANT NAVY is featured on page 131 of Ahead On The Flat and he attempts to become the first three year old to win the race since Art Connoisseur in 2009. Previously trained in Australia by Ciaron Maher and Aaron Purcell, he was a Grade 1 winner at Flemington last November before finishing third on his next two starts. Beaten a neck by Redkirk Warrior (receiving twelve pounds) in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March (6f), he then joined Aidan O’Brien. The son of Fastnet Rock had reportedly done very little work prior to making a winning start for the head of Ballydoyle. A length winner of the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last month, he beat the likes of Tasleet and Brando and is expected to improve markedly for the run. His record over six furlongs is 11131 and he is a winner on soft and fast ground. O’Brien has tasted Royal Ascot success with ex-Australian trained horses such as Haradasun (Queen Anne Stakes in 2008), Starspangledbanner (this race in 2010) and So You Think (Prince of Wales’s Stakes in 2012).” WON the Diamond Jubilee Stakes @ 4/1 

WINNERS: AXE AXELROD (2/1), LIFE ON EARTH (6/4, 11/8), SPANISH ARCHER (15/8), TIMESPAN (7/1), WITHHOLD (Advised @ 6/1 WON the Northumberland Plate @ 5/1) 

Quote: “Roger Charlton won the Northumberland Plate three years ago with Quest For More and the Beckhampton trainer intends unleashing his Cesarewitch winner WITHHOLD in the two mile event on Saturday week (30th June). Granted a favourable draw, the five year old must have an outstanding chance even though he is set to race off a twelve pounds higher mark than when beating the ill-fated London Prize by nearly four lengths on the Rowley Mile last Autumn. Still unexposed over staying trips (record over two miles plus 211), he has experience on the all-weather having finished runner-up at Kempton in September 2016 and the Champs Elysees gelding has only raced twice for Charlton having been bought out of Charlie Hills’ yard for 170,000gns. His long-term aim is the Melbourne Cup and his trainer feels he needs to reach a mark of around 110 to qualify (see page 62 in Ahead On The Flat). Therefore he will be primed for his trip to Gosforth Park. Available at 6/1 with Skybet and William Hill, I wouldn’t put clients off backing him sooner rather than later because, if the Cesarewitch is anything to go by, Withhold could be the subject of another plunge in the market.” Advised @ 6/1 WON the Northumberland Plate by two and three quarters of a length

YORK EBOR FESTIVAL

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5 WINNERS: PHOENIX OF SPAIN (Advised @ 8/1 WON @ 9/2), FAIRYLAND (Advised @ 4/1 WON @ 6/4), SEA OF CLASS (7/4), URBAN ASPECT (5/1), LORD GLITTERS (Advised @ 3/1 WON @ 2/1) 

Plus: FINAL VENTURE (Advised @ 12/1 – 2nd @ 8/1), KYNREN (Advised @ 14/1 – 2nd @ 5/1), MABS CROSS (Advised @ 16/1 – 2nd @ 14/1) 

Quote: PHOENIX OF SPAIN cost 220,000gns and is a half-brother to Central Square, Lucky Beggar and Kingsdesire. The Lope De Vega colt caught the eye when a running on fourth on his racecourse bow at Sandown last month. Beaten four and a half lengths, the runner-up and aforementioned Persian Moon has won twice since. Charlie Hills’ charge confirmed the promise when running out a decisive two and a half lengths winner at Wolverhampton next time. Entered in the Champagne Stakes, Royal Lodge and Dewhurst Stakes, he bids to give his trainer his second win in the race following the victory of Dutch Connection four years ago.”Advised @ 8/1 WON @ 9/2 

Quote: FAIRYLAND is one of six entries for Aidan O’Brien and, if lining up, she will arrive a fresh filly having not raced since finishing three parts of a length third in the Albany Stakes. The Kodiac filly emerged from stall 5 while the first two home came out of stalls 15 and 11 and she was forced to commit a long way from home on the far side. A 925,000gns purchase, she had previously won at Naas and the Curragh. A two and a quarter lengths winner of the Listed Marble Hill Stakes, she beat the colts including her stablemates Van Beethoven and Land Force (won twice since including the Group 2 Richmond Stakes). A winner on good to yielding and good to firm, she looks set to play a major role in a race her trainer has yet to win.”Advised @ 4/1 WON @ 6/4

Quote: URBAN ASPECT is improving at a rapid rate of knots having failed to see a racecourse last year. A colt by Cityscape out of the stable’s Oaks winner Casual Glance, he is a half-brother to Chester Cup consolation winner Look My Way. Third on his debut on soft ground at Chepstow, he has won twice since at Chester and Nottingham. A length and a quarter winner at the former, the second and fourth have won since, and then he followed it up with a five lengths victory at the latter. Set to make his handicap debut off a mark of 93, Andrew Balding has sent out 14 winners in the last fortnight.” WON @ 5/1 

Quote: LORD GLITTERS is second top rated with a mark of 116 having run some terrific races this season. Runner-up in the Lincoln behind the well handicapped Addeybb off a mark of 107 (conceded eight pounds), he then finished half a length runner-up in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Accidental Agent. Beaten a neck by Beat The Bank in the Group 2 Summer Mile over the same C&D (round track), David O’Meara’s grey was then two lengths third in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last time. Twice a winner over ten furlongs in France, this represents a drop in class as he bids to provide his trainer with his third win in the race (Custom Cut (2014) & Mondialiste (2015)).” Advised @ 3/1 WON @ 2/1

 THE JUVENILE SCENE: 1ST TIME OUT WINNERS: COURT POET (5/4), FASHION’S STAR (3/1), HEADMAN (8/13), KADAR (5/2) & PRINCE EIJI (4/1), plus DANDHU (4/1) & SPARKLE ROLL (15/2)

Quote: Roger Charlton has had a quiet season thus far in terms of his juveniles with only one winner but the Beckhampton trainer is believed to be responsible for an above average filly in the unraced FASHION’S STAR. A daughter of Sea The Stars, she was an expensive breeze-up buy (€400,000) and has been given entries in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and Group 1 Fillies’ Mile both at Newmarket. She is one to watch out for on her debut.”WON on her debut at Newbury (21/9/18) @ 3/1 

Quote: “Stablemate HEADMAN is another unraced two year old from Beckhampton to keep tabs on. His sire Kingman has made a fine start to his stallion career producing exciting prospects Calyx and King of Comedy already and this Khalid Abdulla owned colt has shown the right signs at home. He is entered in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at the end of next month.” WON by three and three quarters of a length on his debut at Newcastle (1/11/18) @ 8/13 

Quote: The Karl Burke trained KADAR was due to make his racecourse debut at Haydock earlier this month but was withdrawn. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited, the son of Scat Daddy was acquired for €700,000 at the Arqana breeze-ups in May. Out of a dam who won over a mile and a half, he has been entered in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, National Stakes at the Curragh and Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket. He could be an exciting prospect for his big spending owners.”WON on his debut at Haydock (6/9/18) @ 5/2

Quote: “The impeccably bred PRINCE EIJI attracted plenty of attention at the yearling sales last Autumn. A son of Dubawi out of Group 1 winning mare Izzi Top, he is therefore a half-brother to stablemate Willie John and Wokingham Stakes runner-up Dreamfield. He was bought by Roger Varian at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales for 2,600,000gns on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. His first racecourse appearance is hopefully one to look forward to.” WON on his debut at Ascot (7/9/18) @ 4/1

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE: WISSAHICKON (Advised @ 12/1 WON @ 11/1) 

Quote: WISSAHICKON (21) is a three year old colt by Tapit and a half-brother to dual Group 1 winner Rainbow View. Rated 107, he has won 4 of his 6 races and is trained by John Gosden who, as discussed, has won this three times with Halling (3yo – 1994), Pipedreamer (3yo – 2007) and Tazeez (2008). He has only raced twice on the turf winning a ten furlongs handicap at York off a mark of 94. Too keen when disappointing at Newmarket’s July meeting, he returned to winning ways at Chelmsford last month when beating Blue Mist (runner-up again since) by a length and a quarter off 101. He was conceding a stone to Roger Charlton’s runner-up. Significantly, Robert Havlin commented at York in June: “He could win a nice one mile two or one mile one handicap, he is not short of speed.” That suggests this may have been the plan for a while. He has only raced on fast ground as regards the turf and Frankie Dettori (81) takes the ride. Best Price: 12/1 (Coral).”Advised @ 12/1 WON the Cambridgeshire by three and three quarters of a length @ 11/1 

CESAREWITCH: CLEONTE (Advised @ 16/1 – 3rd) & VIS A VIS (Advised @ 20/1 – 4th @ 10/1) 

Quote: CLEONTE is trained by Andrew Balding whose father Ian won the race in 2001 with Distant Prospect. This five year old was trained in France by Andre Fabre and he beat Marmelo (won a Group 2 this year and is now rated 113) by two and a half lengths in a Listed contest at Deauville in August 2016. Disappointing in five starts for Balding last season, he was gelded during the winter and has returned to form in 2018. Six and a half lengths ninth in the Ascot Stakes in June (ground too quick), he was only beaten around four lengths behind Stratum in the JLT Cup at Newbury despite meeting trouble in running. The Sir Percy gelding was back in the winners’ enclosure last time when beating Stars Over The Sea (won the Cesarewitch Trial at HQ by ten lengths since) at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting off a mark of 92. Only raised three pounds since, he is still well handicapped on the pick of his French form (rated 101 when he joined Balding) and his trainer commented this month: “The race has always been Cleonte’s objective. He’s in great form and conditions should suit.” Ideally suited by some cut in the ground, he will hopefully be ridden by Oisin Murphy for the first time or talented apprentice Jason Watson (24). Best Price: 16/1 (generally).” Advised @ 16/1 – 3rd in the Cesarewitch. 

Quote: VIS A VIS is trained by Neil Mulholland who bids to follow in the footsteps of fellow National Hunt trainers Nicky Henderson, Alan King and Philip Hobbs by winning this during the last ten years. The four year old was trained in France by David Smaga and he won over a mile and six at Clairefontaine (Good/Soft) in August 2017 before being bought for 30,000gns in November last year. Unbeaten in two races for his new connections, he won by a head at Sandown in June off a mark of 80 on his UK debut. The son of Dansili then produced an even better display to beat Just In Time (won 2 out of 2 since, including the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster) by two and three quarters of a length at Kempton in August off a two pounds higher mark. It was the first time he had tackled two miles and saw out the trip thoroughly. Raised a further eight pounds, he has only raced ten times and is unexposed over staying trips. His trainer reported in September: “The Cesarewitch is the target and hopefully he’ll go straight there. He’s done well and the form looks good. Grass, juice in the ground and a bit further will hopefully bring out a bit more improvement.” He is very much one for the shortlist. Best Price: 20/1 (Boylesports, Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power).” Advised @ 20/1 – 4th in the Cesarewitch @ 10/1 

MIDDLE PARK STAKES: TEN SOVEREIGNS (8/13) 

Quote: TEN SOVEREIGNS was one of four entries trained by Aidan O’Brien at the five day stage. A colt by No Nay Never who cost 200,000gns, he has looked potentially top-class in two starts this year. A runaway seven lengths winner on his first start at the Curragh in August, he reappeared a week later and won the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes by three and three quarters of a length from Bruce Wayne (the third Fantasy is rated 92). Sent off 1/3 favourite, he was immediately targeted at this afterwards and his stable have already won the race five times (Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), Ad Valorem (2004), Crusade (2011) & US Navy Flag (2017)).” WON @ 8/13

 AUTUMN STAKES: PERSIAN KING (6/5) 

Quote: “Andre Fabre has indicated the aforementioned PERSIAN KING could run here instead of the Lagardere, if the ground isn’t suitable at Longchamp. Held in the highest regard, Fabre wants to give the colt experience of the Rowley Mile because he believes he could be a Guineas horse next spring. If lining up here, help yourself.” WON @ 6/5

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