Emma Spencer looks ahead to the Flat Season…
GIOVANNI CANALETTO (Aiden O’Brien) – It’s not one of Aiden O’Brien’s obvious chances for the Derby being a 20/1 shot, but I’ve had a decent bet because he’s got the potential to be a serious dark horse. He won his maiden very well, has a good derby pedigree being by Galileo and even if he doesn’t make the Derby, he’ll be winning races this year.
HIGHLAND REEL (Aiden O’Brien) – Another one of O’Brien’s, he’s 10/1 for the Guineas behind stablemate Gleneagles. He was a very impressive winner at Glorious Goodwood last year over 7f and will really appreciate stepping up in trip and my source says he’s working very well. I think this is more unexposed than Gleneagles, and O’Brien has won this race with the second string on many occasions.
TAPESTRY (Aiden O’Brien) – She ran well in the Oaks and Arc and is apparently twice the horse physically this year – I think she’ll be hard to beat in all the top 10-12f races for mares.
CRYSTAL ZVEZDA (Sir Michael Stoute) – Won a 7f Lingfield maiden in the style of a nice filly and they reckon she might be their best of that sex, which is saying something as Sir Michael is a master with fillies.
FADHAYYIL (Charlie Hills) – Was second in the Rockfel at the back end of last year when running very green so should have improved massively and on breeding is an out-and-out miler. You could do an awful lot worse than back her for the 1000 Guineas.
ZAWRAQ (Dermot Weld) – He won probably the hottest maiden in Ireland last year, beating the very well regarded Sir Isaac Newton, and Weld rates him his best 3yo. His horses are flying absolutely at the moment.
MUTAMAKKIN (Sir Michael Stoute) – He’s a colt by warfront who won a 7f york maiden and is one of a number of very well thought of horses for Stoute – the trainer is going to have a top year.
STRAVANGANTE (Sir Michael Stoute) – By Rip van Winke, he won a Newcastle maiden by 6l and is another who is being tipped for big things by those in the know in the yard – definitely one to follow.,
PURPLE ROCK (Charlie Hills) – Not necessarily going to be winning at the highest level but definitely one to follow throughout the year. He’s working very well and is likely to reappear in the Esher Cup.
SIR ROGER MOORE (Charlie Hills) – He’s an unraced 2yo by Kodiac, which are really all the rage at the moment. The Hills team think he could be a star.
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