HORSES 2017

It is officially spring and just four weeks left until the turf season gets underway with the Lincoln (Master Carpenter and Sir Roderic hopefully taking part) at Doncaster so we thought it was a good time to send out a list of our horses for the 2017 campaign.

We have only had a small team on the AW this winter yet we already have two winners on the board for 2017. The ever reliable Cotton Club winning his fifth race at Wolverhampton and the ex-Godolphin Langlauf winning at Kempton.

2017 TEAM

Older Horses

Biotic – Progressive at three and four but endured a tough 2016. Starts the new campaign 11lb lower than twelve months ago and with a bit of luck he can get back on track. (Mrs B Sumner)

Champagne Champ – Improving stayer who recorded three wins last year, does need give in the ground to be seen at his best but hopefully he can be a future Sergeant Cecil and compete in the top staying handicaps. (Five Horses Limited)

Concur – Consistent last year, placing six times but could not quite shed his maiden tag but is certainly capable of doing so in 2017. (Miss Gloria Abbey)

Cotton Club – Tough stayer who is very effective on the AW with his last three wins coming on artificial surfaces, although the slow run races rarely suit him. 11lb lower on turf and should be able to exploit that mark at some point. (The Links Partnership)

Eugenic – Injury prone gelding that rewarded his owner’s patience with two wins last year and proved extremely consistent – hopefully he can do the same in 2017. (Chris Scott)

Go Amber Go – Tough filly that had a successful 4yo campaign with two wins and four places in sprints and remains well handicapped for 2017. (Percys (North Harrow) Ltd)

Handytalk – Useful 2yo that was struck down by a serious illness mid-season. Proved very consistent at three, placed on five of his six starts before picking up an injury. He starts 2017 on a nice handicap mark. (Cantay Racing)

Icebuster – Veteran who is too consistent for his own good but great to see him back in the winner’s enclosure last year, unfortunately winning by seven lengths did not help his handicap mark! Back to a winnable mark and has been placed on his last two AW starts. (The Links Partnership)

Isis Blue – Missed over two years with a leg injury but bookended 2016 with wins and on his day is certainly capable of adding more successes. (Cantay Racing)

Langlauf – Ex-Godolphin filly that won her maiden in France as a three-year-old. Already shown improved form for the yard, finishing third in a very competitive handicap before winning a shade comfortably at Kempton last time out. Could prove to be a progressive type and be even better on turf. (Tony Bloom)

Marcano – Showed a lot of promise at two but got jarred up and completely lost his confidence but finally found his form as he recorded back to back wins at Bath and then had no luck in running on subsequent starts before his season ended early. Still well handicapped. (The Links Partnership)

Master Carpenter – Winless 2016 but ran some cracking races in defeat at Group level and won nearly £30,000 in place money. Struggled at the end of the year but starts his 6yo campaign off a mark of just 99 (110 at his best last July) and he could add another big handicap to his CV. (The Links Partnership)

O’Connor – Has not been the easiest to train but has the potential to make his mark going down the bumper route. (The Links Partnership)

Sir Roderic – Had a cracking three year old campaign with five wins, his tendency to do just enough allowing him to stay ahead of the handicapper and progress through the ranks. He is at his best on soft ground but he could make up into a very classy individual in 2017. (The Links Partnership)

St Johns – Green yet still managed to make a winning debut in a bumper at Exeter. Unfortunately heavy rain turned the ground into a bog at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and he has had a winter break which should see him return much stronger.

Three Year Olds

Compton Lane – Frustrating two year old campaign that was beset by issues yet showed he was a very speedy individual when winning on handicap debut impressively. Well handicapped if we can get the best out of him. (The Links Partnership)

Dravid – Showed ability at two and should be able to make his mark going handicapping off 58. (The Links Partnership)

Duke of Bronte – Half-brother to the very useful staying filly Taws who finished second in the 2015 Queen Alexandra for the yard and like her he will need time and experience but a lovely looking individual. (Harts Farm Stud)

Glory of Paris – A setback last spring meant this imposing individual was always on the backfoot as a two-year-old. Could be the type to do very well at three and we hope he can progress through the ranks. (The Links Partnership)

Hawridge Glory – Showed some ability at two but likely to improve for being gelded and stepping up in trip at three and should be capable of winning off 59. (Eric Gadsden)

Hellofahaste – Useful filly that came from an unpromising position to win on her second start at Salisbury and then showed her class by finishing second in a Listed contest at Newmarket gaining some valuable black type. Looks on a very fair handicap mark of 85 and the type to make a better three-year-old. (J F S Laws)

Holyroman Princess – Progressed in each of her three starts in maiden company and sure to improve with further experience and starts her three year old career off a fair mark of 58. (Five Horses Limited)

Ladakhi – Compton Place filly that was given plenty of time to grow and mature. Will run in maidens in the next few weeks.

Pentito Rap – Joined the yard halfway through last season as Sir Mark Prescott felt the quieter surroundings down here in Devon would suit compared to the hustle and bustle of Newmarket. Made a promising debut for the yard when third at Chepstow and has a very workable handicap mark of just 51. (John Kelsey-Fry)

Sir Plato – Showed plenty of promise when placed on both his handicap outings in the autumn. Type to improve for gelding and he should provide his owners with plenty of fun this season. (The Sir Plato Partnership)

Sublime – Showed promise when fourth on her debut at Lingfield but things have not gone to plan since then. (J L Rowsell)

Sweet Pursuit – Had three runs for experience as a two-year-old and starts her three-year-old campaign off a workable mark of 51 and capable of winning races. (Always Hopeful Partnership)

Zulu – Strong individual that was very backward as a two-year-old and had one run for experience at Ffos Las. Will progress with time and experience. (Howard Barton Stud)

Two Year Olds

As usual the two-year-olds start stepping up their work in early March and hopefully we will have a few to run early on in the season but you never know what setbacks will crop up but they look like a nice bunch with some well-bred individuals to look forward to.

 

Achianna, filly by Gemologist (USA) out of Adoradancer (USA) – Smart American pedigree, she is a half-sister to an American 7f Grade 2 winner (Harry Demetriou)

 

Airshow, gelding by Showcasing out of Belle Des Airs (IRE) – Dam 6f 2yo winner and already produced two winning offspring that won on debuts so should be a sharp sort. (Mrs M E Slade) 

 

Crystal Casque, filly by Helmet (AUS) out of Crystal Moments – Dam won three of her first four starts at two and by leading Australian sire Helmet so should make a nice two-year-old. (The Dirham Partnership)

 

Daddies Girl, filly by Elzaam (AUS) out of La Cuvee – Dam a half-sister to four winners and sire, who was second in the Coventry Stakes, had a very successful first season in 2016. (Daddies Girl Partnership)

 

Hastenplace, filly by Compton Place out of Hasten (USA) – Half-sister to Hellofahaste who was second in a Listed race for yard last year and six other winners. (Mr & Mrs Laws) 

 

Lamb Chop, filly by Havana Gold (IRE) out of Mutoon (IRE) – Dam a half-sister to 7 winners, including black-type performers Ranin and Wahchi. (Mr R Pocock)

 

Livingstone’s Quest, gelding by Showcasing out of Maramba – Half-brother to Listed winner Cape Amber and Nyramba as well as five time winner Champagne Champ. (Five Horses Ltd) 

 

Master Gray, colt by Mastercraftsman (IRE) out of Market Day – Full-brother to dual Listed winner Carnachy and dam three time two-year-old winner. (Links Partnership) 

 

Spot Lite, gelding by Compton Place out of High Class Girl – Dam half-sister to prolific winners for the yard Mattamia and Gladiatrix out of the very useful sprinter Lady Dominatrix. (Mr C Saunders) 

 

Unnamed, colt by Casamento (IRE) out of Midnight Flower (IRE) – Dam three time 6f winner rated 95 and grand dam unraced half-sister to useful French 2yo sprinter Ascot Glory (M Leach/K Dare)

 

Unnamed, filly by Dylan Thomas out of Under Milkwood – Dam unraced sister to Clowance, fourth in the Oaks and runner up in the Irish St Leger. (Seasons Holidays)