Alex's five to follow
Sky Sports racing expert Alex Hammond gives five Classic prospects she hopes it will pay to follow on the Flat this season.
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1) Night of Thunder. Trainer: Richard Hannon
The trainer is favourite to be champion in his first season with a licence and have the hugely-talented Toronado to look forward to - among many others - this season, but this colt is a less obvious three-year-old who it should pay to follow. He won both starts at two, a Goodwood Maiden (very easily) and then a Doncaster Listed race. Both wins came over six furlongs on soft going, but he should have no problem staying a mile this term and I rate him a leading hope for the 2000 Guineas.
2) Sinnamary. Trainer: Mikel Delzangles
This daughter of Galileo, owned by Qatar Racing, has only had one start to date, winning a Longchamp maiden as a juvenile in soft ground, but I like her prospects. Bought for €1.1million as a yearling in August 2012, Sinnamary is closely related to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita and has entries in all of the Classics herself.
3) Casual Smile. Trainer: Andrew Balding
A maiden, but also a leading Classic hope for her trainer who won the Oaks with her mother Casual Look in 2003. By Sea The Stars, she is surely one of the best maiden fillies in training this season having made the frame in all three starts last season. Bred to be a smart middle-distance performer and improve as a three-year-old, she's one to keep onside.
4) Parbold. Trainer: Richard Fahey
Fahey has another strong team at his Musley Bank stables this year and looks to have started the new season very well. This horse is a half brother to tough stablemate Majestic Myles and finished second to War Command in the Coventry at Royal Ascot last term as well as running well on a number of other occasions. His trainer thinks he represents value for the 2000 Guineas at 33/1 and bigger.
5 Lat Hawill.Trainer: Marco Botti.
An unexposed, but highly-regarded colt with just the one run under his belt. A son of Invincible Spirit with a speedy pedigree, he won at Newcastle in a seven-furlong maiden in very promising style. Jamie Spencer rode him in some work last week and it could be significant that he has been supported in the last few days for the 2000 Guineas.