My Stable: Ben Linfoot
Ben Linfoot selects ten horses to follow in your My Stable tracker for the 2014 Flat season.
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Absolutely So (Andrew Balding) – Progressed on the all-weather in the early part of this year without winning, but his turn isn’t far away judging by latest second at Kempton. He bumped into Tom Dascombe’s progressive flyer Trinityelitedotcom that day but put clear daylight between himself and some useful sprinters in behind. No reason why he shouldn’t continue to progress back on turf and remains an exciting prospect.
Ebanoran (John Oxx) – Won a Curragh maiden last October and was upped in class for seasonal reappearance when taking in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial. Was left with plenty to do under patient ride but stayed on well for third. Can come into his own when tackling an extra quarter mile, at least, given he’s related to a whole host of horses that stayed further.
Hot Streak (Kevin Ryan) – Looked a top sprinter in the making during a juvenile campaign in which he won three times, including five-length romp in the Cornwallis at Ascot. Ended season with a creditable second place in the Middle Park and entered up in all the top sprints this year.
Pretzel (Roger Varian) – Won a decent maiden at Newmarket last October on sole start, keeping on really well to beat William Haggas’ Mutakayyef. That was over seven furlongs but he’s a half-brother to 2007 Ribblesdale third Dalvina (trained by Ed Dunlop) and looks sure to improve over further. A handicap mark of 83 might tempt connections to go that route, though it would be no surprise were he pitched in even higher for comeback run.
Queen Of Ice (William Haggas) – Cheveley Park filly that’s unbeaten in two starts after winning her maiden over seven furlongs at Newmarket last November, before making all in a conditions stakes at Kempton on seasonal return earlier this month. She beat the useful Midnite Angel easily at Kempton, a Richard Hannon-trained filly that kept good company as a juvenile and is rated 95. A half-sister to 10 and 11 furlong handicap winner Gone Dutch, she too will thrive over further and looks Group class.
Rainbow Rock (Mark Johnston) – Rock Of Gibraltar colt rated 70 after three runs in maidens last season. Sent off 13/8 on last start at Ayr but didn’t get home after being keen in the early stages and lost three places in the last ten yards. Has plenty of scope for improvement and looks the type to progress well in handicaps this campaign. Half-brother to the classy Rainbow Peak.
Rogue Wave (Alan Jarvis) – Not an obvious one for your My Stable lists given he raced six times as a juvenile without success, but on several occasions he ran well in defeat. Made his debut in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and then finished runner-up three times at Haydock, twice over six furlongs and once over seven. Should stay a mile, and his half-brother Norman Orpen was a late-maturing three-year-old that rattled up a sequence in handicaps after finishing second three times in maidens.
Seussical (Luca Cumani) – No doubt his trainer will be working backwards from the Melbourne Cup with this fellow considering his owners are Australian, but he could be one to watch in the top races over a mile and a half in the UK first. Formerly trained by David Wachman, the son of Galileo absolutely bolted up on his one and only start for Cumani in a good handicap at York in October.
Stars Above Me (Roger Charlton) – Ran second in a really hot fillies’ maiden at Glorious Goodwood on debut, a race that threw up countless winners. This Exceed And Excel filly was one of them, justifying 7/4 favouritism at Leicester in a novice stakes on her only subsequent start despite pulling hard. Looks a potentially smart sprinter on that evidence and a handicap mark of 88 could be exploited at Newmarket this weekend.
Tarfasha (Dermot Weld) – 1000 Guineas second favourite My Titania could be in for a big season and when she won the Group 3 C.L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh in September she might’ve beaten a smart prospect in Tarfasha back in third. Dermot Weld’s daughter of Teofilo was done for speed at the Curragh but it was a good effort considering her future lies over trips in excess of 10 furlongs. A half-sister to last year’s Derby third Galileo Rock and Goodwood Cup winner Saddler’s Rock, I’ll watch her progress with interest once she goes up in trip and odds of 33/1 for the Oaks are tempting.
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