My Stable: Matt Brocklebank
Matt Brocklebank selects ten horses to follow in your My Stable tracker for the 2014 Flat season.
Breden (John Gosden) - Showed potential in his two juvenile outings and delivered on that promise with three wins from five starts as a three-year-old. His two other performances were anything but disgraceful and he got away with just a 5lb rise in the ratings for winning over 10 furlongs at Newmarket when last sighted in early-October. Could step up in distance again and looks one for some of the top handicaps this term.
Evita Peron (Ralph Beckett) - A Pivotal filly out of an Ela-Mana-Mou mare so ease in the ground could be essential to her progress this season. Won a seven furlong Newbury maiden in very good style on her belated racecourse debut earlier in the month, never stronger than at the finish, and she'll relish a bit further in time. Entries in the Irish 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes give an indication as to the regard in which she is held.
Henry The Aviator (Mark Johnston) - Made a winning debut as a three-year-old last January and added two more victories to his tally throughout 2013. Too bad to be true when last at Ascot on his most recent appearance last summer but was progressing nicely prior to that and one to look forward to when he's ready to return.
Jack Dexter (Jim Goldie) - Still only a five-year-old and there's a strong chance he hasn't stopped improving. Proved himself not far off the very best sprinters around with a closing fourth in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and was a major eyecatcher on his recent reappearance run at Doncaster. Most effective with cut in the ground but handles good going and looks to have a huge season ahead of him.
Lucy Parsons (David Barron) - I always keep a close eye on David Barron's three-year-old sprinters, especially the ones in the colours of Norton Common Farm, and this filly could pick up a race or three having been allotted a mark of 75. She did the job easily in a Thirsk maiden when last seen but it's her debut form that marks her down as potentially ahead of the handicapper. She was fourth to the now 95-rated Complicit, with Genuine Quality (88) second and Northern Water (87) third.
Russian Realm (Sir Michael Stoute) - I can't wait for this lad to return to the track (engaged to run at Ascot this week) as I hope he has around a stone in hand. Having finished third in the red-hot Newbury maiden won by Remote last May, he duly won on his handicap debut at Salisbury before signing off for the campaign with a close second at Sandown over a mile. Recently spotted playing the role of Telescope's lead horse by our gallops reporter, there should be stacks of improvement to come from this Dansili colt and I expect him to make up into Listed class.
Tapestry (Aidan O'Brien) - Won her first two starts before finishing behind Rizeena and Kiyoshi in the Moyglare, only to be promoted to second having suffered interference. Has a little bit to find on that evidence but she always looked like a three-year-old in the making and she cut an impressive figure in a racecourse gallop at the Curragh earlier in the year, suggesting she's grown substantially. Could turn out to be more of an Oaks prospect being a daughter of Galileo but no surprise to see her go close in a Guineas beforehand.
True Story (Saeed bin Suroor) - Only beaten by Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner in his three starts to date and loads to like about his comeback victory in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket. A seven-length winner that day and he looks a fascinating Derby candidate on that evidence. Does tend to get very wound up before races and sweats visibly, but that's not abnormal for Manduro's progeny and it certainly doesn't stop him performing.
Van Percy (Andrew Balding) - Gained lots of experience last year and slightly disappointing he could only win once. Wasted no time opening his 2014 account when finishing with a flourish to get up close home on the polytrack at Lingfield and he should build on that effort when returned to turf.
War Command (Aidan O'Brien) - Won last year's Coventry Stakes in tremendous style, despite his 20/1 SP, and added two more wins to the CV later in the year. Everything about his form and pedigree suggest he'll make up into a top-notch three-year-old this season and the Irish 2000 Guineas might be the ideal test for him, providing the ground is nice and quick by then.
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