My Stable: Ian Ogg

  • Last Updated: May 1 2014, 15:02 BST

Ian Ogg selects ten horses to follow in your My Stable tracker for the 2014 Flat season.

Aljamaaheer: Can make his mark on the sprint division in 2014.
Aljamaaheer: Can make his mark on the sprint division in 2014.

Aljamaaheer (Roger Varian) - I’m trying not to be taken in by his promising reappearance in the Abernant but this is a colt I’ve always had a soft spot for and he looks as though the switch to sprinting could be the making of him. He’s got solid Group One form over a mile as it stands and it’s not difficult to see him taking this division by storm.

Basem (Saeed bin Suroor) - Farrh’s full brother is one out of one after winning the Wood Ditton in a slow time but his powerful finishing burst suggests that we should be hearing a lot more about him before the season’s through.

Born In Bombay (Andrew Balding) - Has already had a couple of entries in Pattern races as well as holding early closing entries in the Dante and the Derby but had been declared to run in a handicap at Doncaster on Saturday before the rain got into the ground and he should certainly be able to exploit his initial mark in that sphere before being stepped up in grade.

Bright Cecily (Clive Cox) - Built on an encouraging debut to get off the mark at the second time of asking at Salisbury despite stumbling at the start and being left with plenty to do as a result. She should be able to make her mark in handicap company before connections attempt to gain some black type.

L’Importante (Marco Botti) -  A slight concern that he didn’t reappear after a promising debut at Newmarket in June and he was fractious ahead of his reappearance but, given the promise he showed last year, he’s well worth another chance to prove that he can channel his energies in the right direction.

Gospel Choir (Sir Michael Stoute) - From a family that his trainer knows well and it’s interesting that connections persevere with a five-year-old who has raced just nine times. The latest of those came at the Craven meeting where he was noted staying on strongly over an inadequate trip and, as his entries in the Jockey Club Cup and Yorkshire Cup suggest, he could be just the type to develop into a leading Cup horse in the second half of the season.

Moshe (Hughie Morrison) - Has done more than hint at ability in his two racecourse starts to date despite looking noticeably green on both occasions. That bodes well for his future once handicapping  and he’s just the type of individual that his trainer excels with.

Quest For More (Roger Charlton) - A handicapper with his own ideas about the game, it was no surprise to see him lining up as a gelding on his return to action at Windsor where he was a desperately unlucky third. He’ll be a short price to atone for that defeat from the same mark next time but he appeals as the type to make further progress and could develop into a smart handicapper.

Sea Defence (Roger Charlton) - Fulfilled the promise of his Kempton debut in October when winning a Newmarket maiden the following month with the front two pulling 10 lengths clear of the third. An initial mark of 82 looks workable and this Mizzen Mast colt should be able to progress through the season.

Zaeemah (Saeed bin Suroor) - The market suggested a big run was expected from this Oaks entry on debut at Nottingham and she didn’t disappoint, beating Dante Stakes entry and promising colt Saab Almanal by three parts of a length with a promising field stretched out behind. Whether she’s good enough or forward enough to contest the Epsom Classic remains to be seen but she certainly looks a Pattern class performer in the making.

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