My Stable: Michael Shinners

  • Last Updated: May 1 2014, 17:16 BST

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

Australia is still in the 'could be anything' category
Australia is still in the 'could be anything' category

Australia (Aidan O'Brien) - This Aiden O’Brien colt has been the buzz horse of the Winter and was backed into as short as 2/1 before Kingman’s impressive performance.  In beating Free Eagle at Leopardstown he showed himself to be a real top notcher and comes under the bracket of could be anything.  He is by Galileo out of Ouija Board which suggests a mile would be his bare minimum and his ultimate race could well be the Investec Derby in Epsom.

Aljamaaheer (Roger Varian) - Trained by Roger Varian, he ran an excellent race finishing second at Newmarket behind Hamza, when he didn’t quite get the run of the race.  The key to this horse will be a stiff finish as connections have decided he is a sprinter rather than a miler.  A race like the Diamond Jubilee would seem to be perfect and he could well be a sprinter to follow this season.

Cloudscape (John Gosden) - Owned by Lady Rothschild this son of Dansili won the 10 furlong handicap at the Craven meeting which Hillstar won for the same connections.  He was very well backed that day and has not subjected to a hard race in order to win.  A step up in class is likely and a handicap at the Royal meeting could well be on the cards.

Hadaatha (Roger Varian) - Very impressive when winning first time up as a three year old at the Craven meeting.  This daughter of Sea The Stars showed enough on her belated debut to suggest she could be very useful.  It’s difficult to know what her target might be, however, it would be disappointing if she didn’t turn out to be a smart performer.

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.

Taghrooda (John Gosden) - Is high up in the betting for the Oaks and she looks to make her seasonal debut at Newmarket on Sunday in the Pretty Polly Stakes.  She made her debut at Newmarket in late September and although she only just won, it would be a surprise if she didn’t improve further and the Investec Oaks looks an obvious target.

Arab Spring (Sir Michael Stoute) - Was incredibly impressive when winning at Doncaster off a mark of 85.  Handicaps could well be a thing of the past but the way the son of Monsun put the race to bed, had all the hallmarks of a very good horse.

Glorious Protector (Ed Walker) - Trained by Ed Walker he made his seasonal debut at Lingfield in a warm handicap and was a real eyecatcher finishing third behind the useful Brass Ring.  He should be able to compete in the top staying handicaps and the Ebor at York could be a long term target.

Bracelet (Aidan O'Brien) - A daughter of Montjeu she won the 1000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown in decent style and looks as though she will need further to be seen at her best.  She appears to go on any type of ground and looks an exciting prospect.

Horsted Keynes (Roger Varian) - Trained by Roger Varian he was an easy winner of a decent handicap at Yarmouth and looks to have loads in hand from the handicapper.  He is extremely progressive and looks like he could make his mark in some quality handicaps.

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