Notebook

  • Abe Lincoln

    There's a justifiiable health warning about backing unlucky horses and little has gone right for this colt on his last two starts at Lingfield and York (11/5). He was well supported ahead of his handicap and turf debut at the Dante Festival but struggled early before finishing with a flourish when switched to a faster strip of ground to claim fifth. The early money and his performance suggest that he could prove to be well handicapped and it would be no surprise to see him prove the point at Royal Ascot, perhaps in the Britannia.

    Trained by J Noseda, Sired by Discreet Cat
    Bay colt, 3yo, (Foaled April 21, 2013)

  • Acclaim The Nation

    Related to a number of winners, including some smart performers, and attracted notable market support of his debut on Newcastle's new all-weather surface (17/05) and he duly ran a big race. Always prominent, he pulled clear of the pack along with the very well regarded winner, who has Group One entries, despite racing a shade keenly early. Normal improvement should see him win a maiden and it would be no surprise if he developed into an above average performer as he's clearly inherited a good deal of the family ability.

    Trained by E J Alston, Sired by Acclamation
    Bay gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 25, 2013)

  • Archie

    Fairly easy to back ahead of his stable and all-weather debut (02/04), he nonetheless shaped well enough at Kempton to think that he can get his career back on track. Lightly raced since winning on debut for his previous yard as a juvenile, this was his first outing since last July so should have blown away a few cobwebs. He was well placed given the way the race developed but they always seemed to be going a stride too fast for him over this seven furlong trip which is, perhaps, no surprise given that he was tried over 10 furlongs last season. He kept to his task well though and looks capable of getting his head in front again having been given a little bit of wriggle room by the handicapper.

    Trained by C G Cox  Sired by Fast Company

    Bay Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled March 2nd, 2012)

  • Blaine

    He was doing all of his best work at the finish at York (21/05) and was only beaten three lengths for all that he finished seventh. This is no great surprise given that this was just his second start over five furlongs with his first coming on his debut for new connections for whom he has started life on a very attractive handicap mark (ran off 89 & started last season on 104). The run also proved his wellbeing and suggests that the ability remains intact and it would be no surprise to see his canny handler, a dab hand with sprinters, pick up a decent prize with his new recruit this summer.

    Trained by D Nicholls  Sired by Avonbridge

    Chestnut gelding, 6yo, (Foaled March 21, 2010)

  • Both Sides

    Something of a slow burner having reportedly been held in high regard as a juvenile but getting his act together this season, winning at Chelmsford before finishing strongly in the red-hot London Gold Cup at Newbury (14/5). That is a handicap that usually works out well and this well-related gelding has the right profile to progress and is certainly in the right hands. He looks well treated from his current handicap mark of 79 and should soon be placed to take advantage.

    Trained by A M Balding  Sired by Lawman

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 10, 2013)

  • Churchill

    The betting market suggested in the final minutes before the opening juvenile maiden on Irish 1,000 Guineas day (22/05) that this was not expected to be 'the day' for Churchill, and so it proved. Having been quite well positioned for the first couple of furlongs as well-backed stablemate Istan breezed along in front, he lost ground when changing his legs a couple of times at halfway, but rallied nicely under a considerate ride from Ryan Moore and was staying on strongly up the centre of the course in the final stages, lengthening nicely once asked to stretch. It's far from beyond the realms of possibility that if he comes out again quickly and shows the expected improvement to win a maiden, he could yet make Royal Ascot..

    Trained by A P O'Brien, Sired by Galileo
    Bay Colt, 2yo, (Foaled January 1, 2014)

  • Dark Devil

    Has yet to finish out of the frame in four career starts and his reappearance run at Chester (5/5) needs upgrading. Drawn wide at the Roodee, he raced in rear before being pulled out to challenge in the straight and making significant inroads into the leader's advantage. This bodes well for the season ahead and this strong galloper (as opposed to a quickener) looks capable of progressing through the handicap ranks.

    Trained by R A Fahey  Sired by Dark Angel

    Grey gelding, 3yo, (Foaled February 15, 2013)

  • Deningy

    May well have made a winning debut at Ascot (26/04) in what is often a hot conditions stakes but got trapped against the rails and didn't get out until too late. Like most of the yard's juveniles, he knew his job but that's not to say that he won't be able to progress and he looks to be an above average performer on this evidence. A maiden should be a formality and then it will be a question as to whether he can hold his own in pattern races and he looks well worth following in the short-term.

    Trained by P D Evans, Sired by Sepoy
    Chestnut colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 31, 2014)

  • God Willing

    He shaped well on his debut for his new yard when sixth in Doncaster's six furlong handicap (30/04). A horse with form at up to a mile, he looks handily pitched off a mark of 88, considering he was rated 100-plus earlier in his career and merits close attention from now on.

    Trained by D Carroll  Sired by Arch

    Bay gelding, 5yo, (Foaled April 4, 2011)

  • Grand Inquisitor

    Grand Inquisitor was easy to back on the soft ground at Newmarket's Craven meeting but emerged with plenty of credit, finding trouble almost right from the off before keeping on for sixth place. Ryan Moore didn't give him a hard time at all and a slow start left him facing an uphilll task throughout. He looks to have progressed again from three to four and it would be no surprise to see him go well (at a decent price too after this effort) at York's Dante meeting, or somewhere similar in the weeks ahead.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Dansili
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled February 9th, 2012)

  • Gulliver

    He shaped really encouragingly in the Hot Streak Future Stars Maiden Stakes at Newmarket (1/5). He drifted markedly in the market after being very green going to post and then he missed the break and was always playing catch-up under Andrea Atzeni. However, despite that adversity he worked his way into the contest nicely and ran on really well to get fourth from an unpromising position without being shown the whip. He should've learnt plenty from the experience.

    Trained by H Palmer, Sired by Sayif
    Bay colt, 2yo, (Foaled April 8, 2014)

  • Intimation

    Sent off as favourite at Newmarket (30/04) for her seasonal reappearance and fourth career start but shaped as though the run was needed in finishing a staying on seventh. It may not be wise to read too much into a filly's Group One entries but she certainly looks capable of winning from her current handicap mark and progressing through the season while she has the scope to take a step up in trip in her stride.

    Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sired by Dubawi
    Bay filly, 4yo, (Foaled April 25, 2012)

  • Jaadu

    Despite the fact that his handicap mark has taken a minor pounding for his third in the Spring Cup at Lingfield on March 5, Jaadu showed more than enough to suggest that he can pay his way as a three-year-old. He has an interesting profile, having shown little in three early maidens at two before winning a nursery at Glorious Goodwood, after which he was thrown into the Acomb Stakes. Second in a pipeopener at Wolverhampton in February, he took a sizeable step forward at Lingfield, but the 9lb rise he has been handed for his luckless third could have been a lot stiffer had he not been hampered in the melee caused by the wayward Race Day just over a furlong out. Sea Of Flames, who was stopped in his tracks at the same time, has already come out and reversed form with winner Haalick moved up to a mile on Finals Day and the way that Jaadu got going again in the last 75 yards to snatch third also bodes well for his prospects once moved up to the same trip.

    Trained by M R Channon, Sired by Holy Roman Emperor
    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled May 9th, 2013)

  • Jungle Cat

    Ran a fine race to finish second in the Palace House Stakes (30/4) and is one to keep on the right side of in the early part of the year on this evidence. He took the solo passage up the middle of the track, drifting right in the closing stages, but finished his race off well. This shows he's still in great heart following three tough races at Meydan and this will have set him up nicely for a return to six furlongs. Connections indicated afterwards that the Duke Of York Stakes might be next, if it doesn't come too soon.

    Trained by C Appleby, Sired by Iffraaj
    Bay colt, 4yo, (Foaled April 5, 2012)

  • Mutarakez

    Weakened to finish 11th of 22 in the Lincoln (02/04) but the ground - which was changed to soft, heavy in places after the first race - was far too taxing for this lightly raced individual on his first start for over nine months. Not seen since disappointing at Royal Ascot, he showed enough in this run to think that he can get back on track and fulfil his trainer's expectations of developing into a Group race performer. He travelled well for a long way into the race, arguably racing a shade keenly if anything, until tiring with around a furlong of the race still to run. He's entitled to come on a good deal for the outing and quicker conditions should help to show him in a better light.

    Trained by B J Meehan, Sired by Fast Company
    Chestnut Gelding, 4yo, (Foaled May 7th, 2012)

  • Paling

    Sent off at a short price on his handicap debut and reappearance at Lingfield (04/04), he could only finish third and couldn't be called an unlucky loser. However, he was held-up last in an eight strong field where the eventual winner dictated a slow pace throughout. Ryan Moore had to wait for room to make his challenge, weaving through runners on the inside and his mount kept pleasingly to the task. There is sufficient stamina on the distaff side to believe that he can cope with a step up in trip in due course and his style of racing suggests that he will benefit from that as he doesn't appear to be blessed with gears but there is certainly enough evidence to indicate that he can win a race or two before the handicapper catches up with him.

    Trained by R Charlton, Sired by Zamindar
    Bay Colt, 3yo, (Foaled February 21st, 2013)

  • Sovereign Bounty

    His third at Musselburgh (29/04) does need upgrading as not only was it his first outing since last summer but he was running over his minimum distance and encountered plenty of trouble in running. Denied a run up the inside from over two furlongs out, he was finally switched to the outside and stayed on into third after the race was beyond recall. He should soon leave this form well behind.

    Trained by Jedd O'Keeffe  Sired by Bahamian Bounty

    Chestnut gelding, 4yo, (Foaled April 6, 2012)

  • Sterling Silva

    Relatively easy to back ahead of his racecourse debut at Leicester (08/04), he looked in real trouble at the halfway stage on the testing ground but suddenly found his stride and ran on powerfully to land the money from a more experienced rival. This race may not have taken a great deal of winning but there was a good deal to like about the performance and the winner is clearly held in high regard by connections who introduced smart Group Race juvenile Kool Kompany at this track in April 2014. While it may be expecting a bit much for this colt to reach the same heights, he does look to be an exciting prospect for the season ahead and is from a family his yard knows well.

    Trained by R Hannon, Sired by Sakhee's Secret
    Chestnut Colt, 2yo, (Foaled March 25th, 2014)

  • Stetchworth Park

    Bred for a true test, he probably didn't quite get a strong enough gallop needed to see him in his best light when sixth in the Dante Festival finale at York. The son of Duke Of Marmalade was tapped for toe before the turn in and could only plug on at the one pace but he kept responding for William Twiston-Davies and should be capable of being very competitive from a mark in the high 70s. An even sterner test will suit in time and something like the Melrose Stakes, another even restricted to three-year-olds, back on the Knavesmire in August could be a reasonable target as he'll likely have gained a little more experience by then.

    Trained by M L W Bell  Sired by Duke Of Marmalade

    Bay Gelding, 3yo, (Foaled April 27th, 2013)

  • Wings Of Desire

    John Gosden will have been disappointed with the performance of favourite Satish in the strong-looking 10-furlong maiden at Newmarket's Craven meeting but stablemate Wings Of Desire looks a lovely long-term prospect after his staying-on third behind Winning Story and Daqeeq. A son of Pivotal out of Wing Gull, he's a full brother to Eagle Top and while he might not necessarily possess the raw talent of that sibling, there is a lot to like about the way he's made up. Wings Of Desire looked in need of the run beforehand and wasn't ideally positioned in what appeared a slowly-run affair but he picked up really well when meeting the rising ground and already looks in need of at least a mile and a half. He seems sure to pay his way as the season goes on.

    Trained by John Gosden, Sired by Pivotal
    Chestnut colt, 3yo, (Foaled February 20th, 2013)