Our team with some dark two-year-olds to add to your My Stable tracker

Dark 2YOs to follow...
Dark 2YOs to follow...

David Ord and Richard Mann with some dark two-year-olds to add to your My Stable tracker with the autumn and 2020 in mind.

MAIDEN WINNERS

AUXILIA - Ger Lyons

Just in case we were in any doubt, Ger Lyons is a trainer right out of the very top drawer and Group One success for the high-class Siskin before Mustajeer landed the £1 million Sky Bet Ebor has only underlined that point. Lyons has assembled another strong team of juveniles this summer, headed by Siskin, and Auxilia is another exciting prospect going forward. The daughter of Free Eagle was a real eye-catcher on debut, finding herself trapped behind a wall of horses at Leopardstown before eating up the ground once in the clear to finish second to the highly-regarded One Voice. She made no mistake at Naas next time out, winning as she pleased and setting herself up for a crack at something better. She had been set to contest the Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes at the Curragh last Friday but a spike in her temperature ruled her out on the morning of the race and the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes might be next on the agenda now. She won't be out of place there.

PASSION - Aidan O'Brien

Not many of Aidan O'Brien's juveniles tend to go under the radar, particularly if they are an offspring of the mighty Galileo. Nevertheless, Passion was noticeably cool in the market before opening her account at Cork on Sunday, drifting from 4/1 out to 6/1 before staying-on strongly to win over a mile. A full sister to former St Leger and Irish Derby hero Capri, Passion is certainly bred for the job and like her sibling, expect her to come into her own as a three-year-old over staying trips. Jockey Donnacha O'Brien appeared suitably impressed after her win at Cork and reinforced the view that she ought to have a bright future over further next year. Before that, the Fillies' Mile at the end of this season could be a suitable next port of call with races like the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and English and Irish Oaks on the radar for next summer.


UNRACED PROSPECTS

There's no magic formula here but a trawl through the big-race entries for the autumn showpieces often highlights a potential star or two. These aren't the sales' races or the Investec Derby when horses are put into a contest before they've even cantered in anger. These are costly entries to make and not every operation adopts a blanket approach to them.

ANASTARSIA - John Gosden

The only unraced juvenile the champion trainer has in any of the big autumn features, she holds an entry in the bet365 Fillies' Mile. We look set to see her in action soon too as she's in at both Haydock and Ascot this week. Clearly staying is going to be the name of her game - she's a Sea The Stars half-sister to Global Giant and all of her engagements are over a mile. She'll be a middle-distance three-year-old but there's still a chance she's going to make her mark at two.

Global Giant and Fran Berry edge out Tribal Quest
Global Giant - half-sister in the Fillies' Mile

BUSINESS - Martyn Meade

Advertise has done much to strengthen the early relationship between Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Martyn Meade and clearly this son of Siyouni has been showing the right signs at home. A 180,000 euro purchase, he's related to winners from seven furlongs to a mile-and-a-half and has been put in both the Juddmonte Royal Lodge and Darley Dewhurst Stakes by connections. We might get the chance to see him action this weekend as he holds an engagement in the opening Italian Tourist Board British EBF Novice Stakes at Ascot.

DO YOU LOVE ME - Karl Burke

Another Phoenix Thoroughbreds purchase and a filly we saw on a tour of Karl Burke's yard ahead of the Sky Bet Yorkshire Summer Festival. She was just ticking over at that stage but there was a real glint in her trainer's eye when he introduced her. And why wouldn't there be? After all she cost 3.2m euros as a yearling and is a full sister to Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. She's in the Shadwell Stud Rockfell Stakes and bet365 Fillies' Mile at this stage and her first racecourse appearance is eagerly anticipated.

Forever Together wins the Oaks as Aidan O'Brien saddles four of the first five home
Forever Together wins the Investec Oaks

SHURAFFA - Charles Hills

She's from a good Shadwell family, her dam an unraced half-sister to Haafhd. Her Oasis Dream sibling Greeb was a useful sprinter but Shuraffa is by Shamardal and is in the Rockfel over seven and the Fillies' Mile. She starts out at Salisbury on Thursday and it will be fascinating to see how she goes. Her pedigree - and big-race engagements, make her one for the My Stable tracker.


NURSERY PROJECTS

ENDLESS JOY - Archie Watson

Despite building a reputation for producing sharp, precocious two-year-olds that can win first time out, trainer Archie Watson is proving very capable of drawing steady and consistent improvement from his juveniles. Endless Joy looks another case in point: not without promise in her first three career starts before running out a most impressive victor on her nursery debut at Ffos Las recently. In truth, she has probably made improvement on every visit to the racecourse so far and looking at this daughter of Showcasing physically, that is no real surprise. She should continue to progress under Watson's excellent tutelage and a 6lb rise in the weights to a mark of 78 still leaves her with plenty of room for manoeuvre going forward.

OSLO - Sir Michael Stoute

When you're a son of a Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner, who is a sister to Banks Hill and Dansili, it's fair to say connections probably didn't anticipate heading down the handicap route with you. But this colt, by Gleneagles out of Intercontentintal, is very much a work in progress. He's had three runs to date at Newbury, Kempton and Goodwood, and the penny has yet to drop. He produced his best performance on his latest start, third behind the exciting Volkvan Star. Ridden with more restraint, he was again green when losing second inside the final furlong but there's definitely something there to work on. Maybe he won't be up to winning a novice event as a juvenile but he's heading for a mark in the mid 70s which might well give him the opportunity to open his account before the nights draw in and thoughts turn to Santa and mulled wine.


WINNERS-IN-WAITING

AMHRAN NA BHFIANN - Aidan O'Brien

No surprise that he's regally bred - a 1,300,000 guineas full-brother to Was, and no surprise either that he needed his first run. He did so more than most at Ballydoyle though, racing very green when sent off a 20/1 chance at the Curragh last month but making some late gains under tender handling. There's more to come, much more, and while the expected big-race entries this autumn may be fanciful at this stage of his education, it would be a surprise if he was still a maiden when heading out for a winter break. He'll be back to make his mark next spring too

TSAR - JOHN GOSDEN

It's fair to say that Kingman is making a name for himself as a stallion and his former trainer, John Gosden, has already enjoyed plenty of success with his offspring, King Of Comedy and Calyx most notably. Tsar might be another colt with a bright future judging by the big performance he produced when finishing fourth on debut in a traditionally hot Newmarket maiden at the July Meeting. Tsar ran a remarkable race to finish as close as he did that day considering he stood still when the stalls opened, but having travelled strongly at the back of the pack, he finished his race in really pleasing fashion and will surely learn plenty from that initial experience. Already boasting some high-profile late season entries, it will be fascinating to see where he goes next.


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