Our Friends in the North: Tim Easterby stable tour and horses to follow for 2019

Don't miss our comprehensive guide to the Tim Easterby team for the 2019 Flat season as the trainer gives us the lowdown.

Three to Follow...

Flag-bearer: Wells Farhh Go. He looks a picture and is set to return to action in mid-season.

On the upgrade: Copper Knight is at the top end of the handicap and at the other end of the scale I think Perfect Swiss is quite nice.

Exciting two-year-old: We have one or two nice ones kicking about and I do like Champagne Angel, who really looks the part.


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DANCE KING: He’s nine now but is in good order and will run well at Chester next week all being well. He doesn’t want it too firm and likes a bit of juice in the ground.

ORION’S BOW: Eight now but looks to be coming back to himself. Had a few niggles last season but ran well when fourth at Thirsk on his reappearance and he’ll be winning again.

MUKHAYYAM: He might go for the ladies’ race at York. He’s in great order and ran a cracking race at Ripon last time.

MULTELLIE: In at Hamilton at the weekend and is another in good order right now. He wants soft ground.

MY REWARD: Had a bit of a problem with the stalls the other day but we’re very happy with him at home. There’s a good race coming up for him at Pontefract.

AASHEQ: A real star, a lovely horse. He might run in the John Smith’s Cup at York but wants good ground ideally. He’s likely to go to Chester next week.

AL ERAYG: Came to us from France last season and ran some nice races and we're just getting to know him really. He’s effective at seven furlongs or a mile and likes good ground. He’s nice.

BOSSIPOP: Goes to Chester. Needs a good draw and he’s improved a lot even though he’s six and he loves that track. He’s really well right now.

EAST STREET REVUE: He’s come down to a good mark now and one he can win again from it.

EXCESSABLE: In at Thirsk on Saturday and is going well ahead of his reappearance.

FLYING PURSUIT: He’ll go for the Ayr Gold Cup again and probably the Sky Bet Dash at York too. He’s off 102 now and needs some juice in the ground.

JUST HISS: Will go to a mile handicap at York later this month and would have a good chance. He ran well when third at Haydock at the weekend.

MIDNIGHT MALIBU: She’s been an absolute star for us and might go to stud this year, but we haven’t made a final decision yet.


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MIKMAK: Wants a bit of cut in the ground and will go to Thirsk for the Hunt Cup on Saturday, a race he won last year.

AFANDEN: Nice little sprinter who has had a few little niggles but is coming back to himself.

BROTHER MCGONAGALL: He’ll win his races again this year, having landed three in 2018. He’s tough.

COPPER KNIGHT: Goes to Epsom for the Investec Dash. He ran a great race at Musselburgh last time and is really pleasing me.

GARRICK: Brought down in a race at Musselburgh and was dropped two pounds for that, which was incredible. He’s a really nice Galileo horse I bought out of John Gosden’s.

GHAYYAR: Loves a right-handed track, it’s very important for him, and he runs at Musselburgh on Friday having reappeared at Pontefract last month.

GIVE IT SOME TEDDY: Won first time out at Redcar and while he’s creeping up the handicap, he might well win again.

GOLDEN APOLLO: Moving like a dream this year – he got a bit jarred up last term – and could be one to follow off 97.

Golden Apollo wins at York
Golden Apollo wins at York

KILOWAT: Has been off for 18 months but I rated him as a very nice horse. He could go a mile-and-a-half and go jumping at some stage.

HYPERFOCUS: He’s joined us from Hugo Palmer and is a very nice horse. He will start out on the all-weather at Newcastle as he’s another who wants some juice in the ground.

OUR CHARLIE BROWN: He’d have left you skint if you’d been backing him last year but is in great order this time around. He loves a fast track and a sharp bend. Jimmy Sullivan seems to be the only one who can win on him but the others all try and David Allen is aboard at Musselburgh on Friday.

PARYS MOUNTAIN: Won three for us last year and is an absolute star of a horse. He can boil over big time but if he doesn’t he tends to win.

VIVE LA DIFFERENCE: Soft ground horse and one to watch out for when he gets it as he’s coming down the weights. I’d like to win the Carlisle Bell with him but he needs to go back up to get into that.

AIYA: A very nice horse owned by King Power who has joined us from Andrew Balding. He’s working nicely and runs at Musselburgh on Friday.

BOLLIN JOAN: A nice filly who is creeping up the handicap and likes good ground. She was very weak last year but still won and is improving. She’s from the Bollin Eric family.

Celebration time for Bollin Eric in 2002
Celebration time for Bollin Eric in the 2002 St Leger

BREATHABLE: A ten furlong/mile-and-a-half handicapper who could be a nice jumper one day.

CONTREBASSE: Runs off 66 and I think he’s quite a nice horse. He’s a big lad who has taken a bit of time to mature.

EEH BAH GUM: Looks tremendous and five furlongs, fast ground and a fast track are what he wants. He doesn’t want any bumps or undulations and is a good horse.

EXCELLENT TIMES: Very nice filly who has some good relations running at the moment. She’s getting there after a small problem with a foot last year.

GARDEN OASIS: A new one for us having been with Sir Michael Stoute and ran a nice race at Ripon on his reappearance which was encouraging.

GULLANE ONE: Horse who could do well when he goes back up to Hamilton on fast ground.

MAKE ME: Soft ground horse who should win a race or two.

NEW LOOK: Very disappointing on his first run for us at Haydock but I rate him and think he’s a very nice horse.

RADIO SOURCE: Another I quite like and he’ll make up into a mile-and-a-half handicapper one day.

Sky Bet have the Top Price on every runner this week
Sky Bet have the Top Price on every runner this week

REASSURANCE: She was recommended to be by Dave Allen to we’ll find out how good a judge he is. She’s getting there having taken a while to come in her coat and could make a jumper as well as a nice staying flat horse.

RUX RUXX: A filly I think has a bit of ability and probably likes a bit of juice in the ground. She looks as though she’s shaping up.

SHORTBACKANDSIDES: Was unlucky not to win four last season and is another soft ground horse who will win if and when the rain arrives.

STAXTON: He’s in good order and is a horse I’d love to win an Ayr Gold Cup with. He ran very well at Ripon last time.

SUPAULETTE: She will win her races in fillies’ handicaps over six and seven furlongs.

WELLS FARHH GO: He looks tremendous and will be running from mid-season onwards. We’re not sure what his programme is going to be yet but he likes a big track and softish ground. The stayers' race on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot appeals as an obvious target.

Wells Farhh Go wins at Newmarket
Wells Farhh Go wins at Newmarket last summer

AUTUMN FLIGHT: He’s shaping up and is a fast ground sprinter who was too free at Ripon last time.

AMADEUS GREY: A very nice horse and even though he’s by Zebedee I think he wants a mile-and-a-quarter or a mile-and-a-half. He’s out of a Galileo mare and would like a bit of juice underfoot.

ARLETTA STAR: I think she’s handicapped to run well now and heads to Musselburgh on Friday.

HIGHWAYGREY: He ran a cracking race to be second at Thirsk last time and will be winning shortly and is probably a ten furlong horse.

JACK RANDALL: Big grey horse with a good attitude and is starting to shape up now.

LADY CALCARIA: A filly I really rated as a two-year-old but she was very weak and is improving now.

LADY SCATTERLY: A new filly to the yard who is just a little warm but looks to have an ok handicap mark.

LOOK OUT LOUIS: Should be winning shortly over six furlongs.

MAC AILEY: Nice type who will be running in June.

NEILETA: 55 rated, big, fine horse who could be coming right.

OBEE JO: I rate him quite highly but he has to prove himself now. Won at Thirsk the other day and is a big lad who shapes up nicely.

ONE TO GO: One for ten furlong or mile-and-a-half handicaps who could make a nice jumper one day.

PERFECT SWISS: 54 rated but was a big, weak horse last year and has improved a lot.

SECRETARIAL: A lovely filly by Kingman who made her debut at Doncaster last month. I really like her and she has a great attitude.

VINTAGE BRUT: In great form and loves soft ground. He’s another to watch out for, when the rain arrives, over six or seven furlongs.

TWO-YEAR-OLDS

They are shaping up nicely as a team but we have a long way to go with some of them as we are never hard on them early. We galloped a lot in February when the ground was beautiful and popped them up alongside on our grass gallop.

Two I’d pick out are LAMPANG, a nice colt by Dandy Man, and FISHABLE, a son of Dutch Art.

IVA GO is a nice filly who won at Beverley having finished second on debut at Redcar. She’s quick. Another nice filly is CHAMPAGNE ANGEL who is shaping well.

Both Firebreaks we have are nice too. They are GRAND PIANOLA and VINTAGE TIMES.


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