Aspetar is from the first crop of Al Kazeem, he is from a family that has had good results in the last few years. It derives from Souk, notable members are Puce, Pongee, Prudenzia, Chicquita and Golden Sword. Another daughter Shouk is responsible for the 2006 champion filly Alexandrova, the Cheveley Park winner Magical Romance, Washington Irvine and Masterofthehorse. Bella Qatara (Dansili) ran four times in France winning at Pornichet-La Baule over 10.5 furlongs, she is out of Alexandrova.
Another well bred colt who showed promise in his work last season. From the family of Group 2 winners Somehow and Alex My Boy, a minor setback prevented him from running as a juvenile. It is difficult to say what his trip will be but he could start off over a mile.
Blue Mist is a half-brother to Countermeasure who spent time as Time Test’s pacemaker but is now racing in his own right, he won a maiden last year, was 4th in the Eclipse (G1) and 3rd in the Skybet York Stakes (G2) and remains in training here. Obedient his half sister was Listed placed and 4th in a G3. This is a family developed by Juddmonte from one of their foundation mares Bahamian recently best known for New Bay.
He was progressive last year winning on his debut at Kempton before running two good races in defeat at Newbury and Kempton again. Rated 87, he will be suited by a step up to ten furlongs and will be aimed at decent three year old handicaps.
Breathless Times is from a Juddmonte family that goes back to the blue hen Monroe. The dam bred the four time winner Godric.
Runner-up on his debut at Kempton in December, he was an easy winner at Wolverhampton in early January. He is bred to stay further but both his starts have been over six furlongs and he isn’t short of speed. It is early days but I view him as a horse to win more races.
Extra Elusive is from a family well known at Beckhampton through the likes of Cityscape, Bated Breath and Scuffle. The dam Nessina is a half-sister to their dam Tantina and was bought by Tony Nerses for Blue Diamond Stud at Tattersalls December Sales carrying her first foal Ajaya who won the G2 Gimcrack Stakes.
A big rangy colt who was weak last year, he did well to win as he did on his debut at Newbury last Autumn. Given his size and scope, he should have a nice future. A winner over a mile, he should stay ten furlongs. His work prior to Newbury was good, although he had been slow from the stalls at home, and we weren’t sure how he would jump. He has done well during the winter and I am pleased with him. We haven’t made any definite plans but it would be nice to think he could develop into a Pattern horse this year.
Herculean is a full brother to Fair Eva who won twice for us over six furlongs and was placed twice at G2 level. The dam, African Rose won three races at two and three over six and seven furlongs when trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek including the Haydock Sprint Cup (G1). African Rose has an interesting pedigree containing some staying influences including the Beckhampton-trained Derby winner Quest For Fame, but the Mr Prospector speed seems to have come to the fore.
A big strong colt, he is a massive horse with a lot of white about him. He has always shown up well in his work even though he isn’t the finished article yet. Successful in his only race last year at Ascot in September, he was well on top at the finish but it is difficult to know what he beat. The runner-up hasn’t run since but is very highly regarded by Owen Burrows and the third has won and finished fourth in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury subsequently. The plan was to run him again and we intended going to Haydock later that month but the ground was too soft. Then we entered him in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket but he scoped badly. Given his size, he did well to win as a two year old and I think he will develop into a proper horse. I am open minded regarding his immediate plans. The 2000 Guineas is a possibility but it is not the be all and end all. Although he isn’t short of speed, he is such a powerful and strong horse who should stay a mile and a quarter.
Perpetrator is out of Palmeraie, an unraced Wildenstein mare from a family that has produced Peintre Celebre, Planteur and many black type performers. She is the dam of 10 winners from 12 runners and 15 foals of racing age.
2015 b.g. by Teofilo ex Polygon (Dynaformer (USA))
SADLERS WELLS (USA)
URBAN SEA (USA)
ANDOVER WAY (USA)
POLISH PATRIOT (USA)
Polish is Polygon’s second foal, the first Ply did well in training here. The dam won at Listed level and was G3 placed. The second dam Polaire won the Pretty Polly and obtained an amassed lots of black type in the USA.
He is a nice big scopey colt who was too weak to run as a two year old. He has shown promise in his work at home though.
Savaanah has joined us from Roger Varian’s Carlburg Stables in Newmarket. She raced three times as a two year old starting favourite and finishing second in a Goodwood 7f maiden on her second start before improving but finishing second again in a mile maiden on the All Weather at Kempton beating Blue Mist into third place.
2015 ch.g. by Mastercraftsman ex Holy Dazzle (Sunday Break (Jpn))
HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
MIRA ADONDE (USA)
STARLIGHT DREAMS (USA)
BLACK TIE AFFAIR (IRE)
REVES CELESTES (USA)
SUNDAY BREAK (JPN)
FORTY NINER (USA)
BELLE ALICIA (FR)
SMALL PARTIE (FR)
True Destiny is out of Holy Dazzle who won twice in France at two over 7 furlongs and was placed in the Prix Imprudence (G3) and Prix Miesque (G3). This is her first foal and was purchased from Tattersalls Book 1 by Charlie Gordon Watson.
Universal Command is a half-brother to Imperial Aviator who did so well for us last year before being sold at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sales for 270k. Delegator (Dansili) did well with the likes of Delectation, Accidental Agent, and Appointed before his death in 2016. Telescopic is a Galileo mare out of Orlena who has bred three winners to date. Orlena’s dam Cox Orange was a G2 nd G3 winner of 10 races in France and the USA and bred seven winners from eight runners.
Creationist got the job done at Kempton last night and in the process showed a willing attitude to beat two more experienced rivals. It was a very solid race for January, and the fact that the first 3 pulled way clear of the rest gives it a solid look …
Forbidden Planet made light work of the opposition at Lingfield to give us our first winner of the year. It was his first start for the yard and you couldn’t be anything but pleased with the manner which he did it. He is a fine big horse and hopefully …