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.
Gelded during the winter, he is suited by soft ground and a mile and a half plus . A winner of his first two races, including the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood, I thought he ran well in the Listed Doonside Cup Stakes at Ayr considering he had been off for a while and came from off the pace. Third again at Newbury last time, he will be aimed at Listed and Group 3 races in the UK and abroad, if necessary. Not over big, he remains lightly raced and I hope he will progress.
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.
Progressive last season, he handles soft ground and is arguably a better horse on a straight track rather than a turning right-handed one like Kempton. An impressive winner at Ascot in October, he finished second behind subsequent Cambridgeshire and dual Listed winner Wissahickon over ten furlongs at Chelmsford. He might stay further but I think he’s at his best over a strongly run mile and the Lincol could be a starting point.
2016 b.c. by Intello (Ger) ex Ship’s Biscuit (GB) (Tiger Hill (Ire))
SADLERS WELLS (USA)
URBAN SEA (USA)
SHIP’S BISCUIT (GB)
TIGER HILL (IRE)
THE FILLY (GER)
Cochise From a late maturing family who stay well, he is an unraced half-brother to the progressive Mekong and Pow Wow who won three times for us a couple of years ago. We have taken our time with him and he probably won’t come into his own until the second half of this year. He will start off over a mile or ten furlongs.
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 scopey horse who progressed nicely last season winning two of his four starts at Nottingham and Kempton. Perhaps a bit below form in Group company at Newbury on his final run in September, I am hoping he will prove good enough for that level in the future. Despite the fact he won on soft ground at Newbury as a two year old, I am not sure he wants it because he ran well on fast ground winning at Nottingham and finishing runner-up at Ascot. We will probably start him off over ten furlongs.
Forbidden Planet A brother to Listed winner Princess Loulou, he arrived here quite late last year and he has won twice at Lingfield during January. A big strong horse with scope, he has benefited from stepping up to ten furlongs and is suited by a level track and he may not be at home on undulating ones.
Headman comes from Juddmonte’s family of the moment and he is from the first crop of Kingman. Headman’s dam Deliberate is a half sister to Flintshire and the second dam Dance Routine is a full sister to Concentric the dam of Enable. Deliberate won at 3 in France and has bred three winners from four runners.
A big imposing colt with a lovely action, he looked very impressive when winning on his debut at Newcastle in early November. He couldn’t have won any easier and the runner-up is rated 85. We took a view afterwards that if he was going to be a Guineas horse he needed to have another run for experience purposes, plus he ought to be good enough to cope with a drop back to seven furlongs. While I was disappointed at the time when he finished second, his wide draw didn’t help, the winner was from a strong yard and he was conceding seven pounds. There is every chance he will still be given a Guineas entry but I think he is more likely to be suited by a step up to ten furlongs. He has always been a well-balanced horse and, given his size he did well to win as a two year old. He has potential.
Imperium Unraced, he is well bred being by Frankel out of an Oaks winner. His dam has produced Flying Cross who was third in an Irish St Leger and he looks like being a staying horse. An unknown quantity, he is a big scopey horse.
Mystiquestar‘s dam Magique won three times and was placed 6 times in a three season career. She won over 8.5f at 2, 8f at 3 and 9f at 4. The next dam Misskinta bred six winners including Miss Jacques wonderful horse Grandeur who won 10 races and was placed 8 times from 31 starts. In all he raced for 5 seasons winning at Brighton (7f), Goodwood (10f four times), Newbury (9f), Santa Anita Gr.2 (9f), Hollywood Park Gr.2 (12f), and Lingfield AW (10f twice). He also raced at Arlington Park, Belmont Park and Sha Tin. Quite something to live up to. The family traces through the Aga Khan’s studs to a family started by that great French breeder Marcel Boussac.
Qarasu is by the successful French stallion Le Havre who stands at the Haras de Montfort and Preaux. 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.
Half-brother to Aspetar, I was pleased with his debut run at Newbury finishing a close second. He was bullied a bit and didn’t get the smoothest of runs before staying on. I thought it was therefore a good run against more experienced opponents. Like his brother and a lot of his sire’s progeny, he seems to enjoy slow ground. We will look for a novice over a mile or ten furlongs in the spring.
Tempus A half-brother to Time Test, he is potentially a nice horse who may need some cut in the ground. We purposely took our time with him last year withdrawing him at Newmarket in September because of fast ground. We let him take his chance nearly a fortnight later at Nottingham on ground which was marginal. Having travelled well and looking like winning, he got run out of it late on and was beaten narrowly. It was a pleasing run though and he starts his three year old career as a maiden. His sire did very well last year and he has the pedigree to develop into a useful horse. We will start him off over a mile but he’s bred to stay ten furlongs.
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.
Withhold was bought by Tony Bloom at Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale. He was previously trained by Charlie Hills and ran eight times winning twice, over 1m 5f and two miles and being placed four times. He is from a Juddmonte family that traces back to Slightly Dangerous.
He won the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on his reappearance and the rest of his season was geared towards the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately, he broke a blood vessel in the Geelong Cup in October which ruled him out. Given a break since returning from Australia, we have to manage the situation. All in all, it was a very frustrating season. We haven’t made any plans but I suppose the Sky Bet Ebor at York in August has to come into the reckoning and remain a horse with great potential.
Young Merlin is the third foal of Zelloof who won at two over seven furlongs on the All Weather. Her dam Belle Genius was Jt Champion 2yr old in Ireland in 1994. She is by the little known Canadian sire Beau Genius.
A big rangy gelding by Camelot, he is a good moving horse who ran well on his second outing at Chelmsford. Qualified for handicaps following three runs, he is the sort to progress when step up in trip this year. He will stay a mile and a half.
French Polish is a beautifully bred filly who is ready for her first start of the year. Her mother was supremely talented and won a listed race on her second start but sadly didn’t race again and is from the family of Soft Centre, Pretzel and Dalvina. …
Yesterday Time Interval travelled to Lingfield to run in the ‘Betway Median Auction Maiden Stakes (Div II) for his owners P Inglett, S de Zoete and C Milln. He was held up in mid field to try and keep him settled, he started to challenge over a furlong …