Racing TV hosts and pundits pick their flat horses to follow

This time last year, our presenters and experts picked a few beauties to follow on the Flat, including Jibirwho scored three times, including in the Breeders’ Cup (Tom Stanley), another three-time winner in stay wellwho scored 10-1 and 6-1 (John O’Connell), and two winners Urgent Appeal (Mark Johnson) and Annandale (EdWatson).

Other winners included flying moon at 9-1 (Gordon Brown), hamish at 9-1 (Stewart Machin), Willow at 11-2 (Fran Berry), Love (Jane Mangan), al-zaraqan (MarkHoward), China (Richard Holles), empress of the sea (Niall Hannity) and Beautiful garden (Eddie Fremantle).

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George Baker

Horse: pop master.

Coach: Ed Walker.

Years: Four.

He really got into acting after being neutered mid-season last year. I have seen him at Ed Walker’s after his winter break and he has done very well physically. I think he can become a very smart horse for owner Laurence Bellman.


FRANK BERRIES

Horse: Indian star.

Coach: Aidan O’Brien.

Years: 3.

Star Of India impressed at their Leopardstown debut

For Galileo, he made a very good impression on his debut over seven furlongs in October. Having run green and off the bridle from an early stage, he found enough pressure inside the last furlong to beat two horses with good previous form. Aidan O Brien has the current Derby favorite in Luxembourg but, at 33-1 overall for that contest, Star Of India is worth watching.


GORDON BROWN

Horse: You have missed me.

Coach: Iain Jardine.

Years: Four.

This is a horse that did nothing but improve last season and is expected to continue to improve in 2022. Staying in the races, with ease underfoot, will again be the goal as there is a lot of stamina on the family side of his mother. He will reportedly undergo a campaign similar to stablemate Ravenscraig Castle and his wily connections will be disappointed if he can’t get a good prize or two.



RICHARD HOLES

Horse: Bashkirova.

Coach: William Haggas.

Years: Four.

From a prominent Cheveley Park family, Bashkirova made rapid progress last season having not seen a racecourse until August of her three-year career. Clearly learning as she developed, she rattled off a treble before finding ten Test furlongs too much at Doncaster in deep ground in her last outing. Going back about a mile, her trainer can find many opportunities to find black-type success and make her a valuable broodmare prospect.


howard brand

Horse: Your tile.

Coach: William Haggas.

Years: 3.

Laatansa drew attention when last seen.

An interesting addition to the conquering yard of William Haggas, the New Bay son, who has raced three times, was formed with much encouragement for the future and placed twice at Newmarket when under the guidance of Ed Dunlop. Beaten less than two lengths by undefeated New London over ten furlongs, he was bought for 250,000gn at the end of October. He seems tailor-made for those valuable 10- or 12-furlong three-year-old handicaps and looks like potential Royal Ascot material.


STEVE-JONES

Horse: Samburu.

Coach: John and Thady Gosden

Years: 3

Backend Yarmouth Novice Racing has been a rich source of intelligent horses over the years. This son of Kingman was incredibly impressive when he won his debut at the track by the sea in October. The classics may come too soon for him, but he should make up for it later in the season when I’m sure he has a big win in the race.


NICK LIGHT FOOT

Horse: gold spur

Coach: Charlie Appleby.

Years: 3.

When it comes to stellar colts entering their Classic year, it’s fair to say that Charlie Appleby has a constellation of them. Native Trail and/or Coroebus are probably the first that come to mind, but I’m a fan of Goldspur.

He is a beautiful bred Dubawi son (from a Lancashire Oaks winner) and while he showed plenty of ability at two years old, he showed inexperience (the aborted trip to Epsom in September comes to mind), but I am hopeful that could be a leader in some strong middle-distance races this summer.


Jane Mangan

Horse: Inspired.

Coach: John and Thady Gosden.

Years: 3.

Inspiral maintained his undefeated record with this impressive success in the Filly Mile last year

A perfect four-for-four as a junior, he was dominant in his junior year but possesses a pedigree that suggests 2022 could be even better. She could be the star of the season.


donn mcclean

Horse: Duke of Sessa.

Coach: Dermot welding.

Years: 3.

Duke De Sessa, who held third in a seven furlongs maiden at the Galway Festival last July on his track debut, impressed by winning his over a mile maiden at The Curragh in August. He was well beaten in a red-hot National Stakes the next time around, but the fact that trainer Dermot Weld thought of him enough to allow him to seize his chance was significant, and he was impressive in winning the Group Three Eyrefield Stakes over nine furlongs. in his final race. There’s a lot of stamina in his pedigree—his dam won the Melrose Handicap—but he has enough pace to be effective for a mile before he steps up the ride as the season goes on.


ANGUS MCNAE

Horse: Lazuli.

Coach: Charlie Appleby.

Years: 5.

Lazuli is a powerful son of Dubawi who looks every inch of a speedster. He won a Group Three at Newmarket in a very quick time last season and started this season with easy success at Meydan. Fittingly, that race was named after the brilliant Blue Point and this horse might be the best sprinter Godolphin has had since him. He is effective in the six furlongs, but it will always be in the minimum course that we will see the best of this horse. Reportedly, he’s going straight to the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, where he’ll be tough to beat.


megan nicholl

Horse: Francisco.

Coach: Kevin Ryan.

Years: 3.

Franz scored in his only start last season

A handsome colt from the exciting Almanzor, he won his only start to date when he was green before racing hard to win and go. Haydock maidens and novices often produce intelligent horses and I think this might be one of them. He looks like the type to get better for age.


PETER NAUGHTON

Horse: High fever.

Coach: Ralph Beckett.

Years: 3.

He justified strong support at a 1m1f nursery in Newmarket in late October. Rob Hornby’s mount traveled smoothly before dodging the rivals. It is true that he wandered ahead, but the colt is still learning. His rating will go up from 75 after that dominating display, but there is room for improvement, especially going forward. Exciting. For more of Peter’s free notebook horses, visit www.peternaughton.com


GARY O’BRIEN

Horse: Tuesday.

Coach: Aidan O’Brien.

Years: 3.

She only made it to the track once as a junior on Tuesday, but this beautifully bred filly can make up for lost time this year. A narrow loss to the later Moyglare Discoveries heroine at Irish Derby weekend represented a very promising debut effort from the Ballydoyle recluse, and it looks like she may become a serious classic contender.


JOHN O’CONNELL

Horse: Jonafis.

Coach: William Haggas.

Years: 3.

Undefeated in two starts at the end of the year, the notable feature was the confidence behind the Golden Horn son on his Lingfield debut. Newcomers to this yard generally need the experience, but support was not out of place, and his victory at Chelmsford was another rung on the ladder. Both wins have been over a mile, but he’ll have no problem going further and there’s sure to be more to come.


LISA O’NEILL

Horse: Sacred Bridge.

Coach: Ger Lyon.

Years: 3.

Sacred Bridge in winning action at The Curragh last season

Winner of her first four starts, including a listed run at Tipperary and the Group Three Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh over six furlongs. She was disappointed when she moved up to the Group One level in the Cheveley Park Stakes, but I don’t think this was an accurate reflection of her ability and I think she can be forgiven for this performance. She is linked with winners over a mile ten furlongs and I think she is of great interest if she drives one step ahead of the journey. If she goes from two to three years old, she could really stamp her authority as a high-class filly.


TOM STANLEY

Horse: Coroebus.

Coach: Charlie Appleby.

Years: 3.

He’s not out of left field, but I think this horse will be a better three-year-old than his stablemate and current favorite Native Trail Guinean. That is ultimately due to the fact that he is a son of Dubawi who looks set to seriously improve over time. He somehow managed to get beaten at the Royal Lodge before a much softer performance when he won the Autumn Stakes and should be at the highest level up to ten furlongs this year.


ALEX STEEDMAN

Horse: Nahanni.

Coach: Charlie Appleby.

Years: 3.

Having looked slow, raw and perhaps a little more on his debut, Nahanni remarkably honed his performance at Kempton a month later. He pleasingly picked up a win that night that hints at great stamina, underscored by his pedigree. He maybe he needs another helmet, maybe he just needs a thorough test, but it’s one for 12 to 14 furlong+ handicap in the future.


ed watson

Horse: Desert crown.

Coach: Sir Michael Stoute.

Years: 3.

Nottingham in November is not the most obvious starting point in the search for potential El Clasico contenders. However, Desert Crown, a 280,000 gns son of Enable sire Nathaniel, brightened up an autumn afternoon at Colwick Park with a polished debut display. The nude form is nothing spectacular. But the way he soared off the milepost, under the hands-and-heels guidance of Richard Kingscote, it certainly was. He comfortably posted the fastest time of the four races over the 1m extended that day, in a maiden not without pedigree: recent winners from him include top artists Mishriff (2019) and Space Blues (2018). A Derby entry, Desert Crown is in the right hands to enjoy a successful three-year campaign.


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