The season “proper” started out with a frustrating run of close seconds and thirds but nonetheless included performances of considerable promise in some of the Classic trials and good quality maidens at Newmarket and Newbury.
White Mocha in particular ran with great promise in finishing second in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket albeit at a respectful distance. The winner, Masar, is currently high up in the betting for the 2000 Guineas and White Mocha looked as though a step up in distance was likely to bring about further improvement. Hugo had already supplemented him for the Derby which looks a shrewd move now.
The run of places showed however that the horses were well and it was not long before the winners started
to flow and the next ten days has brought victories for Corrosive, Stage Name, Mootasadir, Rashdan, and Summerseat Mist. This included a run of four consecutive victories and both Mootasadir and Corrosive were winning under a penalty and looking for all the world as if a step up to a better grade would be well within their compass.
The first 2 year old to run, Barend Boy, showed plenty of encouragement in finishing second after being hampered at the start and making conspicuous progress from the rear to finish second beaten just over a length. Hugo was quoted in the Racing Post Stable Tour as thinking that the overall quality of the 2 year olds was the best he had had. This was certainly a good sign that he might be right!