The second entry in our Flat Racing Season Preview from Hugo Palmer; here Hugo looks at the pick of his 3 year olds for the season ahead.
Hugo Palmer’s Preview:
“Last year’s two year olds were our biggest bunch yet and the overwhelming majority of them were bred to be better at three. Consequently we have an exciting and large group of three year olds to take forward for this year. There are lots who could develop into Stakes horses, which would be very exciting. We have got a number entered in the 2000 Guineas and indeed the Derby. How they progress over the next eight weeks will ultimately not only define their careers, but also our season”.
ARBALET (IRE) gr c Dark Angel (IRE) – Miss Beatrix (IRE)
A big horse, he has done exceptionally well during the winter. Measuring 16.3hh, he has filled his frame during the winter and I have always thought he would make a better three year old. Having finished runner-up on his first two starts, he won a novice event at Redcar before finishing third in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown. Disappointing on his final start in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket, he doesn’t want the ground too quick. We will start him off in either the Free Handicap at Newmarket (18th April) or the Greenham Stakes at Newbury (21st April). Depending on how he performs there, races such as the Listed King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket (19th May) and the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot (20th June) are possibilities later on. Entered in the 2000 Guineas, he will start off over seven furlongs but I think he will stay a mile.
CORROSIVE (USA) b c Uncle Mo (USA) – Lovely Syn (USA)
A very promising horse, he has grown a huge amount during the winter and is by a serious sire in the United States. Fifth on his debut in the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York in August, he made all when winning at Kempton next time. He has always worked better on fast ground at home and I think he is a stakes horse in the making hence the entry in the 2000 Guineas (5th May). We will run him in a novice event and then make a plan. He has got plenty of speed and a turn of foot. Both his races last year were over seven furlongs but he should stay a mile.
DUKHAN (GB) br c Teofilo (IRE) – Vedela (FR)
A very interesting horse who finished second on his debut at Newmarket before finishing fourth at the same track. He then suffered a tiny hairline fracture which sidelined him until the end of October. However, he won well at Chelmsford and is an exuberant horse who I think is very useful. I have been pleased with him during the winter and his mark looks fair. We will start him off in a handicap, possibly the London Gold Cup at Newbury (19thMay), and hopefully he will develop into a contender for something like the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot (21st June).
FAJJAJ (IRE) ch c Dawn Approach (IRE) – Pleasantry (GB)
One of our big white hopes, we have entered him in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket (5th May), although he could develop into a Jersey Stakes horse later on. A lovely big horse who is related to Kingman, I think he will develop into a smart miler. He won first time out at Ascot, which wasn’t a surprise, but was a bit disappointing next time in the Group 3 Tattersalls Somerville Stakes at Newmarket only finishing fourth. He has filled out since and, depending on his work in the spring, he could start off in the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket (19thApril). Otherwise, he could reappear in a novice event.
MOMENTARILY (GB) b f Cityscape (GB) – Firebelly (GB)
I have always adored her and she had a very nice introduction at Yarmouth in August finishing third. She did her best work late on and Ryan Moore liked her a lot. The form is very strong, too, with the winner (Wild Illusion) subsequently landing the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly and the runner-up went one better next time, too. We removed a chip from one of her joints afterwards hence she didn’t run again. Physically, she has changed a lot during the winter and I hope she is a black type filly in the making. We will start her off in a maiden or novice event over a mile or ten furlongs but she will be given some good entries. She may even stay a mile and a half and develop into an Oaks filly.
MOOTASADIR (GB) b c Dansili (GB) – Mahbooba (AUS)
He is probably the best looking horse I have ever trained. Unraced, he is a beautiful mover who has done everything right. His homework has been good.
SILVER QUARTZ (GB) gr c Frankel (GB) – Rosamixa (FR)
I thought he would run well on his first start at Newmarket and he did finishing second behind Just Brilliant, who is highly regarded by Peter Chapple-Hyam. We will give him some good entries and, while he isn’t a big, rangy horse, he is strong with broad shoulders and muscular. Despite being out of a Linamix mare, he is not slow and we will probably start him off over a mile.
TENEDOS (GB) b c High Chaparral (IRE) – Garanciere (FR)
He is full of star quality who worked like a nice horse last year and hacked up on his debut at Kempton in late October. I am keen to run him in a novice race before stepping up in class because I want him to gain more experience. From a good family, I think he will develop into a nice stayer. If everything went to plan in his next race, it is possible we will aim him at a Derby trial. We will start him off over ten furlongs and he will be suited by fast ground.
THE REVENANT ch c Dubawi (IRE) – Hazel Lavery (IRE)
Out of a Listed and Group 3 winning mare, he will follow a similar programme to Tenedos and is very promising. We are fortunate to have a strong team of three year old colts and he is very much part of that group. It was no surprise when he made a winning debut at Haydock and then I thought he was unlucky next time in a conditions race at Epsom. Beaten two lengths in third, we didn’t want to sit last on bottomless ground and then he got the door shut on him twice. With a clear run, I think he would have won. He is likely to reappear in a novice event but we are dreaming at the moment that he may develop into a Derby horse. He wouldn’t want lightning fast ground though.
WHITE MOCHA (USA) ch c Lope De Vega (IRE) – Lastroseofsummer (IRE)
He is the biggest of our white hopes for this year having achieved the most as a two year old last season. From a stout German middle distance family, he was still weak last year but still did well winning two out of three at Haydock and Newbury. A narrow winner of the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes at the latter venue, the runner-up has won since. He has done well physically and I think he will continue to improve as the year goes on. His action has changed and he is moving like an even better horse now. A big, well balanced colt, he will start off in something smart like the Listed Feilden (17th April) or Group 3 Craven Stakes (19th April) at Newmarket or we could even send him straight to the 2000 Guineas (5th May). Given his pedigree, I think he will stay a mile and a half.