Sunday, 15 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Mehdaayih To Make Debut For John Gosden

John Gosden: Frankel Watch 2018
A few Frankel 2yos have run this season. Fume. trained by Ralph Beckett, disappointed when favourite on debut at Doncaster on 12th July. This bay colt is likely to show ability next start. 

Interesting to note John Gosden has Mehdaayil, a bay daughter of Frankel, who is ready to make her debut this week. 

She has a couple of entries:

Wednesday:     4:10 Yarmouth 
Thursday:      6:20 Doncaster 

The mare Sayyedati Symphony was trained by Clive Brittain racing seven times without success. She achieved an official rating of 94. This bay raced at pattern class on three occasion when well beaten. She won total prize money of just £4,124. 

Later in the week, Gosden has Frisella entered to run on Friday 21st July 6:10 Newmarket. This daughter of Frankel ran well on debut when 6/5f at Haydock when runner-up to Cupboard Love, losing by half a length. 

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Ralph Beckett Fume (In)

Fume, trained by Ralph Beckett
A few more of Frankel's offspring are getting ready to hit the track. 

Interesting to see Ralph Beckett has a prized Frankel two-year-old entered to run at 2:50 Doncaster, 12th July in the 6f (2y) Napoleons Casino and Restaurant Sheffield EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 5) on good to firm going. 

Fume is a bay colt out of the mare Puff. This home bred races in the familiar silks of Mr & Mrs David Aykroyd. The mare [Puff] raced eleven times when trained by Ralph Beckett. She won on debut. Winning at Group 3 but contested Group 1. She raced from six furlongs to one mile and achieved a highest official rating of 108. Perhaps her best performance was seen at two when finishing fourth in the Cheveley park Stakes (Group 1) at Newmarket beaten just over three lengths. Total earnings of just over £80,000. 

Fume has Harry Bentley booked to ride. He has another entry for Friday (13th July). 

Also, on Friday, Dombra, trained by Hugo Palmer, is entered to run at Newmarket over 7f. He went very close second start at Salisbury when beaten a short head after showing ability on debut. 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Fox Premier Ready to Roll for Balding

Vichai Srivaddhanapradha - horse racing
Readers may have seen Hugo Palmer's Dombra narrowly foiled when ''just held'' at Salisbury on 27th June. As yet, this has been the only two-year-old to be seen in our domestic racing. 

However, that could be changing this week with news that Andrew Balding's Fox Premier has been entered for a few races and likely to make his debut at Haydock, Newbury or Sandown.

This son of Frankel cost 700,000 Guineas at the yearling sales. This bay colt is out of the mare Fann who was trained by Clive Brittain in the ownership of Saeed Manana. She raced nineteen times although only achieving one win in a handicap. She was very much a progressive filly who rose dramatically in the official ratings when rising to 104 when going close at Group 2.  

Fox Premier runs in the familiar blue and white silks of Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanapradha in the name of King Power Racing Co Ltd.  

See the entries here:

Thursday - 2:30 Haydock - ENTRY
Thursday - 3:30 Haydock - ENTRY 
Thursday - 6:45 Newbury - ENTRY
Friday   - 3:00 Sandown - ENTRY 

Andrew Balding has noted this two-year-old who has been entered to run at Class 2 which brings some confidence. He will be racing over six or seven furlongs. 

In addition, John Gosden may have a Frankel-sired filly running on Friday in the name of Frisella. The mare raced twice for the same connection, winning a maiden on her second start before retiring. This bay filly is a home bred for K. Abdullah. She is entered to run Friday 6th July 6:45 Haydock.  

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Your 2YO Racing Guide to Royal Ascot 2018

Royal Ascot 2018
It's that time again. Big hats. Girls dressed to the nine. All fur coat and no knickers. Perhaps. Also, lots of top-class thoroughbred horses to feast the eyes. 

The two-year-old racing action is exceptional with juveniles from across the globe including top-class trainers such as Aiden O'Brien, Wesley Ward and a host of British handlers. 

We will update the races day by day. 

Tuesday - 

3:05 Royal Ascot - Coventry Stakes (2yo) (Group 2)

John Gosden's Calyx made an impressive debut win and could start favourite for this quality race. A couple of horses that may go well at a price. Shine So Bright for Karl Burke and Vange, traine dby Richard Fahey. It looks a tricky race so I will be watching.  

Wednesday - 

2:30 Royal Ascot - Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 

Interesting to see how Wesley Ward goes with Chelsea Cloisters who won easily on debut at Keeneland by eight lengths. Race fan have fond memories of Lady Aurelia winning unchallenged back in 2016. Remember a year before, he fired home another winner with Acapulco.  

Promoted by Group Horse 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Frankel Watch: Hugo Palmer Declares Dombra for Haydock Debut

Horse owner V I Araci
Frankel-sired two-year-olds have been kept under wraps this Flat turf season. A few whispers here and there about costly purchases ready to hit the track.  

However, we still await the first of the crop to make their mark. 

Hugo Palmer has sent out a few two-year-olds this season but one of his better prospects could be seen at (7:25) Haydock on Thursday 13th June. 

Dombra is one of twenty-seven entries at the first declaration stage for the Apropos Architecture in Glass Novice Stakes (Plus 10 race) (Class 4) (2yo)  over 7f (6f 212y)

The going is forecast as good to firm. 

Check out this photo of Dombra as a foal.

Check the race declaration here

This son of Frankel is out of the mare Chigun who won four times from thirteen start for Sir Henry Cecil, winning at Group 3, contested Group 1 and achieved a highest official rating of 114. Generally, racing over 1 mile, she had total prize earning of £77, 829. 

This January foal is a home bred racing in the familiar silks of V I Araci. 

Note: Dombra has an entry for Friday. Click here to see

Watch Hugo Palmer's Stable Tour 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Your Guide to the Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies' Conditions Stakes

Attraction won Hilary Needler 2003
The Brian Yeardley Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes (5f) & Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies' Conditions Stakes (5f).

These noted two-year-old races see some of the best juveniles head to Beverley in late May or early June. 

The Hilary Needler was first run in 1965, sponsored by Mrs Hilary Needler, who passed away in 2012. 

Read post: Beverley mourns death of Hilary Needler 

The race was awarded listed status in 2001 but down graded in 2011. 

Readers may remember these winners since 1988

1988 - Norther Line      - Mick Easterby 
1989 - Please Believe Me - Peter Easterby 
1990 - Furajet           - Alex Scott
1991 - Herora            - Neil Graham
1992 - Jervia            - Bill Watts 
1993 - Snipe Hall        - John Wharton 
1994 - Fajjoura          - Miss Gay Kelleway 
1995 - Top Cat           - E Weymes 
1996 - Dance Parade      - Paul Cole 
1997 - Filey Brigg       - W Kemp
1998 - Flanders          - Tim Easterby
1999 - Tara's Girl       - John Quinn
2000 - Freefourracing    - Brian Meehan 
2001 - Good Girl         - Tim Easterby 
2002 - On The Brink      - Tim Easterby 
2003 - Attraction        - Mark Johnston 
2004 - Miss Peggy        - Tim Easterby
2005 - Clair Hills       - Karl Burke
2006 - Roxan             - Kevin Ryan 
2007 - Loch Jipp         - J S Wainwright
2008 - Knavesmire        - Mel Brittain 
2009 - Don't Tell Mary   - Tom Dascombe 
2010 - Geesala           - Kevin Ryan 
2011 - Dozy              - Kevin Ryan 
2012 - Jadanna           - J G Given 
2013 - Ventura Mist      - Tim Easterby 
2014 - waterlogged 
2015 - Easton Angel      - Michael Dods
2016 - Grizzel           - Richard Hannon Jr
2017 - Chica La Habana   - Robert Cowell

The star performers being Attraction (2003) who went on to win the Newmarket 1000 Guineas. 

Related post: Mark Johnston trains new two-year-old sired by Frankel out of 1000 Guineas winner, Attraction

2018 - 3:15 Beverley (Saturday 9th June)

Thirteen two-year-olds take part on good going. The general mix of horses with ability and owners/trainers shooting for the stars. 

No Lippy is favourite. Three out of four wins. She has speed to burn but it definitely helps her at Musselburgh to be outpaced and run on. I wonder if they will try to sit just off the pace - rather than employ the front running tactics so often seen with Johnston's juveniles - because it may be in her favour. She seemed to come unstuck in the Listed race at York and if involved in a brutal pace may struggle to get home. 

Pearl Of Qatar was a surprise package on debut at Beverley when winning at odds of 25/1. Brian Ellison doesn't have too many juveniles in his care and they are often limited (give or take one or two). There was a lot to like about her debut with and interesting to see how she goes from a wide draw. 

This isn't a betting race for me. One horse which may have claims at a price is Gypsy Spirit. She may well be outclassed. However, she wasn't disgraced last time out when carrying a penalty and was much too keen mid race to finish with any purpose. Stepping back in distance may be a wise move and if finishing well could hit the frame. (I'm not betting). 

Others to respect include: Wedding Date, Kodyanna & Vikivaki

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Mick Channon: A Sparkling 2yo Season

Mick Channon - 2yo season 2018
It's a time of changing fortunes. 

You know, the last couple of years I have had a real downer on Mick Channon's two-year-old string. In fact, 2016 & 2017 was akin to a the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. We had fond memories of Sandie Shaw winning in 1967 with Puppet On A String but couldn't even remember the name of the multiple nul points. 

Who sang that song?  

Following those two seasons for Mick Channon made me question what was happening. West Ilsley Stables prided itself on winning juveniles. 

Just look a few big winners:

Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) 

1999 - Seazun
2000 - Queen's Logic

Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) 

2000 - Tobougg 

Think back to 2002 when he concluded the season with 123 winners. 

No wonder I was greying at the temple. Channon much have been drinking a revolutionary hair tonic which grew his hair at the same rate he tore it out. 


What can we say about 2018? Channon seemed bullish with the Brocklesby Stakes winner - Izzer. The money was down that day at Doncaster. And with that tidy victory the stable were quite vocal about their 'decent'' string of two-year-olds. 

They were correct. Channon has been firing in winner after winner this season - whether debutante or second start. 

Jungle Inthebungle and Cotubanama head to the Woodcote Stakes at Epson on 1st June. He may be an outsider but it is a reflection of the string that is making the headline. Certainly, a number of betting sites and punters alike are latching onto this purple patch. 

Here are a few other 2yos who have show ability this 2018 season:

Bungle Inthejungle
Big Boots
Certain Lad

If you want to follow a stable with a nice bunch of two-year-olds, then Mick Channon is the man to bet this year. 

Monday, 14 May 2018

Andrew Balding: ''The Nicest Bunch of Horses I've Ever Had

King Power Racing Co Ltd
We've been waiting for the first 2YO Frankel runner of this 2018 Flat season. 

2:00 Newbury - 18th May (Friday) Welcome To The Starlight Raceday Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 4) (2yo) 

Fox Premier - trained by Andrew Balding. Only time will tell if this is the case. He is one of 47 entrant at this early declaration stage.

This bay colt is out of a dam called Fann, who ran 19 times and trained by Clive Brittain. She had one win - a progressive horse. She achieved her highest official rating (104) in her last few races before being retired as a brood mare. 

Fox Premier cost 700,000G at the yearling sales and runs in the ownership of King Power Racing Co Ltd. They have horses such as Beat The Bank

Vichai Srivaddhanapradha owns King Power Racing Co Ltd. Football fans will know he is the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City FC. He is investing substantial money into horse racing. In fact, in 2018 he has spent £16 million. His horses run in the blue and white Leicester City colours. 

Purchases include a £2.5 million Frankel filly named King Power and a daughter by Dubawi which cost £1.3 million called Tuk Power. The magnate who made his fortune from his King Power duty free shop empire has 60 horses in training with three handlers: Andrew Balding, Ralph Beckett and Richard Hannon. While David Elsworth, Martyn Meade and David Simcock are on the trainer roster.    

Andrew Balding is the lucky recipient of 30 horses at Kingsclere Stables in Hampshire. 

He said: ''It is a major boost to the yard. He has bought some lovely horses. The ones I've got are more for next year but he has some nice ones with Richard and Ralph.''

He continued: ''Money doesn't guarantee results but the signs are good. They are the nicest bunch of horses I've ever had. We'll all being doing our hardest to get him some results.''   

No doubt Balding has been waiting for this 6f race because this March foal is bred to want 6f - 7f as a starting point. This trainer can win with debutantes. being such an expensive purchase, he is likely to be fancied in the betting. 

Other horses in the ownership of King Power Racing Co Ltd.

Fox Vardy - trained by Martyn Meade (£220,500)
Fox Kasper - trained by Richard Hannon (£220,500)
Come On Leicester - trained by Richard Hannon (£378,000)

Good to see the first of a new crop of Frankel two-year-olds.   

Read more: Exclusive: Andrew Balding thrives in Kingsclere heritage and promise of Frankel and Leicester City connection 

Monday, 7 May 2018

Your Guide to the Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes 2018

Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes 2018 A Brief History of the Lily Agnes Stakes 

Did you know the Lily Agnes was named after an English thoroughbred racehorse? This daughter of Marconi, out of the dam Polly Agnes, was foaled in 1871. This filly was bred by James Snarry, who kept this bay in his ownership. Her racecourse achievements were heralded far and wide. She won 21 of her 32 starts including the Northumberland Plate (1874), Doncaster Cup (1874) & Ebor Handicap (1875). 

The Lily Agnes Stakes was named in her memory.     

Yogi's Girl won the Lily Agnes in 2017 

Wednesday: 1:50 Chester - Stellar Group Lily Agnes Stakes (Plus 10) Class 2 

Eleven two-year-olds take part. All have race experience. 

1) Arthur's Spirit - Bill Turner

No stranger to speedy two-year-olds. This son of Swiss Spirit disappointed in the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes. However, he showed good pace at Southwell when runner-up and led all the way to win at Kempton. 

Verdict: A wide draw (10) will make this hard work.

2) Dark Thunder - Tom Dascombe 

One of four juveniles entered here for this local trainer from Malpas, Cheshire. This grey colt made his debut in a hot Windsor Stakes finishing third behind the talented Emaaraty Ana, who beat Blown By Wind at odds of 4/11f. Has first jockey riding which indicates the best of the stablemates.

Verdict: Needs to find improvement on that first start. 

3) Five Amarones - Tom Dascombe  NR

Another recruit from Manor House Stables. Ran a respectable race on debut when a running on third at Pontefract. Raced at Bath on Monday when hanging on for third place behind easy winner Barbill., trained by Mick Channon. 

Verdict: May be withdrawn after recent effort. Unlikely to figure on what we have seen.

4) Gingersdunthelot - David Loughnane 

A prime draw in stall 1. He's shown plenty of pace in both starts to date but tired rapidly thereafter. 

Verdict: Very unlikely to win.

5) Kinks - Mick Channon  NR

A speedy colt who likes to lead. Narrowly foiled on debut at Kempton and then battling win at Bath before winning again under a penalty. A professional colt who would have his supporters if he wasn't draw so wide in stall 11. 

Verdict: A wide draw looks very difficult to overcome. Not impossible but will need to sit in behind and hope the leaders stop. 

6) Lihou - David Evans

Beat Kinks on debut, running on with spirit, and touch of style. Ran well on debut in the Brocklesby after a slow start. David Evans has done well in this race and this son of Mayson is drawn well enough in stall 5. May well sit in behind and finish the race with verve. 

Verdict: A decent juvenile who has been aimed at this race. A fair draw should see him hold every chance. A major player. 

7) Jensue - Tom Dascombe 

This daughter of Red Jazz was quite fancied in the betting when making his debut at Beverley. The first five horses were clear of the field and the form has been franked. A good draw in stall 2 is handy. Whether he will have the pace to lead is a matter of opinion. Needs to improve on that first start and be faster into his running here. 

Verdict: A good draw and open to improvement but needs to be much sharper. Others look more suiting to this turning course. 

8) Lady Prancealot - David Evans  NR

A winner and two place effort from three starts. This filly hasn't been disgraced but may lack the speed or class of a few of these. 

Verdict: A relatively wide draw isn't ideal. Has show good pace but looks to have something to prove and a touch exposed. 

9) Light My Fire - Tom Dascombe (NR)

Ran out a nice winner on debut at Ripon. The form of that race doesn't look anything special but not without hope. A decent draw in stall 3. 

Verdict: May need to improve on debut win but a smart introduction. A chance but a couple look more likely. 

10) No Lippy - Mark Johnston 

This daughter of Oasis Dream battled well to win at odds of 2/1 when defying World Order at Nottingham, the pair clear of the third. A terrier of a filly who dug deep to beat a colt. She has the speed to get to the rail and could take some pegging back. 

Verdict: A leading chance. Not easy to assess the form of her debut win but one of three horses entered for this race by the trainer. Would get my vote. 

11) Thegreyvtrain - Ron Harris 

Showed little in first two starts then held on well when runner-up at Kempton behind the potentially smart On The Stage trained by Ed Walker. 

Verdict: A wide draw and limited ability mean this filly has a mountain to climb. 

Lily Agnes Stakes Racing Tips 2018:  

Best: No Lippy & Lihou. 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Hugo Palmer and Fanshawe Frankel Two-year-olds

James FanshaweAs yet, no Frankel two-year-olds have hit the track but there is little doubt these potentially smart juveniles are flying up the gallops. 

Taking a look at Juddmonte website, I can see a number of offspring have been named and trainers identified.  

Exciting times. 

This website Frankel Horse Racing Blog will be used to detail the majority of two-year-olds as they make their debuts, race at pattern class and all those lofty plans.

So which trainers have two-year-olds?

Here are a couple of outstanding trainers with plenty to look forward Hugo Palmer & James Fanshawe.

Hugo Plamer - Dombra

Born 11th January 2016. This bay colt is out of the mare, Chigun, who was trained by Lady Cecil in the ownership of V I Araci. She raced 13 times, winning 4 races including Group 3 success and racing at Group 1. She achieved an official rating of 114. Total prize winnings of £77,829. 

James Fanshawe - It Had To Be You 

Born 28th February 2016. This bay colt is out of the mare Fallen For You. Bred by Normandie Stud Ltd. Trained by John Gosden, she raced just seven times achieving three wins. A smart debut effort when 5/2f under the riding of William Buick. The pinnacle of her career winning the Coronation Stakes Group 1 at Royal Ascot. Achieving an official rating of 116 and total prize earnings of £183, 240.  

Review more two-year-olds here

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Cracksman for Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2)

Cracksman, son of Frankel
The leading light of Frankel's offspring for many. 

2:55 Newmarket (5th May) 1m 4f 

The early declaration stage at 23 entrants still thinking about future plans. 

A couple of Frankel's may be heading to Newmarket. 

Cracksman needs little introduction as a class horse. This four-year-old bay colt is trained by John Gosden in the ownership of A E Oppenheimer. Just seven runs to his name but a a colt in the shadow of his immense father, like son. Readers may remember his debut win at Newmarket over 1m. 

A return at 3yo saw him win the Investec Derby Trial by a short head. Made favourite for the Epsom Derby [7/2f] he was denied by one length. Then beaten a neck in the Irish Derby (Group 1) at the Curragh. In truth, losing little in defeat. 

Then we witnessed three imperious results. 

York's Great Voltegeur Stakes (Group 2) keeping on strongly to win by six lengths, pushed clear and kept on strongly for Frankie Dettori.

Chantilly, France. The Qatar Prix Niel (Group 2). Made 2/5f and winning by three-and-a-half lengths in comfortable style with Dettori at his best. 

Ascot. Dropping back in distance to 1m 2f taking the Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1) impressively by seven lengths. 

Other significant entries:

Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) Curragh

Epson Investec Coronation Cup (Group 1) Epsom 

Total earning £1,353,004

Other Frankel for Dunaden Stakes

Count Octave trained by Andrew Balding

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Frankel Watch: Frankadore (2yo) Trained by Tom Dascombe

Manor House Stables
Tom Dascombe is known as a trainer of two-year-olds for a very good reason. 

Over the past few seasons, he has fielded horses such as:

Frozen Angel 
Eartha Kitt

The best of the recent two-year-old crop heralded Kachy who won the Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) 2015.

Probably the most noted two-year-old success being Ceiling Kitty who won the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot in 2012.  

Classic Blade won the July Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket in 2008. 

Any way, so much for history. Sometimes you need to look to the future and Manor House Stables have plenty to keep them interested. The 2018 season has already shown a couple of smart prospect with debut winners Jackstar & Light My Fire. Certainly, the former is expected to be heading to Royal Ascot. 

For most stables, it is a point of recognition when they have a Frankel two-year-old in the camp and that is the case. 

Frankadore is an April foal (30th, 2016), a chestnut colt out of a mare called adoration bred by Ashtown Bloodstock. The mare raced 41 times on both Flat and NH distance ranging from 5f - 2m 3f. She won five times in her career achieving total prize earnings of £52,431.