Monday 4 March 2019

Three Flat Turf Horses to Follow in 2019/20 Season

It won’t be long until the leading Flat turf horses return to the racecourse after their winter break for the 2019/10 campaign. The May meeting at Newmarket, the 1000 & 2000 Guineas are some of the leading events in the early stages of the season, while all roads then lead to the Epsom Derby come June. 

Here is a look at three horses to follow during the new season which could help it become a profitable Flat turf campaign for you as a punter. These Frankel offspring are leading hopes for a winning season. 


East had to settle for second place last season in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Juvenile Fillies Turf 2018 behind the exceptionally talented Newspaperofrecord at Churchill Downs on the ''Future Stars Friday'' program. 

Kevin Ryan's daughter of Frankel proved a class two-year-old and one of the better fillies seen in a progressive campaign. Owners, East Partnership, must be hoping their talented chestnut filly holds every chance in the Irish 1000 Guineas. At present, she is one of eighty-one three-year-olds to hold an entry for this Class race run over one mile at the Curragh.  Interesting to note why she hasn't been entered to run in the English 1000 Guineas. This daughter of Frankel is out of a talented mare in Vital Statistics who readers may remember was trained by David Elseworth. She achieved two wins, one at Listed class, although competed at Group 1 level (including a long way behind Finsceal Bio in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas, 2007). 

East proved a talented winning on debut at Hamilton over 6f. She won by half a length at odds of 9/4. Next came a sparkling two-and-a-half length victory when travelling to Saint Cloud. Stepping up to seven furlongs, she won ''comfortably'' at Group 3 class. 

Her concluding effort saw a second at Churchill Downs (Grade 1), taking over £125,000 in prize money.


Mark Johnston is a trainer who knows how to win with talented juveniles aiming for Royal Ascot, perhaps taking the Coventry Stakes (Group 2). One Frankel two-year-old who is worth noting is the well-named Fred. This chestnut colt is out of a mare called Deirdre bred by Normandie Stud Ltd. A horse worth following this season.     

Zabeel King  

One two-year-old with a connection to East is Zabeel King, who is, in fact, a full brother to Kevin Ryan's filly, out of the mare Vital Statistics. This February foal must have cost a pretty penny considering the achievements of this sister and the fact that the stallion fee for Frankel is £175,000.