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Horses To Follow 2013

Turf Flat Season horses to follow 2013

 A Ladies Man (IRE)     3-y-o (17Feb10 b c)
    Kyllachy  (6.6f) — Ego (Green Desert (USA)

Failed to win as a 2yo but he is obviously held in some regard as his price tag of 220,00gns would suggest. His first run saw him disappoint as the 5-4 favourite but his next run was more promising. Pitched in at much higher grades for the rest of the season appeared premature but with a winter now on his back he can start to reward his trainer's confidence. Richard Hannon

Anderton (IRE) 3-y-o (28Mar10 b g)
    Invincible Spirit (IRE)  (7.5f) — Alarme Belle (Warning  (8.8f)) 

Began his career in a 5f maiden at Thirsk, finishing a fair 4th and followed that by throwing away a decent lead by hanging badly left in a similar race at Beverley. He redeemed himself with a  good 2nd on his last run and can continue his steady progress this term and is a worthy addition to my horses to follow 2013 list. Richard Fahey

  Captain Cat (IRE)     4-y-o (01May09 b/br g)
    Dylan Thomas (IRE)  (10.6f) — Mother Of Pearl (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (USA)  (11.4f)) 

Won his 3rd race at Newmarket last term and followed up at Ascot in October in a class 3 over a mile, just getting outpaced at the end to finish 2nd. He will come on a bundle for that and a winter to strengthen up and should be winning races over 1m+. Roger Charlton  

 Fort Knox   3-y-o (30Mar10 b c)
    Dubawi (IRE)  (9.2f) — Savannah Belle (Green Desert (USA)  (7.9f)) 

Ran a fine race in a 7f maiden at Newbury on his second start and confirmed that promise by running out a comfortable winner of the 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Listed Race) at Leopardstown at the start of this season.  He is now considered a fair prospect for the Irish Guineas and the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Richard Hannon

  Greatwood     3-y-o (01Mar10 b c)
    Manduro (GER)  (10.7f) — Gaze (Galileo (IRE)  (11.1f))  

Gained a mark of 84 last April in the Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy over 1m2f at Newmarket, just failing to win by a short head. Should develop into a smart staying 3yo with entries in the Betfred Dante Stakes, Investec Derby and King Edward VII Stakes. I reckon this comes top of my horses to follow 2013 list. Luca Cumani

  Heaven's Guest (IRE)     3-y-o (01Feb10 b g)
    Dark Angel (IRE)  (7.0f) — Bakewell Tart (IRE) (Tagula (IRE)  (7.1f))  

Ran well as runner up on his second start last term and confirmed that promise by going one better in a 5f maiden at Catterick. Another fine effort followed in a better race at Doncaster where he finished 2nd and the fact that both those runs were on soft suggest he prefers some cut in the ground. A fact born out on his first start this season when finishing out of the money in a class 2 race at Newmarket on good ground.

Hi There (IRE)     4-y-o (28Mar09 b g)
    Dark Angel (IRE)  (7.0f) — Ornellaia (IRE) (Mujadil (USA)  (7.8f))
Marked himself down as a progressive horse last term winning twice and showing a willing attitude in all his races. Continued that upward curve when winning a 7f class 3 race at Musselburgh on his return in March. His jockey Barry McHugh commented: "He hasn´t half strengthened up again this year. He´s one to keep an eye on this season and I think he could win a nice handicap." 

 Majestic Moon (IRE)     3-y-o (09Apr10 b g)
    Majestic Missile (IRE)  (6.1f) — Gala Style (IRE) (Elnadim (USA)  (6.9f)

Hacked up at Ayr over 6f on good ground last term but failed to live up to the high hopes of his connection on his subsequent two starts. The first of these he compromised his cahnce by rearing at the start although he was staying on at the finish and the next start he was unsuited to the heavy going.

As he held a Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes entry at Newbury he is clearly held in some regard and it will be interesting to see what the future holds of this talented gelding. Richard Fahey

Moohaajim (IRE)     3-y-o (28Feb10 b c)
    Cape Cross (IRE)  (8.9f) — Thiella (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)  (9.9f))

Won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes last term and then lost out by a neck to Abandon in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Hi first race this term was in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes over 6f but could only manage 3rd place. He is best suited by sprints on good ground. Marco Botti

 Sparkling Portrait     4-y-o (23Apr09 b c)
    Excellent Art  (8.2f) — Time Crystal (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (USA)  (11.4f)) 

Contested some high class races as a 3yo winning 3 from 5 ending with Listed race win at Hamilton. He found trouble in running in the King George VI Stakes at Royal Ascot and did well to finish 7th after the jockey lost his irons. 

All his runs have been on soft so whether he acts on better ground is an unknown but he has shown great battling qualities and is sure to win more races this season. Richard Fahey

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Horses To Follow 2013 Jumps

Jumps Season horses to follow 2013

Arvika Ligeonniere (Fr)7yo

Missed two seasons through injury but is expected to fulfil his promise for Willie Mullins this year. For the way he dismissed a quality field in April 2010 at Punchestown over hurdles suggests this French bred jumper has a bright future. He returned to the fray in May 2012 and won from the front by 13 lengths in a beginners chase at the same course. Barring further mishaps he is certain to win races this season. Willie Mullins

02/12/2012 Fairyhouse:Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1) - won Betfair SP 3.25

26/12/2012    Leopardstown    Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1) won Betfair SP 1.95   

Aupcharlie (Ire)6yo

Made a good start to his career in bumpers winning one and then being placed in the Cheltenham Festival Bumper of 2011. He also placed in all three of his maiden hurdles ending with a win upped to 2m4f at Leopardstown in January 2012. He should make up into a good novice chaser this season. Willie Mullins

24/11/2012 Gowran: Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase - won Betfair SP 1.81

Bobs Worth (Ire)7yo- Horses to follow 2013

After a hesitant start to his chase career, beating cue Card at Newbury in November only to lose his next two starts in the Feltham in December and at Reynoldstown in February. He then won the Grade 1 RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March which made it 5 from 5 wins going left handed. This season he is likely to contest the Cheltenham Gold Cup and stick to left handed tracks. This one is top of my horses to follow 2013 for jumpers. Nicky Henderson

01/12/2012 Newbury:Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (Handicap) Grade 3 - won Betfair SP 5.63

Burton Port (Ire)8yo - Horses to follow 2013
Suffered an injury following the Henessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2010 and was out for 15 months but came back as good as ever in the Denman Chase at Newbury in February 2012 when ran 2nd to Long run by 1 1/2 lengths. He then ran a creditable 4th in the Gold Cup and ended the campaign as runner up to surprise winner Follow The Plan in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree. He is quoted as big as 33-1 for the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup in March which could be on the generous side. Nicky Henderson

Clondaw Knight 4yo - Horses to follow 2013

Highly regarded Irish pointer after winning his 2nd start by 8 lengths at Inch last term. subsequently bought by Lucinda Russell for £140,000 and rates a decent prospect to achieve high rank as a jumper this season. Lucinda Russell

For Non Stop (Ire)7yo - Horses to follow 2013

For Non Stop proved a revelation when running away with the 2012 renewal of the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree. Nick Williams charge left the field for dead and proved himself a likely contender for the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival in March. In the meantime he is likely to head next for the Paddy Power. Nick Williams

Kauto Grand Mogol (Fr)4yo - Horses to follow 2013

Much is expected of this half brother to legendary Kauto Star who started his racing career in Ireland last year, comfortably winning the second of his two bumper races at Limerick. He has the potential to make up into a decent jumper this season having already started his training over fences and is a worthy addition to any horses to follow 2013 list. Elizabeth Doyle

Marasonnien (Fr)6yo

Won a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown on his fourth outing last term. Conditions were extremely testing that day and he rates an exciting prospect for staying chases this season. Willie Mullins

Sanctuaire (Fr)6yo - Horses to follow 2013

Proved a shade disappointing over hurdles after winning the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April 2011. However when moving to chases in 2012 he proved a natural over the larger fences winning all three starts in emphatic fashion. Likely to stay at least 2m4f and effective on good or good to soft he is sure to win more races this season. Paul Nicholls

27/12/2012    Kempton Desert Orchid Chase Grade 2    Sanctuaire  won Betfair SP    2.42

Sprinter Sacre (Fr)6yo - Horses to follow 2013

Nicky Henderson's charge carried all before him last season winning all five starts in mainly Group 1 and Group 2 races, brushing aside Cue Card in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

It is difficult to see anything coming within a country mile of him in 2m chases this season and his campaign should culminate as winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March 2013 for which he is a 5-4 shot. A must for any horses to follow 2013 list.
 Nicky Henderson

Super Duty (Ire)6yo - Horses to follow 2013

Started his career by winning a bumper at Bangor in April 2011 and following that in the autumn by winning his first two starts over hurdles. Falling at Ayr on his next start he quickly made amends by winning a class 2 novice hurdle at Ascot over 2m4f and ended the campaign in April 2012 with a fine second to the smart Simonsig in the class 1 John Smiths Mersey Hurdle at Ascot. He is a big sturdy horse and rates a fine prospect if taking to the larger obstacles this term. Donald McCain

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