Flat Horses To Follow 2018

Flat Horses To Follow 2018

5 Flat Horses To Follow In 2018

The flat season is upon us so we have decided to offer five horses to follow throughout the season. In last year’s addition, four of the five horses came out and won races so we are hoping for similar success this time around.


Horse: Bowerman

Trainer: Roger Varian

Form Figures: 211

Dutch Art (UK) x Jamboretts (IRE)

To kick us off we have the lightly raced Roger Varian trained Colt BOWERMAN. With just three runs to his name he is open to significant progression but already has some serious form to his name. He finished a head second to subsequent Goodwood Cup victor Stradivarius on debut, before returning from a break to dominate a maiden over at Kempton. The form of this race has also been franked with second that day completing an impressive double before heading off to Meydan to compete at a higher standard.

A 246 day-break followed this so it is possible that they have had some issues, but he was better than ever on return in December, keeping on well to win by over two lengths after being very strong in the market. Going off a warm order in his previous two outings, this colt is evidently held in high regard and has the potential to have a profitable season.


Horse: Cecchini

Trainer: Ralph Beckett

Form Figures: 1

Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Urban Daydream (IRE)

Secondly, we have Ralph Beckett’s CECCHINI. Entered in the Oaks, this filly was prominent in the betting on debut and duly obliged, winning going away from the rest. This performance caught they eye and we have been waiting on her return, which hopefully shouldn’t be too far away with her not running since early November.

It was a debut packed with promise but she will have learn a lot and is expected to improve even further, especially with a step up in trip likely to suit.


Horse: Emaraaty

Trainer: John Gosden

Form Figures: 218

Dubai (IRE) x Zee Zee Top (UK)

John Gosden trains our third horse to follow, and after the season he had last year it would be foolish not to keep a close eye on his stable. EMARAATY, a monster 2,600,00gns purchase was thrown into the deep end of the Dewhurst Stakes after just two outings as a 2-y-o, being just a baby compared to some race-rivals. Gosden at the time was aware of the horses need to mature but the fact he was tried so highly suggests he could be a real classy sort.

Serious progression is expected and we believe he could be a healthy e/w bet for the 2000Guineas (currently 33/1).


 Horse: Without Parole

Trainer: John Gosden 

Form Figures: 1

Frankel (UK) x Without You Babe (USA)

Another John Gosden horse makes our shortlist here in the form of WITHOUT PAROLE. Entered in the Dante and 2000Guineas, this colt left a real impression on debut at Newcastle and looks one to keep an eye on in the big races throughout 2018. He was sent off 8/13 back in December, obliterating the field by over 6lengths despite edging right inside the final furlongs. It was a run full of talent and the yard had huge success last term with a horse that debuted at Gosforth Park in the form of Enable.

Without Parole is currently entered at Yarmouth on the 24th of April so be sure to keep an eye out before he heads on to bigger and better things.


Horse: Nelson 

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien 

Form Figures: 621121

Frankel (UK) x Moonstone (UK) 

It would be criminal not to include an Aidan O’Brien horse given his dominance in recent years, and the same applies to Frankel’s crop as a sire with him producing a horse with the ability of Cracksman and co so early on in his career. Here, we have a horse which ticks both boxes. NELSON was hyped up before his racecourse debut but as with many O’Brien debutants, seemingly needed the run. He came out second time around with a much improved performance, before producing two back-to-back victories at Leopardstown putting him firmly in the mix for the Royal Lodge Stakes. Here, he finished a neck second to the smart Roaring Lion, proving his worth at Group Level.

On seasonal debut he was up against two stablemates, but the betting outlined their confidence in his quality and he was able to fend off both rivals despite being off the track for just under 200 days. O’Brien and Frankel could be some force.. keep an eye on this one!