Five Horses Starting Their Season This Weekend

Dancing Vega

The first horse from the weekend that is making her eagerly anticipated return is the Ralph Beckett trained Dancing Vega who will be looking to keep her unbeaten record at Newbury in the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes.

This three year old filly is one of her trainers leading lights going into this season with the 1,000 Guineas at the start of May, her first big group 1 target.

The youngster is so highly thought of because of her debut at the back end of the flat season at Doncaster and she went on to dominate the field showing a lovely turn of foot that is normally seen in Group horses.

She was bought for €150,000 as a yearling and the way she ran on her debut suggests that could be a steel. This Group 3 that she is set to run in on Saturday will be tougher but it will also give us a better indication as to how good she is.

So Perfect

The next filly that is set to make her return is So Perfect for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who has two entries at the weekend that suggests she is very much likely to make her seasonal return.

The first contest that she could go for is the same as Dancing Vega, where she will be going across the pond from Ireland to compete in the Group 3 and at the moment is the current ante-post favourite for the race.

The other contest she could go for and would see her stay in Ireland is the Group 3 Alleged Stakes but Newbury looks the better option at the moment.

So Perfect could be primed to have a really good season as a three year old after coming on the scene last year as a juvenile and putting in some really nice performances.

She gained her first win on debut at Navan over five furlongs and stayed between that and six furlongs all season, winning a Group 3 at the Curragh and then placing in her last three runs at Churchill Downs in the Breeders Cup meeting, Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket and the Phoenix Stakes.

She is truly one to watch this season being a progressive daughter of Scat Daddy.


The next up is another one of Aidan O'Brien's exciting members of his yard and one of his most highly progressive horses of last season and that is Magical.

The Group 3 Alleged Stakes has a possible nine runners at this stage and it could be a great starting point for the now four year old filly.

Last season she really came to life in some big races which makes her a very exciting filly to follow this season, especially with her final two outings.

The more she was stepped in trip, the better she was and on her second start over 1 mile four furlongs she went on to win the Group 1 British Champions Fillies and Mares stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day.

This set her up nicely for the Breeders Cup Turf in America, where she was a superb second to the superstar Enable and that form really does read well and she will be an interesting character in that division this year.

Too Darn Hot

A late confirmation for the Group 3 Greenham Stakes could see the unbeaten Too Darn Hot, who for trainer John Gosden is one of his up and coming stable stars after his superb two year old season.

The three year old will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to five wins after four super performances last year that really put the Andrew Lloyd Webber owned colt on the big stage.

On his second start to date he went on to land Grade 3 Solario Stakes and impressively went on to land the race with ease and put his name on the map.

Next it was Doncaster for the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster where again he won easy enough to then set up his first Grade 1 contest.

It came in the Dewhurst stakes at where he went on to beat some of the best young seven furlong running horses in Europe and set up his a very exciting three year old season.

This could be the first of a record breaking year for John Gosden and Too Darn Hot.

Young Rascal

The last of our five to follow is the William Haggas trained Young Rascal and this four year old filly looks to be a real bright spark racing five times last year as a four year old and winning four of them.

He first came on the scene as a horse with a lot of potential when he landed the Group 3 Chester Vase Stakes beating some decent horses that day.

He then stepped up a huge amount in the Group 1 Epsom Derby and could only finish a mid-field seventh which was no disgrace but just properly to much of a step up.

He then went in an Arc trial at Newbury and got back to his level and won nicely against some other nice horse and then his next race at Newbury over the sam distance as the one he could contest on Saturday, he went on to win again,

He could be a lovely, more experienced four year old for this yard and is one to watch out for making the step up to Group 1 company this season.