Five Horses To Follow This Weekend - 15/05/2019

1. Jash

Simon Crisford's exciting star Jash makes his seasonal debut in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket, a Listed contest over seven furlongs.

Three efforts as a juvenile - two providing wins which were oh-so effortless on first appearance here on the July Course, before storming away at Salisbury at short odds.

Clearly a Group performer, he stepped up to the top band to compete with Aidan O'Brien's Ten Sovereigns - who he was just pipped by in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes on the Rowley Mile.

Still, it was a very fine performance and the two were clear of the rest. Interesting to see what this son of Kodiac is like now moving up to seven furlongs.

2. Crystal Ocean

Crystal Ocean ended a hat-trick of close seconds last season when scoring on his seasonal reappearance at Sandown in the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes.

A decent individual for Sir Michael Stoute, he was firmly driven clear by Ryan Moore to make a winning comeback, and has some great targets to aim at this season.

He formed part of the outcomes of some of the leading contests over ten or twelve furlongs last term, including second to stablemate Poet's Word in the King George at Ascot, runner-up to Enable on her return at Kempton in the September Stakes, before finishing the closest thing to Cracksman in the Champion back in Berkshire in October.

Out of the top draw and a really likeable character who gives his all.

3. Lord Glitters

Everyone’s favourite grey Lord Glitters is back on home soil, after running an absolute blinder in the Dubai Turf behind Japanese sensation Almond Eye on his season reappearance.

Back off a break since Ascot, the six-year-old showed all the signs that another big season is ahead of him, and will be targeted for a return to the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot. 

The Lockinge is first on the agenda this season for David O’Meara’s star, before seeking to go one better in Berkshire. 

A solid miler, he took a nice deserved Group Three at York last August, and is usually seen on the premises in the places, but late on in the day

Top class performer.

4. Laurens

Laurens will join Lord Glitters in the big race on Saturday - the Al Shaqab Lockinge at Newbury, looking to continue her sensational record in Group Ones.

Karl Burke's filly ended last season on a low eighth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot behind Roaring Lion, but didn't seemingly go a yard on the ground, and potential end-of-season-legs may have played a factor.

Prior to that however, she won four times in 2018 - decisively in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, upsetting 30/100f Alpha Centauri, on what was her final start before retirement.

A five-times Group One winner loves the mile trip, and will look to assert herself as one of the best around on route to what looks to be the Queen Anne for her too.

5. Sea Of Faith

Sea Of Faith was a real eyecatcher at Sandown on debut, when running on from miles back to nab fourth behind Sparkle Roll three weeks ago. 

The latter - with much more experience on her side, has since franked the form with a win in the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York. 

Notebooked, the three-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars will race in the very same contest stablemate Sea Of Class won last year on what was her second career start, before going onto win the Irish Oaks, the Yorkshire Oaks and finishing as the runner-up in the Prix d’lArc de Triomphe behind Enable. 

Sea Of Faith could be in that category if improving from her very promising initial run in Esher, and should be a big player here.