The Winners Enclosure's 20 Horses To Follow In 2020

Highest Ground (Frankel x Celestial Lagoon) - Sir Michael Stoute

Sir Michael Stoute’s juveniles tend to improve for the run so the manner in which this colt won on debut can be marked up further.

He started slowly and looked to have an impossible task but Ryan Moore managed to get the colt back on terms before quickening clear in the final furlong.

In our opinion this was one of the more impressive debut performances from last season and this son of Frankel could be pattern-class.

Currently 25/1 for the Epsom Derby.

Kingswear (Dubawi x Galatee) - Charlie Appleby

Charlie Appleby often sends his smartest prospects to Wolverhampton and this impeccably bred colt hammered his opposition by 10 lengths on his second career start.

He beat a fellow Godolphin colt, a John Gosden Frankel colt in the Abdullah colours and a Lope De Vega filly for Ralph Beckett so the form is likely to be solid and he made them all look average.

This full-brother to Dartmouth is one to follow over the staying trips this season. 50/1 for the derby.

Law Of One (Galileo x Strawberry Fledge) - Sir Michael Stoute

This 3-y-o chestnut colt is a nicely bred son of Galileo and based on his eye-catching debut performance he is sure to be winning races this season.

Sent off 5/2 with Jim Crowley booked, he was slow away but made smooth headway during the middle part of the race before being hampered with 1f to go.

He finished like a train once he found room up the inside rail but just ran out of time, finishing second by a neck.

Third has since won so the form looks sound and he should improve as he moves up in distance.

Punctuation (Dansili x Key Point) - Andrew Balding

Andrew Balding looks to have a classy horse in the Queen’s colours this season. This Dansili colt flew home on debut looking every bit a next time out winner and that he was; winning by 11 lengths at Kempton.

The form of that victory hasn’t worked out but it was a complete demolition job and it is hard to see him not winning races this season.

Potentially pattern-class.

Duck And Vanish (Lope De Vega x Froglet) - William Haggas

William Haggas often leaves room for improvement with his debutants and this son of Lope De Vega looked like he would improve plenty as he moves up in trip.

He started life in a red hot Newmarket maiden, where he kept on steadily from the rear despite being hampered. He is bred to stay a lot further than that 7f so keep an eye on the distances he is tried at before backing him.

Brentford Hope (Camelot x Miss Raven) - Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes has been bullish about this colt since his impressive debut and it is easy to see why.

Under a vintage Jamie Spencer ride, this son of Camelot cruised up from the rear to take up a Newmarket maiden on the bridle, quickening clear like a proper group-class horse.

With the yard vocal about his chances he is unlikely to be a big price on return but with some nice e/w quotes for the big races he looks a horse to keep onside.

Starcat (Lope De Vega x Purr Along) - Hughie Morrison

The maiden which Starcat won on debut at Kempton in December has a strong look to it and we fancy this colt along with both second and third to have a good season.

Sent off 9/1, Starcat was held up before making his way to the front inside the final furlong.

On that evidence he needs slightly further than 1m but the strong pace ensured he could put his stamina to good use.

He is by Lope De Vega out of group class Purr Along so it wouldn't be a surprise if he popped up in a big race this year.

Eastern World (Dubawi x Eastern Joy) - Charlie Appleby

Second to Starcat that day was Charlie Appleby’s Eastern Joy, who was backed into 10/11 favouritism on debut.

The market confidence suggests they expected this regally bred type to get off to a winning start but he has found himself in a strong event and is sure to pay his way throughout the rest of the year.

This colt may have enough pace for 1m but he also finished as though he would come into his own over further.

Multiple group entries.

Kuramata (Australia x Blue Kimono) - John Gosden

With the front three pulling clear of two subsequent winners we have to throw in another from this Kempton maiden.

John Gosden’s Kuramata was clearly expected to improve for the run having been sent off 33/1, but he made a big eye-catching move after being slow into stride therefore it was very impressive that he was able to keep up with the other two at the finish.

We wouldn’t be surprised if he ran at 1m again but like the other two this colt should progress over 10f and more.

Darain (Dubawi x Dar Re Mi) - John Gosden

John Gosden and Qatar Racing teamed up with the fantastic Roaring Lion not so long ago and they could have another superstar on their hands here.

Darain is a full-brother to multiple Group1 winner Too Darn Hot and set his buyers back a massive £3.5m.

His sibling was unbeaten and arguably at his best as a 2-y-o so fingers crossed we get to see this colt in action this summer.

Motion (Attraction x Invincible Spirit) - Mark Johnston

The Mark Johnston yard have been bullish about 3-y-o filly Motion.

This daughter of Attraction (1000 guineas winner) is bred to be decent and has reportedly matured plenty over the winter.

She is a half-sister to the classy Elarqam and could be group class.

Max Vega (Lope De Vega x Paraphernalia) - Ralph Beckett

Ralph Beckett has outlined this colt as his leading Classic hope.

Max Vega was a big eye-catcher on debut and followed that up with two impressive victories, the last of which was a Group 3 at Newmarket.

He stayed on strongly over 10f and should have no qualms racing over further.

Waldkonig (Kingman x Waldlerche) - John Gosden

This colt is by Kingman, out of the same mare as Arc winner Waldgeist so on breeding alone he looks something special.

He backed that up with a 9l victory on debut at Wolverhampton over the extended mile and he looks like he will be a better horse over further.

John Gosden’s potential superstar has been supported in the Epsom Derby ante-post market and he is sure to go shorter if winning on return.

Palace Pier (Kingman x Beach Frolic) - John Gosden

This 600,000gns son of Kingman is a leading hope for the guineas and looks yet another high class colt for Gosden.

The trainer said he is a ‘next year horse’ last season so he clearly thinks there is more to come and he has already won two races with relative ease.

Kingman’s crop have been improving from 2 to 3 so this could be a very exciting colt.

Higher Kingdom (Kingman x Noozhah) - Archie Watson

Archie Watson is a trainer we think will have a big season and Higher Kingdom looks one of his brightest hopes.

This son of Kingman was sent off 8/11 on debut and he beat a Haggas horse who had the experience advantage with ease.

He holds an entry in the Irish 2000 Guineas and has to be feared if he turns up.

Born With Pride (Born To Sea x Jumooh) - William Haggas

This relation to Raheen House made all to win a listed on debut at Newmarket, beating a short-price Aidan O’Brien filly who had previously won by 7lengths at Thurles.

The yard’s horses tend to improve for the run therefore this filly could be special.

She outlined her staying ability over 1m in testing conditions and looks very likely to get the Oaks trip.

Domino Darling (Golden Horn x Disco Volante) - William Haggas

Golden Horn filly Domino Darling is a big mover in the Oaks market (33/1 > 9/1).

Sporting the famous Oppenheimer colours, this promising youngster lowered the flags of a heavily backed, Group entered Roger Varian filly on debut and 3rd, 5th and 6th have all come out and won since.

She looks a nice horse and could provide Golden Horn with his first group winner as a sire.

Gold Wand (Golden Horn x Los Ojitos) - Roger Varian

Just edged out by Domino Darling in the above race was Gold Wand.

Also by Golden Horn, this Roger Varian trained filly was strong in the market and now boasts some Group entries.

The form of the race is working out nicely and the front two, who were well clear, look to have big futures.

Mogul (Galileo x Shastye) - Aidan O'Brien

This £3.4m son of Galileo carried a lofty reputation as a 2-y-o but he disappointed in the Futurity only managing fourth.

We are happy to forgive that effort as it was run on the straight AW track at Newcastle and he has always shaped like further than a mile would be preffered.

He is a full brother to Japan, Sir Isaac Newton and Secret Gesture, all of whom improved as they moved up in distance and Aidan is always looking at the long-term plan for his horses.

Russian Emperor (Galileo x Atlantic Jewel) - Aidan O'Brien

This son of Galileo was ready to roll at the early season Naas meeting where he finished strongly to lead at the line from a poor position.

He showed an impressive turn of foot in those testing conditions and holds some fancy entries.

His mix of speed and staying power should provide him with the ability to perform over both 1m and 1m4f, so don’t be surprised if he shines in more than one classic this season.