The Winners Enclosure's 2022 Flat Horses To Follow

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


The first horse that looks a very exciting prospect this season is the Aidan O'Brien trained Luxembourg, who showed us as a juvenile last season just how good he could be.

Racing three times over a mile, he made a spectacular debut at Killarney in a maiden when getting off the mark and he then backed that up at the Curragh in the Group Two Beresford Stakes, a race won by High Definition, Japan, Saxon Warrior and Capri to name a few of O'Brien's past stars.

Luxembourg rounded off the season at Doncaster when bolting up in the Group One Futurity Stakes and whether staying over the mile or going up in trip and being a Derby horse, he has a huge future ahead of him.

Whispering Romance

A horse that might not be known to the flat racing world but has the potential to have a big future ahead of her is the Godolphin owned Whispering Romance.

Set to be trained by Charlie Appleby, who has a serious arsenal of talent once more this year, the three year old filly is a unraced daughter of Kingman.

Looking to set to race over a mile the filly holds an entry in the 1000 Guineas and having cost an astonishing £1.45 million as a yearling the yard must be expecting a lot.


Another Godolphin horse that has to be followed this term is the three year old Coroebus who is another for Appleby that could easily be the next 2000 Guineas winner.

The son of Dubawi is a very exciting talent, having only been seen three times to date, but on all occasions showing unreal amounts of ability and promise.

The colt made his debut over a mile at Newmarket on the July course when going on to land a decent Novice Stakes, with the second, fourth and fifth since getting off the mark aswell.

Coroebus, stepped up to the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes where he looked home and hosed with a furlong to go but late on was collared on the line by the progressive Royal Patronage for Mark Johnston.

Dropping back in class for his latest start back at Newmarket he was an emphatic winner of the Group Three Autumn Stakes and all roads now lead to Group One company this term.

He also holds an entry in the Epsom Derby this term and might be one to step up in trip but also having mountains of speed, it is worth just watching where he ends up this season.

Extremely smart prospect.


Aidan O'Brien is never short of three year old talent heading into any flat season and this term he looks to have some really nice ones, especially with Tuesday.

A full sister to Group One winners Minding/Empress Josephine, she finished well behind Discoveries for Jessica Harrington, who had already had a run before beating Tuesday and also went on to win the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Off the back of her sole run the daughter of Galileo looks an exceptional talent for O'Brien and could be one for the 1000 Guineas.


Roger Varian had a fairly quiet time of things by his standards last term and will looking to get back to his best with some smart sorts this year.

One horse that can help do that is the Shadwell owned £450,000 purchase Zanbaq, who looks to be a very talented grey filly off the back of her sole run at Kempton in November.

Racing over seven furlongs in a maiden on the all weather surface, she went on to beat a talented rival in Washraa for Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.

She had no luck in running that day and still managed to get the job done showing the talent she possesses and the form of that race looks above average.


Cheveley Park have seemingly taken over in the jumps sphere over the last few years and having always had a presence on the flat aswell are looking to dominate where they can again this term.

Abbado for Sir Mark Prescott looks to be a very nice colt to go forward with this term off the back of his three runs as a juvenile last year.

Making his debut at Chelmsford in August he looked to need the experience, but has since gone on to win twice in good fashion and overall he is bred to be better with age.

Sir Mark Prescott is a trainer known for running horses over further trips and getting the best out of them and this colt looks a perfect example of that.

Both his victories have came over 10f on both the all weather and turf and set to go up further this season he could be one to keep on side.


One of the most experienced trainers in the world of horse racing is Sir Michael Stoute and every season he seems to have one special horse that he keeps up his sleeve and this year we believe that to be Aeonian.

The three year old colt is beautifully bred son of Group One winner Ulysses, who was seen once last year at Yarmouth over seven furlongs when beating two very smart juveniles for John Gosden and George Boughey.

Set to go up in trip this term he could be a very smart talent for a superb yard and is one to keep an eye on for top connections.


A trainer we have not mentioned yet is the superstar William Haggas, who although seeing some of his older star now move onto pastures new, is still bringing through talented horses into his yard.

One to keep an eye on this term is the Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum owned Yonafis, who has been seen twice to date and remains unbeaten.

Seen at Chelmsford and Lingfield over a mile he has gone on to win impressively both times, last time out improving from his first run.

He is bred to stay well and improve with age so it looks a good sign he has been winning over a mile.

Prosperous Voyage

Next up is the three year old Prosperous Voyage for trainer Ralph Beckett with this filly being seen frequently last term and should have gained plenty of experience for whatever she does this term.

A very consistent type, placing in five of her six events to date, getting off the mark in one of those runs when seen for just the second time in her life at the tricky Epsom.

Her stand out runs have come in her last two starts to date when chasing home the superstar Inspiral on two occasions, the first in the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and then last time out in the Group One Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.

She shapes like and is bred to stay well so could be one to follow when moving up in trip this term.

Serious form line.

Concert Hall

The final horse to note down for the upcoming flat season is the Aidan O'Brien trained Concert Hall who has a very similar two year old profile to the superb Mother Earth for the same connections.

Raced six times as a juvenile last term she won two of her events at the Curragh over seven furlongs on both occasions, the latter coming in the Group Three Weld Park Stakes.

The filly was last seen finishing a fair sixth of nine in the Group One Fillies' Mile at Newmarket and with her set to do her best running as a three year old, she is certainly one to keep on side of.