The Winners Enclosure's 2021 Flat Horses To Follow

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Untapped Potential (unraced)

Divine Herald (Frankel x Heaven Sent) - Sir Michael Stoute

This exceptionally-bred Frankel filly didn’t make the track as a 2-y-o but all being well she looks one to follow when making her debut.

Sir Michael Stoute is notably patient with his horses, so she may even take a while to hit top form, but her pedigree suggests she will make a very nice type and her owners Cheveley Park Stud don’t have many bad ones.

As well as being by Frankel, she is a half-sister to top handicapper Firmanent and a full-sister to Seven Heavens.

Contarelli Chapel (Caravaggio x Chenchikova) - Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O’Brien as usual has an array of un-raced 2yo’s that are bred to be special and we have picked out two which catch the eye by first season sires.

First up is Contarelli Chapel who is by Commonwealth Cup winner Caravaggio and a half-sister to last year’s Prix De Diane & Nassau Stakes winner Fancy Blue.

This filly looks to have a nice mix of speed and stamina in her pedigree so it will be interesting to see what trip is her optimum.

Perotan (Churchill x Tanaghum) - Aidan O'Brien

The second Ballydoyle filly we have noted down is Perotan, who is sired by the English/Irish 2000 Guineas hero Churchill and is a half-sister to G1 winner Matterhorn.

Her sire excelled in his early years so on breeding this filly is likely to be useful at two and three with the mile trip looking the most likely from both sides of the pedigree.

Handicappers To Note

Our handicappers section will hopefully find horses beneath their potential handicap rating that will pick up plenty of races throughout the season. These are unlikely to reach Group1 heights but they are horses to keep on side within the handicap ranks.

Brown Delivers (3yoc - Mark Botti)

First up is 3yo colt Brown Delivers for Mark Botti.

This son of Mshawish is bred to appreciate the AW so it will be interesting to see where he is campaigned but he certainly looks to be well handicapped with a rating of 81.

He started life at Newcastle where he caught the eye following a slow break subsequently finishing a never-nearer fifth. He then backed that up with a massive effort in a red hot event at Chelmsford at a price tag of 50/1.

The possible depth to that race is what makes his opening mark potentially lenient with all six runners likely to pay their way this season.

The third horse is the only one to come out of the race so far and he has hit a mark of 92 finishing behind Secret Protector at Meydan.

Following this, Brown Delivers went to Kempton seeking to shed his maiden tag and he was well supported to do so however things didn’t go to plan with one of his rivals hanging into him on the turn costing him any chance in the race.

He eventually made eye-catching headway down the outside for a never-nearer third and you wouldn’t be backing against him next time out.

Act Naturally (3yof - S&E Crisford)

Our second handicapper to note is a regally-bred daughter of Frankel who will hopefully be looking to capitalise on her opening mark of 71.

This 3-y-o has been brought along patiently and she caught the eye with a smooth-travelling second at Newcastle at the start of March.

The well backed winner of that race looks quite useful and Act Naturally was the last off the bridle despite giving her rider a hard time throughout the race.

She will hopefully learn to settle better with experience and her yard, who weren’t firing at the time, have now started to pick up winners.

Carpentier (3yog - Sir Mark Prescott)

This trainer is a master in getting one to progress through the handicap ranks so it is worth noting this son of Intello is yet to play his hand in four career starts.

He has a stamina-laden pedigree by Intello out of a NH bumper horse however he has been held up in 7f-1m events thus far with handicaps being the obvious aim.

Once this gelding steps up in distance in handicap company we should begin to see the best of him.

Bakersboy (3yoc - Tom Dascombe)

One to keep onside over the shorter distances in the handicap ranks this season is Bakersboy for Tom Dascombe.

This son of Oasis Dream is a half-brother to the late Kachy and he looks capable of picking up races for the same connections.

He started out with two fairly average efforts in Wolverhampton maidens but he took a major leap forward when thrown into a strong conditions stakes race on his third start.

Finding no luck in-running, Bakersboy finished a close fifth behind the likes of Mighty Gurkha, Yazaman and Zamaani running mostly off level weights.

He was rated around 20lb inferior to some of them at the time so connections are probably regretting not cashing in on his handicap rating as the assessor has subsequently pushed him up 12lb.

On the strength of that race he does still look well handicapped though and with it being just his third outing there should be plenty more to come.

Run To Freedom (3yoc - Henry Candy)

Another colt that looks to have a big season ahead is Run To Freedom for Henry Candy.

This 3-y-o son of Muhaarar was an impressive winner of a Kempton novice event in December and the form of that has been enhanced on numerous occasions.

The second (Highland Avenue) is unbeaten in two starts subsequently hitting a rating of 95 and the third and fifth also went on to win races.

Run To Freedom remains off a mark of 88 and there is surely room in that rating based off that form alone.

King Of Clubs (3yoc - Hughie Morrison)

Hughie Morrison is another trainer that has plenty of previous in getting a horse well handicapped and this son of Intello looks capable of striking in 10f+ handicaps.

He has a useful pedigree with plenty of stamina from both sides and he has seemingly been brought along with handicapping in mind.

His debut at Kempton really caught the eye as he finished with a rattle over 1m and he was then tentatively handled when fifth of seven at Lingfield next time out.

This colt is yet to be handed a rating but given the connections that is likely to be the plan so keep an eye out on his entries.

Beloved - (3yof - Ed Walker)

This smartly bred daughter of Frankel cost a whopping 350,000gns as a yearling however she failed to live up to that price tag in two starts for Ed Walker last season.

She is unlikely to reach the expected heights this term but she will have matured during the winter which may help her settle better than she was doing.

Horses from this source often improve with time, especially venturing into handicaps, therefore it will be interesting see how much improvement she can make.

There is no OR currently available but based on her bare form we aren’t expecting a big mark.

Touch Of Class

In the ‘touch of class’ category we will be providing three horses that have the potential to take high order in Group races this season.

A’Shaari (3yof - Charlie Appleby)

The first of these is Dubawi filly A’shaari, who made a favourable impression when quickening up nicely to win at Newmarket in August.

She put nearly 4l between herself and the second and that rival gave the form a welcomed boost at Yarmouth next time out.

The ground was soft that day but she is a half-sister to Wuheida who won the Breeders Cup Filly and Mares’ event for the yard so it would be no surprise if she also handled a quicker surface.

Megallan (3yoc - John Gosden)

This son of Kingman is held in high regard by connections and it is interesting they opted to throw him into Group events as a 2-y-o despite him failing to win in back-to-back novice/conditions events.

He performed with credit when fourth in the Group 3 Autumn stakes but we believe the key to that effort was the soft ground over 1m as he has always shaped as though he will improve for a step up in trip.

Gosden’s colt backed up this idea with a never-nearer second on return at Lingfield and connections are now surely planning to move up in distance as they enter the new flat season.

His pedigree suggests he will enjoy more of a stamina test and he has already outlined he has plenty of ability.

Shale (3yof - Donnacha O’Brien)

This daughter of Gallileo seems to have been overlooked based on her defeat in the bet365 Fillies’ mile but she is very ground dependant so it would not be a surprise to see her pop up in a big race on a quicker surface.

Her rival Pretty Gorgeous has been the one hyped up for the classics however she is 2/2 against her on good ground and there is nothing to suggest that will change, especially with her pedigree outlining potential improvement with age.

She may be one to avoid when the rain falls but don’t rule her out in the Group races this summer.

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