Flat Season Preview 2021
All eyes are now on the turf season commencing. Here is a quick look through the horses who may help the season along.
The eldest horse in training is 7yo gelding Orin Swift (Laurence Bellman). He is at the top of his handicap comfort zone but can always be relied upon to figure well in staying handicaps. 6 year old Quick Breath (Turf Club 2020) is back for more and is very popular in the yard so can hopefully be found more winning opportunities.
5 year old mare Devils Roc (Roc Steady P’ship) won two fast ground sprint handicaps last season and she is due to be covered by Land Force and race in foal.
Four time 2020 winner The Blue Bower (Andrew Sim) has returned from a brief holiday and is looking well so hopefully she can continue in successful form. She started 2020 off a gift of a handicap mark but has more on her plate now.
We always hoped Sweet Reward (Old Stoic Racing & Partners) would come good so now that he has reached 4yrs old perhaps he can prove that.
Amongst the three year olds the Intello filly New Heights (Simon Skinner) could have bigger days in her following her win last year from just two starts. She’d probably get 10f.
Another filly Swallowdale (Lambourne, Forbes, Losse) was slow to come to hand last season but has had her three outings including a win over the winter months. The same applies to the gelding Way Of Life (Berkeley Racing).
Headora (Laws/Berkeley Racing) is a gelding we felt could improve nicely as a three year old so he could be worth following. Mark Of Respect (Berkeley Dollar Powell) won as a 2yo then regressed but perhaps he was too immature then so could now also be a gelding to follow.
We have a handful of unraced three year olds. Full Approval (Laurence Bellman) looked set to be an early 2yo runner but had a few health issues so was rested until this season. She certainly hinted at some ability.
The Hellvelyn filly Shoot For The Moon (For sale/lease) put in a mighty impressive workout on the grass in the summer but tweaked a nerve in so doing and has been rested since but if that time off has done the trick she could be some fun.
Gunner Bay (Berkeley Racing) also showed us some ability before we put him away to strengthen up, likewise Major Force (Whitcoombe Park Racing) and the Iffraaj filly Proud And Free (Mascalls Stud).
Two “dark horses” who could pop up in minor handicaps are the Hellvelyn fillies Hellyn and Hellavapace (both Fillies First).
So often when quality is slightly thin on the ground amongst the older horses it is to the two year olds that we look for some rescue. The likes of Royal Razalma, Mrs Danvers and Mild Illusion have done just that in the past so is there another day in the sun to expect from our class of ‘21?
Of course it is still early days and they change so much but for now there are a handful showing the right signs.
Talking of Royal Razalma, her daughter Belisa De Vega (One More Moment Of Madness) is showing some quality. I couldn’t see her winning over 5f like her mum but 7/8f in due course perhaps.
The colt Ocean Potion (Absolute Solvents) is finding life easy. He is a late foal but a handy size with a determined manner.
A more obvious early type could be Sienna Bonnie (Mrs S Williams). She is by Kodi Bear and only little but an early foal who wants to get on with things. Mild Reflection (Berkeley Racing) is by first season sire Aclaim and she has some size and scope to her with hopefully some speed being from an Exceed And Excel mare. Shares still available!!
Another first season stallion Time Test could make an impact and we have the cheaply purchased Never No Trouble (A Brook Rankin) who has a hint of quality but will need to wait for the 7f races possibly.
New Bay is a stallion who did really well as a freshman in 2020 and we are delighted to have the cheaply purchased filly Baby Bay (Jaliza P’ship) who has a great attitude. Her dam was placed in the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes so if she could do something like that we would all be happy.
A full brother to our five time winner Mrs Danvers is also in training. Mr Frith is likely to take a little longer than she did to make his debut but has her workmanlike attitude.