Flat Season 2017 Preview

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Having won a Group race each year during our time in Lambourn, bar one season, naturally we are keen to maintain that theme.

Our star of 2016, the 5 times unbeaten 2yo Mrs Danvers, is primed to front that challenge. Can we dream that she can win a Group 1? We will wait and see but in the meantime experiment at 6f at Group 3 level. She has wintered very well anyway and her spring work is so far just as impressive as last year.

Ickymasho would be the pick of the older horses. She had an autumn break last year and seems to have grown even more. Her recent win at Chelmsford was impressive. Balmoral Castle is getting on a bit now but will I am sure continue to give us some fun. New owner Ray Bailey has sent us a couple and lightly raced THANKYOU STARS came from Karl Burke with a decent reputation.

We’ve mentioned Mrs Danvers as head of the three year olds but BROAD APPEAL‘s first time out win in January hinted at bags of potential. BALGAIR won first time out last year then found things a little tough but there is no reason why he cannot show some class now he is older. Pasaka Boy’s sister ASHAZURI was never expected to be a two year old last year but things could happen for her this year. ¬†Several never ran last season or only lightly so we are hoping there are some hidden gems amongst those ones!

We have over 25 two year olds. Is there another Mrs Danvers amongst them?! I suspect not but only because the majority will need a little time. The most forward is MIREK (Zebedee). He could be out in April and funnily enough is grey and comes from the same source as Mrs Danvers and has a Weatherbys Supersprint entry so the vibes are there! NAUTICA (Born To Sea) has excited us over the winter but we will sit tight for later on. MADAM POMFREY (Sayif) has been catching a few eyes this spring. GROUNDNUT (Rip Van Winkle) is a tough forward colt who we bought for just ¬£2k but goes better than that. TOORMAKEADY (Mastercraftsman) is very much a three year old type but a bit of a stand out. Most of them deserve a mention but I won’t put the stoppers on them by doing so here and hopefully over the course of the season they can all make their mark. There are shares available in some so get in touch and we will also attend the breeze up sales to look for a sharp type.