Flat Season Preview 2020

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We have 33 wins for a year to beat, achieved in 2018. So we’d like to achieve that this year. Naturally a Group race would be nice too!

Sprinter Walk On Walter is our highest rated older horse. Life won’t be easy for him off a mark of 94 but he has had a decent winter break, very likely the first one he has ever had, so that may have recharged his batteries nicely.

6-year-old mare Ashazuri returns after a lengthy winter turnout holiday and I dare say she can earn her keep as usual. Four-year-old handicapper Swiss Cheer has been looking like he could be a force to be reckoned with on the turf over 7/8f. The ever consistent 7f handicapper Quick Breath has returned to training and he is sure to give his owners more fun as is the gentleman of a stayer Orin Swift.

Among the three-year-olds, in the absence of last year’s juvenile find Mild Illusion, it looks like the unexposed horses are our hopes. Sweet Reward has been campaigned with patience and he has matured significantly over the winter. Glorious Return has been ticking over during the winter and ought to come alive over further, being a brother to Withhold. Lady Magda and Arietta are two lovely honest fillies who ought to come good over middle distances now that they have qualified for handicaps. Likewise the expensively purchased King Of The North.

Of those that have proved themselves already Lethal Talent has to keep improving now she finds herself rated 80. She is tough though and hopefully she can continue to be some fun for Whitcoombe Park Racing. Kommodity Kid recently came very close to winning on his debut which augers well for his upcoming season over middle distances and even further.

Two three-year-old fillies have joined us from other yards and both look interesting prospects. The Blue Bower has some close form with Mild Illusion and Qaseeda is a half-sister to Classic placed Skardu. She is clearly not in that league but a move away from a big Newmarket yard may help her find winning ways.

We currently number 26 two-year-olds so that gives us a chance of unearthing some future talent, we hope. First season sires Twilight Son, Mehmas, Charming Thought, Markaz, Adaay and Pearl Secret all have representatives here giving us encouraging signs. Full Approval (Mehmas) would be on current evidence an early sort otherwise I doubt many of them would make themselves known until June time and beyond.

Mrs Danvers’s sire Hellvelyn has four juvenile fillies here and there is plenty to like about all of them. They change so much though so I’d hate to predict which one gets to the top of the pile when it matters just yet!

Last season went pleasingly and we have welcomed one or two new faces such as owner/breeders Mr and Mrs Stuart Lawes, Gary Davies, David and Julie Martin, Andrew Sim and HH Sheikh Abdulla Al Khalifa. We hope they can enjoy their Whitcoombe experience.

We are forever grateful to our existing loyal owners and wish them well for 2020. It goes without saying that there is always room for new faces and shares to sell in some of the two-year-olds. Spread the word!