Flat season preview for 2018

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The turf season is under way already so here are my thoughts on our season ahead. Our small team of older horses is headed by Mrs Danvers. I would hesitate to name her targets beyond the first one which is the Listed Lansdown Stakes at Bath on April 20 until we have seen if she can return to her best form or not. She is currently training well and we are very pleased with her.

Nine-year-old Balmoral Castle is enjoying his training and may head back to Ascot in May to try and win back his apprentice race trophy. Mancini I would like to think will be a stronger and improved horse this year over middle to staying distances. Orin Swift can surely begin winning soon. Ashazuri who was busy last season but looking great after a nice break should win again.

The three-year-old division may not be rich in star quality but is headed by Mandalayan who is already a winner this year. He is a big horse still learning and developing and can hopefully go the right way for us. Another who has won this year after a decent break is the improved Folies Bergeres. Providing the handicapper gives her a chance she can win again over middle distances. A horse who didn’t quite win last year but hinted that she ought to before long is Goodnight Girl. We do like her and are much looking forward to her season. Indiscretion, Nautica and Unveiling are ones to keep an eye on when conditions are right for them.

We are slightly down on two year olds from last year and few of them look particularly early. Of the fillies Invincibella (Kodiac) currently does look fairly sharp and certainly has a wonderful attitude. She will race for new owners Hot To Trot Partnership. Of the colts Even Keel (Born To Sea) is looking pretty forward and he will race for Berkeley Racing and there are still shares available in him. The others are all promising looking types, some still for sale/syndication, and time will tell! New stallions Toronado, Charm Spirit and Kingman are among them.

We are inviting owners to enter now for the Whitcoombe Five To Follow competition to win a magnum of champagne.