Turf Season Preview 2016

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With the sun shining this morning and a really positive work morning having the staff buzzing, let’s chat about our hopes for the season ahead.
 Maybelater is sure to be aimed at one to two Listed races by her owner breeder Anita Wigan and why not as she has returned from her winter break looking fantastic and to date has been working like an improved filly.  The Magnolia at Kempton later this month is a possible as she was out successfully early last year.
Pasaka Boy, rated 95, had to sit 2015 out recuperating from a nasty pastern fracture not long after his  impressive Newmarket victory.  It will be a miracle if he can return to such form but miracles can happen and he is currently in full training and loving it.
Russian Radiance may not be quite up to the Fillies AW Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday which was a one time target but she is still better than her last run suggested and can hopefully remain competitive at a decent level.
Balmoral Castle is a year older but on current evidence doesn’t know that so hopefully he can give us further fun.  Ideally at Glorious Goodwood again!
Edge Of Heaven shot up in the handicap last year on account of three easy back to back wins.  Placing her might be tough this year but she does not know how to run a bad race.
Russian Remarque is a horse who really ought to have won by now and has been very close to doing so more than once.  Fragile due to shoulder issues soundness will be the key as ability is not in doubt and he is currently training well.
Monsieur Rieussec had a moderate year last year much to everyone’s disappointment.  A major foot issue was troubling him which hopefully is history now.  Hopefully he can come good in a 10-12f handicap.  He has to have good ground.
Genuine Approval, bought for just £2,500 from the Horses In Training sales last autumn is hopefully a filly with more to offer having won her maiden in January.  The form of that race is working out very well.
Poster Girl was always going to be more of a three year old type in spite of winning first time out as a two year old in June.  She will be stepped up to 10f and she is looking great at the moment.
Art Echo grew in confidence throughout his two year old year last year and we are looking forward to him this year.  Maybe in 8f handicaps . Ryan Clark has always said he was a future Group horse but we’ll see about that!
Tiz Herself was a two year old who excited us all last spring but injury curtailed her brief season.  If she remains sound she could be a filly to follow and is currently showing nice speed at home.
Bellotta‘s recent debut was eyecatchingly encouraging but sadly she chipped a knee in the process so will be rested until the summer.
Equistar did everything bar win as a two year old last year and is a big, promising looking sprinter who should be worth following this year.
There are plenty of others not mentioned who should give their owners some fun but here is what we think of the two year olds so far:
Maybelater’s brother  Mancini (Nathaniel) has found his way to Whitcoombe thanks to new owner to us, Laurence Bellman.  He is a big handsome fellow and knows it (the horse, I mean!) and finds everything very easy.  Being a big horse one would think he would appreciate some patience so we will feel or way with him. He does hold a Derby 2017 entry.
Poster Girl’s sister Swan Serenade (Paco Boy) has been sent to us by breeder Diana Joly and she looks quite forward.  She holds an entry in the Weatherbys Supersprint in July.
We have purchased  one or two yearlings by first season stallions which is always exciting. We particularly like Harbouring (Harbour Watch) and Balgair (Foxwedge).
Pasaka Boy’s sister Ashazuri (Dick Turpin) has been kindly sent to us by her breeders and she has some quality about her.
Our 2013 Royal Ascot winner Annecdote’s sister Fresh Fox (Sakhee’s Secret) has been kindly sent to us by her breeder Rosie Pease and she looks like being nice all in good time.
Our syndicates look well represented. Berkeley Racing has Broad Appeal (Medicean ) who looks a nice strong colt. Whitcoombe Park Racing has Intisha (Intikhab) and she has the lads talking right now.
There are still one or two two year olds for sale, lease and or syndication as well as shares in existing partnerships so please do make enquiries or come and see them at the Lambourn Open Day on March 25th.
In the meantime we will all be doing our best to train as many winners as we can in 2016 and raise our profile further when at all possible.