CAPTAIN CAT (IRE) - (Dylan Thomas ex Mother Of Pearl) TF Rating 64p I am grateful to www.timeform.com
He is a very big gelding who has grown a lot during the year and now measures 16.1.50 hh. He is from the first crop of Dylan Thomas out of Mother Of Pearl who was a Gr 3 winner and placed 2nd in the Musidora Gr 3 at York. She is now the dam of 4 winners from 5 runners including Danehill's Pearl, who won a Listed race in France and the good handicapper Pearly King. He made his debut in the Autumn over a mile at Newbury and lead the field until tiring in the closing stages to finish 5th to his stable companion Waterclock. He is bred to stay at least a mile and a quarter and is open to plenty of improvement as the season progresses.
ESTRELA - (Authorized ex Wannabe Grand) TF Rating 93p
She is from Authorized first crop out of the good race mare Wannabe Grand who won the Cheveley Park Stakes Gr 1 and was 2nd in the 1,000 Guineas. She ran for the first time at Salisbury at the end of September over a mile to finish a close up 5th to Oxford Charley having been drawn wide. In her second race she put up a much better effort when winning a 17 runner race at Newbury in October by 4 1/2 lengths from Westwiththenight, she was always travelling well in front before drawing clear. It will be interesting to see whether she can stay beyond a mile as her pedigree sends out mixed signals with a combination of stamina and speed. She is a half sister to 6 winners including King Of Argos and Wannabe King and I hope she will be up to contesting Black Type races during the season.
INCHINA - (Montjeu ex Incheni) TF Rating 76p
She is from a family that I know quite well, having trained several of her relations including the dual Group winning and successful sire Inchinor who is a half brother to her dam Incheni. She made her debut at Newbury in a maiden race for fillies over a mile in October and I thought that she put up a very encouraging effort to finish a length and a half 3rd of 15 to Shirocco Star, having shown signs of inexperience before staying on well. Being by Montjeu, out of a mare by Nashwan, she should stay a mile and a half.
MINCE - (Medicean ex Strut) TF Rating 91p
She is a strong and good bodied Medicean filly out of Strut who had plenty of speed and won 3 of her 11 starts including the St Hugh's Stakes, a Listed race over 5 furlongs. She missed the break in her first race at Newbury in July, but she followed up in September by winning a 6 furlong maiden on the same course with her ears pricked. She was perhaps fortunate to be given a handicap rating of 70 which enabled her to win a Nursery at Pontefract by 5 lengths from See Clearly. She was always travelling strongly that day and quickened well to lead a furlong out before being eased close home. She was probably unsuited to the drop back to 5 furlongs on heavy ground at Haydock later in the month where she was beaten a nose by Ballesteros. She has a relaxed temperament and I hope that in time she will be capable of contesting Listed races over 6 or 7 furlongs, but with a handicap mark of 85 she is likely to start her 2012 campaign in a valuable sprint handicaps for three year olds.
MOIDORE - (Galileo ex Flash Of Gold) TF Rating 88p
He is a very elegant and athletic son of the amazing Galileo but he can be a little highly strung at times and I hope that he will mature mentally with more racing. He is a half brother to 3 winners including the useful 7 furlong winner Firestreak and his dam Flash Of Gold stayed a mile and a half. He ran 3 times and on each occasion showed improvement and in his last race he won a 12 runner maiden at Nottingham in October by 5 lengths from Aleksandar. He should be open to further improvement especially when going up in distance to 12 furlongs and he starts the season with a BHA rating of 78.
NEWNTON LODGE - (Rail Link ex Widescreen) TF Rating 93
He is a big strong deep colt from the first crop of the Juddmonte stallion Rail Link who is a son of Dansili and won the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe in 2006. His dam Widescreen was unraced but she is a half sister to Zafonic and Zamindar. He created a favourable impression when he won a 10 runner 7 furlong maiden race first time out at Sandown by a length from Kid Suitor in September. In his second race, a novice at Leicester, he ran rather disappointingly but he may have been unsuited to wearing a hood. He is a sensitive colt at home and he can get upset by strong winds on the gallops so he often exercises in a hood but I hope that he can develop into a nice colt.
PRICELESS JEWEL - (Selkirk ex My Branch) TF Rating 80p
She has grown more than 2 inches during the year and she has developed into an attractive filly with plenty of character. In her second start at Newbury she showed considerable improvement when winning a 9 runner maiden race by two and a quarter lengths from Tawaasul. She was always travelling well in front and quickened up to go clear in the closing stages. Her dam My Branch was 3rd in the Irish 1000 Guineas and her best progeny to date was Tante Rose who won the Haydock Sprint Cup Gr 1 for her owner and trainer in 2009. She showed plenty of speed when winning over 6 furlongs at Newbury but her pedigree would suggest that she could stay a mile and there should be plenty to look forward to from her during the season.
REX IMPERATOR - (Royal Applause ex Elidore) TF Rating 98p
He is a gelding with plenty of speed in his pedigree being by Royal Applause out of Elidore who was rated 95 and by the speed influence Danetime. He showed useful form during the season winning a weak maiden race at Nottingham in August by 7 lengths from Heartsong. He also produced several other creditable efforts but his best performance came at Ascot in the Cornwallis Stakes G 3, where having badly missed the break, he was beaten 3 1/4 lengths 5th of 16 to Ponty Acclaim. It can be difficult for three year olds sprinters to find winning opportunities due to the lack of suitable races but I hope he will develop into a decent horse capable of running in Group races before the end of the year.
ROSSLYN CASTLE - (Selkirk ex Margarula) TF Rating 82p
He made a very promising debut (40/1) at Sandown in September and although he showed inexperience, he ran on well up the hill to be beaten a length and three quarters 4th of 11 to Open Water. He unfortunately suffered from a bad bout of ringworm which prevented him from running again before the end of the season. Being by Selkirk, and out of Margarula who won the Irish Oaks he should improve and stay 10 to 12 furlongs.
SILVER LIME (USA) - (Mizzen Mast ex Red Dot) TF Rating 79p
He is by the Juddmonte stallion Mizzen Mast (USA) who is now getting plenty of high class winners and his dam Red Dot is a half sister to Flute (USA) who won the Kentucky Oaks amongst other good races in America. He is also from the family that has produced Brian Boru, the St Leger winner and more recently Workforce. His first race at Sandown in September was full or promise and he went on to win a 7 runner 8 furlong maiden race at Ffos Las by a head from Journalistic on very heavy ground in October. He should stay at least 10 furlongs and win more races I hope.
TIOMAN LEGEND - (Kyllachy ex Elegant Times) TF Rating 93+
He had a small setback during the summer and he was subsequently gelded and given plenty of time. He is a deep, strong horse by Kyllachy out of Elegant Times who was a half sister to the good sprinters Welsh Emperor, Majestic Times, and Brave Prospector. Having made his debut in April, he won a weak maiden race at Lingfield in May very easily by 5 lengths from Red Socks. The form of his 3rd and final race at Windsor when he was beaten 2 lengths by Charles The Great has worked quite out well. He is likely to be suited by sprint distances and starts the season on perhaps a rather high BHA rating of 94.
TOP OFFER - (Dansili ex Zante) TF Rating 96P
He is a really exciting prospect with a physique, pedigree and temperament to give him a great chance in the future. He was 6/4 favourite when he made an impressive debut in August when winning a 15 runner 7 furlong maden race at Newbury by three and a half lengths from Pulverize, displaying a good turn of foot and drawing clear without coming under any strong pressure. A few weeks later he unfortunately got loose returning to the yard and injured himself which prevented him from running again before the end of the season. The form of his maiden race was not particularly strong and he still has a lot to prove to justify his current price of 16/1 for the 2000 Guineas. His home work before his first race with older horses had been very encouraging and he is blessed with a fluent action. His dam Zante is by Zafonic and she won the Upavon Listed Fillies Stakes at Salisbury and finished 5th in the Nassau Stakes Gr 1. She comes from a very good family which has produced the Group 1 winners, El Gran Senor (USA), Peeping Fawn (USA), Blush With Pride (USA), Xaar and the future Group 1 winners (I hope), Bated Breath and Cityscape! Fingers crossed he can be another exciting colt for Juddmonte Farms.
TRADER JACK - (Trade Fair ex Azeema) TF Rating 81p
He is a big strong colt by Trade Fair measuring over 16 hh and out of a half sister to Al Kazeem. He showed plenty of promise in his first race at Newbury on 21st October and having missed the break he was beaten three and a half lengths 3rd of 14 to Assizes. He confirmed his debut promise when winning a 12 runner 8 furlong maiden race at Ffos Las by three and a half lengths from Lycidas who went on to win his next start at Wolverhampton. The ground was heavy at Ffos Las and the majority had not run before so he probably had a big advantage but he drew clear under a hands and heels ride and he could develop into a useful prospect.
WATERCLOCK - (Notnowcato ex Waterfall One) TF Rating 91p
He won a 12 runner 8 furlong maiden race at Newbury in October by a short head from Hefner and at odds of 25/1, he was one of the first horses off the bridle but he kept responding well to lead approaching the final furlong. His pedigree suggests that he should stay a mile and a half being out of a mare by Nashwan who was a daughter of Spout, who won the Lancashire Oaks and John Porter Stakes, both Gr 3's for the owner and trainer in 1996. His sire Notnowcato had 24 two year old runners from his first crop and 8 individual winners and Waterclock had the highest rating (BHA 84), he is likely to start in handicaps.