15 horses to follow for the 2020 Flat racing season: Part 2
From top Group races to low-grade handicaps, Chad Yeomans reveals his list of horses to keep a very close eye on once the Flat season gets under way.
In part two of three, Chad Yeomans reveals his second five horses – in alphabetical order – to jot down in your notebook for when the Flat season begins...
Man Of Promise (3YO) – Charlie Appleby
The Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes at Ascot often works out as a very strong race and last year’s renewal was no different.
The winner, Mums Tipple, needs no introduction while the second, Molatham, also looks full of promise. Mr Kiki, who was fourth, also features below.
Finishing in third that day – and looking like the winner with a furlong to go – was the odds-on favourite, Man Of Promise, for the Charlie Appleby stable.
He was held up in the early stages before quickening to make up ground as the pace of the race moved up a notch, but was impeded in the final furlong which put paid to his chances of winning.
We haven’t seen him since but I’m sure that, if he has wintered well, then he’ll be one to keep on side in a maiden before going on to better things later in the season.
Mogul (3YO) – Aidan O’Brien
Aidan O’Brien didn’t have his best season with two-year-olds last time out, but Mogul did appear to be the best of them from what we saw.
Some unraced three-year-olds will no doubt burst onto the scene this year, but the experience that Mogul gained last year won’t be lost on him in the bigger races this term.
He was always going to be better as a three-year-old and, in his two victories, he looked as though stamina was going to be his forte. All four of his races were run over a mile, but I’m looking forward to seeing him stepping up in trip this year.
The Derby looks wide-open at this stage, but Mogul could end up being the leading light from Ballydoyle, especially if the race goes ahead during the early part of the season when lots of unraced horses will still be yet to see a racecourse.
Mr Kiki (3YO) – Michael Bell
As mentioned above, Mr Kiki ran very well on his racecourse debut in the Crocker Bulteel Maiden at Ascot. He was well-backed at fancy prices, which is always a good indication that his work had been pleasing those at home.
He followed that up with a win at Yarmouth in a Novice Stakes where he lived up to his 4/6 price to run out a convincing winner.
He went on to feature in one of the hottest Mill Reefs of recent times, but his chances were shot before the race began after he boiled over in the preliminaries, which is not uncommon for two-year-olds.
He was gelded after that and kept off for the winter. Providing he progresses from two to three, he’s an exciting prospect, and I’d be surprised if his connections don’t try and win a handicap off his mark of 89.
Palace Pier (3YO) – John Gosden
Unbeaten in two starts last season, Palace Pier was starting to look like the only horse who could potentially give the amazing Pinatubo a race.
But, sadly, his season was cut short after his success in a novice race at Sandown Park in September.
Twice successful at the Esher course, the son of Kingman showed an exciting turn of foot on each occasion. He also proved he could lengthen his stride on his most recent start, which fills me with confidence that he’d be able to get a mile as a three-year-old.
Something tells me he might be a bit short of being Group 1, but he’s got loads of class and will be winning plenty of races in his three-year-old season.
Penpal (3YO) – James Fanshawe
James Fanshawe does exceptionally well with his team, and I love the way that he brings fillies on, usually as they develop into three- and four-year-olds.
Penpal, an Invincible Spirit filly, was a big eye-catcher on debut at Kempton Park in August, and it was only going to be a matter of time before she got off the mark.
She didn’t reappear until November, back at Kempton Park, where she put in a strong performance to get back up on the line after being headed in the final furlong.
She travelled well that day and I expect to see her progress this year, following the pattern races for fillies and mares around a mile.
I don’t think she’ll be over-raced this season, but the Sandringham Handicap at the Royal Ascot meeting could be her big aim.
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