Andrew Balding stable tour 2022: The three-year-olds
The Betway ambassador reveals everything you need to know about his three-year-old horses for the 2022 Flat racing season.
We’ve got another fantastic team of horses for this season.
We had a very good set of two-year-olds last season that have developed nicely into this year’s strong team of three-year-olds. We’ve got yard favourites, maidens in waiting and some unknown – but hopefully very promising – two-year-olds, too.
It’s a great time of year for all of us at Park House Stables. Here are the three-year-olds.
Aegis Power ran on Saturday at Leicester, but he might have just found the ground too quick. He is definitely better than that run, anyway. I think he’s got ability and could even end up being a Melrose horse later this year.
Al Marmar ran on Friday at Sandown and was very disappointing. Prior to that, he’d run very well in Qatar and had shown plenty of promise.
Berkshire Breeze ran with a good deal of promise at Newbury. Although he might be able to win up in trip in the future, he travelled so well that I think he can win over 1m 2f, so we might keep him to that for the time being.
Berkshire Rebel ran really well but got tired last time out, when he tried to make the most of a three-runner race. He’s likely to head to the Chester Vase next before a potential run in the Queens Vase.
Berkshire Shadow will go straight to the 2000 Guineas. I’ve been really pleased with how he’s been training this spring. He was brilliant last season, if you take out his Gimcrack run, he did very little wrong. He wants fast ground, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was in the play for a place.
Distant Light won really well last week. David feels that she will stay a mile, but we’ll likely stick to 7f for the time being.
Dubai Jewel has been training well. She ran well in the Dick Poole last year and I think she’s worth another crack at listed company.
Ducal Crown was third last week in a solid race. She wants a good, flat track as undulations might just catch her out. She might head to York next for a listed race.
Duty Bound is a really sound horse who ran well in defeat at Haydock on Saturday. I like the way he goes about things and will hopefully be winning races soon.
Emulation is just beginning to make some progress. She ran well at Newmarket on her debut and is training well. She’ll run again soon and if she stays a mile, she’ll be alright.
Follow That Star was third on her debut last season and finished second to what looked like a very good horse at Sandown on Friday. He’s big and strong and will stay well in time, too.
Groundbreaker was going to run in the Classic Trial at Sandown last week following his recent win at Doncaster But has developed a skin allergy, which we’re hoping goes away as fast as it came. He’s shaping up and is likely to stay well, so we could even give him a try in something like the Cocked Hat or the Lingfield Derby Trial. He’s a beautiful horse.
Harrow did nothing wrong last year and has done little wrong twice in defeat this season. He could run in the Dee Stakes to try him over further, or if the ground doesn’t work out for him he could run in the Heron Stakes at Sandown. He’s a lovely horse.
Hoo Ya Mal ran a good race in the Craven. We’ve left him in the Guineas as you just never know what the ground might be. If it’s soft ground, he might be able to run into a place. Failing that, there’s a 1m 2f race on the Friday of the Guineas Festival which could be one for him.
Imperial Fighter ran well at Newcastle in the Burradon on All-Weather Finals Day. I like the way he settled, and I was very happy with the way he hit the line. He’s another who has been left in the Guineas in case it turns up soft. He might end up going up in trip at some point.
Koy Koy was due to run last week but the ground was too fast. He’s another who could be in the Chester team. I’d like to think his main aim in the first half of the season would be the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot. He’s a fine-looking horse.
Majestic Glory ran a good race in the Fred Darling at Newbury. I think she’s entitled to go for one of the Guineas now, although we’re yet to decide on which one. She’s in the French, Irish and German Guineas and we’ll find out which one is more suitable nearer the time. She’s a lovely, honest and willing horse who can hopefully win another group race this season.
Masekela ran well in the Fielden Stakes. There was no pace in the race, and we were beaten by a very good horse. He won’t want it too soft, but I could see him going to the Dante Stakes at York next.
Nasim was really disappointing at Newmarket, although he came back sore after getting struck into. That is stones below what he’s capable of and, on a nice, level track next time, he can get his season back on track.
Nietzsche’s Star might be well handicapped. We gelded him and he’s been working with more purpose and less distraction, shall we say. He’ll be back in the middle towards the end of June and will pay his way.
Nymphadora is already a listed winner and there is no doubt she’ll go to stud in the future. We want to have a fun season with her, so we’ll aim her at the bigger meetings, with Chester the likely starting point. She can go well there if she’s drawn handily enough.
Sandrine is a really smart filly. She did very little wrong last year, and I thought she ran a very good race in the Cheveley Park. She was so wide on the wing, and that is such a disadvantage, almost to the deficit of about three lengths. Obviously, we have a question mark over her staying a mile and as we don’t work over a mile at home, the only way we’ll find out is on the track in the 1000 Guineas. Her homework has been very good, and her fitness levels are good. I’m very happy with her.
Speak ran a really good race with a penalty in a strong novice at Windsor. She’s got a rating of 86, which looks fair. She’s the type of horse who at this stage is fit and well and could run well in an Oaks trial at either Chester or Lingfield.
Teumessias Fox won very well at Newcastle before running the Blue Riband at Epsom. He got slightly inconvenienced by having to switch in and out, and on a different day may have finished a little closer. He’ll still improve for that experience and I’d like to aim him at the Golden Gates at Royal Ascot.
Typewriter is in the same position at Speak. They both want soft ground and are in good fitness and form, and it might be worth having a crack at a trial with them.
Upton Park won well last time. He’s worked well since, too. We don’t know how far he’s going to end up staying, but he might run at Wolverhampton next week.
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