Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Royal Ascot Racing Club Yearlings Update October 2010

Bay Filly - Jeremy ex Can 't Hurry Love
Cost: 65,000 Euros
Trainer: Michael Bell
The Jeremy filly is the first foal from the Desert Prince mare, Cant Hurry Love, who is a half sister to a stakes winner and this is the wonderful family of the late Dick Hollingsworth which traces to the Oaks winner, Bireme. Her sire, Jeremy, was a very good racehorse who won the Betfred Mile (Gr 2) at Sandown and the Jersey Stakes (Gr 3) at Royal Ascot. He was also placed second in the Queen Anne (Gr 1) at Royal Ascot as a four year old. This is his first crop of yearlings and he really has stamped his stock as they consistently appeared on John’s shortlist throughout the sales season. This is a neat, very attractive filly who moves beautifully and I suspect that Michael Bell will have her ready to run in mid-summer.

Chesnut Colt - Excellent Art ex Follow My Lead
Cost: 48,000 Guineas
Trainer: Richard Hannon
The Excellent Art colt will be trained by Richard Hannon and this is a really strong, precocious type by the first crop sire, Excellent Art, who won the Mill Reef (Gr 2) at Newbury as a two year old and who then went on to win the St James Palace Stakes (Gr 1) at Royal Ascot as a three year old. Excellent Art himself is by Pivotal and this colt really is the spitting image of his sire and grand sire. His dam, Follow my Lead, is a half sister to the multiple group winning Cape Cross colt, Halicarnassus who has amassed over £650,000 in prizemoney. He is a 12th March colt and I would hope that he could be ready to run before Royal Ascot in the hope that he is good enough to line up there next year.

Bay Colt - Halling ex Ae Kae Ae
Cost: 42,000 Guineas
Trainer: William Haggas
The Halling colt to be trained by William Haggas is much more of a time horse but he is full of quality and moves like a panther. His sire, Halling, was an amazing racehorse who won the Coral Eclipse (Gr 1) twice as well as the Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr 1) twice. He has produced numerous top class horses since retiring to stud including the Prix Ganay (Gr 1) winner, Cutlass Bay, as well as Cavalryman who won the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr 1). He is also sire of one of this season’s leading two year old fillies, Havant. This colt’s grand dam, Charmante, is a half sister to the brilliant miler, Zilzal, so he comes from a wonderful family with an interesting mix of speed and stamina. Hopefully, William will have him ready to run in late summer but this is a horse who will improve significantly as he gets older.

Both Expose and Prompter are all set for their respective races at Doncaster on Saturday and hopefully they will close the flat season on a much needed high. Advisor is in very good form and Paul Nicholls hopes to have him ready to run at Ascot on Friday 19th November.

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