Sir Michael Stoute: could have a nice horse in Believable
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Milnes 2:15pM 30 JUN 2016
WITH more two-year-olds in training than ever in Newmarket this season, our correspondent David Milnes – who has been watching work on the famous Heath since 1986 – gives his ten juveniles to keep tabs on for the second half of the Flat season.
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
It would be going over the top to say this daugher of Acclamation’s homework has been unbelievable, but many heads were turned when she winged up the Al Bahathri Polytrack this week. A Cheveley Park homebred, she is a half-sister to Group 1-placed Infallible and looks all pace.
The recent change in fortunes at Moulton Paddocks can be partially put down to the use of the public grass gallops on Racecourse Side and elsewhere, something that benefited this son of Shamardal before his recent winning debut at Nottingham. That form has since been advertised and the youngster could not be in better hands as he is ridden out most days by Derby-winning jockey Willie Ryan. All roads lead to the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood next month.
Saeed Bin Suroor
A son of Frankel, who made a blinding start to his stallion career, this colt is already Group 1 entered and in his younger days at Godolphin pre-training he was ridden by Sandeep Gauravaram, the groom who looked after the Sir Henry Cecil-trained champion. One for the autumn but definitely one for the notebook as he’s been brought along gently.
Cumani is not renowned for having first-time-out two-year-old winners in June and this daughter of Dubawi stuck to the script on her recent debut over six furlongs at Yarmouth but can be expected to improve on that. The Cumani homebred could come into her own over a mile in the autumn.
This son of the superstar Frankel has looked well worth the 155,000gns Meade laid out at the sales. Originally more of a three-year-old type, Eminent is really shaping up and could be part of the success story before too long.
Varian has juvenile ammunition aplenty this year including this Tattersalls purchase, who has shown plenty of prowess of late and actually makes his debut over six furlongs at Yarmouth today. The son of Invincible Spirit looks a sprinting type on paper and is related to 1,000 Guineas winner Russian Rhythm. Whatever he does today he’s one to keep on your side.
Whatever Marco’s wife Lucie rides work is always worth noting down and this son of Lope De Vega has shown up well in his recent work on Racecourse Side. A rarity in that he was already named when bought at the sales, the chestnut should come into his own over seven furlongs-plus.
Another Lope De Vega colt, the €200,000 purchase is not long at La Grange Stables, having been bought only last month at the Arqana breeze-ups. He has plenty of scope and is very much one for the 7f and mile maidens starting at Newmarket next week.
Another Derby-winning rider Michael Hills usually can be seen aboard this unraced son of Champs Elysees who is among the first allocation Palmer received from Khalid Abdullah in January. From the family of the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Oaks second All At Sea, the youngster is doing everything right at home and may debut at the Newmarket July festival next week, a meeting Cecil himself loved.
Gosden is just sorting through his second wave of youngsters after getting on the board at Royal Ascot and this son of Redoute’s Choice could be one to keep an eye on next month and beyond. The Godolphin-owned colt cost a tidy €950,000 and has shown prowess on the grass of late.
Do not miss more two-year-olds to follow from Newmarket in Thursday’s Racing Post