Horses To Follow In 2020 – Part Five
Part five of the 2020 horses to follow list is outlined below.
Morlaix (David Simcock) 3g rated 71
A slow burner who has a bit of size about him and has progressed on all 3 starts to date. Improvement coming when upped to a mile last time out at Kempton, gradually staying on at the one pace in the closing stages. His style of racing appears to be more grinder rather than traveller and I fully expect more to come when switched to turf. He’s by Mayson, a sire who has a relatively poor record on polytrack 19-261 (7.3% S/R, 0.59 A/E), his figures improve when his runners are on good to soft, soft and heavy turf going a 75-547 (13.7% S/R, 0.94 A/E). That’s the type of ground that I feel Moralix will need to be seen in the best possible light given he shows a bit of knee action. Three quick spins over 6 weeks have laid the foundations for an improved showing when stepping into handicaps off of a workable mark of 71.
Trumpet Man (Mark Johnston) 3g rated 84
A horse typical from the yard who will progress with racing, time and distance looks just the type to do a good deal better as a 3yo given his page. Showing ample on all three starts to date but nowhere near getting to the bottom of him,outpaced on his final start after looking like the winner (traded 1.44 I/R), plugging on close home but not having the turn of foot in the closing stages. That appeals as decent form with the 4th and 7th winning next time out, the time was fair to boot. Golden Horns’ progeny as a whole look late maturing types who will naturally do better as 3yos+. As with many from the yard he can be expected to be seen pretty much week in week out.
Al Khabeer (David O’Meara) 3g
Surprising let go for 25,000 guineas in late January and picked up by David O’Meara, a yard synonymous with improving new recruits. His debut effort wasn’t devoid of promise and fared better than the bare finishing position of 10th. Green and outpaced throughout but finished with running left in the tank and was never hard pressed in the closing stages. Shaping as if the run was very much needed. Improved efforts have came from plenty of the runners in the Newmarket maiden, these include wins from the 8th and 9th home. Highly likely to need more time and distance given who the dam was related to. A few of her siblings include Boz, Kiefer, Batik and Bauer all who won at 11f+. Factoring this in stamina should be his forte and I expect a step forward once being upped in trip.
Machios (Andrew Balding) 3g
Gelded since his last start back in September, shaped with promise that day. He raced freely, wider than ideal and getting no cover on the outside. Badly outpaced 3f from home as the steady gallop unwound, I felt under the circumstances he did remarkably well to sustain his run for as long as he did given his exertions early. Green under pressure initially, jinking left but kept on steadily without being subjected to anything like a hard ride.He’s a big unfurnished type who will improve once stamina is brought into play, half brothers Simoon (10f winner) and Admirals Bay (11.5f winner) both improved for middle distances. With two runs under the belt already most will think a quiet 3rd run for a mark, however I feel he has shown enough already to warrant inspection in a weak novice.
Thank you all for taking the time to read through any of the blogs in this series, hopefully you have enjoyed the content and has given you at the very least some interesting horses for the 2020 flat season.
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