Horses To Follow In 2020 – Part Three
Following on from my part two blog a few days ago, part three of the 2020 horses to follow list is outlined below.
Balzac (Ed Walker) 3g
A good looking son of Lope De Vega who was very green pre race on debut. Carrying a fair bit of condition and only just about ready for his first start. He shaped well enough without showing an abundance of promise but looks the type to take a large step forward.Travelling well enough upto a point before blowing up and not knowing to do off the bridle. He seemed to roll around and hung all the way up the straight, possibly just feeling the ground a little.Whilst he didn’t show a pronounced knee action on the way to post I do feel a little ease underfoot will help him. His dam Miss you Too was group 1 placed on heavy ground in France, picked up a listed win on good to soft and also had several other decent runs when getting ease underfoot. I’m happy to revise my opinion in terms of the needed ground but would certainly be waiting to see a few more runs before doing so. Debut form looks okay with the 8th and 4th from the Sandown contest finishing 1st and 2nd respectively at Nottingham on their next starts. The 6th horse Summeronsevenhills has improved since handicapping and is now rated 92. Blazac is the third Ed Walker horse that I have listed in so it’s safe to say I’m hopeful the yard will have a decent season.
My Frankel (Sir Michael Stoute) 3c
By Frankel out of group two winner My Special J’s.The dam has already produced two decent performers in the shape of Main Street (Listed placed) and Specialise (rated 91) and I have no doubt that My Frankel can surpass these in terms of ability. The yards modus operandi is slow and steady and that approach will certainly benefit this colt who is big, strong and the type to progress into his 3yo season and beyond. He caught the eye on debut, shuffled back after getting a good early position and ending up further back than ideal in a typical Sandown race. Not able to fully open up on the far rail he finished with plenty of running left, keeping on for tender handling all the way to the line. Plenty of winners have came from the race and he is the type to improve plenty for the initial experience. 7f would have been the bare minimum in regards to his trip and will improve significantly at a mile and beyond.
Cold Light Of Day (Michael Dods) 3f rated 65
Not bred to be a 2yo given her stamina laden pedigree, by Sea The Moon who I mentioned in part one really injects stamina into his progeny. Cold Light Of Day’s dam Frosty Welcome was a 12f listed winner so it was somewhat of a surprise to see her running in mid season 6 and 7f novice races. Running with promise on each occasion but each run not getting anywhere near the bottom of her as she clearly needed a longer trip. Allotted a mark of 64, she was upped to a mile on nursery debut at Redcar once again staying close home after being badly outpaced in a steadily run affair. Once her stamina is truly tested at 1m4f+ she’ll show her true colours. A good deal better than a 65 rated filly.
Glen Esk (Chris Wall) 3g rated 67
The type of horse the yard do well with, a solid handicapper who I feel is still ahead of mark by a fair few lbs. Came 2nd on nursery debut at Kempton back in September but looked the best horse on the day. He made his ground 3 deep around the home bend and in an inefficient manor which almost certainly cost him the race. The time of the race was solid for the grade and the winner has since gone in again. Looked a horse with a bit of scope so I would expect more progression this year.