I watch all of the late season juvenile races like a hawk. Shortlists are made of those I might post in my 20 to follow, I’m looking for potential classic winners, and I’m also looking out for those horses that might be future Handicap winners.
The race I found to be working out exceptionally well is the maiden run at Newmarket on September 26th, won by an unraced colt from the Sir Michael Stoute yard, that was also ridden, like Flaming Spear, by Ryan Moore. How I would like to be able to pump a truth drug into him and ask him several questions!
I cannot do that so, I’ll trust to my eyes and nominate CONSORT as a very live 2000Gns outsider.
That race has produced the winners of now fewer than 10 races from those that finished well beaten by this one.
The one that went of favourite that day (finished 8th), has won twice since, the horse that finished 5th has won four in Dubai and it simply reads like a strong piece of form.
It is unusual for one of this trainers debutantes to be punted but it came in from 9/1 > 13/2 that day.
This is going to be a fascinating year with Moore now booked to ride a lot of the Coolmore horses and his choice for this race will probably provide more clues to the winners identity than Poirot’s notebook did when he was looking for the person that did the deed on the Orient Express.
This month, whilst not made for punting all aged handicaps, is certainly more than interesting with one eye on those first few days in May.
I’d suggest you keep a very close eye on what he does with this one.