Hugh Fowler: 2 Year Olds (#7)

A 2 year old feast… horses to follow/reviews/photos etc…

A double dose this week. Over to Hugh..

 

Week Ending 11th June 

Only 3 races to look at this week. The 5f sprint from Sandown won by Looks A Million was Cl5 and looked it. Looks A Million will probably be rated too high to win a nursery now although she is a bonny tough little filly.

Newmarket was a different kettle of fish, one caveat might be that when standing in the pre parade for the July course one is stood below the level of the horsewalk and it is easy to over-estimate the sizes. Despite this there were some good looking animals in both heats, particularly the Godolphin and Elsworth runners. The Godolphins both won and are certainly up to listed level, the Elsworths both finished down the field and were not ready.

 

Horses to follow – 2yo maidens who did not win on debut and may from their placing not be obvious nto winners.

Polar Light – Finished 8th in the Folk Tale Newmarket maiden; way too green to do himself justice but simply a beautifully proportioned big strong colt. Will probably need 7f as a minimum. 82

Cosmopolitan Queen – Big, tall, strong filly. Coat not come through and daft as a brush throughout the prelims. Here for an educational but I suspect Mr Elsworth and Jeff Smith have something planned for this girl. Possibly a bit gawky at present but some frame to fill out and a cooks bum. Wasted lots of energy beforehand rearing and prancing in the pre parade and paddock as well as at the start. Still shaped well staying on at the death. 80 possibly more.

Maksab – Is this Mick Channon’s Jallota for the 2017 season? Lower medium, green, 90% fit, despite this ran a good race out wide finishing off well. Given a really nice intro by SDS and could easily leave this form way behind nto. 81

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Match Maker – More compact and slightly lower slung than the first two. Medium. Tremendous stride at the walk, had to be niggled from an early stage as he ran green. Don’t think the stick was used and he was very purposeful toward the finish. Improve over further maybe past Westerland and Hey Gaman. 84.

Island Court – top end of medium. A typical Stan Moore bigger stronger type. Not ready to win here but ran a good race for his level of fitness. 74 this Camelot colt is not a world beater but may well be discounted in an easier race due to finishing position and connections.

Frostbite – Frostbite – Good sized medium colt, seriously short of debut fitness needed to win this but possibly can rate as good as anything else here. 75 Maybe a bit weak at the shoulder but looks to have the ability to improve from this and should be an ok price after finishing 7th.

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Special Mission – Sir Mark Prescott – Biggest in field, longer model, strongly made, around 90% fit but enough scope to improve considerably following a kind introduction. 75

Tathmeen – Richard Hannon – Tathmeen – Handsome, big athletic colt, still a bit rough in his coat on his flanks. Suffered, I think, a little from having Crowley aboard who is not at his best at Goodwood, only 8% on 2yos at Goodwood v 15% overall on turf. Not to say he is not tremendous improvement on his predecessor. He jumped off ok and pushed along a bit early, the horse then got lit up mid and did a bit too much in the middle of the race. He was then eased in good time though. Maybe more improvement in him than most. 90 In fact almost all of the runners from the Masar race at Goodwood should be taken note of nto.

Another Day Of Sun – Cheap one bought for only 25k. Lower to mid medium, too free early, baulked late on and allowed to coast home. Instructive to look at his picture next to Masar as they are on almost the identical stride and similar shapes although ADOS is ¾ to 1 size smaller. ADOS’s coat is still to come through fully and he does not have quite the sheen of Masar. His muscle tone is also a little less defined. Possibly his neck is a little long for his frame in comparison and he does not give quite the impression of rib cage volume and power that Masar does. That said he does not look completely out of place and is a likeable type who will win races. My guess would be 82. WON NTO 5th June

Ertiyad – William Haggas From Mrs Gallagher maiden, probably the best filly seen as yet if it is not Out Of The Flames. WON Haydock 8th June. 

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Reports + Photos + Reviews

#1 Read HERE>>>

#2 Read HERE>>>

#3 Read HERE>>>

 

 

Week Ending 18th June 2017

On the Monday the much heralded Buridan won on debut at Windsor. i did not think he was the next Mehmas.

Tuesday brought two poor maiden auctions at Salisbury. 

Newbury on Thursday saw Bullingdon Bandit surprise everyone followed by Expert Eye winning on debut for Stoutey. I have a feeling that these were ordinary races and maybe only Expert Eye is anything better.

Finally on Friday At Sandown the only one to make my to follow list, Musbaq.

 

Horses to follow – 2yo maidens who did not win on debut and may from their placing not be obvious nto winners.

Musbaq – Splendid strong colt, hard to argue he did too much in front as Falmouth Light stayed on well who went with him.  Maybe not quite the natural talent. 77

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Polar Light – Finished 8th in the Folk Tale Newmarket maiden; way too green to do himself justice but simply a beautifully proportioned big strong colt. Will probably need 7f as a minimum. 82

Cosmopolitan Queen – Big, tall, strong filly. Coat not come through and daft as a brush throughout the prelims. Here for an educational but I suspect Mr Elsworth and Jeff Smith have something planned for this girl. Possibly a bit gawky at present but some frame to fill out and a cooks bum. Wasted lots of energy beforehand rearing and prancing in the pre parade and paddock as well as at the start. Still shaped well staying on at the death. 80 possibly more.

Maksab – Is this Mick Channon’s Jallota for the 2017 season? Lower medium, green, 90% fit, despite this ran a good race out wide finishing off well. Given a really nice intro by SDS and could easily leave this form way behind nto. 81

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Match Maker – More compact and slightly lower slung than the first two. Medium. Tremendous stride at the walk, had to be niggled from an early stage as he ran green. Don’t think the stick was used and he was very purposeful toward the finish. Improve over further maybe past Westerland and Hey Gaman. 84.

Island Court – top end of medium. A typical Stan Moore bigger stronger type. Not ready to win here but ran a good race for his level of fitness. 74 this Camelot colt is not a world beater but may well be discounted in an easier race due to finishing position and connections.

Frostbite – Frostbite – Good sized medium colt, seriously short of debut fitness needed to win this but possibly can rate as good as anything else here. 75 Maybe a bit weak at the shoulder but looks to have the ability to improve from this and should be an ok price after finishing 7th.

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Special Mission – Sir Mark Prescott – Biggest in field, longer model, strongly made, around 90% fit but enough scope to improve considerably following a kind introduction. 75

Tathmeen – Richard Hannon – Tathmeen – Handsome, big athletic colt, still a bit rough in his coat on his flanks. Suffered, I think, a little from having Crowley aboard who is not at his best at Goodwood, only 8% on 2yos at Goodwood v 15% overall on turf. Not to say he is not tremendous improvement on his predecessor. He jumped off ok and pushed along a bit early, the horse then got lit up mid and did a bit too much in the middle of the race. He was then eased in good time though. Maybe more improvement in him than most. 90 In fact almost all of the runners from the Masar race at Goodwood should be taken note of nto.

Another Day Of Sun – Cheap one bought for only 25k. Lower to mid medium, too free early, baulked late on and allowed to coast home. Instructive to look at his picture next to Masar as they are on almost the identical stride and similar shapes although ADOS is ¾ to 1 size smaller. ADOS’s coat is still to come through fully and he does not have quite the sheen of Masar. His muscle tone is also a little less defined. Possibly his neck is a little long for his frame in comparison and he does not give quite the impression of rib cage volume and power that Masar does. That said he does not look completely out of place and is a likeable type who will win races. My guess would be 82. WON NTO 5th June

Ertiyad – William Haggas From Mrs Gallagher maiden, probably the best filly seen as yet if it is not Out Of The Flames. WON Haydock 8th June. 

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Reports +Photos+Reviews 

#4 Read HERE>>>

#5 Read HERE>>>

#6 Read HERE>>>

#7 Read HERE>>>

#8 Read HERE>>>

#9 Read HERE>>>

#10 Read HERE>>>

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Plenty there to get stuck into and a few horses to add to your trackers.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading,

Josh

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  1. Thanks for your efforts Hugh. Most helpful. You clearly have a well trained eye.

    Do you have any thoughts on trainers who do well with their 2YO’s in July and August, be it first or second run?

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