Ian Heit­man with his fi­nal look at the 2016 crop of ju­ve­niles

Racing Ahead - - TWO-YEAR-OLDS -

record in Group One races at Don­caster to six from six (two St Leger wins also). Rivet gave the De­whurst form a big boost with this win,he could man­age only fifth at New­mar­ket, and showed a lik­ing for a flat track (he also won the Group Two Cham­pagne Stakes at Don­caster) and the French 2000 Guineas might be the bet­ter op­tion rather than tak­ing on Churchill again at New­mar­ket.

Ear­lier on the Rac­ing Post Tro­phy card, ap­pren­tice jockey, Rob Hornby gained the big­gest winner of his ca­reer when he rode ROSIE BRIAR to vic­tory in the Listed Don­caster Stakes over 6f for Andrew Bald­ing. Sent off a 20/1 chance, Rosie Briar was al­ways close to the pace set by TOMILY and took the lead with a fur­long and a half to go and kept on well to win by half a length with NU­CLEAR POWER,who also raced promi­nently in third. COM­EDY SCHOOL who went into the race hav­ing won his two pre­vi­ous starts was the dis­ap­point­ment of the race, slowly away from the stalls and never trav­el­ling with any flu­ency and well beaten tenth of 11. He is worth an­other chance to con­firm the im­pres­sion he had cre­ated at York in early Oc­to­ber.

New­bury also staged a card on Oc­to­ber 22nd which fea­tured the Group Three Hor­ris Hill Stakes as their main two-year-old race. The 13 run­ner field at­tracted a mix of lightly raced and ex­posed horses with EX­EC­U­TIVE FORCE from theWil­liam Hag­gas yard the 11/4 favourite hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond in Listed com­pany at Dun­dalk on his pre­vi­ous start. He had ev­ery chance rac­ing up with the pace but weak­ened out of con­tention a fur­long and a half from the fin­ish and fin­ished 12th. PLEASELETMEWIN who had raced keenly on his pre­vi­ous start at New­mar­ket over a mile, raced up with the speed through­out and took the lead a fur­long and half from the fin­ish and kept on well to beat KINGS GIFT (an­other to run at New­mar­ket on his pre­vi­ous start) by two and a quar­ter lengths with LAW AND OR­DER run­ning well to be third. Pleaseletmewin was the sec­ond two-year-old to win a pat­tern race in 2016 for Ralph Beck­ett and took his record in 2016 to three wins from seven starts.With a rat­ing of 108 fol­low­ing this win, the Euro­pean Free Hand­i­cap at New­mar­ket in the spring would be the ideal start­ing point for Pleaseletmewin in 2017.

Although the Hag­gas team were out of luck with Ex­ec­u­tive Force, they had the first and sec­ond favourites in the Listed Radley Stakes also over 7f later on the New­bury card with GLIT­TER GIRL go­ing off the 6/4 favourite hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond on her pre­vi­ous start in Group Three com­pany and CRISTAL FIZZ at 4/1 who was mak­ing the jump up to Listed com­pany hav­ing won a maiden on her pre­vi­ous start at As­cot. Glit­ter Girl trav­elled well in mid­field and took the lead with a fur­long and a half to go and looked as if she would win en­ter­ing the fi­nal fur­long but she couldn’t hold off Cristal Fizz who fin­ished strongly from the rear to take the lead with 75 yards to go and main­tain her un­beaten record win­ning by a neck.Cristal Fizz is cer­tainly go­ing to progress over the win­ter and should de­velop into a smart three-year-old.

The fi­nal two-year-old Group One races in Europe were held at Saint-Cloud in France on Oc­to­ber 30th.The Cri­terium In­ter­na­tional over 7f saw nine face the starter with Ai­dan O’Brien’s PROM­ISE TO BE TRUE sent off the 15/8 favourite with SOUTH SEAS and THUN­DER SNOW next best at 11/4 and 3/1 re­spec­tively. The De­whurst form was given a fur­ther boost when Thun­der Snow,fourth at New­mar­ket, ran out a very con­vinc­ing five length winner from South Seas, sixth in the De­whurst, read­ily draw­ing clear a fur­long and a half from the fin­ish and only hav­ing to be pushed out by Christophe Soumil­lon (who was hav­ing his first ride for Saeed bin Suroor since 2008) with Prom­ise To Be True a fur­ther length and three quar­ters away in third. Thun­der Snow has fea­tured in plenty of the lead­ing two-year-old races this year and run to a con­sis­tent level and whilst he has two and a quar­ter lengths to find with Churchill on the De­whurst run he won’t be out of place in the 2000 Guineas for which he is a best priced 25/1 chance. The win of Thun­der Snow was the first Group One two-year-old suc­cess for Saeed bin Suroor since 2010, a rather mod­est re­turn given the qual­ity of horses that the sta­ble has at their dis­posal.

The Suroor/Soumil­lon com­bi­na­tion were de­nied a sec­ond Group One win later on the card when BEST SO­LU­TION went down by a length to Andre Fabre’s WALDGEIST in the Cri­terium de Sain­tCloud over a mile and a quar­ter. Best So­lu­tion took the lead from a back to form DOU­GLAS MACARTHUR with a fur­long and a half to go but couldn’t hold off Waldgeist who took the lead with 100 yards to go. Favourite CAPRI stayed on to grab third from Dou­glas Macarthur close to the fin­ish but never man­aged to close enough to chal­lenge for the win.

The 2016 Breed­ers’ Cup meet­ing was held at Santa Anita in Cal­i­for­nia on Novem­ber 4th and 5th and with good Euro­pean rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the two turf races for two-year-olds there were high hopes of suc­cess. LAN­CASTER BOMBER was the lat­est horse to boost the De­whurst form (sec­ond in that race)

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