Dave Young­man picks some top prospects for the new Flat sea­son

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Here we are with a new turf Flat sea­son about to start and what a sea­son it prom­ises to be with so many as yet un­raced horses trained here at New­mar­ket al­ready show­ing so much prom­ise on the gal­lops.

We have our first meet­ing here at HQ on April 15-16. I hope to meet as many read­ers as pos­si­ble on those two days. I re­cently took a photo up the Rowley Mile Course, let’s hope we have some nice win­ners pass that win­ning post first for us this sea­son.

Trainer Peter Chap­ple-Hyam man­aged to get a first run of the year in to HY­DRO­GEN at Chelms­ford City re­cently. The colt had done as much work as pos­si­ble prior to that race but hope­fully the race will have brought him for­ward. It is never easy to get a big colt like him fit just on the gal­lops,a race is worth six pieces of work at home.

I re­mem­ber when I was with Noel Mur­less back in the 1960s we had a big colt named CON­NAUGHT. He was a very dif­fer­ent horse fit­ness-wise af­ter his first out­ing on the race­course.I hope Hy­dro­gen can pro­duce his best next time out as the team at St Ga­tien re­ally de­serve to see him win a nice race, es­pe­cially, Hy­dro­gen’s lad, David Peake who tends to the horse so very well.

Jockey Jamie Spencer has now sold his Grange House Sta­bles on the Hamil­ton Road. The place has been pur­chased by Dubai Rac­ing Club and trainer Is­mail Mo­hammed will be train­ing from there and also from his cur­rent sta­bles at Re­v­ida Place. John But­ler, who has re­cently re­lin­quished his train­ing li­cence, will be as­sis­tant trainer to Is­mail. It should be a very good com­bi­na­tion. John had his last run­ner as a trainer win with the re­cent suc­cess of COME ON DAVE at Chelms­ford City.

The New­mar­ket nights have some star acts lined up this year, Kylie Minogue is to ap­pear,tick­ets sold out within an hour of go­ing on sale. There are plenty of other good acts so treat your­selves to a lovely night out.On a lovely Sum­mer evening it is very nice in­deed.

Trainer John Gos­den has a big­ger string this year and boasts around 188 in­mates. I’ve just been to see them and can re­port that the Clare­haven horses look in fine fet­tle for the up­com­ing sea­son – they will be fit to fire early.

Roger Var­ian has the valu­able as­sis­tance of for­mer Sir Henry Ce­cil aide Mike Mar­shall and the Krem­lin House horses will have a good sea­son,they look very fit and for­ward. Roger re­cently had his 36th birth­day and is a trainer go­ing places.

I was pleased to see TACTI­CUS win for the War­ren Place yard of Lady Jane Ce­cil re­cently.He hope­fully will go for­ward and add to this victory, he is from a good fam­ily and more of a stay­ing type of horse.

HAMELIN is work­ing very nicely among the War­ren Place string and he should win a race or two this sea­son. Ge­orge Scott, as­sis­tant trainer at War­ren Place, is do­ing a fine job and is a most valu­able as­set to the sta­ble.

Jockey Ted Dur­can has been rid­ing a lot of work on the gal­lops for Sir Michael Stoute. He looks set to get a few rides this sea­son for the Freema­son Lodge trainer. Ted will also be as­so­ci­ated with the David Lani­gan run­ners so he should have a bet­ter year in the sad­dle this term.There should be a few rides forWar­ren Place as well.

Shel­ley Bir­kett has left New­mar­ket and is now at­tached to the yard of David O’Meara up in North York­shire. This tal­ented young rider should get more op­por­tu­ni­ties there and she has the tal­ent to take ad­van­tage of the chances given to her.

I look for­ward to meet­ing up on course with as many of you as pos­si­ble this sea­son and, as al­ways, I wel­come your emails to daveyoung­man@bt­in­ter­

Let’s have a happy pros­per­ous sea­son!

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