Dave Youngman picks some top prospects for the new Flat season
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 email@example.com
Let’s have a happy prosperous season!