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Ian Heit­man with his lat­est list of eye-catch­ing ju­ve­niles

New­mar­ket’s Row­ley Mile course has been the place to be over the last few weeks to watch top class two-year-old rac­ing with 11 Group and Listed races spread over their Cam­bridgeshire and Fu­ture Cham­pi­ons Meet­ings.


The first of three days be­gan with a maiden over a mile fea­tur­ing some promis­ing horses for 2019. KICK ON made just about all of the run­ning against the favoured stands side rail and com­fort­ably beat his sta­ble com­pan­ion HU­MAN­I­TAR­IAN by two and a half lengths. The third run­ner for John Gos­den, TRAVEL ON was never dan­ger­ous in eighth but he was one of the nicer look­ing horses in the pad­dock along with Roger Var­ian’s MOQTARREB who fin­ished down the field. The eye catcher of the race how­ever was OMNIVEGA who was given a pa­tient ride by Jamie Spencer be­fore fin­ish­ing strongly in­side the last fur­long and a half to be sev­enth.

Just as Kick On had led all the way, so too did EVEN KEEL in the fol­low­ing nurs­ery over a mile beat­ing top weight MORDRED by two lengths in a slower time than the one Kick On recorded.

The fea­ture race for two-year-olds was the Group 3 Tat­ter­salls Stakes which saw the se­cond run for PRINCE EIJI, one of the most ex­pen­sive year­lings of 2017 and the win­ner of his only start at As­cot three weeks ear­lier. He had ev­ery chance rac­ing close to the pace and lead­ing a fur­long and a half from the fin­ish but was run out of in­side the last 100 yards by BYE BYE HONG KONG and ARC­TIC SOUND with the lat­ter fin­ish­ing well from the rear to get on top with 50 yards to go and pro­vide Mark John­ston with back to back wins in the race fol­low­ing Elar­qam last year. Apart from a poor run at Sal­is­bury on his fourth start, Arc­tic Sound has proved to be very con­sis­tent win­ning four of his six races.

Day two fea­tured the Group 2 Rock­fel Stakes with MAIN EDI­TION look­ing to get back to win­ning ways af­ter a slightly be­low par fifth in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes on her pre­vi­ous start. She was the 15/8 favourite in a field of nine and set a good pace in front but had no an­swer to JUST WON­DER­FUL who trav­elled strongly for Ryan Moore and took the lead with a fur­long to go and quickly sealed the race, win­ning by a length and three­quar­ters from DANDHU who fin­ished well but never chal­lenged the win­ner with Main Edi­tion in third. The disap- point­ment of the race was Your­timeis­now who was too keen on the way to the start and in the race and faded out of con­tention, well beaten in eighth. Just Won­der­ful is said to be a tricky ride but Moore got the best out of her here and she is likely to be one of Ai­dan O’Brien’s hopes for the 1000 Guineas in 2019 for which she is a 16/1 chance.

Char­lie Ap­pleby’s VELORUM looked as he would im­prove for the run in the pad­dock be­fore the 7f maiden but was well sup­ported from 5/2 to 15/8 favouritism and he ran re­ally well, re­cov­er­ing from an awk­ward start to be in mid­field he kept on well in­side the last fur­long and a half but was no match for the 33/1 win­ner, SKARDU, who weaved through the field with two fur­longs to go and took the lead in­side the last fur­long to win by two lengths and gave Wil­liam Hag­gas his fourth de­but win­ner of the year. ESTIHDAAF had ev­ery chance in third and KARNAVAAL stepped up on his de­but run to be fourth, a long way clear of the re­main­der. Skardu, like Velorum, is a strong colt who looked like he needed the run be­fore­hand. He clearly pos­sesses plenty of abil­ity and will be worth a try in a Guineas trial in the spring.

With two Group 1 races and a Group 2 con­test, the third day was a crack­ing day. With Ryan Moore on duty in New York aboard Men­delssohn for Ai­dan O’Brien, his son, Don­nacha, made the most of the op­por­tu­nity and landed all three races. MO­HAWK led home a 1-23 for O’Brien in the Group 2 Royal Lodge, beat­ing SYD­NEY OPERA

HOUSE and CAPE OF GOOD HOPE com­fort­ably by a length a quar­ter and a length and three quar­ters. Vic­tory Com­mand was the best of the home chal­lengers in fourth for Mark John­ston. BEATBOXER who went into the race un­beaten, was very dis­ap­point­ing, chased along with three fur­longs to go by Frankie Det­tori, he failed to pick up and was well beaten last of the seven run­ners. He is a good-look­ing colt and is cer­tainly worth an­other chance to con­firm the prom­ise of his first two wins.

The Group 1 Cheve­ley Park Stakes looked a good op­por­tu­nity for PRETTY POLLYANNA to add to her Prix Morny win but she was dis­ap­point­ing, rac­ing in mid­field de­spite break­ing well, she never man­aged to land a blow fin­ish­ing fourth be­hind FAIRYLAND who fin­ished well in­side the last fur­long to beat THE MACKEM BUL­LET by a neck (a nose sep­a­rated the pair on their pre­vi­ous start in the Lowther when Fairyland just got the ver­dict), with SO PER­FECT hav­ing ev­ery chance in third. Fairyland is un­likely to race again this year, but The Mackem Bul­let is likely to give Brian El­li­son a taste of the Breed­ers’ Cup at Churchill Downs on No­vem­ber 2nd where she will en­counter a turn­ing track for only the se­cond time in her ca­reer.

TEN SOVEREIGNS has come a long way since his race­course de­but on Au­gust 25th and he took his un­beaten record to three with a com­fort­able win in the Group 1 Mid­dle Park Stakes, the third leg of the Ai­dan and Don­nacha O’Brien tre­ble. A strong colt by No Nay Never, (first Group 1 win­ner as a sire) he trav­elled strongly through­out the race and took the lead with a cou­ple of fur­longs to go and held off the chal­lenge of pre­vi­ously un­beaten JASH in­side the last 150 yards to win by half a length in a fast time, the pair three and a half lengths clear of RUM­BLE INTHEJUNGLE who ran much bet­ter than he had done at Don­caster on his pre­vi­ous start. Ten Sovereigns might ap­peal more as a Com­mon­wealth Cup prospect than a 2000 Guineas hope but he trav­els very strongly through his races and has a de­cent turn of foot and given the yard sur­pris­ingly don’t have too many ob­vi­ous 2000 Guineas can­di­dates it wouldn’t be a big sur­prise if Ten Sovereigns pro­gressed through to the win­ter into their num­ber one hope for the first clas­sic of 2019.

Jash lost noth­ing in de­feat and he is go­ing to progress well over the win­ter and looks sure to de­velop into a high class three-year-old for Si­mon Cr­is­ford where he will be aimed at the 2000 Guineas.

The fast ground saw plenty of with­drawals from the two di­vi­sions of the 7f fil­lies maiden with four re­duc­ing the field to eight in the first and three taken out of the se­cond re­duc­ing the field to nine. SUN­DAY STAR recorded a quick time in the first di­vi­sion, com­fort­ably hold­ing off new­comer MAQSAD in the fi­nal 100 yards by a length a three-quar­ters and pro­vided Ed Walker with a 10th ju­ve­nile win­ner of the year. There were a cou­ple of gam­bles in the se­cond di­vi­sion, Walker’s BABA GHANOUJ in from 12/1 to 6/1 and QABALA from the Roger Var­ian yard from 11/2 to 7/2 favouritism. Qabala raced in touch with the pace through­out and kept on well get­ting the bet­ter of DE­SIROUS by a head with RAIN­BOW HEART (very keen to the start) keep­ing on well to be third. Baba Ghanouj ran well in fourth and this big strong filly will have learnt plenty from this.

CHALEUR was also the sub­ject of strong mar­ket sup­port in the 7f fil­lies nurs­ery hav­ing been given a hand­i­cap mark of 89 fol­low­ing a third placed fin­ish in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cam­bridge Stakes on her pre­vi­ous start. She didn’t let her sup­port­ers down run­ning out an easy win­ner from Don­caster win­ner, STAY CLASSY with Mark John­ston’s I’LL HAVE AN­OTHER, win­ner of a Listed race at Cologne on her pre­vi­ous start, run­ning well with top weight in third. Chaleur was raised 9lb for this win and whilst she has yet to race with ease in the ground, the Listed Radley Stakes at New­bury at

the end of Oc­to­ber would be an ideal race for her if con­nec­tions choose to run her again.

Sand­wiched be­tween the two meet­ings was Sun Char­iot day on Oc­to­ber 6th. TURGENEV ran out an easy win­ner of the mile novice race, car­ry­ing a penalty for a win at New­cas­tle, he was al­ways go­ing strongly close to the pace, tak­ing the lead with three fur­longs to go and only had to be pushed out by Frankie Det­tori to win by an eased down length and half from IL PARADISO with FRANK KAFKA run­ning with prom­ise on his de­but in third. Turgenev is a smart prospect and could have his next start in the Group 1 Vertem Fu­tu­rity Stakes at Don­caster on Oc­to­ber 27th.

28 horses lined up for a first prize in ex­cess of £81,000 for the Tat­ter­salls Oc­to­ber Auc­tion Stakes, for horses bought at the Book 3 and 4 sales last year. LORTON got up in the last strides to deny TIME FOR BED and GYPSY SPIRIT, the first three rac­ing in the larger stands side group with PRAXIDICE do­ing best of those that raced in the far side group.


The two-day meet­ing be­gan with the Group 3 Corn­wal­lis Stakes over 5f with vic­tory go­ing to a back-to-form SERGEI PROKOFIEV who put the dis­ap­point­ing sev­enth in the Mid­dle Park be­hind him with an im­pres­sive win. Held up in the rear against the stands side rail by Don­nacha O’Brien, he switched to the out­side of the field with a fur­long and a half to go and picked up im­pres­sively, tak­ing the lead from WELL DONE FOX with 100 yards to go and run­ning out a con­vinc­ing win­ner. He had been re­garded as one of O’Brien’s best two-year-olds ear­lier in the sea­son and on this ev­i­dence it was easy to see why. He could have a good year in 2019 over 5f with the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal As­cot a pos­si­ble early sea­son tar­get.

HID­DEN MES­SAGE and FROSTY had both won their de­buts in good style and they were at the head of the mar­ket for the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes with Hid­den Mes­sage go­ing off the 2/1 favourite. Both how­ever were dis­ap­point­ing fin­ish­ing fifth and sev­enth re­spec­tively. Roger Var­ian’s MOT JUSTE took the lead in­side the last fur­long from SUN­DAY STAR and kept on well from AN­GEL’S HIDE­AWAY who fin­ished strongly in­side the last 100 yards on her first start at 7f. Mot Juste has got bet­ter with each of her four runs and should make her mark in an Oaks trial in the spring.

The fea­ture race was the Group 1 Fil­lies Mile with Ai­dan O’Brien’s HER­MOSA the 5/2 favourite ahead of Pretty Pollyanna who was step­ping up to a mile for the first time af­ter her fourth in the Cheve­ley Park Stakes 13 days ear­lier. Whilst both fil­lies ran well fill­ing out se­cond and third re­spec­tively, they weren’t a match for IRIDESSA who stayed on strongly in­side the last 100 yards to win by a length and a

half and pro­vide Joseph O’Brien with a first Group 1 win in the UK. She was pro­moted to 16/1 favourite for the 2019 Oaks and looks a wor­thy favourite at this stage.

Both of the di­vi­sions of the 7f fil­lies maiden went to new­com­ers, NEAROOZ beat WATHEERAH by a short head with FRA­GRANT DAWN run­ning well in third, in the first di­vi­sion and pro­vided Roger Var­ian with a dou­ble on the card, whilst QUEEN POWER landed a gam­ble in the se­cond for Ralph Beck­ett hav­ing been avail­able at 14/1 the night be­fore the race, she re­turned 4/1. She was very fit for her race­course de­but and con­nec­tions might look at run­ning her in the Listed Mon­trose Stakes on No­vem­ber 3rd where she would have a good chance. DUNEFLOWER ran well to fin­ish se­cond and she shouldn’t have too much trou­ble go­ing one place bet­ter next time.

Day two be­gan with Listed Zet­land Stakes over a mile and a quar­ter and just as in 2018, Ai­dan O’Brien beat Mark John­ston cour­tesy of NOR­WAY beat­ing I’LL HAVE AN­OTHER. Nor­way is a brother to Ruler Of The World, 2013 Derby win­ner, and Nor­way is likely to fol­low a sim­i­lar path to his brother in 2019 with a run in a Derby trial (Ruler Of The World won the Ch­ester Vase) in the spring.

An­dre Fabre’s raids to the UK with two-year-olds are fairly rare, PER­SIAN KING was just the sev­enth he has sent over from France in re­cent years. Hav­ing won two of three starts in France, Per­sian King was the 6/5 favourite for the Group 3 Au­tumn Stakes ahead of Ai­dan O’Brien’s im­pres­sive de­but win­ner MAGNA GRE­CIA. Both colts looked ex­tremely well in the pad­dock be­fore­hand, both pos­sess­ing plenty of size and scope and they pro­duced the fin­ish of the meet­ing go­ing head to head in­side the last fur­long with Per­sian King win­ning by a neck with CIR­CUS MAX­IMUS (an­other with plenty of scope) a cou­ple of lengths away in third. Per­sian King was given a quote of 14/1 for the 2000 Guineas, but he might be more of French Derby can­di­date. Omnivega who had shaped well on his de­but here a cou­ple of weeks ear­lier never landed a blow but is worth look­ing out for in a novice next time.

The Group 1 De­whurst Stakes is the most pres­ti­gious two-year-old race in the UK rac­ing cal­en­dar and this year’s re­newal fea­tured, with the ex­cep­tion of Quorto, all the lead­ing ju­ve­niles of the year. Headed by un­beaten TOO DARN HOT who was the even money favourite, AN­THONY VAN DYCK, AD­VER­TISE and SANGARIUS all looked to have a chance of claim­ing the ti­tle of lead­ing ju­ve­nile of 2018. Too Darn Hot blew them away with an ex­cep­tional turn of foot in­side the fur­long hav­ing switched to the out­side of the field with two fur­longs to go to get a clear run. Ad­ver­tise took the lead off An­thony Van Dyck with a fur­long to go but he had no an­swer to Too Darn Hot who swept past with 150 yards to go and eased down by Frankie Det­tori close to the fin­ish he was still able to record a very easy two and three quar­ter length vic­tory. Ad­ver­tise ran well on first try at 7f whilst An­thony Van Dyck just lacked a bit of pace in­side the last fur­long. Sangarius, who faced his stiffest test on his third start, was weak in the mar­ket and got left be­hind with a fur­long and a half to go, he has the scope to progress over the win­ter.

Too Darn Hot ce­mented his po­si­tion at the top of both the 2000 Guineas and Derby mar­kets and will be very hard to beat in the for­mer. Ten Sovereigns and Ca­lyx won’t make it easy for Too Darn Hot in the Guineas, but he looks an ex­cep­tional colt and whilst his trainer John Gos­den doesn’t think he will stay the Derby dis­tance of a mile and a half, should he win the 2000 Guineas it will be hard for con­nec­tions to avoid the lure of one of the world’s great­est races.


Away from New­mar­ket, Red­car’s only two-year-old Listed race, the TwoYear-Old Tro­phy, car­ried a mas­sive £99,243 first prize, eas­ily the most

IRIDESSA stayed on strongly in­side the last 100 yards to pro­vide Joseph O’Brien with a first Group 1 win in the UK

valu­able Listed race of the year. A field of 21 lined-up with BEAT LE BON, a maiden af­ter two starts, the well sup­ported 7/2 favourite. He ran a fine race and was only beaten three quar­ters of a length by SUM­MER DAYDREAM who took the lead with a fur­long to go and held on well from the fast fin­ish­ing run­ner up with Kodyanna in third. Sum­mer Daydream was also hav­ing her third start, a win on de­but and fifth in a Group 3 at Ayr prior to this race. Beat Le Bon has the po­ten­tial to be a lot bet­ter than the hand­i­cap mark of 95 he was given fol­low­ing this race and should have no trou­ble get­ting off the mark next time.

Ai­dan O’Brien’s dom­i­na­tion of the Group 2 Beres­ford Stakes con­tin­ued when JA­PAN got the bet­ter of his bet­ter fan­cied sta­ble com­pan­ion MOUNT EVER­EST close to the fin­ish at Naas on Sep­tem­ber 30th, the pair three lengths clear of the third. This was the eighth con­sec­u­tive win in the race for O’Brien, with re­cent win­ners in­clud­ing Clas­sic win­ners, Capri and Saxon War­rior. Ja­pan has plenty to live up to and he will no doubt fig­ure in

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the clas­sic tri­als in the spring, he is cur­rently 25/1 for the Derby which given his pedi­gree, half-sis­ter Se­cret Ges­ture was se­cond in the 2013 Oaks, and con­nec­tions, looks good value.

Two of the six race Group 1 races on Arc de Tri­om­phe day on Oc­to­ber 6th were for two-year-olds. The Prix Mar­cel Bous­sac for fil­lies over a mile was the first of them with eight lin­ing up. There was no stand­out can­di­date, and this was re­flected with three and quar­ter lengths cov­er­ing the field at the fin­ish with LILY’S CAN­DLE get­ting up close home beat­ing MATEMATICA by a short neck with STAR TERMS best of the for­eign raiders in third.

Freddy Head’s ANODOR, re­vealed to be the best two-year-old the trainer had trained be­fore­hand, was the strong favourite for the colts Group 1, the Prix Jean-Luc La­gadere also over a mile. He had looked a smart colt win­ning his pre­vi­ous start from the front, but he set­tled in third this time be­hind BROOME who was given a very easy lead. He was headed with a fur­long to go by ROYAL MA­RINE and he kept on well in­side the last 100 me­tres hold­ing off Broome by a neck with Anodor never man­ag­ing to chal­lenge in third. Royal Ma­rine was the first two-year- old Group win­ner for Saeed bin Suroor since Thun­der Snow won a Group 1 in France in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Royal Ma­rine con­tin­ued the ex­cel­lent run in Group/Listed races in France for Bri­tish trained run­ners with PO­ETRY, LINE OF DUTY, CER­TAIN LAD, HAPPY ODYSSEY, HOT TEAM, EAST and HELLO YOUMZAIN all mak­ing suc­cess­ful trips across the Chan­nel in re­cent weeks. Happy Odyssey pro­vided her trainer, Amy Mur­phy, with her big­gest suc­cess on the flat when win­ning the Listed Prix Saraca at Maisons-Laf­fitte on Sep­tem­ber 29th.

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