Thursday, 4 May 2017

Four Horses To Follow for the 2017 Flat Season

Four Horses To Follow for the Flat Season

Swiss Storm – David Elsworth
Far too green for his own good at Haydock on his racecourse debut where he went off a well backed favourite. Quickly made amends for that at Newbury next time out though where he still ran green and pulled hard during the race (and on the way to post) but ran out a comfortable winner in the end. Didn’t post the best time in the world that day nor has the form really been franked but still looked in need of the experience. Holds an entry in the 2000 Guineas and there should be plenty more to come from this son of Frankel this season.

Harry Angel – Clive Cox
Already a winner of a Group 2, Harry Angel created a big impression in two starts last season. Looked unlucky not to win on his debut at Ascot, running on well late on after pulling hard early. Bolted up in a Group 2 on his next start (again pulled hard) and the form of that race has worked out well. Clearly held in high regard, the 2000 Guineas could well be the target for him but he looks to have plenty of speed so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was kept over sprint distances throughout the season.

To Be Wild – Hugo Palmer
Ran a promising race in a hot Newmarket maiden and clearly picked up a problem or two as he wasn’t seen for over 300 days after. Readily won a maiden on his comeback run and then bolted up afterwards in a handicap at Doncaster off a mark of 93. He’s clearly had his problems as he’s a four-year-old who’s only run three times in his career but looks to be going places and can continue the progression this season providing he stays injury free.

New Caledonia Mark Johnston

Has gradually improved throughout his career and the step up in trip to 1m4f clearly helped last season. Finished a good second to Scarlet Dragon (who improved dramatically last season) in a competitive handicap on his last start. There should more improvement left in New Caledonia over 1m4f or further this season and is likely to remain competitive in similar handicaps.

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