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Cream Of The Crop
22 Mar 10 12:15
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I thought a few of us could flag up a few juveniles who, on paper at least, we think could be half decent this season, whether it be a 5f speedster or a 1m backend type.

Here are six to kick things off:

Apace (6/4 b f Oasis Dream - Much Faster)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Half sister to the useful 2009 2yo High Twelve (by Montjeu), though is by a much speedier influence in Oasis Dream, so looks sure to take after her other sibling, the speedy Irish performer Sugar Free (5f Listed winner at three). Her dam was a speed merchant in France, winning the Prix Robert Papin and placing the in the Prix Morny; from a classy Juddmonte female line, including the high-class Interval (stayed 1m (1000 Guineas placed), won over 5f at two) and Interim (dam of high-class US performer Midships, as well as the promising 2yo debut winner Principal Role). This filly looks sure to be near the top of the pecking order when it comes to the yard's first batch of 2yos to be unleashed this summer, perhaps in that 6f fillies' maiden they often start a decent sort in (Enthused, Russian Rhythm, Visit etc.) at Newmarket (July) in late June. Was the cheapest of the mare's progeny to sell so far, fetching a lowly 350,000gns!!

Coriacanrun (8/4 ch c Medicean - Castara Beach)
Trainer: Richard Fahey Owner: Mrs H Steel

Half brother to the smart but fragile Steinbeck (2yo debut winner) and the lightly raced Varenka (Listed place in Italy at two in a three race career), out of a maiden who is related to the high-class 6-7f performer Hill Hopper, dam of the top-class 6-8f performer Nannina, and also the smart but ill-fated Queen Scarlet, a debut winner over 6f as a 2yo (fourth in a Listed Race on her only other start). Despite being related to some fragile types, it seems this costly colt (fetched 175,000gns) is a must on his debut given his family history of winning debuts; may not be as precocious as Steinbeck was but should make it out by summer.

Cruiser (13/2 b c Oasis Dream - Good Girl)
Trainer: William Muir Owner: C L A Edginton

Half brother to the smart three time 1m winner Good Again (rated mid 90's at best) and also 7f winner Ink Spot, out of a very speedy mare who won the Hilary Needler and the Wetherbys Super Sprint, as well as placing in the Cheveley Park Stakes. His trainer often has a couple of nice 2yo sorts in his yard, and this colt looks the sort who should strike early and make up into a half useful performer if his pedigree is anything to go by. Fetched 70,000gns at the sales.

End Or Beginning (1/4 b c Sadler's Wells - Smart 'n Noble)
Trainer: Paul Cole Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay

Not the most obvious of 2yo types on pedigree but is out of a mare who was a very useful juvenile and has produced mostly middle distance sorts, albeit most have won as 2yos, namely Chesham Stakes winner Celtic Silence (6f winner at two) and Jockey Club Cup and John Porter winner Royal And Regal (1m winner at two). He cost 330,000gns and is highly unlikely to be seen until at the very least the 7f maidens start, though most probably will not be sighted until the 1m maidens begin, but could well be up to winning his maiden over the distance this year before progressing into a nice middle distance sort next year.

Old Master Expert (25/2 b c Royal Applause - Leonica)
Trainer: Michael Bell Owner: Richard Green

Half brother to 2yo 6f debut winner Rodrigo De Torres, and 7f 3yo debut winner Wood Fairy, out of a 1m winning mare who was placed on all three 2yo outings over 6f for this trainer (related to the useful duo South Rock and Soviet Line). Type to make up into a early/mid summer sprint 2yo who should get 7f as the season progresses, perhaps one to catch on debut given the record of the dam's progeny to date. Cost £50,000 at the sales.

Tasfeya (11/4 b c Haafhd - Nufoos)
Trainer: Mark Johnston Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Obviously of interest given his year older half brother Awzaan's unbeaten exploits as a juvenile, though his dam was a very useful 6-7f performer in her own right (Listed winner) and from the family of the once high-class sprinter Watching, as well as 6-7f winning 2yo Coasting. He is likely to start a couple of points shorter than he should on debut purely down to the fact he is Awzaan's half brother, but his pedigree does suggest he should be both fairly precocious and smart, while he should be capable of staying 7f this year.
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Report ben10 March 22, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
Sure many will be looking forward to seeing Voodoo Prince
Report Cream Of The Crop March 22, 2010 12:25 PM GMT
Very much looking forward to seeing Voodoo Prince! He also has another interesting 2yo called Sadafiya (3/2 b f Oasis Dream - Nidhaal), the first foal of a 6f debut winner at two for the yard who went on to place in the Princess Margaret and then win the Listed Dick Poole Stakes, and was herself out of 6f winning juvenile Jeed.
Report sj March 22, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
Justlookdonttouch:filly by Galileo out of Hellenic in training with Sir Michael Stoute,could be a back end filly to look out for
Report king_james18 March 22, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
Cobbs Quay

2-y-o (15Jan08 b c)
Danehill Dancer (8.0f) Rave Reviews (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (11.3f))
Trainer J H M Gosden
Owner Thomas Barr
Breeder Newsells Park Stud

Solar Event


2-y-o (09Mar08 b f)
Galileo (IRE) (11.2f)
Report Cream Of The Crop March 22, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
Late Telegraph (12/2 b c Montjeu - Bywayofthestars)
Trainer: Henry Cecil Owner: Thomas Barr

Second foal of a Listed placed maiden half sister to top-class middle distance performers Cerulean Sky (dam of Honolulu), L'Ancresse (debut winner at two over 7f) and Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, as well as the useful middle distance performers Diner De Lune and Qaatef. It is easy to see why this colt fetched 320,000gns as a yearling as he is from a top-class middle distance family, but he should be up to making some kind of impact before the season is out, almost certainly once tackling a mile.
Report sj March 22, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
justlookdonttouch was a late foal 17th may
Report Cream Of The Crop March 22, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
Dumbarton (9/2 b c Danehill Dancer - Scottish Stage)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Owner: Ballymacoll Stud

First foal of a 7f winning juvenile debutant who went on to place at Listed level as a 2yo, later winning a 10f Listed Race as a 3yo, also placing in the Irish Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes, and is herself out of a useful middle distance performer from the same family as the top-class Sun Princess. This colt's sire should, hopefully, inject some much needed speed into the equation and he should hopefully be able to emulate his dam's achievements and make a winning debut over 7f as a result.

SJ, a well selected 2yo, and I couldn't help putting forward my own Ballymacoll Stud horse, as above.

Ballymacoll have got some typically choicely-bred 2yos in with Sir Michael Stoute this year, notably Coastal Bequest (24/2 br c Cape Cross - Gift Range), the first living foal of a 10f winning half sister to the top-class duo Golan and Tartan Bearer who was also Group 3/Listed place in her career, Director's Forum (28/4 ch c Pivotal - Stage Struck), a half brother to useful middle distance performer Drama Class (later dam of Scottish Stage), the very smart 9/10f performer Stage Gift and the progressive handicapper Dancourt, Freuhling (24/2 b c Azamour - Spring Symphony), a half brother to the smart 7-9f performer Glass Harmonium who is out of twice raced middle distance winning sibling to Conduit, Profondo Russo (24/3 b c Red Ransom - Desert Beauty), a full brother to the smart 7f/1m performer Red Dune who is out of a 7f/1m winner (also Listed placed), and Rien Ne Va Plus (22/5 b f Oasis Dream - Sought Out), a late foal who is a half sister to Derby winner North Light and high-class stayer Cover Up.

Not sure it is a breeding operation to follow too closely for 2yo types, but a couple of those mentioned above are sure to shape up with promise before the season is out in a backend maiden or two at a top track.
Report sj March 23, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
COTC

agree with you on their breeding operation,will probably be lucky to see my selection before september but she could make up into a decent three year old middle distance performer.

Good thread btw
Report jamesp March 27, 2010 12:59 PM GMT
Richard Hannon has the only living offspring of the late George Washington, a filly called Date With Destiny. She is reportedly "a lovely filly, who is doing everything right", "a great mover", with a good attitude, and could be "something special". She's a half-sister to the very useful Ombre Legere (winner of the Gr.3 Prix Penelope over 10½f) and Flawly (close 2nd in Gr.3 Prix de Royaumont over 12f and later 2nd in a Gr.1 handicap in America over 9f). She's one to keep a close eye on.
Report Cream Of The Crop March 30, 2010 8:45 AM BST
Bravestofthebrave (21/4 b c Elusive Quality - Victoria Cross)
Trainer: John Gosden Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer

Half brother to the high-class middle distance performer Bronze Cannon (dual 1m winner at two, later winner of the Hardwicke Stakes), the useful dual 7f winner (including on debut) Elusive Award, useful 2yo performer Valiance (debut winner) and useful middle distance performer Crimson Ribbon. This colt's dam is fast turning into a producer of high quality animals and was a 7f winner at two herself (later placed over 1m at Listed level); his trainer knows the family well having handled three of her four foals to date, and this colt's sire ought to ensure he makes up into useful juvenile at around 7f/1m this year. It also worth remembering that this colt is related to a couple of winning debutants, so could be one to catch when he makes his racecourse bow; family seem to handle a synthetic surface well, so interesting to see if he debuts at one of the AW tracks.

Swiss Dream (2/2 b f Oasis Dream - Swiss Lake)
Trainer: David Elsworth Owner: Lordship Stud

Half sister to the yard's useful sprint performer Swiss Franc (runner up in the Coventry Stakes as a 2yo), Swiss Diva, a three time 6f winner who has placed at Listed level, and 7f 2yo winner Swiss Cross. This filly's dam was a very speedy sort who was a debut winner of 5f at two, also winning the Flying Childers in her juvenile days, and was a half sister to the equally fast duo of Blue Iris and Dubai Princess (both debut winners at two over 5f). Her trainer has handled a couple of her siblings with a good deal of success and no reason why this filly cannot be a useful performer herself; likely to be seen out in the summer, her three siblings all debuting in May/June so far.

Warneford (8/5 b c Dansili - Maramba)
Trainer: Brian Meehan Owner: Brimacombe,McNally,Vinciguerra,Sangster

Trainer Brian Meehan often has a few high-class 2yos in his care, and this colt very much looks the part on pedigree, this 115,000gns purchase a half brother to the useful duo Cape Amber (debut winner over 7f at two) and Nyramaba, a debut winner at two over 5f who went on to land a Listed Race and the valuable Watership Stud Down Sales race, later placing at Group 3 level. This colt's dam was a lightly raced 1m winner and a daughter of the top-class Gayane (from the family of Oh So Sharp) and he looks to have all the right paper credentials to make up into a very useful juvenile this year, and may even prove sharp enough for 6f, though 7f/1m is likely to prove his optimum trip as he matures throughout the season.
Report RUSSJR March 30, 2010 3:45 PM BST
Durante Alighieri

Galileo
Report TD_Gunner March 30, 2010 3:48 PM BST
did anyone see the Mick Channon 2yo that won yesterday at Lingfield?

looks his classic early season speedster that should pick up a few races till about June.
Report Cream Of The Crop March 30, 2010 4:02 PM BST
Interesting, Russ. I looked at him but thought that maybe he would be more of a 3yo middle distance type, which he will be, of course. However, good to know he's already showing signs of potential as it is a lovely family and he is closely related to Pongee, Lion Sands and Pukka, and it is also the same family as the dam of Alexandrova, Magical Romance, Washington Irving etc. Lovely middle distance family - will await his first run with anticipation. Mind you, you'd expect quality for 475,000gns, which is what Durante Alighieri cost!!
Report RUSSJR March 30, 2010 4:20 PM BST
Cream you clearly know your stuff, Late Telegragh is also rather nice. Watch out for our own unraced 3yo Channel Squadron
Report dananders March 30, 2010 4:20 PM BST
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Report jamesp March 30, 2010 4:42 PM BST
An intriguing snippet was posted on Mick Channon's website three weeks ago:

"WE'VE FOUND ONE" These are the words that MRC hears very rarely from a certain work rider at West Ilsley. However, when they are uttered, it's important that one takes heed. Bint Allayl, Queen's Logic and Flashy Wings all prompted this immortal uttering between work rider and trainer. It was never applied to Alfred though, which leaves many of us baffled. There might just be one amongst this morning's work video, although we'll leave it to your judgement as work riders from far and wide descended upon "God's Country" as the Cheltenham Festival heralds the start of spring & summer. Today we stepped up a gear with both our older horses and the two year olds. You can keep "The Heath" and Dit**. West Ilsley ain't too bad at times. It's on the Latest Gallops Page.
posted by, Lord Ilsley | Tue 09th, Mar 2010 22:06

I know that Candy Morris used to ride work on Bint Allayl and Queen's Logic, so it must have been Candy who whispered the words 'We've found one' on 9 March. I've watched the work videos for 9 March (on MC's website) but nothing looked particularly impressive. Does anyone happen to know which horses Candy was riding on the date in question?? Any info would be welcome.
Report Cream Of The Crop March 30, 2010 4:44 PM BST
As you said in the Oaks thread Russ, Cecil has got a full sister to Passage Of Time (31/1 b f Dansili - Clepsydra) in this year; he also has a full brother to the ill-fated Wingwalker and the highly promising Aviate (16/3 b c Dansili - Emplane).

I am also interested in the following Abdulla owned/bred 2yos in with Cecil this year:-

Unnamed (4/3 b c Oasis Dream - Modesta)

Half brother to the useful Intense, a 7f winner as a 2yo who also placed over 6f as a juvenile; out of a lighly raced but smart middle distance/staying mare who comes from an excellent Juddmonte family, being a half sister to top-lclass performers Elmaamul and Reams Of Verse (also related to Zafonic). Given her half sister's exploits at two, there is no reason to believe this daughter of Oasis Dream won't be seen out relatively early given her sire's speed influence; another family the trainer knows very well, having trained the dam and many of her siblings.

Unnamed (2/2 b f Dansili - Protectress)

Closely related to the multiple 9-10f AW winner Stand Guard, out of a lightly raced mare who was a winner on her debut in a 7f Listed Race, though raced only once more, finishing second in a Oaks Trial over 10f at three. Her dam is related to the useful 1m performer Amount, the useful middle distance/staying performer Market Forces and this yard's progressive middle distance performer Acquisition, from the family of Racing Post Trophy winner Armiger, later runner up in the St Leger. This filly's pedigree suggests she will be a mid-season juvenile who will want around 7f, though could well possess the speed for 6f; trainer knows the family well and his knack with fillies suggests that this daughter of Dansili to one to look out for on debut, particularly if she arrives at a top track for her first public outing.

Unnamed (25/3 b c Empire Maker - Reams Of Verse)

Half brother to Ithaca, a debut winner over 6f at two who later placed at Listed level over 7f/1m at 2-3 (later dam of the high-class 7f/1m performer Zacinto), 6f 2yo debut winner Western Verse and the very smart 10-11f winner Many Volumes, out of a top-class performer who won the Fillies' Mile as a 2yo and then the Oaks the following year and is herself a half sister to the top-class 8-10f performer Elmaamul. This colt hails from another hugely successful family that his trainer knows all too well having trained most of the dam's successful progeny, as well as most of her relatives; this colt should make it out on the track this year; it's notable that many of these colt's siblings have either won or placed on debut, perhaps suggested this regally-bred sort should be watched closely on debut.

Unnamed (15/5 b c Dansili - Shirley Valentine)

Half brother to numerous winners, notably the high-class middle distance/staying performer Memorise, smart staying handicapper Greenwich Meantime, useful middle distance performer Valentine Band (dam of the smart French performer Putney Bridge), useful 7f/1m 2yo Sparkling Water and 7f 2yo debut winner Fully Invested (Listed placed over 10f at three). Dam a full sister to Deploy, half sister to top-class duo Commander In Chief and Warning. This colt's bloodlines are amongst the best at Juddmonte, and a couple of his siblings have proved precocious enough to make an impact at 2yo, mostly over 7f/1m; late foal but no surprise to see him make it out at some stage this year.

Unnamed (19/3 b c Empire Maker - Valentine Band)

Half brother to 7f debut winner at two Await The Dawn, the smart 8-10f French performer Putney Bridge (Listed winner, also Group 3 placed), and the progressive middle distance/staying handicapper Spruce (extended family include Commander In Chief, Dushyantor etc.). This colt's pedigree very much indicates that he will be at his best over at least 10f eventually, but his year younger half brother Await The Dawn was sharp enough to make a winning debut over 7f in July last year, so it will be interesting to see whether this colt shows as much natural ability to debut as early as the summer months. If he does, he would be very interesting given the yard's recent resurgance, and could be another 2yo newcomer from this yard to catch on debut.

It could be a very exciting season at Warren Place - this looks his strongest crop of 2yos in many a year. They just need their names now!!
Report ben10 March 30, 2010 4:56 PM BST
I've got an unraced one that I thought interesting. Ballydoyle have a Galileo colt by Monumental Gesture, dam of Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, could be the next Yeats or a Triumph horse; I can dream anyway :)
Report RUSSJR March 30, 2010 5:02 PM BST
Well i will find out when our horse makes its debut at Newburys spring meeting. I know the Juddmonte draft are usually the last to arrive at warren place.

Of the 3yo fillies what do reckon the pecking order is cream?
Report redal2 March 30, 2010 5:04 PM BST
Some impressive looking mares in the Juddmonte list. Here's hoping the progeny live up to them.
Report redal2 March 30, 2010 5:06 PM BST
Ed, Channon's 2yo didn't place, I backed her but she didn't take the bend too well. Kelleway's won nicely.
Report redal2 March 30, 2010 5:07 PM BST
TD not Ed apologies.
An interesting thread I'm taking notes :-)
Report Joist March 30, 2010 5:10 PM BST
George Washington's only foal is due out this year. It's name escapes me but is trained by Richard Hannon. :)
Report TD_Gunner March 30, 2010 5:10 PM BST
sorry redal, yep that's the one I was thinking of.

not sure why I thought it was Channons! :|
Report Cream Of The Crop March 30, 2010 5:21 PM BST
It may sound obvious but I'd say Timepiece must be near the top after Cecil's post-race comments about not seeing the best of her yet - he seemed to know there was a huge amount of improvement left. Also, the fact she contested the Montrose Stakes was a massive clue given both Passage Of Time (2007 Oaks favourite) and Midday (last year's Oaks runner up) both contested the races as 2yos - it's a race they clearly target with their intended Oaks fillies. Also, she is bred to come into her own at three over middle distances, so the fact she achieved so much at two was very encouraging indeed.

However, Principal Role really impressed me when winning on her debut at Yarmouth, overcoming an awkward start to travel strongly into contention before knuckling down in good style to see off the more experienced runner up. She is also bred to excel over 10-12f as a 3yo, so the best is very much yet to come, and has obviously been well supported in recent weeks.

Not sure where Kithonia would be, though the vibes from a few places did suggests she was their big hope for most of the year (touted as their big Fillies' Mile hope). She did it nicely in the end when winning at Salisbury, drifting left under pressure but ultimately winning quite impressively. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the form hasn't really worked out and the fact she wasn't seen again (debuted in early September) is also slightly puzzling, unless there was a physical problem with her. She still remains a nice prospect.

Aviate is a filly who looked potentially top-class on her debut, sweeping aside last week's winner Clairvoyance as she pleased, never being asked more than was absolutely necessary. Queally rode her like she was a good filly, sitting off the pace and never rushing her when she appeared to have quite a bit to do at the top of the home straight, gradually winding her up and allowing her to find her stride before she flew home down the centre of the track. I reckon she could be something special if translating that kind of talent to the turf, which I am sure she will, and hopefully she can go some of the way to filling the void left by Wingwalker.

At this moment in time, I'd say that Timepiece would be the top filly in the yard, but I wouldn't be surprised if Aviate wasn't somewhere near the top of the list. Then again, the recent ante-post support for Principal Role suggests she's wintered well and been doing everything right of late. It is a tough one to call, and perhaps even Cecil himself doesn't know yet!!
Report RUSSJR March 30, 2010 5:28 PM BST
Timepiece looks certain to go the same root as midday , i could possibly see kithonia running in the chester oaks , but i get this feeling that principal role is the main hope. With Timepiece going for the diane (french oaks).
Report RipVanWinkle March 30, 2010 10:39 PM BST
Cream Of The Crop
Have you looked at many of Ballydoyles two year olds for this year they have mixed it up a bit
Report Rowley Mile March 31, 2010 12:56 AM BST
Anyone got an opinion on iceman as a sire of 2yo's ?

Was just looking to see around what date the Nell Gwyn is on next month and checked by searching the last horse i remember to win the race which was infallible in 2008. I noticed she has a 2yo half brother by iceman in training with SMS (Chilled).

Probably will make a name as a sire of 2yo's in my opinion and probably had good support of cheveley park mares. I notice his first runner was well backed in the brocklesby but didn't run too well.

Clive brittain has a 70k yealing entered in a maiden on wednesday by Iceman, probably nothing special but worth a watch
Report ilikewavingatbuses March 31, 2010 5:07 AM BST
joist

gorgeous georges filly-

'Date With Destiny'
Report ilikewavingatbuses March 31, 2010 5:07 AM BST
joist

gorgeous georges filly-

'Date With Destiny'
Report Cream Of The Crop April 1, 2010 8:15 AM BST
RVW, I haven't seen all of Ballydoyle's 2yos in training, but there are a few interesting sorts just scanning through those I do know of.

Card Trick (15/2 b c Danehill Dancer - Juno Madonna) is a full brother to the very useful 2yo Salut D'Armour, and a half brother to the high-class Regime who fetched 115,000gns at the sales; he looks as though he could be reasonably precocious and yet still have the improvement to be a nice sort next year. Unnamed (23/2 b f Holy Roman Emperor - Starlight Dreams) is of obvious interest given she is very closely related to Mastercraftsman and Famous, both of whom were successful over sprint trips as 2yos, indiciating this filly should be able to make her mark sooner rather than later, and her sire has obviously had a good start to his career as a sire. I will also be interested to see how Unnamed (30/4 b c Galileo - Tadkiyra) gets on this year, though with his siblings including Geminiani and Chariots Of Fire (also useful dual purpose performer Motorway), perhaps the best of him won't be seen until next year when going over 10-12f. That said, his half sister Damson won a Queen Mary and it Galileo does get the odd early sort, albeit they often tend to be trained by one Jim Bolger! Unnamed (25/3 b c Galileo - Dietrich) is a half brother the the speedy and smart Beauty Bright, as well as the decent Greatwallofchina, out of a mare who was very speed and smart and herself very well related, being a full sister to the top-class Chimes Of Freedom (dam of US Grade 1 winners Aldebaran and Good Journey), and is from the same family as Spinning World and Xaar. It is a lovely pedigree, and it wouldn't be surprising to see this colt win his maiden fairly early; could well have the speed to win over 6f, though 7f will probably prove a more suitable test. Unnamed (10/2 b c Galileo - Sitara) is a three parts brother to Golden Sword, who managed to win over 1m as a 2yo before winning the Chester Vase at three; obviously he'll be a late season sort but is from a cracking family and should turn out to be nice if his pedigree is anything to go by (related to Alexandrova, Magicial Romance, Pongee etc.). I just wish that they would officially name some of them!
Report Cream Of The Crop April 1, 2010 9:41 AM BST
I was just looking at John Gosden's 2yos earlier on, and it appears he has got some very nice sorts to look forward to later on in the season - and that's exluding the useful Juddmonte intake which I don't yet know of.

Aiken (10/5 b c Selkirk - Las Flores) is a full brother to their top-class 7f/1m performer Sleeping Indian, as well as other smart performers Felicity and Jalisco, albeit it's a pedigree which suggests he is more of a 3yo (also a late foal).

Bravestofthebrave (21/4 b c Elusive Quality - Victoria Cross) is already covered on this thread. He is a full brother to the dual 7f Irish winning juvenile Elusive Award, and a half brother to high-class middle distance performer Bronze Cannon and the useful 2yo Valiance. Many of the dam's progeny have acted well on a synthetic surface, so interesting to see if this colt is first seen at somewhere like Kempton.

Cobbs Quay (15/1 b c Danehill Dancer - Rave Reviews) is the first foal of a very useful middle distance performer in this country, winning at Listed level and placing in an Italian Group 1 (winner over 1m at two). His dam is a half sister to the top-class Groom Dancer and the smart Tagel (including at two), from a top-class middle distance family; this colt fetched 270,000gns at auction and should be up to making some kind of impact before the year's out, probably over 1m in late summer/early autumn.

Gatewood (27/2 b c Galileo - Felicity) is out of a Group 3 winning mare (10f) who is a half sister to the top-class Sleeping Indian and also related to the high-class performer Bach, among other very smart individuals. Similar to Aiken (same family) in as much as he is probably one for his 3yo career, but interesting if seen out in of the backend 7f/1m maidens at HQ.

Light Well (7/3 b c Sadler's Wells - L'Ancresse) is out of a very smart performer who was a debut winner over 7f at two and later placed in both the Irish Oaks and the Breeders' Cup Filliy & Mare Turf; also won a 10f Listed Race in Ireland. The dam herself was a very well related sort, her siblings including top-class performers Cerulean Sky and Moonstone, as well as smart performers Diner De Lune and Qaatef. He cost 160,000gns and is another who probably won't be sighted until the backend of the season, but there is enough in his pedigree to suggest he could well be capable of landing a maiden at a top track this year, most probably over 1m.

Nathaniel (24/4 b c Galileo - Magnificient Style) is very closely related to the top-class 2yo Playful Act, winner of the May Hil and Fillies' Mile as a juvenile, and later placed at the top level over middle distances; also related to high-class middle distance/staying performers Echoes In Eternity (dam of the progressive UK/UAE performer Whispering Gallery) and Derby fourth Percussionist. I am assuming Lady Rothschild has put this colt in with Gosden as he knows the family better than anyone, and though he does have a middle distance pedigree, most of his siblings have made it on to the track as a juveniles, most enjoying success.

Naqash (18/4 b c Medicean - Varenka) is a half brother to connections' highly promising 7f 2yo winner Meezaan, out of a 7f Listed winner who is a half sister to the high-class juvenile Steinbeck; also related to the very smart Hill Hopper, dam of the yard's top-class 8-10f performer Nannina and the useful but ill-fated 6f 2yo debut winner Queen Scarlet. This colt cost €240,000 as a yearling and should make up into a 2yo over 7f this season, just like his brother did last autumn; trainer knows the family well.

Plea (8/4 b c Motivator - Request) is out of a very lightly raced half sister to the high-class middle distance performer Blueprint who has already produced the top-class middle distance/staying performer Ask, as well as 10f 3yo winner Kensington Oval. He is owned in partnership with his breeder Duke Of Devonshire with the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Club who said on their website that he's been showing a lot of good early signs despite his middle distance pedigree, and that he could even be a Chesham horse; clearly going to make a 2yo, though will undoubtedly want at least 10f as a 3yo.

Purification (13/4 b c Hurricane Run - Ceanothus) is a half brother to last year's high-class 2yo Pollenator, winning of the May Hill Stakes, as well as the useful 7f/1m performer Wedding Party. He cost 180,000gns, hardly surprising given his year younger sibling's achievements last season, and his pedigree suggests he will be effective at around 7f this year, though should have little trouble with staying 1m eventually.

Splendid Light (8/3 gr c Selkirk - Light Of Morn) is the second foal of a mare who was a winner over 11f and later Listed placed over 13f and was a half sister the high-class middle distance/staying performer Moments Of Joy, out of a top-class middle distance performer who won the Prix Vermeille and Yorkshire Oaks and who was a half sister to Classic Cliche, winner of the St Leger and Gold Cup. This colt's pedigree does strongly suggest it will be all about next year with him, but looks another who could sneak a backend 1m maiden, and it would be revealing if he turned up at one of the top tracks for his debut, if he does indeed appear this year.

Unnamed (22/2 b c Bernardini - Crystal Music) is a half brother to the smart sprint performer Crystany, out of a mare who was a top-class 2yo for connections, winning the Fillies' Mile, though failed to win again at three albeit running well in defeat at the top level. This colt is from a top notch family, the likes of Dubai Success, Solar Crystal, State Crystal and Tchaicovsky all appearing in it; he should be able to make an impact at around 7f this year, though it could be that 1m suits best.

Unnamed (20/5 b c Sadler's Wells - Jude) couldn't go unmentioned, being a full brother to top-class performers Quarter Moon and Yesterday, as well as the high-class All My Loving and the smart handicapper Magicalmysterytour (extended family includes the likes of Alouette (dam of numerous high-class middle distance/staying performers including Alborada and Albanova), Alleluia (dam of Group 1 winner Allegretto) and Last Second (dam of Aussie Rules). However, for all it's a top-class pedigree, it's also one that suggests middle distances will be want he requires to be seen at his best; he is also a very late foal which may stop him from making an appearance this season.
Report RUSSJR April 1, 2010 12:12 PM BST
Cobbs Quay is a very nice 2yo Cream , and so is Late Telegraph both owned by Thomas Barr.
Report Cream Of The Crop April 1, 2010 12:31 PM BST
He is an owner I always look out for. He seems to buy very well, always spending the right amount of money on some beautifully-bred sorts and getting results. He also has a full brother to Allegretto in with John Oxx called Tugboat (23/4 b c Galileo - Alleluia), and also a half brother to the very promising Nebula Storm and the once useful The Last Drop in with Henry Candy called Ardlui (21/1 b c Galileo - Epping). I also like his 3yo colt in with Henry Cecil called Rigidity - a must in a middle distance handicap off a mark of 77 before surely going on to better things; bred to be seriously smart and the fact he won at two suggests he is very nice indeed.
Report RUSSJR April 1, 2010 1:06 PM BST
Cream , spot on again and happy to say i more than an interest in the later. Was down ealier in the week and i can see why Timepiece was supported in the Oaks. I was hoping that All Action would not get any early group entries as he is well above average cream.
Report RUSSJR April 1, 2010 1:08 PM BST
Entered in the Dante!
Report Cream Of The Crop April 1, 2010 1:15 PM BST
Thanks for all that, Russ. I didn't know the entries for the Dante had come out so will have to go and have a look at those in a minute. Interesting Rigidity is in there though, especially as he was taken out of the Derby at the latest forfeit stage. Perhaps he's going down the Father Time route of the King Edward, Great Voltiguer and then the Leger, all being well. Still think he'll nick a handicap off that mark of 77 - perhaps the 10f race at the Craven meeting in which a few well handicap things run in. It is a lovely family from which he hails.
Report RUSSJR April 1, 2010 1:22 PM BST
He was going for the big sales races at Newmarket , but is also a likely for one of the hdcps at the newbury spring meeting. I was very impressed with Bullet Train aswell during the week, he looks to have a nice future. And Lord Shanakil is settling in well.
Report Cream Of The Crop April 1, 2010 1:25 PM BST
Bullet Train really took my eye on debut, travelling powerfully and then really responding well for the minimal amount pressure (hand riding mainly, couple of smacks) he was put under, kicking on when the Godolphin horse drew alongside him. He is bred to excel over middle distances this season, and I hope he makes his comeback in that 10f conditions race in which Father Time finished third. I really could see him developing into a French Derby horse this season.

Do you know it Henry has got the Galileo half brother this year? I wouldn't be sure if he has been dispatched from Juddmonte yet anyway, given he's bred to be an autumn 2yo, but on the off chance...
Report RUSSJR April 1, 2010 1:32 PM BST
Will find out , wont be over until Channel Squadron runs at Newbury. Its good too see better horses once again at Warren Place. And to see the pick of the Juddmonte draft go to Henry once again.
Report Cream Of The Crop April 1, 2010 1:35 PM BST
Hope he gets Bullet Train's half brother (c Galileo - Kind) and also Showcasing's half brother (c Galileo - Arabesque), especially the latter as he trained the dam and most of her progeny until Showcasing last year. Thanks for all your input, and good luck with Channel Squadron - really well bred type who could be a nice middle distance prospect this year.
Report Cream Of The Crop April 3, 2010 2:16 AM BST
Ballydoyle 2yos with updated reasoning.

Card Trick (15/2 b c Danehill Dancer - Juno Madonna) is a full brother to the very useful 2yo Salut D'Armour, runner up in the Queen Mary Stakes having won the Listed National Stakes (5f) beforehand. He is also a half brother to the high-class Regime, a useful 7f/1m 2yo who later was a very smart middle distance performer (Group 3 winner over 10f). This colt fetched fetched 115,000gns at the sales and looks as though he could be a reasonably precocious sort, yet still have the improvement to be a nice type next year.

Diogenes (21/4 b c Galileo - Sophisticat) is almost impossible to leave out of any list. He is the original blue blood - his dam a top-class racemare who won the Coronation Stakes as well as placing in many other top races as a juvenile and also at three; his granddam a champion US filly, winning an incredible 13 Grade 1 events, and has also produced high-class performers Grand Award, Harlington and Serena's Tune (dam of the high-class Vocalised). It is a pedigree that oozes quality, but it is a pedigree that also suggests he should be able to make his mark this year; three parts brother Encompassing (by Montjeu) managed two second places in his two outings as a 2yo and the hope is that this colt can go one step further and win on debut before living up to his illustrious pedigree.

Eskimo (25/3 b c Galileo - Dietrich) is a half brother the the speedy and smart Beauty Bright, as well as the decent Greatwallofchina, out of a mare who was very speed and smart and herself very well related, being a full sister to the top-class Chimes Of Freedom (dam of US Grade 1 winners Aldebaran and Good Journey), and is from the same family as Spinning World and Xaar. It is a lovely pedigree, and it wouldn't be surprising to see this colt win his maiden fairly early; could well have the speed to win over 6f, though 7f will probably prove a more suitable test.

Harrison's Cave (10/2 b c Galileo - Sitara) is a three parts brother to Golden Sword, who managed to win over 7f as a 2yo before winning the Chester Vase at three (also placed in the Irish Derby). His dam is from a very smart middle distance family, herself a half sister to the smart Puce (later dam of smart performers Lion Sands, Pongee and Pukka) and Shouk, dam of the top-class duo Alexandrova and Magical Romance, as well as the useful dual purpose performer Washington Irving. This colt obviously won't be an early sort, but could be worth watching out for when he does appear as he pedigree is crammed full of classy middle distance performers and should be able to win at least a maiden over 1m this year.

Humphrey Bogart (21/2 gr c Galileo - St Roch) is out of an unraced half sister to the top-class Luis Line, a Grade 1 winner in the US over 1m 1f who was also a dual Listed winner over 8-9f (2yo winner over 6f) and is related to the high-class juvenile Intimate Guest. This colt's pedigree suggests he won't be seen until the 7f maiden races begin, but there are some smart juveniles in his pedigree and it would be no surprise to see this colt manage at least one win this year.

Justification (7/3 b c Montjeu - Colorspin) fetched 550,000gns at auction but a colt of his pedigree was always going to command a six-figure price tag. He is a half brother to the top-class stayer Kayf Tara, the top-class middle distance performers Opera House and Zee Zee Top and top the dam of the top-class 2yo Necklace. It is a brilliant family from which he hails, though it strongly suggests he'll be seen at his best over middle distances next year; however, should be able to make some sort of impact towards the backend in a 7f/1m maiden and has all the right paper credentials to make a top-class performer.

Queen Of Spain (23/2 b f Holy Roman Emperor - Starlight Dreams) is of obvious interest given she is very closely related to Mastercraftsman, a top-class 2yo over 6-7f and later winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes. She is also a half sister to the useful 2yo of 2009 Famous, and given both of those notable siblings were sprint winners at two indiciates this filly should be able to make her mark sooner rather than later, whilst her sire has obviously had a good start to his career as a sire with High Award winning on the opening day of the Irish Flat season.

Rudolf Valentino (11/1 b c Oasis Dream - Maganda) will attract more interest than most given he was the sales topper at the Newmarket Tattersalls October Sales, selling for 700,000gns. He is the second foal of a 10f winner who is a half sister to the top-class middle distance performer Kutub, the smart 8-12f performer In The Limelight (1m Listed winner at three) and the useful 2yo Child Progidy, a 6f Listed winner. This costly colt has enough speed in his pedigree to suggest he will be able to make an impact when the 6f maidens start, though will undoubtedly be suited by 7f later on.

Sam Lord's Castle (30/4 b c Galileo - Tadkiyra) is a half brother to the high-class juvenile Damson, winner of the Queen Mary Stakes and the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes (also placed in the Cheveley Park Stakes; didn't train on at three). She is also a half sister to the high-class Geminiani, a debut winner at two who later won the Group 3 7f Prestige Stakes, and the useful dual purpose performer Motorway; full brother to the useful 7/9f winner Chariots Of Fire. There is enough speed in this colt's pedigree to suggest he may be able to win over 6f though it is more than likely he'll be seen at his best over 7f this year; three of his siblings made winning debuts (two as 2yos).

Unnamed (27/2 b f Kingmambo - Imagine) is out of a half sister to the top-class Generous who was herself a top-class performer on the track, winning the Irish 1000 Guineas and the English Oaks (Group 3 winner as a 2yo). She has also quickly made a name for herself at stud, her first foal the top-class but ill-fated Horatio Nelson, a 7f winner on debut who went on to win the Group 1 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (1m) but broke down when well fancied for the Derby. Her other three foals to date have all been at least high-class, with Kitty Matcham a Group 2 winner of 7f at two, Red Rock Canyon running excellent races in defeat as a pacemaker in Group 1 company, and Viscount Nelson a high-class juvenile last year, placing at Group 2 level. This filly must have a chance of making up into a high-class performer this year looking at the achievements of her previous four siblings; 7f will prove her trip and interesting to see how early she appears.
Report swellking April 8, 2010 8:29 PM BST
Hi Cream of the Crop, do you mind me asking how you get such accurate information on the horses actual name from yards such as O'Briens? As all i am able to find is via searching the dam an unamed colt. An example is colorspin is still un-named according to the rp website. Many Thanks
Report jamesp April 10, 2010 10:47 AM BST
Marco Botti has a very nice filly called Armoise (23/2 b f Sadler's Wells - Di Moi Oui), who could turn out to be smart and is one to look out for later in the season. She's half a half-sister to the useful Moi Non Plus (second in the Gr.2 Oaks D'Italia over 11f). The dam (by Warning) won several races over 9-10f, including the Gr.3 Prix Chloe and the Gr.3 Prix de la Nonette.
Report jamesp April 10, 2010 10:48 AM BST
'half a half-sister'?! *she's a half-sister...
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