Dirty Dozen 2019 - Girdys Gee Gees 12 Horses To Follow For The 2019 Turf Seaon

Flat Horses To Follow 2019

Three-Year-Olds

Line Of Duty

Colt readily scored in the Group 3 Prix de Conde over a mile before crossing the pond and winning the Group One Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in his 2yo season. Charlie Appleby will be busy laying plans for this one over the winter.  

Space Blues

Another from the Charlie Appleby yard. I tipped him on debut in November when he won at 2-1 nicely at Nottingham, simply pushed out by James Doyle to beat more experienced rivals. This chestnut colt is definitely one to keep on side. 

Youthful

Once raced as a two-year-old this colt was bred by the Queen. Sire is multiple G1 winner Shamardal out of her winning filly Good Hope (Cape Cross). In training with Michael Bell (he trained the dam) he was showing up well on the Gallops in late 2018 reportedly and won when he made his debut in November at Wolverhampton showing some guts in a tight finish; well backed at the time. I think he is one to keep an eye out for over the coming months.  

Too Darn Hot

You can’t really compile a list without this one, he is red-hot favourite for the 2,000 Guineas over the winter and John Gosden appears to have another good’un. Plenty of people clearly think so as Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber's homebred has already be signed up to stand under the Darley banner at Dalham Hall Stud. Back in November a statement from Darley read: “An agreement has been reached between Watership Down Stud and Godolphin for Too Darn Hot to stand at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket at the end of his racing career.”  The Lloyd-Webber's are leaving no stone un-turned in his preparation and have laid out 200,000gns to give the John Gosden-trained colt his very own lead horse buying  stablemate Whitlock at the Tattersalls horses-in-training sales in October. 

Calyx

I was very impressed with the performance this Khalid Abdullah owned colt out in at Royal Ascot (was on) in the G.2 Coventry Stakes. Sadly off injured thereafter he’s two runs, both victories, were decent and the Commonwealth Cup could prove the target back at Ascot as I am not convinced he’ll get a mile. 

Skitter Scatter

This filly steadily improved throughout her 2yo campaign winning a Group Three and a Group Two with he season culminating in victory in the Group One 7f Moyglare Stud Stakes. Being by Scat Daddy out of Dane Street a mile to a mile-and-a-quarter will probably be her game. In a year when the fillies division looks quite open she should pick up a prize or two.  

Footnote: Newspaperofrecord would be on this list if it was guaranteed she would cross the pond for a European campaign – you had to be impressed by her Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf win where she showed a real turn of foot to win by 6¾ lengths eased down.

Older Horses

Enable

A somewhat obvious pick but how could you leave her out? She made history last year winning the Arc and the Breeders Cup Turf and they would be obvious long-term targets again in 2019. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah said back in November when the decision to stay in training was made: "I think Prince Khalid wanted to sit back and reflect and enjoy what she has done before coming to any decision. He didn't want to rush into anything. She only ran once as a two-year-old, had a full three-year-old season and only ran three times this year, so she doesn't have loads of miles on the clock." 

Masar

The Derby winner has stayed in training for a 4yo campaign, his 3yo season being cut short after Epsom when he suffered soft-tissue damage to his off-fore. He was on the list last year though I didn’t back him at Epsom as he was earmarked for the French version originally! Charlie Appleby stated in July "He wintered in Dubai last year and it's good to get that sun on their backs, so he'll probably go back there. We're unlikely to be looking at a Sheema Classic though as we're focusing more on a European season." He also stated in November “Masar has not been seen since the Derby, but he is doing well in his recuperation.” 

Ghaiyyath

This colt was on the list as a three-year-old last season but he only ran the once when winning the G.3 Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp in September. Appleby seriously considered this one as a Derby hope for last season but various problems meant he was limited to that one run. After that victory the trainer said "A mile and a half is going to be his trip next year. He's a horse for next year and we'll bear that in mind in making any decisions." Take note!  
Update 08/04/19: Having won the G.2 Prix d'Harcourt (tipped on Triple G) I have placed an each-way ante-post bet for the Arc at 16-1 with Paddy Power. 

Kew Gardens

Was of course my ante-post 25-1 tip for the St Leger which he duly won and has to go on the list again for 2019. He may be aimed at Cup races, he may be aimed at middle distances, I have given up trying to second guess the lads from Ballydoyle but he will be winning races.  

Blue Point

He was on the list for 2018 and goes in again. He ran five times last season the highlights being second in G.2 Meydan Sprint in February, winning the G.1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and third in the G.1 Nunthorpe at York in August. He is a high-class sprinter and will hopefully be competitive in major sprints again in 2019.  

Sea Of Class

The chestnut filly is back again having won the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks last season before her second place in the Arc. It is assumed her season will revolve around a second attempt at the Arc and revenge on Enable. If she has trained on from three-four it could be a cracker if they both make it to Longchamp fit and well come October.