Dirty Dozen 2020 - Girdys Gee Gees 12 Horses To Follow For The 2020 Turf Seaon
Flat Horses To Follow 2020
If there is one horse that has to be on a ‘to follow’ list it is the Godolphin owned superstar two-year-old. The colt signed off his first season with a perfect six wins from six starts winning the G.1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes in October. He goes into winter quarters down at the yard of Charlie Appleby as a strong favourite for the 2000 Guineas on the back of officially the best two-year-old career of the last twenty-five years. He was awarded a mark of 128 in the 2019 European two-year-old Classifications. The mark puts him a massive 10lb clear of his nearest rivals Earthlight and Kameko. Will the others have caught up by the first weekend in May? If he emerges in the spring the same force it’s hard to see how he’ll be beaten back on the Rowley Mile in May. Appleby said of his charge following his nine-length demolition of the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes field at the Curragh “He’s the best horse I’ve ever had as a two-year-old, there’s no doubt about it. He’s exciting and it’s great for the team.”
Pinatubo's pedigree suggests he should train on and, scarily for the opposition, improve further at three. His sire Shamardal was a top-class two-year-old who progressed at three to win the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1m), Prix du Jockey Club (1m2f) and St James's Palace Stakes (1m). He is out of Lava Flow, a Listed winner over 1m3f in France who is by multiple G.1 winner over 7-12f and middle-distance and staying influence Dalakhani. This colt could do the Guineas/Derby double and might prove the best Appleby has ever had end of story.
Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor might have another decent one on their hands in the shape of this three-year-old. By Derby winner New Approach out of Punctilious a multiple middle-distance Group winner for Saeed bin Suroor back in the day this Colt is bred for the middle-distance game. He ran twice at HQ as a two-year-old, winning both, the last being the G.3 Autumn Stakes. It’s a long time since Saeed bin Suroor trained Lammtarra to win the Derby (1995) and this colt might be his best chance of doing so again. He will surely pick-up some decent prizes.
The filly went into winter quarters unbeaten in three runs at two and trainer Roger Charlton and owner Khalid Abdullah must have Classics on their mind. Breeding, by Frankel out of Abdullah owned mare Nimble Thimble, would suggest the 1,000 Guineas would be the aim and she was duly installed favourite; also jolly for the Oaks but I aint sure about that trip for her.
Saeed bin Suroor trained filly who won her two starts at two, a 7f Novice Stakes at Kempton and then over a mile at HQ. She is a Godolphin homebred by Medaglia d'Oro out of Fitful Skies a fare mare who has G.3 winning form over middle distances. She could well run in the Guineas but I think middle distances will be her forte and the Oaks her most likely target.
Owned by King Power Racing he is by Dark Angel out of Evening Time and as such this grey is bred to be all about speed. Third on debut he broke his maiden in his second start, over 5f, winning by five lengths at York. Tim Easterby described him as ‘a little machine’ afterwards and it would not surprise me if the Commonwealth Cup is in the back of connections minds.
One from left-field to finish the 3yo’s. Richard Hannon trained gelding didn’t run until the 31st December but won well over 7f at Lingfield on the Polytrack. Unlikely to feature in the Classics but he is one to keep on side over the coming months.
My old mate makes the list again. I said last year 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.
This colt was on the list as a three-year-old and four-year-old and he owes me nothing having won for me several times. He has a habit of being breathtakingly brilliant or poor, no in-between, but when he is good he is very, very good. Should be running at the Dubai Carnival.
It was announced just before Champions Day at Ascot last year that the star mare would race on as a six-year-old in 2020. At the time racing manager for Khalid Abdullah Teddy Grimthorpe said "Her racing programme will be determined entirely on her wellbeing, so no racing plans will be announced at this stage. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe remains an important target."
Full sister to Farhh she was a late starter for Saeed bin Suroor and she didn’t see a racecourse till she was three but wasted no time winning all three of her starts! I am convinced Godolphin will want to get some black type with her and she is expected to get some in 2020.
A 3yo to follow last year he is on the list again at four. I have followed him since his debut and this chestnut colt remains one to keep on side. He signed off last season with placed efforts in the G 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot followed by G.1 Prix Jean Prat and G.1 Maurice de Gheest. He will be winning big races this season and something like the Lennox Stakes must be on the agenda.
Another that was on the list last year as a 3yo. Once raced as a two-year-old this colt was bred by the Queen and looked one to follow. Pulled-up on his 3yo debut (and only 2nd start) at Wolverhampton the gelding was lame right hind. Not seen again last year I understand he has remained in training and it is hoped will pick up a few wins.