Dirty Dozen 2021 - Girdys Gee Gees 12 Horses To Follow For The 2021 Turf Seaon

Flat Horses To Follow 2021


Uncle Bryn

Won a mile maiden on his belated debut in September at Kempton ridden by Rab Havlin, as so many of Gosden’s debutants are. Green as grass early out the back and looking to have no idea he came home like a real good thing to win. Havlin clearly liked the colt who is by Sea The Stars out of Wall Of Sound, making him a half-brother to a couple of winners, and he is already in the ante-post markets for the 2021 Classics after one run.  

Secret Protector

Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin this colt cost $800,000 and improved bundles for his debut to win on second attempt at Kempton over seven furlongs. A good-looking horse, he should get further and looks a likely improver as he matures. By War Front out of the Galileo mare Eternal Bounty middle distances may be his game three. Full-sister won her sole start to date over a mile out in the States.  

Santa Barbara

There is no real standout favourite for any of the 2021 Classics for a change but this filly might prove worthy of her place atop the fillies markets over the winter. She only raced once at two winning a maiden at the Curragh over a mile; travelled strongly before going through the gap and going clear under hands and heels. By Camelot out of Senta’s Dream she is a half-sister to some fairly decent ones including Order Of Australia. The fact she is stabled at Ballydoyle has no doubt shaved a point or two off her prices for the Classics already but I'll be shocked if she doesn’t win some nice races in 2021; I think she might become a middle-distance type. 


Another trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin and tipped on here on her debut, she won, she goes on the list for 2021. She is by Dubawi out of Hibaayeb, a G.1 winning mare over eight and ten furlongs who was trained by Saeed bin Suroor from three onwards. She is a full-sister to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Wuheida, also trained by Appleby, and a winner in France for Godolphin Ophelia's Dream so the team know the family! Her win on debut was at HQ over seven furlongs and she is quoted at around 33-1 for the 1,000 Guineas.  

Alcohol Free

Two words I don’t use regularly but I will be saying them somewhat more in 2021. Winner of the G.1 Cheveley Park Stakes in September before being put away for the winter this filly should win some races for Andrew Balding and owner Jeff Smith. By No Nay Never, that very speedy colt, out of Plying it should be that sprinting will be her game, the dam being a winner up to 7f, though the trainer thinks she is a genuine 1,000 Guineas contender. Smith knows a bit about speedy fillies having owned Lochsong  and Lochangel so it will be fascinating to see how they campaign her.  

One Ruler  

Tipped on here a couple of times as a two-year-old he mixed it with the best of the juveniles all season. This son of Dubawi is out of Fintry who won a couple of G.3’s and a G.2 for Godolphin whilst trained by Andre Fabre. Breeding suggests mile to a mile-and-a-quarter will be his game and this colt will win races of Godolphin and Charlie Appleby in the coming months.  

Older Horses

With the likes of Kew Gardens a stalwart on here in recent seasons retired, Ghaiyyath retired to Kildangan Stud in Ireland at the end of his five-year-old campaign as well as Pinatubo off to Dalham Hall Stud and Earthlight also now standing at Kildangan Stud (both having been retired at the end of their three-year-old campaigns) plus Enable off to be a broodmare and visit Kingman and Magical retired (again) this list of older horses got a little trickier to compile than I originally thought it would be.  


Godolphin owned sprinter trained by Charlie Appleby who did more a favour or two as a three-year-old. Following his win in the G.3 World Trophy over five furlongs at Newbury during September Appleby said “The likelihood now is that we will put him away and take him out to Dubai for the Carnival” which is what they did so take note in the early part of the year of the entries at Meydan. Regular race rider William Buick said of the colt “He is a very fast horse, who is only a three-year-old and is going to get better next year.” I agree and will be keeping a very close eye on the gelding.  


I said more than once last year that Mogul could develop into a nice older horse, his three-year-old campaign weren’t too shabby ultimately! I really should have backed him in Hong Kong but didn’t. No matter, as I really do think the big colt could pick up several big pots over the coming months and he is on the list for 2021. Aidan O'Brien said after he won the Longines Hong Kong Vase “He’s a very exciting horse for next year. I think anything from a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half on nice ground (suits). Ryan says he’s really matured and is really improving. He’s got a very solid mind.”  

Military March  

Was on the list as a three-year-old but sadly got to run just the once when fourth in the 2,000 Guineas. 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. With just three runs under his belt if Saeed bin Suroor gets him back on track he will surely pick-up a decent prize or two, likely over middle-distances.  

White Moonlight  

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 was another on the list last year as a three-year-old but did not make it to the track all season! She is a Godolphin homebred by Medaglia d'Oro out of Fitful Skies a fair mare who has G.3 winning form over middle distances. I would expect to see her aimed at races such as the G.2 Middleton Stakes early season and potentially the G.1 Yorkshire Oaks come summer. Hopefully she can finally fulfil her potential.  

Space Blues

Another Godolphin one, the Charlie Appleby trained chestnut is on the list again having been on as a three and four-year-old. I mentioned last year something like the G.2 Lennox Stakes must be on the agenda and he duly won it! Achieved a career-best when landing the G.1 Prix Maurice de Gheest on his second attempt and final start of 2020 he has become a bit of a 7f specialist and will win races over this Summer. A similar campaign must be the plan.  


Trained by Dermot Weld out in Ireland I tipped her to win the Breeders' Cup Turf in November, which she duly did, and she is one to keep onside. An Aga Khan homebred she will be officially five in 2021 but is lightly raced and has matured into a top-class mare. Towards the head of the market for the Arc over the winter the master of Rosewell House may well be plotting a campaign over the winter leading to Longchamp come October; wherever she runs she is worth following.