Our thoughts now turn firmly to the turf flat season, and we are looking forward to some fantastic performances ahead as the weather finally improves. Beth.bet has uncovered 10 hot horses to follow throughout the Spring/Summer, hoping to give punters expert insight to follow throughout the long season.
Aldaary – William Haggas’ three-year-old gelding
This is a typically exciting prospect from the William Haggas yard, making a really impressive winning debut at Yarmouth and following up on bad ground at Leicester next time out. He is just the sort of horse that Haggas excels with and is sure to be seen to maximum effect as his stamina is further drawn-out with more experience, upped in trip over the summer months.
Highland Avenue – Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old colt
This scopey colt made a very promising odds-on debut at Kempton Park last season and is obviously held in the highest regard at home. He was sent off at a prohibitively short 1/4 favorite for his debut that day and was just touched off by the Henry Candy trained ‘Run to Freedom’ (with the pair pulling four lengths clear). No doubt he will be losing his maiden tag before going on to better things this summer.
Legion of Honour – Roger Varian’s 3-year-old colt
He made a very promising start at Haydock in June 2020 and then suffered a setback which meant he was rested for five months before reappearing at Newcastle in November. Here he impressively beat Captain Corner in some style, despite still looking green for pressure. He has been a non-runner on soft ground so possibly favours good, fast ground and is sure to show continued improvement (as would be expected from this top-class yard).
Scampi – Andrew Balding’s three-year-old gelding
This gelding made a promising start at Sandown in August when as ‘green as grass’, finishing a very promising fifth in a strong field over a mile. He then stepped forward when 3rd of 11 at Kempton again in a race which has proved solid form subsequently. The yard had a terrific time of things in 2020 and Balding is sure to have a middle-distance campaign in handicap’s mapped out for this potentially smart performer.
Titian – William Haggas’ 3-year-old gelding
This strapping 3-y-o made a great start in the Autumn last year and the form of that race worked out superbly afterwards. He then ran in a Doncaster nursery on his final appearance where he was a very promising third (despite suffering some trouble in running over a trip that is likely to be a bare minimum going forwards). He is sure to keep showing improvement as his stamina is drawn out by his very astute trainer.
Alcohol Free – three-year-old filly
Andrew Balding’s stable is very much one to follow throughout the 2021 season, and this filly has been earmarked by her excellent yard as a 1000 Guineas contender at Newmarket. Her trainer is particularly adept with these fillies and she seems sure to keep progressing under his schooling and with more racing experience sure to see her mature.
One Ruler – Charlie Appleby 3-year-old colt
This juvenile proved frustrating and expensive to follow in a busy 2-year-old campaign but posted some very creditable placed efforts in warm company and has the physical size to develop into a really good three-year-old for this top-notch yard. Some punters who burnt their fingers at short prices might not be so keen to go in again, but he is well worth persevering with.
St. Mark’s Basilica – Aiden O’Brien three-year-old colt
This top-class juvenile thrived on a busy campaign as a two-year-old, winning two of his five career starts and taking his form to another level when winning the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on his final start. He overcame lots of trouble in-running there and was value for further than the narrow winning margin and seems sure to be a major force in the top middle distance races this summer.
Sugauli – Tom Clover 3-year-old gelding
Tom Clover is a young trainer who has made an immediate impression on the turf with some really promising young horses. He produced this 2-year-old first time out well readied at Yarmouth for an assured win, and you can easily excuse his disappointing run in a listed stakes at Salisbury on his final start last season. He has been allotted a mark of 72 (which is very generous) and is one to watch closely into handicaps throughout the summer months.
Hickory – James Fanshawe 3-year-old colt
This scopey 3-y-o comes from a stable who struggled for much of 2020 but are more than capable of producing excellent horses at the highest level. Hickory made a winning start at Yarmouth despite showing greenness, and he looks to have a lot of natural speed that his astute yard will be able to utilise into handicaps in the coming months.