Ten industry insiders with their two-year-olds to follow for the season
Ross Doyle, Joe Foley, Stephen Hillen and David Redvers join the panel
With the new turf season upon us, the highly anticipated 2017 crop of two-year-olds will soon be unleashed. Ten industry figures supply the insider knowledge with their juveniles to follow for the coming campaign.
John Dance, owner
Two-year-old: Bound For Heaven, b f Gleneagles - Sugar Mill (Oasis Dream)
Dance says: "Hopefully I can shake my habit of jinxing horses I nominate to follow but I'd perhaps suggest a Gleneagles filly named Bound For Heaven, in training with Karl Burke. We bought her at last year's Goffs UK Premier Sale [for £140,000] and Alan Creighton, who broke her in and pre-trained her, loved her attitude and I know she's impressing the team at Karl's in similar fashion.
Julian Dollar, Newsells Park Stud general manager
Two-year-olds: Unnamed, b c Galileo - Shastye (Danehill); Unnamed, b c Dubawi - Yummy Mummy (Montjeu); Unnamed, b c Oasis Dream - Ceisteach (New Approach); Papa Power, b c Nathaniel - Mosqueras Romance (Rock Of Gibraltar)
Dollar says: "The obvious one would be Japan’s brother [sold to Coolmore for 3,400,000gns], who looked a bigger, more powerful model and could well be a backend two-year-old type. There's also the Dubawi colt out of Yummy Mummy with Godolphin [bought for 1,200,000gns] and the Oasis Dream colt out of Ceisteach who I loved as a type - he was bought by the China Horse Club and Ballylinch [for 350,000gns].
Ross Doyle, bloodstock agent
Two-year-old to follow: Lost Eden, b c Sea The Stars - Ghostflower (Dansili)
Doyle says: "When we saw this colt at the sales [bought for €200,000] for the first time we thought he was a bit special and then we brought Richard Hannon to see him and he agreed.
"He's a very athletic colt with plenty of scope for the future and his father needs no introduction as he has already established himself as one of the top turf stallions in the book.
"Hopefully we will see him appear later in the season at one of the main tracks breaking his maiden and then onwards and upwards from there."
Alex Elliott, bloodstock agent
Two-year-olds to follow: Maxi Boy, b c Oasis Dream - Lavender And Lace (Barathea); Unnamed, b c Gutaifan - Bali Breeze (Common Grounds); Unnamed, b c Dandy Man - Nancy Astor (Shamardal)
Elliott says: "I gave 380,000gns for the Oasis Dream horse at Book 1 and now he's with Michael Bell and he's meant to go nicely, he's done everything right so far. We were looking for Royal Ascot horses and he's a strong, beautiful horse and should make a real two-year-old.
"Another one I like is the Gutaifan colt out of Bali Breeze, for whom I gave €105,000 at the Orby Sale. I like Gutaifan and this colt is a very solid horse with a great action. He's with Michael Bell, too.
Mick Flanagan, China Horse Club's European bloodstock and racing manager
Two-year-old to follow: Unnamed, b c Oasis Dream - Ceisteach (New Approach)
Flanagan says: "There's an Oasis Dream colt that China Horse Club bought in partnership with Ballylinch Stud [for 350,000gns] who we've sent to Jim Bolger. He's one we're quite strong on and I'd expect him to be early.
Joe Foley, Ballyhane Stud and Clipper Logistics racing manager
Two-year-old to follow: Endless Joy, b f Showcasing - Funny Enough (Dansili)
Foley says: "She's owned by Clipper Logistics and we bought her off Whitsbury Manor Stud at Book 2 [for 90,000gns]. We've had a lot of luck with Showcasing and she's another very nice example, she's a very athletic filly.
"She's a half-sister to Laugh A Minute, a good horse by Mayson with Roger Varian, and from a family I like. Even though she's a late-April foal she showed plenty of precocious speed at home with us in pre-training.
Stephen Hillen, bloodstock agent
Two-year-old: Zabeel King, b c Frankel - Vital Statistics (Indian Ridge)
Hillen says: "He's a full-brother to Group 3 winner East, who was also second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last November. I bought him with Kevin Ryan at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale [€400,000] and we liked him then. We know the pedigree well, and we'd a fair idea East would be useful before we bought her brother."
Matthew Houldsworth, bloodstock agent
Two-year-olds: Lady Kermit, b f Starspangledbanner - Empress Theodora (Dansili); Unnamed, b c Kodiac - Scotch Bonnet (Montjeu)
Houldsworth says: "Lady Kermit came from Doncaster and is a very good-looking filly. The brief was to find something early and she looks exactly that. She's gone to the right man in Archie Watson. I know she's due to run in April and I think she'll be quite decent.
"I think this colt will be more of a mid-season horse given his pedigree, he's out of a Montjeu mare after all, but he has an awful lot of quality."
Jill Lamb, bloodstock agent
Two-year-old: St Ives, b c Cable Bay - Galaktea (Statue Of Liberty)
Lamb says: "He's a colt by Cable Bay in training with William Haggas, and I think he'll be an early horse. He's a good, strong, forward-looking two-year-old who's been showing a bit of class. We're always dreaming of Royal Ascot at this stage, so we'd be hopeful that he'd be out by the Guineas meeting and then on to something bigger."
David Redvers, Tweenhills owner and Qatar Racing manager
Two-year-olds: Unnamed, b c Kingman - Alexander Queen (King's Best); Unnamed, ch f Amaron - Rondinay (Cadeaux Genereux); Laurel Wreath, ch f Hot Streak - Crown (Royal Applause); Unnamed, ch f Hot Streak - Stroll Patrol (Mount Nelson)
Redvers says: "Possibly the smartest horse we've had anything to do with, as a physical at least, is the Kingman colt who cost €850,000 at Goffs. I'm a massive fan of his, I saw him at John Gosden's on Wednesday and he looks very special indeed. He was as good a physical as I saw at last year's sales.
"I've been very encouraged by a number of the Hot Streak two-year-olds, including Laurel Wreath [in training with Clive Cox], who was bred close to Tweenhills by Robin and Scarlet Knipe at Cobhall Court Stud. She was a cracking foal, strong and well balanced. She's the half-sister to stakes horses Revelstoke and Global Applause.
"There's also a gorgeous Hot Streak filly who sold as a yearling for €100,000 and goes into training with Hugo Palmer. She looked fast and is out of the Group-3 placed Stroll Patrol, a half-sister to last year's Dick Poole Stakes winner Yourtimeisnow."