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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

He won with his head in his chest at Newcastle and could even be a Guineas type

Amedeo Modigliani: a really eyecatching winner at Galway
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Graeme Smith, the BHA's lead two-year-old handicapper, and Mark Bird, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board handicapper, on their three-year-olds to follow this season 

Without Parole

John Gosden introduced Enable after the end of the turf season in 2016 and we all know how that turned out! Without Parole made a winning debut at Newcastle last month in a good race for the track at the time of year. He went to the sales as a yearling and they took him home again – 650,000gns wasn't enough to sell him, and that tells you something. He won with his head in his chest without breaking sweat at Newcastle and I have little doubt he's a Group horse and could even be a Guineas type.
Graeme Smith

Willie John

Has the pedigree, by Dansili out of Izzi Top, who was a dual Group 1 winner. He won a very slowly run race at Yarmouth – the time figure was only 19 – and when the pace was lifting he quickened from midfield past the entire field without the whip being drawn. When he hit the front he wasn't hard pressed and was even eased a shade at the line. For a horse to show that much speed, from that position, was really impressive and if he was mine I'd be going to the Craven and the Guineas – I think he's potentially that good.
Graeme Smith

Key Victory

Ran only once at Newmarket in October on the day largely set aside for two-year-olds. I thought he ran in the best race of the day – on paddock inspection they had the quality, the size and the scope – and the time was strong and the form is working out well. Key Victory wasn't ideally placed but whoosh! He quickened past them and his head was in his chest at the line.
Graeme Smith

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Ran only once at Newbury. There was nothing striking about the race as the time was not that impressive and the form is largely untested, but there was an awful lot to like about the way she did it. She went through the race fairly comfortably and she was always in control under a hands-and-heels ride. She looks like a galloper and I think she could be a dark horse for the Oaks trials.
Graeme Smith

Contingent runs out an impressive winner on debut at Leopardstown


Made an impressive winning debut at Leopardstown and is by Frankel, out of Prix Marcel Boussac winner Proportional. Dermot Weld's stable had a really rotten year but this was a glimmer of hope at the end of the season. She was drawn 18 out of 18 at Leopardstown – it's quite hard to win from there – and there was a lot to like as she really quickened, grabbed the ground and ran away from them. She's a filly with a really big future.
Mark Bird

Amedeo Modigliani

Was third to Gustav Klimt on his debut, really catching the eye coming home strongly, and then won at Galway by five and a half lengths. It wasn't the strongest of races but the manner of victory and physique of the horse suggests he could do something [special]. He's right up in the top tier at Ballydoyle.
Mark Bird

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For a horse to show that much speed, from that position, was really impressive and I'd be going to the Craven and the Guineas
E.W. Terms
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