First two-year-old of the season for David Simcock an eyecatcher
The new Flat turf season is well underway and the latest crop of juveniles have started hitting the track. With six-furlong races just beginning, and Royal Ascot less than a month away, there could be some exciting names emerge in the coming weeks. Here are four horses it could pay to keep an eye on.
Chelmsford, April 18, 4th
James Given is yet to have a juvenile winner this season, but this filly, plus a couple of others the trainer has run, have significantly outrun their odds. Red Maharani will want further than the five furlongs she was presented with at Chelmsford and she made late headway in the straight having been detached in last as the field turned for home. She should be a different proposition moving forward and will appreciate an extra furlong at least.
Doncaster, April 27, 5th
The initial signs are that George Scott has a nice team of juveniles this season and they have started to hit the target in the last couple of weeks. Dragon Command was unable to win on his debut, but he shaped promisingly and should leave this effort behind. Green throughout, the colt will have learned a lot from the experience and was beaten less than two lengths.
Beverley, May 6, 4th
This filly is bred to be better over six furlongs and backed up her pedigree when staying on strongly on her debut. Beverley is a stiff five furlongs and, having been green and a little outpaced, she finished the race on the front foot. Her trainer, Michael Dods, is back among the winners and she may win soon over a stiff five or when the six-furlong contests begin.
Nottingham, May 10, 4th
The first juvenile runner of the year for the David Simcock yard, Microscopic shaped with promise after a slightly awkward start. The filly travelled nicely on testing ground and kept on at the one pace in the final furlong. She should appreciate an extra furlong, with her brother, Scrutineer, winning over six and seven furlongs at two.
Sire to note
Australian sprinter Brazen Beau has his first crop of runners this season and the early signs are encouraging, with two winners from six runners. His progeny appear to have inherited some of his speed and he could be a sire to follow for the first half of the season when there is a greater emphasis on sprints.
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