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Juvenile Transition Horses To Follow 2016

Not the usual type of article for the blog but one I'm more than happy to post. As the Flat season winds down for this year, regular contributor Darren Goodbody, @DarrenPGoodbody is looking ahead to the three year old campaigns of these promising juveniles. Put them in your horse trackers now, and remember where they came from!


Juvenile Transition Horses To Follow 2016

LUMIERE : Shamardal – Screen Star (Tobougg)

A very exciting filly from Mark Johnston’s Middleham set up. The daughter of Dewhurst Stakes winning juvenile sire Shamardal was very smart on her debut when hacking up by six lengths at Newbury when beating Listed Julia Graves Rose Stakes winner Shadow Hunter. The maiden is working out well at present with the runner up Sharja Queen winning comfortably next time out.

Her Group 2 Lowther Stakes run saw her still on the baby side when pulling too hard in the early stages of the race which made her come off a true line in the closing stages when behind the smart Besharah who is looking a solid yardstick for any transition juvenile for next season.

She has a few entries left this season which includes the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, she is entered in next year's first classic the 1000 Guineas where she gets a quote at present of 16/1 with Bet365.

EARRING : Dansili – Together (Galileo)

Beautifully bred unraced filly by Dansili, her strong bloodline through her dam who won the Queen Elizabeth 11 Challenge Cup Stakes as a three year old on her last career start. Together was a well-raced mare as a juvenile landing the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes with going on to be placed in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Stakes and the £300,000 Tattersall's Millions Two Year Old Fillies' Trophy.

Earring looks a filly that will need soft to heavy conditions with both her father and mother having their best career runs on the surface. The dam-sire needs no introduction being Galileo who was a very versatile stallion on any ground. There is much to like about her and even she though she is entered at Newmarket on Champions Weekend her strong contention could come once she makes her forward transition if going the Irish 1000 Guineas route, nevertheless a promising filly.

EMOTIONLESS : Shamardal – Unbridled Elaine (Unbridled’s Song)

She blasted on the scene when landing her maiden at headquarters beating a field that has included three winners already and could well work out as a hot maiden. She impressed me even further when landing the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at the St Leger meeting winning readily by three and a half lengths fending off Vintage Stakes runner-up Ibn Malik.

She is another well-bred daughter of Shamardal out of Breeders Cup Oaks and Breeders Cup Distaff winning mare Unbridled Elaine. Her index looks like she will be made for the guineas next season for trainer Charlie Appleby and the boys in blue with her powerful cruising speed and amazing turn of foot she is one of my most exciting prospects for next season.

EBEDIYIN : Raven’s Pass – Ebadiyla (Sadler’s Wells)

The daughter of Solario Stakes winning juvenile sire Raven’s Pass caught my eye at Galway when taking the scalp of the well thought of Cole Porter and with the latter having big plans this year with top entries the win could be open to much more improvement. Lets talk about her sire a bit more, his transition run came in the 2000 Guineas when only managing fourth and went on to finish runner up in three more Group 1s as a three year old and did not taste success until later in his three year old career when winning a QE11 Stakes and the Breeders Cup Classic.

The dam Ebadiyla was a smart three year old when landing the Irish Oaks and went on to became a smart stayer in her career when winning the Prix Royal-Oak before going on to finish placed in the Coronation Cup holding a rating of 123. As we can see from both parents, Ebediyin should be stretching between 1m – 1m 4f with ease and is an exciting prospect for Dermot Weld.

ACAPULCO : Scat Daddy – Global Finance (End Sweep)

Probably one of the most exciting sprinters for next year that Wesley Ward has on his books, the question is how long will the trainer be able to hold on to the horse. The lightly-raced juvenile blew me away when attempting to give age away in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes. He set a serious strong gallop and at one stage nothing was getting to him, but it took the Prix de Saint-Georges winner Mecca Angel a while to cut into the lead to win.

That Nunthorpe form has already taken shape with the fourth placed Sole Power coming out in Ireland to land the Group 2 Flying Five Stakes. Acapulco is sired by the American bred Scat Daddy who had successes in the Champagne Stakes, Fountain of Youth Stakes and ended his career when winning the Florida Derby with a solid average index of 9f Acapulco has the ability to improve above her sprint status if this is the route all concern decide to go.

ENTSAR : Fastnet Rock – Starfish (Galileo)

With speed and middle distance pedigree on her side she could be a nice prospect for next year. Trained by William Haggas with connections through owners Al Shaqab Racing she is another interesting prospect waiting in the wings. This daughter of sprinting sensation Fastnet Rock who has produced seven Group 1 winners in 2015 which have included Oaks winner Qualify, Pretty Polly Stakes winner Diamondandrubies and May Hill Stakes winner Turrett Rocks. The dam Starfish was un-raced, but her pedigree line through the mighty Gallieo opens up many possibilities of Entsar getting index distances between 6f all the way up to 10f. She is entered in both Tattersails Millions on Champions weekend at Newmarket and will be having her first look at a race course, she is likely to be green on debut as most Fastnet Rock juvenile fillies are, but I would expect her to come on a lot from her first outing where ever she runs.

HADDAJAH : Sea The Stars – Ardbrae Lady (Overbury)

Purchased for $340,000 this daughter of multiple Group 1 winning sire Sea The Stars has to yet be assigned a trainer, it will be interesting to see where the connections go with her as their options are open with Richard Fahey, William Haggas and even Richard Hannon waiting in the wings. I would be very interested to see her appear and settle with Yorkshire based trainer Richard Fahey who has climbed to bigger heights in 2015.

The dam Ardbrae Lady won as a juvenile over seven furlongs when trained by Joseph Murphy in Ireland and went on to finish runner-up in the Irish 1000 Guineas before finally winning at pattern level when landing the Group 3 Express Stakes. Both sides of the family have soft pedigrees up to no quicker than good ground, I always thought Sea The Stars was far superior on good ground with a slight edge of cut which saw him land the Arc.

CHIEF WHIP : Giant’s Causeway – Canterbury Lace (Danehill)

A well-bred son of Giant’s Causeway was bought in at the sales for just over $190,000 and could be a bargain buy for when he turns three. He won nicely on debut at Sandown when over turning John Gosden’s Cartago by half a length. The runner-up has come on leaps and bounds winning two races this year at Windsor and Yarmouth and commands a current rating of 89.

The dam Canterbury Lace was un-raced and with her sire Danehill who landed the Group 1 Super Sprint in his career shows there is a possibility we will see him competing over seven furlongs and above. Already a winner over 7f Chief Whip is bound to improve with age, he is currently entered in the Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar next month, and has entries in this year's Dewhurst and Racing Post Trophy. With an opening mark of just 78 there looks more to come from the colt.

ABDON : Cacique – Kinnaird (Dr Devious)

Sir Michael Stoute’s Abdon I thought was very impressive when landing his maiden well on what looked testing ground at Newbury back in August. Sitting off the pace he found a nice turn of foot to come through in the latter part of the race to probably win a shade cosily. He is the son of Manhatten Handicap and Man O’War Stakes winning sire Cacique who was a useful three year old winning four of his seven starts which included the Group 3 Prix Daniel Wildenstein La Rochelle when trained by illustrious French trainer Andre Fabre.

He tasted Group 1 success in America when trained by Robert Frankel and was even runner up in the Arlington millions. The dam won her first two starts as a juvenile when trained by Pat Haslam and only lost once throughout her juvenile career. Her transition saw her struggle managing only placed finishes, but was rewarded when winning the Group 1 Prix de L’Opera.

Abdon’s maiden has seen to date the favorite from the race In The Red win in September after finishing fourth to Abdon, the fifth El Toi has also ran well finishing behind Executor of Roger Charlton’s who could also be one to follow next season.

SHALAA : Invincible Spirit – Ghurra (War Chant)

It’s good news that we are seeing a useful and probably a tidy three year old come to life next season from John Gosden’s stables. Since his what-you-could-probably-call his car crash debut at Newbury, he has won his last four starts impressively which has seen him land the Group 2 July Stakes the Group 2 Richmond Stakes and more recently the Group 1 Prix Morny when beating a useful yardstick in Gutaifan who has franked the form when landing the Group 2 Flying Childers.

He is probably one of my favorite juveniles this year, his sire Invincible Spirit won the Sprint Cup as a five year old, but prior in his early career he won the Listed Yearlings race at Ripon before going on to bigger success as he aged. The dam won only once in her career as a juvenile when trained by Ed Dunlop and finished her career off in America under the guidance of Barry Cecil where she managed third in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap. I would expect Shalaa to win the Middle Park Stakes this year and with a pencilled Dewhurst booking, he could be a interesting prospect going forward for next year's 2000 Guineas where he gets a quote of 16/1 with firms Bet Victor, Stan James and


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