The summer is finally here and the flat season is at last upon us.
Some of us love National Hunt horse racing, some of us prefer the flat racing season, while most of us are just happy to watch as much horse racing as physically possible.
Whatever your pleasure one thing’s for sure, the start of a new season always brings bright new spirits, fresh hope and excellent horse racing betting opportunities.
But who are the horses we should be following over the next six months?
Well, we have a few suggestions.
Here are our top 10 horses to watch out for this flat season.
Let the Richard Hughes trained Brentford Hope fill your summer with optimism.
Ridden by Jamie Spencer on his debut in the 1m 2f Coates & Seely Brut Reserve Maiden Stakes at Newmarket in October, the son of Camelot cruised home to win by five lengths and immediately made himself a potential outside shot for Derby glory.
The nature of his win that day, and his ease of effort approaching the three furlong mark, suggests middle distance dominance beckons.
More will become clear when he takes on the Irish Derby prior to his arrival at Epsom but another strong outing at the Curragh will surely see his value in the English equivalent reduced significantly so hesitators be warned.
Hughes has been waiting patiently to get a hold of a first class colt since he swapped the saddle for the stables and there is every chance that with Brentford Hope his patience has been rewarded.
ICYMI: Brentford Hope produced this impressive performance on debut at @NewmarketRace this week and @RHughesracing spoke to @Niallhannity about his youngster on #TheFridayClub. Watch the full interview here >>>https://t.co/utdpIhaOpS pic.twitter.com/EbONQfNxQV
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) October 27, 2019
Sir Michael Stoute’s two-year-old has a very bright future as demonstrated at Leicester last September where, despite a slow start out of the stalls, he kept himself in contention until, with three furlongs left to run, putting his hoof down to win by three lengths.
But, hey, with a dad like Frankel, it is little wonder that Highest Ground won so effortlessly on his first ever run out. I’ts in his blood!
As with Brentford Hope, he looks like the middle distances will suit best in the long term.
He is another on the early list of runners for the Derby and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him follow in the hoof steps of his father and make a name for himself at Epsom before long.
Frankel. That is all. 🤩
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 3, 2020
John Gosden has 178 horses in training in 2020 and this three-year-old son of Lope De Vega could well prove to be among the best of them. Certainly if Hypothetical’s five length victorious run out in a class 3 at Chelmsford in December is anything to go by.
Recent defeat at Kempton should do little to numb the excitement surrounding the capabilities of the colt who fetched 550,000gns as a yearling.
He has been entered for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and is a current outside hopeful, but expectations could rise if he achieves some nice victories before then.
Back in July and August last year, Into Faith caught the eye on a couple of occasions over 7f at Doncaster and Sandown Park respectively, especially the power he demonstrated in the later stages on both occasions.
He followed up these eye catching appearances up with a convincing win in a £124k race at Longchamp in October.
That day in France, he showed a desire for the soft ground, so much so that we would definitely consider backing him if conditions are wet.
In the long term, however, there is little doubt that this horse has potential Group class written all over him.
A big summer awaits Kameko, the son of Kitten’s Joy.
Entered into both the English and the Irish 2,000 Guineas, as well as the Epsom Derby, all of which you will find prices for here, Kameko could well turn out to be a serious player in all the big colts races this season.
Andrew Balding’s colt threw down an impressive marker on the all-weather at Gosforth Park against what looked like a classy looking line-up, winning by three lengths in one of the best performances seen by a two-year-old anywhere last campaign.
Keep your eyes peeled on this one.
Next up is an unbeaten three-year-old trained by Saeed bin Suroor by the name of Military March.
Boasting two starts and two wins at Newmarket last season, including a Group three, prices are available on this runner for both the 2,000 Guineas and Derby.
Held in high regard, Military March has the potential to become a Group one horse and as such we make him one of the main horses to follow in the 2020 flat season.
The Jessica Harrington filly Millisle has won three of her five starts and finished second in the other two. She also bested odds-on favourite Raffle Prize in the Group 1 Cheverley Park Stakes at Newmarket despite going off at 16/1.
This brilliant start to her running career has deservedly earnt her recognition as the best of her age in Europe and we can expect her to make an appearance in all of the major Group 1 fillies events on the horizon.
Already, the daughter of Starspangledbanner looks likely to have a big summer and has been entered into the 1,000 Guineas in both Ireland and England.
Jim Bolger expects promising things from his charge Poetic Flare who was a very good winner on his debut at Naas.
There, he beat the much fancied Aidan O’Brien trained Sir Dragonet and now holds major entries in a variety of Group 1 races.
Following such a brilliant debut, much is expected of him as he develops into a top-level competitor.
This son of Dawn Approach, who collected the Guineas, the Dewhurst and the Coventry in his esteemed career, will try to uphold his father’s reputation and be one of the key horses to follow in 2020 and beyond.
Search For A Song
Dermot Weld’s Search For a Song is another to make our list. A hopefully high class stayer, she seems to be improving with each outing, even a seeing off a top class field when taking the Group 1 Irish St Leger.
But it was the manner of her victory that really caught the eye, racing keenly in the early stages before motoring up the field to win by more than two lengths.
The field that day included the Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter, as well as a number of other Group 1 winners such as Capri and Kew Gardens.
We expect to be hearing a lot more from Search For A Song who, especially given her fillies’ allowance, and she could be one of the summer’s most talked about stayers.
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Prior to picking up a mid-season injury last year, Thunderous was on a run of three wins from three races.
Thunderous burst onto the scene with a stunning debut victory at Doncaster before running unchallenged at Redcar and claiming the Denford Stakes at Newbury before injury hit.
All of these wins were recorded over 7f so it would be a surprise if he wasn’t allowed or encouraged to go further this season.
Ultimately though, that is trainer Mark Johnston’s call but a good winter of recovery should mean he is ready to hit the ground running on his return.
A lovely performance from Thunderous to maintain his unbeaten record in the Listed Denford Stakes at Newbury for @HighclereRacing and @Johnston_Racing. He was a 70,000gns #TattsOctober Book 2 buy by John & @JakeJWarren from Genesis Green Stud. pic.twitter.com/r4HKgy7s7J
— Tattersalls (@Tattersalls1766) August 17, 2019
Waldkonig made a name for himself following an impressive debut at Wolverhampton in December and justified the support with a nine-length win.
Waldkonig, trained by John Gosden, comes from an illustrious family and is the son of Kingman and half-brother to Arc winner Waldgeist.
He has entries into both the Derby and the 2,000 Guineas and is definitely one to watch this flat season.