He couldn’t get through the tacky ground in the
Lincoln, and we’ve freshened him up since. Although it was disappointing that he got
beaten, I was pleased with the way he went about his job, because last
year he had a tendency to duck away, mainly, I think, because he was
still a big baby. Down the
field at Kempton [yesterday].
Did well for us last year and has thrived over the winter, so much
so that he’s proving hard to get fit. We’ll probably
go back there this season. He’s rated 85 and if we can get him back to his
two-year-old form, he could do well.
Pretty new to us. She’ll go to Beverley
this week where the stiff 5f will suit her. Went back
to Wolverhampton on Thursday and won really well. A colt who has a lot of quality, but who won’t be out
until mid-season, is Prince Golan (Golan-Mo-hican Princess), while
unnamed (Johannesburg-Coeur de la Mer) fits a similar mould. The ground could dry up before we
can crack on with him, and he may be seen to most effect in the second
half of the season.
Class horse Amadeus Wolf, looks an absolute picture
Bought at Newmarket sales out of Michael Jarvis’s stable. Although he has yet
to race beyond 6f, there’s enough in his pedigree to suggest
he’ll stay 1m in the Guineas, but not enough to guarantee it. More to come, and the
type to progress again from three to four.
A big, raw horse last year, and still has a fair way to go to fill
his frame, but he’s got ability and a lot of speed. Although he won over 1m at Southwell in early
February, when trained by John Gosden, we ran him over 7f at Lingfield
and, although he may have needed the run, he showed a lot of speed. If he gets beaten in the Guineas and it’s obvious he
didn’t stay, we’ll go back sprinting, but if he wins, or runs
a big race in defeat, we’ll stick to 1m.
4 g Indian Rocket – Sweet Nature 00000-5
He’s going straight to the 2,000 Guineas, and everything is
going to plan. I
think he’ll stay.
We bought him at Newmarket from Michael Jarvis. I’ve thought so since the Middle Park, where
he sat on the girths of the leaders and kicked for home passing the
bushes. He had surgery, which appears to have been a complete
success. He pays his way each year and I expect him to do so again.
I could hardly leave this fellow out! He’s been a tremendous
servant for several years and always pays his way. Ran
well for us first time at Wolver-hampton, but I didn’t declare him
for the Lincoln because the ground would have been too testing.
He’s a 1m2f horse and should win a nice handicap or two. He wins a couple of races every year, but
trying to predict where and when is the hardest job.
Riverside Dancer (Stravin-sky-Odori) ran with promise at Kempton
[yesterday], and I also like Sebadee (Cape Cross-Phyllode), Sadeek
(Kyllachy-Miss Mercy), and an unnamed colt (Langfuhr-Touch Of Honor),
who is beginning to look the part.
4 g Josr Algarhoud – Charlie Girl 2540-60
Everything he did last year, including his Group 2 success in
France at the backend, was a bonus, because he was still quite weak.
He’s done great physically over the winter and looks much more the
finished article now. We’ll start him over 6f,
but he could end up getting 7f and, rated 82, he looks on a decent mark.
Nick Smith, head lad Distinctly Game
After elevating himself to the Group 1 stage last year, not to
mention sending out over 80 winners and earning more than pounds 1
million in prize-money, Ryan’s pool of horses now stretches to
three figures. He likes to race on the pace and he
should be up to winning a nice handicap with cut in the ground.
Tough and consistent last year and has done well physically since.
We’ll probably start him off at 6f before stepping him up to 7f and
he might even get 1m before the year is out.
A filly we’ve always held in high regard, giving her a
Cheveley Park entry last year before she’d even run. We’re obviously still finding our way
with him. We’ve gelded him since.
He’s a very nice sort, but he wants cut in the ground and, rated
90, opportunities are scarce for him. Although he’d run well on
soft ground, it was too tacky and dead for him at Redcar, and Neil
[Callan] said he wasn’t happy even cantering down. He’s had, I think, a few niggling problems,
which he seems to be over. She got a
fright in the stalls one day at Haydock, which set her back a bit. He’ll stay a bit further and,
having got his head in front, should pay his way in handicap company.
Ran creditably in defeat at Wolverhampton on Thursday, and we’ll
probably give him a little break before too long.
f Bertolini – Banningham Blade 1402-
5 g Lake Coniston – Shadow Casting 0050-00
Andrew Mullen, stable apprentice Balthazaar’s Gift
Landed a nice race last season at Ripon, and also won at
Wolver-hampton. He seems to go on most
types of ground, likes to dictate the pace, and loves Hamilton.
I got a lot of pleasure seeing him win at Doncaster last backend -
on the same day Palace Episode won the Racing Post Trophy – because
he’d been quite sick earlier in the year and, for a little while,
it was touch and go whether he’d come through it. He’s highly rated
in handicaps, but we’ll see what we can do with him here, and also
We’ve had him about six weeks. He loves the game and gives you 110 per cent every time,
but we discovered, almost by accident, that he doesn’t go for the
whip. In fairness, we found a problem with a knee and a foot and we
halted him early. He was a very good two-year-old
with Sylvester Kirk. Soft ground is important to him and I’d hope
later in the season we could be thinking of the Ayr Gold Cup.
Ran some solid races last year. Not bad for a former journeyman jockey, who, from his
lofty Hambleton base at the top of Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire,
started with only a handful of modest inmates little more than seven
6 g Green Desert – Red Carnival 00600-3
We’ve always held him in high regard. It’s going to
be a tough year for him as a three-year-old with a Group 2 penalty,
especially early on, and his main objectives will be in the autumn – the
Haydock Park Sprint Cup and the Prix de l’Abb-eye. He’s not difficult to get ready and we’ll be
cracking on with him shortly in handicap company before it gets firm.
4 g Forest Wildcat – Silk Masque 406030-
4 c Mind Games – Distinctly Bleu 600000-
c Xaar – Connemara – 414
5 g Most Welcome – Kamada 0061-20
Gave my daughter Amy her first win as an amateur rider at
Wolver-hampton in December. He wants fast ground on turf, and I think we’ll
have some fun with him.
Dark horse Roxan, Rock Of Gibraltar juvenile could shine
A frustrating horse last year, he got off the mark at Musselburgh
this month, where we had a fitness advantage over the hot favourite and
used it to advantage over 1m1f. Last season, he won a
valuable handicap at Galway, which was great for one of his owners, John
Duddy, who had always wanted to have a winner there. He’s a real fast-ground
horse, and we made the mistake of running him at York last season when
the ground was against him – but we won’t make that mistake again.
He’ll be aimed at the major sprint handicaps.
1 couldn’t be happier with him, and there’s no doubt in
my mind that he’s improved since last season.
4 g Danehill Dancer – Tayovullin 40500-2
5 g Groom Dancer – Child’s Play 02230-2
Stable stars: Amadeus Wolf leads Balthazaar’s Gift up the
gallop JON WINTER
ACHIEVEMENT brings reward. A very nice filly is Roxan (Rock Of Gibraltar-Gamra), who
will be out about the middle of next month.
4 c Monashee Mountain – Big Fandango 400060-
Ran some solid races last year without winning, but he was highly
rated for what he’d done at two. He could run this week.
c Zilzal – Devastating 522-311
Miss Kool Kat (Exploit-Pristine), fourth at Lingfield first time
out, was doing all her best work late on. They look a nice bunch, but
most haven’t done anything serious yet, so I’ll just list a
few I like. She’s going to
Newmarket this week for a 7f handicap and could be nicely rated off 84.
Had a great time last year, winding up with a cracking run in the
Cambridgeshire. That race took a
bit out of him, but he’s bouncing now and will run in
Saturday’s Newbury Spring Cup.
Byline: Tom O’Ryan
Add to that pairing a host of high-class handicappers, plus some 60
juveniles, and it’s clear that Ryan, a man with a mission, has the
ammunition to take his career to the next level.
c Xaar – That’s Your Opinion 216011-
8 g Namaqualand – Point Of Law 104000-
A very good juvenile, I had high hopes for him last year, but, like
so many sprinting three-year-olds who do well at two, it was tough for
him. Soft ground was important to him last year, and
it’s likely to continue to be so, though I do feel that as he
becomes more mature, he’ll handle better ground. He should be up to winning a nice
handicap this year.
5 g Paris House – My Desire
c Tagula – Wildflower
c Danetime – Seven Sisters 0521-21
Amber Valley (Foxhound-Amber Mill) is quite a well forward filly,
and Springtime Parkes (Medican-Summerhill Spruce) is also worth
mentioning. He’s a real sprinter,
an uncomplicated horse who loves to force the pace, and he’d be
only a couple of weeks off a run.
5 g Piccolo – Faraway Lass 0551-00
A maiden before this year, but has won at Southwell and Kemp-ton.
Unfortunately, his turf rating has gone up alongside his all-weather
mark to 88, so he’ll have to find more improvement. He’s had one ‘away-day’ at Southwell and
he’ll have another at Newmarket this week when he’ll work on
the first day of the Craven meeting.
6 g Sandpit – Good Reputation 100-100
. Fontana Amorosa (Cadeaux
Genereux-Bella Lambada) is shaping well and will run at Newmarket this
c Mozart – Rachelle 13211-
He didn’t get going until well into the season last year, but
he progressed well and never ran a bad race. Supreme
Speedster (Superior Premium-Effervescent) looks quite sharp, while Orpen
Prince (Orpen-She’s The Tops) is quite a big horse, and showing
plenty of speed. He easily won his maiden
at Haydock last season, but, after missing Royal Ascot at York because
the ground was too quick for him, he then got a small stress fracture behind, and we gave him the rest of the year off. He ran well the
other day at Pontefract and is pretty capable, but he tends to be
something of a ‘bridle’ horse.
c Cadeaux Genereux – Emerald Peace 320-
Steve Haworth, head lad Amadeus Wolf
All class, he could be sprinter of the year
A horse who is ordinary when the ground is good or quicker, good
when it becomes soft, and very good when it’s virtually
un-raceable. He did well last season and has continued to do so,
having recently won nicely at Lingfield, where he got to the front a bit
soon – he tends to pull up a bit in front. The ground is important, as he does
need cut. Well held at
A different horse with another year on his back
A good horse. We
did a lot of work on her and she finished the season with a great run in
the big sales race at Newmarket, where she came second and
‘won’ the race on her side of the course. He’s a very
4 g Mind Games – It’s Another Gift 535060-
A smashing horse, who ran very well for us on his first outing over
5f at Kempton. He looks a million dollars and will have one run before the
Simply because I can’t fault him
Ran well at Southwell on the second day of the turf season, where
he met traffic problems. We’d hoped to have a longer campaign on
the all-weather through winter, but he wasn’t quite right, so we
backed off him. He hated the
ground and didn’t get home in the Lincoln. He’s got a fair
bit to prove, but everything in his work suggests he’ll go all the
way. He should pay his way again. He’ll stand a couple of flicks, but he’d curl up under
stronger use. He needs a bit
of cut in the ground and his campaign will probably be early and late.
He’s a stronger, more mature horse than last season, easy to
train, clean-winded and with a superb temperament. Won over 6f at
Wolverhampton before running creditably over 5f back on turf. We’ll bring him
back to 7f at Newmarket this week. He’s a horse
with good two-year-old form who had found it hard at three. We’ve given him an entry in the French 2,000 Guineas and
he’ll start off in a conditions race at Newmarket this week.
In Amadeus Wolf, his outstanding flag-bearer of last year, courtesy
of his Gimcrack-Middle Park double, he has an inmate with clear Classic
pretensions, and while Palace Episode, his other Group 1 winner from
last term, is now with Godolphin, he has a potential top-notch sprinter
in Balthazaar’s Gift, a Group 2 winner in France in November.
c Pursuit Of Love – Perfect Poppy 311460-
Bought out of Ireland at Newmarket’s horses-in-training sale,
and he ran a couple of solid races before we gave him a holiday.
We’ll try him back at 1m. I
think he’s a sprinter and we’ll be dropping him back to 6f
6 g Mind Games – Northern Sal 100041-
6 g Nureyev – Aldariel 61010-1
g Foxhound – Mujadilly 31212-
Certain winner King Orchisios, a potential class act
g Highest Honor – Green Charter 09-3215
Bought out of Barry Hills’s yard at the horses-in-training
sale, he shaped really well at Wolver-hampton on his first run for us,
but then disappointed in the Lincoln. It doesn’t always follow, but in
the case of Kevin Ryan, his exploits of recent seasons have helped to
substantially increase his horsepower.
g Monashee Mountain – Celtic Link 441013-
A very genuine horse, who has been going well. He loves fast ground, probably more than his old legs do,
but he’s a horse with a good engine and we should have some fun
We’ve got about 60 two-year-olds