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.

My Paris

North Walk

Tom Forest

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.

King Orchisios

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.

Desert Lord

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

High Curragh

Raymond’s Pride

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

in Ireland.

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

years ago.

6 g Green Desert – Red Carnival 00600-3

Spiritual Peace


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.

Amadeus Wolf

4 g Forest Wildcat – Silk Masque 406030-

4 c Mind Games – Distinctly Bleu 600000-

Blades Girl

Harry Up………………………………..

Coleorton Dancer

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.

Staff selections

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


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-

Distinctly Game

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.


Kamanda Laugh

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-

Older horses

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-

Divine Gift

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

Kempton [yesterday].


A different horse with another year on his back

Wigwam Willie

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

talented horse.

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.

Gifted Gamble

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-

Danetime Lord

Balthazaar’s Gift

Don Pele

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

next time.

Lake Andre

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

Reporter’s choice

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

with him.

Wahoo Sam

We’ve got about 60 two-year-olds

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