The flat is back! The Craven meeting kicks off today and before we know it, the Guineas will be here! As you can tell we are a little excited! Now it can be a little early to tell who the stars of the season will be but with the exciting MONARCHS GLEN winning handsomely under Frankie Dettori last Wednesday night at Kempton, some stars are already shining through!
Before we get onto the future stars, we also saw a lot of the horse’s head over to Dubai to get the sun on their backs and saw some old favourites. Although we know these older horses it always good to get an idea of who will be carrying on next season, a horse I loved to see racing again was BIG ORANGE and after another great performance he is sure to have another exciting season ahead, he will be aimed at claiming a 3rd Goodwood Cup in August. POSTPONED, JACK HOBBS and HIGHLAND REEL also returned and we will no doubt next see them at Royal Ascot.
3 horses to follow for the 2017 Season:
SWISS STORM- Owned by Godolphin, Swiss Storm will run in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury this Saturday. A race that has proved a very good 2000 Guineas trial. Frankel won this in 2011 before storming to 2000 Guineas success. Swiss Storm is in fact a son of Frankel and he will look to emulate his legendary sire. He has already won at Newbury having done so as a 2 year old when ridden by Jim Crowley, he was impressive that day and it would be a surprise if he were to get beat this weekend.
ATTY PERSSE- Atty Persse is another son of Frankel but unlike Swiss Storm looks set to run over middle distances this season with the Investec Derby the principal aim. Trained by Roger Charlton, he could hardly have been more impressive when he won on debut at Sandown and he is definitely one to watch this season.
ESCOBAR- Trained by Hugo Palmer and named due to his unique white facial markings, Escobar won his first 2 starts in good fashion before disappointing in the Somerville Stakes on his final start as a 2 year old. He will try and emulate his stable mate Galileo Gold by winning the 2000 Guineas on his first start as a 3 year old.
The next few weeks leading up to the Guineas will be very telling and it will be very interesting to see where these guys stand then!