With the 2014 flat season now gathering momentum, attention focuses on the forthcoming classics and the reappearance of some of the older horses who have remained in training.
Several ten to follow lists include the likes of Kingman, Australia, Rizeena and the veteran Cirrus Des Aigles but there are other perhaps less well known racehorses offering potential value for money in the ensuing months.
There may be one or two familiar names among the 10 horses below but they all could be worth following in the days ahead…
Leading Light – Aidan O’Brien
He won the St Leger and the Queens Vase last season before finding the Arc de Triomphe much shorter than his ideal trip. He has been earmarked for the Ascot Gold Cup and other staying races.
Cougar Mountain – Aidan O’Brien
This horse did not race as a two year old after a setback in training, but he is highly regarded by the O’Brien stable and will probably run no further than a mile.
Taghrooda – John Gosden
This three year old filly won her only race as a two year old when winning at Newmarket in September after running green early in proceedings. Her pedigree suggests that races between 1m2f and 1m4f will be in range.
Toronado – Richard Hannon
The Juddmonte International Stakes at York proved that this horse perhaps does not stay beyond a mile and cannot run races too close together. He is expected to contest the main one mile races.
York Glory – Kevin Ryan
This six year old sprinter always seems to win at least one race per season and seems to act on any surface but probably favours decent ground. He is expected to contest the top sprint races.
Mushir – Roger Varian
This horse was unbeaten as a two year old over six furlongs but his defeat in the Newmarket Free Handicap suggests that he will be a better horse over the sprint distances.
Sinkal – Dermot Weld
He is a three year old colt who won by over three lengths on his only racecourse appearance in a decent 1m2f race at the Curragh in April. His running suggested that he will improve for the experience at a similar distance if not further.
Royal Diamond – Johnny Murtagh
Some creditable performances were produced from this consistent horse last season when placed only once outside the first three in finishing fifth in the Irish St Leger. He is likely to contest races at around the 1m6f distance or further.
Sudden Wonder – Charlie Appleby
He improved throughout his two year old career to win his final race by eight lengths and then marked his seasonable debut by claiming the Tattersalls Millions 3 year old Trophy at Newmarket.1m 2f may be the optimum trip for this son of New Approach.
Night of Thunder – Richard Hannon
After an unbeaten two year old career when producing two impressive performances, Night of Thunder reappeared in the Greenham Stakes only to finish second after being outpaced by Kingman. This Galileo colt may be best suited by middle distance races.