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Mark Howard selects ten horses to follow on the Flat this summer

Saturday 15 April 2017

Racing UK presenter Mark Howard selects ten horses to follow on the Flat this year in interview with Peter Naughton. You can buy his latest book, Ahead on the Flat, by clicking here

CRACKSMAN

(3-y-o colt trained by John Gosden)

He looks very promising, he’s only had one race in his life and made his debut at the back-end of the season at Newmarket over a mile. It’s early days to say how strong the form is but he’s got the good entries. It was more about the manner of the win.

CRIMSON ROCK

(3-y-o filly trained by Ralph Beckett)

She’s bred to be very good, she’s by Fastnet Rock and a half-sister to Peeping Fawn, and she cost plenty. It doesn’t need me to say how good Ralph Beckett is with three-year-old fillies. She’ll go for a trial, probably the Lingfield Oaks trial, and hopefully on to the Oaks.

CRYSTAL OCEAN

(3-y-o colt trained by Sir Michael Stoute)

He’s got some fancy entries, he didn’t win on debut but finished a highly promising second at Newbury, only beaten a neck. Sir Michael Stoute does have first-time-out winners but they invariably improve for the run and he’s a half-brother to Crystal Capella and Hillstar. He’s going to be a mile and a quarter, mile and a half horse, I’d be surprised if he’s not a Pattern horse.

MAZZINI

(4-y-o gelding trained by James Fanshawe)

The family all improve with age and once he was gelded last season he was a different horse. From the family of Frizzante and Zidane, he’s got to be a Wokingham or Stewards’ Cup horse.

MOJITO

(3-y-o colt trained by William Haggas)

George Baker has said he's as promising a two-year-old as he rode last season. He’s got a mark of 83, Kieren Fallon rode him in a lot of work last season and liked him an awful lot. He looks a mile, mile and a quarter horse, whether he’s a Britannia horse we’ll see, but I’d be amazed if he isn’t winning races, you’d like to think he’d be a Group horse running in handicaps.”

SAINT EQUIANO

(3-y-o colt trained by Keith Dalgleish)

“He’s a horse Keith Dalgleish has definitely got high hopes for this season. He has raced largely on ground with cut, so he might always want that, but there’s a good programme for those three-year-old six-furlong sprint handicaps.”

SHRAAOH

(4-y-o colt trained by Sir Michael Stoute)

He’s rated in the low 90s and I think a mile and a half is probably his optimum trip. He’s lightly raced, only had six races in his life and has been gelded since last year. He’s a classic Sir Michael Stoute horse who'll start in middle-distance handicaps and hopefully by midway/end of season he’ll be running in Pattern races.”

SO MI DAR

(4-y-o filly trained by John Gosden)

She’s bred to be very good, she only raced over a mile and a quarter and I think she’ll be even better over a mile and a half. She's got everything - she’s got speed, she won at Yarmouth at the end of the season, she was unlucky in France. If I had to pick one out, she would be my answer to win a Group 1 this season.

STRAW HAT

(4-y-o filly trained by William Haggas)

I think she’s a well-handicapped filly. She’s had three runs in her life, she improved with every start, she’s rated 75 and she's a full sister to Telescope. She’s only raced over a mile and a quarter and I’m sure she’ll improve going a mile and a half. William Haggas says she’ll go through the ranks and the handicapper’s given her every chance.

MORI

(3-y-o filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute)

She's never raced before but she's impeccably bred (by Frankel out of Midday), trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by Khalid Abdullah. The reports were very promising, so when she makes her debut we’ll have to see. She probably won’t be a dark horse as the bookmakers aren’t going to miss her when she does run.

You can buy Mark's latest book, Ahead on the Flat, by clicking here 

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