In our latest Next Time Out blog, we’ve picked out three horses who are certainly worth sticking in your notebooks ahead of their next runs.
Read on as to why we’ve picked them out.
This David Menusier-trained grey can be forgiven for his last two lacklustre efforts and improvement can be expected next time out. The three-year-old was unbeaten last year and in his two outings over the winter beat some nice types that have kicked-on this year. Aleas has won three times since losing out to Belloccio and has an official rating of 98, while Mohaafeth has also gone on to score three times and looks set to go to the Derby with a live chance. Also, on the grey’s hit list was Cirona who last month won a Group 3 event at Longchamp.
The two runs he has had this year have been in Group 2 and 3 company on good ground, and the form of his two wins last year suggest a bit of cut underfoot will do his chances no harm. This looks a horse that will be worth keeping an eye on for a shrewd trainer.
Big Little Lie
Following a trio of hapless efforts in novice company (at odds of 50/1, 125/1 and 200/1), Big Little Lie made a minor mockery of her handicap at Brighton on Monday.
The Jamie Osborne-trained three-year-old by Dark Angel slumped out of the stalls and had traffic problems in the middle of the race but finished with a rattle to score cosily.
It will be interesting to see what the handicapper makes of that effort, but she should be winning again soon if not hiked above a rating of 60 (currently 54) and could well work out to be a filly worth following throughout the season as she continues her upward curve.
Saffie Osborne gets on well with the filly which is important given the three-year-old’s apparent immaturity, and her claim, though recently reduced to 5lbs from a generous 7lbs, remains of good value at the moment.
All eyes were on the winner of the opening fillies’ maiden at Goodwood as Flotus created a very good impression when scoring by over four lengths on her first career start, however Profound Alexander might be one to keep an eye on too.
William Muir and Chris Grassick’s filly was held up and found herself with little room on the inner for much of the journey.
She had little joy when attempting to deliver her challenge and when the gaps finally opened the winner was away and gone.
The two-year-old flew home, though, and there is plenty to suggest she would have finished a good deal closer had she not endured the nightmare passage that she did.