New to Tote? Get a £/€10 Welcome Offer
Join Tote >

The Irish continued to dominate over Jumps last season, but it's slightly more of an even playing field on the Flat as we head into another Ten To Follow campaign. 

British-based Charlie Appleby already has the English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas winners in his ranks, but it’s your job to decide if they make your stable this season. 

To help you along, we’ve picked out ten British-trained horses who could rack up the points over the next few months. 

BAAEED

Trained by William Haggas

Potentially the highest rated horse in the world, there is seemingly no ceiling on this four-year-old’s ability. Breathtaking on his return in the Group One Lockinge Stakes, frighteningly, he still looks like he can improve. All being well, all roads lead to the Royal meeting and the Queen Anne Stakes next, but his trainer has hinted at a step up in trip in due course. He currently holds entries for the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Eclipse at Sandown. 

DESERT CROWN 

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Highly touted and regarded three-year-old, his trainer certainly knows a thing or two about preparing a Derby winner. He bolted up at Nottingham as a two-year-old before impressing in the Dante Stakes on his three-year-old debut. Now surging to the top of the antepost markets for the second classic of the season on the back of that, he looks to have the right credentials to go close in an Epsom Derby. The step up to a mile and half could be the making of this unexposed colt, having hit the line hard at the Knavesmire, he should relish the undulating Epsom test. 

INSPIRAL 

Trained by John Gosden

We’ve all seen how dominant the Cheveley Park horses were last season over Jumps and they’ll be hoping to keep the flag flying high during the Flat season with this impressive filly. 

Her two-year-old campaign was practically faultless and the form of her victory in the Fillies’ Mile has been franked with two of the fillies she beat that day finishing one-two in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. She unfortunately missed that assignment due to a setback, but is without doubt a horse to follow as we head into Royal Ascot and beyond. 

EMILY UPJOHN

Trained by John Gosden

Another classy filly with the world at her hooves, her unblemished profile looks perfect for the Epsom Oaks assignment. A pleasantly surprising winner of a novice stakes at Wolverhampton in November, she came forward and won in taking fashion at Sandown to begin this season. A well backed nine length victor that day, the daughter of Sea The Stars announced herself as a black type prospect. Next she was an empathic winner of the Musidora Stakes at York, quickly becoming a warm favourite for, and perhaps the one to beat in the Oaks. Taking into consideration her trainer’s record in the race, and progression with similar top class fillies, she is a starlet in the making. 

NATIVE TRAIL

Trained by Charlie Appleby

If there is one thing that you need when it comes to the Ten To Follow on the Flat, it's a classy horse that is going to run plenty. Native Trail certainly fits that bill with seven races under his belt so far, five of which have come in Group company, including a victory last time in the Irish 2000 Guineas. 

He’s likely to be targeted at all the major mile races this season and although he might bang into his stablemate Corebus, who beat him in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, his trainer is shrewd enough to investigate options in England, Ireland and France.

TRUESHAN

Trained by Alan King

There’s the common idea that Trueshan is completely ground dependant and with seven of his 11 victories coming with soft in the going, there’s plenty of proof to back up that theory. However, his trainer Alan King is fairly certain that he can handle good ground, something he may need to back up if he’s to land the Ascot Gold Cup at the Royal meeting, where conditions have been dry so far in the build up. 

One thing with Trueshan, is that when he does turn up, he always gives a strong account of himself and even if he doesn’t deliver at Royal Ascot, he’ll still be around to deliver the goods at the back end of the Ten To Follow campaign. 

HUKUM

Trained by Owen Burrows

This five-year-old has so far found Group One company to be slightly beyond, but he’s a real trier and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he shows some more improvement this season. Trainer Owen Burrows has always been of the opinion that he takes a few runs to really show his best form, but given he’s already got his year started over in Meydan, the best could be yet to come. 

He added a victory in the City of Gold and a close seventh in the G1 Sheema Classic whilst on his travels, so if he can continue that level of form back on home soil, he could quickly get amongst the points. 

MINZAAL

Trained by Owen Burrows

Another Burrows resident to include, Minzaal might be something of a forgotten horse heading into the Ten To Follow season. He practically missed all of last term through injury, so it was a fairly remarkable training feat to see him return with two good runs at Ascot in October, including when third in the Champions Sprint. 

He’s reappeared already at York, when third behind two race-fit rivals, but if he can find fitness and the form that saw him win the Gimcrack as a two-year-old, then there’s no reason why he can’t be competitive in the sprinting division. 

EL CABALLO

Trained by Karl Burke

Middleham-based Karl Burke has had a fantastic start to the season and El Caballo has certainly been his leading light so far this year. He progressed throughout his two-year-old campaign and continued his winning run on the all-weather over the winter, before reappearing on turf with a career best performance through victory in the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock. 

He’s likely to keep improving this season and given he’s seen plenty of the racecourse already, he could be something of a points collector. 

GAASSEE

Trained by William Haggas

As well as targeting the big Group One’s in the Ten To Follow, it’s important to remember that there’s some big handicaps in the mix as well, and Gaassee could be good for something like the Ebor. 

He was lightly raced last season but was still progressive, and that seems to have continued with his best showing coming over 1m4f at York on his first start this season. He was well up in class that day, but won nicely, and shouldn’t be phased by going up further in trip this term.


Read More