The Ten To Follow Flat is back! Opening on May 23rd, you can select your Ten To Follow team for the fast upcoming summer of flat racing.
There are 23 Bonus Races where you can get an additional 25 points for a win, or 12 points for second. We’ve put together a list of five must-have bankers for the bonus races this season.
(Queen Anne Stakes/Prince of Wales)
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.
(Ascot Gold Cup)
A smart, staying four-year-old who has excelled since going up in trip. He brushed aside Search For A Song at Navan before following up in commanding style in a Leopardstown G3 in May. A monsterous improver this term already, there could be more to come when he steps into top class company at the major summer festivals. His form with the aforementioned Search For A Song has him on par with the other top stayers. Given the fact he is younger than most of that division, trained by Aidan O’Brien, and still massively unexposed, further improvement can be expected from son of Galileo. Although Ballydoyle has not won the Ascot Gold Cup since 2016, O’Brien still has still saddled the most winners in the race with seven.
Highly touted and regarded three-year-old, who is trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who knows a thing or two or five 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.
A 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 fillys, she is a starlet in the making.
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(King’s Stand Stakes/Platinum Jubilee Stakes)
Top class sprinter that has already scored in the toughest company, including once again this season. Twice an overseas Group One winner, the Adrian McGuinness trained colt triumphed in the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp before following up in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan. Versatile for a sprinter, he has won over five furlongs and six furlongs and has many bonus race options throughout the season. Officially rated 118, he is not far off the likes of other top sprinters such as Golden Pal. A thoroughly likable type, it won’t be long before he prevails on British soil.