CLIVE COX has already had a season he won't forget in a hurry with My Dream Boat and Profitable providing him with a Group 1 double, respectively, in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and King Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the exciting Tis Marvellous landing the Prix Robert Papin and rapidly improving Zonderland raising the bar for the Lambourn trainer at Salisbury last week.
Cox has swept past a highly satisfactory total of 44 winners for 2015 and is only one shy of a half century with over £1,248,000 in prize money and has plenty of firepower for the big four-day meeting at York this week with Profitable set to take his chance in the Nunthorpe and My Dream Boat set to line up in the Juddmonte International.
There is plenty of other back up with Kodi Bear awaiting some cut in the ground and a drop in class and several tough as teak handicappers that can be expected to display their mettle in the coming months.
On the eve of York's Ebor meeting, Clive kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes can make hay in the coming months.
5 b g Mount Nelson - Cape Merino
Winner of two of his 7 starts. Scored by two and a quarter lengths from Welliesinthewater on his reappearance at Kempton (1m) in May off a mark of 80. Currently rated 82 on the turf and 87 (AW).
"He won very well at Kempton first time out and the ground was too firm for him last time out at Haydock. Hopefully, he will be heading back to Kempton for that London Mile Final."
4 gr g Verglas - Special Lady
Winner of two of his 9 starts. Returned to winning form at Windsor (6f) in May when beating Stellarta a length of a mark of 87. Currently rated 91.
"Ice Lord is much happier with a bit of ease in the ground. He came back with an infection in his foot after his last run at Windsor and I would be hopeful that after winning there earlier in the year he will be one to watch through the Autumn."
4 br c Kodiac - Hawattef
Winner of four of his 13 starts. In great form last season when his three victories culminated in a three and a quarter length success from Gabrial in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood (1m) last August. Currently rated 111.
"He has been campaigned at the highest level this term after a really pleasing season last year and the ground has just been a little on the quick side for him this time around. We will give him a chance to catch his breath after the Sussex Stakes and we still believe he is a top class performer."
4 b g Kodiac - Belmora
Winner of four of his 15 starts. Scored by three quarters of a length from Raising Sand at Windsor (1m 1/2f) last week off his current mark of 89.
"He's progressing nicely and won at Windsor last week. He is very much at home on quicker ground. He won at Sandown before his Windsor success and a stiff mile or extended mile is very much his trip. We might consider stepping him up a furlong in due course as well."
4 b g Showcasing - Little Nymph
Winner of four of his 20 starts. Returned to winning form on latest start at Chepstow (6f) at the end of July when beating Pixeleen a neck off a mark of 85. Currently rated 89.
"He won at Chepstow last time and is all heart and a typical Showcasing and an improving type. He is a great horse to have in the team."
MY DREAM BOAT
4 b c Lord Shanakill - Betty Burke
Winner of six of his 15 starts. Most progressive individual this term and took the Group 3 Bet365 Gordon Stakes at Sandown (1m 2f) in April with a length and a half defeat of Western Hymn and the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m 2f) in June by a neck from Found. Currently rated 122.
"He has been an absolute star and won the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June after earlier being successful in the Gordon Stakes at Sandown. His whole career has been on an upward curve and he's lovely horse to deal with. He is in the International at York this week and I would be praying the ground isn't too quick for him as he's in excellent form. He also holds an entry in the Irish Champion and also the English Champion at Ascot in October. We will play the cards accordingly but he just doesn't like it too firm so we will see how things pan out this week first."
4 gr g Aussie Rules - My American Beauty
Winner of two of his 20 starts. Came closest to victory this season on his reappearance at Brighton (7f) in April when beaten a length and a quarter by Fingal's Cave off a mark of 82. Currently rated 80.
"He won twice last year and the handicapper has given him a chance now off a rating of 80. He's good and honest and I'm sure he will get his head in front again before the end of the season."
4 b c Invincible Spirit - Dani Ridge
Winner of five of his 16 starts. Much improved this season and completed a hat trick when beating Cotai Glory a neck in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot (5f) in June. Creditable fourth, beaten three and a half lengths, to Limato in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket (6f) on latest start in July. Currently rated 117.
"He has been a huge success this year winning at Royal Ascot in the King's Stand after winning the Temple Stakes at Haydock and the Palace House at Newmarket. We ran him in the July Cup but I am very much aware his best performances have been over five furlongs. We are really looking forward to running him at the end of the week in the Nunthorpe he's in very good form."
8 b g Haafhd - Atnab
Winner of five of his 42 starts. Disqualified for interference after getting home by a head from Go Far at Goodwood (6f) in May off his current mark of 95.
"He has always performed so consistently that the handicapper has really kept a hold of him. For an older horse he's kept up his performance level really well. He is on a rating of 95 now and we are hopefully going to head to Sandown on Saturday week for a 0-95 which should suit him. He's in very good nick."
4 br g Dark Angel - Jemima's Art
Winner of 2 of his 11 starts. Made a winning reappearance at Chepstow (1m 2f) in June when beating Innoko a lengths off his current mark of 71.
"He won his maiden at Goodwood last year and won a handicap at Chepstow in the first part of this year. He is in good order and is a top of the ground horse who stays well. He has a couple of entries coming up and is a good fun horse."
TEARS OF THE SUN
5 b m Mastercraftsman - Perfect Star
Winner of five of her 23 starts. Made a winning reappearance at Brighton (1m 2f) in April when beating Victoria Pollard three lengths off a mark of 89 and failed by only a head behind Elbereth in a listed race at Nottingham (1m 2f) next time out in June. Currently rated 97.
"She is out of mare we used to train and is a winner this season and just missed out in a listed race at Nottingham. She is from a good family and disappointed at Salisbury the other day and we will give her time to catch her breath."
4 b f High Chaparral - Millestan
Winner of two of her 7 starts. Scored by a length and a half Dutch Uncle off a mark of 81 at Windsor (1m 2f) in April. Currently rated 94.
"She was listed placed after winning at Windsor earlier in the year. She will continue to look for more black type and wants some ease underfoot."
b c Pivotal - Regal Rose
Winner of two of his 6 starts. Returned to winning form when beating War Story three quarters of a length at Ascot (1m) in July off a mark of 87 and beaten only half a length by Hawatif at Goodwood (7f) in July off a mark of 92. Currently rated 93.
"He won very impressively at Ascot over a mile and followed up with a very solid performance at Goodwood off a rating of 92. He is blessed with plenty of speed but clearly stays the mile well and is from a great family out of a Group 1 winning mare. I hope he can continue to progress and he's in at York on Friday and hopefully he might be able to take another step forward."
CARPE DIEM LADY
b f Acclamation - Greenisland
No wins from 9 starts. Runner-up in three of her 6 starts this term and beaten only a length by Truly Scrumptious at Newmarket (1m) in July off a mark of 70 latest. Currently rated 74.
"She is a very honest filly and has just missed out in a couple of close finishes but she is progressive and I hope she will find her way forward shortly."
gr c Rip Van Winkle - St Roch
Winner of one of his 7 starts. Off the mark with a short head defeat of Nodachi at Goodwood (1m 4f) in June off a mark of 74. Currently rated 77.
"He won at Goodwood earlier in the year and clearly stays very well. He will get futher as he continues to strengthen."
DON'T BLAME ME
b g Captain Gerrard - Dragon Flyer
No wins from four starts. Came closest to victory when beaten only a neck by Desirable at Kempton (6f) in December. Currently rated 65.
"He made pleasing start last year and is a progressive sort. He wouldn't want conditions too firm. He would be a six furlong performer."
GO ON GO ON GO ON
b f Medicean - Piranha
Winner of four of her 7 starts. Completed a hat trick when beating Extrasolar two and a quarter lengths off her current mark of 89 at Bath (5f) last week.
"She has done well winning her last three starts and continues to impress. She has shown a big step forward since dropped to the minimum trip and has bags of speed. We will keep her to five furlongs."
HE'S MY CRACKER
ch g Captain Gerrard - Dalmunzie
Winner of one of his 6 starts. Failed by only half a length behind Corporal Maddox on his latest start at Chepstow (7f) in July off a mark of 80. Currently rated 81.
"He won his maiden at Lingfield and has followed up with some solid performances. He is now up to seven furlongs but would also like conditions no too firm."
b f Acclamation - Interaction
Winner of three of her 7 starts. Completed a hat trick when beating Jack Nevison three quarters of a lengths at Salisbury (6f) in July off a mark of 71. Currently rated 78.
"She won three on the trot after joining us from Ireland and she is a very honest speedy filly. Hopefully, she can continue to move forward off her mark of 78."
b f Kheleyf - Sarah Park
No wins from two starts. Finished fourth, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Time To Exceed at Doncaster (6f) on Saturday.
"She was fourth at Doncaster on Saturday after a nice introduction at Lingfield. She is making steady progress and hopefully can win shortly."
LAND OF DUBAI
b f Dubai Destination - Land Army
Promise in all three starts. Finished third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Tigerwolf at Salisbury (7f) last week.
"She is a half sister to Lethal Force and has had three runs in maidens, being placed twice. We will hopefully find that with a handicap mark now she will soon be in the winner's enclosure."
b c Kyllachy - Night Premiere
No wins from 5 starts. Came closest to victory when failing by a head from Lolwah in a maiden at Windsor (1m 1/2f) in June. Currently rated 73.
"He has shown a lot of promise without getting his head in front. By Kyllachy, he would like a bit of ease underfoot and, hopefully, will find conditions suitable in the Autumn."
br f Bushranger - Love Quest
Winner of one of her 9 starts. Off the mark with a two and a half length victory from Pastoral Star at Chepstow (1m 2f) last week off her current mark of 64.
"She won at Chepstow last week with the first time blinkers and up to a mile and a quarter. She had been slowly away before that but blinkers appeared to do the trick."
b c Pour Moi - Sallanches
No wins from 4 starts but has shown promise. Currently rated 70.
"He is by Pour Moi and has shown ability but would appreciate more give underfoot."
b c Kheleyf - Go Go Girl
Winner of one of his 9 starts Off the mark with a head defeat of Qortaaj at Leicester (6f) in July off a mark of 69, Currently rated 72.
"He won over six furlongs at Leicester and is by Kheleyf. He will continue to make progress in that division."
b f Elusive City - Fisadara
Winner of three of her 8 starts. Returned to winning form with a three quarter lengths defeat of Powerful Dream at Bath (5f) in July off a mark of 71 and followed up with a neck defeat of Ginzan at Salisbury (5f) last week off his current mark of 76.
"She is now a winner of three races and has bags of speed. We thought she was happy on easier ground in the Spring but she has done much better since it dried up."
b f Exceed And Excel - Molly Brown
Winner of one of her 8 starts. Finished fourth, beaten four and three quarters of a length, to Mehronissa in a listed event at Pontefract(6f) on Sunday.
"She ran a decent race at Pontefract on Sunday had finished runner-up on her previous two starts and the form had worked out well. I hope she can add to her two-year-old Group placing as the season progresses."
b f Sir Percy - Tintac
Winner of two of her six starts. Successful twice over the extended mile at Windsor beating Outback Ruler four lengths in May off a mark of 74 and in July when beating Banish three quarters of a length off a mark of 83.
"She has won twice at Windsor and is a very honest filly. She has a smart turn of foot and got caught a little bit wide at Goodwood last time and will hopefully continue to improve."
RHYTHM AND BLUES
b g Poet's Voice - Golden Nun
Winner of one of his 6 starts. Lost his maiden tag at Wolverhampton (6f) in February when beating Spirit Glance a neck. Currently rated 72.
"He won at Wolverhampton earlier in the year and we fitted him with blinkers on his comeback run after being gelded, He was just drawn wide at Bath the other day and didn't really get a blow but he's a horse we hope has a bit of potential and scope."
ch f Zoffany - Sky Red
Winner of one of her 9 starts. Finished fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Little Voice at Yarmouth (5f) this month off a mark of 80. Currently rated 79.
"She has run with promise on a few occasions and I think she is better over five than six even though she won her maiden over six. She is one nice enough mark to make her presence felt shortly."
b c Pastoral Pursuits - Little Misssunshine
Winner of two of nine starts. Unplaced in three starts this term. Currently rated 98.
"He was a dual two-year-old winner and ran well on his comeback at Sandown and has taken a couple of sideways steps since. He ran too free in blinkers last time at Ascot and he's due to run at York on Wednesday."
bl c Pivotal - Striving
Winner of one of his 4 starts. Finished runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Takatul at Salisbury last week off his current mark of 85.
"He won his maiden at Nottingham and is a huge individual with lots of potential. He ran a very nice race at Salisbury and I think he can still continue to progress."
b c Holy Roman Empire - High Reserve
Winner of two of his 5 starts. Latest victory at Sandown (1m 1f) in June when beating Dommersen a head off a mark of 80. Currently rated 86.
"He is a very nice horse who won nicely at Sandown earlier in the year. We ran him on ground that was too heavy for him at Haydock afterwards and, although he doesn't want the ground too quick either, he's a horse we like and will continue to progress. He is from the same family as Poet."
b c Invincible Spirit - Zanzibar
Winner of one of his 5 starts. Off the mark with a length and a half defeat of Rajadami at Bath (1m 2f) last week off his current mark of 67.
"He won at Bath last week and I hope that will do his confidence the world of good and he will come forward from that. His dam was a Group 1 winner over a mile and a half in the Italian Oaks. I am sure he will progress as he gets stronger."
YOURE ALWAYS RIGHT
b f Pour Moi - Zaraba
Winner of one of his 3 starts. Made a successful winning debut at Windsor (1m 1/2f) in May when beating Dame Judi a length and a half. Currently rated 80.
"She won nicely on her debut Windsor and, by Pour Moi, she is definitely helped by a little bit of easier ground rather than too fast."
b c Dutch Art - Barynya
Winner of three of his 7 starts. Scored by a length and three quarters from Master The World in a Group 3 contest at Salisbury (1m) last week. Currently rated 107.
"He won the Sovereign at Salisbury last week and we always thought highly of him right from the get go. He is a big horse with a lot of potential and he showed exactly what we were hoping last week. He is in the Celebration Mile and we will see how he is in the meantime. As long as conditions aren't too slow for him that would be a next possible target."
b f Kodiac - Dark Arts
Winner of two of her five starts. Winner twice over five furlongs at Bath and finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Mrs Danvers in a Listed contest at Newbury (5f) last Friday.
"She ran well in the St Hugh's at Newbury and has won a couple down at Bath. She is clearly a very talented filly and as she gets stronger she will make her presence felt in better company."
ch c Helmet - Reine De Romance
Promise in two starts to date recently finished third, beaten only a half a length, to Lockheed at Goodwood (7f) in July.
"He finished third in that very good seven furlong maiden at Goodwood. I am sure it will turn out to be a very hot race and at the moment he is an intended runner in the valuable maiden at York this week."
b c Dark Angel - Beatrix Potter
Runner-up, beaten a nose by Reach High on his only start at Ascot (5f) in May.
"He ran a super race at Ascot first time but took a fright at the stalls at Goodwood. He is a horse with plenty of ability and we will be working with him in the stalls before he returns."
ch g Fast Company - Second Omen
Winner of one of his four starts. Off the mark with a six length defeat of Kody Ridge at Brighton (6f) in May.
"He was an early season winner at Brighton and unfortunately didn't run so well afterwards so has been gelded. I am looking forward to him in the Autumn."
b c Harbour Watch - Mythicism
Winner of two of his three starts. Landed the prestigious Group 2 Prix Robert Papin by two and a half lengths from Al Johrah at Maisons-Lafitte (5 1/2f) on his latest start in July.
"He was second first time up then won his maiden at Windsor by eight lengths. He's followed up with a Group 2 win in the Prix Robert Papin and is on target for the Prix Morny this week. I am very much pleased with his temperament and he obviously have a lot of ability."
KODI BEAR - tested at the highest level and fancied to bounce back to winning form when he takes a slight drop in class and with easier ground.
MY DREAM BOAT - dream horse for his handler and could well have more to come at the highest level.
PROFITABLE - five furlong specialist who could be seen at his best in the Nunthorpe.
BOBBY WHEELER - improving handicapper who can continue on the upgrade.
HARRY ANGEL - withdrawn on his last intended start at Goodwood but can make up for lost time on his return.
TIS MARVELLOUS - tough juvenile speedster who class can carry him to victory in other prestigious events.