Simon Mapletoft's Horses To Follow

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft reveals 10 horses to follow who could be in action in the opening weeks of All-Weather Championships Season 6.

  • Thursday 18 October
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ALDANA (Simon Crisford)

Simon Crisford’s Slade Power filly looks a natural on the synthetics after defying a penalty in a 6f novice stakes at Chelmsford City on 11th October. She had previously scored readily over the more demanding 6f at Newcastle and, given that she unofficially ran to a mark of around 90 last time, could become a contender for the 3YO Sprint crown should her trainer choose to get her qualified.

BIG KITTEN (William Haggas)

This lightly raced, dirt-bred colt has moved from Mark Johnston to William Haggas in readiness for an All-Weather campaign and could prove an exciting acquisition. He looks a sand star in the making after chasing home subsequent Kentucky Derby runner-up Gronkowski (also winner of the Listed Burradon Stakes at Newcastle) at Chelmsford City in November and then winning in a hack canter over 1m at Gosforth Park in March.

A mark of 87 gives him scope to progress into the better mile races and an intended run on turf at Doncaster at the end of October would at least blow away the cobwebs.

BREATHLESS TIMES (Roger Charlton)

Roger Charlton’s three-year-old will be taking on the older sprinters if he stays on the sand this winter but if his dress rehearsal in a Kempton Park conditions event is any indicator, he can make the cut for Good Friday’s £150,000 Sprint Final.

Beaten only a length in last season’s 3YO Final, he came back from wind surgery and a gelding operation to beat his own age group at Chelmsford City in September and would have finished a lot closer to the in-form Mazzini with a clearer passage. A sales entry could see him change hands, but Charlton will surely be keen to keep him, given his obvious potential.

FURIOUS (David Simcock)

This expensive daughter of Oasis Dream hails from a family packed with classy All-Weather form so her winning debut on sand at Chelmsford City was in many ways predictable. She was heavily backed to land a 6f novice on 13th October - her first start since finishing fifth to subsequent Group 3 runner-up Accordance at Glorious Goodwood. David Simcock, who always returns a healthy strike rate on the All-Weather, has the option of qualifying her for the 3YO Sprint Final.

HOSTESS (Hugo Palmer)

It wasn’t a surprise to see Hugo Palmer’s filly win at Chelmsford City on her third career start, but the way she executed the victory was eye-catching to say the least. Building on the promise of her second at Lingfield to a smart rival from the Sir Michael Stoute stable, she travelled powerfully to put four-and-a-half-lengths between herself and her nearest rival. That was over 7f, but the daughter of Iffraaj has the scope to be effective over 1m, too.

MIZAAH (Owen Burrows)

Options are open for this striking five-year-old, who posted one of the most impressive All-Weather performances of the year to win a Class 3 7f handicap at Chelmsford City in late September. Despite being drawn wide - usually a curse at that track - the former Irish-trained gelding powered clear in the hands of David Probert to make a mockery of his official mark of 90.

Owen Burrows’s recruit looks to have the tools to step up or down in trip next time and a tilt at a valuable All-Weather prize must be on the agenda. His 9lb rise in the rankings guarantees him a place in the best Championships races.

MOVE SWIFTLY (William Haggas)

William Haggas has made a point of targeting the Fillies & Mares Championship with smart performers such as Muffri’Ha and has another useful distaff contender on his hands here. A dual winner on synthetics at Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton, she is effective over 7f and 1m and has improved to a mark of 104. The Listed Fleur De Lys Stakes over 1m at Lingfield Park in early November - a Fast Track Qualifier - looks tailor-made.

POWER OF STATES (Hugo Palmer)

Another Hugo Palmer juvenile, this colt clearly benefited from his trainer’s patience when making a winning debut at Chelmsford City on October 18th. As you’d expect from a son of Lope De Vega, he saw out the mile well to defeat a pair of previous winners and it will be interesting to see what Palmer has in mind for him in the coming months. He is one for the future but could defy a penalty in another novice on this evidence.

SAN DONATO (Roger Varian)

Roger Varian’s juvenile could emerge as a prime contender for the 3YO Championship, judged on the progress he made at Kempton Park at the end of September. The son of Lope De Vega showed a lightning turn of foot to defy a penalty and win the novice event by four-and-a-half lengths, so predictably his official rating increased by 11lb to 96.

It was his second consecutive victory following success in similar company at Haydock. Previously, San Donato had chased home subsequent Gimcrack runner-up Legends Of War at Yarmouth but found the seventh furlong stretching him in the Chesham at Royal Ascot. 

TASHAABOH (Owen Burrows)

This lightly raced three-year-old was off the track for almost four months after winning a fast ground novice stakes at Doncaster in June but returned to post a highly encouraging effort against some smart opposition over 6f at Wolverhampton in early October. He could be forgiven for being a little fresh but still fared best against Godolphin’s Meydan-bound Major Partnership. A Kempton winner last year, Tashaaboh holds a sales entry at the end of October but could re-appear there before that. He has scope to win a nice race from his current mark of 90 before possibly progressing into the Sprint Final qualifiers against the big boys in due course - whether that’s in the Hamdan Al Maktoum colours or someone else’s.

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