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    I’ll start this off with Hala Bek. Have just watched the Derby and it was only inexperience prevented him from usurping Sir Percy as the most overrated horse of the year ;)

    With 2 year olds, of course the obvious ones such as Teofilo, Strategic Prince, etc. However, the one I am most looking forward to in respect of the guineas is Dutch Art – very impressive, flawless 2 year career, great turn of foot, but on breeding he should have every chance of staying, in addition to the fact Peter C-Hyam reports him to have strengthened up over the winter.

    Teofilo strikes me as one who they may struggle to get race-fit for the guineas, and there is also the fear a quickly run mile, on likely firm ground will not suit him, despite the fact he has the world at his feet in 2007.

    Edit: ‘what’ in topic description should read ‘which'<br>- Andrew

    (Edited by Salselon at 9:50 pm on Mar. 17, 2007)

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    Where should I start? I don’t want to clutter up the thread so the two I am most looking forwards to seeing are

    Hala Bek – Connections high opinion were fully justified after he finished a close up 4th in the Derby after jinking to the right. 1m4f seems to suit and I would expect it to bag a few pots of gold.<br>Sander Camillo – I will be amazed if ANY 3yo filly beats her on going with Firm in the description.

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    Detroit City in the Cesarewitch (joking)

    Sir Percy – will be interesting to see how the Derby winner runs this season after his dissapointing end to the last.

    Red Spell – Just a horse i’m quite fond of. :biggrin:

    Maxilon 5
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    First horse I’m looking forward to seeing is Fantastic View in the Lincoln.  Injured in the Craven behind Haafhd, R Hannon thought the world of this one. On his first race for Jeremy Noseda, he gets in off 97.

    Looking forward to seeing the Sarge and Young Mick and Rod Millman’s rapidly improving stayer Hawridge Prince.

    I’m sure Strategic Prince is going to have a good season and Teofilo is an exciting prospect; nice to see Jim Bolger tipping his cap to tradition by going for the Triple Crown. But it’s possible that we haven’t seen the Classic winners yet. That’s the exciting aspect.

    And of course…

    …well…I’ll let Him do the talking on the track, starting in Dubai.:biggrin:

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    I’m really looking forward to the start of the flat.

    I echo what Salselon says about Dutch Art. Chapple-Hyam is raving about this colt. Apparently he’s wintered extremely well and his trainer has not the slightest doubt he’ll get a mile of the Guineas.

    Also looking forward to seeing Hala Bek and Sir Percy.

    Another horse I’m looking forward to seeing is Roger Charlton’s three year old Proponent. Won both his starts at two without any fuss, they’ve taken their time with him and he’s bred to be a Derby horse.

    <br>(Edited by Flash at 12:10 am on Mar. 18, 2007)<br>

    (Edited by Flash at 12:11 am on Mar. 18, 2007)

    Gareth Flynn
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    It’s all about Teofilo.

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    Nothing much, to be honest with you.

    I love the flat, but there’s no real strength in depth at the highest level.<br>  <br>HRE v Teofilio was an exciting battle, but that’s gone.

    Apart from Rail Link, what is there at 12f?

    (dont bother me with Sir Percy, he’s never shown himself to be top rank and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s retired after his next race)

    So, I guess I’ll just have to wait it out until later in the season when the little Dalakhanis, Falbravs and Hawk Wings come out.


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    Im looking forward to seeing Holy Roman Emperor

    His happy go lucky sporting connections should ensure that he is campaigned with flair and ambition

    Its wonderful seeing horses fulfil their potential. what the game is all about


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    Word of warning with Hala Bek guys, he had a bigger setback than just the throat problems after the Derby, suffering quite a serious tendon injury. He hasn’t yet definitely joined Godolphin and isn’t currently at Jarvis’ either and as I understand it, he is still a long way off from being ready to return to training. I certainly wouldn’t have in in any TTF follow lists.

    The horses I’m looking forward to seeing are far less exposed than many mentioned on here so far. I’ll be fascinated to see if Evening Time can prove to be as good on a sound surface as she looked on softin ate autumn. A couple of Stoutes’s I’m looking forward to follow in 3-y-o handicaps are Comma and Cabinet. Ed Dunlop also trains a 3-y-o filly called Pairumani Princess. She’s a stoutly bred half-sister to Persian Lightning and Height of Fantasy and looks sure to win handicaps from a BHB mark of 64.

    Agree with Flash that Proponent could develop into a Derby contender, I think he was the only Charlton 2-y-o to win first time up last year and he was backed to do so as if defeat was out of the question. CHarlton also has Monzante that looks to be underestimated by the official assessor from a mark of 100. Kempton form and the time from that race suggests he’s about the same horse as Rallying Cry.

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    Passage of Time- one last top class horse for H Cecil

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    Al Qaasi for me. Looked a sprinter going places last year and could improve enough to mix it with the best.

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    Quote: from clivex on 11:43 am on Mar. 18, 2007[br]Im looking forward to seeing Holy Roman Emperor

    His happy go lucky sporting connections should ensure that he is campaigned with flair and ambition

    Its wonderful seeing horses fulfil their potential. what the game is all about

    :) <br>

    As another member posted last year, I’m looking forward to the annual Aidan vs Clivex battle, which should commence quite soon with when Aidan sees this post!

    Gareth Flynn
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    Apart from Rail Link, what is there at 12f?

    Dylan Thomas and, of the fillies, Alexandrova and Mandesha.<br>

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    I am looking forward to Teofilo more excitedly than any horse for many a year.

    One of my racing ambitions is to witness a triple crown winner and he may just be it. If they win the 2,000 (just six or seven weeks away now btw:o) and then the Derby I will personally travel to Ireland and make sure he is loaded into a horsebox for the Leger!

    Could be a fantastic year on the flat.

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    Moonwalking.   moving up in trip to 1m4 in time – should be a handicap horse to watch.  ;)

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