Tote Ten to Follow is back so here are Ten Horses that are well worth keeping onside
After the successful re-launch of Tote’s Ten to Follow game for the National Hunt season, which saw one skilful punter win a huge £177,000 1st place prize fund, Tote’s fantasy racing game is back - new and improved for the 2020 Flat Season.
To help you ‘own the flat season’ and pick a winning stable, our man Ed Jeanes has picked out Ten Horses to Follow, that are well worth a second look when choosing your stable.
Military March ran a very pleasing race in the 2000 Guineas, now all roads lead to the Derby. Always touted as a preparation for the Derby, it was the perfect trial run. Last season, the son of New Approach showed his talent when gamely winning the Autumn Stakes, which was very impressive on the clock. Whilst there is question marks over whether some of this year’s Classic generation will get the Derby trip, none of those are about Military March; he looks tailor made for the Debry.
Now King Of Change will miss the Queen Anne, Circus Maximus has a great opportunity to land the first bonus race of the competition. Two Group One’s last season, including the St James’s Palace Stakes, the four-year-old should have another impressive season in store. I can see him dominating the mile division this season.
Kew Gardens was originally on this list, but following the news he will miss the Gold Cup, Straivarius has to have a place in the stable. Depending on how long Kew Gardens is out for, Stradivarius could have another season of dominance in the staying division. He ran a decent preparation race in the Coronation Cup, and now looks nailed on for the Gold Cup. That should be a fantastic chance at a bonus race, with plenty more Group One’s on the cards throughout the season.
It was impossible to leave Japan out of my stable, and if last season is anything to go by, he will be raking in the points throughout the coming months. Already a Royal Ascot winner, he can add to that tally in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. He could mop up the top middle distance races this season, in a division that doesn’t look like throwing up any stars.
Domino Darling is very much in the mix for the Oaks, and with her debut form working out well, she should have a place in your stable. She can confirm her promise this month before heading to Epsom. William Haggas sounds very excited by her, and may have been slightly forgotten in the Oaks picture after Love’s performance last weekend.
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John Gosden’s three-year-old is set for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he will face his toughest task to date. The son of Kingman showed an electric turn of foot at Newcastle last weekend, confirming the pre-race hype. He may turn out to want further than a mile in time, so with plenty of options available this season for Place Pier, he is one to get in your stable.
Sangarius was well held his seasonal reappearance last weekend, but there were no doubt future days in mind so it makes sense to have him in your stable. He hadn’t been seen since his Hampton Court Stakes victory, and we should hopefully see him run to that level again in the near future. The Sir Michael Stoute four-year-old oozes class, and I have no doubt he will be picking up group races this year.
Visinari didn’t live up to the hype after his scintillating debut at Newmarket. Few will need reminding of that effort, and he can show what he is capable of this season. Mark Johnston said he will need a ‘mile-plus’ this year, and being so lightly raced, I am confident we will see the best of Visinari this season.
Berkshire Rocco won’t quite have what it takes to be competitive in the Derby, but he should prove good value for your stable, picking up some valuable pots this season. He got better as the season went on last year, culminating in a personal best over ten furlongs behind Max Vega and Miss Yoda at Newmarket. He put in a bold showing behind the impressive English King at Lingfield, confirming his ability. Berkshire Rocco should be a high quality pattern class performer this season.
I fancy Velorum to make a name for himself this season, picking up some handicaps before going onto top level races. He won very easily in Meydan in February, justifying favouritism. Before that, he disappointed at Ascot but the vet found an issue with him after. He was extremely well supported in the market for the race which is an encouraging sign too. Clearly, he is well thought of and is still unexposed off a mark of 104. He could be an under the radar horse to pick up plenty of points this season.
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