Andy Holding’s Flat Season 10 to Follow

Andy Holding’s Flat Season 10 to Follow

High Fibre will become the third of Andy Holding's Flat Season 10 to Follow to get their 2022 season underway today at Newmarket.

After a false start on the AW at Kempton last week (vet's certificate), High Fibre will get his Flat Season campaign underway at Newmarket (16:45) - best price 3/1.

He is just the third of the 10 to face the starter after Persian Force, who started with an impressive 4 3/4l win in the Brocklesby at Doncaster on March 26th, and Red Lacewing - narrowly beaten (1l) by Drombeg at Cork on April 3rd.

Here is a reminder of Andy Holding's Flat Season 10 to Follow.

Bay Bridge

The Sir Michael Stoute colt’s 2021 campaign was aborted due to what connections described at a “little niggle” but we saw what he could do when he returned to the fray towards the backend and hopefully he will continue where he left off this season. 

Clocking a big speed figure in a competitive handicap at Newbury back in May, the son of New Bay ended up unbeaten thanks to two hard-fought victories at York and Newmarket respectively and he looks one for all the big middle-distance contests in the care of a trainer who has traditionally done well with similar types over the years. 

Great Ambassador

As we’ve seen over the last few seasons, Ed Walker has excelled with his sprinters at a variety of levels and the Upper Lambourn handler could have another potential star on his hands if, as expected, his son of Exceed And Excel keeps progressing in the right direction. 

Unlucky not to land the Stewards Cup when the ground went against him on the day, the five-year-old chestnut soon gained compensation on his next two starts and he finished off his season with another excellent effort in the Ayr Gold Cup, beating everything other than Bielsa who raced under the favourable nearside rail. Likely to start off at pattern level, races such as the Golden Jubilee and July Cup will no doubt be on his agenda before too long. 

High Fibre

Ralph Beckett’s colt took a while to find his stride last season but given his first real stamina test on his final start at Newmarket, he came into his own in a major way and he looks one for some decent staying handicaps this term. Starting his campaign off a mark of 85, he could easily develop into a King George Handicap horse at the Royal meeting. 

Jumbly

By no means discredited in the Rockfel Stakes, the daughter of Gleneagles seemed more at home with plenty of ease underfoot on her final start of the campaign at Newbury and she looks the type to do really well under similar conditions throughout her three-year-old campaign. 

A filly with a smart turn of foot based on her performance at the Berkshire track, she’s likely to begin her season in the Guineas trial to see whether she makes the grade.

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Luxembourg 

Unbeaten in three starts and winner of the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Doncaster, Aidan O’Brien’s colt looks a proper class act and connections will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of several high-profile milers from the same stable in recent times. 

Likely to start off in the English Guineas, hopefully the son of Camelot will come through that test with flying colours and then one would imagine it’ll be back on home soil for the Irish version before tackling the St James’ Palace Stakes in June.

New Dimension

Only the really good horses can give away the kind of ground the son of Ulysees did on debut and still go on to win, so it makes perfect sense to add this exciting prospect to the list. 

Bred to require further than a mile, he needed all of the seven-furlongs on his opening gambit at Leicester and even though he doesn’t possess any fancy entries, no doubt he will be campaigned like he’s a pattern-race performer by his astute set of connections. 

Orzo

Andrew Balding’s filly created a really favourable impression when scoring on her debut at Kempton and she looks the type who could do well as a three-year-old. The way she powered her way to the line in the closing stages strongly suggest she will get a mile and beyond and she has the size and scope to gain some valuable black type along the way. 

Persian Force

Well-touted before making his debut in the Brocklesby at Doncaster, Richard Hannon’s colt certainly lived up to all the pre-race hype and based on his winning time figure, it will take a seriously good two-year-old to lower his colours any time soon. 

Very professional throughout the five-furlong journey on Town Moor, the Mehmas colt only needed minimal encouragement to pull right away from his toiling rivals and, in doing so, he not only ran a fantastic overall time figure but his backend sectionals were also the best on the card. 

Clearly a juvenile of the very highest class, the only question connections need to work out is what race to aim him at come Royal Ascot in June. 

Red Lacewing

Impressive on the clock when landing a maiden at Naas, Fozzy Stack’s filly was pitched into the deep end on her final start of the season at Newmarket and although she failed in her bid to land the prize, there was enough in her performance to suggest she has a bright future at pattern level. 

Noted travelling well two out at HQ, the daughter of No Nay Never proceeded to run into a wall of horses blocking her path at a crucial stage and it was only in the final furlong when she saw some daylight she was able to get into top gear. 

Hitting the line really hard, it ended up being a case of what might have been, but she has plenty of time to make up for that unlucky episode and this out-and-out sprinting type could easily develop into a Commonwealth Cup contender if she continues to improve. 

Secret Vision

A shock 33/1 winner on debut – probably because he came from a yard not renown for first-time-out winners – there didn’t appear any fluke about Mark McNiff’s gelding’s performance and he rates an interesting prospect in his second season.

The way he left his field for dead in the latter stages of a well-run affair at Gowran marked him down as an above-average performer in the making and he can continue to do well when there’s plenty of ease in the ground.

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