Almost six months on we look back at Andy Holding’s Flat Season 10 to Follow, with the biggest success story heading the market for Sunday’s Arc in Paris.
At the start of the flat season back in April, we asked Andy Holding for his Flat Season 10 to Follow, which you can remind yourself of HERE. As you’d expect, there’s been good and bad news for these horses along the way, but here’s Holding’s assessment on how each of them have fared.
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Bay Bridge began the campaign well with an impressive victory at Sandown, but his two subsequent starts have been a little disappointing. Whether the ground was too much firm on each occasion or something was amiss, only time will tell, but he still remains a horse of some interest going forward.
Great Ambassador has yet to hit the heights anticipated, but at the same time, he’s not quite a busted flush either. His latest effort when third in a hot handicap at Newmarket has worked out well since and there’s still plenty of time left in the season for his canny handler to find a suitable opportunity for him to bounce back.
High Fibre has only been seen out once this season, which is a shame, because it was a performance of some promise. Gelded recently, expect him to be on the track sooner rather than later and it would come as no surprise if he were to make up for lost time.
Jumbly hasn’t been seen out since gaining a narrow-margin success over the ever-consistent Oscula at Ascot in July so presumable something has been amiss. She did hold an entry in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket this weekend which has recently been withdrawn.
Luxembourg has been by far and away the biggest success story of the list, winning the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last time out. Beset with problems earlier in the season, it’s only now we are seeing the best of this brilliant colt and there’s a decent chance he will end his campaign on a high in the Arc this weekend (9/2 best price favourite). See his 2022 record below:
New Dimension is another who has fallen a little short of the mark so far this term, although his latest effort at Yarmouth suggests he’s maybe worth one more try. The form of the race at the seaside venue has been franked by Marching Army since and a drop back to a mile might enable him to get his head back in front.
Orzo has yet to make the racecourse following an impressive victory on debut almost a year ago, so presumably she has met a major setback.
Persian Force has enjoyed a productive season and even though he just falls short of the very highest bracket, he still remains a colt of some substance. Winner of the July Stakes and runner-up in two Group 1’s has to be seen as a successful campaign and he has the size and scope to make up into a useful three-year-old sprinter. The Commonwealth Cup looks the obvious long term target.
Red Lacewing has sadly been retired due to constant injury problems which is a shame because she had the ability to do well based on several of her performances.
Secret Vision got sold to race in Hong Kong and landed a valuable prize at Sha Tin back in June.