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Hoping for a Roaring success in 2018

5 Jan 2018

So the festive period has come to an end, and so we look to a new year and hopefully some big prospects ahead.

The new British Flat season is creeping up quickly, and it is this time of year that we start looking forward to all the exciting horses and races we’ll be riding in 2018. I’ve picked out a few that I’m most looking forward to this year!

Fortune’s Pearl has improved with each run and I’ve heard he’s done very well over the winter. I hope he’s a Britannia type horse- the race Sheikh Fahad won last year with Bless Him. He’s a real trier and I’m looking forward to what this season could bring for him.

Racing Post Trophy runner-up Roaring Lion is now 4 wins from 5 in his career, and ran a career best in that race. I’m always honest when things go right or wrong for a horse, and I do feel that he got a bit lonely that day out in front. If I had the race again I would delay my challenge a bit- but you can’t have them back!

He’s run to a very high level and showed a previously unseen turn of foot at Doncaster. Hopefully all goes well this spring and his pedigree suggests he could improve from 2 to 3.

You might be surprised to hear me mention Count Octave as a horse to look forward to. He’s a big raw weak horse, but the most beautiful specimen. He’s been brought along slowly, but his 2nd at Royal Ascot is really good form in the book. He’s a half brother to Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach and one to look out for.

Now I couldn’t forget the girls!

Winter Lightning came 2nd on his first run over at Newmarket. I didn’t knock her about too much that day when defeated by Veracious – who is held in high regard. She’s a half sister to Thunder Snow and in time might show to have a touch of class.

Finally Kinaesthesia won a 8 and a half furlong maiden on slow ground. She required a tap in the closing stages to hold on that day. Going forward she’s likely to be a mile and a half filly. Miss Rausing breeds some lovely fillies, and partnered with Ralph Beckett, whose record with 3yo fillies speaks for itself, the horse is in an excellent position to kick on this season.