Cheltenham Festival contenders, Epsom Derby hopefuls and future stars in the making among 10 to follow in 2022

With the new yr underneath means, the ideas of horse racing followers will quickly be turning to the subsequent Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, Gold Cup victor or Epsom Derby hopeful.

We have taken a have a look at a few of the horses which can be set to be of curiosity as we head into 2022…

American Mike (Gordon Elliott)

Some extent-to-point victory at Cork by 20 lengths and a £195,000 price ticket indicated that American Mike might be one thing particular and it’s trying extra possible with every run.

His guidelines debut was a dominant seven-length success at Down Royal underneath Jamie Codd, with the identical rider guiding the four-year-old to a 17-length demolition in a Listed bumper at Navan.

Rightly at the head of the Champion Bumper market, Gordon Elliott appears to be sending him straight to Cheltenham, the place he would have each probability earlier than going over obstacles in the again finish of 2022.

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Bravemansgame (Paul Nicholls)

Paul Nicholls appears to have one other star chaser on his palms, with comparisons already being made to Gold Cup winner Denman.

If he has half the profession that legend had, the Nicholls workforce would virtually definitely take it, and he’s on the proper path.

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Two convincing chase victories have been adopted with a Grade One rout of Ahoy Senor at Kempton on Boxing Day, with choices at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown now all accessible to the Ditcheat handler.

Bravemansgame jumps the final at Kempton away from Ahoy Senor

Coroebus (Charlie Appleby)

The first of two Charlie Appleby horses to function on this record, Coroebus appears extremely progressive and one to look ahead to subsequent yr’s Classics on the Flat.

After profitable on debut, he was run down late by Royal Patronage in the Royal Lodge Stakes in exceptional vogue however obtained again on monitor in the Autumn Stakes final trip.

All his runs have been over a mile so he may look to step up in journey, with the 2000 Guineas a possible start line earlier than a attainable a tilt at the Epsom Derby.


William Buick driving Coroebus (blue) to win the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket

Inspiral (John and Thady Gosden)

Frankel filly Inspiral stays unbeaten by means of 4 begins for the Gosden workforce and Cheveley Park Stud, who can now boast a string of stars on each the Flat and over obstacles.

The choose of the three-year-olds is Inspiral, who moved properly by means of the ranks and rounded off her two-year-old marketing campaign with a powerful win in the Fillies’ Mile.

Assuming regular progress is resumed in the low season, she appears positive to be favorite for the 1000 Guineas and probably the Epsom Oaks, in the event that they select to step her up in journey.

Frankie Dettori and Inspiral stretch clear to win the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster

Jonbon (Nicky Henderson)

Has Jonbon lastly ditched the tag of Douvan’s brother? A Cheltenham Festival win in March would absolutely do the job, however he cannot be distant after a pair of foot excellent hurdling runs at Newbury and Ascot.

The latter was notably spectacular off a gradual tempo, quickening away in superb vogue to cement his place at the high of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market.

Stablemate Constitution Hill might be a dwell menace alongside Sir Gerhard from the Willie Mullins yard, however they may all have to come up to the lofty customary set by Jonbon.

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Trainer Nicky Henderson has described Jonbon as an ‘extraordinary skilled’ after touchdown the Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot.

Journey With Me (Henry de Bromhead)

This unbeaten five-year-old seemed to have snuck underneath the radar when going off second-favourite behind Grade One bumper winner Kilcruit, however proved a lot the finest as he outstayed his rival and got here clear in the closing levels over the festive interval.

That victory, albeit in solely a maiden hurdle, despatched him straight to the high of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle market at the Cheltenham Festival.

He appears to be following the identical route as final yr’s Ballymore winner Bob Olinger for the identical owner-trainer mixture and will certainly be price taking a look at if he reveals up at the Dublin Racing Festival and once more at Cheltenham.

Journey With Me and Rachael Blackmore (proper) profitable for coach Henry de Bromhead from Minella Crooner and Kilcruit

Klassical Dream (Willie Mullins)

It would most likely be little harsh to describe Klassical Dream as an enigma, however he definitely has his personal means of doing issues, and thus far, it’s proving worthwhile.

Fresh from Punchestown Stayers’ Hurdle victory in April, he returned with an all-the-way win at Leopardstown forward of Stayers’ Hurdle winner Flooring Porter, sending him to the high of that market.

Trainer Willie Mullins felt the horse had some enchancment to come, which might be a worrying word for his rivals later this season.

Klassical Dream and jockey Paul Townend have fun victory at Leopardstown

Life Is Good (Todd Pletcher)

A neck defeat to Jackie’s Warrior is the sole blemish on the formbook of Life Is Good, who at the moment sits at the head of the Dubai World Cup market after a cold success in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

He can also be joint-favourite for the Pegasus World Cup alongside Knicks Go, so the three-year-old could have loads of choices for coach Todd Pletcher, who might be set for one more huge season.

Luxembourg (Aidan O’Brien)

Another unbeaten two-year-old, Luxembourg shot in the direction of the high of all the Classic markets with a Group One victory at Doncaster in the Vertem Futurity Trophy again in October.

From what we have seen thus far, he appears an actual Derby prospect for the Ballydoyle workforce, particularly if he reveals the winter enchancment that so lots of the Aidan O’Brien battalion present from two to three.

He’s definitely one to word in any early Derby trials in April or May.

Luxembourg and Ryan Moore on their means to victory in the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster

Native Trail (Charlie Appleby)

The Champion two-year-old Colt of the Year, Native Trail was the icing on the cake for the Charlie Appleby workforce who loved a fairly merely gorgeous 2021.

A standout defeat of Aidan O’Brien’s Point Lonsdale in his personal yard highlighted the means of Native Trail, who subsequently took out the Dewhurst Stakes to spherical off a flawless 2021 marketing campaign.

If he can stay at that stage and maybe discover additional enchancment, Appleby should absolutely maintain the key to the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in the spring.


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