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Who To Watch – Week Beginning 30th April 2018

The first of the British Classics take place at Newmarket this weekend with both Guineas the highlights on two great cards. Racing returns to Goodwood on Saturday and there’s a great mid-week card at Ascot on Wednesday, featuring a pair of Group 3’s.

Trainers

  • John Gosden – His horses are absolutely flying at the moment, he’s had 9 winners in the past week from 18 runners plus 4 seconds. An abundance of entries throughout the week and his Without Parole would be a huge runner if taking his chance in the 2000 Guineas.
  • David O’Meara – Had a tough start to the year but he has finally started to see some rewards. 4 winners last week including a 66/1 double on Saturday, an additional 7 places make him an in-form trainer and one to watch.
  • Sir Michael Stoute – Didn’t have his first winner this year until 21st April, but found 3 more last week from just the 11 runners. A number of his horses have looked to have needed the run, he does seem to have them stripped fitter now though.

Jockeys

  • Dane O’Neill – Only had 7 rides last week, but 4 of them were winners which is an incredible return. Isn’t booked in for many again this week as of yet, but he’s got plenty of confidence and is a rider to note.
  • James Doyle – Started the season in terrific form and is reaping the rewards from his partnership with William Haggas. He rode 9 winners last week and 70% of his 24 rides were placed, all his mounts will be worth a second look regardless of who he’s riding for.
  • Paul Hanagan – Rode 5 winners last week, all for Richard Fahey plus an extra 6 places. That’s a strong combination who have quality and quantity at their disposal, will have plenty of runners through the week.

Horses

  • Verandah – Closely related to talented Group winners Spacious and Dimension, made a very impressive debut at Kempton before running on well over 7f at Goodwood despite still being a bit green. Type to improve this year over a mile, could reappear at Ascot on Wednesday.
  • Saxon Warrior – Unbeaten so far and looked a bit special last year when winning the Racing Post Trophy. Destined for big things and is a huge player in the 2000 Guineas.
  • Red Verdon – 2016 Derby 6th, interesting that he was tried at 2 miles last time where he got caught a little flat footed. Entered in both the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and the Sagaro at Ascot on Wednesday, has potential over staying trips.
  • Leader’s Legacy – 2 wins from 4 runs and was 7th in the Britannia last season, interesting that connections are persisting with him having been gelded. Still looks on a handy mark. Declared in the first at Newcastle on Tuesday, trainers only runner on the card.
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Alex Peperell

I’m an avid horse racing fan who often has his head in the form book. I have been properly into racing and thoroughly extending my knowledge of the sport for the last 3 or 4 years and it doesn’t matter if it’s the flat or jumps, I’ll watch it. I write and talk to anyone that will listen and feature on a few different racing websites and the odd magazine. Always learning, love a bet and constantly looking for the next winner.

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