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Light Shift
3yo bay filly

Henry Cecil gets the best out of his fillies, and it’s difficult to choose Light Shift and Passage Of Time. But it’s Light Shift who, at one stage looking the poorer of the two, could come out on top. From the family of Group 1 winner Shiva, she looks up to winning at Group 1 level, and whether that’s at Epsom of Royal Ascot is up to Henry!
Trainer: Henry Cecil

3yo bay colt
Unbeaten on his two runs in 2006, his breeding suggests that we haven’t see the best of him yet, as he will be ideally suited to middle-distance races. A good stamp of a horse, he holds entries in the Irish Derby, the English Derby and Royal Ascot, so connections must have spotted something special in the improving colt.
Trainer: Roger Charlton

3yo Bay Filly
Although it was only a Listed Fillies’ race at Bath this year, she won by five lengths and she smashed the track record, shaving over a second off. Her dam (Superstar Leo) was a top class sprinter, and on recent evidence, Enticing has inherited every bit of her ability. On fast ground, over the minimum trip, she looks to be a top class sprinter in the making.
Trainer: Willie Haggas

Anna Pavlova
4yo Bay filly
This gutsy filly relishes her races, and never runs a bad race. Already a winner this season in Ireland, on soft ground she’s nearly always going to be a guaranteed each-way bet. Her long term aim is the Irish St.Leger, which illustrates the high regard in which she’s held within the yard.
Trainer: Richard Fahey

4yo Bay Colt
Unbeaten as a three year old going into the Jersey Stakes last year, he injured himself and was well beaten in that race, but has proved his wellbeing with a comeback victory on the polytrack at Lingfield recently, beating some handy performers. He’s probably just short of Group 1 level, but keep an eye out for him in G2 and G3 company.
Trainer: Alan King

Finsceal Beo
3yo Chestnut Filly
Possibly not the most original of picks, but on the basis of her demolition of the 1000 Guineas field, you just can’t leave her out. She posted not just the fastest 1000 Guineas time ever, but the quickest time of any Guineas. It would be great to see her up against the colts before the end of the season though.
Trainer: Jim Bolger (Ire)

Dylan Thomas
4yo Bay Colt
He finished a desperately close third in the Derby and went on to take some decent scalps later that season (Ouija Board in last season’s Irish Champion Stakes springs instantly to mind) and it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see him feature prominently in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October – especially if the ground came up fast.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien (Ire)
Amadeus Wolf
4yo Bay Colt

He finished placed in three Group 1s last year, never being beaten too far and unless something (like perhaps Enticing?) appears from the three year old crop, then this fellow should be bang in contention for a big prize. He’s proved to have come out this year in great form after his win at York’s May meeting.
Trainer: Kevin Ryan

Winker Watson
2yo Chestnut colt
Winker Watson stormed home in front on his debut run at Newbury, making his rivals look slow. Royal Ascot looks on the cards, and he’s likely to have a run before then. Fast ground will suit the colt, being by Piccolo, and he’s from a well bred winning family.
Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam

Jack Junior
3yo Bay colt
Brian Meehan sent Jack Junior to Dubai as a 33-1 outsider for the UAE Derby. On the back of only two races in his first season, the horse came out and ran a blinder, finishing second at 33-1. Jack Junior must still be open to a lot of improvement, and could follow in the footsteps of his namesake David at the highest level.
Trainer: Brian Meehan

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