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AJEEL (IRE) 3 Year Old Bay Colt (17th February 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 15th of 22: 6th of 20.
Ajeel is a third foal and a half-brother to Marah, a decent seven-furlong winner.  Ajeel’s dam was third at seven furlongs as a two year old and is out of US Grade 1 winner Lucky Lucky Lucky.  A well-grown and very green colt last season he showed promise, in two decent end of season six-furlong D Grade maidens at Newmarket.  Ajeel will improve for his winter’s break, which will allow him to strengthen up.  He needs another outing to obtain a handicap mark and at distances of around seven furlongs to a mile he should quickly find a race and continue to improve throughout the season.  Marcus Hosgood, John Dunlop’s racing secretary kindly reports Ajeel will be a top of the ground horse.
ALAM (USA) 3 Year Old Bay Colt (28th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Ed Dunlop
Runs: 5th of 15.
Alam is a half-brother to a couple of winners including El Nafis, a fair one-mile winner at two years.  His dam is an unraced sister to Seattle Dancer, and from the family of Lomond.  Alam had just one run last term in a D Grade maiden at Yarmouth.  A big backward type, he was steadied at the start, before making significant late progress into fifth place, under a considerate ride from Richard Hills, in the race won by Samhari.  Alam was put away after his debut, a policy that should pay dividends this season.  Alam’s sire was a high class miler and he holds an entry in the Derby, he is sure to make his mark over ten furlongs and upwards this coming season, hopefully in Listed Class.
AMNESTY (GB)3 Year Old Chestnut Gelding (2nd June 1999)
Current Trainer: Henry Candy
Runs: 7th of 17: 7th of 14: 5th of 10.
Amnesty is a sixth foal; he is a half-brother to seven-furlong winner Acidanthera, Amnesty’s dam is an unraced daughter of Queen Mary Stakes winner Amaranda.  Amnesty cost a mere 2,500 guineas, and time may show that to be a real bargain.  He showed a similar level of form in the three maidens he contested at Windsor and Warwick over six furlongs, and at Brighton over seven furlongs.  Now ready to go handicapping, he will probably start over a mile, with the presence of Shirley Heights on the dams’ side he may stay further.  Being a June foal, Amnesty is sure to be a much better horse this season, he should act on most ground though firm would not especially help him.  Henry Candy reports Amnesty as having wintered well, and he is hopeful that he will prove good enough to win a couple of handicaps.
ANDROMACHE (GB)3 Year Old Chestnut Filly (23rd March 1999)
Current Trainer: Luca Cumani
Runs: 6th of 10: 5th of 10: 12th of 17.
Andromache is a second foal; her dam was a winner at four years, with the presence of Bustino on her side, it suggests Andromache will be suited by ten furlongs.  Andromache made her debut at Newmarket over six furlongs on good to soft going.  Slowly away she made her headway a furlong out but was soon beaten and eased.  On her next outing she ran at Lingfield on good going, attracting support in the ring, she was always prominent but could only stay on at the one pace.  In her final run she was unable to cope with the heavy ground and never figured at any stage.  Luca advised me that Andromache, whose sire was a miler, will start over that distance, and be suited to good to fast ground.
AUTUMN FANTASY (USA)3 Year Old Bay or Brown Colt (7th May 1999)
Current Trainer: John Gosden
Runs: 6th of 14.
Autumn Fantasy is a half-brother to several winners, including French two-year-old Group 3 winner Doree and decent middle-distance stayer Glorify.  His dam was a Grade 1 winner and placed filly in the US, and is from very a good family.  Autumn Fantasy was a late foal, and made just the one racecourse appearance, in a D Grade one-mile maiden run on soft ground at Yarmouth.  He is a workmanlike, but leggy colt, who will be seen in a much better light this season.  In the race itself he raced prominently before losing his place at halfway, rallying gamely without being knocked about, he stayed on in the final furlong, to be beaten just over eight lengths at the line.  Likely to start over a mile or ten furlongs Autumn Fantasy appeals as the sort of horse, John Gosden improves, and does well with.
BARINGO (USA)3 Year Old Bay Colt (13th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Roger Charlton
Runs: 7th of 11.
Baringo is a half-brother to the useful Burning Truth, who won over distances from a mile to a mile and a half in 2001.  His dam was a useful ten-furlong performer in France, and is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Flaming Torch.  The family of Baringo traces back to Group winning middle-distance performers Peacetime and Quiet Fling, who also spent their careers at Beckhampton as well.  Baringo made his only appearance on the course in a D Grade maiden won by Laissezaller over seven furlongs at Newbury in July.  Racing in touch with the leaders, he was pushed along three furlong from home; staying on from a furlong from home he finished a never dangerous seventh, beaten seven lengths.  Baringo, being a late foal, will improve as a three year old, and Roger Charlton informed me he will probably start over a mile, and that he is hopeful of Baringo becoming a more than useful handicapper.
BLAGOVEST (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt  (14th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Roger Charlton
Blagovest is a fourth foal that cost 90,000 guineas; his dam was unraced.  Unusually for Roger Charlton, Blagovest had three quick runs, no doubt, to ensure he could start off in handicaps this season.  Blagovest began his career in a seven-furlong D Grade maiden at Salisbury in October.  Having dwelt at the start, he was switched right and made steady headway two furlongs from home running on one pace he finished just over eight lengths behind the winner.  Two weeks later he finished sixth behind the useful Allenby over seven furlongs at Leicester.  Once again he was held up before making headway two furlongs from home, short of room he stayed on all the way to the line.  Blagovest’s final run as a two year old resulted in a one paced seventh place at Newmarket behind Prince Hector, just two lengths behind the winner.  Roger Charlton reports he will enjoy fast ground and middle distances, let us hope he improves as much as his sire did during his career.
BLUE KNIGHT (IRE) 3 Year Old Chestnut Colt (14th January 1999)
Current Trainer: Alan Jarvis
Blue Knight is a second foal, who cost 25,000 guineas, and a half-brother to Ferzao who won over distances from seven to ten- furlongs.  His dam was unraced.  Blue Knight is a rangy, scopey sort who should improve greatly from two to three years.  He made his debut at Doncaster when a well backed 7/2 shot, he was however disappointing making little impact in the race itself.  Six days later he ran much better, chasing the leaders until weakening a furlong out behind the useful Hiddendale at Newmarket.  Blue Knight needs one more run for a handicap mark; his sire was a top class sprinter whose progeny often stay further.  Alan Jarvis reports that the horse is progressing nicely and is thought likely to be best over a mile.
BROADWAY BANKER (FR)3 Year Old Bay Colt (22nd March 1999)
Current Trainer: John Hills
Runs: 5th of 12: 7th of 19.
Broadway Banker looks a real stayer in the making.  His sire was runner up in the 1994 St Leger to Moonax, his dam though a maiden herself stayed ten furlongs.  He made his debut in a D Grade maiden at Kempton where he raced on the outside of the field, tracking the leaders, he lost his place three furlongs out, and had no chance in the final two furlongs.  On his second run at Redcar he showed early pace before weakening in the quarter of a mile.  He seems certain to improve over the winter, and this workmanlike colt with scope needs one more run for a handicap mark, a sphere he should do well in.  John Hills kindly informed me that the horse is a slow maturing type, and he is hopeful that he will progress into a decent handicapper over twelve furlongs; he will avoid running him on firm ground.
CALAMINT (GB)3 Year Old Grey Colt (1999)
Current Trainer: James Fanshawe
Runs: 13th of 13: 13th of 16: 2nd of 11.
Calamint is a third foal and a half brother to Aston Mara who won on the flat and over hurdles.  His dam won over a mile as a two year old, and as a three year old, won the mile and three-quarter Park Hill Stakes.  Calamint is a rangy, scopey, colt that looked backward last season.  He made his debut in July finishing last to Dubai Destination, having chased the leaders for five of the seven furlongs before weakening.  Rested until October, he once again ran at Newmarket where he looked well in the paddock.  Slowly into his stride, he ran far better than his finishing position suggests, travelling well until weakening two furlongs from home.  He ran another promising race this time at Nottingham, finishing second to Star Cross over a mile.  Pulling hard, he raced prominently until being ridden three furlongs out, eventually just keeping on at the one pace.  Calamint should start on a handy mark and is one to keep a close eye on. 
CASHMERE (GB)3 Year Old Filly (2nd February 1999)
Current Trainer: James Fanshawe
Runs: 8th of 17.
Cashmere is a half-sister to several winners, notably five furlongs to a mile classic winner Classic Park (by Robellino); her dam was a winning sprinter and is a half-sister to two year old listed winner and Prix de l'Abbaye fourth Easy Option.  Cashmere is a workmanlike filly, who made her debut at Newmarket in the D Grade maiden won by Scarlet Ribbon.  In the race she was held up amongst the backmarkers until being shaken up just over a furlong out, staying on well she was unable to trouble the leaders eventually finishing eight lengths behind the promising winner in eighth place.  She is sure to improve for the experience, and her riders (Oscar Urbina) kindness, Cashmere will win her share of races over distances around seven furlongs to a mile.
CHIVALRY (GB)3 Year Old Bay Gelding (14th February 1999)
Current Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
Runs: 5th of 10: 14th of 20: 6th of 13.
Chivalry is a third living foal that cost 52,000 guineas.  He is a half-brother to one-mile winner Sword Arm who later won in USA.  His dam is a ten-furlong Listed winner and a half-sister to Prestige Stakes winner Glatisant.  Chivalry made his debut in a D Grade maiden at Pontefract over seven furlongs.  A rangy, scopey gelding he dwelt at the start before making an effort two furlongs out keeping on to finish fifth.  His next run came in heavy ground at Lingfield where he was always being nudged along without making much impact on the race.  He was then dropped to five furlongs at Brighton and he clearly disliked both course and distance.  Now qualified for handicaps he will be a different proposition this season over a mile and upwards.
COLONNADE (GB)3 Year Old Bay Filly  (27th March 1999)
Current Trainer: James Fanshawe
Runs: 6th of 15.
Colonnade is a third foal and a half-sister to the useful seven-furlong winner Palatial.  Her dam won over a mile, and is from the family of Ajdal, Arazi and Noverre.  Trainer James Fanshawe never overfazes his horse, and this patient approach more often than not pays rich dividends.  On her only run as a two-year-old in an E Grade maiden at Bath, Colonnade was slowly into her stride and raced in rear until making significant headway, she eventually finished fourteen lengths off the very promising Kaieteur.  Owned by the Cheveley Park Stud, Colonnade will be placed to win her maiden probably over a mile, and with luck she can make up into a useful performer.
CONTACT DANCER (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt  (6th March 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 13th of 21: 8th of 15: 9th of 13.
Contact Dancer is a second foal and a brother to Irish middle distance winner Mutahamis.  His dam is an unraced half-sister to Grade 2 ten- furlong winner Truly A Dream.  Contact Dancer had three runs in 2001 all over a mile in Grade D company.  Contact Dancer’s debut came in early October at Newmarket in the race won by Hathaal.  A good, neat sort he was never nearer than his final position of thirteenth of the twenty-one runners.  He finished just behind stable companion King Eider on his second run, having made some headway over the final two furlongs.  On his final outing he was beaten a long way behind Balakheri, seeming to be totally unsuited to the extremely heavy ground.  Contact Dancer should be a well-handicapped horse this season and will win races over middle distances.  Marcus Hosgood John Dunlop’s racing secretary reports Contact Dancer will be appreciate some cut in the ground.
DAANA (GB)3 Year Old Bay Filly (24th February 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 12th of 17: 5th of 12.
Daana is a sixth foal, she is closely related to ten-furlong winner Bold Precedent (by Polish Precedent), and is a half-sister to two decent French middle distances performers.  Danna’s dam was a winner in France over ten furlongs.  Daana, who cost 50,000 guineas made her debut in the D Grade maiden at Newmarket in October, won by, stable companion Scarlet Ribbon.  A neat filly she was held up and raced towards the rear throughout.  Improvement followed at Doncaster, in the D Grade maiden won by Proven, she chased the leaders until three furlongs from home, gradually weakening thereafter.  Daana needs one more run to qualify for a handicap mark a sphere she should do well in over distances of a mile and upwards.  Marcus Hosgood, John Dunlop’s racing secretary kindly reports Daana has wintered well.
DAIMAJIN (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt  (6th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Brian Meehan
Runs: 4th of 10.
Daimajin made his only racecourse appearance behind Lunar Sovereign at Leicester over seven furlongs in September.  A workmanlike gelding with scope he looked backward in the paddock. In the race Daimajin started slowly but soon recovered, held up, he was ridden over two furlongs out and made headway, however he soon edged left, recovering he ran on inside the final furlong finishing fourth and some way clear of the next horse home.  A first foal, his dam was unraced; he should, on breeding stay ten furlongs, however, Brain Meehan reports that Daimajin will start off over a mile and will need good ground.
DANCING WATER (GB)3 Year Old Grey Colt (10th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Fulke Johnson Houghton
Runs: 4th of 18: 8th of 20.
Dancing Water is a half-brother to three winners, including decent ten-furlong winner Prince of Denial, and six-furlong juvenile winner and ten furlong Listed event second Faraway Waters.  His dam was a two-year-old winner and is a sister to Solario Stakes winner Shining Water.  He ran twice in D Grade maidens showing promise in both events.  On his debut looking leggy and sure to improve, he was far from discredited running well until the closing stages, eventually finishing a one paced fourth to Al Mohallab.   His final run at Newmarket came in October where he came in for some market support he again ran creditably until weakening into eighth place behind Rawyaan.  Fulke advised me that the family improve with age and Dancing Water has indeed improved over the winter, he needs one more run for a handicap mark and over middle distances he is sure to win races.
DEFINING (GB)3 Year Old Bay Gelding (27 Apr 1999)
Current Trainer: James Fanshawe
Runs: 6th of 14: 3rd of 10.
Defining is a second foal who cost 25,000 guineas, he is a half-brother to one mile and nine furlong winner Siena Star, his dam Gooseberry Pie was placed at a mile and is a half-sister to Group 3 middle-distance winner Rakaposhi King.  Defining's two runs were both over a mile in low-grade maidens, one on these on the all-weather at Southwell.  On both occasion he was slowly away before making late headway.  Defining was a late foal, so he should improve greatly on his first season’s efforts; middle distances will suit him this term. With one more run to qualify for a handicap mark, he is one to note in run of the mill handicaps.
DETENTION (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (5th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Willie Musson
Runs: 11th of 18: 3rd of 11: 4th of 17.
Detention is a half-brother to numerous winners, including six-furlong winners Absolutely Fayre (by Absalom) and Feast of Romance (by Pursuit of Love); his dam ran twice at two years, and is out of Cheveley Park winner Pasty.   Detention, who cost 11,000 guineas, ran three times as two year old, twice at Windsor in D Grade maidens and once in an F grade maiden at Pontefract.  All his runs were on a soft going and he showed ratings improvement on each occasion.  Willie Musson is a very shrewd man and will know exactly where to place Detention, a stiff six furlongs will suit and a mile should be in his range.  
DUNE (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (4th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Roger Charlton
Runs: 22nd of 27: 7th of 14: 6th of 6.
Dune is a second foal who cost 55,000 guineas; his dam a middle distance winner is a sister to US Grade One runner up, Casey Tibbs, from the family the of Racing Post Trophy and Dante winner Dilshaan.  A real "dark one", Dune has a rock solid middle distance pedigree.  Three runs over seven furlongs in D Grade maidens revealed little, however his effort when seventh behind Ballet Score at Doncaster in November showed he has ability; a poor final run on the all-weather later that month should ensure an attractive handicap mark.  Roger Charlton reports Dune will not be one of the stable stars, but over a mile and a half and upwards he should find a race or two; he will probably display a liking for give in the ground.
EXPLORING (IRE) 3 Year Old Colt (20th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Fulke Johnson Houghton
Runs: 5th of 9: 5th of 12: 9th of 17.
Exploring is a promising middle distance horse.  A second foal, his dam was a winner over a mile as a two year old.  She is a sister to a mile and a half winner, out of a useful dual two-year-old winner Jammaayil.  The first of three runs in D Grade maidens run was in July at Kempton over seven furlongs, where he ran well chasing the leaders until two out.  He then returned to Kempton in September and again ran well until weakening inside the final furlong this time over a mile.  His final run on soft ground at Salisbury over a mile, saw him racing prominently until weakening two out, on this occasion he was, however, drawn on the unfavoured side that day. Fulke reports Exploring has improved over the winter and that he would start over a mile and work his way up in distance as the season progresses and that he will appreciate good, to good to soft ground. 
FLORENTINE FLUTTER (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (3rd February 1999)
Current Trainer: John Gosden
Runs: 11th of 21: 10th of 20.
Florentine Flutter is a seventh foal; he is a brother to two winning sprinters, and a half-brother to several winners; his dam was a decent French winner over distances from five to eight furlongs. Florentine Flutter made his debut in the seven furlong D Grade maiden won by Millennium Dragon at Newmarket.  He is a compact colt, who looked on the backward side in the paddock.  In the race itself he raced prominently, before being outpaced three furlongs out, from that point he was never dangerous, eventually finishing eleventh nine lengths off the winner.  In November he reappeared at Newmarket again, this time over six furlongs.  Once again he chased the leaders for four furlongs; unable to make any further progress he finished tenth, eleven lengths behind Feet So Fast.  Florentine Flutter needs one more run to be qualified for handicaps a sphere he will do well in over distances between seven furlongs and a mile.
FROGLET (GB)3 Year Old Bay Filly (25th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
Runs: 9th of 13: 8th of 18: 7th of 11.
Froglet is a second foal: she is a half-sister to two-year-old seven winner Sel.  Her dam won over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half and was also trained by Sir Mark Prescott.  Having lost all chance on her debut at Wolverhampton with a slow start, she then went to Windsor on November 8th where the ground was almost unraceable.  She improved here and finished a never nearer eighth of the eighteen runners.  Her final run at Southwell resulted in a never nearer seventh.  Despite this uninspiring first season Froglet will come into her own over a mile and upwards this season, and going by the trainers previous record with horses like Froglet, she will start low and work her way up.
GREENSLADES (GB)3 Year Old Chestnut Colt (30th March 1999)
Current Trainer: P.J.Makin
Runs: 6th of 20.
Greenslades is a third foal that cost 18,000 guineas; his dam was a winner in Ireland over a mile and three-quarters at four years and is a half-sister to the dam of Persian Punch and Solario Stakes winner Island Magic.  A leggy colt he has plenty of scope and will improve for his winters break.  Greenslades made his debut at Newmarket over a mile in the Grade D maiden won by Rawyaan.  Held up in the early stages he pulled hard and failed to settle.  Making headway three furlongs out to close one the leaders, his earlier exertions took their toll and he weakened in the final furlong.  His breeding suggests he will improve with age, and he will probably have a couple more educational runs in maidens.  Peter Makin reports he will then follow a handicap career over distances around a mile and that he always is likely to show a preference for good ground.
HADDICE (USA)3 Year Old Bay Colt (28th January 1999)
Current Trainer: Clive Brittain
Runs: 11th of 21.
Haddice is a half-brother to one-mile winner Bevier; his dam, Bevel, won over a mile in France, and is from the family of Ajdal and Arazi.  Haddice is a workmanlike colt, who made a belated debut over a mile, in a twenty-one runner D Grade maiden, at Newmarket in October.  Held up in touch, he travelled well throughout the race until the two-furlong marker, from which point he gradually weakened, eventually finishing eleven lengths off the winner, Hathaal, in eleventh place.  Likely to show his best form over a mile to ten furlongs, he will need a couple more runs to obtain his handicap mark and it is to be hoped his trainer takes that route. Clive Brittain is of the opinion that Haddice will need good to fast ground to show his best.
HATTERS LAD (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt  (16th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Jamie Osborne
Runs: 4th of 11: 1st of 11.
Hatters Lad is a half-brother to a couple of winners in France including Shamaniya, who won a seven furlong Listed event as a three year old; his dam was unraced but came from a good French family, and is a half-sister to a Prix Vermeille winner.  Hatters Lad made his debut in an E Grade maiden at Beverley in September.  A workmanlike colt he looked backward and leggy, slowly into his stride he chased the leaders eventually coming home a one paced fourth.  Hatters Lad broke his maiden in a modest one mile Grade F maiden at Wolverhampton making the entire running winning easily.  Sure to improve this season he could well develop into a decent handicapper.
IMBIBING (IRE)3 Year Old Chestnut Colt (28th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Fulke Johnson Houghton
Runs: 8th of 18: 8th of 20.
Imbibing is a half-brother to two-year-old five-furlong winner Saffizz; his dam is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winning miler Port Lucaya, out of a half-sister to Oaks winner Diminuendo. Imbibing had two runs as a two year old in D Grade maidens at Newbury and Newmarket over seven furlongs and a mile.  A workmanlike colt he was slowly into his stride on both occasions before showing promise in the closing stages.  Imbibing will probably start off over a mile though he should stay ten furlongs in time; he needs one more run to qualify for a handicap mark.  Trainer Fulke Johnson Houghton advises me that Imbibing has matured over the winter and looks a nice horse in the making.
INGLIS DREVER (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (18th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
Runs: 4th of 10: 6th of 20: 15th of 17.
Inglis Drever is a fifth foal and cost 130,000 guineas, he holds a Derby entry; he is a half-brother to two-mile winner Spartan Royale, and one-mile winner Far Removed.  His dam was a ten-furlong winner and is a half-sister to Champion Stakes winner Cormorant Wood.  Inglis Drever had three runs in his first season, all over six furlongs season in D Grade maidens on soft or heavy grounds.  He is a rangy scopey colt who was outpaced throughout on his debut at Pontefract, but still managed to finish fourth.  His second run at Lingfield showed some improvement where he ran on well in the last two furlongs to finish sixth.  Despite being 8/1 on his final run at Newbury he still looked backward and this was reflected in the race where he beat only two home.  Inglis Drever will be a different proposition this season over middle distances and in handicaps; he is one to keep a close eye on.
ISLINGTON (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Filly (12 Feb 1999)
Current Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
Runs: 6th of 10: 3rd of 12.
Islington is a sister to smart middle-distance stayer Election Day and to high-class middle-distance winner Greek Dance; her dam was a top-class Yorkshire Oaks winner and St Leger runner-up.  She is a well-grown filly who was on the backward side for her debut at Newmarket in August; chasing the leaders throughout she eventually weakened in the final of the seven furlongs.  Her final run came in a listed event in October won by Henry Cecil’s Protectress.  Slowly into her really good stride she made progress three furlongs out leading two out she was soon headed but kept on willingly.  Middle distances will be her forte; with her trainer knowing the family well, she promises to be a serious racehorse.
KEETCHY (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt (19th April 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 6th of 9: 8th of 14: 3rd of 14.
Keetchy was an expensive buy at 190,000 guineas, he is a brother to two winners, notably smart middle-distance winner Ebaziya (dam of Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla); Keetchy’s dam was a French middle-distance winner and is a half-sister to a Group 3 winner.  Two runs at Newmarket and Doncaster in D Grade maidens were followed by a final run in a ten-furlong D Grade maiden at Bath.  A workmanlike colt with scope he made headway in the closing stages on his debut behind stable companion Bestam.  On his next run behind Watchi he stayed on in the closing stages to finish a never dangerous nine length eighth.  Keetchy completed his education with a front running display at Bath where he was ridden two furlongs out and weakened in the final furlong behind the promising Stage by Stage.  Mile and a half and handicaps will be the order of the day for this useful young horse in 2002, and Marcus Hosgood reports that any ground bar firm, will be suitable.
KING EIDER (GB)3 Year Old Bay Gelding (14th April 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 16th of 21: 7th of 15: 5th of 17.
King Eider is a first foal; his dam, also trained by John Dunlop, won over seven furlongs at two years, and a mile and a mile and a quarter as a three year old.  A neat colt, he had three runs in October and November, two in D Grade maidens and one in an E Grade maiden, over distances of seven furlongs and a mile.  His debut at Newmarket behind Millennium Dragon, where he ran well for five furlongs, was followed by a better run behind Master in Law at Leicester, where after racing in rear he made late headway into seventh place.  His final run behind Zone at Doncaster showed further improvement, he had plenty of use made of him on this occasion before weakening. Sure to improve over the winter his experience will stand him in good stead and he looks a useful middle distance performer in the making.  His sire Mtoto improved with age, and King Eider who will start off in handicaps, should do the same.  Marcus reports he should act on any ground. 
KIRTLE (GB)3 Year Old Bay Filly (16th January 1999)
Current Trainer: James Fanshawe
Runs: 6th of 12: 7th of 12.
Kirtle is a first foal from middle distance winning mare.  Her sire’s progeny are usually nine to ten-furlong performers, leaving one to think that with the influence of stamina on the dam’s side Kirtle should stay twelve furlongs comfortably.  Kirtle, rather unfurnished as a two year old should improve and fill her frame following a winter’s break.  She still however, managed to run creditably at Salisbury and Redcar in D Grade maidens over six and seven furlongs.  On the latter occasion she raced keenly in the early stages before making good late headway to be just over a length behind John Dunlop’s useful filly Altarama.
LADY ALRUNA (IRE)3 Year Old Chestnut Filly (10th February 1999)
Current Trainer: P.J.Makin
Runs: 5th of 16: 3rd of 13: 3rd of 16.
Lady Alruna is a first foal; her dam is an unraced half-sister to Tagula, a Group 1 winner over six furlongs as a two year old.  Lady Alruna made her debut over six furlongs in a D Grade maiden at Lingfield.  She was very slowly away; taking a keen hold she recovered and raced prominently until the effort took its toll in the closing stages.  Her next run came in an E Grade maiden at Bath, where once again she was slowly away, however she stayed on well from two furlongs out finishing third just over two lengths behind the winner.  She returned to Bath in October to contest a Grade D maiden where she came from a long way off the pace to finish an eye-catching third.  Looking as though she will definitely stay seven furlongs and probably a mile, she is now qualified for handicaps, Peter Makin, who is a vastly underrated trainer, kindly informed me that on good ground and with normal luck Lady Alruna will do well.  
MRS KANNING3 Year Old Chestnut Filly (8th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Mark Tompkins
Runs: 13th of 16: 12th of 20:  9th of 11.
Mrs. Kanning is a fourth foal and a half sister to winner in the US; her dam was a maiden.  Mrs. Kanning whose sire was a top class miler, cost 14,500 guineas, she was a lengthy, unfurnished filly as a two year old; however she does have the scope to grow into a nice filly.  Making her debut over five furlongs at Ripon in August, she was soon struggling to keep her position, eventually finishing amongst the backmarkers.  Rested until October and moved up to a mile at Newmarket she chased the leaders for five furlongs before finishing twelfth of the twenty runners.  A week later in heavy ground, again over a mile, she was slowly away before making headway at halfway, the effort soon told and she was ridden and weakened.  Mrs. Kanning appeals as the type to do well in her second season and over distances around the ten-furlong mark she can pay to follow.  Mark Tompkins in full of hope Mrs. Kanning can pick up a couple of races and also reports that she will go on any ground.
MACONACHIE (GB)3 Year Old Bay Gelding (14th April 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 12th of 14: 4th of 18: 3rd of 11.
Maconachie is a third foal and a half brother six furlong winner Maestersinger; his dam won over six furlongs.  Maconachie made his debut in May at Newbury, a workmanlike but backward colt he broke well but was quickly outpaced, short of room two furlongs out he made a little headway but was never dangerous; connections then gelded the horse and put him away to mature and develop. Reappearing in October at Windsor on heavy ground he raced with the leaders having every chance over a furlong and a half out, he not surprisingly weakened in the heavy ground inside the final furlong. His final run was over five furlongs where he led until he was ridden and headed over a furlong out; he then stayed on at one pace.  Likely to be sent straight into handicaps early on, he promises to be a useful sprinter.  Marcus Hosgood reports having only run on soft ground his preferred ground is unknown at this stage of his career.
MEXICAN  (USA)3 Year Old Colt Bay Colt (19th Mar 1999)
Current Trainer: Clive Brittain
Runs: 4th of 6: 3rd of 15: 9th of 18.
Mexican is a sixth foal, a half-brother to three winners and placed performers in Grade 3 company, his dam was placed at three and is out of a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Sun And Snow, dam of high-class two-year-old Chilly Billy.  Mexican, who cost $180,000, will stay ten furlongs and possibly twelve, he ran in three D Grade maidens over seven furlongs.  Having run lucklessly but with credit in those races, against the respective winners, useful juveniles, Sohaib, Samhari and Dusky Warbler, it is to be hoped is ever-optimistic trainer aims low in the early stages of his three-year-old career to boost his confidence.  Clive Brittain is of the opinion good to fast ground will be Mexican’s preferred surface.
MILLENNIUM HALL (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (25th February 1999)
Current Trainer: Luca Cumani
Runs: 7th of 12: 13th of 14: 3rd of 14.
Millennium Hall was a cheaply bought yearling at 9,500 guineas, a second foal his dam was lightly raced but comes from a smart family. A likeable, workmanlike colt, Millennium Hall is from the offspring of Saddlers’ Hall who generally show improvement with age. Millennium Hall had three runs in D Grade maidens last year over seven furlongs and a mile, showing promise on his first and particularly his final run, where he was only just over four lengths behind the useful Jawwala.  Luca Cumani advised me that Millennium Hall will be campaigned over ten and twelve furlongs and will need good or softer ground to be at his best.  Millennium Hall’s half-brother Tolstoy was a decent mid-eighties handicapper, and it is to be hoped that he follows in his footsteps.
OLD CALIFORNIA (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt (9th May 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 14th of 18: 8th of 17: 3rd of 20.
Old California is a brother to Paris In The Fall, a one mile five furlong winner in Ireland in the 2001 season.  He is a half-brother to several other winners.  Old California’s dam won over a mile and a quarter.  Old California made his debut in the D Grade maiden won by Al Mohallab, a workmanlike colt, he looked a bit backward in the paddock.  After being bumped at the start he raced towards the rear thereafter.  On his next run at Salisbury he raced with the leaders until weakening two furlongs from home.  His final run came at Newmarket in the D Grade maiden won by Music Club; he was held up in rear before making good headway two furlongs out, eventually finishing a never nearer third.  A late foal he is sure to improve this season. Marcus Hosgood, John Dunlop’s racing secretary informed me that Old California would enjoy middle distances with some cut in the ground.
PANCAKEHILL   (GB)3 Year Old Chestnut Filly (7th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Gerard Butler
Runs: 9th of 14: 6th of 9: 6th of 12
Pancakehill is a ninth foal; her dam was an Irish juvenile sprint winner and is a half-sister to the top sprinter Sheik Albadou. Pancakehill had three quick runs between September 11th and September 26th.  She made her debut over six furlongs in an F Grade maiden and progressed to seven furlongs at Warwick and Chester in D Grade maidens.  On her debut she finished eight lengths behind the useful Nemo Fugat, weakening two furlongs from home, having raced prominently.  Her best run, according to ratings, was at Warwick where she was held up early on, before keeping on in the final two furlongs under a considerate ride, to be just three lengths behind the winner Carrozzina.  Her final run at Chester on good to soft ground, yielded a sixth place from an impossibly high draw.  She will stay seven furlongs and almost certainly a mile; handicaps will be the order of the day, and good to fast ground will suit her best.
PARACHUTE (GB)3 Year Old Chestnut Gelding (12th February 1999)
Current Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
Runs: 7th of 12: 6th of 10: 16th of 18: 9th of 19.
Parachute is a second foal that cost 1000,000 guineas; he is a half-brother to mile and a half winner Contraband; his dam was a decent ten-furlong winner who later won in the US and is a daughter of St Simon Stakes winner Upend from the family of Royal Gait. Parachute had his first run in a Grade D maiden over seven furlongs, very green and slowly into his stride kept on towards the final furlong without ever getting serious.  His next run at Brighton again showed him to be slowly away and never being able to get into the race.  Surprisingly he reappeared just five days later at Windsor in atrocious ground and never showed beating just two home. Redcar was the next stop and in a nursery handicap, off a mark of 68 he once again was slowly away and taken off his feet in the early stages, and although staying on he, was never a factor in the race. Parachute will stay ten furlongs and probably a mile and a half, and will be a different proposition this year.
PARSIFAL (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (23rd March 1999)
Current Trainer: Luca Cumani
Runs: 7th of 20: 8th of 14
Parsifal is a third foal; he is a full brother to middle distance winner, Elrehaan and a half-brother to ten-furlong winner Rousing Thunder; his dam was a once raced maiden, and is a half-sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Committed.  Parsifal ran twice in two D Grade maidens at Newmarket and Yarmouth.  On his debut he was held up, and under hands and heels riding, he was never nearer than at the finish, just a short head behind the highly rated Black Sam Bellamy and six lengths behind the winner John Gosden’s Music Club.  On his next run he was made favourite and led the race for five furlongs, however he soon began to struggle in the very heavy ground and finished a well-beaten eighth, behind Pip Payne’s Jawwala.  Parsifal is bred to relish middle distances and needs one more run for a handicap mark.  Luca Cumani informed me the colt would be best on good fast ground.
PREEN (GB)3 Year Old Bay Filly  (20th February 1999)
Current Trainer: James Fanshawe
Runs: 3rd of 19.
Preen is a half-sister to several winners, including Flawless who won over seven furlongs and finished second in the May Hill; her dam was a decent winner in France over seven furlongs and a mile.  As a two-year-old Preen was a leggy, unfurnished individual and she will be much more the finished article this season.  Sent off at 16/1 in the E Grade maiden won by Macadamia at Redcar she made headway from two furlongs out before staying on at the one pace to be beaten just over four lengths in third place behind her stable companion. Preen, will I am sure improve over the winter, and will be placed to win her maiden over a mile and then, hopefully move up in grade.
REFA'AH (IRE) 3 Year Old Bay Filly (26th January 1999)
Current Trainer: Ed Dunlop
Runs: 10th of 11: 4th of 21.
Refa’Ah is a ninth foal, she is a sister to one mile winner Ghaazi and a half-sister to six other winners, including the useful sprinter Maraatib won over six and seven furlongs as a two year old.  Sent off at 14/1 on her debut in July she looked leggy and unfurnished, slowly into her stride she was rushed up to join the leaders before weakening two furlongs from home.  Refa’Ah did not reappear until October at Newmarket, in the race won by Millennium Dragon, looking well she led for two furlongs, remaining handy throughout, she eventually stayed on at the same pace in the final furlong final furlong.  She needs one more run to qualify for a handicap mark and will probably start over a mile and may get ten furlongs.
RODIAK (GB)3 Year Old Bay Gelding (7th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Bob Jones
Runs: 6th of 16: 11th of 12: 10th of 14.
Rodiak is a third foal; he is a half-brother to six-furlong winner Misty Boy.  His dam was a multiple winner at distances around a mile, from three years through to five years.  Rodiak appeared on the track on October 12th at York.  He then ran in two other maidens at Doncaster, all these races were run on soft or heavy ground.  His best performance was on his final outing when a running on sixth behind Pic Up Sticks.  Bob Jones kindly informed me Rodiak will race between distances of seven to nine furlongs and will need good or faster ground to be seen at his best; bearing this in mind his first season efforts can surely be greatly improved on this season and he will hopefully find himself on a useful handicap mark.
SABRE DANCE (GB)3 Year Old Chestnut Gelding (16th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Henry Candy
Runs: 6th of 17.
Sabre Dance is a half-brother to several winners, including seven furlong winner Premier Baron (by Primo Dominie) and one mile winner Frezeliere (by Be My Chief); his dam was a winner over six and seven furlongs.  Sabre Dance made his debut on soft ground over a mile in November, in the E Grade maiden won by Zone at Doncaster.  Sabre Dance was in touch early on, he then ran green before making late headway into a never dangerous sixth place.  This was an excellent educational run and being an April foal he will improve as a three year old.  Henry Candy kindly informed me that Sabre Dance would be best on good ground, and over a mile.
STORM SEEKER (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (27th February 1999)
Current Trainer: Barry Hills
Runs: 9th of 21.
Storm Seeker is a fourth foal and a brother to Rainbow Ways who like Storm Seeker was trained by Barry Hills.  Rainbow Ways improved with age and was a winning and placed performer in top handicaps, and Group 3 company.  His dam was a six-furlong winner.  Storm Seeker is a really good sort with plenty of scope; he made his debut in the D Grade maiden at Newmarket won by Millennium Dragon.  Slowly into his stride he was held up until eventually staying on inside the final furlong finishing a creditable seven lengths ninth.  It will be interesting to see how he is campaigned, should he go the handicap route he will be more than useful, although it would come as no surprise if he was up to Listed class.  Trainer Barry Hills reports the horse fit and well, and hopeful of a good season.
THAQIB (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt (3rd March 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 13th of 21.
Thaqib is a first foal that cost 320,000 guineas; his dam is an unraced daughter of high-class two-year-old miler filly Favoridge, herself out of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Favoletta.  Thaqib is a compact colt that made his debut in the Class D seven-furlong maiden stakes won by Millennium Dragon at Newmarket in October.  Thaqib raced smoothly behind the leaders until weakening a furlong out.  Sure to improve greatly over the winter, Thaqib carries a Derby entry.  He has always been held in some regard at home and holds some fancy entries he will come into his own over a mile and upwards this season.   It will be interesting to see where John Dunlop starts him off, but I would imagine he would be looking for a suitable maiden possibly over a mile, to assess Thaqib’s potential.
TIKKUN (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt (15th April 1999)
Current Trainer: Roger Charlton
Runs: 2nd of 4: 1st of 9.
Tikkun is a fifth foal and half-brother useful performers Silver Apple, Lunasa and Sita; his dam was placed over middle distances and is a half sister to Moon Madness and Sheriff’s Star.  Tikkun was a leggy, good looking colt at two, displaying an extremely likeable action going to post on his debut.  He made that debut in a D Grade maiden won by the useful Carinae at Newmarket.  Lack of early pace in the race itself saw him pulling hard and taking a prominent position.  He led until headed inside the final furlong where he was then unable to quicken, eventually finishing a length and a half behind the winner.  Tikkun was sent off an odds-on favourite on his next run, he made the entire running, given one reminder he quickened away from the opposition in effortless style.  Tikkun has the scope and ability to become a Group Class performer, however Roger Charlton reports, he has got to learn to settle to fulfil his potential.
TRIPPER (USA)3 Year Old Bay Filly (18th February 1999)
Current Trainer: John Dunlop
Runs: 14th of 18: 6th of 21.
Tripper is closely related to nine-furlong winner Faraway Look and is a half-sister to two-year-old Champagne Stakes third Musheer. Her dam won Prix de Royallieu and was placed in Group 1 mile and a half events.  Tripper made her debut in September in the D grade maiden won by Dusky Warbler.  Though finishing down the field she had a nice introduction, leaving the impression she would improve with time.  She reappeared in November at Newmarket once again and duly improved to finish a never nearer four length sixth to stablemate Maid To Perfection.   A leggy, light framed filly, she needs to fill her frame over the winter.  A mile will probably be her optimum trip and she needs one more run to qualify for a handicap mark
TRUE COURAGE (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (18th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Barry Hills
Runs: 8th of 11: 6th of 21.
True Courage is a sixth foal and a brother to the high-class middle distance colt Storming Home, also trained by Barry Hills.  He is also a half-brother to useful middle-distance winners Follow That Dream and Desert Frolic; his dam was a winner over a mile in France.  True Courage made his debut in a D Grade maiden at York in July. Looking backward he was slowly into his stride and raced in the rear group throughout the race.  True Courage had a break until October, when he reappeared in the D Grade maiden won by Hathaal, improvement followed from the colt; tracking the leaders he showed plenty of dash, before being ridden and weakening a furlong out.  With one more run to qualify for a handicap mark he appeals as a horse that will continue to improve over middle distances this coming season.  Barry informs us that True Courage is in work and well within himself.
UNSHAKABLE (IRE)3 Year Old Bay Colt (7th March 1999)
Current Trainer: Bob Jones
Runs: 5th of 26: 2nd of 17.
Unshakable is a second foal and a half-brother to 2001 placed three-year-old Northern Raider his dam is unraced half-sister to several winners.  Unshakeable made his debut in a D Grade maiden at York over a mile in October.  In touch, he stayed on inside the final two furlong to be nearest at the finish under a tender ride.  His second run came at Doncaster again in an E Grade maiden over a mile. Unshakeable chased the leaders, until making headway two furlongs from home, he then stayed on to chase the eventual winner, keeping on at one pace in second, clear of the remainder of the field.  It should be noted that Frannie Norton rode this colt and Rodiak in all their races.  Bob Jones informed me that the colt will step up to ten furlongs and will enjoy good or good to soft ground.
VICIOUS WARRIOR (GB)3 Year Old Bay Gelding  (24th March 1999)
Current Trainer: R.M.Whittaker
Runs: 4th of 4: 5th of 11.
Vicious Warrior cost 16,500 guineas and is a third foal and half-brother to, two one-mile winners; his dam was unraced and is stoutly bred.  At Newcastle in July he made his debut over seven furlongs he was slowly into his stride, where he steadily weakened finishing last of the four runners.  He reappeared ten days later again at Newcastle once again over seven furlongs where he ran much well than his finishing position suggests.  He failed to settle in a slowly run race and was short of room at a vital stage of the race.  Rested until September, Vicious Warrior was upped in grade at York, yet he again performed creditably finishing seventh behind the more than useful Coshocton.  In November he was sent to the sharp Musselburgh track, where he completed his education with a front running effort leading until a furlong out, eventually finishing third. Vicious Warrior is sure to do well in handicaps this season over middle distances on good ground.
WATER KING (USA)3 Year Old Bay Colt (8th Feb 1999)
Current Trainer: Ed Dunlop
Runs: 7th of 18: 5th of 14: 6th of 12.
Water King is a workmanlike colt and a second foal; his dam won over a mile and a half in France and is from the family of Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Lit de Justice and Group 1 winner at two Commander Collins.  Water King was given three educational runs in 2001, having been held up in his first two runs, before running on in the closing stages under considerate handling, his third run saw much more use made of him before gradually weakening in the D Grade maiden at Doncaster won by Foreign Accent.  Water King’s future lies in middle distance handicap company and he should be effective on most surfaces.
WELL CHOSEN  (GB)3 Year Old Bay Colt (11th February 1999)
Current Trainer: Ed Dunlop
Runs: 6th of 15.
Well Chosen is a third foal; his dam won the Group 3 one mile May Hill Stakes at two years and later, mile and a quarter Group races, the Musidora and Nassau Stakes, she is out of Cheveley Park runner-up Canadian Mill.   Well Chosen ran a race full of promise on his only start behind David Loder’s Samhari at Yarmouth over seven furlongs in September.  Well Chosen chased the leaders before being ridden and running green two furlongs out, briefly outpaced he recovered, and kept on steadily under a kind ride from Pat Eddery, inside the final furlong.  Well Chosen, like his stable mate Alam, was put away after his debut and also carries a Derby entry, he has a long way to go to reach those heights but is a more than promising colt for the coming season.


 

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