With the flat season drawing to a close we thought it might be a good time to look at some of the two-year-old performances that have caught our eye over the season and not necessarily from the top races.
First to come under the microscope is the Roger Charlton juvenile Top Offer who was very impressive on his debut at Newbury in August. Following what was a slowish and green looking start he settled really well in the style of a good horse and when asked for his effort he really applied himself well to stretch away from his field and win in the style of a good horse. In the end he won by 3 ½ lengths leaving his 14 rivals well strung out. He’s by Dansili, the sire of Harbinger and Rail Link and although that form is nothing special, Roger Charlton has always considered him to be his best juvenile. The regard he is held in is shown in his entries with the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and next year’s Irish 200 Guineas amongst them. People following the racing betting should keep an eye on him.
Ektihaam is a colt of serious potential for Roger Varian who has made a cracking start to his training career at Kremlin House since the retirement and subsequent sad death of previous licence holder Michael Jarvis. By Invincible Spirit Ektihaam made a deep impression when winning on his debut at Newbury and that race has worked out well with plenty of subsequent individual winners from the race showing that the form held plenty of credence.
Ektihaam followed up that win with another impressive win at Doncaster, coincidentally in the same race that Frankel won last year. He looks a real prospect and it will be a real surprise if he can’t make the step up into Pattern Company in the near future. Those following the horse racing betting tips should bear this in mind.
John Gosden has a decent season with his juveniles, winning 18 races from 108 attempts and one of his juveniles that has caught the eye is Fencing. He really came on for the run and his second run was a big step up from his debut. Well backed for his second run he travelled sweetly and soon put the race to bed, he holds an entry in the Racing Post Trophy and it will be interesting to see if he goes there next with a view to taking on some lofty targets next year, the most likely of those would involve a stamina test as befits his pedigree and it should be noted that he does hold a Derby entry.
A triumvirate of colts who have caught our eye so far this year and who should pay to follow.