Royal Ascot: 4 Hot 2yo’s to Watch
by Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
With just one week to go until Royal Ascot kicks off, it is time to take a look at some of the potentially exciting horses we will see at the meeting. Starting with the youngsters, we will no doubt see many exciting two year olds on the track next week. Here are my top four at this stage.
De Bruyne Horse – Richard Hannon
De Bruyne Horse has ran three times so far, winning two of his three starts and he is a horse certainly going the right way. His form has been franked by horses behind him and he looks to have a great chance in the Coventry Stakes next week. The son of Showcasing is already clearly the best horse produced by his dam Right Rave. A Royal Ascot victory would give Showcasing yet another top sprinter, something he is becoming very good at producing.
Happy Like A Fool – Wesley Ward
This looks to be the best chance of the week for American trainer Wesley Ward. Happy Like A Fool was very impressive over four and a half furlongs on debut at Keenland. The time was good and since then she has been impressive in her work against fellow Royal Ascot challengers. Ward knows what it takes to win this race, he won it last year with Lady Aurelia, and with him being so confident, this filly must be doing something right at home. Her sire Distorted Humor has a good record in America, but a Royal Ascot winner would really boost his reputation in Europe.
Havana Grey – Karl Burke
Havana Grey is an impressive sprinter for Northern trainer Karl Burke. He has won two of his three starts so far and certainly looks to be going the right way after picking up a win in the listed National Stakes last time out. He won nicely that day and a repeat of that form would be good enough to go close at the meeting, although we do not know what race he will run in yet. He is the first runner out of the mare Blanc De Chine and a Royal Ascot win would massively increase interest in her. His sire is Havana Gold, who was a high class two year old himself and in his first year in the breeding barn, a Royal Ascot winner would increase his stud value I am sure.
Santry – Declan Carroll
Santry is two from two so far on the racecourse, winning the Brocklesby on debut, the first two year old race of the season and following that up with a good win at York last month. The form of the Brocklesby has taken a few knocks, but Santry did it nicely and has followed up in a better race since, a race where he also had to carry a penalty in. He looks likely to run in the Norfolk Stakes, where he may run against Havana Grey and that would be a great matchup. His sire Harbour Watch was the champion two year old in his racing career and Santry looks like being another very good two year old that he has produced.
Craig Jones writes about global horse racing for Knightsbridge Bloodstock