Yesterday, Paul Ferguson flagged up 5 horses to follow this flat season, here we look at his remaining 5 selections…
Recital (A P O’Brien)
Despite being beaten on his seasonal return at Leopardstown, this Montjeu colt still makes plenty of appeal judged on his two-race juvenile career.
An impressive winner at Navan on debut, he followed up in Group 1 company in France and he looks sure to play a leading role in the top middle-distance contests for the Ballydoyle team.
Sea Moon (Sir Michael Stoute)
The second string to the Derby bow of Sir Michael Stoute, the Beat Hollow colt needs to take a massive step forward on form but looks capable of doing so when he returns.
He moved through his two races last year like a classy animal and it will be interesting to see where he pitches up in his trial for Epsom, as he is unlikely to take on stable-mate Carlton House in the Dante.
If he doesn’t make the grade in the Derby, something like the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot could be a suitable target at Group 2 level.
Seville (A P O’Brien)
It looks between Recital and this lad as to the top of the Derby pecking order within the Coolmore brigade and he looks the type to come in to his own over middle-distances at three.
Both colts hold an entry in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday and this is often the key trial for both this stable and the Irish.
The son of Galileo won a maiden at Tipperary before chasing home Casamento in the Racing Post Trophy and I fancy he can reverse that form when they clash this season.
So You Think (A P O’Brien)
An eight-time winner in Australia before joining Aidan O’Brien, the High Chaparral colt could hardly have been any more impressive on his Irish debut last weekend.
A strapping colt, he should come on plenty for that first start in six months and he can now take a hand in all the top races throughout the summer.
The five-year-old is on target for the Tattersalls Gold Cup in a couple of weeks, after which he could be upped in trip, having finished third in the Melbourne Cup.
He could well be a flag-bearer for his stable and the King George appeals as the obvious mid-summer target.
World Domination (Henry Cecil)
Frankel was the obvious horse for this list, but I left him out and plumped for his stable-companion World Domination, who created a deep impression on his racecourse debut at Newbury last month.
Whilst he is always likely to be compared to the brilliant 2,000 Guineas winner, this son of Empire Maker looks much more of a stayer than Frankel and he has quickly shot to the head of the Derby market.
Despite suffering a slight setback, he is on course for York next week and a fascinating clash with Carlton House in the Dante, which could once again be the key Epsom trial this side of the Irish Sea.