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2013 Flat Horses to Follow

With the national hunt season approaching its April climax it's the flat season that will take centre stage from May and the Guineas Festival will be the first star attraction in the calendar and the Flat campaign will continue to click up a notch as we approach Royal Ascot and a multitude of notable Group races.

On this page we take a look at 10 horses to follow for the new season and many of them will feature prominently in the coming months with some bidding for Classic glory with perhaps the Epsom Derby and Oaks on the radar, whilst some will aim to enhance their CV's with some notable Group One victories.

Scanning through our compiled list you can see that we have some potential Classic contenders in Dawn Approach, who is a warm order for the 2000 Guineas whilst further down the likes of dual-Classic winner Camelot and Cirrus Des Aigles will be a brace of names aiming to continue their careers with more top class glory.

Dawn Approach

Unbeaten in six starts as a juvenile, Dawn Approach propelled to the head of the 2000 Guineas betting when trouncing a field in the National Stakes at the Curragh to maintain his unblemished record and Jim Bolger's raider has been subsequently supplemented for the Epsom Derby and will try to land yet more Classic glory.

Having won the National Stakes with aplomb, the son of New Approach then rounded off last season with a facile win in the Dewhurst Stakes and if he can perform to the same ability this season then he has to be one for the notebook in what could be a vintage year for the Irish raider.


Sir Michael Stoute's Telescope has been one of the talking horses of the entire winter as the Newmarket maiden winner has subsequently propelled to the head of the 2013 Epsom Derby betting and will aim to hand his legendary trainer another win in the coveted Classic.

Having lost his maiden, the Freemasons Lodge inmate then stormed to victory in that aforementioned maiden and has obviously been scorching up the gallops in recent months and has been duly cut into one of the market leaders for the Derby and he is one to watch.

St Nicholas Abbey

One of the stalwarts of Aidan O'Brien's star-studded Ballydoyle yard, St Nicholas Abbey will embark on another season under the stewardship of the mighty Irish trainer and he will no doubt look to secure his third consecutive victory in the Coronation Cup, which will take place at Epsom's Derby festival.

As well as taking in that Group One there could be a handful of other top prizes the six-year-old aims to win with the likes of York's International Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes just a brace of potential races, whilst a trip to the Breeders' Cup could well draw the curtain on another exciting campaign.

Cirrus Des Aigles

One horse that would've been glad to see the retirement of Frankel was French star Cirrus Des Aigles, who was beaten comfortably by Sir Henry Cecil's wonder colt in the Champion Stakes on British Champions Day and the seven-year-old could well return to Ascot to try and regain the crown.

A multiple Group One winner in his native France, Cirrus Des Aigles won the 2011 Champion Stakes and will no doubt return to these shores to do battle once again, whilst a meeting with St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup at Epsom could also be on the cards.


Having already bagged victories in the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby, Camelot tried to emulate the mighty Nijinsky by bagging the Triple Crown, but he was unable to reel in Encke in the St Leger to make history, but Aidan O'Brien's decision to keep him in training will certainly prove popular amongst racing fans.

The Ballydoyle hotpot is sure to be handed a number of Group One races including the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and could potentially end his campaign in France where he could line up for the Prix De l'Arc De Triomphe, a race he flopped in 12 months ago.

Liber Nauticus

Sir Michael Stoute will have some intriguing three-year-olds heading into the new season and the legendary handler is set to hand impressive Goodwood maiden winner Liber Nauticus a crack at some of the top prizes in the filly division and she has already propelled to the head of the Epsom Oaks betting.

A one-and-a-half length winner in that aforementioned Goodwood debut over a mile, she shaped as if she will relish a step up in trip and with nuances about her progression proving to be all positive she will no doubt catch a few notebooks as we get into the Classic campaign.


Roger Charlton's Mince progressed up the sprinting ranks last season with aplomb as she landed a magnificent four-timer which culminated with her landing the Group Three Bengough Stakes and the four-year-old could have her sights set higher this campaign with a number of sprint prizes likely to hit her radar.

Progressing out of handicaps she should a real fighting ability to suggest that she will relish some of the leading Group sprint races in the calendar and she will certainly be one to watch at Royal Ascot, whilst British Champions Day could see her line up in what could be another profitable season for connections.

Reckless Abandon

Clive Cox's Reckless Abandon propelled into the limelight with a terrific victory in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the three-year-old son of Exchange Rate duly went on to notch five wins out of five in his juvenile season with a sensational win in the Middle Park Stakes handing him yet more Group glory.

He may not be heading down the Classic route this term, but Cox is adamant that he will be a tough nut to crack over six and seven furlongs and his guts and determination are sure to come to the fore when he lines up for some huge pots in the sprinting division.

Parish Hall

Another Jim Bolger-trained runner to make it into the list, Parish Hall was touted as a superstar three-year-old after he had won the Dewhurst Stakes as juvenile, but he picked up an injury and was unable to line up at all last season and so will be hoping to make amends in 2013.

He showed when making a winning comeback in the Alleged Stakes at the Curragh in Apri that he has not lost his ability and he could well be a smart four-year-old to keep an eye on with the likes of the Coronation Cup potentially on his race calendar, as he aims to venture back into the big time.


Our final runner in our list of ten to follow propelled into the limelight when romping away with the Craven Stakes at Newmarket and Richard Hannon's Toronado could well be one to follow for the 2000 Guineas, as well as a plethora of Group One prizes during the season.

Top class on the speed, he showed when sprinting clear of his rivals in the Craven that he possesses a lot of dash and if he can continue on an upward curve could well be a Classic contender in the making for what is set to be a cracking 2013 season on the level.

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