Flat Horses to Follow

As the national hunt season draws to a close, the flat horses will begin to be unleased for the new 2012 flat season and we take a look at some of the names that could be capturing the headlines for the new campaign on the level.

The Guineas meeting will kickstart the Classic season and no doubt there will be some leading protagonists from both the UK & Ireland heading to Newmarket in early May to try and grab success at flat HQ.

Unbeaten wonder horse Frankel is fully expected to make his reappearance in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, whilst the leading three-year-olds will make the annual pilgrimage to Epsom in June to battle it out for the Epsom Derby and Oaks.

As well as the leading races there is sure to be some classy action taking place throughout the whole of Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood and no doubt some of the horses we have chosen will star at the aforementioned meetings in what looks another mouthwatering season of top class equine action.

Frankel

Officially the world's greatest racehorse, Frankel will aim to maintain his unbeaten record throughout the 2012 season, but Sir Henry Cecil's phenomenon is all set to step up in trip for the new campaign and a possible duel with Australian wonder mare Black Caviar could occur at Royal Ascot.

The Warren Place superstar is all set to have his first start of the season in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, but he may be stepped up in trip afterwards and may be aimed at the Juddmonte International Stakes at the end of the season.

Check out where Frankel may be heading this season.

Camelot

A sublime winner of the Racing Post Trophy at the back end of last season, Camelot has already been installed as a short-priced favourite for the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby and if the Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Montjeu can build on his two-year-old achievements then he must be a major Classic contender.

He merely sauntered to success at Doncaster in the final Group One of the season to win the Racing Post Trophy by two-and-a-quarter lengths and is the most exciting three-year-old of the season.

Maybe

Unbeaten in all five starts last season, Aidan O'Brien's Maybe ended the season with an impressive victory in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and it instantly saw her installed as the ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas.

The daughter of Galileo was gradually stepped up in trip last season after winning her debut over five furlongs, so a step up to a mile for the Guineas in May shouldn't be a problem and she will certainly fly the flag for the Ballydoyle team,

Fame And Glory

The former Irish Derby winner was a revelation when stepped up in trip for the Ascot Gold Cup and the Ballydoyle star is all set to return for the Royal Ascot marathon in June and will be a tough competitor to beat as he goes for back-to-back victories in the race.

No doubt Aidan O'Brien will also aim the son of Montjeu at the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day as he looks to cement his place as the leading stayer in training.

Wading

Another Aidain O'Brien raider that has made the list and this daughter of Montjeu shaped like a star of the future when bagging a two-length victory in the Group two Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket at the back end of last season.

One of the leading fillies in the 1000 Guineas, she may well spearhead the Ballydoyle battalion for the Epsom Oaks and she is sure to improve as the season progresses and could be another leading Irish Classic contender.

Lyric of Light

The first Godolphin contender to make it into the list and another potential Classic contender comes in the shape of Lyric of Light, who will head into the 2012 flat season on the back of a Group One success at the end of the last campaign.

A neck winner of the Group Two May Hill Stakes, this daughter of Street Cry then edged out Samitar in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket and she could return to flat HQ to contest the 1000 Guineas and then on to Epsom for the Oaks.

Harbour Watch

A leading two-year-old for Richard Hannon last season, Harbour Watch will aim to maintain his unbeaten record in the 2012 flat season, but there are chances that he may miss the 2000 Guineas in May and may be kept back for later on in the season.

Nevertheless, the son of Acclamations could be seen at Royal Ascot in the St James's Palace Stakes and may head over to Ireland to contest their 2000 Guineas in what could be a cracking season for the three-year-old.

So You Think

The decision to keep So You Think in training will certainly give racing fans a treat and the former Australian superstar is sure to be seen contesting a whole host of Group One contests during the season.

Beginning his season in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan he could well be sent back to Longchamp at the end of the season to try and bag glory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Power

Power was handed a fair bit of action last year and during his two-year-old season recorded victories in both the Coventry Stakes and the Goffs National Stakes and is another Aidan O'Brien-trained horse to watch out for in the 2012 flat season.

Edged out in the Dewhurst Stakes, he could well benefit from a step up in distance and he will get that when lining up for the 2000 Guineas in the early part of the season and he is sure to be a player in that Classic.

Black Caviar

The Australian superstar Black Caviar has been simply unbeatable Peter Moody's wonder mare could well make a trip over for Royal Ascot, but it's unlikely that she will line up against the British flag-bearer Frankel.

She could well be aimed at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Royal meeting before parhaps staying in the UK and heading for the July Cup later on in the season to try and cement her place as one of the best horses in flat history.

Check out where Black Caviar could head for the 2012 season.


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