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January Review

Posted : February 3rd, 2021

Our All-Weather team has made a bright start to the year, with six winners already on the board.

Oo De Lally sprung a 125-1 surprise when scoring on his second career start at Newbury in September, but he had always shown ability at home and has proved that success to be no fluke with All-Weather wins on his next two runs, the latest of them on his handicap debut at Newcastle under Will Carver. That came off a mark of 94 and the son of Vadamos is looking a very smart prospect for the season ahead.

Horn Of Plenty has looked a much-improved performer since returning from a wind op/two-month break back in November and she added a second career success under a confident ride from David Probert at Wolverhampton, coming from last to first with a well-timed run to get up close home.  A well-related filly, she has the scope to progress further.

A debut winner last February, Arctic Vega failed to shine in a couple of starts on turf during the summer, but he made his second start back from gelding and a break a winning one with a decisive victory at Newcastle under Jason Hart, who maintains his 100% record when riding for us (2-2)!  A 4lbs rise is far from insurmountable and he is a lightly-raced four year old with the potential to rate higher in time.

Flyin’ High is a beautifully-bred colt, being a half-brother to a Group 1 winner and out of the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera winner Zee Zee Top.  He ran a race full of promise at Sandown Park in July and the form of that couldn’t have worked out any better, with two of the three in front of him going on to Group race success.  It was therefore no surprise to see him make a winning start to his three year old career under Will Carver, readily getting the better of a subsequent winner.  He still holds a Derby entry and looks one to follow this term.

Wallem was another to show considerable promise in maiden company at two and he made the perfect start to 2021 when winning comfortably at Wolverhampton under Hayley Turner.  He looks sure to leave the bare form behind when stepping up in trip on turf and is a lovely prospect for the year ahead.

Placed on his first three starts in maiden/novice company in recent months, Melody Of Life deservedly shed his maiden tag at Kempton Park last time, justifying odds-on favouritism in the hands of David Probert, who has had a very successful time of it on the All-Weather this winter.  An opening mark of 78 looks fair and he can make his mark in handicap company.