Sam Hoskins is racing manager for both Kennet Valley and Hot to Trot, two leading syndicates in the UK. With Royal Ascot looking he’s spoked exclusively to Hit The Front about who he should follow.
Magical Memory – A highly regarded four-year-old whose won the Steward’s Cup, Abernant Stakes and Duke Of York stakes. Yet to win at the top level, but went close in the Diamond Jubilee last year. Ran a great race on seasonal bow when second on unfavourable ground, set to go to Royal Ascot with a strong chance again.
“He ran a great race in the Diamond Jubilee last year when he was fourth, and he broke a bit slowly and the ground being a bit soft. He made a lot of ground up so quickly which was so impressive, and we’re hoping he could run really well this time around. Last year he went to Ascot after two runs, this year he’s had a prep run where he ran a great race on ground that was a bit too soft really. If he built on that hopefully he can give Tasleet a run for his money, so hopefully he can be very competitive. He’s a gelding too, so a bit like our old boy Tullius he can carry on going for a few more years. It’s very exciting.”
You can read his thoughts on the Diamond Jubilee Stakes here.
Heartache – A winner on debut at Bath, defeating the field in very good style by six lengths. From a good family, and set to go to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.
“It’s all very exciting, to have a filly like this. It’s only the start, but she has got plenty of scope and I really think she could be go. The Elite racing club had Soviet Song, hopefully Heartache can be Hot to Trot’s! She’s always been showing up nicely and always had. We saw her as a yearling, and she was always a lovely filly. She’s bred to be good, and she’s been working well in the spring. Her homework has been very good, and apparently worked very well last week. We are really excited to take her to Royal Ascot now!”
You can read his thoughts on the Queen Mary here.
Golden Salute – Unraced two-year-old filly. Out of decently bred dam, who went close to breaking a maiden in four attempts. A full sister to Commonwealth Cup entry Victory Angel half-sister to listed placed Lordoftheshadows. Trained by Andrew Balding and set for a debut soon.
“She’s an unraced two-year-old with Andrew Balding for Hot To Trot. She’s been showing up nicely, and shouldn’t be too far away from her debut. She’s going well at home, and we’re looking forward to seeing her start soon.
Gorham’s Cave – A beautifully bred unraced three-year-old trained by Roger Varian. Sired by Rock Of Gibratar, and his dam’s a Group Two winner as a two-year-old in France. Siblings include listed winning Indignant.
“He’s an unraced three-year-old with Roger Varian, who has had an issue over the spring. But he has shown plenty of ability beforehand, and he will be interesting when he runs. It’ll be good to see him make his debut for the Kennet Valley team.
Cuban Heel – Unraced two-year-old trained by Clive Cox, and declared for a maiden at Newbury tomorrow. Dam won once as a two-year-old.
“We’re hoping he can make his debut tomorrow at Newbury for Kennet Valley. He’s been going well too, and he’s with Clive Cox whose very good with horses like these. He’s been working well, and doing everything nicely at home. Whatever happens he should improve for the run, but he should still run a nice race. The trainer’s two-year-old’s have been going well too.”