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Three Two-Year Olds Who Have impressed On Debut Season This Year
Racehorses begin their careers on the racetrack at the age of two in the UK and Ireland if owners and trainers feel their horse has developed physically and mentally. The debut season helps colts and fillies prepare for what is a big campaign when they hit three as the best of the crop take part in the Classics in England.
Here is a look at three horses who have impressed very early into their careers and could be worth jotting down ahead of the big races in 2018.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt The Pentagon is bred to be a superstar racehorse as his sire Galileo has been very successful with his offspring over the last few years. His latest exciting two-year-old has already scored in a Group Three contest on what was only his third racecourse start. O’Brien’s runner is the early favourite with the bookmakers to win the 2018 Derby at Epsom where he is as short as 8/1. He has been tipped up by many horse racing experts to be the horse his rivals will all have to beat next year so those odds may be worth snapping up before they get even shorter. Analysts at sites like Sports Predictor can help you to keep to date with the latest horse racing news ahead of the Derby while providing tips for the biggest races in the sport.
The Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot is one of the leading two-year-old contests run each year and it was September from Ireland who landed the Listed race in 2017 to remain unbeaten in her campaign so far. The daughter of Japanese horse Deep Impact is the 6/1 favourite to win the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May. She has entries in the Lowther Stakes at York during the Ebor meeting and the Group One Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh in September. O’Brien’s filly looks very professional despite only having the two racecourse starts so she has to be one of the early contenders for the Classic run over 1m early in the 2018 campaign.
The Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket gave us a look at some of the best two-year colts earlier this month, and the winner Gustav Klimt produced a very eye-catching run in the race. Ridden by former Champion Jockey Ryan Moore, the pair found trouble in running on a number of occasions which looked to have put their chances of being successful to bed. However, once the horse got a clear run two furlongs from home, he showed a tremendous turn of foot to get up by a head in front of the Charles Hills’ trained horse Nebo. Gustav Klimt is a 7/1 shot for the 2000 Guineas next year where he would be looking to give his trainer O’Brien his ninth victory in the English Classic.
With three months left in the flat season in the UK and Ireland, there is still more than enough time for a number of other two-year-olds to break onto the scene so do keep a close eye on Glorious Goodwood, the Ebor Meeting, and British Champions Day for any more future stars in the sport.