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Luke is a talented and well-known flat jockey who studied at the British Riding School and rode his first winner in November 2005. The nephew of former rider Jason Tate has built up a broad client base which has seen him branded Britain's busiest jockey. He retained his All-Weather Champion Jockey title at Finals Day and will continue to guide you through the fixtures each week for the rest of the season.

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Luke Morris’ Ten Horses to Watch

In his final Coral blog, Luke gives you ten horses to keep an eye on this year…

Unfortunately this is to be Luke’s last blog as a Racing Ambassador for Coral. However, before departing, we got him to pick out 10 horses that are worth watching out for in the 2017 flat season. Below is what he had to say…

Acapulco

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

She’ll be running up against Marsha this year in all the big sprints but she looked really good as a two-year-old for Wesley Ward. She’s an absolute giant of a horse and she can only do better as she gets older due to her size. I can see her having a really good season.

Amazement

Trainer: James Tate

He’s been progressive through the winter and I can’t see any reason he can’t be just as good back on the turf. I’d be hopeful he can make his mark in decent handicaps through the year.

Big Country

Trainer: Mick Appleby

I won on him at Wolverhampton and then he was very good when winning at Kempton next time. He’s a lovely big, scopey horse and quite shrewdly bought by connections. He’s up into the 90s now and I’m sure he’ll get better as he goes up in trip. There’s another big handicap in him at least and I think he goes to York’s May meeting next.

Cartwright

Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott

He was very progressive last year. He improved from a mark in the 50s to a mark in the 80s and I’d like to think he can step forward again as physically he’s capable of doing so. He’ll be aimed at some good staying prizes and hopefully he can land one of those.

Churchill

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

He was just a brilliant two-year-old last year. All he can do is improve this year and I think he can be the star three-year-old running this season.

Corinthia Knight

Trainer: Archie Watson

He won first time out at Lingfield and impressed. I didn’t ride him that day but I had ridden him at home and he gave me a nice feel. He’s a sharp two-year-old and very straightforward, willing and wants to please. He’ll win again when he goes up to 6f and is well worth keeping an eye on.

Flymetothestars

Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott

He’s quite lightly raced and has done nothing wrong in his career so far. He went to the sales last year and Sir Mark bought him back for Middleham Park Racing for a decent amount of money. It shows the faith he has in the horse and hopefully the patience that has been shown with him to date will pay off this year.

Marsha

Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott

She’s my main hope for the year. She won the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye on her last start and was highly progressive. She’ll be aimed at all the top sprints this year and I hope she can land another big one this season.

Minding

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

I put her up last year as one to follow and she has to go in again. It seems to be a theme with Coolmore that they’re keeping the older fillies in training longer and Found was brilliant last year for them. I think Minding could have a similar sort of season and I can’t see why she won’t do really well again.

Rhododendron

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

She was very impressive last year as a two-year-old. She looks to be the high-class three-year-old filly to follow this season. Whether she’s quite another Minding I don’t know, but she’s one I’m really looking forward to seeing.

Cheers,

Luke