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Kirby Calls It: 10 Horses to Follow

We sat down with Adam Kirby, Coral’s All-Weather Championships racing ambassador, and asked him to nominate his 10 horses to follow throughout the season to enhance your chances of making it pay on the sand this winter.

Aussie Reigns 4yo
Aussie Rules – Rohain
Trainer: William Knight

I was a close third on him in last year’s Coral Winter Derby. He failed to win on the turf over the summer but shaped well on his most recent start at Salisbury. I’m not sure if the plan is to go back to Dubai this winter but he’s a tough little horse who runs best in a strong race. He’s definitely up to winning a race or two if he returns the kind of form that saw him win that good Listed race Kempton around this time last year. The second horse in that race was Dick Doughtywylie, and he was second in the Coral Easter Classic so (Aussie Reigns) has plenty of ability.

Beach Bar 3yo
Azamour – Toasted Special
Trainer: William Knight

He’s only had the one run on the All-Weather, when he won at Lingfield this time last year. That was a 2yo maiden but he did it in good style. They campaigned him on the turf over the summer where he won at Leicester. He’s an impressive type. They think a bit of him and although I haven’t ridden him, I would love to be given the chance. He’s one to watch.

Billingsgate 3yo
Exceed And Excel – Island Babe
Trainer: Charlie Appleby

He’s a really nice horse who’s moving up the ratings. He overcame a poor draw at Kempton recently to win in good style. I’m not sure what the plans are for him, if Dubai is on the agenda, but he’s had four runs on the All-Weather, winning twice, and has had a second and a third so he obviously likes the surface. We haven’t got to the bottom of him yet so he’s definitely one to keep an eye on. He has the ability to win a nice pot.

Delightful Sleep 6yo
Sulamani – Naemi
Trainer: David Evans

He’s a low grade handicapper and no world beater but he will win races this winter. I’ve won on him three times, twice around Wolverhampton and he always runs his race. He came good again at Southwell earlier this week (November 4th). He didn’t have a clear run but picked up well when switched. The funny thing is he won on November 4th last year too but I don’t think you’ll have to wait another 12 months for his next win.

Four Seasons 2yo
Dubawi – Please Sing
Trainer: Charlie Appleby

I won on this horse at Kempton on Wednesday night (November 5th) and he’s definitely one to watch closely. He was very impressive. He was always travelling well and, when I asked him to go about his business, he readily drew clear. It’s early days, he’s only a 2yo and it was only his first run on the All-Weather but he gave me a good feel. I’m not sure what the plan is with him, but 6 or 7f would be his kind of trip. The All-Weather Finals day wouldn’t be an unrealistic target and there is that 3yo mile race. I think he’d get mile on the evidence of what he did the other night at Kempton. He’s a really nice horse.

Foxtrot Romeo 5yo
Danehill Dancer – Hawala
Trainer: Marco Botti

This horse was very impressive on Friday night (Nov 7th). I rode in the race and Martin Harley thinks a bit of him. He won very comfortably and should go on to better things over the winter. He’s only had two runs on the All-Weather, a win and a second, but looks far better on the surface. I haven’t ridden him before but would love to get the chance to. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up being good enough to win that big Sprint race on All-Weather Finals day next April.

Grendisar 4yo
Invincible Spirit – Remarkable Story
Trainer: Marco Botti

He’s really nice sort who’s going in the right direction. He won at Kempton the other night and Martin Harley likes him too. I’ve won on him 3 times, twice at Lingfield, and there’s every reason to think he could turn into a Coral Winter Derby or Coral Easter Classic horse. He’s rated over 100. I think he may run in that Listed Churchill Stakes at Lingfield next week. Although he’s done most of his winning over a mile and a half, he has enough speed to be competitive over 1m2f. He’s definitely one to keep on the right side of.

Plucky Dip 3yo
Nayef – Plucky
Trainer: John Ryan

This horse is definitely plucky. You can ignore his last run at Newmarket as the ground was not to his liking, but there are races left in him. He likes it on the All-Weather. I’ve won on him twice around Wolverhampton. He always likes to come late in his races and, although he’s crept up the ratings on a mark of 79, he should pay his way throughout the winter.

Solar Deity 5yo
Exceed And Excel – Dawn Raid
Trainer: Marco Botti

He was fourth in the Coral Easter Classic last year, having split his campaign between the All-Weather and Dubai last winter. I think he’ll be staying at home this time and there are races to be won with him. He ran okay the other night at Wolverhampton, his first run since the All-Weather Champions Finals day. He likes it around Wolverhampton and is definitely up to winning off his current mark.

Unforgiving Minute 3yo
Cape Cross – Ada River
Trainer: Clive Cox

I’m really looking forward to this horse over the winter. He was very impressive at Kempton Park a few weeks ago winning a 0-85. He picked up really well and gave me a good feel. He’s a horse on the upgrade. I’ve sat on him at home too and he’s a really nice prospect. He may run again at Kempton next Wednesday (Nov 12th) in a conditions race. He obviously needs to improve but I think there’s some nice races to be won with him.