The Punter tips horses to watch this season
AWZAAN (Three-year-old colt, trained by Mark Johnston. Race record: 1111)
Has won all four starts to date including the Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. He will take his chance in the 2000 Guineas and is a good each-way hope at |20-1. Whatever he does in the Classic, there should be other major opportunities for him.
JEALOUS AGAIN (Three-year-old filly, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor. Race record: 121)
Top show in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and she is likely to take her chance in the 1,000 Guineas but should be a major contender in all the major sprints.
FENCING MASTER (three-year-old colt, trained by Aidan O'Brien. Race record: 12)
After a winning appearance at Dundalk, he lost nothing in defeat behind stablemate Beethoven in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. If anything goes wrong with St Nicholas Abbey, Fencing Master could prove to be an able deputy in pursuit of the major honours. Again, should pick up some nice prizes on the home front for O’Brien.
POLLENATOR (Three-year-old filly, trained by Richard Hannon. Race record: 11226)
Another with Classic hopes and the one who beat the odds-on favourite Seta in the May Hill Stakes last September. Handled by a very shrewd trainer, she is sure to add some black type (listed or Group winner) before the season ends. Look for her to pursue top Irish prize money.
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (Three-year-old colt, trained by Aidan O’Brien. Race record 11).
The apple of his trainer’s eye and his credentials make him the potential star of 2010. A truly class act with speed and grace.
ASKAR TAU (Five-year-old gelding, trained by Marcus Tregoning. Recent race record: 118)
One to follow in the Cup races now that Yeats has retired after his epic four Gold Cup wins. A determined winner of the Doncaster Cup over 2m 2f last season along with the Lonsdale Cup, he has plenty of grit, determination and stamina. Another Montjeu progeny, he will lack nothing when it comes to a battle.