Horses-to-FollowOn the back of a memorable Royal meeting last week, we have unearthed ten horses who didn’t manage to land the first prizes at Royal Ascot, but shaped with promise suggesting they are well worth adding to your GG Alert tracker list and following for the rest of the season.

ONE MASTER - 3rd in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday

This talented William Haggas trained mare was a surprise 25/1 winner of the Prix Foret last year and is clearly a cracking broodmare prospect. But she travelled and quickened up really well over this mile test and connections may well persevere with her in order to land a Group 1 over eight furlongs somewhere before the season is out. She’s a class act and could pop up at a decent price before she's retired to the breeding shed.

THREAT - 2nd in the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday

This formidable Richard Hannon trained juvenile may have lost out to the speed-surge of Arizona late on, but the handsome chestnut has a big engine and is likely to improve with another step up in trip. He can land a Group 1 before the season is out and could develop into a genuine Guineas contender for 2020.

KING OF COMEDY - 2nd in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday

If they had gone a quicker end-to-end pace here, King Of Comedy would’ve won. The Kingman colt is a hugely exciting miler and he will come into his own in the heights of Summer in top Group 1 company. John Gosden’s improving 3yo is 5/1 tops for the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and that’s where he can make his mark, en route to the QE2 and perhaps the Breeders Cup later in the year.


MANCINI - 7th in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday

Jonathan Portman’s charge was backed as if defeat wasn’t an option here and he travelled powerfully to the front turning for home, before not getting the trip on the testing ground. He is much better on a decent surface and can land a good pot or two back at two miles before the Summer is up.

GLASVEGAS - 3rd in the Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday

This Keith Dalgleish juvenile went off at 25/1 for this and, two furlongs out, even a furlong out, the horse had a lot of work on his hands to make up ground from the back. But he produced a sustained and impressive turn of foot to pass a lot of talented juveniles and secure an excellent third place here. It will be interesting to see where he is targeted from here and 6f is well within his compass.

FOX CHAIRMAN - 2nd in the Hampton Court Stakes on Thursday

Andrew Balding has a lot of exciting horses in his care at the moment and there is no doubt this lad is toward the top of the pile. He bumped into a top prospect in Sangarius here, but once again the son of Kingman improved enormously from the run before and he is certainly going the right way. Entered in a 1m4f Group 2 race at Newmarket next month, but twelve furlongs may well stretch his stamina. Definitely an exciting Group horse to have a lot of fun with this season and next too.

HUMANITARIAN - 7th in the King Edward VII Stakes on Friday

John Gosden’s handsome Humanitarian has had his limitations exposed now, as a Group class prospect. But he is just the type of horse Gosden will look after, bring along and target at a big handicap pot down the line. Be sure to keep him in mind for such a race in due course. He’s a really nice horse, he just lacks that bit of class required in this particular grade.

MAGNETIC CHARM - 2nd in the Sandringham Stakes on Friday

Chinned by a 33/1 shot, Magnetic Charm was really unlucky not to score here and put in a classy effort in defeat. William Haggas’ filly was giving 21lb in weight to the winner and it is worth noting Hayley Turner had to break the whip rules three times over in order to get the winner home in front. Magnetic Charm ran to an RPR of 112 in defeat and recorded a good speed figure to boot and Her Majesty certainly has an exciting, improving horse on her hands.

BEN VRACKIE - 2nd in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on Friday

This very scopey and good looking son of Frankel has clearly been a slow-burner for John Gosden, but he is coming to the surface as a very classy prospect now. He should’ve won this, but it was a career best effort in defeat. It remains to be seen how he will fare at middle-distances, but Ben Vrackie is definitely a Group horse in the making and if he does stay further, he could be a superstar over marathon trips. His progression will be fascinating to watch now.


MASAR - 5th in the Hardwicke on Saturday

Last but hopefully not least is the 2018 Investec Derby winner, whose effort petered out tamely late in the day in the Hardwicke behind Defoe, but it's a run perhaps worth forgiving. He nearly came down after coming out of the stalls, but travelled very well for much of the contest. It is worth noting how poorly he ran first time out before winning the Derby last season, so he is definitely worth one more chance and his best odds of 25/1 look big enough for the Eclipse at Sandown next month. He may or may not run there, but it would seem like a logical next target.

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