A Night at the Races: My ‘ones to watch’ and Scottie’s Twin.

Last night I went to the races with some friends for my 21st. It was a really good night out and I did rather well on the betting side, with one of my horses placing in 6 of the 7 races! I’m no expert when it comes to horse racing, but I like to do my bit of research and like to think I have a bit of a clue what I’m talking about. (Last night was either very lucky or proved I have a bit of a clue!) Or if I don’t do my research before hand, I like to choose jockeys or trainers I like, or sometimes just how the horses look in the parade ring!

A few horses stood out to me last night and I think I will be keeping an eye out for them in future. But I thought I would share these horses with you!

Sun’AQ is a 2 year old filly trained by Sir Mark Prescott. I was drawn to her purely for the fact that she was trained by Mark Prescott. However, looking at her race history, she had done very well in her first year, winning or coming second in her first 4 races. Despite coming last in a group race at her last outing, she won nicely last night.

Big Whiskey caught my eye right away with a catchy name! (Don’t bet on horses because of their name!) However, looking at him again, he had good form and not bad odds. In the parade ring, he was stunning! A flashy chestnut 5 year old with a lot of American blood in him. (For those of you familiar with Scottie’s pedigree, you will now I like American blood in thoroughbreds!) He won with style, pulling away from the others in the last few furlongs to win by a couple of lengths. I hope to see him again.

The winner of the last race of the night was Scarlet Minstrel. When it came to the last race, I wasn’t really sure who to bet on. Nothing really stood out to me at all. So I went for a good name and good odds. This race was over a mile and a half and had a very exciting start when one of the horses took off, leaving the other horses behind. We all knew he wouldn’t last and slowly all the others over took him. Scarlet Minstrel deserved a mention as I remember him being towards the back throughout the race and then suddenly making an appearance before the home turn. This is another horse I will be keeping an eye out for!

We also found a horse which looked a lot like Scottie in the parade ring. He was a lovely looking horse and reminded me so much of Scottie, even during the race. The horse is called Cricklewood Green and I will be keeping an eye out for news of him in the future. And if he retired I would definitely consider getting him (purely so him and Scottie could match!)

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