The European Flat season is now underway and hopefully we see many of the leading stars of turf travel across for the Breeders’ Cup Meeting in November in the United States.
Here is a look at three horses to keep an eye out for in the 2022 season. These thoroughbreds could be set for major glory this year.
With three Grade One victories in 2021, Hurricane Lane ended his three-year-old campaign as one of the leading colts in Europe. He had successes in the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and St Leger – the latter being the final British Classic of the year.
Charlie Appleby’s runner had to settle for third place in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. He is the 9/1 favourite in the latest horse racing odds to go two places better in October on his return to the premier European contest.
As you can see from the racing results, Hurricane made his seasonal reappearance at Newbury last year. The opening run of his four-year-old campaign could come at York’s Dante meeting in May.
Appleby has a very strong stable going into the new season, but few will excite him as much as his British Classic winner. It could be his final year on the track before a new career at stud.
After a belated debut last year, Baaeed soon established himself as one of the best three-year-olds in Europe. He finished the season unbeaten with six wins from six racecourse appearances.
The talented colt got the better of Palace Pier in a close tussle in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day back in October. That victory suggests he is the leading miler in Europe right now.
William Haggas’ runner remains open to improvement, which is bad news for his rivals in his division. All the leading 1m races are likely to be on his radar in 2022, including the Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and Sussex Stakes.
The son of Sea the Stars appeared in France in 2021 in what was his sole start outside of the UK. If he made it across to Keeneland this November, he would be a great addition to the world championship meeting.
Aidan O’Brien has a brilliant record in the British Classics over the last couple of decades. The Ballydoyle trainer will be bidding for more glory in the Derby at Epsom with Luxembourg.
O’Brien’s latest exciting colt won the Grade One Vertem Futurity Stakes at Doncaster on his final start as a two-year-old. He is a son of Camelot, so he is bred to stay further than the 1m he ran over in 2021.
Luxembourg has an entry in both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby. The former is set to be his first start of the campaign. If victorious, he could be set to try and go for the Triple Crown this year.
All three of the above horses are likely to be in contention at the awards ceremonies at the end of 2022. It is going to be exciting to see what they can produce on the track over the summer.
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