Horse Racing tips: Paul Jacobs’ five to follow on the Flat this season

Our tipster Paul has picked out five to track on the Flat

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Parchemin (Andre Fabre)

Despite graduating from university with a law degree, it was to racing’s benefit that Andre Fabre turned his attentions to the sport and there is simply no better trainer in the world at planning a young horse’s career through seasons two and then three.

And with this son of Lope de Vega he has another miler with untapped potential. Two from two on heavy ground in his formative campaign over seven furlongs and a mile, PARCHEMIN went off at a shade of odds-on on each occasion and it was noticeable how strongly he travelled through each contest.

When push came to shove under Mickael Barzalona, the young colt gave generously without necessarily recording a flashy success, but he could just be the type that only does enough in his races.

Entered in the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas, his action suggests deep ground isn’t imperative and it will interesting to see where Fabre kicks off his campaign.

Roseman (Roger Varian)

When racing on soft ground or slower, this son of Kingman has never let down his supporters culminating in a head second of 14 behind The Revenant in the QEII Stakes at Ascot on his final start last year.

After being headed at the distance, ROSEMAN fought back bravely and would probably have got back up in another stride.

Forcing the pace on testing ground on a straight track seems to be his ultimate set-up and it is also worth noting that this lightly raced five-year-old (just the eight career starts, five on turf) has a superb record when fresh.

Spring and autumn times will be his domain and in search of more testing ground I suspect there will be a few forays to the continent as well.

Royal Champion (Roger Varian)

It will be a real guess as to what distance will be ROYAL CHAMPION‘s optimum, but I would suggest this beautiful mover will stay a mile and a quarter as he matures, but could start off his campaign over a bare eight furlongs.

We only saw this son of Shamardal once as a two-year-old and the way he went through his maiden success at Newmarket was impressive to say the very least.

Settled in mid-division, he travelled with real purpose throughout the race and once asked to go about winning his race by Andrea Atzeni, he picked up in impressive fashion despite running very green throughout the final furlong and dossing in front.

The third and fifth have cemented the form in no uncertain terms since and there should be plenty more in his locker in this second season.

Royal Champion Andrea Atzeni Newmarket September 24, 2020

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Taipan (Mrs Jessica Harrington)

An Irish 2,000 Guineas and Derby entry, this son of Frankel had just the single belated start at the beginning of November and couldn’t have been any more impressive when dotting up at Naas.

Fully 20 lengths off the pace on the home turn on a one mile maiden with three and a half furlongs to run, Shane Foley eased TAIPAN to the outside and from that point onwards as the field raced on the uphill climb you could see that his massive stride was always going to reel in the leaders.

Foley never resorted to the whip, merely pushing away with hands and heels, and in the end eased down his charge in the final 50 yards with the race in safe keeping having hit the front 100 yards out.

His breeding suggests a mile and a quarter will be his preserve, but as he strengthens up, allied to his relaxed style of racing, 12 furlongs could well be within reach and he is an exciting middle distance prospect in his classic year.

Teona (Roger Varian)

Even at this early stage the likely contenders for the Oaks look very strong with the likes of Santa Barbara, Indigo Girl and Pretty Gorgeous at the head of the numerous betting lists.

And although TEONA has achieved a fair bit less than that trio, this striking filly possibly has as much potential as them.

Beaten by lack of experience more than anything else on her debut when a length second to Sea Empress over a mile at Newcastle, she then stepped up considerably on that run when revisiting that Tapeta surface over an extra quarter mile when waltzing to a nine length success.

The second has won since and although this athletic-looking filly had every right to win that contest (sent off at 2/5) it was the manner of her victory that impressed me.

By Sea The Stars out of an Authorized mare, she is almost guaranteed to see out 12 furlongs and possibly more and looks another exciting prospect for the Newmarket handler.

*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing/Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason, you will lose your stake under traditional antepost rules

Paul Jacobs’ five to follow on the Flat this season

Parchemin (Andre Fabre)
Roseman (Roger Varian)
Royal Champion (Roger Varian)
Taipan (Mrs Jessica Harrington)
Teona (Roger Varian)

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