In his new role as Sporting Life columnist, reigning champion jockey Oisin Murphy has given a list of 20 horses he's most looking forward to riding this year and amongst them are several owned by Qatar Racing.
KAMEKO (3 b or br.c Kitten's Joy - Sweeter Still (Rock of Gibraltar))
"I love this horse. I rode him a lot last year in his work and it’s always a good sign when you’re going into Andrew Balding’s once a week and he’s putting you on the same every time. He improved a lot with racing last year. He’s very Kitten’s Joy in that he carries quite a lot of weight all the time and he takes his gallops very well. I only got to sit on him twice this year before lockdown and I was pleased with him, he’s got very strong. He’s got a super temperament, he’s very relaxed, so he might not sparkle in his work on a day-to-day basis, but when he gets to the track or he gets on grass he’s a different horse. I’m really excited about him, please God he stays in one piece as I think he can have a big year. Trip-wise, I’d be very confident he will stay a mile and a quarter, whether he’ll truly stay a mile and a half I don’t know, he does have an awful lot of pace. If he does he’ll be an exceptional racehorse. He’s like Roaring Lion in several ways, including in his temperament, he never pulls and he’s super cool at the start."
ENEMY (3 b.c Muhaarar - Prudenzia (Dansili))
"Enemy’s a lovely horse. He won over seven furlongs at Ascot first time out and he’s done well from two to three. He doesn’t carry loads of condition but he has strengthened up and he’s also got a little bit taller. He’s a horse with quite a lot of pace and I view him as a miler, I don’t think he’ll stay much further than that. I am quite excited about him, I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t above average although we’ve no idea how good he is yet. John doesn’t test them too hard on the gallops and he’s only had one race, but I really like him. He’s from a brilliant family, he’s out of Prudenzia which makes him a half-brother to proven Group One winners like Magic Wand and Chiquita."
DARAIN (3 b.c Dubawi - Dar Re Mi (Singspiel))
"He’s training very well. He’s galloped on the grass in the last couple of weeks and Kieran O’Neill rides him most days and he’s been happy with him. A full-brother to Too Darn Hot, he’s a different type to him, more of a staying type, and will probably be starting out over a mile and a quarter, while ultimately his best trip could be a mile and a half. But actually, on pedigree he’s bred to be that type of horse, Too Darn Hot was just a bit of a freak. Hopefully he stays sound now as we’re obviously all very excited about him and the world is his oyster at this stage."
Oisin also talks about filly HEART REEF and new purchase SELINO in his article which you can read by clicking HERE.