For the past 25 years or so I have backed a horse (once or twice I've backed two) before he's ever stepped foot on the track for the following years Derby. Albeit I have only had limited success, just the three have come off and Lammtarra in 1995 was my most recent success. He was preceded by Commander In Chief and of course (in my eyes) the immortal Nashwan.
I've come close in other years North Light was on my shortlist but ultimately overlooked, Unfuwain was the best 3yo middle distance colt of his generation, Marju who came up against a very good colt in Generous and last but not least the top class Arc winning Sakhee.
More often than not the horse I have taken is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and this years offering is no different, Rashaad who runs in the Newmarket Stakes later today. He's available at 66/1 and also 100s+ on the exchanges.
By the impeccably bred and good sire Smart Strike he is bred to stay a mile and a half and could give Barry Hills his long overdue win at Epsom. Infact it's been too long for both Sheikh Hamdan and myself too, so here's hoping for a seasonal debut win for Rashaad to keep the hope alive.
I should mention I took 2 horses for this years race as I have also backed Burj Nahar.