Welcome to Arseonlineracing’s Twitter Flat horses to follow 2021…..

Following the success of our National Hunt Twitter horses to follow, we decided to see what the 2021 flat season had in store & we have plenty of very nice horses to follow from our friends & followers on the social media platform…


My horse to follow is a 3yo filly trained by Michael Stoute called
NOON STAR and Owned by the late Khalid Abdullah.

You won’t see a much better bred 3yo filly this season, Noon Star been
by Galileo X Midday. She was not knocked about on her seasonal bow last season finishing 3rd in a 7f furlong maiden.
She made no mistakes next time up to a mile and the further she went the better she looked. She has got Oaks filly written all over her and who knows she’s in the right hands to go to the very top


Poetic Flare (3yo c Dawn Approach x Maria Lee)

My flat horse to follow for the 2021 season is the Jim Bolger trained 3 year old colt, Poetic Flare.
Out of Bolger’s 2000 Guineas and St. James Palace Stakes winner, Dawn Approach and the once raced Rock of Gibraltar filly, Maria Lee, Poetic Flare began his 2 year old career by winning the first 2 year old maiden of the turf season at Naas on March 23rd 2020. By coincidence his sire won the corresponding race at the Curragh on his 2 year old debut.

At Naas, Poetic Flare travelled smoothly over the 5f trip and defeated the highly regarded Ballydoyle colt, Lippizaner by half a length. Lippizaner would later go on to be a listed winner at Doncaster in the Autumn. After that debut his trainer said “If you look up the form of Dawn Approach, I’d say that’s the route we will go. We think a good bit of him so it’s nice he did the business”

Poetic Flare was then off the track for the best part of 7 months before being pitched in at the deep end on his second start in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes over 7f at Newmarket on October 10th. In what looks like a cracking renewal of the race he got outpaced at half way before trailing home 10th of 13th. The fact Bolger wasn’t afraid to set him such a lofty target after such a long absence and on only his second start shows the regard in which he is held. Una Manning, daughter of the trainer and wife of jockey Kevin Manning was quoted as saying “He’s been growing all year and that’s why he hadn’t run until the Dewhurst. It’s a Group 1 and we had to give it a try. We were happy with the run, he took the travelling well and will be aimed at the Guineas”

The experience of his second start wasn’t lost on the horse and he was turned out quickly for his next start 7 days later at Leopardstown in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes. Again over 7f the colt showed a likeable attitude when challenged for the lead and ran on well under pressure to win by 2 and a half lengths. That performance showed a real progression from his comeback run a week earlier and marked him out as a horse with plenty of potential for the 2021 season.

Poetic Flare is a colt who is open to a serious degree of improvement in his 3 year old season. They only just scratched the surface with him as a 2 year old and allowing him the Summer off to grow seems like a smart decision and one that will pay off handsomely as he gains racing experience. On breeding a mile looks like being his ideal trip and his attitude suggests he will be generous and willing when asked to go up in trip.

I am by no means suggesting he’s going to emulate his sire and win multiple group 1’s over a mile in his classic season but he strikes me as a horse who could easily develop over the winter into a classic contender and he certainly deserves the chance to be aimed at the best 3 year old mile races. His trainer certainly knows what it takes to trainer classic winners having trained his father to win the 2000 Guineas and his grandfather who was narrowly defeated at Newmarket before going on to win the Derby so it would be fitting if Poetic Flare could continue on the family tradition by etching his name on the 2000 Guineas roll of honour in May. He is a 33/1 shot currently.  2000 Guineas Winner 2021


HMS Seahorse – Aidan O’Brien
Galileo 3 Year old full brother to Armory. HMS Seahorse has only made one start so far in his career finishing a promising 4th behind Gr1 winner Mac Swiney Multiple Gr1 Placed Wembley with Colour Sergeant just ahead of him in 3rd who has strong form lines being placed behind Gr1 winners Van Gogh Thunder Moon & group race winner Brazil. HMS Seahorse has 3 Gr1 entries in France he is also entered in the English & Irish Guineas the Epsom Derby & Irish Derby thats 7 Gr1 entries just to start with in 2021 so even though he comes a little under the radar he should be one for the tracker this season. 
Runs in National Hunt


Regent – John Gosden
half-sister to Coronet, won nicely on her last outing over  a mile, even though she looked babyish. Another step up in distance for her will work out nicely, she reminds me of an Anapurna type and could come into her own over middle distances.


Probe – 3yr old colt out of Kingman and Tested.
Trained by Dermot Weld who also trained Dam Tested who won 5 of her 12 races, has speed on both sides of the family and should make an impression this year for Juddmonte Partnership.


Name: Nurseclaire
Trainer: Richard Fahey
Owner: Nick Bradley Racing
Pedigree: Ribchester x Nymeria
During this season, I think we will see plenty of new superstars filling the ranks.
My horse to follow is a two-year-old filly called Nurseclaire. I met this daughter of
Ribchester, an extremely exciting first season sire, in September at a Nick Bradley
Racing stable visit.
She had only been in England for 48 hours after coming from France and seemed to have a lovely temperament. She is out of Nymeria, a listed winner over
one mile two, and her half-brother hasn’t disgraced himself at all over in France.
I hope she can win a few races this season for the Nick Bradley Racing team.


Lucky Vega

Trainer – Jessie Harrington

Age – 3yo

Lope De Vega x Queen Of Carthage (Cape Cross)

A colt who looked very promising after his win in the G1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh but had no luck in running in the Vincent O’Brien National stakes when stepping up in trip. Out of a Cape Cross mare, and by Lope De Vega, he finished off the season by pushing Supremacy all the way to the line in the Middle Park at Newmarket, showing ability to handle the Rowley Mile.
He has serious gears and could have plenty of improvement to come if given a clear run in the 2000 Guineas, then perhaps he may head to the Prix Jean Prat. It is also eye-catching that his trainer is sending his half-brother Cadillac to the Curragh for the Irish 1000 Guineas, showing perhaps the pecking order in the yard. RETIRED


Isle Of Sark – Bay Colt 23rd Jan 2018 (3yo)

Kittens Joy x Endless Fancy 

Trainer – Joseph O’Brien

Kittens Joy colt Isle Of Sark is a dark horse in that has the potential to be anything, he won his barrier trial at Dundalk on 29th July 2020 by 3 to 4 lengths. He was sold and moved to Joseph’s.
Was seen on the racecourse proper on the 16th November again at Dundalk for Joseph and his new owners where he gave them the perfect start when winning his Maiden by 4 lengths. He’s very exciting I would like to think he is a proper Group 1 horse. 
Joseph said:- He is a very nice horse, looking to start him back in a Guineas trial.
Has entries in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket & Irish Derby



Sea the Stars X Plumania 3yo Filly

Trainer – Andre Fabre

Sired by my favourite horse, Sea the Stars, who won 8 of 9 career starts & landed the 2,000 Guineas, The Derby, Irish Champion Stakes & The Arc.
The Dam is Phumania, who won 3 races in her career including the Group 1 Grand Prix Saint-Cloud over 12f.
Urbania name is a cross with Urban Sea & Plumania.
Urban Sea is the late Dam of Sea the Stars & Galileo.
She races in France & recently made her debut, March 25th at Saint-Cloud in a 1m 2f Maiden on heavy ground, finishing a 10 length 4th to an impressive winner Siliba Spain.
Not given a hard time, this was about educating her & she will improve as the season progresses. I will not give any thoughts on how she may do, as i like to be pleasantly surprised….


Noon Star (Sir Michael Stoute) 
It’s pretty easy to spot a Sir Michael Stoute project – an unexposed horse with a couple of runs under their belt, and a great pedigree, usually going from three to four. This particular Stoute project is starting her three-year-old season mind, but there’s nothing not to like about Noon Star, a Nottingham maiden winner at the backend of last season with enough authority to suggest pattern company would beckon next. 

A huge eye-catcher on her debut, when outpaced as the pace lifted over seven furlongs at Salisbury (behind two subsequent winners), she made no mistake when upped in trip at Nottingham, easily brushing aside subsequent winner Ocean Road. 

Those who look her up will notice that she’s pretty exceptionally bred, being by Galileo out of none other than Midday, and she would look a natural for the Oaks route this season assuming that she coped with quicker ground as well as he has done with a softer surface.


Al Zaraqaan 
4-y-o brown colt
Trainer: W J Haggas 
Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum

  • Sire: Golden Horn (UK)
  • Dam: Asheerah (UK)
  • Dam’s Sire: Shamardal (USA)

4/5 but been on the go over the winter, back from a 98 day break he destroyed a decent field at Kempton last week. Could be very useful over middle distances if as good back on turf on a good surface.
The 3rd from his last win won the feature race at Chelmsford yesterday too so some substance to his form now.



Gleneagles x Sistine

Sir Mark Prescott

Glenister is my horse to follow, owned and bred by the Elite Racing Club, it was originally thought he would be more of a long-term project. However, the team at Heath House believe he is forward enough to be kept in training this spring with an eye on a run the summer.

Sistine has already produced two winners for connections over middles distances and this exciting pairing should add to that list, with the Sire Gleneagles already enjoying a solid start to this life at stud.

It’s still early days, but Glenister is working nicely as he continues his education. I’m looking forward to seeing him on course later this year.

Star Seeking (Gleneagles x Saturn Girl)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
Form: 1-

Being a fan of the Gleneagles progeny I was always on the lookout for a potential star and I think this Filly could climb very high. Sir Michael Stoute looks to have another promising 3yo on his hands with impressive Nottingham winner Star Seeking. The daughter of Gleneagles travelled beautifully into contention in her Maiden and cruised away from them to win in the style of a very good Filly. We know that Sir Michael likes to bring along his horses patiently but I would still be hopeful of seeing Star Seeking lining up for a 1000 Guineas trial somewhere. She looks like an 8-10f horse to me, stacks of pace. Saturn Girl, the dam of Star Seeking was a winner over a mile. She is a very exciting prospect and it is notable that the Coolmore group sent Sir Michael this Filly. Can’t wait to see her out soon hopefully. She has the world at her hoofs and I am most excited about Star Seeking’s potential.

Name: One Ruler (IRE)
Age: 3
Trainer: Charlie Appleby 
Comment: Was an impressive winner of the Autumn Stakes where he beat subsequent Group 1 winner Van Gogh. Goes well on all goings which is a plus. Trainer has gone close in the 2000 Guineas for a while and this horse could provide yard with that breakthrough victory. Has the potential to be yard’s flag bearer this season and definitely has at least a Group 1 win coming his way in the near future. 


Kingsofthemidlands is a King Power owned and Andrew Balding trained 3yo by Kingman out of Spin.
On his debut he created a decent impression in my eyes when he was only beaten two length’s when fifth in the Wood Ditton but ran very eye catching showing and looks more than likely to be better off when upped in distance and getting a handicap mark.
In recent seasons Andrew Balding has done very well with middle distance 3yo handicappers and he could be a more than useful type as the season progresses 

There we have the TWITTER/ARSEONLINERACING Flat horses to follow for the 2021 season, we have added them to the Tracker & will keep everyone posted when they are running….
A big thanks to everyone who has taken part & sent in an entry….

April 2021