Alan McCabe’s Caspar Netscher proved an outstanding standard bearer for the Newmarket handler during the 2011 Flat season and connections are very hopeful that the Dutch Art colt will train on as a three-year-old and continue to do well, writes Elliot Slater.
A very smart juvenile who proved ideally suited by six furlongs, Caspar Netscher will be given the chance to show whether or not he might have the necessary stamina to mix it with the big boys over a mile in the 2000 Guineas and other top eight-furlongs events this coming season, by making his return to the fray in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury in April.
Should he show he does see out that trip then McCabe and the three-year-old’s owner Charles Wentworth could consider having a crack at the first colts’ classic of the season at Newmarket in May, for which their charge is not a common feature among horse racing betting tips and currently on offer at a range of odds up to a best price of 40/1. Although he showed tremendous speed as a juvenile Caspar Netscher’s dam is by the outstanding middle-distance performer Singspiel, suggesting there might be a chance that he will stay further than had looked likely last term.
After winning on his debut at Beverley last May McCabe’s tough as teak performer ran a series of fine races, including finishing third in the listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and occupying the same position behind the high-class Harbour Watch in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. He really made a name for himself though in the horse racing betting news when beating Lilbourne Lad to land the coveted Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York in August, then followed up four weeks later by landing the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, before finishing a very close fifth in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes after getting no sort of a run at a vital stage of the contest.