Salisbury, Thursday, 1 October
Belloccio was David Menuisier’s first 2yo winner of the season, and low and behold, an hour later he recorded number two. Looking at this sizeable colt I thought he looked on the burly side and he was slow out of the stalls. Out the back you could see he was learning as the race developed, but once he got the hang of things he kept responding on the outside to mail his first victory. There is plenty of scope to make a nice 3yo.
Aleas was on the leg looked forward and well muscled up. Placed off the pace, he was asked to quicken approaching the 2 furlong marker, and as he led deep inside the final furlong he just got nailed on the line. He looks a middle distance prospect for next season.
The once-raced Mohaafeth looked in great shape, but took a good hold of the bridle in the first half of the race, which got him into a prominent position. I think that was the telling factor because he paid for it in the closing stages.
The well-made Tall Order looked to be carrying plenty of condition, but I thought this was a good start to his career, along with Night Of Dreams, who was very green in the early stages.
The disappointing horse was Mickydee, who looked well, but failed to make an impression on the soft ground.
I thought this division contained a better bunch of 2yo’s, which saw The Rosstafarian come out on top. This well-built chestnut colt by Starspangledbanner looked fit and ready to go, and raced comfortably on the ground. He made headway to the front and when asked, quickened to win quite comfortably.
The favourite Moktasaab, who had run 22 days ago, had experience to call upon and as the race started he travelled comfortably off the pace. He was switched to make his effort at the 2 furlong pole, but proceeded to run green and changed his legs multiple times.
Turaco looked the fittest member of the field and used that to great advantage in finishing fourth.
The good-looking Boltaway looked just fit for his first start, but missed the break and was soon on the back foot. He showed a fair amount of talent to come through to finish fifth.
Ensyaaby, I thought this colt by Dark Angel looked in good shape, but he ruined his chance by being sloppy out of the stalls. Considering how much ground he made up from last he was only denied by a head. Looking at his action he will appreciate a better surface.
Autumn Twilight has a good physique and I thought he looked fine/well. He clearly knew his job because he was on the pace from the start. When he hit the front he drifted to his right, but had just enough to hold on. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
The chestnut Mahaamel looked fit, but was unfurnished. A touch green to start with he buckled down when ridden with a furlong to go and kept on all the way to the line.
He’s A Latchico looked ready to go on debut and I thought he shaped encouragingly in fourth.
Other 2yo’s I liked were Billy Mill who didn’t like the ground, Dual Identity and Free Will, who looked starey in her coat.
Gary Moore looks to have a decent horse on his hands with Champagne Piaff. This once-raced gelding looked the part and took control from the moment the race got underway. Even though he wandered around in the closing stages, which was down to greenness, he still had enough left to win. You will see the best of him next year.
Fundamental is not the biggest, but has made the right improvements from his first start. He tracked the leaders and was taking closer order, but as hard as he tried he was unable to challenge the winner.
The filly Percy’s Pride ran a cracker on debut. She looked in need of the run and was out the back, but you could see the message was getting through, and once she got some clear daylight she finished strongly against the rails.
The Attorney looked grand, but you could see he was wheel spinning on the ground in the closing stages.
Ascot, Friday October 2nd
The good-bodied Piranesi looked in rude health, and dropping back to a mile on this ground played to his strengths. This son of Zoffany led the field at a steady pace. As he quickened, he was challenged by Grove Ferry, but soon pulled away from him in the closing stages. He looks to have a bright future as a 4yo because we have only scratched the surface ability wise.
Grove Ferry is a tall gelding and came from way off the pace to mount a challenge, but just found the winner too strong in the closing stages. There should be more to come from him because this is only his seventh run of his career.
Badenscoth looked grand, but this 6yo was left behind by the front two.
Prejudice never got competitive from some way out.
A small field lined up for this Listed race, which saw the St Leger second Berkshire Rocco get home by the skin of his teeth. He was in a long battle with the runner up from some way out and got his head in front right on the line. I think he may struggle as a 4yo because he has a very small frame.
Albaflora looked fine beforehand and stepped up to push the favourite all the way to the line.
Without A Fight, who came me here after three victories, stood out paddock side and ran a creditable race in third.
Golden Rules, a colt by Golden Horn, was the standout in this event and I thought he should have won. His jockey took ages to get his mount going and it was not until the closing stages he made up significant headway to be beaten only a head. Hopefully, he will have a 4yo career.
Tyson Fury, this well-built colt got very warm paddock side which he hadn’t done when he ran unplaced in the St Leger. This long-striding colt started to make up ground coming around the final bend, and when he hit the front he kept galloping all the way to the line. Looking at this good-bodied type, you can see he is far from the finished article and should come in to his own next season.
Cadeau D’Or was the fittest member of the field and was close to the pace coming around the final bend, but lacked the turn of foot needed to take him to victory.
Star performance of the week
Raaeq, a colt by Kingman who was the only 3yo entered in the Class 3 Handicap at Ascot on Friday, but made mincemeat of his rivals by 5 lengths. It looks as if Shadwell have another exciting sprinter to go to war with.
Horse to note
Glide Down, a colt by first season sire Point Of Entry, has a wonderful physique, but was carrying plenty of condition. I like the way he stuck to his guns and did all his best work towards the winning line. On this showing he shouldn’t be a maiden for too long..