Newmarket, Friday October 9th
DIVINE LIGHT, making her racecourse debut this daughter of Kingman looked a good model and was fairly straight. Held up in mid field she made her move with 3 furlongs to go and as she came to challenge the leader she dug in to win by half a length. There are fair few winners in the pedigree and I think she will be better on a decent surface.
Achelois, this once raced filly still looks a work in progress, but used her experience to great effect. She led against the rails and tried to push on with 2 furlongs to go, but in the end she was kept at bay by the winner. I think she will be a nice type next season after a winter on her back.
The small Oasis Cove looked fit and stepped up to run a creditable third. She will have to win this season because she lacks scope for improvement.
Haija is a stocky type who looked in decent nick. She travelled strongly near the leaders, but was soon struggling and was well held in fifth. Maybe a switch to the A/W may help her cause.
NEBULOSA made it third time lucky by lifting this prize. Well to the fore from the off she quickened coming out of the dip and was not for catching. Given her pedigree and the way she looked she looks a 10 furlong filly for next season.
The Gleneagles debutant Subtle Beauty looked slightly starey in her coat, but showed a fair amount of talent in splitting two race fit rivals. She should step forward from this.
The well-made Brunnera looked the part and was the last to leave the paddock. She was taken gently down to the start and still looked a touch green in the early stages. Once she hit the rising ground she stayed on in encouraging style.
The lengthy Romantic Song looked in tip top shape, but you could see from a long way out that she was not coping with the ground.
The nicest filly paddock side was Hamhama. This chestnut by Slade Power who comes from the family of Threat looked the part, but was too green to do herself justice.
A big field assembled for this race which saw WINTER POWER win her fourth race of the season. I have to say looking at her prior to the race I thought she looked a little lean. As the stalls opened she was given an aggressive ride and once she skipped through the dip she asserted through the line. I think Tim Easterby’s representative is an out and out speed ball.
Method, this fella was very unlucky when he was last seen here 13 days ago when his saddle slipped. Looking fine/ well this chestnut colt was on his head from the moment the stalls opened because he couldn’t go the pace and it was not until inside the final furlong that he stayed on strongly.
Burning Cash, this stocky juvenile looked in good nick and it was not until halfway through the contest that he tried to press the leaders, but he began to tire approaching the line where he was overtaken for second place.
Bahrain Pride looked in rude health, but drawn in stall 11 just caused him to over race on the wide outside. In the end he shaped better than his fourth placed suggested.
Acklam Express behaved as if he has had enough for the season. Nigel Tinkler’s juvenile has had a good year with three victories to his name.
PRETTY GORGEOUS, this attractive daughter of Lawman has had a torrid five days having travelled to France and to her credit she turned up here looking pretty chilled and in fantastic order. This long striding filly travelled comfortably in mid field and once she negotiated the dip she led at the furlong marker, but you could see that she was not doing a tap in front.
This victory leaves Joseph O’Brian thinking about the 1000 guineas next year which has seen Quick As Lightening, Oh So Sharp and Minding complete the double. I see no reason why she cannot progress next year because I think she is very smart.
Indigo Girl lost her unbeaten record, but I think she has come a long way in a very short space of time. This attractive filly looked in rude health paddock side and she had to come from the rear to run on to finish second. I am sure she can make a big impression next year.
Dubai Fountain has had a busy campaign, but she still looked in good order.
The disappointing horse in the race was Isabella Giles who was bouncing with health, but I just wonder if her victory here 14 days ago had taken the edge off of her.
A highly competitive field assembled for this Heritage Handicap and I thought LOUGANINI was slightly unlucky. Given that he had two victories on soft ground I thought this fella had a good chance. A touch keen from the start he got in to a lovely rhythm, but just as he was about to make his move he was short of room and had to be switched to his left and in the end he stayed on strongly, but was unable to reel in the winner. Looking at this fella I still feel his best days are ahead of him.
The solidly made Kingbrook looked fine/well and may have recaptured some of his juvenile form. What was very evident in this race was that you had to be near the front and when this fella kicked he had a few of his opponents in trouble, but I felt he was just treading water in the last 110 yards. Hopefully this son of Kingman can go on from this.
Kipps looked grand and was the only horse to come out of the pack to finish in third place. In some ways you have to upgrade this effort, but he has found winning difficult for most of the season.
Tritonic bounced back to his best to finish an honourable forth. He didn’t have the pace needed to challenge, but he kept on all the way to the line.
Surrey Pride who didn’t look great in the paddock ran a mighty race considering he came from the back.
Saturday, October 10th
LONE EAGLE, this colt by Galileo stepped up on his previous form to take this Group 3. He led the field at an even gallop and when quickened he had most of his opponents under the pump. I liked the way he kept on strongly all the way to the line. The trainer has hinted that he may be a Derby contender, but this race has proved to be a trial for the St Leger next year with Kew Gardens being the most recent horse to do the double.
The lengthy Recovery Run looked fit and ran his heart out in second.
Mystery Angel stepped up on her previous victory to gain some black type in third.
Fabilis looked brilliant paddock side, but I am not totally sure he got the trip.
I thought this was a cracking renewal with a host of quality two-year-olds on show.
The sizeable VAN GOGH filled the eye in the paddock and I think he would have given the winner something to think about if he had of been able to get a clear run because he was short of room and had to be ridden on the wide outside when staying on to get second place. I am sure he will be at his best next year when he tackles middle distances.
One Ruler turned up her looking A1 and produced a taking performance. Once he came across on to the rails he showed a change of gear which on this ground was very impressive.
His stable mate Dhahabi looked tremendous, but his lack of experience showed when he rolled around in the dip which caused him to lose all chance.
John Gosdon’s Megallan was slightly unlucky by the way the race unfolded because he was behind Qaader when he was falling back and Frankie had nowhere to go. I thought this was a good effort given the circumstances.
This race traditionally crowns the champion 2yo and we had a fantastic line up.
Wembley, this Galileo colt ran a superb race considering he came from stall 2. Held up out the back he had to make his move on the wide outside. He changed his legs coming out of the dip and closed down the winner all the way to the line. I think he can reverse the places with the winner if they were to meet next year.
ST MARK'S BASILICA is a good looking colt and I thought he looked in rude health. Placed in mid field he came through with a steady run which brought him right through to victory. He is a battle hardened type and I am sure he will be showing his qualities over a mile next season.
The favourite Thunder Moon was the most unfurnished member of the field. I like the way he travelled through the contest, but I think the soft ground blunted his speed.
Cadillac, this stocky colt by Lupe De Vega looked in good order, but you could see he was struggling with the dip and was unable to get balanced. I just wonder if he will be more of a sprinter for next season.
Albasheer has done well for his time off and I thought he ran with plenty of credit considering he hated the underfoot conditions.
Alkumait looked the part, but was way too keen from the moment the stalls opened.
Star performance of the week goes to Saffron Beach. This daughter of New Bay was bounced out quickly and on ground she hated added a Group 3 to her CV.
Star performance of the week
Maximal looked tremendously well in a good renewal of the Autumn Stakes, but did too much in the early stages which saw him run out of puff. He will be seen at his best on fast ground.
Poetic Flare stood out in a cracking renewal of the Dewhurst. He was returning after a long layoff, but he didn’t have the experience to cope with this company. I think next year he should make a big impression