Newbury, Saturday August 15th
Alcohol Free, looking at this filly by No Nay Never I was not taken by her appearance in the parade ring because she looked very starey in her coat, but she clearly has a fair amount of talent. Drawn in stall 10 she was a touch green to start with, but soon understood what was required and I thought this was a cosy success. The Dick Pool Stakes at Salisbury next month looks an ideal target.
Al Saariyah, looking at this daughter of Acclamation she was definitely the pick of the paddock. Quickly out of the stalls she led the field at a decent pace, but once headed she was unable to maintain the gallop to the line.
The once raced Jacinth looked fit, but she lacks any scope. This was a sound effort, but I think she will always be vulnerable to an improving type.
In its glory days this race has been won by the likes of Rodrigo De Triano, Lammtarra and Haafhd.
I thought the best horse in the race was the second placed Dhahabi. This expensive purchase by Frankel looked in a different league to the rest, but this once-raced colt was encountering softer ground for the first time and in the end I think this is what got him beat. I am sure you will see a better performance by this fluent moving juvenile on a faster surface.
The winner Saint Lawrence looked well considering he was having his fifth run of the year. He used his experience to good effect and made all the running.
Francesco Guardi, who is still a frame of a horse, looked fine beforehand and I thought this was a step up on his debut win by securing third position.
Jumby is a tall colt who looked in good nick. Overall this was a sound performance.
Hukum, last time he was seen he won a handicap at Royal Ascot and he stepped up to take this Group 3 in his stride. This well-made colt by Sea The Stars looked a picture of health. He travelled well throughout the contest and once asked for his final effort he found plenty to hit the line strongly. It looks as if Owen Burrows has a leading St Leger candidate.
The medium sized Max Vega looked in tip top order and came right back to his best to run a cracker in second. Heading in to the autumn I am sure this fella can win again.
Alignak who has come a long way in a short space of time produced his best run of his career trying to give weight to two unexposed 3yo’s. I just wonder if he would be better coming back a furlong. Tritonic and Communique both looked in rude health. The former did not see out the trip.
Dream Of Dreams became Sir Michael Stoute’s second winner of this Group 2 race. Looking at this chestnut he looked fit and well and produced a breathtaking performance. He powered clear with a furlong to go in hosing up by seven lengths. I know this was not the strongest running of the race, but you cannot take anything away from the winner. The Champion Sprint in October will be his main aim at the end of the season.
The well-made Breathtaking Look produced the best run of her career by filling the runner-up spot. She seems to come into form around this time of year so I wouldn’t be surprised if she notches up another victory.
A competitive field lined up for this ten-furlong event which was run at a crawl. The winner Surrey Pride, who looked fine/well, performed with plenty of credit to come out on top. He took a good grip for the first part of the race and found himself at the back, but worked his way against the rails and quickened to the front in holding off the runner-up.
HMS President, this medium sized gelding looked the bees knees paddock side and stepped up to finish in the runner-up spot. I see no reason why he cannot take a step forward from this.
Mafia Power looked the part, but I thought he ran slightly disappointingly. Maybe the race was not run to suit him.
Newbury, Sunday August 16th
Beheld, Roger Charlton’s chestnut filly had plenty of presence in the paddock and you could see that she had done enough work for her debut. A touch green coming out of the stalls, it took her a couple of strides before she raced on an even keel. Once she hit the furlong marker you could see the message was getting through and she got up right on the line. I could see her stepping up an extra furlong.
Whiskey ‘N’ Chips, looking at this light framed filly I didn’t think there was much to her, but racing on the far side she made the winner pull out quite a lot to get out on top.
The compact Good And Proper was slow out of the stalls and was placed at the back. She looked to be wheel spinning halfway through the contest, but finished strongly in the end.
This looked an average running of this Listed event and Zoetic supplied James Ferguson with his first big-race success. This compact filly by Kodiac was held up out the back and came through with a steady run which brought her through to victory.
Fairy Dust looked very fit for her third start and was up with the pace throughout the contest.
Caroline Dale, who is a tall type, looked to be struggling on the ground and it was only in the closing stages that her stamina kicked in, which saw her secure third place.
I thought this division had some quality juveniles on show, but the winner Baradar was not one of them. This compact colt by Muhaarar looked fit and handled the conditions better than his opponents. He looks a ready-made 2yo compared to his big scopier rivals.
General Lee, this scopey colt by Lupe De Vega looked in great order and stepped forward to only get beaten by the narrowest of margins.
The debutant Orgetorix looked ready to go and showed he has a fair amount of talent even though he didn’t get the clearest of runs at the 2f marker.
The scopey Dickens looked the part, but was a touch on the burly side. He took a good hold in the early stages and may have paid for it inside the final furlong.
French Conquest, who had not taken part at Ascot, turned up here looking in rude health, but it didn’t look as if he handled the surface.
The Queen’s representative Wink Of An Eye had plenty of scope, but was in need of the run. It looked as if he hated every step of the way from start to finish.
The impressive looking Aljaryaal took the paddock honours. He had a lovely way about him and has a wonderful physique. He blew the start and his race was all but over, but given his action I think you may see a better performance when he encounters quicker ground.
I thought after paddock inspection this looked a weaker division, but the winner recorded a quicker time. The French-bred Alenquer looked the part beforehand and duly dispatched of his rivals with the minimum of fuss. I can see no reason why he cannot go forward after this victory.
The well-made Tasfeeq had taken a step forward from his debut 15 days ago and travelled strongly on the near side, but was no match for the winner in the closing stages.
Swagger, who is not much to look at, was fit and lean, but overall performed with a fair amount of credit.
Encourage looked fit, but found things happening a bit too quick and did his best work towards the finishing line.
Star performance of the meeting:
TEMPUS is a well-bred Kingman colt and got off the mark for the season after being awarded a race in the steward’s room. Considering his age, he has very little mileage on the clock, and I think he could be able to win a decent race before the season is over.
Look out for this horse:
MASHHOOR, I thought this good-looking colt showed he has plenty about him because considering he needed the run, he looked a big threat approaching the furlong marker only for his fitness to give out. The yards 2yo’s usually take a major step forward on their second run.