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A Good Weekend for the Ten To Follow.

A couple of nice winners for the FREE Ten To Follow with Mogul winning the Grand Prix De Paris and Search For A Song winner her 2nd Irish St Leger.

Mogul, 3yo Trained by A O’Brien
Despite a very good 2yo campaign, we’d expect to see Mogul come into his own as a 3yo, as a number of his immediate family did. A full bother to Japan, a Group 1 winner in France before winning the Juddmonte at York and an excellent 4th in the Arc. As well as his full sister Secret Gesture who was runner up in the Epsom Oaks. Well touted before his debut, he ran as though in need of the experience, but still with plenty of promise behind a more experienced rival. He was much sharper on his 2nd start, making all and galloping strongly to the line to win in impressive style. Ridden with a little more restraint next time in a Group 2 event, he quickened nicely and stayed on well to win comfortably and looking as though he had plenty left in the tank. Only 4th in the Group 1 Futurity run on the all-weather at Newcastle, he never really looked at home on the surface, but still ran a fair race. Currently rated 100 and very much the mould of a 3yo, he’d be expected to excel at distances beyond a mile and would be the top of our list of potential Derby winners, for which he’s generally a 14/1 chance.
Update: Really disappointing at Ascot, but he looked in need of the run, we’ll see what the plans are with him going forward, but not ideal with regards to a tilt at the Derby.
Update: Stepped forward from Ascot and ran a decent race in the Derby, but wasn’t quite good enough in a race dominated by the front running Serpentine.
Update: Improved again from the Derby to win at Goodwood and looks to be progressing with every run.
Update: Not quite good enough at York in the Great Voltigeur.
Update: A big step forward when winning the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp, showing a really good turn off foot.

 

Search For A Song, 4yo trained by D Weld
Unraced as a 2yo, Search For A Song finished the season as a really exciting filly for the season or seasons to come. A winner on her debut over 10f, she was then just found out over the same trip at listed level on her 2nd start, where she was blatantly crying out for a step up in trip. She tackled 1m4f next time, but was asked a pretty serous question for one so inexperienced in the Irish Oaks. In a tactical race, she was caught flat footed when Frankie kicked for home from the front, but she stayed on well into a very respectable 4th place, staying on late on. Over to York and back to listed level next time, she outclassed her rivals and showed staying was her forte by running on very strongly to win well. He final start was the first time she tackled 1m6f and she excelled in her first real stamina test. In what was a high class Irish St Leger, she failed to settle early on and looked to be wasting valuable energy, so her jockey allowed her to move through the field and take up the running from halfway. Setting a decent gallop, she soon had the entire field being asked questions; galloping strongly all the way to the line she maintained her lead over all bar the strong finishing top class stayer Kew Gardens who manged to close the gap to a couple of lengths, but still never got close to the impressive winner. She may have been getting weight for age, but Kew Gardens then went on to beat Stadivarius at Ascot, such was the progression Search For A Song made in just 5 career starts. A really exciting classy stayer, she’s a surefire contender for all the top staying races of 2020 and might be the one to take the Ascot Gold Cup crown away from the two time champion, where she is generally a 20/1 shot.
Update: Ran over a trip way short of what she wants, last time.
Update: Pulled up early on at Cork, hopefully she is okay.
Update: She ran a far more encouraging race when staying on behind Magical and when stepping back up in trip she can hopefully return to the winners enclosure.
Update: A superb performance in defending her Irish St Leger crown in fine style.

 

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