The final Classic Weekend and it certainly didn’t disappoint…..
Let’s start with the Oldest Classic and the St Leger at Doncaster with Kew Gardens staying on too strongly for Lah Ti Dah to land the spoils for Ryan Moore and Aiden O’Brien in what was a very good race.
That said it was probably overshadowed by the Champagne Stakes and an exhilarating performance from Too Darn Hot, maintaining his unbeaten record and showing a turn of foot that’s only associated by top class horses…
Quote Frankie Dettori “That was very special. What he did between the three and the one blew me away.”
He’s now understandably favourite for both the 2000 Guineas (4/1) and The Derby (5/1) for next year.
It’s nice to say aracingfirst members are sitting on some 20/1 for the Derby, so fingers crossed.
Ireland held 2 superb days racing at Leopardstown on the Saturday and The Curragh on the Sunday though a little bitter sweat. Whilst it was superb to see Laurens land the Matron Stakes beating the brilliant Alpha Centauri, it was sad to hear that wonder filly picked up an injury and will now be retired.
A similarly sad outcome from the Irish Champion Stakes where Saxon Warrior went down all guns blazing and also picked up an injury forcing an early retirement to his career, but what a performance by Roaring Lion. The Ballydoyle tactical machine was in full swing to try and defeat the John Gosden colt but he still pulled put all the stops to fly home and take the prize in the closing stages.
On Sunday at The Curragh we saw a couple of very good 2yo performances in the shape of Skitter Skatter winning the Moyglare for PJ Pendergrast, she looks a serious 1000 Guineas contender for next year. That was followed by Quorto defeating the O’Brien talking horse Anthony Van Dyck and in a year without Too Darn Hot around, Quorto would probably head the betting for both Classics next year. The Irish St leger followed and the “Master of Ballydoyle” Mr O’Brien landed his 2nd Classic in 2 days courtesy of Flag of Honour.
And it didn’t stop there, as over in France we had the Arc Trials and whilst perhaps some of the bigger names weren’t out in force, we saw a really taking performance from Waldgeist when winning the Prix Foy very easily and he’s now won his last 4 races and has definitely put his name in the hat for the Arc De Triomphe on the first Sunday of October.
What a race that promises to be with the likes of Enable, Sea of Class, Cracksman, Waldgeist and a good few more looking to take part.
We’ll finish off with a mention of a reasonably well knock horse from Down Under called Winx, who won her 31st race on Saturday, making it 27 wins on the bounce and a 20th Group 1 win… Quite remarkable.