Good morning all,
It was sun kissed scenes for Newbury’s “Super Sprint” Day and Market Rasen’s “Summer Plate Day”. Summer has finally arrived in the UK and not second too early. Mind you we’ll soon be complaining about the heat wont we.
Inside today’s main piece you can read my thoughts on the weekend’s action. Plus, I have a selection from Beverley.
Snowfall in July
It was Snowfall in June when the filly won the Oaks at Epsom and its now Snowfall in July after her easy success in Saturday’s Irish Oaks.
As expected, the Irish Oaks was a one-horse race. Snowfall was briefly nudged along by Ryan Moore three out but that was it. Taking it up effortlessly two out, once Ryan asked her a furlong out she quickened clear of her seven rivals to win by 8 ½ lengths.
Looks like the Yorkshire Oaks will be her next race and it’s hard to see any 3-year-old middle distance filly getting the better of her there either. I’m totally sure she wants the ground as quick as it was on Saturday but she proved how ground versatile she is.
The Arc seems a logical end of season target for Snowfall. She’s now the 7/2 ante post favourite for that race. Her stablemate Love will certainly be aimed at the Arc. However, the ground will need to be good for her to succeed at Longchamp in October. Snowfall still has to be supplemented for Arc but if the going is soft, it’s hard to believe that “The Lads” won’t do so.
Should all the big names make it to the Arc it would be a tremendous race. We have the likes of Love, Snowfall, Hurricane Lane or Adayar, Tarnawa and Wonderful Tonight.
Levey Leaves It Late
Gubbass who had looked a nice prospect when winning at Leicester in April, returned from a break to come with a late run to win Newbury’s “Super Sprint”.
Given his lack of experience it was a good effort to win by the colt. The big field held no terrors for him. He will likely be stepped up in class after this success. The Group 2 Richmond Stakes mentioned by the trainer as a possible target.
It was an 11th success in the race for the Hannon yard who have really dominated it since its inception.
For Sean Levey the win was the second part of big race Newbury double. As 40 mins earlier he had won the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes on Happy Romance, who herself had won the Super Sprint 12 months earlier.
Happy Romance was also produced late to win the Hackwood Stakes. To get the better of Dilligent Harry and last year’s winner Tabdeed. The runner-up showed he can be as good on grass as he is on the all-weather and looks the sort to make more progress with racing.
The disappointment of the race was 9/4 favourite Kings Lynn. The 4-year-old ran flat and this wasn’t his true form. Maybe he hasn’t got over a couple of hard races at Royal Ascot.
Tuesday’s column will include some horses for the tracker.
6:45 – Diffident Spirit put in a career best effort on RPR’s when winning an amateur rider’s race at Newbury 11-days ago. The handicapper took a dim view of his win putting the 3-year-old up 7lb. Needs to improve again to defy his new mark. However, he’s only had five career starts and is open to more progress. Provided they go a decent gallop he should go close.
Good luck with your Monday bets
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