Racing News 7 September 2015: Jack Hobbs Looking Good

Jack Hobbs has a Comfortable Win in the September Stakes whilst Twilight Son Wins the Sprint Cup

There were some very interesting races at the weekend and we take a look at two of the biggest, with the September Stakes at Kempton and the Sprint Cup from Haydock.

More Joy for Jack and John

John Gosden’s 1-5 odds-on favourite Jack Hobbs took an easy victory in the September Stakes at Kemtpon. Having finished second behind stablemate Golden Horn in the Epsom Derby, as well as the Dante Stakes at York, this easy victory confirms Jack Hobbs as a leading contender for the upcoming Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, one of the biggest and most famous races in the world.

Jack Hobbs is now priced as the second favourite for the French race, on offer at odds of 6/1 or 888sport, albeit some distance behind the Arc favourite Treve, who will look to claim a third consecutive victory at Longchamp on the 4th October.

The three-year-old still seems to be improving physically and even since his romp in the Irish Derby just a couple of months ago he looked better here, albeit against a relatively weak field.

Treve will take some stopping but who knows, perhaps Jack Hobbs will turn out to be the better of Gosden’s pair after Golden Horn slipped up recently. Gosden said of Jack Hobbs: “There’s no reason why we won’t go to France and he has won well today. I think he is an improving horse and like his father he will get better at four and five”. Time for an ante post bet?

Twilight Son Delivers in the Sprint Cup

If there was little doubt that Jack Hobbs would deliver, the victory of Henry Candy’s Twilight Son, who had been sent off at odds of 10/1, was rather more unexpected. A photo was needed but ultimately Fergus Sweeney was given his first Group One success in a thrilling race. Strath Burn, who would have won given another 30 yards, was second, with Magical Memory third, meaning Charlie Hills saddled the second and third. Close but no cigar!