The Young And The Old Grab Gold In Weekend Action, And A Look Ahead To Curragh Crackers
Masar Masters Solario Rivals
The first of the two Group class contests on Saturday’s Sandown card went to the boys in blue of Godolphin, and in pretty impressive style too. In a field full to the brim with potentially smart two year old’s, Charlie Appleby’s Masar delivered on the potential he showed when third to September and Nyaleti in the Chesham Stakes, to show his rivals a clean pair of heels. The manner in which he powered to the line suggested that a step up to a mile may well see further progress. As such, the 2000 Guineas may well be a realistic target for next season. With the likes of Expert Eye and Gustav Klimt on the scene, that is looking a hot race already but at 25/1, there are certainly worse each way bets around.
Aljazzi Too Classy In Atalanta
The big contest for the fillies went the way of Marco Botti’s, Aljazzi. Twice a scorer at Listed level, this daughter of Shamardal had suggested that a debut Group race success wouldn’t be long in coming when an excellent second to the smart Qemah in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. This drop in class to Group 3 company did the trick as she proved way too good for Nathra and Tisbutadream who filled the places. Having taken this by an authoritative three lengths, it will surely be Group 1’s which are next on the agenda, with Newmarket’s Sun Chariot Stakes in October looking a likely target.
Age No Barrier To Bullet Success For Griffiths Star
When it comes to the sprinting division, David Griffiths 10 year old Take Cover may not be the quickest of them all, but it’s a hard to think of a runner who has been so tough and consistent over so long a period. Now a winner at Listed level or above every year since 2014, the evergreen star landed a second Listed win of the year when scorching clear in the Beverley Bullet. Five year old Final Venture and three year old The Wagon Wheel – who produced a truly remarkable run from an impossible looking position – filled the places, but were no match for the grand old boy on the day.
From Sprinters to Stayers, The Stars Are On Show This Coming Weekend
Taking a look ahead, next weekend sees a real feast on offer for racing fans. The pick of the English contests comes with the 2017 renewal of the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock. Harry Angel is the current favourite for the race at 13/8, but will have to be right on his game to fend off the likes of a revitalised Brando, The Tin Man, Limato, Blue Point and more in what should be a cracker.
Over in Ireland meanwhile we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to Group race action. The Champion Stakes looks at the mercy of Ballydoyle with Churchill and Highland Reel currently first and second favourite for the contest. At this stage the chief British threat looks set to come from Martyn Meade’s Eminent who’s progress has stalled a little of late but may well bounce back.
It’s a similar story of Aidan O’Brien dominance in the weekends other contests at the Curragh, with the majestic Winter and tough Roly Poly dominating the market for the Matron Stakes and Order Of St George looking like taking a world of beating in Sunday’s Irish St. Leger. With potential stars Clemmie, Magical and Gustav Klimt also amongst the weekends entries, Sunday’s card is jam packed with class and not to be missed.
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