The Weekend’s racing in a nutshell!

It has taken me a little longer this week to collect my thoughts after a frankly amazing weekend of racing mainly focussed on Paris after the rains fell and pretty much ruined the Ascot card that saw no less than fourteen non runners including pretty much all those I had hope to back. As I am not convinced the form will add up, with the majority of runners looking for better ground, we may be better off looking at Newmarket first where anyone who failed to be impressed by Integral in the Sun Chariot Stakes clearly want watching the race. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who continued his excellent record with the fillies (?), rider Ryan Moore stole the race from the front with an astute ride that saw his rivals struggle as he quickened off a slow early pace, though for the second week in a row you have to wonder why those in behind allowed him to dictate matters quite so easily (see Tiggy Wiggy)?

Treve – frankly awesome!

As for Paris and Longchamp, how many superlatives can I heap on just the one day of racing? Hindsight is a wonderful thing but a returned price of over 14/1 about Treve now looks very silly indeed after the filly ran away with the Arc de Triomphe for the second year in a row, humiliating a class field in the process. Three poor runs this season gave us no real clue that she was the force of old but she soon put to bed a field of Oaks and Derby winners as if they were poor class handicappers before rushing off to the paddocks for her new career as a Mum.

Earlier on the same card, I can only imagine the small talk in the bars around the World regarding the riding skills of Joseph O’Brien (most of which is unrepeatable here if England is anything to go by), after he managed to fail in spectacular fashion by being disqualified on board Gleneagles in the Grand Criterium. Love them or hate them, we all know the French rules regarding interference, and I am sure Joseph is well aware now that had he pulled his whip through he would have kept the race, but the fact is he didn’t, costing me a stable double, and connections the Group One prize is a pretty steep learning curve all round. Rumour is he will be back for a Derby of some kind next season (possibly Epsom, who knows), and he is clearly very decent even if a schoolboy error cost him this time around. Other British success included Move In Time who took the Prix de L’Abbaye for David O’Meara and in a decent time as well though it was a rough race and I suspect a different result if it was re run, though take nothing away from his handler who is very much on an upward curve and getting sent better horses on a weekly basis, vey much one to ignore at your cost in the years ahead. Frankie Dettori proved his demise was little more than a media invention with a cosy win on Olympic Glory in the Prix De La Foret, though once again we all expect him to be rushed off to stud at then end of the season.

Looking ahead, the flat season is beginning to wind down to be honest though there are the odd decent cards to go (Champions Day would be a great example), but the jumpers will follow soon enough and there will always be something to talk about, with the Newmarket Cesarewitch card next on the list including the ante post gamble on Quick Jack by those who feel the Tony Martin trained five year old is a good thing – we shall see once the final line up is in my grasp.

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