With little appealing on Wednesday, I’m taking the opportunity to briefly look back at the weekend and there was plenty to note, both on and off the track on Sunday.
With little appealing from a punting point of view on Wednesday, I’m taking the opportunity to briefly look back at the weekend and there was plenty to note, both on and off the track on Sunday.
Over in Ireland, all eyes were on the ‘big two’ in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, but both Kiyoshi and Tapestry were put in their place by Clive Brittain’s Rizeena, who was winning for the fourth time from seven starts. She is now likely to head to either the Cheveley Park or the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day.
Earlier on the card, I was really impressed with the debut success of Dazzling who is most certainly one to put in the notebook. A full-sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Roderic O’Connor, the Galileo filly looked an exciting prospect, powering away in the closing stages and the Fillies’ Mile could be next on her agenda next.
She was available at 25/1 for next year’s 1,000 Guineas immediately after her winning debut and has already been trimmed into 20’s, while she is generally 14/1 market leader for the Oaks. We ought to know a lot more after her second start, but she looked potential Classic material to me, even at this early stage.
Runner-up and stable-mate Shell House kept on really well in the closing stages and is entered at Leopardstown on Saturday. Aidan O’Brien has been running his maidens quickly after debut of late, so I wouldn’t be at all shocked if she (another Galileo filly) lined up and it is hoped she will give Dazzling’s form a boost.
On the same day, Paul Nicholls was showcasing no fewer than 82 horses at his Open Day ahead of the new National Hunt season and a couple I was really pleased to read positive updates on were Just A Par and Urubu D’Irlande.
The former ran twice for the stable last season without winning, but looked hugely promising when chasing home At Fishers Cross at Aintree and should develop in to a high-class novice chaser this winter.
The latter hasn’t been seen since winning a warm Taunton bumper last October, where he had subsequent two-time winner Oscar Rock back in second. The son of Sleeping Car then suffered from a serious bout of colic, but is back in A1 shape now and is one to look out for in novice hurdles in the coming months.
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Wednesday’s weekend eye-catcher:
Dazzling (Aidan O’Brien)
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