We start the week with a busy afternoon’s racing at Market Rasen, with five runners on the card, starting with Gifted Island in the opening novice hurdle.
He is followed by a trio of horses that finished runner-up on their most recent starts; Bennachie, Jimmy Shan and The Omen. Bennachie has had his form franked by the winner, who has gone in again since, while Jimmy Shan makes a quick reappearance after finishing a close second in a conditional jockeys’ contest over hurdles at Southwell last week and now returns to fences. The Omen (pictured right) has had plenty of time since his last run at Cartmel and hopefully one or more of them can go one better today!
Our final runner is Canton Prince, who makes his racecourse debut in the concluding bumper. A son of Shantou and half-brother to the very useful hurdler Burrenbridge Lodge, he has been showing up nicely and is ready to have his first run.
SIX TO FOLLOW COMPETITION
The Tim Vaughan Racing Six To Follow Competition is now underway, with scores counting from 1st October. However, it is a long season and there is still time to get involved! The competition is free to enter – just send your six selections (from our “Horses In Training’ section on the website) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The majority of the build up for yesterday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was focused on Treve, unsurprisingly given she was bidding to become the first horse ever to win the race three times. However, the top-rated horse in the world, Golden Horn, was given an exceptional ride by Dettori, who brought him across to sit just behind pacemaker and, off what appeared a modest gallop, was in the best position to attack entering the straight.
As pointed out by Sam Walker in the Racing Post today, in previous years Golden Horn would have been billed a superstar, but defeat in the Juddmonte International and a battling success in Ireland meant that, despite winning the Derby and Eclipse in devastating fashion, he almost had something to prove yesterday. In beating last year’s runner-up Flintshire by the same distance as Treve did in 2014, he is clearly an very worthy champion and it would be brilliant to see him head to the States for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the end of the month.
Apologies for the delay in posting these up from last week!
- Be Bop Boru
- Leighton Aspell