Once again York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival produced the goods with the big names delivering during a brilliant week on the Knavesmire.
For me, the performance of the week had to be Battaash in the Coolmore Nunthorpe. He produced a display of pace and power to lower one of the lauded track records, held by Dayjur, in world racing.
The fact he came into the meeting with a point to prove after his previous Nunthorpe disappointments made it all the sweeter and his trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jim Crowley deserve plenty of credit for the way they have nurtured and developed his huge talent.
Talking of huge talent, what about Mums Tipple? Richard Hannon’s youngster produced a jaw-dropping performance in the Goffs Sales race on Thursday afternoon. It was one of the best two-year-old performances of the season.
He’s an exciting prospect, as is his stablemate, Threat, who finally got a Group race win on the board in the Gimcrack on Friday.
Onto Monday and there may not be the same quality on display but there’s certainly the quantity. On a busy afternoon, I’ve got three selections.
Amelia R was one of my selections last week and, although beaten at Catterick, ran much better than the bare result and remains a horse of interest.
The manner in which she won by a wide margin at Nottingham in July, in a good time, suggests she’s ahead of her mark.
Fifth at Catterick last week, she did easily the best of the low-drawn horses in a race where a high draw and position towards the stands rail was a big advantage (first four home drawn 11, 10, 14 and 13 while Amelia R came from 3).
The way she shaped there suggests she’s in good form and her style of suggests this track should suit.
He might have had the benefit of previous experience at the time but it’s still encouraging that Strong Power beat a pair of horses now rated in the high 90s when last seen at Lingfield in May.
An absence since, during which time he could have contested races at some of the top meetings, suggests there might have been an issue along the way but if he shows the same speed as he did on his past two starts then he could be hard to peg back.
He has an ideal draw over 5f in stall one at a track that often favours early pace.
Southern Rock has progressed well since joining David O’Meara and produced another career-best when taking his tally to three from five for this stable at Ripon last time.
Having turned over a long odds-on favourite to make a winning start for the yard at Hamilton in May, Southern Rock made a winning handicap debut back at the Scottish track on his next start despite looking in need of a longer trip.
Aimed high on his next two starts, he beat all bar the thrown-in Dal Horrisgle at Haydock before finding Listed company too hot next time.
Back to winning ways returned to calmer waters next time, he only appeared to be doing enough when hitting the front and that form has since been franked by the fourth home winning next time.
The O’Meara team have found another good opportunity for him here and he should continue his progress.
Platinum Star did not run up to his best at Goodwood last time but his previous form when second in both the July Stakes at Newmarket and Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot sets a solid standard for this race.
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