Ten To Follow Update (17.10.2018)
We are fast approaching the grand finale of the 2018 Ten To Follow Competition with British Champions Day just around the corner. It has been a great month of racing from Newbury, Goodwood, Ayr and Newmarket for the Cambridgeshire and Caesarwitch meetings.
Despite there being over 20 opportunities to score points for players, there were not many winners. Young Rascal got his season back on track with a gutsy display in the Legacy Cup Stakes. He had been off since a disappointing showing in the Epsom Derby, and not too much was expected here. He settled nicely behind the pace, and was ridden for a strong challenge from well over a furlong from home. He kept on well inside the final furlong and managed to snatch victory from Mirage Dancer in the final stride.
The week after we headed to Goodwood for the Foundation Stakes where Gabr was getting his much deserved first victory of the season. He was always handy tracking the leader and was pushed along two furlongs out. He was soon ridden and upside the leader in the final furlong and stayed on well to lead the final 100 yards.
On the Friday all eyes were on Newmarket for the Cambridgeshire meeting. Highgarden got her first victory since her debut. Held up in touch she was ridden over 3f out. She made good headway to press the leaders and edged right 2f out, driven and had every chance in the final furlong, stayed on well to lead the last stride. Then Just Wonderful got her first victory in England with smooth victory in the Rockfel Stakes for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien.
Fairyland then continued the great from of the Ballydoyle contingent by winning the Cheveley Park Stakes. She took a keen hold early whilst tracking the leaders. She came to make her challenge over a furlong from the finish and took up the lead coming up the hill. She stayed on well and was ridden out to win by a neck.
A week later we were back a Newmarket for the Caeserwitch meeting where super filly Laurens stole the headlines in the Sun Chariot Stakes. She had won Group 1s in France and Ireland but this was her first three-year-old Group 1 in the UK. She chased leader Happily until halfway then made the rest of the running. She was always travelling best and was ridden to extend a furlong from home. She was driven 1f out, pressed inside the final furlong, kept on well and always holding the runner-up towards the finish. The final winner of the season at Newmarket for players was for Sergei Prokofiev in the Cornwallis Stakes where the drop back to five furlongs worked a treat.
Be sure to check be next week for the final scores and don't forget every race at British Champions Day is worth an extra 20 bonus points!
The full leaderboard can be found here.
|Position||Name & Team||Team Score|
|3||Gail Garbutt (2)||400|
|4||Paul Stacey (2)||395|
|4||Trevor Shaw (4)||395|
|6||Les Frost (1)||390|
|6||Joseph Williams (3)||390|
|6||Alan Wellsteed (12)||390|
|6||David Marshall (3)||390|
|10||Gail Garbutt (3)||385|
|10||T C Morgan||