Ten To Follow Update (19.09.2018)
It's been another great fortnight in racing, with two bonus races from Haydock for the Sprint Cup and Doncaster for the St Leger, as well as racing from Beverley, Chester, Sandown, Salisbury, Kempton and York.
The gallant 11-y-o, Take Cover, proved he still retains his ability by winning the Beverley Bullet for the second time. Across the Pennines Duretto was gaining some valuable points for two players as he held on gamely in a Listed event at Chester. At Sandown there were two commanding victories in the space of 30 minutes. Firstly Veracious gained her first pattern win in the Atalanta Stakes then Too Darn Hot decimated a field and asserted himself of one of the top two-year-olds this year.
We then headed to Haydock for the 32Red Sprint Cup and to Kempton for the long awaited return of Enable. The rain came and the ground at Haydock turned into Heavy which was perfect for Here Comes When to gain his first Group success since winning the Sussex Stakes on similar conditions last year. Next all attention was on the Sprint Cup where Harry Angel was trying to get his season back on track after getting injured at Ascot. He broke well and went off a frantic pace considering the ground but he couldn't last home. This set the race up for the super consistent The Tin Man gaining another Group success and getting players 20 valuable bonus points.
Down at Kempton all eyes were on the September Stakes for the clash of Enable and Crystal Ocean. John Gosden would've been expecting a slightly easier return for his Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner but that didn't stop her. Frankie bounced her out in front and went a good gallop. Turning for home he asked for her effort and shot clear under a hands and heels ride. All eyes will now be on her gaining back-to-back Arc titles.
Finally we headed to Doncaster for the St Leger Festival, which proved a tricky week for players. Despite ample scoring opportunities, there was only one scoring race, The St Leger itself. It would have been no surprise to players that this went to the Aiden O'Brien trained Kew Gardens. Despite drifting markedly in the market with the addition of Lah Ti Dar, Kew Gardens gave a no nonsense performance to grind out a good victory in the world's oldest classic.
The full leaderboard can be found here.
|Position||Name & Team||Team Score|
|2||Gail Garbutt (2)||400|
|3||Trevor Shaw (4)||395|
|4||Joseph Williams (3)||390|
|4||Alan Wellsteed (12)||390|
|4||David Marshall (3)||390|
|4||Les Frost (1)||390|
|8||Gail Garbutt (3)||385|
|8||T C Morgan||385|
|11||Paul Stacey (2)||