Ten to Follow Update 29.08.19
- Action from six different racecourses
- Highlights from the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival
- Runs from Ten to Follow favourites Enable, Stradivarius and Battaash
There were three point scoring races at York on Wednesday starting with the Group 3 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes where Richard Fahey secured his first victory of the festival courtesy of Valdermoro who stayed on well to win by just a neck. The next race was the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes and was won impressively by Logician and the inform Frankie Dettori, well done to David Marshall who was the only player to pick the John Gosden trained horse and secure 30 points.
The final race of the Wednesday was the Juddmonte International Stakes. Crystal Ocean was favourite to take the prize, but it was Aidan O’Brien trained Japan who came out on top after an intense duel on the Knavesmire with Crystal Ocean. This race was a Ten to Follow bonus race, and as a result Japan’s victory scored 55 points for 68 different teams.
Action got underway on Thursday with the Group 2 Lowther Stakes which was won by Living In The Past and jockey Danny Tudhope. Later in the card there was a Listed race for Fillies & Mares which was won well by Search For A Song and Oisin Murphy.
The feature race of the Thursday was the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and provided racegoers with their final chance to see Enable run on UK turf. Enable went off as hot favourite and she delivered a dominant performance to set herself up for the Arc in October. This result secured 35 points for 109 Ten to Follow teams.
Friday’s point scoring racing got underway with the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup where Stradivarius was attempting to make it his second £1 million year in a row by winning the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ bonus. A tactical ride saw jockey Frankie Dettori keep the champion stayer covered up for the majority of the race before switching to the stands’ rail and pushing for home, keeping on strongly to win by just over a length. This result scored 30 points for 156 different teams.
The Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes was next and having been second in two Group 2 races already this season it was the Richard Hannon trained Threat that went off as hot favourite. Threat travelled well and stayed on strongly to get home in front and provide a good result for favourite backers, scoring 30 points for 3 different teams.
The feature race of the Friday was the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes, and after his impressive win in the July Cup it was Ten Sovereigns that started as favourite. However, it was Battaash who stole the show, putting in an incredible performance to finally have his day on the Knavesmire.
That evening there was also a Listed contest at Salisbury that was won well by Mohican Heights under jockey Jamie Spencer for trainer David Simcock.
Saturday saw point scoring racing take place at Goodwood, Newmarket, Royal Windsor and York. The Goodwood races were won by Duke Of Hazzard, Boomer and Sir Ron Priestly. The Listed races at Newmarket and Royal Windsor were won by Raucous, and Raakib Alhawa respectively. Royal Windsor also played host to an exciting Group 3 race that saw Desert Encounter get home in front under a classic Jamie Spencer ride. However, none of these horses were picked by any Ten to Follow players and so no points were scored.
Up in York the racing started with the Group 3 Strensall Stakes. Wissahickon went off as even money favourite, but the John Gosden trained horse didn’t deliver on the day and it was Zaaki and Ryan Moore that got home in front to score 25 points for 9 different teams. The Group 2 City Of York Stakes was next and saw the ever-popular Laurens return to the UK after her Group 1 victory in France. Laurens battled hard in the final furlong, but it was Shine So Bright who held on gamely to claim the prize under James Doyle and secure 30 points for player Ray Horne. The final point scoring race of the day at York was a Listed contest over 5f where Alligator Alley won readily for the O’Brien brothers.
There was only one point scoring opportunity on Sunday in the form of a Group 3 race at Goodwood which was won by Suedois under jockey Danny Tudhope for trainer David O’Meara.
After an action packed week of racing there is still a tie at the top of the table with Paul Timms and Alan Wellsteed on 625 points apiece. The full leader board can be viewed here.
|1||Paul Timms (4)||625|
|1||Alan Wellsteed (10)||625|
|1||Alan Wellsteed (1)||625|
|4||Graham Hoskin (1)||590|
|5||Tony Ling (1)||585|
|6||Alan Wellsteed (8)||570|
|6||Alan Wellsteed (3)||570|
|6||Ben Cook (2)||570|
|9||Mervyn Broom (5)||555|
|10||Paul Timms (1)||545|