Friday brought with it some good racing, especially in the evening as tracks looked to draw in large Friday night crowds. Doncaster and Yarmouth got us underway in the afternoon, before Newmarket, Newcastle, Chester and the Curragh followed up later. The Curragh began it’s Irish Derby weekend and Newcastle continued the Northumberland Plate meet on their new and impressive tapeta surface.
2 10 ASIDIOUS ALEXANDER (S.Crisford) 9/4, C5 2YO Novices, 6F, Good to Soft
Frankie Dettori was always at a ridiculous level of ease onboard and knew exactly what he had underneath him when it was required, he toyed with the field. The market was telling and Crisford is now 4/5 for 2YO, impressive. ASIDIOUS ALEXANDER travelled like a dream and is a very promising 2YO for the yard.
6 00 RECKLESS GOLD (J. O’Brien) 9/4, 3YO Maiden, 1M, Good to Yielding
An easy 4L winner for the new man on the scene and certainly seems to have come on from his juvenile outings, where things did not quite click. The second from the race has some proven form and Joseph O’Brien must be quietly pleased. He drove well clear and stayed on more than readily.
7 45 NEZWAAH (R.Varian) 3/1, Listed (Fillies & Mares), 1M2F, Standard
Roger Varians progressive 3YO came in on a nice mark and was far too good for the other fillies. Group races must be the target now and the Newmarket yard has another middle distance strong type to race with.
7 25 REGAL MONARCH (M.Johnston) 11/8, C4 3YO, 1M5F, Soft
In what was not the strongest race – even for a Class 4 – REGAL MONARCH romped to a 9L victory and was considerably the best horse on show. He lapped up the soft ground and will fly up the handicap. But, Johnston has a lovely horse that enjoys some cut and he can only be impressed by this outing.