The Curragh well and truly was the main attraction on Sunday, with Ballydoyle and Ryan Moore bringing up a four timer to stamp their class all over the meeting. Windsor held another flat card with some decent races and there was summer jumping at Cartmel and Uttoxeter, where the Summer Cup took centre stage.
2 45 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (AP O’Brien) 11/8, Group 3, 1M2F, Yielding
Even for the might of Ballydoyle, Sir Isaac Newton was an expensive horse and it is only now as a 4YO he is slowly starting to show some of his worth. In this Group 3 he backed up his recent Royal Ascot win with a brave run to pip CHEMICAL CHARGE. He is entered in the King George, showing O’Brien really does believe he has the potential for a big win. The prefferred ground has always been a question waiting to be answered and perhaps these last two wins have brought it to light that some cut is crucial to getting a good run.
4 20 MINDING (AP O’Brien) 1/5, Group 1 (Fillies & Mares), 1M2F, Yielding
Winning the Pretty Polly was never in doubt for MINDING, however you will do well to find an easier G1 win all year. The field was small and the class was perhaps down on what a usual G1 would be, but is still hard to take anything away. We all know how good she is and rumours of the Arc are already surfacing. What an achievement that would be.
5 25 SWORD FIGHTER (AP O’Brien) 11/4, Group 2, 1M6F, Yielding
A horse that has come completely out of the dark for Ballydoyle, as a serious step up in trip has eked out heap loads of improvement. The St Leger is now his main target, something unthinkable even a couple of months ago, and O’Brien will be hoping for continued improvement and who could doubt that the way things are heading. O’Briens’ horses are really starting to come to the fore on the big occasions and the Eclipse looks like the next major target.