For a Saturday, the standard of racing may have not had its usual depth of quality, but there was still plenty of impressive performances that emerged. The Curragh held the strongest card, with the highlight being the Classic Irish Oaks, as well as a showdown between Mecca’s Angel, Sole Power and the emerging Brando. Newbury also had some hot action, with the Super Sprint ending in a fairytale finish for trainer Jonathan Portman and the Tin Man put any doubts to bed by proving his class in the G3 Hackwood Stakes. At Newmarket, jockey James McDonald landed a treble and his stock is growing i with every winner he rides.
5 45 SEVENTH HEAVEN (AP O’Brien) 14/1, Group 1 3YO Fillies, 1M4F, Good
There is only one place to start and it seems that even when Aiden O’Brien loses, he still wins. SEVENTH HEAVEN sprung what most will consider a surprise as the odds-on EVEN SONG very much disappointed. Available at 25/1 earlier in the day, Ballydoyle’s third string in the market, travelled beautifully throughout and as soon as she was produced around the 3F pole, she made ready progress on hands and heels scything down the majority with ease. The win puts to bed any doubts over the trip and leaves a few options left for the remainder of the summer, although avoiding MINDING must be high on the agenda.
3 35 THE TIN MAN (J Fanshawe) 11/4, Group 3, 6F, Good to Firm
A superb and brave run saw a true return to form to James Fanshawe’s star sprinter. Connections had learnt from Ascot and Tom Queally took ample cover through the early stages before cruising through the field with composed ease. It is safe to forget the Ascot run and he is right up their with the top sprinters, a showdown with LIMATO looks ominous. He goes on all surfaces and is more than comfortable at 5 or 6 furlongs, leaving most top sprints open to entry. Connections will be chuffed and also hugely relieved that Ascot is seemingly purely a blip.
3 15 FRANKLIN D (M Bell) 7/2, C2 H’Cap, 1M, Good to Firm
The combination of a trainer bang in form with a jockey riding winners for fun, teaming up on a progressive horse was ominous and they duly delivered. It was a confident run and the prominent FRANKLIN D easily beat the competitors in what was meant to be a competitive handicap. He has progressed beautifully this term, when getting the quick ground needed. The Betfred Mile at Goodwood is the obvious next target and after yesterday, his odds were slashed from 20/1 into 10/1.