Leopardstown held a cracking card on Thursday evening, and it was all about Aiden O’Brien as his three stars for the evening all duly delivered, one of whom will feature below. Elsewhere, Yarmouth and Sandown both held strong cards, with the later featuring a nice Listed win for a smart looking William Haggas 2YO. In the evening, Newbury and Doncaster featured, drawing in some big crowds as the warm weather continues.
6 00 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (AP O’Brien) 9/10, 2YO Maiden, 1M, Good to Firm
This race saw the much anticipated return of one of AOB’s top 2YOs of 2016, after surprisingly being tailed off on debut. However, he was back with a vengeance and truly stamped his authority on a hot maiden. The race included the 1.2 million World War and Utah who had a difficult race, but showed signs of promise. Douglas Macarthur made all and was nothing like the childish horse we saw on debut. He picked up 2F out and quickly extended away. He is bred for the middle distances and entered the markets as joint favourite for the 2017 Derby.
3 40 PALING (R Charlton) 7/2, C4 H’Cap, 1M2F, Good to Firm
On another day Paling would have won this heat at Sandown, but it was not to be. He travelled wonderfully through the race after taking a while to settle out the back, and around 3F out was still cruising as the others began to struggle off the bridle. He was bursting to be pulled out, but was slightly boxed in and Twiston-Davies was reluctant to force his way out allowing Goodwood Mirage to just get away, eventually beating him by a neck. Never the less, it was an impressive and eye catching run and one to continue to keep on side next time out if conditions and race suit.