On a day that saw Mark Johnston fly between Ascot, Chantilly and Newmarket where he was greeted by his horses winning at all three venues; we also had a top day ourselves. Red Box – perhaps controversially in some books – won at 16/1, whilst Diploma got the Queen’s weekend at the races off to a flying start when bolting up at York. Ascot and Thirsk raced through the afternoon, followed by Newmarket, York and Chepstow as the sun set on a good days racing. There were some good races and some impressive winners and losers to match. We have picked three today for varying reasons, from a long-term potential superstar to a filly that marked her vast improvement at Ascot today.
3 30 RED BOX (M Prescott) 16/1, Listed Fillies and Mares, 1M, Good to Firm
Although we are a bit biased with this one and in what was certainly a controversial race, with a flare up involving Ryan Moore and Jamie Spencer, there is no denying Red Box’s fantastic performance. We could not believe her price and she duly delivered, Sir Mark Prescott has worked his magic on this filly and she has really begin to progress after a difficult start. If the race had been another ten yards she would have won in her own right and she really stormed over the line. She requires something to attack judging from today and this should not be an issue when entering Group races as you’d expect to happen now.
5 40 MISTY LORD (M Botti) 9/2, C5 H’Cap, 1M, Good to Firm
Despite never endangering the winner in truth, Misty Lord still made an impression in us and next run out it could pay dividends to support if conditions permit. He missed the break badly and got going far too late, but when he did he picked up superbly and breezed clear of the chasing pack. He took a keen hold in the early stages which needs sorting, but if next run connections have learnt from this and the jockey knows to stick closer to the pace, Misty Lord will certainly win soon at this grade.
7 40 CRIMEAN TATAR (H Palmer) 6/4, C5 Maiden, 1M4F, Good to Firm
An apparent long-term project for Hugo Palmer’s team, Crimean Tatar still started with a bang. By Sea the Stars, the 3YO dominated proceedings and has already made an impact within racing circles. He is entered in the St Leger and Great Voltigeur, so clearly has bundles of talent. Palmer’s not rushing anything and it will be interesting what approach is taken now after this 7L thrashing, with third a further 5L behind.