The Shergar Cup took the limelight on Saturday afternoon, with the Rest of the World team stealing the trophy away from the other teams in a race that went down to the wire. There was some good action elsewhere however, most notably at Newmarket and Haydock. Both hosted Group action and there were some handsome winners. Redcar also raced throughout the afternoon, before Ayr and Lingfield held the evening action.
2 40 MAJORIS (H Palmer) 8/11, C4 2YO Nursery, 7F, Good to Firm
Undoubtedly, with hindsight, Majoris was on a more than generous nursery mark, but it is hard to take anything away from the run. The 2YO dominated the field completely from start to finish and never saw another horse. In his previous two runs he had shown nothing like we saw at HQ, winning by 7L. He made all and as soon as he was switched on the race was done and dusted. Hugo Palmer’s juvenile was regarded as one of the lesser Frankel’s before this performance, but he really stepped into the limelight with this win. Higher targets will now be set and Palmer will be eyeing up some Group races in the coming weeks.
3 15 NATIONS ALEXANDER (R Hannon) 4/1, Group 3 2YO Filles, 7F, Good to Firm
Richard Hannon’s filly has been raced frequently for a 2YO and arguably brought the best from into the race. She certainly travelled the best throughout and a couple of furlongs out there looked to be only one winner and was the last off the bridle by a number of strides. The Godolphin pair were all the talk pre-race, but Nations Alexander quickly stamped her authority over these in the final stages. We doubt she’ll be a star and may be a better 2Yo than 3YO, but there is still more to come and this win only gives another boost to Roly Poly, Aiden O’Brien’s 2YO filly.