There was some competitive racing around the country on Tuesday, with Newbury, Chelmsford (AW) and Yarmouth all hosting flat action throughout the day and evening. The race of the day however, was found in France; where La Cressonniere dominated a Group 2 Fillies race. Admittedly she went off the 1/5 FAV and was expected to win cosily, but she still managed to only further her Arc credentials – and shortened to around 8/1 in many markets.
6 20 CALVADOS SPIRIT (W Muir) 9/2, C4 3YO H’Cap, 7F, Good to Firm
It has taken some time and patience for the penny to drop, but Calvados Spirit has finally shed his maiden tag. He has shown some promise this summer, more so than as a 2YO, but without ever really threatening the winner. It all came together for the first time at Newbury however. Off a mark of 77 he was always going to be a danger and was given a smart but careful ride from Martin Dwyer. He was raced prominently and always close to the pace, but once driven forwards there was only going to be one winner. He won very cosily, much easier than the 1.5L suggests and the handicapper may cotton onto this. But even in the mid 80s you’d think he will go well again, and at 7F once more we would be confident of another win in the not so distant future.