Friday was an action packed day, with almost too much racing on the go to keep full tab with – but who likes complaining about that… Ffos Las held a competitive card with a valuable handicap as its feature, in which our single selection picked up some place money. There was also racing at Newmarket through the afternoon, with the limelight on the return of everyone’e favourite jockey Ryan Moore. Thirsk complemented these tracks with it’s own afternoon of flat action, before Goodwood, Newcastle and Hamilton all went racing on a busy evening.
2 00 SPATIAL (M Stoute) 4/6, C4 2YO Fillies Maiden, 7F, Good to Firm
This was not a surprising win by any stretch of the imagination, and with it being Ryan Moore’s return to the saddle after nearly a month out, there was an air of inevitability surrounding Spatial. But aside from this, you can’t knock the performance and she more than got the job done. Moore kept it simple and pulled her out a furlong out, where she quickly put the race to bed. It was the perfect race for Moore to return on, as he hardly had to lay a finger on Michael Stoute’s filly, winning comfortably on hands and heels. Her debut run showed plenty of potential and she’s clearly come on for it. She holds Group One and Two entries and there looks no obvious reason why not to push on with this.
4 55 PURPLE MAGIC (M Bell) 15/8, C3 Fillies H’Cap, 1M5F, Good to Firm
Purple Magic’s hat-trick was brought up in some style at HQ on Friday evening. The 6lbs rise was no issue whatsoever, and she could be facing an even greater rise when looking to make it four wins on the trot. Being upped in trip has seen Michael Bell’s filly come on leaps and bounds in recent months, and this extremely positive run showed this isn;t stopping anytime soon. Rated only 71 at the end of June, you wouldn’t be remotely surprised if there was a group race on the agenda before the summer is up. A horse that is bred to stay, and stay she does – with a brilliant cruising speed that not many of her rivals can live with. This 3Yo has plenty of promise and once refreshed a valuable handicap seems viable, undoubtedly as one of the leading fancies.