At Ayr, Kevin Ryan enjoyed another major success with his star sprinter Brando in the Gold Cup; whilst Roudee went in again for Tom Dascombe in the consolation handicap. Meanwhile we were at Newbury, although a lack of signal (and wifi…) prevented any tweets from being sent. There was a return to the Rowley Mile at Newmarket as the season nears it’s conclusion, whilst Catterick and Wolverhampton complemented the main attractions.
3 10 MORANDO (R Varian) 3/1, C2, 1M, Good to Soft
The Varian yard continued it’s solid form this week and Roger’s only runner ay Ayr this Saturday ran out an impressive winner of a competitive handicap on only his fourth start. He was positioned nicely entering the final furlongs and quickly took authority of the race. He will be rated well over 100 after this victory and will surely have a crack at Group level as a 4YO. He has been lightly raced this summer, but has still improved significantly each time and there are no signs of this stopping just yet.
3 45 BRANDO (K Ryan) 11/2, C2, 6F, Good to Soft
The only doubt we could perceive for Brando heading into the Ayr Gold Cup was whether the 6F trip over sticky ground would be a shave too far. But he showed no problems at all with the track and picked up in the closing stages to stamp his class on the race. He has had a remarkable summer, steadily rising the ratings and winning many big races for Kevin Ryan. Brando is a G1 sprinter and may head to the hot Champions Day Sprint if all is okay come October. There is still some 33/1 about for this and if he can run like he did at Ayr he won’t be too far away.
1 35 SOBETSU (C Appleby) 11/10, C4 2YO Fillies Maiden, 1M, Good (Good to Soft in Places)
It’s back to the Rowley Mile at HQ and Sobetsu hacked up by 10L plus in a one horse race. She strode clear in a matter of seconds and was in a completely ball park to her rivals. She looks a top, top filly for the boys in blue and may return for the Fillies Mile if all goes to plan post-race. She clearly has come on leaps and bounds from her debut third in a maiden here, which has now turned into a remarkably strong race with a number of dominant winners emerging. Spatial, Sobetsu and Unforgettable Filly all look serious horses for their respective yards heading into 2017.