The day after the Arc is a hard one to follow for obvious reasons, but nothing deterred the Pontefract and Windsor faithful. There was even a winner for the winning jockey of the biggest turf flat race in the world, as happy Ryan Moore returned to the saddle at Windsor. Although always hard pushed on a day such as this one, Pontefract was the scene of a performance that made a few sit up and take notice for more than one reason.
2 00 HAMADA (C Appleby) 1/1, C4 2YO Maiden, 1M2F, Good to Soft (Good in Places)
It’s not everyday an opening race at Ponte would feature in this section, but on a relatively quiet day and post-Chantilly; this was a telling race for Godolphin in a bigger way than may first appear. Hamada dominated at Ponte and commanded from the front the entire way, running out an unchallenged 6L plus winner. Although it will go down as a run of the mill end of season maiden, a few major yards contested the affair and you’d have to think one or two will come out of it. More importantly for Godolphin, the horse that beat Hamada on debut – the Frankel juvenile Atty Persse -they recently purchased after the mightily impressive debut that left an undoubted impression. Whilst still very early days, all the signs this far have been positive and he certainly looks a horse ready to take on some bug races come next summer, and lets not forget the run of Hamada in his first two starts either.