There was something for everyone on Saturday. National Hunt followers were over the moon to see some ‘proper’ action at Chepstow, with a number of old favourites and some exciting new kids on the block taking to the track for their first outings this campaign. We thought Clan Des Obeaux was one to take from the day, aside from the obvious. He jumped a perfect round over the fences and just didn’t have the speed to take the race, a step up in trip could see the 4YO compete in some big races over the next months. At Newmarket, Churchill made it five in a row without really being overly threatened once again. It wasn’t all plain sailing but he showed his class, whilst other well thought of juveniles in Blue Point, South Seas and Seven Heavens failed to show anything to threaten in a race of this calibre. At a standout 2/1 shot for the 2000 Guineas despite never dominating many of his races, simply highlights the lack of depth in this division currently. The girls on the other hand look a much stronger bunch as of now…
4 45 CORONET (J Gosden) 3/1, C1 Listed 2YO, 1M2F, Good
If the boys have failed to deliver this weekend, bar Churchill and well… Churchill, the fillies have more than stepped up. Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Poet’s Vanity and now Coronet have all impressed amongst the rich juvenile action. Although John Gosden’s filly blew no one away, she always looked as if she would hold on, despite a tricky race against the boys. She started slowly, before taking a rough passage through late on that would have ended a lot of other 2YOs races. 1M2F looked a fair enough trip and we doubt she’d step back down to a mile for the Guineas and the Oaks looks more achievable if connections feel a G1 shot that early on in her 3YO campaign. But Gosden has taken her time with her this summer and we cannot see that changing next year, as they clearly feel she has that something.