There was plentiful racing this Monday, and enough of it at a decent level to ensure this section has some meaningful content, not that it doesn’t every time… Windsor and Yarmouth both held competitive action, and at Salisbury; John Gosden showed that Crazy Horse is still a horse that could deliver on the big stage after his hard fought victory over Estidhkaar in a strong conditions race. It’s not every Monday you feel you may just have seen a live shot for the 1000 Guineas, and it’s the Curragh we head to for this.
1 45 ANEEN (K Pendergast) 5/2, 2YO Fillies Maiden, 7F, Good to Yielding
Aneen’s debut was encouraging to say the least and she certainly built on it at the Curragh today. In a field of 25 – we’re in Ireland don’t forget – Aneen was no match for all her rivals as she romped home by close to 5L. It was a textbook performance from jockey and horse, and Chris Hayes knew what he had underneath him, exerting his confidence throughout delivering her wide and just doing enough to bound clear in the final furlong. She stayed on like an extra furlong is needed, and the half sister to Awtaad is definitely one to watch next summer. She could even be tasked with the 1000 Guineas as one of her first outings next season and for us could be a dark horse for this. Yes the division already looks strong. but her win today really caught the eye. Kevin Pendergast must be quietly confident he’s on to a good one, and who can blame him.