A Weekend Treble
Smiles all round as our week ended with a hatrick!
In the last race, of the last day of Glorious Goodwood, Elliptical bounced back to form and overcame his wide draw to win the apprentice race by the best part of 3 lengths. John Fahy’s patience proved to be a virtue as he confidently sat at the back of the field after Elliptical was slowly into stride. He made steady progress through the field from 3 furlongs out and was the clear winner a furlong from home.
The next day, Elliptical’s success was followed up by Pachattack, who battled bravely to score by a short head to score her 2nd listed win. It was looking like we were going to have to settle for a place in the final furlong, but with a lot of encouragement from Tom Queally, she dug deeper and found enough to win. We were over the moon with her performance and all being well, she will now head off to the United States to take her place in the line up of the Beverly D stakes.
40 minutes later, at the other end of the country, Dubai Bounty was also digging deep to win by a head under the champion jockey, Ryan Moore. We were pleased to see her back in the winner’s circle after a line of placings. However, her victory emerged to be a very bitter sweet one, as after the adrenaline wore off; it became very apparent that something was very wrong. After being examined by the on course vet, it was advised that she went to the equine hospital in Liverpool to undergo further investigation. As you can imagine, we were all devastated to learn that she had a fracture in her hind leg.
She has undergone surgery today, and the surgeons have reported that they were pleased with how it went, and were very positive of her returning to racing next year.
This week see’s Quarante Deux stepping up to 2 miles at Southwell tomorrow. After running on strongly in his latest two starts over a mile and a half, it seems the obvious route to take. We will of course find out more as to whether he stays this trip or not tomorrow!
Saturday could see Sing Sweetly back on the racecourse after toying with her opponents at Kempton last time out. There is a nice mile and a half race with her name all over it at Ascot on Shergar Cup day.
Also at Ascot, Good Again holds an entry and Distinctive Image has his first entries since returning from Dubai early this year. Beauchamp Xerxes however, will be staying closer to home with an entry in a 7f handicap here at Newmarket.