Ben Linfoot talks about Snowfall, the flight attendants and Newbury
Ben Linfoot picks the main Saturday talking points of Curragh, Newbury and Newmarket as the stars of Snowfall as there is more debate over stewardship.
Have a nice day – Sizzling snowfall and Arc Angel
Given the lack of real class among its rivals, the Irish Oaks of Juddmonte watched a penalty kick for Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall and it turned out, but it’s hard not to be excited by his claims for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
We will have a real measure of her talents when she takes on older horses and foals, these future challenges all the more enticing as she has once again shown herself in a league different from her contemporary three-year-old fillies.
There was a moment back home where I thought Ryan Moore was going after her much sooner than I expected, but almost as soon as that signal was received by the filly she instantly came back. and made its way forward.
Once she was abandoned she came out for her second victory on another classic planet and although she will have to prove herself against much better horses than those she has faced today in the future. , my God, she seems to have all the tools for the job.
You can’t really argue with these general 4/1 quotes for the Arc. Getting 10 pounds from older foals, 4 pounds from three-year-old foals, and 7 pounds from older fillies, these allowances could make her a deadly proposition – especially since she looks so versatile in what relates to soil conditions.
Snowfall in Paris in October? It seems more and more likely.
Bad day – BHA stewards on time
Within an hour in Newbury and Newmarket, British racing stewardship and interference rules were once again in the spotlight.
First, the first two rankings were reversed in the Bet365 EBF Novice Stakes when Home City edged out Tropez Power on the track before beating him with a neck.
Then to Newmarket an hour later Devil’s Angel latched onto his left and knocked out Theotherside and Mount Mogan with just a header separating the winner from the runner-up on the line.
With the interference evident in both cases, the key question for the stewards was: on a balance of probabilities, if the interference had not occurred, would runner-up have finished ahead of the winner?
An element of opinion is naturally required here and it should be considered that the stewards have to make their decisions under the pressure of time.
But with the two frontal reruns available in our video reruns section both decisions are difficult to understand – see for yourself.
Does anyone really think Tropez Power would have beaten Home City without the interference? Not me.
And, on a balance of probabilities, would Theotherside likely have beaten Devil’s Angel without being attacked in the playoffs? The winning distance was a header and I should say yes.
Cries of consistency are justified, but it just sounds like a clear case of the current rules being misapplied and in the span of 60 minutes on a Saturday afternoon, to boot. It is not good enough.
Great day – Hanno’s triplets at Newbury
Richard Hannon Sr has won the Weatherbys Super Sprint seven times and Jr is quickly catching up; Gubbass is now his fourth race winner since taking the reins from Marlborough.
This son of Mehmas did so on his second start, 99 days after his Leicester debut in April, making the training performance even more impressive.
Hannon’s big guns are now really shooting at the backs of Snow Lantern, Lusail, Ardbraccan and Motakhayyel who won the July Newmarket festival and jockey Sean Levey is reaping the rewards.
Silvestre de Sousa was on the aforementioned Tropez Power, trained by Hannon and owned by King Power, which received the opening race from the Newbury Stewards, but Levey rode the two greats with Happy Romance prompting a brace for the jockey in the group three Hackwood Stakes.
There was a late moment where he prayed for a bit of the race room, but he went from Diligent Harry to Royal Crusade just in time and that move got Happy Romance in line.
Good things from Levey, a good placement from Hannon and a timely return to form for Happy Romance, who achieved their first turf success of the season a year after becoming Hannon Jr’s third Super Sprint winner on the map. corresponding.
Bad day – Rodrigo Diaz supporters
Hands up, I was one of them and watching the Bahrain Turf Series Handicap doesn’t make for a pleasant rehearsal.
Golden Horn’s improving son settled in well for Jamie Spencer at the back on his first attempt on the two mile trip, and when he got there I was already dreaming of the local takeout. who was going to receive the Linfoot pound.
The chef’s special tikka masala lamb had first run over them all at this point, but so did Scaramanga, under the guidance of replacement jockey De Sousa, and when Rodrigo Diaz had to turn around weakening Global Heat, the writing was on the wall.
Crucial lengths were lost and while Rodrigo did his best to bring back the leader trained by Paul Nicholls, it was an inevitable and heartbreaking half-length that separated them at the line.
A clear case of best horse finishing second, David Simcock’s horse will increase four or five pounds for being beaten today, adding to the bitter taste left in the mouth – and no lamb curry to at least help in that. department.
Have a nice day – Marco Ghiani on top of the world
In a game of thumbs things could have ended everything Rodrigo Diaz for Real World fans earlier on the map, as he had to wait for room in the bet listed 365 Steventon Stakes.
At that point, Derab secured the first race on Saeed bin Suroor’s horse, but the very up-and-coming jockey Marco Ghiani drew a shattering finish on the Royal Hunt Cup hero to seal the victory.
While it seemed unlikely, a length and a quarter separated the top two on the line, with Ghiani having enough time to greet the crowd with a cheerful finger gesture in the final stages.
It was great to see and while some jockeys do battle when they initially lose their right, Ghiani absolutely steals with this win, his eighth in the last 10 days alone.
“I love him so much,” Ghiani, visibly excited, told Racing TV afterwards. With infectious enthusiasm like this, many racing fans will feel the same way about the latest rising star in the weigh room.