With Ron away sunning himself (or is he secretly filming a new Southern Comfort advert I wonder?), I thought I ought to give you something to skim over at the very least after the weekend. Although far from perfect, those who listened to the podcast were given plenty of winners between the pair of us while my article last week gave a winner and a loser plus a strong mention for Treve in the Arc, all in a week’s work here at Post Racing!
Talking of the Arc, I felt that was one of the strongest renewals in many a year, and the form looks as solid as can be at first glance (time will tell on that one), while Treve put the statisticians firmly in their place, winning with ease from the 15 stall, which was allegedly impossible. With last year’s runner up filling the same place, French Derby winner Intello in third and the Japanese Derby winner in fourth this looks like a frankly amazing performance for a filly I doubt we have seen the very best of yet. Better still, I suspect we will see her for at least another season as she can earn more on the track than in the breeding sheds (unlike the colts), though imagine being the underbidder now as she was sold for 22,000 Guineas – oops?As suggested, the Brits came back with a bit of a bloody nose (why are we so insistent we are the best in the World despite all the evidence?), with a second place the best we could come up with (and that with an ex French horse anyway), but it’s Gary Moore I feel the most sorry for. The Sussex trainer is one of the nicest people you will ever meet in this game and was hopeful of a very bold showing from Dutch Masterpiece in the Prix de L’Abbeye but it wasn’t to be as the three year old is either over the top for the year or (more likely) found the going too soft – one look at how close Ballesteros finished to the leaders suggests to me it was a lot softer than claimed – though the son of Dutch Art will be back next year and will be on my ten to follow list for 2014.