This weekend was spectacularly busy, with racing from all over. Sire De Grugy graced us with his presence at Sandown to pick up another grade one victory. Special Tiara set the pace & travelled well throughout, but Jamie Moore was patient before taking Sire De Grugy into contention. Coming over the last, Pepite Rose & Aidan Coleman still posed a threat, but once Moore asked for more there was no looking back, wrapping up Sire De Grugy's season in style.
Jonjo O'Neill sent Burton Port to Sandown, who was early faller in the grand national. McCoy picked up the ride. Geraghty & Henderson paired up to declare Hadrian's Approach & Alan King send Scottish national runner up, Godsmejudge. Burton Port was travelling unbelievably well, holding a good position as many began to fade. Two from home Burton Port had kicked on a few lengths from Roalco De Farges, Hadrian's Approach & Godsmejudge. Barry got to work on Hadrian's Approach with a visual, grind of a ride. It looked like McCoy had a good shot but couldn't stop man of the moment, Barry Geraghty.
Over in France, Arc winner Treve set out to defend his unbeaten run. Dettori taking the honours. At 3/10 its practically a "no bet" as a single, but no doubt it was in many multiples. The challenge was tougher than expected & Cirrus Des Aigles put in a valiant bid, gamely battled to take on the favourite & score for Mme C Barbe.
Another busy week ahead with the Punchestown festival laced with talent. Willie Mullins sends a class force that will take some beating, including Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Wicklow Brave & Annie Power. The 2000 & 1000 Guineas to look forward to next weekend. Gosdan's, Kingman is strongly fancied to do the business in the 2000 Guineas. Now 5/4 after impressing at Newbury last time out. The challenge looks tough, up against the likes of Australia, Toormore & Kingston Hill. The 1000 Guineas looks just as competitive with the likes of Ihtimal, Tapestry & current favourite Rizeena, bidding to take the title.