I was hoping this weekend's racing would give me some useful pointers for a few of the upcoming classics. Safe to say, I think I enter the week with more questions!
The Oaks trial saw O'Brien's odds on hot pot, Wedding Vow turned over by Haggas' Toujours L'amour. Wedding Vow only managed third under Ryan Moore, who was left with plenty to do out the back of the field coming round the bend for home. The gaps eventually arrived for Moore & went after the leaders but couldn't find enough to get by Toujours L'amour or Bellajeu. It will be interesting to see how the form of this race plays out with Wedding Vow finishing behind last week's 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo, last time out.
The Derby Trial sold a similar story. This time Gosden sent out a hot shot in the shape of Christophermarlowe. Magic Dancer lead the field with all moving forward bar one. Kilimanjaro fluffed the break & sat in behind the four for a long way out. Magic Dancer began to wind things up under Pat Dobbs, with Christophermarlowe & Dettori finding nothing off the bridle. Moore left it late but got up on Kilimanjaro to wear down the pace setter Magic Dancer by a length and a quarter. Gosden claimed after the race "He was never going on the ground. As he's by Tapit he wants it fast and the ground was too dead for him today."