Not for the first time, it proved to be a fantastic weekend at Newmarket for Aidan O'Brien and everyone concerned at Ballydoyle. In addition to taking the first two Classics of the season, O'Brien won the Jockey Cub and Dahlia Stakes. Last season's outstanding juvenile Churchill won the 2000 Guineas getting the better of Barney Roy and Al Wukair. Relishing the step up to a mile, he may have been better positioned throughout than the second and third but there is no doubt the son of Galileo was the best horse in the race and would have won regardless. Although favourite for the Derby next month, it would be no surprise to see Churchill kept to shorter distances, unless the trials over the next couple of weeks fail to unearth another potential middle distance star three year old from the stable.
Winter justified strong ante-post support by winning the 1000 Guineas yesterday. Previously trained by David Wachman, she clearly benefited from her seasonal pipeopener at Leopardstown and also appreciated the return to a mile. A two lengths winner from her stablemate Rhododendron, the runner-up didn't enjoy the clearest of passages but didn't look quick enough either. Last season's Fillies' Mile winner will be more at home over longer trips with the Oaks her next likely engagement. I thought Daban ran a cracker in third considering she was drawn widest of all. John Gosden believes she will be suited by dropping back to seven furlongs and has earmarked the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot next month. The former champion trainer won the race with a filly in 1991 courtesy of Satin Flower. She is a smart filly with a sharp turn of foot.
Frontiersman, who was highlighted as a horse to follow in the Appendix in AOTF, was an impressive winner of the opening twelve furlongs handicap at HQ yesterday. The Godolphin owned four year old looks a Group horse in the making and it will be interesting to see whether he contests the Duke of Edinburgh, Hardwicke or Wolferton Stakes at the Royal meeting.
Top 40 entry Vuela (11/10) made it two wins from three starts during her career by scoring on her handicap debut at Doncaster on Saturday evening. Racing off a mark of 80, Luca Cumani's filly was forced to dig deep to repel the challenge of Star of Lombardy by half a length. At least the handicapper can't be too severe and she may benefit from racing over further than a mile and a half.
“Thank you for a very successful and profitable email service. My personal highlight was the win of Aloomomo whose romp round Uttoxeter was a joy. Keep up the good work with all your services, the books and updates, they are simply the best by a very long way.”
“Just want to say thanks for running the service again this year, I have ended up with a nice £756 profit from it so I'm obviously very happy with that so thanks a lot!”
“Thanks for your email Mark would just like to say your selections and insight has been awesome. Keep up the good work sir your service is the best.”
“Thank you for an excellent tipping service throughout the three months. It has been a pleasure and profitable to be a member of your service. Your indepth knowledge and analysis of the race has been excellent. I honestly rate your service as one of the best and most profitable.”
“Thanks very much for the fantastic service you have supplied, I have been involved with racing tipsters for over 30 years and never had as good a strike rate as yourself, out of this world.”
“The email service as usual has been brilliant and this season's OJA seems to continue to unearth amazing insight if you have the time to trust and follow it in detail over a period. Thanks as always for your outstanding value for money publications.”
“Superb information again Mark, I managed to get some 11/4, will certainly pay for Xmas. Different class.”
“Awesome result the magicman strikes again. Won with plenty in hand and not a moments worry great write up spot on again and results speak for themselves best service I've tried, keep up the fantastic work sir. Very happy customer!”
Mark Howard Publications Ltd.
69 Fairgarth Drive