To say the results on Sunday, as far as Ahead On The Flat is concerned, were frustrating, is something of an understatement. I still can't believe the horses on pages 14 and 31 got beaten, especially the latter. Nevertheless, it was still enjoyable covering the action for Racing TV in my own living room.
Thankfully, the book had much more productive day on Monday with More Beautiful (11/4) being the first runner and winner to emerge from the Ballydoyle Juveniles section (pages 109 - 112). The daugher of War Front, who is a half-sister to the stable's 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, won the opening five furlongs fillies' maiden at Naas by three and a half lengths. Out of the yard's Royal Ascot winner Maybe, she was to the fore throughout and quickened up smartly to win going away. Time will tell whether she makes a quick reappearance and heads to Royal Ascot next week. Either way, she looks an exciting prospect and it is only a matter of time before she makes an impact in Pattern events.
Imperium provided the Handicap Snips section with a winner at Lingfield on Friday and Arch Moon (5/2) was another for the same section at Haydock on Monday. A gelded son of Sea The Moon, Michael Dods' charge won the second division of the one mile handicap for three year olds. He had shaped well in all three of his starts last term and was considered favourably treated off an opening mark of 83. Leading over a furlong out, he stayed on well to win by a length and a quarter. Given his breeding, he will be even better over further.
Roger Varian won both divisions of the one mile fillies' novice stakes at Chelmsford with two promising types, namely Angel Power (7/2) and Fooraat (11/8). Both fillies featured in his interview in AOTF and one couldn't help be taken by the performance of the latter. A daughter of Dubawi, she is out of the stable's dual Group 1 winner Nahrain and therefore a full-sister to Benbatl. A neck winner on her sole start as a juvenile at Newcastle last October, she stepped up in trip at the Essex track and produced a most taking performance to beat ten rivals by upwards of seven lengths. The clock confirmed it was a very good effort too recording a time which was 1.24 seconds quicker than her stablemate in the first division. Pattern company surely awaits.
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