A memorable weekend of horse racing saw Kew Gardens win the St Leger for Aidan O’Brien.
Despite drifting in the week and day leading up to Saturday’s feature at Doncaster, the 2nd favourite stormed to success. He showed his abundance of stamina to cap a memorable season.
Lah Ti Dar, who all the money came for, was 2nd. Another Aidan O’Brien runner Southern France stayed on for 3rd.
There was a big shock at Leopardstown. Alpha Centauri lost her first race of the season and was retired shortly afterwards.
The very likeable and unrelentingly strong Laurens took her scalp with a very gutsy and brave front-running display.
The star filly was unable to pass the very tough Laurens and those who read the Saturday preview and tips will have seen that Laurens was my Best Bet of the weekend.
The other big race at Leopardstown saw another star horse retired. Saxon Warrior, the 2000 Guineas Winner, once again finding nemesis Roaring Lion too good.
“The Lion” showed his expertise at this specialist trip and remains unbeaten over 1m2f. What a season and what horse can beat him at this trip?
Too Darn Hot shortened even further for next year’s 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby following another breezy success against some strong two-year-olds.
He stands out because of his acceleration and smooth travelling, and how he eats up the ground makes him look very special to me. A very worthy favourite at this early stage.
Market rival Ten Sovereigns runs this weekend and will need to match the progression shown by John Gosden’s colt.
Mustashry benefitted from the drop in trip to land a Group 2. Oh This Is Us was very unlucky being blocked twice inside the final furlong or so and deserves to land a Group 2 sooner rather than later.
At Chester, BLAKENEY POINT won the feature. It was a very rewarding outcome for such a consistent season. He looked overpriced to me and over that trip on soft ground he’s a formidable opponent.
There are some great races again this weekend. The aforementioned Ten Sovereigns will be worth keeping an eye on, as will Oaks favourite Pretty Pollyanna.
There are some big prize handicaps too so plenty of value to be had!
By Calum Leitch