IT was a day full of massive fields and ridiculously competitive action on Thursday as the summer party rolls on.
A few stories popped up across the cards and we’ve picked out some snippets you may have missed.
A horse to follow
4.40 Haydock – Vitralite
Karl Burke could have a good one on his hands here.
His three-year-old produced a fine debut, bouncing out of the stalls like a pro and quickening up nicely to see off hot favourite Enough Already.
It was an alert debut performance and it will be interesting to see where he goes next, for all that the race wasn’t the strongest in the world.
A sprinter back in the zone
3.30 Hamilton – Brando
Kevin Ryan’s speedster is a Group 1 winner in his prime and showed us an example of that blistering pace with a lovely win in the Clyde Conditions Stakes.
Hunting up tearaway leader Lomu off the pace, he produced a telling turn of foot to run down his equally talented rivals Sands Of Mali and Donjuan Triumphant.
He’s a big stage performer so expect him to figure prominently in the July Cup (not entered at Royal Ascot).
A sensational ride
Nicola Currie is a quality pilot and she again showed her power in the saddle with a muscle-laden drive aboard Patchouli (2.50, Ripon).
Mick Channon’s three-year-old needed every ounce of Currie’s strength to get the better of 9-2f Neileta and she timed her challenge to perfection, getting up with 75yds to spare.
She’s better than plenty and should be used far more.