Chad Yeomans assesses if the new market leader for the big race at Newmarket is the real deal and reflects on a surprising result in the Ayr Gold Cup.
Quadrilateral shot to the head of the 1000 Guineas market following her devastating victory at Newbury on Friday.
I’ve been watching back the majority of the fillies’ races from this season for the past couple of weeks, looking for something to support in such a wide-open market.
The way that Quadrilateral travelled, quickened and lengthened was really impressive, and she is one that I’d rather have onside.
She’s set to have one more outing this season, so we’ll get more of a steer after seeing her race three times in a relatively short period.
Pierre Lapin defied a 120-day absence to win the Mill Reef on his second career start.
He was impressive and, being a half-brother to Harry Angel, you’d have to look at him as more of a sprinter for next year than a miler, with races like the Commonwealth Cup the target.
He looked big and raw and a winter will do him good.
Royal Commando was another who ran well in the race and will be picking up races over further in due course.
Any three-year-old who is streetwise – and fast – enough to win the Ayr Gold Cup at that age would look to be a Group sprinter in time.
He was given a great ride by Richard Kingscote and I’m sure they’ll have plotted a specific race at Chester next year already.
Ones to watch
Some of the better two-year-olds will no doubt be unleashed at Newmarket on Thursday and Friday.
I think we’re all excited for the Middle Park to see Mum’s Tipple .
In the Cambridgeshire, I’ve long been a fan of Lord North and think he’s got the credentials to go close.
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