What a great day for the Irish with the first three home in the Melbourne Cup and in particular for young Joseph O’Brien training the winner Rekindling. I believe this was the first 3 year old to win in about 40 years.
The colt was always smart and only carried a very light weight and had an inside barrier draw. It’s quite amazing to think how much bearing a good draw makes even over the longer staying trips. I watched the race closely and it was very interesting to see a few of the contenders who were drawn in the car park making significant late headway but could never hope of pegging back those that were prominent inside the final couple of furlongs.
One that did catch the eye was Joseph’s second string U.S. Army Ranger ridden by Jamie Spencer and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was gelded and sent on a jumping career.
The flat Season officially comes to an end this Saturday with the November handicap at Doncaster and I will take a stab at it for Howie’s Hottie with the Kevin Ryan trained Syphax who happens to be owned by Godolphin. This one is also a 3 year old who is a lightly raced big colt open to lots of improvement. At the time of writing I’m not sure if he is a certain starter but with the forecast set to stay dry he may well take his chance.
Miss Blondell trainer M.Tregoning – A strong finishing 2nd at Lingfield after being hampered when making her challenge.
High Bridge trainer B.Pauling – Ran well when in the frame in a good handicap hurdle at Ascot and should be fitter next time he runs.
Calipto trainer Venetia Williams – Never jumped with his usual fluency but still stayed on at the end. If brushes up his jumping he is well handicapped.