A quiet week as the Flat winds down gradually, though the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot still awaits on 21st October.
The week started off in spectacular fashion with Apphia returning to form with a vengeance under Josephine Gordon. Making virtually all the running, she held on bravely to hold on by ½ length in the Group 3 Princess Royal Nayef Stakes at Newmarket – at 20-1!
Cool Team and Hyperfocus added two more victories to the total, both ridden by Louis Steward, and taking the stable total past the 60 winner mark for the season.
The highly promising debut winner The Revenant appeared all at sea on the desperate ground (and perhaps the eccentricities of Epsom) when a beaten favourite for his second race-course appearance. He was only beaten 2 lengths however and the winner Dee Ex Bee had appeared a horse of immense promise when winning at Goodwood. Maybe the dreams are still alive.
Looking forward, Never Back Down is declared for the Listed Tote 2 year old Trophy at Redcar on Saturday. The son of Kodiac has not been seen since winning his second start in April and is returning in what is always a highly competitive heat which is hardly surprising given that it is worth £100,000 to the winner and there is prize money down to 6th place.