The new week started in the best possible fashion with a winner. On the Line was sent on the long trip North to Redcar but the trip proved well worthwhile as, held up early, he got up in the final strides to win by a short head. V.I.Araci’s Dark Angel colt was part of a stunning four timer on the day for jockey Ben Curtis.
Meanwhile at Royal Ascot Collide ran a great race in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, held up until making headway two furlongs out and finishing very strongly in fifth. This left the impression that he would have been closer still had his run begun a little earlier. The races on the round course always leave jockeys with the difficult decision of whether to sit and wait for a gap up the inside or steer a course round the outside of the field, thereby surrendering distance.
Places followed for Caravan of Hope, Arthur’s Court, Zofelle and Paths of Glory before the winning thread was picked up again by Assembled. The Iffraaj colt, another owned by V.I.Araci, was breaking his duck at the third attempt. Slow away, Pat Cosgrave soon had the colt in touch and went for home two furlongs out and held on well at the finish to win by ¾ length.
The week ended with a luckless run into third place for Power of States. Pat Cosgrave had the colt well placed close behind the pace in a muddling race with no pace. Up the Nottinghame straight however he encountered considerable trouble in running including one significant bump. The run can be marked up a fair bit.
Hugo has made a raft of entries over the weekend and we look forward to him adding to the twenty winners and thirty six places on the board so far.