September 15 – Yarmouth – Ville De Grace – 97

A typically wide-open renewal of this listed fillies race and it went the way of a horse who appeared to thrive over the longer trip. Indeed, her closing sectionals were only just shy of the sprinters on the same card, so that data indicates she was getting stronger the longer the race was developing. Not fully exposed, she looks ready for a step up in class.

September 15 -Sandown – Crema Inglesa – 95

A race run at a sound gallop and it suited the winner who came from last to first to scoop the prize late on. In getting the better of the well-fancied Ziggy, the form looks solid and Jamie Osbourne’s filly, can continue on the upward curve when presented with similarly well-run contests.

September 16 – Naas – Red Lacewing – 92

Very rarely do you get two-year-old maidens with such a big time figure so this race has to be taken seriously with a view to it possible producing several who could be plying their trade in pattern contest further down the line. The winner, who shaped well on debut, did really well to come from so far off the pace set by Orinoco River and then have the battling qualities to see off the challenge of the colt New York City. Although not entered in anything fancy towards the backend of the season, connections will no doubt readdress that balance in sue course and Fozzy Stack’s filly looks one to follow. The third, Neo Soul, is one worth noting when racing over further.

September 18 – Ayr – Bielsa – 101

This year’s renewal produced a standout winner in the shape of Kevin Ryan’s gelding but in doing so he defied all the pre-race conception about the low drawn horses having an advantage. The only horse all meeting to win up the stands side rail. his performance probably needs upgrading – even more so due to the fact he raced on his own – and he looks ready for apttern race company in future. So too does the runner-up, Great Ambassador, who I have invested in all season and still firmly believe is one of the best sprinters in the land on genuine fast ground.

September 18 – Gowran – Astadash – 100

Jessica Harrington’s filly continued the tremendous run of her stable by landing this listed prize and in doing so, she clocked a big speed figure into the bargain. Sadly, she’s likely to be off to the paddocks in due course, so it left for some of those in behind to fly the flag in similar future events.

September 18 – Newbury – Injazati – 102

A quality handicap on paper beforehand and it did not disappoint with the winner running the sort of number only usually saved for top-class Group horses. Clearly a gelding on the upgrade, connections muted that a tilt at the Rowley Cup would be next on the agenda and even off his revised mark of 98 he still should turn out to be competitive.