It’s a relatively quiet Monday’s racing across Britain and Ireland after the bonanza of the weekend’s action, but here are the standout performers from the meetings today.
Four Standout Performers - 08/10/2018
3:10 Pontefract – Sod’s Law
This horse has to be ridden with restraint, and it would be Sod’s Law if he wasn’t to win this contest. However, the Kieran O’Niell-ridden three-year-old stayed on strongly down the outside to win with plenty in hand.
He’s taken time to come to hand, but this performance on the synthetic surface was extremely eye-catching. And given the time of year, Sod’s Law looks to be a potential money spinner for some rich handicaps on the all-weather over the winter.
3:20 Stratford – Vive Le Roi
The next standout performer comes from the feature race as well, this time at Stratford. Vive Le Roi showed he has a liking for this venue when staying on well to land the Bet At racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle.
On the go during the summer months, Vive Le Roi took advantage of the unseasonably good ground, with some handy rivals in behind him. He obviously has a liking for decent ground, so it will be a surprise to see him race over the winter, but with next year’s summer jumping season, he could have a handy handicap hurdle victory in him.
4:15 Tipperary – Ellie Mac
The season finale from Tipperary normally throws up some smart types for the future. While it doesn’t look like to be the case this year but Ellie Mac put in a handy performance in the rated novice chase.
Won by Death Duty last year, Ellie Mac hardly put a foot wrong in the jumping department and ground out a five-length victory. She’s most likely to falter at the top level, but this was a really good performance for a good prize.
1:55 Windsor – Shoot For Gold
A day after Royal Empire conquered the top level in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Oisin Murphy and Saeed Bin Suroor teamed up again with a smart juvenile in Shoot For Gold.
So stylish was the manner of victory that no real urged were required for him to shoot clear of his rivals, and the easy eight-length winning distance could have been more.
Bin Suroor had complained about the lack of quality in his juvenile department. However, he looks to have a handy horse on his hands here.
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