Whilst most eyes were on Haydock on Saturday there was plenty of other top-class racing taking place across the globe.

Over in Australia on Saturday the favourites obliged in the Group races at Ascot. Arcadia Queen won at 9/10 to win the Sky Racing W.A. Guineas (Group 2) in the hands of William Pike whilst Pike followed that up with victory in the Kirin-Railway Stakes (Group 1) with Galaxy Star confirming 19/10 favouritism.

There was also plenty of Graded racing in the States on Saturday with Liora springing a 27/1 shock in the Golden Rod Stakes (Grade 2) at Aqueduct. She beat odds-on favourite Restless Rider by a neck in the race for two-year-olds.

Arcadia Queen

On Sunday the headlines were taken by Almond Eye who completed the Japanese fillies’ triple crown when setting a track record in the Japan Cup in Tokyo. The three-year-old filly is now as short as 8/1 for l’Arc and she looks a real start.

Over in Auteuil in France Galop Marin prevailed as even money favourite in the feature race of the day. The Grade 2 event was won handily by 12 lengths and the six-year-old looks to have a big future over hurdles.

The feature race of the day in Ireland was the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase. Some top-class handicappers went to post for the prestigious race with Gordon Elliott saddling 11 of the 25 runners. However, it was Noel Meade’s Tout Est Permis who was the first home in the hands of Sean Flanagan.

She won the race comfortably by four and a half lengths and may well look to tackle graded races in the near future. Jessica Harrington had a treble up on the day including 20/1 shot Walk to Freedom in the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle.