Three Best Performances From The Weekend


Frodon gave arguably the performance of the week on Saturday when making his seasonal debut at Cheltenham and winning the Handicap Chase off top weight.

Under a superb ride by Bryony Frost the pair made every yard of the contest, seeing off strong challenges from the rest of the field.

The Cheltenham festival winner loves it at Prestbury Park with his win on Saturday seeing him land five of his eight races at the track.

What made the victory even more impressive is that his trainer Paul Nicholls was quoted saying before the race that whatever he did in the 3m1f event he would certainly come on for in his next run, which means he is certainly one to watch for the season.

Mac Swiney

The final flat Group One of the season did not disappoint with the two year olds battling it out in tough conditions for the Vertem Futurity Stakes at Doncaster.

With the strong favourite being withdrawn for Aidan O'Brien due to the heavy ground, it gave chance to the Jim Bolger trained Mac Swiney to land the event.

The veteran rider Kevin Manning gave the youngster a superb ride and it now leaves the connections and trainer in a great spot for next year with the 2000 Guineas a big possibility.

Soft/heavy ground seems to play to the son of New Approach's strengths and if getting those conditions next season he has to be seriously considered for the big Group One events over a mile.

Nuts Well

One of the best wins of the weekend came at Aintree on Sunday in the Grade Two Old Roan Chase when the Ann Hamilton trained Nuts Well landed the contest.

What made this win so special is that the race was full of top chasers and this nine year old for a yard that only trains six horses, stayed on best of all to take the superb event.

Nuts Well has now won five of his last six events and off top weight in the Graded Handicap event he jumped the last and saw off Clondaw Castle and Grade One winner Itchy Feet.