Three performances of the weekend

Persian King

On Sunday the Group One Prix d'Ispahan took centre stage at Chantilly with some smart British raiders making the trip over for the contest but the favourite Persian King was not for passing and looks back to his best.

Having been a superstar over the last two seasons, winning the French 2000 Guineas and then finishing a narrow second in the French Derby.

After his Performance at Chantilly in the Prix du Jockey Club, he was not seen for a year and came back in a Listed event needing the run and finished second.

With that run under his belt there was no excuses over a mile at Saint Cloud in a Group Two and although not being dominant he managed to get back to winning ways under a great ride by Pierre-Charles Boudot.

This set him up perfectly on Sunday in the Group One event and he was back to his best, dominantly stretching away from a classy field and now looks one to follow for the Autumn in both France and potentially England.

My Oberon

One of the most taking performances across the weekend came at York on Saturday with the William Haggas trained My Oberon landing a novice stakes with ease.

The Three year old son of Dubawi had only had one start before that run and he finished fifth of 10 at Newcastle with the winner that day being the impressive Sunray Major for John Gosden.

My Oberon was tried over the mile again and being given his first start on turf he revelled in the conditions to pull away from the field within a few strides and looked like a very classy hors to follow in better races this term.


Finally, Ireland hosted two superb days of racing at the Curragh with Group One and Two action and on Sunday in the Sapphire Stakes English raider A'Ali was not for stopping.

Simon Crisford is not known for sending horses over to Ireland but was looking to gain quick-fire back to back wins for last seasons Norfolk Stakes winner, who scored at Sandown on Eclipse day in the Group Three Coral Charge.

As a juvenile the son of Society Rock was a superstar landing a hat-trick of wins in Group Two company which included the before mentioned Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prix Robert Papin at Deauville and finally the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

He finished his two year old career at the Breeders Cup meeting with a tame run and he did not improve on that run on his three year old seasonal debut at Newcastle when obviously needing the run.

The Coral Charge at Sandown showed him back to his best and connections were hoping on his first trip across the pond to Ireland he could replicate that form.

Being sent off as the evens favourite, he showed his gritty determination to battle on well and go clear in the final stages.

He has now landed five Group events during his career and now a Group One chance has to be in the offing.