Three Weekend Eyecatchers - 08/07/19

1. Mojito

Frankie Dettori began his afternoon at Sandown Park [before the return of Enable], with an early visit to the winners enclosure after guiding another returning friendly to victory.

Mojito came for back for trainer William Haggas after a lengthy layoff in the Coral Challenge; his first appearance since October 2017.

He won on this card two years ago and has risen the handicap in fine style, but there were a few worries about his fitness and sharpness in comparison to the rest of the field.

Those claims were quickly put to bed after a Dettori masterclass from the front ensured that together they never saw a rival from pillar to post.

A really classy individual, Mojito is back and now has options at Newmarket, Goodwood or York to consider.

2. Beat Le Bon

Beat Le Bon was raised 7lb for his likeable win at Goodwood last time out, and followed up in a narrow fashion at Haydock in a Class Two Handicap.

Winning at Lingfield in a small-field event in March, he rose up to compete just outside the top level for a couple of starts and needed his mark lowered to score on the Sussex Downs.

Pat Dobbs - under the radar due to Frankie's achievements lately, but in great form of late held up this three-year-old until he began to make headway very late on in the day.

Virtually leading the final strike over Joseph Tuite's Kimifive, the ride was timed to perfection by Dobbs landing the horse a double.

3. Too Darn Hot

For messers Dettori and Gosden, there was no time to party over Enable's return as Sunday was all about whether champion juvenile Too Darn Hot could bounce himself back to the top level.

Second in the Dante and the Irish Guineas - along with a third in the St James Palace over three different trips and tracks, Gosden admitted that he got the horse's campaign completely wrong to-date and owed the horse to put him back over a winnable trip.

His form this year has not been bad, but with the same rating as Frankel at the beginning of the season, the three-year-old's standards were impossibly high to keep to and replicate.

Back at seven furlongs and now back at winning ways - which has to be said was very stylishly done at Deaville in the Prix Jean Prat, the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp and the Breeders Cup Mile look obvious targets down the line.

The Sussex Stakes could be next at Glorious Goodwood.

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