Three Weekend Eyecatchers - 29/04/2019

1. Black Corton

Black Corton finally got his head back in front after such a long spell settling for second best, which provided the returning Bryony Frost with a win in the Grade Two Oaksey Chase at Sandown.

Four seconds from four completions this term, racing's best and biggest love affair returned side-by-side to hand newly crowned Champion Trainer a double on the card with Getaway Trump's victory in the opening contest.

Black Corton was second to Blue Flight in the Premier Chase last time out at Kelso, but there was no stopping him on Saturday, winning by a comfortable eleven-length margin.

Connections will hope for a bit better luck next year, but a nice way to end the season.

2. Pink Dogwood

Pink Dogwood was a close winner for Aidan O'Brien at Navan on Sunday in the Listed EBF Salsabil Stakes for the fillies.

Jockey Ryan Moore was happy to switch off the three-year-old at the back of the field, and began to take closer after completing three-quarters of the ten furlong journey.

She kept on well under hands and heels, and won by a narrow margin over Noel Meade's Encapsulation, but the victory for the Ballydoyle filly has since put her at the forefront of the Epsom Oaks betting, where she can now be found around the 9/2 mark.

Smart display from this daughter of Camelot.

3. Gumball

Gumball made it three out of three for trainer Philip Hobbs on the flat, and a first success on the turf in the hands of Silvestre De Sousa in the Byerley Stud City Bowl Handicap at Salisbury on Sunday.

The former Grade One runner-up from the Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree of 2018 set a decent pace at the Wiltshire-based track, and made all in the 1m6f contest.

He made best use of his National Hunt stamina when pushed out by his jockey, always keeping market rival Scaramanga and the remainder at bay.

Another victory, and will be interesting to see where this horse goes now - perhaps even Group level.