What We Learned From The Weekend

What We Learned From The Weekend

This was the weekend. This was the return of the British superstars, the wonder-filly Enable and the speedball that is Harry Angel. It was a contrast of tales for each horse however, and here is what we’ve learnt from this weekend’s racing.

ENABLE IS BACK, AND SHE’S AS GOOD AS EVER

It was duelled to be the best race ever on the all-weather, the five-time group one winner and arc heroine, Enable, versus the new kid on the block, Crystal Ocean. Crystal Ocean was merely brushed aside, as the class oozed from the Queen of British racing to get Enable’s interrupted season up and running in the September Stakes.

An injury to her knee had kept her out of her major summer targets, and the racing world’s eyes were all fixated on the group three at Kempton park to see if that sparkle still remained. The morning withdrawal of her pacemaker, Weekender, looked to have made her return a tad trickier. However, what could’ve been a tricky race was made to look a mere ease under a stylish Frankie Dettori ride.

The winning margin was three-and-a-half lengths, but that only told half of the story. No whip was needed. No vigorous riding to line happened. She had brushed off Britain’s second-best middle-distance performer with consummate ease. The scariest thought after this was she was only 80 percent fit.

Such is the calibre of Enable that any top-level horse would have peaked with that performance, this wonderful filly undoubtedly has still got improvement to come. All roads now lead to ParisLonchamp for the defence of her Arc crown, and trainer John Gosden will know victory on the first Sunday in October will propel her into the dynasty of the immortals of Horse Racing. So, the champ is back. Still so scarily good. She may be no bigger than 2/1 for the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, but the racing community will sit back and appreciate that we are watching an all-time great of the game.

HARRY HAS QUESTIONS STILL TO ANSWER

From one return to another, and the speed demon Harry Angel ultimately disappointed in what was a gruelling renewal of the 32Red Sprint Cup. Clive Cox’s stable-star was strongly fancied mark his return from a nightmare run at Royal Ascot with another victory in the group-one.

However, after breaking keenly and contesting the lead, he inevitably started to tread on water and faded into a tame sixth. The recurring problem with the stalls still exists and with his enthusiastic style of racing, it is proving to be a thorn in the side for Harry Angel.

He obviously prefers a sounder surface too, and with the autumnal weather to come, factors are against Harry Angel as he bids to wrestle back his title of Britain’s best sprinter.

TOWNEND THE STAR MAN HEADING INTO THE NEW JUMPS SEASON

He has been the super-sub for many years at Willie Mullins’, but former Irish Champion Jockey Paul Townend has taken his riding ability to another level when deputising for the yard in Ruby Walsh’s absence.

After a flurry of grade-one’s for team Closutton last year, he has begun the new season in flying form, which was headlined with a four-timer at Listowel on Sunday afternoon.

What was even more impressive was the winners weren’t all heavy odds-on shots, and two of his victories came in competitive handicaps. Townend is clearly a supreme riding talent, and he will be well worth to follow this upcoming winter in the top races, or even to add to his sole Irish Champion Jockey’s title this season.

Free Bets & Offers

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
💚 Bet £10 on racing, get £40 racing bonus 💚
New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Once your £10 qualifying bet is settled £40 Racing bonus will be triggered. Wagering requirements: Racing 1x, odds of 2.00 minimum (1/1) for each bet placed. £10 Casino Bonus, 35x. Only one bonus can be used at a time. Racing bonus must be wagered before using the Casino bonus, unless the Racing bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for us upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10, Get £20 In Free Bets
New members only. £10 min deposit and bet, placed and settled at 1.50 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Awarded as 2x non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens. Valid for 14 days. Sportsbook only. Click for full rules.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
GET A £20 RISK FREE FIRST BET!
New customers only. Sportsbook bets only, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). Refunds are awarded as CASH, up to a max of £20 . Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal are eligible. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £40 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via credit/debit card and bet ¤5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types @ odds 2.0+ & a £20 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographic restrictions apply; T&C's Apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.