Weekly Eyecatchers – 02/05/17

Weekly Eyecatchers – 02/05/17

Weekly Eye-Catchers – 02/05/17

At the start of each week we will be providing you with three eye-catching performances from the previous week of racing. Be it a horse that has bolted up, or one which was unlucky not to be first passed the post, we believe over time these will give you a long list of next time out winners.

Salisbury 16:00 – Stone The Crows

Cape Cross (IRE) – Stars In Your Eyes (UK)

Form figures: 22-1

Wearing the silks of the infamous Golden Horn, the Roger Charlton trained three-year-old gelding Stone The Crows finally broke his maiden at Salisbury after finishing behind Big Challenge and Azam in his previous two starts towards the end of last year. Having made all over the mile and a half distance, the grandson of Galileo showed tremendous staying power to hold off his rivals and win by over three lengths.

It’s unlikely where he will run next but it’s safe to say that it looks as if he has some of the minerals that saw his grandfather as such a force over the 12f distance.

Saint Cloud 13:50 – Straight Shooter

Frankel (UK) – Straight Lass (IRE)

Form figures: 1

The son of quite comfortably the most famous flat horse of this era and potentially ever, Frankel’s colt Straight Shooter made an explosive start to his racing career with a comfortable seven length victory over in France. This was the 3-y-o first run under rules having bolted up in a minor event in France so a lot was expected of the Andre Fabre trained colt on rules debut and he did not fail to deliver. Heading into the final furlong holding a two length lead and travelling nicely, jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot just shifted him into 2nd gear and he responded beautifully showing a remarkable turn of foot to kick on and win by seven lengths, his old man would have been happy!

It is currently unknown what plans connections have for the horse and where he will run next but when we know then we will make sure that you know too.

Bath 18:35 – Mornington

Aussie Rules (USA) – Giusina Mia (USA)

Form figures: 2311

Four-year-old gelding Mornington continued his impressive return to the racetrack with a convincing 2.75 length victory over at Bath on bank holiday Monday. A horse that made his debut as a 2-y-o but then didn’t return to race for another 487 days, he followed up his handicap debut win in style winning off a mark of 80, 8lbs higher than when he claimed victory at Brighton in the middle of last month. After been held up towards the back on the notoriously tough course to navigate, he kicked on nicely to blow his opposition out of the water to show the handicapper that maybe he underestimated him slightly.

We still don’t know where Mornington will run next but the handicapper will expect a step up in opposition to really see the sort of potential that this horse has.

14:25 Sandown 29th April – Menorah

King’s Theatre (IRE) – Maid For Adventure (IRE)

A quick and special mention for one of the most popular national hunt horses around as Menorah bowed out in style with a four and a half length victory in the Grade 2 Bet365 Oaksey Chase at Sandown on Saturday. The connections of the 2010 Supreme Novices Hurdle winner have decided to call time on the 13 year olds career that stretched over seven and a half years and included 43 races along with two Grade 1 wins and five Grade 2 wins and what a way to top it off, bolting up at Sandown!

Happy retirement big fella! 🏇🏼