SUNDAY was pretty quiet on the old racing front but there was still some nice action taking place around the country.
We’ve picked out some snippets you may have missed.
A filly with a future
John Gosden landed the Oaks with the lesser-fancied of his two runners, and you can see why Mehdaayih was his number one hope at Epsom as she absolutely bolted up returned to Group 2 company at Saint-Cloud.
Having won the Chester Oaks in very taking fashion, she got no sort of run in the mile-and-a-half Classic – an effort that now looks best ignored.
Expect her to return to Group 1 company now she’s got back on the scoreboard, possibly in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Group 1 glory at last
She’s been runner-up at the top level a number of times but today was the day Coronet (4.00 Saint-Cloud) finally broke her duck at the highest level in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
Frankie Dettori was at his mercurial best to guide the hardy mare up a narrow gap on the inside as the pair overhauled game outsider Ziyad in the shadows of the post.
A good day for Gosden got even better, and Lah Ti Dar’s third in the same race suggests she could have a Group 1 in her at some stage too.
One for the tracker
Pal Sly isn’t best known for training three-year-old sprinters but she’s certainly got a decent one in Drummond Warrior (2.45 Windsor).
Having narrowly prevailed at Windsor on debut, he returned to the track with a penalty and this time ran out an easy four-and-a-half length winner over a couple of highly-regarded newcomers – despite showing plenty of greenness.
Handicaps could be in the offing next although connections may instead opt to go down the pattern route, such was the dominance of his success.