THE incredible roller coaster ride that my family are enjoying with Sole and Slade Power continued last week at York when the former ran a brilliant race in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes to finish third behind Jwala, while Slade got upset in the stalls and only beat a couple home.
Sole’s performance was all the more meritorious as we’d kind of written off his chance after the heavens opened in Yorkshire the night before leaving the ground good to soft.
And let me tell you it rained that night! As I was making my way home from a local hostelry, my car was forced to bypass one particular square as a huge puddle had formed leaving access impossible and the course took 20mm that night.
I think the plan now is for Sole to head to France for the Prix de l’Abbaye and if the ground is good, I fully expect him to give us another top-class victory.
Slade remains an enigma – this horse has so much potential he has the world at his feet but this is the second time he has got unruly in the stalls after travelling as he also did it at Royal Ascot.
I would imagine that some more stalls practice from Edward Lynam’s team will now be the order of the day, but one ray of hope from York was that he did one furlong in an incredibly fast time, and if he can get rid of his waywardness, he must have a huge shout in the Haydock Sprint Cup.
Lastly concerning the Nunthorpe, well done to winning connections and especially Robert Cowell who is fast becoming regarded as the King of training sprinters. This Sunday the Moyglare Stud Stakes takes pride of place at the Curragh and I think English-trained Kiyoshi will be difficult to beat in this significant Classic trial.
Charles Hills has been patient with his filly since her win in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, where she easily mastered Sandiva by three and a quarter lengths having previously scored at Goodwood, and that patience may well be rewarded.
Apparently she has strengthened up since the Royal extravaganza and looks more like a three-year-old colt, which may not be great news for future suitors but means anything that beats her at the weekend will need to be very good.
Hills has picked this race out because of the additional furlong and it’s against her own sex and I can’t wait to see her in the paddock.
I also like the look of Kims Dream, who despite having completed a hat trick at Roscommon under promising apprentice Shane Gray earlier in the month, might not yet be in the grip of the handicapper and could follow up in the ‘Be My Guest’ Fillies’ Handicap on the same card. Trainer Noel Dooly was suggesting this contest could well be the last outing on the Flat for this ultra-tough mare and no doubt connections will be delighted if she can go out on a high.
I’ve enjoyed my tennis this summer so I’m going to have a look at the US Open this week and while Rafael Nadal has an obvious favourite’s chance in the men’s singles, I’m going to opt for Juan Martin del Potro instead at a current 12-1.
He is scheduled to meet number one seed Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final and he may well beat him if he brings his best game along as he did in the Indian Wells tournament in a clinching set and almost did the same at Wimbledon going down in the fifth set. He would then probably come up against Super Scot Andy Murray who was also overcome by my selection at Indian Wells.
From last Monday New York Juan Martin del Potro to win men’s singles
Sunday Curragh 3.10pm Kims Dream
Sunday Curragh 4.15pm Kiyoshi