Threesy Does It For Gosden
Six years since a first Oaks for John Gosden with Taghrooda followed up two years ago by the wondermare Enable and now Anapurna who continued her upward curve and unusual stat of having won all of her three races in the county of Surrey as she just got the edge over Pink Dogwood in a typical fight up the home straight on the rollercoaster track that is Epsom Downs.
A dual winner at Lingfield this year on the all weather and on the grass when she landed the Oaks Trial, Anapurna under the hands of Frankie Dettori had to use every ounce of fight in her to get the measure of Pink Dogwood and Ryan Moore to make it three Oaks wins for John Gosden and fifth one for Frankie in the roll of honour of this historic contest.
They went a reasonable gallop from the word go although the towards the end the closers in behind were making a bit of headway but fortunately the line came up in time, there was plenty of bumping and barging in the peleton behind the front pair which did bring an inquiry by the stewards which resulted in a few days holiday for some of the riders involved.
It looked an upto scratch version this year although with the first two separated by half a length and a blanket covering the four in behind who chased them home then its fairly possible the form could get reversed should a rematch at the Curragh next month between most of these come up.
Defoe Scores First Group One!
Friday’s other feature Group One came in the Coronation Cup which brought a much deserved success not just to the owner,trainer and jockey but for fans who wanted this to happen so much as Defoe finally got that big win at the highest level as he ran on tennaciously to take the scalp of last years Leger winner Kew Gardens, last out of the gate he ran on stoutly under Andrea Atzeni to give trainer Roger Varian and himself two wins in this showpiece race.
Ascot for King George in July is reportedly the planned target as 1m4f is his best trip, being a gelding means he wont be eligible for the Arc so possibly something like the Woodbine International in Canada would be a more feasible race to go for and maybe a visit to Australia for “the race that stops the nation” could be stirring in the trainers mind?
Kew Gardens lost nothing in defeat but this is two second places in a row now for him, he clearly is suited by a bit further, his main aim will certainly be the King George too and the Irish Leger also looks ideal for him, Lah Ti Dar was very disappointing in behind and it would be no shock if she were to go back up north for the Lancashire Oaks in July to go for what could be a much easier race to get her confidence back.
Blues Hits Right Note
Charlie Appleby has his string in good heart at the moment and of the two winners he had on the day one which stood out was Space Blues who won the Listed Surrey Stakes over 7f, tackling pattern company for the first time he looked up to the job and ran on nicely, plenty of options remain at Royal Ascot such as the Commonwealth Cup and the Jersey Stakes, he will stay a mile in due course and remains a nice prospect.
The Godolphin Blue also got on the board in the opening Woodcote Stakes for 2yo over the 6f trip as Pinatubo took the spoils in the style of a good horse, following up from his debut win at Wolverhampton he is bred to get much further in the future, given fair quotes for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot which could be next but that race might not suit him with both wins so far being on turning tracks, he is one to keep an eye on.
Coming up this Saturday we head to Haydock for the John O’Gaunt Stakes, till then goodbye.