It was certainly a dramatic weekend, two major stewards enquires taking place in the two big races of the day.
Firstly rightly or wrongly & wrongly imo Simple Verse who was first past the post in the English St Leger and would have been the first filly to win the race since 1992 was disqualified and placed second. The joint favourite Bondi Beach went down by a head but was given the race after the enquiry due to interference.
The first bit of interference took place at the two furlong pole, Simple Verse was trapped in on the rail but jockey Andrea Atzeni edged his way out and did bump Bondi Beach who was holding him in, however that horse didn’t seem to lose ground.
Closer to home another bit of bumping took place but I thought both horses were rolling around and knocking each other whilst neither horse lost momentum. The best horse won the race but the stewards clearly thought the coming together resulted in Bondi Beach losing ground even though he had the best part of a furlong to get past Simple Verse but couldn’t.
Connections of Simple Verse had lodged an appeal that will be held on Thursday.
The shadow of the grandstand was blamed for Golden Horn jinking violently to his right and knocking Free Eagle out of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. The placing remained unaltered but this looked far worse than the St Leger coming together as Free Eagle was moving upsides the winner but was taken out of the race losing all chance.
I was surprised Golden Horn kept this and think he was fortunate not to have lost the race.
The three horses posted on Saturday that I liked resulted in two winners and keeps the good form going. I had a look back through the results since January and the blog is now approx 126pts up for the year whilst has highlighted some big priced winners.
I’m looking forward to Wednesday afternoon as I’ve been invited to go and see the best flat horse we’ve ever seen, Frankel. I can’t wait to meet him up close and give the lad a stroke.