Highlights of the Flat Season
What a bizarre flat season we have seen this year, with Sottsass winning the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe last weekend along with the very surprising news of Oisin Murphy, the Champion jockey failing a drugs test over in France. It is very hard to weigh up whether Oisin is innocent or not and he has done everything he can to prove his innocence. I think it would have a massive negative effect on the racing industry if he was given a ban and his terrific reputation would be hit massively. I don’t believe he is guilty as he always carries himself professionally when i interviewed and he has never come across as the character to do those sorts of activities.
It was devastating to see Enable unable to win her 3rd L’Arc de Triomphe as she would have become the first horse in history to do so! If the ground had remained good instead of the extreme heavy conditions the horses faced, I think the result would have been completely different. Maybe Frankie was a bit conservative on Enable during the race and a more prominent ride would have seen her finish much closer to the front pair. In my new podcast which went live a couple of months ago, you will have heard that I have been a huge supporter of Love, the Aiden O’Brien filly and I had backed her ante-post to win the L’Arc. But the ground meant she didn’t run which was gutting. It was a shame we didn’t get to see Love and Enable go head to head as I think Love has all the attributes to achieve the heights Enable did.
Battaash has been unbelievable this season winning all of his races. If you guys had been following my tips at the start of the season, I mentioned that I thought he would go unbeaten as the sprint division didn’t have any real competitor to him after Blue Point’s retirement. I also thought Stradivarius had no challenge in his division either as he is just a class above all of his rivals and that showed at Royal Ascot when he won his 3rd Gold Cup.
There have been some surprisingly progressive horses that I didn’t expect to achieve what they did. Space Blues, the Godolphin horse was a completely new horse this season over 7 furlongs. Safe Voyage who has bumped into Space Blues throughout their career has also reached new levels this year and it is very impressive bearing in mind he is 7 years old.
My favourite horse to watch this year has undoubtably been Sir Busker. Although he has been so unlucky in a couple of his races which were frustrating to watch. When he has had gaps to go through from the back as he is a hold up horse, he has given his all against very good opposition and he has had to carry massive weights all season due to his high handicap mark. I tipped him up at Ascot in a massive open handicap, he won at 12/1 on the day of top weight which was a huge performance. Since this win, I’ve backed every time and has always gone close and he will be winning group races next year, I hope. Let me know any horses you’ve followed this season, and which are your favourites!
The flat season is nearly over now and will finish on Champions day at Ascot on the 17th October. Then all of my tips for my members will be on the jumps racing as we will begin to look at horses who will have a chance of winning at the Cheltenham festival.
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