A look back at the Leopardstown Trials

A look back at the Leopardstown Trials

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Find him here https://twitter.com/littledarkone11 1,000 Guineas Trial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN7JyJPFEb4 Keeper Of Time threw up a huge surprise in landing the Fillies’ Group 3 at 80/1, ensuring Mehmas picked up from where he left off after a brilliantly prolific first season as a sire last year. Unfortunately, none of this year’s participants are going for the Newmarket Guineas but in truth it’s not normally an event that has much of an impact on the Newmarket classic but has produced a handful of very capable fillies, none more notable than 2017 Guineas heroine Winter who was actually beaten in this, staying on eye-catchingly into second behind talented stablemate Hydrangea. If that’s anything to go on, for all that she’s not making the trip over, it’s very easy to get excited by this year’s runner-up Mehnah whose steady start meant she raced in the rear of the 15-strong field before picking them off one by one in the straight only to go down by a head at the line. She’s by Frankel and a half sister to Irish 2000 guineas winner Awtaad so if you want to get excited, by all means don’t let me get in your way! Mehnah was easily the filly that attracted most attention following that run but there are a few others who I think are bound to come on a tonne for the run and could be plenty better for that experience. Joan Of Arc weas pretty weak in the market and sweated up a fair bit in the preliminaries but I think her effort was better than the result may suggest. She broke widest and probably used up too much energy early to get a prominent position before running three-wide round the bend. She then fought to the lead just over a furlong out, but she just couldn’t sustain that challenge with the first, second and third all mowing her down from well back in the ruck. She hit the line just over three lengths behind the winner but there was a further five back to Empress Josephine and another four lengths on top of that back to Allagar, both of whom helped to make the running. Given her illustrious pedigree and the hands she’s in, it will be no surprise to see her improve next time out. More Beautiful was the other I’ve shortlisted for her next start, the race probably ran to suit her having seemingly falling apart up front, but she did stay on nicely without being put under too much pressure by Padraig Beggy. She looked to be running into the back of horses for a moment in the straight before being pulled out and although her change of pace wasn’t electric, she stuck to her task well and could be a lot better for the experience. 2,000 Guineas Trial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtYCkJssNps A lot like the 1,000 Guineas Trial, this event has had very little impact on the Newmarket Classics in recent seasons, with the last winner of both coming from back in 2003 with Moyglare Stud’s talented colt, Refuse To Bend. Poetic Flare did just about enough to win this year’s renewal, ridden prominently by Kevin Manning and pushed out to win comfortably from a staying on Ace Aussie and Monaasib who couldn’t quite land a blow. It was a relatively weak renewal, but you can’t take much away from the winner who did it well in a fairly decent time on the day. He finished well ahead of anything else that was ridden at the head of affairs, so the performance could well be marked up on that basis, for all that I’m not convinced there was a lot behind him. Ace Aussie fared best of those coming from the rear, staying on smartly up the straight and Laws Of Indices ran well with the penalty, perhaps needing the run but the biggest surprise was debutant Notre Belle Bete who was making his debut. The Zoffany colt was last entering the home straight but was clearly wise to his job, picking up smartly widest of all to finish an extremely creditable 4th, seemingly just tying up close to home. He’s bound to come on for that and could well be anything, for all that it wasn’t the greatest race,he wasn’t too far behind a good winner and he really did take a liking to his job. One to watch!

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