A Super Saturday of racing action and a huge gamble landed by Ten Sovereigns in the July Cup…
But who has made my latest Good, Bad, Ugly column? Let’s find out.
Absolutely no doubt the Andrew Balding-trained Beat The Bank has pride of place on his own in the good column.
As many of you will be aware, Beat The Bank landed Saturday’s Group 2 Summer Mile by a nose at Ascot.
In doing so, though, he suffered multiple leg fractures and could not be saved.
Beat the Bank was everything good about racehorses.
He loved to run, and was super tough.
For much of his weekend victory he looked beaten by the runner-up Zaaki, but in typical fashion Beat The Bank would not give in, and battled back gamely to lead right on the line even though his injured limbs were giving way.
In total he ran eighteen times, with nine victories to his name.
This season he was a gallant second to Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, the closest he came to Group 1 success.
A credit to all concerned, and a horse for whom anyone thinking of banning the whip should take a close look at, as he loved to be encouraged.
Beat The Bank will be missed.
Simply the brave of the brave.
Bookmakers are in my bad books at the moment, and continue to restrict punters who want to back Frankie Dettori in multiples despite coining it in most days on such bets.
Luckily it was a bad day for them Saturday with Ryan Moore, as Ten Sovereigns bounced back to form and looked like a different horse in the Darley July Cup.
A fantastic juvenile, who looked like a monster in the Middle Park with size and scope to train on, Ten Sovereigns appeared iffy under pressure in both the 2000 Guineas and the Commonwealth Cup, where he challenged with head high and to one side.
However, with money coming from every corner of the globe, he never looked to be in any bother throughout the July Cup and was a welcome big-race winner for Moore, who some have been doubting.
As I wrote in the Sun at the weekend, with top riders like Moore form is temporary, class is permanent.
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The whip has been in the news once again, oddly because those in racing cannot help themselves but discuss it so it becomes a public issue, while generally in public arenas few give it a second thought.
Rarely have I ever seen racing kick itself in the foot more than over the whip.
Talk about causing your own destruction.
It’s just ugly.
That apart, though, Sir Mark Prescott hit the nail on the head recently, when he said: “They’ve managed to come up with something which is vastly more likely to be broken on the biggest days.
You seldom see jockeys going over the limit on the smaller days, but when it’s a big occasion and there’s a lot on the line, that’s when it is most likely to be broken as it won’t cost them the race.”
Which once again shows that it is not the jockeys, but the ludicrous rules that are the issue.
Jockeys are professional sportsmen and women, highly trained at what they do and have passed rigorous tests to gain a licence.
Stewards are now also mostly professional, and highly trained.
Just remove this nonsense number thing, where you are a hero if you use the whip seven times and win, but the devil if you use it eights times and win, and let those in power judge each ride on its merit.
We all know the odd occasion when a rider has a brainstorm.
But most of the time jockeys merely use the whip to encourage their horse to run as fast at it can.
That is what horse racing is about – to find the fastest horse.
Horses run faster for encouragement, not for out of control hitting, and the padded whip is the perfect tool used to perfection by most.