Racing review: Hotpots and howlers from the last seven days in the world of horse racing

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ANOTHER week has flown by in the world of racing. There’s been plenty to discuss on and off the track.

Take a look at our latest instalment of Hotpots and Howlers, where we pick out the good, the bad and the downright ugly from the past seven days.

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Hotpots

York played host to the Dante meeting, and as ever the place was rocking.

The Newmarket of the north more often than not attracts vast crowds and this week was no exception, with the sunshine fuelling the good-feeling.

It’s a beautiful track and the racing was top class, with Stradivarius (top) starting from where he left off last season by taking the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup.

Master trainer John Gosden had suffered from a mixed week up to that point but his top stayer is as consistent as a traffic warden and is surely the one to beat in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month.


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It was also a big week for Hughie Morrison.

The man from Summerdown has long been established as a very capable trainer, though without the firepower of some of the big guns.

However, in Dante winner Telecaster he appears to have a colt capable of going to the very top.

Indeed, he’s almost favourite for the Derby after his performance to down talking horse Too Darn Hot and looks to have a big chance of capturing a first Classic for the Berkshire trainer.

Telecaster could land a huge win for Hughie Morrison in the Derby
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The Lockinge wasn’t a particularly strong race, for all that the winner was impressive, but one contest on the card that looked very hot was the conditions race over six furlongs.

There were multiple winners present, including one sent over from the States by Wesley Ward, but in the end it was fought out by three smart-looking colts in Temple Of Heaven, Fort Myers and Well Of Wisdom. 

All three could have big futures though perhaps the one to take out of the race was Godolphin two-year-old Well Of Wisdom, who was bumped at a crucial stage but almost got back up to win.


Howlers

I was fortunate enough to be at York all three days, but there was one thing that really ground my gears.

What is it with the new fad of wearing suit trousers and shoes without socks?

Everywhere I looked, bare ankles screamed out to be covered up. A few particularly reckless souls (soles) had gone the whole hog with a three-piece – but STILL declined to wear socks.

It may not be racing’s most immediate problem, but it’s something that certainly needs to be ad-dressed.


As for the action on the Knavesmire, the most notable disappointment was Too Darn Hot. 

He was sent off a short-priced jolly for the Dante but couldn’t get past Telecaster, who had a four-length jump on him from the get-go.

That said, he still showed bucketloads of speed and will be an extremely tough nut for Magna Grecia to crack in the St James’ Palace Stakes.

I’d put a lot of money on the fact he’ll pick up a Group 1 this term, and with a bit of maturing I’d expect him to get 1m2f in time. The Eclipse could be the perfect race for him.

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