After the excitement of the Ebor festival last week the following 7 days have felt relatively quiet, but that’s not to say the UK hasn’t seen it fair share of quality racing, the features race of the past week was held at Goodwood the Group 2 Celebration Mile which turned into exactly that for some of racing’s lesser known yet hard working names with Lavenders Blue (Sea The Stars) causing a 20/1 upset for trainer Amanda Perrett, (Daughter of Guy Harwood, trainer of Dancing Brave) Amanda had previously trained the winner of this race back in 2002 but Lavenders Blue has been her only group winner since 2007. Amanda wasn’t even on course to enjoy the success instead attending her children’s show jumping for the day, one man who did savour the victory however was jockey Rob Hornby who recorded his biggest win in the saddle.
A Pair of Group 3 race held on the Goodwood undercard saw Mark Johnson trained Dancing King (Free Eagle) make up for being denied by a head in a listed race 7 days earlier this time holding on to score the March Stakes over 2800m by a similar margin, while James Ferguson’s smart looking Siyouni filly Mise En Scene made it 2 From 2 in the Prestige Stakes for the 2yo Fillies.
A strong card for The Curraghs meeting on Friday evening included a trio of Group 3 races but the headline act was without question Sacred Bridge (Bated Breath). The Juddmonte owned 2yo Filly put up a commanding display to score the Grp 3 Round Tower Stakes over 1200m extending her unbeaten run to 4 and laying down a claim to potentially being the best 2yo filly in training right now, she will be given the opportunity to prove just that by trainer Ger Lyons when she heads to Newmarket for the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in 4 weeks time.
It was busy 30 minutes for Ger and the Juddmonte team as they had also combined to win the race beforehand, another of the days group features the Snow Fairy Stakes for Fillies and Mares with Acanella (Dansili)
Finally the Group 3 Flame Of Tara Stakes a contest for the 2yo fillies over a mile had somewhat of an Australian vibe to it as winner Magical Lagoon (Galileo) carried the now well known Yulong colours to success while runner up Albula (Galileo) is the first foal from the former Chris Waller trained Group 3 winner Dawn Wall.