Although I was not there to see it I would think the achievement of Excellently Poised in overcoming Requinto Dawn (winner of Brocklesby D2) along with the win of Rock Of Estonia were the two best performances of the week. However none of the collateral form (Black Orange, Hellovaqueen, Quick Skips Lad) from behind Requinto Dawn is stacking up well.
For a debutant like Excellently Poised to overcome a Fahey winner who should have improved a bit from debut win is quite an achievement and I would think EP has the potential to rate in the 80’s. Was it the 4lb penalty that stopped Requinto Dawn, well possibly but I would have thought that the race experience would be more significant.
D1 of the Brocklesby which was a bit faster now looks the better division with Last Page (2nd) and Autumn Lodge (3rd) behind Chatagai (Clive Cox) at Bath and Dragon’s Teeth (2nd) behind Plunger at Kempton giving the form a solid look albeit at a lowish level.
Rock Of Estonia who won the Windsor maiden for Charles Hills under Jamie Spencer looked to have some quality, was certainly not hard trained and did it without a lot of trouble. He is the first runner I have seen that deserves a rating of 80+ this season.
Newmarket Craven meeting starts on Tuesday. I shall be able to photo the colts but unfortunately I can’t get there on Wednesday. Daughters 18th!