Sunday, July 3, 2011

Victors arise

The titans clashed and now it's time to acclaim the victors.

So You Think emerged victorious against Workforce, the "other" giant of a horse. The fact that SYT won after only 17 days rest from a hard Prince of Wales Stakes race is quite remarkable but not surprising. This time, his handler did not screw things up. This time he was ready, and I think even if he is to meet Workforce in a 12 furlong race like an Arc or King George, he will prevail if at his best. Workforce did not demerit; he ran his race and would have won against any other horse in Europe. How the "lads" at Coolmore will map the future paths of St Nicholas Abbey and SYT will be interesting to see. There was talk of SYT going to a third Cox Plate, but I personally hope he goes for the Arc, then the Breeders Cup Classic...on dirt! That would be something...

The other titan to emerge is Novak Djokovic, who beat the "other" champion in Nadal. What a dream final between the 2 best in the world. It's been a while that Nadal had gotten beaten in a Grand Slam final, and the Serb has definitely confirmed his mental edge over the Spaniard. The US Open seems destined to be a resumption of hostilities between these 2 again, but there's still some way to go before we get there.

This coming week is much about racing and also the Copa America. Already Brazil and Argentina have failed to win against supposed minnows, so caution is warranted. On Monday, I like Lonrach in the first race at Roscommon. This filly from the Bolger yard has hit the board on her first 2 starts and I cannot see her out of the placings again. The good/firm ground and the 7 furlong distance will suit. The field does not look anything spectacular. Lonrach is recommended as each-way.

Each-way: Lonrach

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