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Tuesday 17 October 2017

A week is a long time in this game

It was disappointing that Sea The Moon has been forced to retire through injury before he got to have a craic at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The horse was clearly feeling something when he ran last time out at Baden-Baden and I suppose Sea The Stars will have his work cut out to be leading second season sire now after Mastercraftsman had a great weekend with The Grey Gatsby and Kingston Hill.

The Arc looks very wide open now, though, and unless Treve (pictured) gets soft ground I couldn't see her featuring and Taghrooda was reportedly in season at York and I am led to believe John Gosden left a bit to work on so she could be a big player there yet.

Last weekend just showed that a week is a long time in racing and I'm sure Frankie wasn't too disappointed about not being on Treve last Sunday and he proved the world-class jockey he is when riding a very good race to win on Ruler Of The World for Aidan O'Brien.

Looking ahead to the weekend and Dermot Weld's two time winner Brooch would look to have a good chance in the Group Three Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park.

Also at Gowran, My Twinkle is set to make her debut for John Oxx and the Tsui family. She is a nice big daughter of Sea The Stars and it will be interesting to see how she gets on.

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