Saturday racing: What we learned
Press Association Sport look back on Saturday's racing and ask – what did we learn?
Jedd O'Keeffe has been training for 17 years, but nothing in his career can compare to what has happened within the last 24 hours. Having saddled four winners on Friday, including a first Listed triumph with Newcastle scorer More Mischief, the North Yorkshire handler again struck at that level with Lord Yeats at Newmarket. To say he is on a hot run of form is a sizeable understatement.
James Fanshawe and Tom Queally are these days not pre-eminent figures on a Saturday – but that has suddenly changed. Triumphant with The Tin Man in the Diamond Jubilee a week ago, Fanshawe beautifully underscored his versatility as a trainer when Higher Power delivered in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle. That was another satisfying result for trainer and jockey, who have both rather become forgotten men.
It felt like the world was willing Josephine Gordon to win at Royal Ascot last week. She came close, but ultimately fell short. A week later, though, and the classy pilot enjoyed an important day at Newcastle as Koropick earned Gordon a first Group winner. She is now a proven operator on a big occasion. Trainers take note.
By his own admission, things have not quite gone to plan for Hugo Palmer this season – with the quicker-than-expected retirement of Galileo Gold perhaps the nadir. There are, though, clear signs it is beginning to go Palmer's way again as the Classic-winning trainer secured a Group Three double courtesy of Koropick at Newcastle and Home Of The Brave at Newmarket.
GRIM FOR KIM
Kimberella is now seven years old, but he is probably as capable of winning a Group race as at any stage of his career. It certainly looked that way at Newcastle as the Richard Fahey-trained sprinter had an absolutely torrid time in the Chipchase. It is hard to imagine a horse having quite as much misfortune during a race – and yet he still flashed home for third spot. Redemption must surely be forthcoming.
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