Flat horses of the season.
It seems crazy that the flat season is drawing to a close again and we’ll soon be into the jumps campaign again. It’s been quite a strange flat campaign this season as not only has it flashed by there hasn’t really been any superstars like past campaigns where we had the likes of Sea The Stars, Frankel and even most recently Golden Horn. However all that being said there has still been some great performers starting off with the AP O’Brien filly, Minding. The filly has had an outstanding season to say the least with big wins coming at Glorious Goodwood and the Epsom Derby meeting. The next horse that has certainly had an equally as impressive season albeit at a slightly lower level is Mehmas. The Richard Hannon trained colt is as tough as they come as he showed when defeating the heavily backed and big Godolphin prospect Blue Point at Glorious Goodwood. Before that he won impressively at the Newmarket July Festival and I personally hope that Al Shaqab give him another go next season. Next is another one of my personal favourites and was certainly a horse of the year in the previous campaign, is Limato. Upped in trip saw him finish 4th on his first start of the season, but when dropped back down to his preferred distance and on his perfect going he showed what he is all about when romping home in the July Cup defeating some of the best flat horses around in the process. Hopefully we’ll see him in the Breeders Cup in October where he is almost guaranteed a firm surface of which im sure he’ll flourish on. Big Orange is next, a horse that is probably one of the bravest that you will see, which he showed in full force when winning at both Goodwood and Newmarket this summer, the Newmarket performance was certainly an eyecatcher on what was an enterprising ride from the impressive Australian Jockey James McDonald who will I will be doing an article on seperately soon, McDonald rode Big Orange positively which saw him defeat Group 1 winner The Grey Gatsby in the process. Last but certainly not least is probably my horse of the season, Quiet Reflection. The Karl Burke trained filly has gone from strength to strength this season winning big races at Chantilly, Royal Ascot and Haydock and was also 3rd to Limato in the July Cup. Former jump jockey Dougie Costello claimed that Quiet Reflection is one of the best he’s ever sat on and its hard to say he’s wrong. She traveled like an absolute dream in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in desperate conditions and saw off her rivals in style like a true champion. I hope we see her again next season. Well played Karl.