IT WAS like an extended episode from tales of the unexpected for Aidan O’Brien at Newmarket over the weekend.
Ballydoyle’s millionaire maker threw plenty of mud at the wall in our opening Classics and the two that stuck were definitely stable second strings.
In truth this wasn’t a vintage renewal – we lacked a star turn once Too Darn Hot limped to the treatment room – but lanky Donnacha O’Brien showed proper racing nous to make use of his high draw on the winner and is cooler than Fonzie under pressure.
Wayne Lordan wasn’t too shabby on Hermosa (25-1 to 14-1) in the 1,000 Guineas either, and she’s going to take a fair bit of reeling-in over an extra half-mile in the Oaks.
By the way, punters who fancied Skitter Scatter for this wanted their money back when the filly shuffled into the paddock.
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