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Horses To Follow - Five eyecatchers from Doncaster, Leopardstown and the Curragh

  • Here are five horses to add to your tracker after a huge weekend of racing
  • The St Leger and Irish Champions Weekend were both played out this weekend
  • Tarnawa is one of our tracker horses, and she's now favourite for the Arc
  • Ribhi, Rohaan, Homeless Songs, Baron Samedi also make our list of eyecatchers
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Ribhi (right) caught the eye in the Flying Scotsman Stake. (Getty)

This weekend was so jam-packed with fantastic flat racing action, viewers were spoilt for choice.

Hurricane Lane ran out an impressive winner of the St Leger on Saturday. St Mark's Basilica, Native Trail and Discoveries won huge Group Ones during Irish Champions Weekend, before Sonnyboyliston handed Johnny Murtagh his first Classic win as a trainer in the Irish St Leger.

We've taken a look back through the results from the St Leger Festival and Irish Champions Weekend, and highlighted five horses to follow during the rest of the season.

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Experience proved critical in Friday's renewal of the Flying Scotsman Stakes. Winner, Noble Truth was making his fourth start of the season. Gwan So and Alflaila, who finished third and fourth, had started eight races between them. Even runner-up Hoo Ya Mal, who had only run twice, gained vital experience at the Ebor Festival when winning the hugely competitive Convivial Maiden.

RIBHI went into that Listed race having won a six-furlong maiden at Salisbury at odds of 20/1. Marcus Tregoning colt was a little keen early, and Ryan Moore had to give his mount a shove or two after just two furlongs as he began to drift back. Although he responded to pressure well, Ribhi was forced wide down the centre to try and mount a telling challenge and could only stay on to place fifth.

Considering his lack of experience, I thought Ribhi produced a very encouraging performance on the day. Tregoning won the Horris Hill Stakes with Mohaather in 2018, and I wouldn't be surprised if Ribhi was pointed at that Group Three, run at Newbury in the final week of October.


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The 2021 Irish Champion Stakes, despite a field of four, will undoubtedly go down as one of the races of the season. St Mark's Basilica eventually came out on top, but neither TARNAWA nor Poetic Flare lost anything in defeat.

Tarnawa's task wasn't made any easier by St Mark's Basilica drifting markedly across her path all the way down the straight at Leopardstown. Had the winner stayed on a truer line, the result could easily have been different.

Dermot Weld's mare, who won three Group Ones last autumn, now heads for the Prix de 'Arc de Triomphe. After Snowfall's defeat in the Prix Vermeille and Adayar's absence from the Prix Neil, Tarnawa is now the favourite for Europe's richest flat race. I wouldn't put anyone off backing her at 10/3.

Chris Hayes riding Tarnawa (green) win The Moyglare 'Jewels' Blandford Stakes. (Getty)


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ROHAAN'S first start over five furlongs couldn't have gotten off to a worse start. David Evans' raider took an age to get out of the stalls and at the half-way stage, Shane Kelly's mount remained detched from the main pack by a good eight or nine lengths.

As Romantic Proposal, A Case Of You and Glass Slippers fought out a thrilling finish, Rohaan suddenly appeared next to the fading Dragon Symbol, who crossed the line fourth. 

Considering what happened at the start, that was a monumental effort from Rohaan. Stepping back up to six furlongs will certainly suit, and he'll be even more effective when there's cut in the ground. He could be a big player in the Champions Sprint.

Homeless Songs

Like Ribhi at Doncaster, HOMELESS SONGS went into the Moyglare Stud Stakes having run just once in her career so far. Such was the impression Dermot Weld's filly made when beating Agartha at Leopardstown in July, Oisin Orr's mount was sent off at 9/4 to win that presitgious Group One.

Homeless Songs started slowly and overraced a little as she tried to find a decent position. When she won on debut, Orr's mount flew home when she found open air. Sadly, as Homeless Songs angled out for a challenge, the door was slammed in her face by Sunset Shiraz and Orr gave up the ghost pretty quickly after that.

Out of all the fillies who ran in this year's Moyglare, I think Homeless Songs is the only runner with the potential to be a real star. I'll be keen to follow this daughter of Frankel wherever she turns up next. 

Baron Samedi

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In my preview of the Irish St Leger, I sided with BARON SAMEDI over Sonnyboyliston, who I had tipped to win the Ebor at 20/1. On the day, I backed both, so I was too disappointed when Johnny Murtagh's star followed up that Ebor triumph with an impressive Classic success.

As expected, Amhran Na Bhfiann went out hard and ensured the race was run at an honest pace. As the leader gave way, Twilight Payment and Sonnyboyliston were best placed to challenge. Baron Samedi, on the other hand, came from a fair way off the pace and, try as he might, he couldn't quite reel in the front two.

Although he has won on fairly quick ground in the past, it was clear on Sunday that the going didn't suit Baron Samedi. Joseph O'Brien will definitely seek softer ground for his four-year-old next time out. If he were to turn up in the Prix Royal Oak, the Prix Gladiateur or even the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day, I think Baron Samedi could be in with a big shout.

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