Our first selection Ervedya ran well enough and two furlongs out looked like she might get involved in the finish, but when asked to quicken she just stayed on at the one pace to finish 5th. It was noticeable all day that making up ground was a tough ask in conditions and horses that raced prominently fared much the best. Caravaggio was a worthy winner even though Ryan Moore had to plough a lone furrow down the middle of the course, he won convincingly by two lengths and looks a young colt with a big future. The biggest disappointment of the day was Mecca's Angel who although heavily supported in the market ran no sort of race. She was up with the leaders early on but was being pushed along at halfway and met trouble when drifting back through the field... but it was all over by then and she was eased down to trail in 16th.
James Doyle decided to track across behind the field from his low draw and Penglai Pavilion ended up in a poor position at the rear of the field which is fatal on the round course. Come the business end of the race he stayed on pretty well and passed a lot of the field to finish 7th, so with a better draw he would have been a lot closer and who knows may have even got into the places. But there's no point dwelling on the past so let's get onto tomorrow's selections... although we have a bit of ground to make up we are confident of getting back amongst the winners and finishing the meeting with a decent profit.
The team at Cleeve