Sometimes, things just work out. Certainly that was case for Godolphin’s Polarisation in the re-run of the Sydney Cup on Saturday.
There were a handful of riders who didn’t realise the original event was being called off in the running after an earlier fall, with Corey Brown lifting the Charlie Appleby-trained stayer across the line first before reality set it.
While the rider wasn’t happy with the original decision, he had a shot at redemption and took full advantage of it.
While runaway leader Lasqueti Spirit ran out of petrol before the turn, Polarisation moved up and proved too strong, holding off the challenges of Who Shot Thebarman and Big Duke.
To celebrate the win, here’s a video of Polarisation having a wash.
In Europe, things are starting to warm up ahead of the major races.
The Craven meeting was held at Newmarket during the week, with Eminent the standout performance from the three-day event.
The son of Frankel was too good in the Group Three Craven Stakes, staying undefeated after two starts for trainer Martyn Meade and jockey Jim Crowley.
Eminent will now try to follow in the footsteps of his famous father and is a live contender for the Group One 2,000 Guineas.
At Navan in Ireland and the Jessica Harrington stable continued its remarkable form with Torcedor leading all-the-way in the Group Three Vintage Crop Stakes.
The trainer has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup (Sizing John) and the Irish Grand National (Our Duke) in the past few weeks and on Sunday upstaged odds-one favourite Order Of St George.
Torcedor is now a 16-1 chance for the Ascot Gold Cup, the race Order Of St Geroge won last year.
Looking ahead to this week and it’s a big Sunday of racing in Asia with the Group One Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin (Werther, Neorealism, The United States, Dicton etc), while the Grade One Tenno Sho (Spring) is being held in Japan with the likes of Kitasan Black and Satono Diamond set to clash.
Finally, here’s an example of what armchair jockeys look like when they give it their best shot on a racing simulator. It’s fair to say they should leave it to the professionals.