The Classic Class of 2017 – Who’s your number one?
With the dust now having settled on the British Flat Classics for 2017, we take a look back at the five landmark moments of the Flat calendar.
The usual suspects like Aidan O’Brien and Frankie Dettori were in amongst the trophies, while records were broken and a shock 40/1 winner came along to surprise everyone in the Epsom Derby.
Without further ado let’s rattle through the Classic encounters.
Racehorse: Churchill. Jockey: Ryan Moore. Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Odds: 6/4 favourite
Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien secured a record-breaking eighth 2000 Guineas victory as the outstanding Churchill landed the first Classic of the season.
Last year’s champion two-year-old Churchill proved his class in the race to win by a length in front of Barney Roy. Churchill was ridden by three time Champion Jockey Ryan Moore who claimed his second 2000 Guineas victory, it was also another Classic winner for the great sire Galileo.
Racehorse: Winter. Jockey: Wayne Lordan. Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Odds: 9/1
Aidan O’Brien capped another glorious weekend at Newmarket with a Guineas double when Winter came home in a dominant performance.
The market had been dominated by O’Brien’s Rhododendron before the race but it was his second-string Winter who spoiled the party for many punters. Winter went on to win another three Group Ones in-a-row and become one of the stars of the 2017 Flat season.
Racehorse: Enable. Jockey: Frankie Dettori. Trainer: John Gosden. Odds: 6/1
This was where a champion was born. Enable and Frankie Dettori proved an unstoppable pairing as the rest of the field couldn’t get close to the superstar filly in the driving rain.
Enable has arguably become the horse of 2017, and after beating all the best fillies in the Oaks she took on the boys in the King George at Ascot and completely outclassed them.
Racehorse: Wings Of Eagles. Jockey: Padraig Beggy. Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Odds: 40/1
One of the longest odds winners of a Classic at a massive 40/1 was Wings Of Eagles. Aidan O’Brien had seven runners in the race and Wings Of Eagles was way down in the pecking order with Cliffs Of Moher considered his best chance for a winner.
However, Wings Of Eagles produced one of the best comebacks of the season streaking past the likes of Cliffs Of Moher, Cracksman and Eminent in the last few yards. Jockey Padraig Beggy said “fair play to Aidan O’Brien – it doesn’t matter what price they are when you are riding for Aidan in a big race.”
Racehorse: Capri. Jockey: Ryan Moore. Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Odds: 3/1 favourite
Ryan Moore completes a full house of Classics. Some claim he’s the greatest jockey in the world at the moment, however, until last Saturday he didn’t have the St Leger on his CV.
The grey Capri proved eighth time lucky for the Englishman, it was a breath-taking finish where anyone of three could have won it in the closing stages but Capri proved the stronger holding off Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius.