Social Discourse – Monday 29th July

It was a week in which girls really did rule our world. Two major Group 1’s in Europe both went to female superstars, and a couple more dominated the finish of a high quality handicap for good measure. But there’s only one place to start, writes William Kedjanyi.

  1. Long Live The Queen

Watch it again. Savour it. Enjoy one of the finest races we’re likely to see for a long time.


And then re-live how these two competitors brought us all together in admiration.

Here’s what trainer John Gosden had to say:


And owner’s representative, Lord Teddy Grimthorpe:


Jockey Frankie Dettori was at his most captivating post-race:


Oh, and a lovely moment when the Ascot crowd applauded runner up Crystal Ocean, who ran a truly tremendous race.

And don’t forget the grooms:


  1. The Growing Legend Of Laurens

Another day, another superstar filly. Let’s enjoy Laurens being back to her best.

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She did what she does so effectively: racing from the front, laying down the gauntlet, and proving too good for last year’s winner With You in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville to earn an incredible sixth Group 1. She’s not done with France yet either: The Prix Jean Romanet could be next.

Here’s the reaction straight from Karl Burke…..

Lucy Burke:

PJ McDonald:


  1. International Fun and Games

More success for women, although this time they were aboard rather than conveying, as Nicola Currie gave Raising Sand a tremendous ride to get the better of Hollie Doyle and Kaeso in the Moet & Chandon International Stakes at Ascot.

It wasn’t just a great victory for Currie, but also for Jamie Osborne and the Nick Bradley syndicate, which includes ATR tipster Hugh Taylor, who many will know, so let’s all share in their delight.



  1. Can You Handle The Heat

It has been a hot summer and this week saw the hottest day in the UK on record. It tested man, machine, and animal to the limit.

This was too much for the meeting at Southwell, which saw the final two races sensibly abandoned after the times for certain races were changed.


But, to play devil’s advocate. Why, on a day when the mercury rose to 34 degrees and beyond, was a jump meeting going ahead?

Now yes, races are run at high temperatures very often, and yes, the cooling system was first class – as was the care that the horses received. Extra staff were brought in from Worcester to cool horses down as well, to the course’s credit.

But in a sport which is at the mercy of public perception, the consequences of an accident for a race run in a heatwave would have handed easy pickings to the sport’s detractors. Was that risk worth it?


The Heat’s A Comin’: We are living in a world which is experiencing substantial changes in the climate. Racing should be showing its fine efforts in keeping its competitors cool to all and sundry.


  1. Do This, But Not That

Horseracing continues to be the gift that keeps on giving this week, where we have not one but two of the summer’s biggest festivals.

Glorious Goodwood will give us the best the flat can offer in brilliantly classy surroundings. Meanwhile, across the Irish Sea, the Galway Festival will test the agility, speed and stamina of Ireland’s best, as well as the partying constitution of the racegoers.

As is traditional before Festivals, we asked you, the good people of Twitter, for your best tips. Enjoy if you are going!


Geegeez will have plenty of coverage of these big meetings, so DO check us out!

That’s all for this week – it’s sure to be a packed edition next time. Until then…


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