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We haven’t seen the best of Hurricane Lane yet
Aidan O’Brien may have had five runners in this year’s Irish Derby, including one whose role looked to be that of a pacemaker, but the race was not run at an end-to-end gallop. The pace steadied appreciably at around halfway and, as a consequence, Lone Eagle’s prominent position was an advantage. Frankie Dettori attempted to make the most of that advantage, committing before his rivals and going into a clear lead, but Lone Eagle was unable to repel Hurricane Lane, who found plenty under pressure.
Hurricane Lane hampered a few of his rivals as he launched his challenge down the outside, but he still deserves credit for overhauling the enterprisingly-ridden runner-up and pulling more than seven lengths clear of the remainder. That performance suggests Hurricane Lane could have even more to offer when faced with a solid pace on a galloping track.
Zeeband is a stayer to follow
The Northumberland Vase may have been a consolation race to the Northumberland Plate but it featured more progressive handicappers and should prove a stronger piece of form. Zeeband led home a 1-2-3 for the four-year-olds – there was only one such runner in the Plate – and he won in the style of a handicapper going places.
Zeeband had progressed well during his three-year-old campaign and, with the benefit of a run at Newmarket last month under his belt, he took a step forward on his first crack at two miles, readily brushing his rivals aside. It was notable how smoothly he made his headway, and he could still have more to offer.
Discoveries & Tuesday will make an impact in Group races
The seven-furlong fillies’ maiden run at the Curragh on Friday looked like a strong affair and the two who fought out a thrilling finish should be making an impact in Group races sooner rather than later. Discoveries, a sister to Alpha Centauri, had the benefit of previous experience and she put that to good use to just deny Minding’s sister, Tuesday, with the pair pulling two and three-quarter lengths clear. That was an extremely promising effort from Tuesday on debut and it’s worth noting that defeat in this event has been no barrier to future success at a high level for Aidan O’Brien’s fillies – Rhododendron and Love both finished runner-up.
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