Trio Face Intriguing Battle At End Of 2017 Flat Season
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The end is in sight for the 2017 horse racing flat season and the battle between the Class 1 competitors is reaching an interesting climax.
The group have been extremely competitive throughout the season, with one horse not being able to rise above its rivals to dominate the field.
With four notable races left in the campaign, including the l’Arc de Triomphe, there’s ample opportunity for one competitor to emerge from the pack as the outstanding horse.
As a result, keeping up with the latest tips online at websites like SportsPredictor could be vital as the momentum has changed hands several times throughout the current term.
Churchill was dominant in the early stages of the campaign, continuing his form from the end of the 2016 season. The Bay Colt began the term with a fine display to win the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, defeating Barney Roy by a length.
He backed his efforts up at the Irish 2,000 Guineas at Curragh with an even stronger display, winning the meet by two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Thunder Snow.
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However, the winning would end there for Churchill as Barney Roy came to the fore. Churchill was heavily backed for another triumph at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes, given his early-season form, but was to be stunned by his rival.
Barney Roy overcame a sluggish start to the meet but gradually found his pace during the race to surge into the lead in the final furlong. He won the race ahead of Lancaster Bomber and Thunder Snow by a length, while Churchill finished in fourth place.
The season took another turn as Barney Roy was unable to build on his success at the Epsom Downs in The Eclipse. Ulysses was considered an outsider to claim the victory but Sir Michael Stoute’s charge surprised the rest of the field at Sandown Park to just edge out Barney Roy by a nose.
Although Ulysses could not keep up his momentum as he was beaten out by the impressive Filly Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The race was slightly longer than his previous win but was well beaten by four-and-a-half lengths, suggesting to Stoute that shorter meets against Barney Roy and Churchill would serve his charger more favourably.
That proved to be the case as all three met in a showdown at York in the Juddmonte International Stakes. After a lengthy absence from the track, Churchill returned to the fold and was considered the favourite to emerge victorious at the meet.
However, Ulysses put forward another dominant outing down the final stretch of the 1-mile 2-furlong race, surging down the final furlong to win by two lengths as Churchill finished in second just ahead of Barney Roy.
Ulysses and Churchill now stand at two wins apiece this term, while Barney Roy has also flashed his quality. The horses will battle again in Leopardstown at the Irish Champion Stakes before another potential meeting at the l’Arc.
The respective trainers will be hard at work to improve the fortunes of their horses in the battle to be remembered as the dominant competitor of the 2017 season.