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Ratings Review: Two Year Olds: Minardi stands out in notable week.

In easily the best week of the two-year-old action this season, the performance of Minardi (122) in winning the Middle Park Stakes stands head and shoulders above promising victories for Regal Rose (110), Mozart (109), King Charlemagne (109) and Amonita (112).

Aidan O'Brien's colt outclassed one of the most competitive Middle Park fields we've seen in recent years, scoring by one and a half lengths from Endless Summer. The most reliable guide to the form is sixth-placed Baaridd (107), whose finishing position was probably unaffected by his being slightly short of room in midfield, resulting in the winner posting a rating of 122. Endless Summer (118) in second and Bad As I Wannabe (111) in fourth seemed to have every chance and can now be assessed with some accuracy.

Ballydoyle also scored at Newmarket with Mozart in the Tattersalls Houghton Sales Stakes and King Charlemagne in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes.

Mozart can be assessed via the consistent Tortuguero (97), beaten 4ae lengths into fourth place, the winner returning a rating of 109. Much has been made of the fact that Mozart was disadvantaged by racing up the centre of the track, but the exposed Dress Code followed a similar route and improved a few pounds on her previous best Postmark in doing so.

King Charlemagne scored by a neck from the useful Grandera (108). Mick Channon's heavily campaigned Imperial Dancer (105) represents a decent marker in fifth place, resulting in the winner also producing a rating of 109. Third-placed Patsy's Double (108) could well be the most talented horse in the field, but

runs very free and will need to settle better.

No doubt Sinndar's Arc success more than made up for the Aga Khan's disappointment at the defeat of his promising filly Karasta in the Prix Marcel Boussac on Sunday. She failed to handle the track, but did pretty well to return a rating of 108 and went down to a useful filly in Amonita (112) anyway.

Karasta is one of three Sir Michael Stoute-trained fillies at the head of the 1,000 Guineas betting. The other two, Enthused and Regal Rose, met in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes last Tuesday. Unfortunately the race turned into a three-furlong dash for the line, with Regal Rose prevailing from a couple of outsiders. Fourth-placed Autumnal is a good guide to the form, with the winner recording a rating of 110.

Given a truly run race, there is every chance Regal Rose is capable of better than she has shown so far and she deserves some credit for winning despite her inexperience and the lottery it was made by the shortage of pace.

Enthused, a disappointing sixth, was almost certainly over the top and remains a top-class prospect.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Heaney, Ian
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2000
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