As Emotionless' bubble went pop, so did the champagne corks as FormBet ratings triumphed again with some big-priced winners.
Although it was later revealed that many people's 2000 Guineas hope picked up an injury, there was nothing wrong to be found with the ratings.
Air Force Blue was hugely impressive in the Dewhurst and is without a doubt one of this season's top 2-year-olds, if not the best.
The day began with a flourish with FBR top rated Mix And Mingle winning comfortably in the Fillies Nursery. Having won her maiden at Lingfield, this was a big step up for the Exceed And Excel filly, but she won comfortably by 1 1/4 lengths.
Summer Icon looks to have improved massively from her previous runs to finish second, but time will tell whether she can prove herself to be consistent.
It would definitely be worth siding with Our Joy again and a drop back down in trip may be in her favour too, having been caught in the final furlong. There was certainly a lot to like about her performance.
It was then quickly two out of two, as FBR top rated Gifted Master took the Autumn Stakes. Hugo Palmer hadn't been confident that his two-year-old would stay the mile, but in fact, Gifted Master stayed it very well.
The speedball took off in front and was game in front, holding off the late challenge of Beacon Rock. Ryan Moore was scrubbing Beacon Rock along at the halfway point and had looked to be struggling, so credit must go to him to finish where he did.
Whether it was a case of not handling the Rowley Mile or perhaps needing a step up in trip, Beacon Rock was still never quite getting to the winner.
I had been very keen on Special Season earlier in the year, but I was incredibly disappointed with him as he could only manage fourth.
The bubble around Emotionless for the 2000 Guineas had looked almost indestructible before the Dewhurst, but after picking up an injury he has been considerably eased out by the bookmakers for next year's Classic. Instead, Air Force Blue who was rated just behind Emotionless prior to the race on FormBet FBR, duly took advantage and scored impressively.
Whether or not he trains on at three remains to be seen, but the Dewhurst winner was mightily impressive and when connections start throwing around statements such as “the best 2-year-old I've had” that's when you have to sit up and take note.
I was personally impressed with Massaat who despite being hammered by Air Force Blue, was himself clear of the remainder of the field. He looks to have ‘bumped into one' and the Teofilo colt should have some nice races up his sleeve.
There is normally a gamble around for these big handicaps and it was Oriental Fox who was the subject of it before the Cesarewitch, having been backed in from 16/1 to 7/1 he was incredibly unlucky not to see it through.
Instead, it was 50/1 outsider Grumeti who stole the show having been overlooked by almost everyone. His form had been rather uninspiring over obstacles and on the flat, but he saw out the trip nicely to triumph in the photo finish, with Oriental Fox, on the nod.
Quick Jack continued to be the nearly horse in the Cesarewitch finishing third again, while Renneti was the eye-catcher for me, staying on strongly in the final furlong to claim fourth. Another who took the eye was Le Maitre Chat, also closing quickly at the finish, and those two will no doubt have their day in the sun soon.
Glamorous Approach took the Zetland Stakes impressively and there was talk flying around of her being an Oaks filly at the end by those in the crowd. It wouldn't be the worst bet you could place as she was going away at the finish and won cosily in the end. FBR top rated Ormito could only manage fourth, outpaced when it mattered and just keeping on at the end.
Mistrusting won the fillies Listed race well, but most of all I was pleased to see Terror back at 6 furlongs, and would be keeping her on my side at that distance in the future. Terror looked to have it wrapped up but for the late challenge from Mistrusting and I would think both would go on to win a few races between them.
FBR top rated Divine didn't help herself being keen in the early stages of the race, and then had to overcome interference before getting a clear run and finishing well. With a better passage she may well have finished a lot closer than she did.
It was undeniably the lucky last, as FBR top rated Energia Davos took the Darley Stakes at a huge price of 40/1. In the end, he did it better than the winning margin suggests staying on strongly to lead in the last 50 yards.
A word must be said on how disappointing Ooty Hill was, once again. He had looked a potential star but, since his debut win, has gone downhill rapidly. He was too keen early on and had no chance when entering the final stages of the race.
Our Joy and Massaat are good additions to your tracker. So too is Glamorous Approach and if you were as impressed as some people were, then you can back her at 33/1 for next years Oaks with William Hill.