A great horse ran at around 3.40 on Saturday afternoon, taking one minute, 38.14 seconds to cover the Newbury mile. Frankel put the other Lockinge Stakes hopefuls to the sword, just as he had done with all the other opponents he faced in his previous nine races.
Just over an hour later, a great rugby team set out on journey that would take them to Heineken Cup glory for the third time in four years. Leinster needed more than a minute-and-a-half to put paid to Ulster’s hopes, but it was within that short time that Robert Kearney showed us this was going to be another game in which looking in would be all the more worthwhile.
There was a good catch and after that swashbuckling stuff, the kind of which has made this wearer of the blue, green and red jerseys one of the best full-backs in the game. Don’t take Inside Track’s word for this - read what the game’s more, and most, knowledgeable had to say.
The Cooley Confederacy, mentioned here before, has now got three fully paid-up members. There’s the aforementioned Kearney, along with Devin Toner and now another Kearney - Dave, the No 15’s brother. All played a part on Saturday, and if the Carlingford-connected Toner was the easier to distinguish as the Heino was being paraded after the match, it was because he’s so tall he’d frighten the life out of Cuchullain if ever the two ever faced up to each other.
They’re calling Frankel a freak. That’s far from complimentary. The mighty one, the best the world has seen in quite some time, hasn’t got two heads, nor can he speak – like Mr Ed. No, he just runs very fast, now as a 4-year-old, having previously done the same at two and three. He’s trained by Sir Henry Cecil and has as his jockey Irishman, Tom Queally.
Tom’s not the most fashionable around, but he’s the Cecil stable No 1, and the knighted one has been loyal to him, resisting all temptations to bring in an outsider.