A stunning Laytown photo and a Frankel monster: the best of the week's racing
Performance of the week
The sprint division has so often been the poor relation of the mile and middle-distance scene, but this year nearly all that has been good about the Flat season has come courtesy of the speedsters.
Not many will forget Caravaggio's thrilling Commonwealth Cup victory or the epic duel served up between Marsha and Lady Aurelia in the Nunthorpe – Frankie Dettori will be trying his best – but it is Harry Angel who deserves the majority of the plaudits.
After comprehensively reversing Ascot form with Caravaggio in the July Cup, Harry Angel made a mockery of his Sprint Cup rivals, producing his best performance yet on ground it was feared may blunt his electrifying turn of foot.
Not only is Harry Angel the best of his generation, he is arguably the most talented British sprinter this century.
Endorsement of the week
Quote of the week
"I've had no luck here recently – that's my first winner since the new stand was built"
Rod Millman toasts an overdue win at Ascot following Duke Of Bronte's success in the £100,000 handicap. The 'new' Ascot reopened in 2006.
Best-named debutant of the week
Herculean by name, Herculean by nature. You didn't have to be much of a paddock judge to notice the son of Frankel absolutely dwarfed his rivals, while his distinctive four white socks and gigantic white blaze made him stand out ever further. But he's also got a big engine to match his huge frame, and a comfortable victory at Ascot on Friday marked him down as a horse to follow.
Picture of the week
There is no shortage of fantastic images from Laytown, but this shot, offering a view from the perspective of a rider on horseback, is particularly stunning.