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Catch A Flight is considered to be the outright second favourite for the race with most bookmakers pricing Beholder’s stablemate at a 4/1 margin to get the job done here against the talented female. Flavien Prat is booked for the trip and he has been in really notable form over the past few months in California but is generally regarded as a higher quality turf jockey than he is on the new Del Mar dirt surface.
The marquee race of the Del Mar meeting is set to unfold today as one of the more interesting iterations in a while anchors a very impressive card at the San Diego track where the turf meets the surf. With American Pharoah stabled at Del Mar but likely to opt for the Travers Stakes or another big race in the near-term future, the favourites position falls to the top mare on the west coast - multiple Breeders’ Cup winner Beholder.
While the field that he faced off against (only four other competitors) didn’t really bely a proper Group 1 at Ascot, he was still able to dispose of his competition very easily and rewarded punters with his 8/15 margin. The dual Guineas and Irish Guineas winner will be able to make a huge statement if he is able to actually get the better of Golden Horn as this would potentially etch this into one of the best three-year-old rivalries to emerge in flat racing for quite some time.
The key spoiler here really looks to be fan-favourite The Grey Gatsby as the hard-knocking Mastercraftsman colt seeks to make his first breakthrough of the year here after coming so close so many times. He’s already been turned back by Golden Horn at Sandown last time out when sent...
One of the biggest flat racing clashes in recent memory looks set to unfold as an exciting field is assembling at York this Wednesday for the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes. While many of the entrants aren’t exactly in desperate pursuit of an automatic entry into the Champions Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day at the end of the flat season, the bragging rights and stud fee implications could be in full effect as the 2000 Guineas winner and Derby winner tangle amongst a group of talented older contenders.
Undefeated Golden Horn has been the biggest story of the season this year as he has been able to put away virtually any horse that has come after him so far in his career and he’s forged an excellent relationship with Frankie Dettori....
Panama Hat is a very interesting shipper for the Million and you’ll find him trading at a price of about 6/1 and many will be looking forward to his performance here and he could be a solid each-way selection even at that price.
In the Beverly D Stakes we have Wedding Vow listed as the outright favourite ahead of last year’s victory for Team Valor’s Euro Charline. Wedding Vow trades at around 13/8 as the favourite with most major bookmakers while Euro Charline can be backed from a margin of about 5/1 with several top bookmakers.
The best rated American contender in European ante post markets looks to be the venerable Stephanies Kitten, who lines up in the silks of owner/breeder Ken Ramsey who stands her stallion Kitten’s Joy. As it currently stands, she trades at a...
While the track may not host a huge amount of major fixtures, one of the most exciting weekends of flat racing in the world happens each year at Arlington racetrack in Chicago as groups of talented European contenders ship across the pond to take on some of the more accomplished American turf runners in a high stakes day of racing at this beautiful suburban racetrack.
Juddmonte have an interesting contender in here who is set for a seasonal debut with only a single solitary run under his belt during his previous 2yo campaign. Convey beat out a Kempton maiden field by a full five lengths with James Doyle up in the irons. It may not have been the classiest of races but he beat some good contenders coming out of it and they certainly wouldn’t have placed him here if they didn’t think he could win it. You’ll find him trading at a 10/3 price tag and it’s worth noting he has a pair of Group 1 entries later on this year.
Glorious Goodwood continues again today with a very interesting card that pits a number of top flat contenders against each other. The televised races are particularly interesting and we’ve got some solid group level action unfolding but the card is really anchored by the BetFred Mile.
The first four races look to be the most appealing and we’ve got things kicking off with the Group 3 BetFred Glorious Stakes and a seven horse field will contest the 1m4f distance here and it’s a tricky field of contenders representing good yards. The early betting choice appears to be The Corsican, who is by Galileo out...
James McDonald was up for that one and the fact that Buick returns can only be seen as an improvement and there is plenty to expect from this one. Should the price hold it might make a decent each-way bet.
The next contest is a maiden fillies race with a deep field of 13 while Winter Rose looms as the punters standout selection here as the price has been beat down to a 2/1 price from a 9/4 listing earlier on. The Hannon/Hughes combo is back at it again and they will be looking to build on the third place finish at Newmarket last time out. James Doyle was in the irons that day and the punters have been taking to the...