Breeders Cup Turf Sprint winner, Mongolian Saturday, will be ridden this time around by long time Hong Kong based jockey Douglas Whyte in Sunday's G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin. Florent Geroux was in the saddle for his 5th place finish back in December in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint.
Gifted Master continues to pad his bank account with a 5th straight win in the G3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot. Coolmore's Washington DC faded badly in the final furlong and finished well back.
They pulled Solow out of the Dubai Turf because he'd bruised one of his legs in a racecourse gallop in preparation for Dubai, so I'd say Freddie Head will have him 110% for the Queen Anne. Teppin's a great filly, but she's never faced a turf miler like Solow in America, not even in the BC Mile. She'll have to really bring her "A" game plus to beat Solow over Ascot's straight mile, IMO.
In an exciting 3-way finish, Mizzou goes back to back in the G3 Sagaro Stakes, barely holding off the late flying Clever Cookie in 2nd and the full out Flying Officer in 3rd.
I know for sure he's making his 2016 seasonal debut at Newmarket in the G1 English 2000 Guineas on April 30th. Assuming he comes out of that race in good order, it's possible he might then run in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas on May 21st if he gets the right ground at the Curragh? But with or without the run in the Irish Guineas, he's very likely headed to the royal meeting at Royal-Ascot to run in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes on June 14th, and this info comes from trainer Aidan O'Brien.
His last 2 starts have come at 2400 meters, one of which was his win at Sha Tin in the G1 Hong Kong Vase and the other a very creditable 4th place finish at Meydan in very competitive renewal of the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. But I look back on his win over 10f/2000 meters in America in the G1 Secretariat Stakes and I think this race potentially sets up for Highland Reel to put forth another one of those front running blinders like he did that day at Arlington Park. He'll have the services of one of the best jockeys in the sport in Ryan Moore, and if they give him too much reign on the front end he may not be for catching over this trip. My Audemars Piguet QE II Cup super-fecta: 1st-Highland Reel 2nd-Lovely Day 3rd-Designs On Rome 4th-Nuovo Record.
Having to give away weight to him for his victory over Dutch Connection in last season's G2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood, Toormore once again holds off Dutch Connection by about the same 3/4 length distance to win the G2 Bet365 Mile at Sandown on his 2016 seasonal debut.
Even though he does have the War Front pedigree on his top side, doubtful this horse ever comes to the United States to race on conventional dirt. Air Force Blue, IMO, will only race on turf in Europe and I'll be surprised if ever races beyond a mile. Trainer Aidan O'Brien likened him to Excellebration saying he believes Air Force Blue has the potential to become that caliber as a turf miler.
Godolphin's Emotionless, impressive winner of last season's G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, will miss the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30th, for which he had been considered by most bookmakers as the 10-1 second favorite behind Air Force Blue. Trainer Charlie Appleby was quoted on the Godolphin web-site as saying: "The horse has done nothing wrong in his work, but I feel he is still maturing and will be a better horse with more time." Appleby added: "He's an incredibly exciting horse to train, but he's a horse for the second half of the season and he has a real future as a four and five year old once he's
The same path that Gosden took with The Fugue back in 2012 en-route to the G1 Epsom Oaks, though she ran in the G1 English 1000 Guineas first before going on to the Dante meeting at York and winning the G3 Musidora Stakes.
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