After Grandeur's win in the All-Weather Middle Distance Championships at Lingfield on Saturday, trainer Jeremy Noseda told AtTheRaces.com: "I'll have to chat with the owners, but Grandeur has shown he's suited to racing in America and he'll probably go to Belmont Park in May and June. The American turf horses aren't as tough as the horses we have to face in Great Britain and there's a lot of money on offer." The last time Grandeur was in America he looked arguably as good as he ever has. He won the G2 Twilight Derby & G2 Hollywood Turf Cup, and if not for an abysmal ride that day by Garrett Gomez dropping Grandeur so far back and trying to run down Unbridled Command from the parking lot, I believe he would've won the G1 Hollywood Derby also. Grandeur's back in pretty solid form again right now, so I would expect to see him run well at Belmont if he turns up there this summer, IMO.
Grandeur nips Dick Doughtywylie by a head to win the inaugural running of the All-Weather Middle Distance Championships at Lingfield, rebounding from a sub-par effort last time out in the G3 Winter Derby.
@paul.nathan.946, I'm also not even saying that Toormore can beat Kingman in the Guineas. I'm just suggesting that I don't believe the Guineas will quite the duck walk for Kingman that the Greenham was facing the likes of Toormore, War Command, Australia, etc..., but TJMO, and I too could be very wrong about that just like I've been a million times before, LOL.
@paul.nathan.946, Toormore was also carrying a 3 or 4lb. penalty in the Craven for his G1 win in Ireland last season. I just saw the replay and when Grey Gatsby headed Toormore he came right back at him and pulled back ahead of Grey Gatsby fairly easily.
@pau.nathan.946, Kingman's effort defintely the more superior of the two, but lest we forget that Kingman was only running 7f in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury while Toormore won over the Guineas distance of a mile over the rolly mile at Newmarket. Just sayin....
Toormore beats the Grey Gatsby to win the G3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on his 2014 seasonal debut and will also be headed to Newmarket undefeated along with Kingman for the upcoming G1 English 2000 Guineas.
Finished 3rd of 9 in the listed Patton Stakes on the all-weather at Dundalk.
@Northport, If you click on Ruler of the World's "record by race" box on Racing Post and go up where it shows who the owner is, it's listed now as Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, & Derek Smith and it says Al Shaqab Racing, Magnier, Tabor, & Smith until April 2, 2014. So apparently the transaction to buy back full interest in Ruler of the World from Al Shaqab Racing took place on or about April 2, 2014.
The Mike De Kock trained duo of Vercingetorix & Sanshaawes fresh off of success in Dubai willl also ship to Sha Tin for the AP QE II Cup along with the Japanese duo of Uncoiled & Epiphaneia
It appears pretty definite now the connections of Cirrus Des Aigles have chosen to ship to Hong Kong to run in the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 27th at Sha Tin, bypassing a potential clash with unbeaten Arc winner Treve in the G1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on the same day.
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