Just announced via the Racing Post web-site: The Gurkha will be declared on Thursday morning to run in Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, with trainer Aidan O'Brien confirming his intention to run the French 2000 Guineas winner and St James's Palace Stakes runner-up against his elders for the 1st time, and also stepping the son of Galileo up in trip beyond a mile for the 1st time in his career to date.
Winner of his last 5 starts including the listed Newmarket Stakes during English Guineas weekend and the G3 Tercentenary Stakes during Ascot's royal meeting, Hawbill has been supplemented at a cost of $30,000(Euros) to run in Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, and it's expected the Godolphin owned 3YO son of Kitten's Joy is likely to get optimum conditions as he tackles Group 1 company for the first time.
Juddmonte racing manager, Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, told the Racing Post today that Exosphere will not run in Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, nor will he run in Sunday's G1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud in France. Grimthorpe went on to say that after Exosphere's lack luster performance in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot that it was decided by trainer Sir Michael Stoute and Prince Khalid Abdullah that he would likely benefit more from another run at G2 level first before attempting to step up against G1 company, so connections have decided that Exosphere will instead run in the G2 Princess of Wales Stakes over 12f at Newmarket/July on July 7th.
Yeah, I have no doubt if Humphrey Bogart runs well at Belmont we'll likely see him run in the G1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park as well. I like Humphrey Bogart quite a lot myself. Doesn't have the big flashy middle distance pedigree but always tries hard to win his races and usually gives a very solid accounting of himself.
According to a piece I saw on yesterday's Racing Post, the 10-person syndicate that makes up Humphrey Bogart's ownership have decided to accept the invitation to run him in the G1 Belmont Derby in America. James Ramsden, who's part of his ownership syndicate, said that further targets in America may be explored with Humphrey Bogart if he runs well in the Belmont Derby. Aidan O'Brien is also sending over Beacon Rock & Bravery for the Belmont Derby,and according to the piece the fillies that may be headed over for the Belmont Oaks are the Aidan O'Brien trained Alice Springs, the Jim Bolger trained Turret Rocks, and the Dermot Weld trained Simannka.
You're not giving very much credence to either of the Aidan O'Brien trained colts that will be coming over from Ireland for the Belmont Derby by tipping that tri-fecta. I mean really, what would Aidan O'Brien know about winning on turf in America, LOL.
Having ruled out running in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket/July in just under 2 weeks, trainer Richard Gibson, who used to train in France, told AtTheRaces.com today that the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over 1300 meters at Deauville in August is the next target on the agenda for Hong Kong based star Gold-Fun, who looks to follow up on his narrowly beaten 2nd behind Twilight Son at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Gibson went on to say, "after finishing off so strongly over the 1200 meters at Royal-Ascot, I think the extra 100 meters at Deauville will suit Gold-Fun well." "The feeling is there aren't many options left for him in Hong Kong anymore." "It's a little sharp over the 1200 meters at Sha Tin, but the variations in Europe are well suited for him."
Totally agree mate in regard to the lack of a field in the Pretty Polly Stakes, but I guess I just looked at it like Minding can only beat who shows up to race. That's why I'm so hopeful that Aidan O'Brien sends her to Goodwood for the G1 Nassau Stakes next month. It's almost always a really competitive mix of 3YO & older fillies & mares. Frankly though, that's been the case with the Pretty Polly Stakes for sometime now, save last year's renewal which was pretty decent. It seems to always a draw 2 or 3 fillies/mares that on paper at least are far superior to the rest of the field. The same with this year's renewal of the Curragh Cup. I was really hoping that with it getting a bump up in grade from G3 to G2 level this year that it might draw a more competitive field.
She's roughly halfway through her 3YO season now, and Minding is already a 5-time Group 1 winner over distances of 7f, 8f, 10f, & 12f, and had she gotten a bit livelier ground in the Irish 1000 Guineas I have absolutely no doubt we'd be calling her a 6-time Group 1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she shows up at Goodwood in July next to contest the G1 Nassau Stakes at 10f. That's usually one of the deeper fields of the season that draws a good mix of quality 3YO fillies + quality older fillies & mares. I also wouldn't mind seeing Minding take on older fillies & mares at 12f in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks at York in August.
Really like what I've seen out of Sword Fighter in his last 2 starts. What this colt may lack in talent and/or ability, he more than makes up for in drive and determination. It's no easy thing to take a field gate to wire over 2 miles at listed level and then come back 9 days later and take a field gate to wire over 14f at G2 level. Aidan O'Brien certainly doesn't have any problems throwing quality older stayers at this year's G1 Irish St Leger with the likes of Order of St George & Bondi Beach in the yard, but as of right now, I think Sword Fighter gives Aidan O'Brien his best chance of winning the G1 English St Leger at Doncaster that's restricted to just the 3YO stayers, IMO.
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