Making his seasonal debut, Custom Cut wins the G2 Bet365 Mile at Sandown. Going back to last season he's now won 6 of his last 7 starts, I.E., listed Midsummer Stakes, listed Pomfret Stakes, G3 Desmond Stakes, G3 Strensall Stakes, G2 Joel Stakes, G2 Bet365 Mile. His only loss during that period came at Ascot last October in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes won by Charm Spirit. The G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury next month will almost certainly be the next target for Custom Cut. It's possible he could have an encounter with California Chrome in that race.
I just finished posting the 34 horses still left entered after today for the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2nd. I'd say we'll likely start seeing those 34 entries begin getting whittled down very quickly over the next week.
When Ambitious Dragon was at his very best, which in my opinion was in 2011 & 2012, he had an electric turn of foot that was a sight to behold. A multiple G1 winner at a mile and at 10f, the hallmark of a great champion. Enjoy your retirement Dragon.
Yeah, Ward's always been a big supporter of the royal meeting at Ascot and his horses have given excellent accounting's of themselves over the years. He's the one American trainer who's had a pretty high measure of success in Europe, particularly at Royal-Ascot.
Hootenanny and Sunset Glow who had both under consideration to run in the English 2000 Guineas & English 1000 Guineas respectively next month at Newmarket have both been scratched from contention according to a new story just posted a little while ago on the Racing Post web-site. Hopefully we'll get to see them both at Royal-Ascot in June instead? Hootenanny in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes and Sunset Glow in the G1 Coronation Stakes. Fingers crossed anyway.
In regard to Shared Belief's performance or lack of in the Charlestown Classic, he's not the first California based horse that's dominated in his home state that failed to fire when coming east to race. Lest we forget, the recent American turf star, Acclamation, was much the same. Acclamation absolutely cleaned up in every major turf race on the west coast but ran abysmally at east coast tracks. He finished last of 9 at Monmouth in the G1 United Nations and ironically last of 10 at Charlestown in the Charlestown Classic in 2011, though in fairness to Acclamation he was really a turf horse switching over to run on conventional dirt that day.
A good day for trainer Jim Bolger today at the Curragh in Ireland as Flight Risk at 50-1 beats the likes of Due Diligence, Cable Bay, Sruthan, & Sovereign Debt among others to win the G3 Gladness Stakes. Then in the race following that Bolger had Parish Hall & Loch Garman finish 1st & 2nd in the listed Alleged Stakes.
Off a 9 month layoff, Arab Spring out last Pether's Moon & Romsdal to win the G3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury.
Former American based sprinter, Due Diligence, is set to make his 2015 seasonal debut on Sunday in the G3 Gladness Stakes over 7f at the Curragh in Ireland, a race that Excelebration among others for Ballydoyle have used as a seasonal debut on the way to bigger targets. Trainer Aidan O'Brien told the Racing Post if Due Diligence runs well at the Curragh and comes out of the race without issue he could potentially point toward the G2 Duke of York Stakes during the Dante meeting at York in mid-May, but the long range goal for him remains getting back to Royal-Ascot for another shot at the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes in June, a race Due Diligence ran huge in a season ago.
Last seen finishing 3rd behind Lady Eli & Sunset Glow in the G1 BC Juvenile Fillies' Turf, Osaila holds off the very game New Providence by a head in her 3YO debut to win the G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket and looks soundly on her way to returning there in May for the G1 English 1000 Guineas.
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