Sovereign Debt continues his run of rock solid racing, scoring his biggest win to date in the G2 Bet365 Mile at Sandown. I do however think it was really unfortunate that Mondialiste ended up being scratched from the race, because his form with G1 wins in the Woodbine Mile & Arlington Million plus his Breeders Cup Mile 2nd at Keeneland was the best form on offer in this field by a street.
Cunco gets up late to beat Intern by a head in the G3 Classic Trial at Sandown with Frankuus finishing a game 3rd. The disappointment of the race was heavy favorite Monarchs Glen who finished well beaten.
Last seen finishing 4th in the Breeders Cup Turf at Santa Anita back in November, Ulysses holds off Deauville by just under a length on his seasonal debut to win the G3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.
Dettori doesn't ride for Godolphin any more. Hasn't for awhile now. He rides almost exclusively for trainer John Gosden these days and the pair is arguably the hottest trainer/jockey combination in the UK at the moment. William Buick is one of Godolphin's regular stable jockey's, so it's possible he would get the mount unless Saeed Bin Suroor decides to go outside the box and recruit an American jockey for the mount. They've been using other jockey's a lot this season other than their regular stable jockey's in Europe. That's assuming Thunder Snow goes to Churchill Down for the Kentucky Derby? At the moment, he's also 1 of 19 horses still engaged for the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on the same day.
@anthonyd73648, Minding & Alice Springs will both stay in training to race as 4YO in 2017, but Ballydoyle has been retired to broodmare status, which is not uncommon for Ballydoyle, They actually retire a large % of their racing fillies after their 3YO season is over. Which is why it surprised me a little they decided to keep Minding & Alice Springs both in training given how successful both were as 3YO in 2016.
The field for the 2017 renewal of the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6th was cut to 19 today, with a lot of talented horses still remaining among the 19 still engaged. The likes of Churchill, Caravaggio, Lancaster Bomber, Barney Roy, Dream Castle, Thunder Snow, & Eminent are still in the mix at present, as well as trainer Andre Fabre's unbeaten to date Al Wukair for Al Shaqab Racing who will likely make the trek over to Newmarket from France for the race. The fillies classic currently has 27 entries that remain engaged for the G1 English 1000 Guineas the following day.
Cracksman, the highly regarded son of Frankel, gets up in literally the last dying stride to nose out the Mark Johnston trained Permian and win the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom and keeps his unbeaten record in tact for the potent combo of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
@Byrnzzz, Agreed. Wesley Ward, as much as any other American trainer, seems to really have clued into what it takes to win races at Royal-Ascot during the royal meeting. His horses rarely ever give a bad accounting of themselves there.
This one, I'm sure to no one's real surprise, is being pointed at the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at this year's royal meeting. A race Wesley Ward's had a bit of success in over the years, along with the Norfolk Stakes.
@Byrnzz, She is being pointed at the Queen Mary Stakes. Already has the entry if you look up the ante-post odds being posted by the various European bookmakers, I.E., Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddypower, Victor Chandler, etc....At present, Paddypower have her as a 6-1 chance for the Queen Mary.
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