Heard them saying on TV a few minutes ago that jockey Ryan Moore is riding at a 33% strike rate over the past 2 weeks. He had 2 wins on yesterday's card at Chester including the Cheshire Oaks and he's already ridden winners on the 2 premier races today at Chester in the G3 Huxley Stakes & G3 Chester Vase. This guy can flat out ride. I often see comments where people say "he's always on short priced favorites." That may be, but why do you think he's one of the most sought after jockey's in the sport by these owners and trainers to put aboard their short priced favorites.
US Army Ranger lives up to the hype, but just barely, narrowly holding off stablemate Port Douglas by a nose to win the G3 Chester Vase. My guess is that both of these colts will be headed to Epsom next month for the Derby.
Cannock Chase sprints clear of Western Hymn in 2nd and Master Carpenter in 3rd to win the G3 Huxley Stakes at Chester for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Sir Michael Stoute. His first trip to the winners circle since he won the G1 Pattison Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine last October.
In his first start on the flat in over 2-1/2 years, No Heretic wins the 2m 2-1/2f Chester Cup for Mrs. Fitri Hay and trainer Nicky Henderson.
Last back end though, Galileo Gold gave some indications he may come on as a 3YO in his final 2 starts of the season when he won the G2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and then ran a cracking good race at Longchamp when he finished 3rd in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
He has only 1 run to date, breaking his maiden 1st time out at the Curragh back on April 3rd, but this seems to be the colt that Aidan O'Brien is really high on in regard to being his top Epsom Derby horse, although there has been some speculation that the stables Guineas winning filly, Minding, could possibly skip the Epsom Oaks in favor of taking on the boys in the Derby? But in regard to US Army Ranger, he's got a fantastic middle distance pedigree, sired by Galileo out of the Irish Oaks winning mare Moonstone who also finished 2nd to Look Here in the Epsom Oaks of 2008. It's possible we might see US Army Ranger race again in a few days on May 5th at Chester in the G3 Chester Vase. That would definitely give punters a much better reading on what his chances at Epsom would be.
Breeders Cup Turf winner, Found, back in the winners circle with a victory in the G3 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. Next up for her will most likely be the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup later in the month.
Wonder what kind of odds the bookies would've given that the exact same trio of Ballydoyle fillies that ran 1-2-3 in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland back in September would repeat that exact same order of finish just over 8 months later at Newmarket in the G1 English 1000 Guineas?
From the Racing Post web-site: Trainers Michael, Wayne, & John Hawkes have announced that Chautauqua, considered by many to be the best sprinter in the world right now, will not travel to Royal-Ascot to run in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes after his brilliant win on Sunday at Sha Tin in the G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize.
Without question Galileo is the most prolific sire of offspring for racing on turf that I can remember in my lifetime and I've followed racing worldwide for more than 30 years. He's almost been a 1-horse factory by himself for Coolmore Stud producing group level stakes winners over just about every distance, both colts & fillies.
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