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Ryan Moore will partner the well-backed
Giovanni Canaletto in the Investec Derby at
Epsom on Saturday.
Aidan O Brien s colt has been the subject
of strong support for the premier Classic and
will now have the assistance of a world-class
Giovanni Canaletto, who finished second
on his seasonal bow in a Group Three at the
Curragh on May 24, is an 8/1 chance with
Sky Bet for the big race, having been twice
that price only 24 hours earlier. Coolmore
tweeted that Joseph O Brien will ride stable-
mate Kilimanjaro, while Hans Holbein is the
mount of Seamie Heffernan.
Moore has also been given the go-ahead to
ride the O Brien-trained Tapestry in the
Investec Coronation Cup.
A son of Galileo, Giovanni Canaletto is a
full-brother to 2013 Derby hero Ruler Of The
World and a half-brother to five-time Group
One winner Duke Of Marmalade, who missed
his intended Derby prep in the Chester Vase
but returned to the track when chasing home
Curvy in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh
on May 24.
Russian Reward is a five-star nap for
the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta today when there
are also flat-race fixtures scheduled for
Chelmsford (polytrack), good to firm
Ripon and Nottingham where likely con-
ditions will be good to soft ground; NH
enthusiasts are catered for with a sum-
mer-jumping menu at Fontwell.
Patience is the supreme virtue when bet-
ting horses seriously, it s necessary to let
the ball come onto the bat and I ll be sur-
prised if veteran jockey Jimmy Fortune does-
n t hit the bookies for six aboard the pro-
gressive, thrice-raced, Russian Reward, third
in all starts to date.
Paul Cole s charge has bettered his time-
handicap mark on each occasion and that
recent third to Mitchum Swagger, in a fast-
run race over a similar distance at Newbury
last month, earmarks this Iffraaj colt as a
real special and we might just get a decent
Runner-up at the Berkshire course, Time
Flies, was beaten last week when he didn t
appear to stay a mile; a furlong out he looked
a 1/100 chance.
Hopefully form-ites will latch onto that
and issue negative vibes for Russian Reward;
hope springs eternal!
Baadi is one of eight decs for the eight-
runner Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of
the popular North Yorskhire course, an out-
standing each-way proposition with three
places available. Make sure they all run
before placing such a bet!
Roger Varian s charge has similar form to
once-raced Argus and is a deal better than
the rest; Graham Lee has been booked, that s
a major plus and with enough boxes ticked,
You can also get on William Haggas-
trained Pick Your Choice in the 3-y-o Maid-
en Stakes over a mile of Essex polytrack;
this yard is on fire and none has achieved
more this season.
The reason, Haggas is a proper man,
dedicated, professional and enthusiastic.
Quite a good cricketer too, by all accounts!
ARCADIA---Victor Espinoza is oozing
confidence a year after his hopes of
riding a Triple Crown winner were
dashed in the Belmont Stakes.
He is back with a record third chance
at a Triple try, this time aboard Amer-
ican Pharoah, a colt many believe is
poised to become the 12th Triple Crown
winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
"If he s 100 per cent and he goes
there and his energy is good, that s all
it s going to take," Espinoza said on a
recent morning at Santa Anita.
"I m positive and confident."
Espinoza s assurance stems from how
American Pharoah has developed over
the five-week Triple Crown campaign.
The colt rallied for a one-length vic-
tory in the Kentucky Derby and romped
in the rain to a seven-length win in the
Preakness. He has a solid pedigree---
his grand-sire Empire Maker won the
2003 Belmont to spoil Funny Cide s
Triple Crown bid---and Espinoza, along
with everyone else, is impressed by the
colt s stride in which he nearly floats
over the ground.
American Pharoah has left Espinoza
with none of the questions he had about
humbly bred California Chrome, whose
bid ended with a fourth-place finish
in the Belmont last June.
Or ornery War Emblem, a one-
dimensional front-runner Espinoza first
met on the morning of the 2002 Ken-
They teamed to win that day and at
the Preakness, but the Bob Baffert-
trained colt stumbled out of the starting
gate in the Belmont and finished eighth.
By comparison, Espinoza has culti-
vated a solid relationship with good-
natured and versatile American
Pharoah, who he s ridden since last
Together they are 6-0. Espinoza took
over from Martin Garcia after the colt
lost his first career race at Del Mar,
although Garcia still exercises the colt
in the mornings.
"Pharoah is just like pushing buttons,
you just can do whatever you want,"
Garcia said. "He s a really talented
Twice American Pharoah has won
on wet tracks, including at the Preak-
ness, where a deluge occurred just
before the race began.
Saturday s forecast calls for rain,
which could turn Belmont Park s dirt
into a creamy goo resembling peanut
American Pharoah s ability to come
from behind, as he did in the Derby,
or run on or near the lead gives Espinoza
options in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, the
longest and most grueling of the Triple
12.30 Russian Reward
2.20 Pick Your Choice
TODAY'S PICK TWO
8-12 • 15-20
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 4
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 2
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish)---10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife)---1 pm
25 (Morocoy)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
30 (House Cat)
32 (Shrimps) 1 pm
9 (Cattle) 10.30am
Get Russian Reward
Espinoza positive and confident
Moore to ride
gambled on Giovanni
Dettori wary of
Frankie Dettori remains wary of Aidan
O Brien s Investec Derby contenders despite
the absence of dual Classic winner Gleneagles
O Brien has won the last three renewals of
the Classic with Camelot, Ruler Of The World
and Australia but does not appear to have a
strong contender this time around with English
and Irish Guineas winner Gleneagles taken out
of the race on Monday.
Hans Holbein and Kilimanjaro won their
respective trials at Chester and Lingfield, but
Giovanni Canaletto is likely to go off a shorter
price than those two despite being beaten on
his return to action at the Curragh.
Dettori partners favourite Golden Horn for
John Gosden and he respects the chances of
not only the O Brien runners but also stable-
mate Jack Hobbs, who he rode to finish second
in the Dante behind his Derby mount.
"He (Golden Horn) is favourite, we know
what he s made of," Dettori told At The Races.
"The same question keeps coming up. Will
he stay? My gut feeling says yes, so it s fingers
crossed now as his preparation has gone well.
"I m scared of Jack Hobbs, the horse has
improved since the Dante and he stays well.
"The Derby is the Derby but my horse won
the best trial and won it convincingly. I have
lots of faith in the horse.
"There s 15 left in so let s hope we get a
smooth run and see if we can win it."
Of the O Brien trio, Dettori added: "Their
forte is that they are all good stayers so I m
sure they are going to make a race of it.
"The Chester Vase winner (Hans Holbein)
looked a good stayer. You can never dismiss
Aidan O Brien, he s a master and whatever he
runs you have to respect."
Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates aboard American
Pharoah after winning the 141st running of the
Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in
Louisville, Kentucky. AP PHOTO
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