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American Pharoah s Breeders Cup Clas-
sic victory saw him finish 4lb clear of
Golden Horn as the 2015 Longines World s
The Triple Crown hero, who lit up Amer-
ican racing last year, signed off from the
turf with a six-and-a-half-length victory
over Effinex in the Breeders Cup Classic
at Santa Anita. Watch the You Tube replay
of the race by clicking here.
The race effectively proved little more
than an exhibition for American Pharoah,
who only narrowly failed to break the sacred
two-minute barrier, and effortlessly over-
turned form with Keen Ice, the horse who
had inflicted upon him the only defeat of
his career, in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
All seven of his opponents in that race had
registered a Grade/Group One victory pre-
viously in 2015.
American Pharoah is the first US-based
horse since Curlin in 2008 to finish as world
American Pharoah has now been retired
to stud, but his successful owners were
present at the ceremony in London to see
him crowned as the world champion, 4lb
ahead of worthy runner-up and fellow three-
year-old Golden Horn (130), who achieved
that mark in both the Investec Derby and
A rating of 130 mirrors that achieved by
the world s best racehorses in both 2013
(Black Caviar and Treve) and 2014 (Just A
However it was the Qatar Prix de l Arc
de Triomphe, another race that fell to Golden
Horn, that was named as the World s Best
Jointly next in the list on 126 came Amer-
ican Shared Belief, the winner of the Santa
Anita Handicap, and Treve, who blew her
rivals away in the Prix Vermeille before
coming up short in her bid to win the Arc
for a third time.
Ace miler Solow (125), who carried all
before him in Europe during the year, earned
his rating in the Dubai Duty Free, while also
high in the final standings were Irish St
Leger winner Order Of St George (124), Fas-
cinating Rock (123), Free Eagle (123), Jack
Hobbs (123) and Flintshire (123).
On the other hand, it was a case of what
might have been for Gleneagles (122), who
never really had the opportunity to try and
build upon the rating he earned in winning
the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket,
the ground having gone against him in the
second half of the year.
A review of yesterday s action at Southwell
where Callum Shepherd enjoyed a dream start
to his link with trainer Brian Ellison.
Callum Shepherd enjoyed a dream start to his
association with trainer Brian Ellison when steering
Specialv to victory at Southwell.
The 5lb claimer is now based with the North
Yorkshire handler, having previously been attached
to William Knight s yard in West Sussex.
Specialv (7/1) came good in the 32Red.com
Handicap, holding off Rupert Boy by a head, with
Kemsing another head away in third in a tight
"He s a good lad," said Ellison.
"He s had plenty of rides for me in the past
and I think he ll have more opportunities up
"This filly ran well here last time but was drawn
in the car park. Equipped with blinkers and a
tongue-tie for the first time worked the
oracle with the Kevin Ryan-trained Uptight
(8/1) in the unibet.co.uk Daily Enhanced
Place Terms Handicap.
The four-year-old, whose two pre-
vious victories came at Nottingham
as a juvenile, had been well
beaten on first run on the all-
weather at Lingfield three
However, he got his act
together to claim this prize by two
and a half lengths from Desert Command under
"He s a horse they ve always thought a lot of
at home," said Gray.
"He works a lot better than his mark suggests.
Hopefully, it s onwards and upwards with him
Karl Burke s Undertow (9/2) galloped on res-
olutely to open her account in the Bet & Watch
Every Race At Unibet Maiden Fillies Stakes.
The Middleham Park-owned filly had shown
promise in her first two races and stepped up to
make it third-time lucky under Joey Haynes as
she got home by half a length from Best New
"She s a nice filly, I ve always liked her and
she s from a speedy family," said Burke.
Master Of Song (9/2) registered his fifth course
success for owner-trainer-breeder Roy Bowring
in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
Back on song following a decent run last month
on his first start since May, the nine-year-old
was produced by 3lb claimer Rob Hornby to lead
over a furlong out and score by two and a half
lengths from Roger Thorpe.
"I did think he d win if the horse broke OK,"
"Very often he just gets so far back and is doing
his best work at the finish."
Basement buy Afkar (13/2) won for the second
time in four starts for new connections with a
game performance in the Ladbrokes Handicap.
Picked up for £2,500 by Dallas Racing at the
sales in October, the eight-year-old stuck on
strongly under 5lb claimer Josephine Gordon to
hold Dutch Garden by a length and three-quar-
"He likes the track, seven furlongs is his trip
and he had cheek-pieces on, which helped him,"
said trainer Ivan Furtado.
Edgar (5/1) led three furlongs out to comfortably
take the Coral App Download From The App
The six-year-old, trained by David Bridgwater,
was so far in front in the final furlong that Willy
Twiston-Davies was able to ease him down, cross-
ing the line two lengths ahead of Celestial Dancer.
"He ll get further and he ll come on for the
run," said Twiston-Davies.
Aksum and Fearbuster are both strong-
ly-fancied for an intriguing 3-y-o Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs of Lingfield poly-
track today, experience might prove a vital
factor for the former, owned by Khaled
Abdulla and trained by Emma Owen.
Last week Emma had her first training
success at Kempton with Nasri; she was
former partner of Pat Eddery who rode so
many greats for this long-established
icon owner, including Dancing Brave,
magnificent winner of the 1986 Arc de
It was his wish, as 63-year-old Pat faced
an illness which claimed him last Novem-
ber, that Emma should take over their
license; she is determined to make a success
of the venture and reckons Aksum will
improve considerably from a spin round
Wolverhampton polytrack last month.
Aksum displayed good speed in a six
furlongs race but faded in the closing stages;
on his debut Fearbuster performed similarly
at the West Midlands venue, time-handicap
mark of Hugo Palmer s charge was better,
despite being drawn widest.
Opinions will be divided, given that
Aksum always shaped like an above average
juvenile, and was rated thus by Eddery,
I m inclined towards him; Tom Queally is
bound to be positive from the outset, and
won t stop!
Fearbuster looks the type to need further
but I m not sure; realistically therefore
Aksum is advised as an each-way special
because none of their rivals has any chance
if indeed, as expected, they fire.
Half an hour later J Aspire looks a penal-
ty-kick for an aged Maiden Stakes over
twelve furlongs; a replication of his recent
career-best run is all that s needed; don t
Cathy Gannon has been enjoying a
tremendous run, trainer Michael Appleby
has obviously noted her successes and
booked her for in-form mare Belle Royale
in the aged handicap over seven furlongs;
another solid place opportunity off bot-
This is definitely the time to be watching
out for mares coming into form with the
Northern Hemisphere breeding season
Aksum, Fearbuster showdown Shepherd enjoys
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 23-31
6.30 pm 15-29
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 0 0 0 0 0
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 0 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 1 2 0 3
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 1 0
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, January 19
6.30 pm 0
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
2 6.30 pm
33 (Spider) 4 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)
30 (House Cat)
5 (Parson Man)
24 (Queen) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
8.30 Aksum (e.w);
9.35 Belle Royale (e.w)
Victor Espinoza salutes the crowd as American Pharoah comes home clear in the Breeders'
Pharoah is 2015 world champion
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