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12-19--- 10.30 pm
10-35--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 8
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 3 1 8
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 5
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
34 (Blind Man) --- 10.30 am
16 (Jamette) --- 6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
Snow Sky will not run in tomorrow s
Investec Derby at Epsom after failing to ade-
quately recover from a minor setback.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt emerged
as a leading light for the Classic when winning
the Lingfield Derby Trial but it emerged on
Wednesday morning that he had banged a joint.
Stoute and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manger
for owner Khalid Abdullah, had been hopeful
of Snow Sky recovering in time to run but have
now confirmed he will miss the race and head
to Royal Ascot instead.
A statement from Grimthorpe read: Sir
Michael Stoute reported that the colt was not
quite 100 percent this morning so will not be
declared for the Investec Derby. He could now
go to the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Aidan O Brien s regally-bred colt Australia
heads the 16-strong field. By a Derby winner
in Galileo, out of a multiple Group One winner
and Oaks heroine in Ouija Board, Australia is
certainly bred for the job and he has dominated
the market since finishing third in the 2000
As usual, O Brien saddles multiple runners
with Geoffrey Chaucer, unlucky when third in
the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, Chester Vase
winner Orchestra and Dee Stakes hero Kingfisher
making up his team.
Last year Joseph O Brien chose to partner
Battle Of Marengo only to see Ryan Moore part-
ner stablemate Ruler Of The World to victory,
but there was never any doubt he would be on
Australia this time.
I m really looking forward to it. Since he came
into the yard and since he started working he
was always a very good horse, he told At The
He s bred to stay the trip, he s bred to handle
the track and he s probably bred to win the
Derby, which is what you need heading to Epsom.
It s a great test of a racehorse.
It s a day of racing like no other, it s the Derby
and there is only one every year---it s the ultimate
test of horse and rider.
He has plenty of pace, hopefully he ll get the
trip as that s a bit of an unknown, he s well bal-
anced, his mum and dad handled the track well
so we re looking forward to it.
Moore is on Geoffrey Chaucer this time while
Seamie Heffernan rides Orchestra and Colm
O Donoghue is on Kingfisher.
There is a strong Irish challenge outside of
the Ballydoyle quartet, with the first two home
in the Derrinstown taking their chances.
John Oxx s Ebanoran was first past the post
that day but Dermot Weld s Fascinating Rock
was awarded the race by the stewards after the
pair got very close in the finish.
Oxx has only had three runners in the Derby,
but has won it twice.
He said: I can t really make any comparisons
with my two Derby winners (Sinndar and Sea
The Stars) as it is too early---Ebanoran has not
won a significant race yet. He is quite an idle
worker at home, like Sinndar, so doesn t give
us too many clues about the extent of his abil-
ity. Roger Varian s Kingston Hill is the only pre-
vious Group One winner in the race having
landed the Racing Post Trophy last year and he
heads the home team having been a popular
choice in recent days, although he needs to over-
come a tricky inside draw in stall two.
Kingston Hill looks very well and we haven t
had a hitch with him since the Guineas---I am
anticipating plenty of improvement for that run,
said Varian. He has got a good head on him so
he should handle the excitements of Derby Day.
Marvellous was my immediate senti-
ment after watching the Irish 1000
Guineas winner rout a genuine classic
field on the Curragh last month, where
does that run next? was the follow up
Today that s answered when Marvellous
attempts to land the English Oaks over four
furlongs further, the only reason to even
contemplate Aidan O Brien s charge being
extended never mind beaten; she s nigh on
a cert if able to get the trip, time-hand-
icapping and solid form concur 100 per-
That s the time to bet when all signals
are in place, I ll bet Ryan Moore writes sim-
ilarly on his Betfair chat column, which
is the best read along with that of Richard
Hughes (Saturdays) in the Racing Post.
Two intelligent jockeys, brain is necessary
and a couple of others that can be bracketed
in the common sense column are George
Baker and champion all-weather jockey
Adam Kirby. Jockeyship is at a premium
when betting seriously.
Watching Moore is an education, his
French Derby ride on The Grey Gatsby was
tremendous, accepting early on that the
race could become a scrummage and having
the good sense to drop in and use the rails
throughout; his patience paid off and that s
the supreme virtue that experienced jockeys
possess, watch Tony McCoy continually
ride em to sleep. No wonder he wants to
continue until he s 50!
Lightning Thunder, runner-up in the
English 1000 , went on approaching the
final furlong in the Irish equivalent but
resounding cheers for the favourite choked
when Marvellous swept through with a
sensational finishing effort which took this
magnificently-bred Galileo filly three lengths
clear in a matter of strides.
For weeks I ve wondered just what to
make of this Epsom classic, I m in no doubt
we are only betting on whether or not Mar-
vellous has the stamina, having displayed
such colossal speed.
As for the talk of a bad draw, Marvellous
could be drawn in the car park and still
Parbold has blinkers and Moore on for
the first time in the six-runner Surrey Stakes
over over seven furlongs, an absolute belter
with rapidly-progressive That Is The Spirit
defending an unbeaten record after two
Spirit will probably improve but Parbold
has a TH mark in the bank and rates a pro-
fessional special each-way bet with two
places on offer; others appear to have no
10.55 Windforpower (e.w)
Marvellous chance for Moore
NEW YORK---California Chrome became
the early 3-5 favourite to win the Belmont
Stakes and become horse racing s 12th Triple
Crown champion and first in 36 years.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner
will face 10 rivals old and new tomorrow at
Belmont Park. Since Affirmed became the
last Triple Crown winner in 1978, three Bel-
mont fields with the same history on the line
also drew 11 horses in 1981, 1988 and 2002.
They better worry about me, California
Chrome trainer Art Sherman said.
California Chrome will break from the No.
2 post under Victor Espinoza, putting nine
horses to his outside and giving Espinoza a
good look at the early speed. Eleven Belmont
winners have come out of that spot in the
starting gate, the last being Tabasco Cat in
I like number two, Espinoza said. Hope-
fully, it s my lucky number.
Racing fans looking for an omen will see
California Chrome listed No. 2 in the betting
program, the same number as 1973 Triple
Crown winner Secretariat, who won the Bel-
mont by a record 31 lengths while setting a
track record that stands for the 1 ½-mile
California Chrome went for his usual gallop
earlier Wednesday, and Sherman was pleased.
I feel better about this race than I have any
other race, to be honest with you, just looking
at the horse and saying, Wow, he said. I
see how far he s advanced. I know it ll be
tougher going a mile and a half, but this horse
is a good horse. I think he s the real McCoy.
Of California Chrome s 10 rivals, four come
into the Belmont off a five-week break. Com-
manding Curve hasn t run since finishing
second in the Kentucky Derby on May 3;
Wicked Strong has been off since stumbling
and finishing fourth in the Derby.
Two other Derby horses, Samraat (fifth)
and Medal Count (eighth), also skipped the
Preakness on May 17.
Wicked Strong was a distant second choice
at 6-1 and drew post No. 9. The colt is based
at Belmont, and has one win in two previous
races at the sprawling track.
None of the horses has run as far as they
will on Saturday, and few will ever be asked
to do it again in their careers. Since most U.S.
horses are trained for speed, the distance is
unfamiliar and they aren t regularly trained
to run that far. The Belmont is the longest
of the Triple Crown races.
Four newcomers to the Triple Crown trail
will try to derail California Chrome s bid for
Tonalist was made the third betting choice
at 8-1 odds and will break from the No. 11
post. The colt has experience over the track,
having won the Peter Pan Stakes on May 10.
So are Commissioner and Matterhorn, both
trained by Todd Pletcher, and Matuszak.
Commissioner, listed at 20-1, finished sec-
ond in the Peter Pan, and 30-1 shot Matter-
horn was fourth.
Matuszak was second in the Federico Tesio
at Pimlico on April 19, making him the most
well-rested colt in the race. The 30-1 shot
is trained and ridden by Hall of Famers Bill
Mott and Mike Smith, respectively. Smith
won last year s Belmont aboard Palice Mal-
ice.Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the
only other horses besides California Chrome
that will run in all three legs of the Triple
Crown. Ride On Curlin was seventh in the
Derby and second in the Preakness, while
20-1 shot General a Rod was 11th at Churchill
Downs and fourth at Pimlico.
Hopefully, another five-sixteenths of a
mile and we ll be able to catch him as opposed
to the Preakness, but that Chrome is going
to be hard to catch, Ride On Curlin trainer
Billy Gowan said.
Ride On Curlin will have a new jockey for
the Belmont in Hall of Famer John Velazquez,
who regularly rides at the track. General a
Rod has a new rider, too, with Rosie Napravnik
At 12-1, Ride On Curlin was one of eight
horses in the Belmont field listed at double-
digit odds. General a Rod is one of four 20-
California Chrome set for triple crown
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