Exciting winner of Leopardstown Above the curve puts his classic aspirations to the test for in-form Joseph O’Brien in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Cheshire Oaks on the opening day of Chester’s May meeting on Wednesday.
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American filly Pharoah came out on top in impressive fashion after a wide disadvantage draw on the Foxrock track on her return to action last time out and could continue on her upward trajectory to Epsom or the Curragh with a strong performance in this Listed assignment.
After moving up to 10 furlongs last time out, the three-year-old is trying two more furlongs here and, fresh off a big brace at the Curragh on Monday, O’Brien can’t wait to see how Above The Curve handles the tight turns of the Roodee.
“The timing is good and it will be good to get her on a track like this to give her some experience if she goes to Epsom,” O’Brien said.
“If she runs the track and things go well, she could be an Epsom filly. She’s a nice big filly and I like her.
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Hello Jumeirah and night battle both impressed with off-road wins in their debut and are now stepping up in class on their second starts.
The latter is coached by Simon and Ed Crisford and has shown more professionalism as she progressed at Lingfield last month. The Kingman filly cost 475,000 guineas and is bred to be useful, with her practice squad eager to see how much she has improved on her second outing.
Simon Crisford said: “She’s in good shape at home, obviously it’s a step up in class and traveling, but we’ll see where we are with her. We are very happy with her since her victory as a novice.
by John Gosden morning poem could only finish fifth in a race on Kempton terms last time out, but represents a team that has won two of the last four renewals, while Aidan O’Brien has landed that recognized Oaks try three times since 2015 and relies on Thoughts of Junewho recently finished second to Above The Curve at Leopardstown.
The Queen saw her Derby contender Reach For The Moon kicked out of the inaugural Classic on Tuesday, but could unearth another contender at group level when Michael Bell Improvise brings her back to the track.
Bell saddled her mother Set To Music to a pair of Listed wins and hopes her daughter can follow in those footsteps and become a stakes performer this season.
“I hope the stage of the journey will suit her, her mother who I trained stayed well and improved from two to three and she is physically very similar to her mother, so I hope she will produce at about the same level,” Bell said.
“There are many bridges to cross before (Ribblesdale, Royal Ascot), but if she were to run well here, it would open that window. It must first occur at a Pattern class level on Wednesday.
“It’s nice to have this great outlook, especially when you’ve also trained the mother and she’s gotten better with age and we hope Improvise does the same.”
vega moon and Makinmedoit are two other winners from the last outing in the line-up, the latter impressive in a five-length success at Brighton just last week. Typewriter and Wynter Wilde round the field.
Woods owns Derby dream with Savvy Victory
Sean Woods probably has a clearer idea of potential ambitions for Wise Victory after Wednesday’s Boodles Chester Vase.
The New Bay colt placed in three of his four juvenile starts last term and opened his account in style on his seasonal reappearance at Pontefract last month.
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He is making significant progress in class for this Group Three Derby trial, but Woods is keen to roll the dice with a horse that is clearly on an upward curve – and maintaining a commitment to the first classic.
“He’s a beautiful horse and he deserves his chance,” said the Shalfleet Stables handler.
“We pass a mile and a half and it was always the case that we were going to take part in one of the Derby trials.
“I am very happy with him. The pitch is key because they’ve had some rain in Chester and it’s a good pitch. At this time of year you don’t want to race on firm ground when you have a whole season ahead of you.
“I don’t dream that much, but he’s in the Derby.”
New London is guaranteed to be a short-term favorite for the all-conquering team of Charlie Appleby and William Buick.
The Dubawi colt is unbeaten in two starts at Newmarket and he is second favorite for the Derby with most bookmakers behind Luxembourg’s third in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas.
Appleby told the Godolphin website: “New London have improved in every race so far and bring a nice unbeaten profile to the race.
“Hopefully the increase in distance will see further improvement and that should tell us where we are headed over the next few weeks.”
Aidan O’Brien, who has won the Chester Vase a record nine times, builds on Dundalk’s first winner Changing of the guardRyan Moore’s frame.
“My horse improved his juvenile form markedly when he won by six lengths on his return to Dundalk and, although it was a simple task for him, the second did not drop form when he comes from touch last time,” Moore told Betfair.
“He’s stepping up another two stadia or so here, but it’s a Galileo and he’s seen his run very well over a long distance of 10 stadia at Dundalk.”
Andrew Balding saddles the promising Berkshire Rebel but that of Michael Bell Dillian was declared a non-runner on Tuesday morning.