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Talking Horses: Fresh is best suited for the Victoria Cup in Lingfield Horse racing


TThe classic test in Lingfield on Saturday afternoon offers a few more puzzle pieces ahead of Derby and Oaks in Epsam next month, but a more immediate priority for many participants will be the annual attempt to find the Victoria Cup winner in Ascot, one of the most competitive handicaps of the season.

The double-digit draw has been vital in the last decade, and Waffartin, who joined Kevin Filippo de Foy from Joseph O’Brien’s stable over the winter, is interesting with 27 after a promising return in March, while a 33-1 throw of Royal Pleasure may overtake its price if he leaves on terms.

However, the runner with the most positives Fresh (4.05), whose form figures in Ascot’s big handicap last season were 1-2-3. He was first home on his side in a valuable race on the track and trip in October, and Saturday is not.

Ascot 1.45: Easy-race Peter shouts has been steadily progressive at three, and his starting score of 76 can be generous.

Lingfield 2.05: Eagle Verro is on the latest winning streak and may not need to improve his last run in Brighton to win here.

Ascot 2.20: Al Aasi, equally talented and quirky, was beaten three times last season after trading with big odds on the run. Third kingdom at its best in early 2021, looks a safer bet.

Lingfield 2.40: United Nations Looks like it will get better with every step of the trip and could extend O’Brien’s strong form in the classic trials.

Haydock 3.00: Best conditional Mark McDonough takes 5 pounds off his back Anna Bunina and it can upset the balance.

Lingfield 3.15: Belt buckles was much better than the goal in Wolverhampton in February, and could well have improved over Bellidoil’s current, Emily Dickinson.

Ascot 3.30: Delta Bay will be close when the move to Huey Morrison returns to its winning form at Newmarkets last spring.

Lingfield 3.50: Ren’s breath, The winner, named last July, is an interesting Flat Runner for Henry de Bromhead. It has room for improvement this year, with only three runs in the book.

A short guide

Saturday’s Greg Wood racing tips


Nottingham: 1.00 Safe passage 1.35 Greenburn 2.10 Tees Spirit 2.45 Makes you believe 3.20 Maxine 3.55 Lakvas 4.30 Midnight train

Haydock Park: 1.20 Palace of Caesar 1.50 Glen Shyll 2.25 Panic attack 3.00 Anna Bunina (nb) 3.35 Aldaari 4.10 Hours 4.45 Follow your heart 5.18 Mysterious fox

Lingfield Park: 1.30 Grukat 2.05 Eagle Verro 2.40 United Nations
3.15 Belt buckles 3.50 She does 4.25 Golden valor 5.00 The game is included

Ascot: 1.45 Peter shouts 2.20 The Third Kingdom 2.55 Dance recognition 3.30 Delta Bay 4.05 Fresh (nap) 4.40 After the rain 5.15 In the dark

Hexham: 1.55 Fulguriks 2.30 Gentle connections 3.05 Vintage Fizz 3.40 Ask to dance 4.15 Gray market 4.50 Wavelength 5.20 The opening of the moon

Warwick: 5.10 Jeffrey’s Cross 5.45 Plimsoll line 6.15 Hunting for Percival 6.50 May be a problem 7.20 Super Six 7.50 Red Oceans 8.20 Too expensive

Thirsk: 5.30 Lullaby Bay 6.05 Watermelon sugar 6.35 Rocket Robber 7.05 Prayer Matt 7.35 Morti 8.05 Shake your leg 8.35 Twice hell

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A cloud of Derby gathered over Luxembourg

Luxembourg, a clear favorite of Derby since its third meeting in 2000 Guinea in Newmarket, may miss the classic at Epsom on June 4 after failing at a gallop, said on Friday Aidan O’Brien, the foal’s coach. .

“Luxembourg was a little lame on his back this morning after the gallop,” O’Brien said. “We don’t know yet why, but we wanted to let people know about the upcoming Derby. I hope in a couple of days we will learn a little more and release a further update. “

Luxembourg had a 5-2 chance in the derby on Friday morning, but after news of his failure surfaced, the score dropped to 6-1.

Cleveland (center left) and Ryan Moore triumph in Chester. Photo: Tim Hood / PA

His stable partner Changingoftheguard, who finished six-and-a-half length from high-ranked New London Charlie Appleby at Chester Vase on Wednesday, has a 6-1 (out of 10-1) and Walk Of Stars, a runner-up in the Lingerfield Derby on Saturday, and Piz Badil, winner of the April Ballysax Stakes, is both available 7-1.

O’Brien runs the United Nations, currently 50-1 in Derby, on trial at Lingfield in Epsom on Saturday, and in the Stone Age (14-1 in classic) in Derby Group 3 in Leopardstown the next day.

Later on Friday, O’Brien continued his dominance in the major races at Chester’s May meeting when Cleveland with a strong late performance led by Ryan Moore brought the coach his first success in the Chester Cup.

Cleveland stuck in the early stages and stayed well from the home turnaround to the overhaul of Coltrane, a 9-2 favorite together, playing back with Rajinski, at 6-1, returning to third place.

Friday’s race, which lasted more than two and a quarter miles, was a mile further than any of its previous four starts, and Betfair cut it 66-1 to 10-1 to emulate Trip To Paris, the 2015 Chester Cup winner. which followed the Ascot Gold Cup six weeks later.


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