Tuesday 25 July 2017

Godolphin's Snow aims for glory in Kentucky

A European-trained winner of the Kentucky Derby would be quite something, and Saeed bin Suroor sends over Thunder Snow for the race that Hunter S Thompson once decried as
A European-trained winner of the Kentucky Derby would be quite something, and Saeed bin Suroor sends over Thunder Snow for the race that Hunter S Thompson once decried as "decadent and depraved". Stock photo: Getty

Johnny Ward

A European-trained winner of the Kentucky Derby would be quite something, and Saeed bin Suroor sends over Thunder Snow for the race that Hunter S Thompson once decried as "decadent and depraved".

Churchill Downs will be sombre if the raider can strike under Christophe Soumillon. The Helmet-bred is a special horse, having won last year's Grand Criterium at Saint-Cloud on turf and the Group Two UAE Derby on dirt at the Dubai World Cup meeting in March.

It may pay to side with the long-standing axis of John Velazquez and Todd Pletcher, who combine with the progressive Always Dreaming, nicely housed in five. Both men have won the race but not together.

Wexford is as far removed from Kentucky as one could imagine, but it supplies the day's lock in Stars Of The Sea in the Casey Enterprises Supporting Wexford Camogie Rated Hurdle. This one can dictate and find more than Veinard under Dylan Robinson.

This six-race card has no chases as that part of the track is not safe at the moment, worrying times for a venue that has had its share of issues in recent years.

Elsewhere, the Cork Racecourse Rated Race is a classy contest and Sir Edwin Landseer can take it under Ana O'Brien. Ripped looks the best wager in the Fermoy Apprentice Handicap under Gary Halpin. He is knocking on the door and stays this distance well.

Meanwhile, four-time Group One winner Postponed has been retired after suffering a stress fracture, trainer Roger Varian has announced. He won the King George VI Stakes in 2015.

Irish Independent

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