Monday 11 December 2017

Buick hoping Dar Re Mi can Eclipse rivals

Tom Peacock

William Buick has needed to wait a while, but in this Saturday's Coral Eclipse he will finally get his second chance to ride Dar Re Mi.

John Gosden's mare, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has mixed it with the best in middle-distance company and is second favourite behind Twice Over for the Sandown Group One.

Fifth to Sea The Stars in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and third to Conduit in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Dar Re Mi returned this year with victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Rising star Buick had not long been appointed stable jockey to the powerful Gosden operation and netting the near-£2m contest was a dream start for the partnership in late March.

Dar Re Mi has missed a couple of options and steps back onto the course against the likes of Prince of Wales's Stakes runner-up Twice Over and Zacinto, which steps up from a mile for the first time.

"She's a stable star, an exceptional filly," said Buick. "What she did in Dubai was top class and it was a great experience for me. She is back down to a mile and a quarter for the first time in a while, but I think she has a good chance."

Kieren Fallon has been booked by Mark Johnston to ride Jukebox Jury, which was well behind Dar Re Mi in Dubai and has struggled in other domestic Group One events despite thriving abroad.

Meanwhile, David Wachman will play a waiting game regarding the participation of Unity in Saturday's Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

The Sadler's Wells filly has been set some quite difficult tasks this season and was a close third to Grace O'Malley in the Noblesse Stakes at Cork last time. "There's a chance she'll go over, but I need to look into it and see what else is running," said Wachman.

The Co Tipperary trainer intends to run Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Meow in a Listed event at his local track on Sunday week.

Only two necks divided Meow, the winner Maqaasid and third-placed Ladies Are Forever in the Royal Ascot contest and next up on the agenda is the Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes.

Richard Hannon sends Dick Turpin on a French raid on Sunday, hoping to add a Group One notch to the belt, but the colt must again contend with Andre Fabre's classy Lope de Vega in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.

Dick Turpin's owner John Manley is optimistic about the colt's chances.

"Richard (Hannon Snr) tells me the colt is jumping out of his skin, looks great and is taking his racing well as he gets more mature. So, we'll take on Lope de Vega again," the owner said.

Richard Hughes is to take the mount on a horse which has already proved a great money-spinner for his enthusiastic owner. As well as Lope de Vega, he will come up against Clive Cox's Xtension, for whom Gerald Mosse takes over in the saddle.

Coral Eclipse Stakes -- Sponsors bet: 9/4 Twice Over, 11/4 Dar Re Mi, 4/1 Zacinto, 8/1 Viscount Nelson, Mawatheeq, 9/1 Stein- beck, 12/1 Beethoven, 16/1 Chabal, 20/1 bar.

Irish Independent

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