Tuesday 12 December 2017

Watching brief

Ahead of his comeback at Navan, Fame And Glory is the 3/1 antepost favourite to retain his Gold Cup crown at Ascot in June.

However, for all that he is the proven standard-bearer, such a gruelling discipline can takes its toll, so the 20/1 that can be had about his Ballydoyle stablemate Memphis Tennessee is more appealing.

Lightly raced and beaten just a length and three quarters in the English and Irish Derbies last year, the son of Hurricane Run confirmed himself a potentially top-class stayer when accounting for Vivacious Vivienne -- which got close to Fame And Glory at Leopardstown in 2011 -- on his reappearance in Chester's Ormonde Stakes.

While it's not certain that Memphis Tennessee will go down the Cup route, Ballydoyle master Aidan O'Brien has bundles of middle-distance horses, so it might yet prove the most viable option.

Irish Independent

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