Tuesday 21 November 2017

Watching Brief

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

NEXT weekend, California Chrome will bid to complete the fairytale and cement his place among the immortals by succeeding where 11 others have failed since Affirmed last completed the American Triple Crown in 1978.

When Art Sherman's striking chestnut steps up to 12 furlongs in the Belmont Stakes, history will be at stake.

There is a bit of 6/4 to be had about him, and it may be that the weight of history and others' failures are inflating his price. He could well be odds-on come the night.

In six starts since December, California Chrome has devoured everything that has crossed his path, including Ride On Curlin, Wicked Strong and Commanding Curve, three of his four closest market rivals that have just two wins to show from an aggregate 16 starts.

Tonalist, the only other offered at single-figure odds, has it all to do stepping up in class, so it could all come down to whether or not the favourite stays.

At his current odds, it's worth speculating that he will.

Irish Independent

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