Wednesday 13 December 2017

Weld holds Cannon hope

DERMOT WELD, no stranger to big-race success across the Atlantic, will seek his fourth victory in the Grade Two American Derby at Arlington tomorrow when he runs Cannon Hill.

Pat Smullen rides Bertram Firestone's son of Holy Roman Emperor, which has scored over seven furlongs at both Gowran and Navan this season and breaks from the inner in a field of 10.

Despite its grandiose title, the American Derby is really a $200,000 trial for the Grade One Secretariat Stakes for three-year-olds on the Arlington Million card on August 13.

Although Weld has won the American Derby in the past with Pine Dance (2000), Evolving Tactics ('03) and Simple Exchange ('04), his last two runners were both unplaced.

Cape Blanco and Jamie Spencer have been drawn in seven against six rivals in the Man o'War Stakes at Belmont, where dual US turf champ Gio Ponti is seeking a hat-trick.

West coast star Twirling Candy, second favourite behind Await The Dawn in British ante-post lists for the Breeders' Cup Classic, bids for his second Grade One victory under top weight in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Irish Independent

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