After a weekend of a truly international flavour, it is perhaps apt that we saw movers and shakers in the markets of races held in three different nations in the last few days.
Golden Horn justified his favourite status and the fact that his owner Anthony Oppenheimer stumped up the £75,000 to supplement him for the race in imperious fashion at Epsom.
The Derby winner looks set to head to Sandown next where he will take on his elders in the Eclipse.
Winning that race would put him in illustrious company with only nine winners of the Classic going on to win at Sandown in their three-year-old campaign in the 129-year history of the race.
And with the most recent double winners being Sea the Stars, Nashwan and Mill Reef, he would need to be very special to add his name to that impressive list.
But at least two of the horses who finished behind him on the Downs on Saturday have another Classic crack on the agenda.
Storm the Stars, son of the 2009 winner, along with Aidan O’Brien’s trio of runners look set to be aimed at the Ladbrokes St Leger in September.
The former stayed on stoutly to finish third in Surrey at 16/1, and saw his odds tumble from the same price to 6/1 for the Doncaster showpiece.
Giovanni Canoletto performed best of the O’Brien three, just being pipped by William Haggas’ horse and was forced to settle for fourth. He is now an 8/1 chance (from 16/1) for the St Leger.
The Pharoah’s rule is not over yet
American Pharoah gave racing fans in America and around the world what they had been waiting for on Saturday, ending the 37-year wait for a Triple Crown winner.
Bob Baffert’s superstar ran out as an impressive winner at Belmont Park as he has been all season, triumphing from Frosted by 5½l lengths.
Leading from start to finish, the son of Pioneerof the Nile kicked on as the field rounded the home turn and immediately put the race to bed in imperious fashion.
While it looks like a career at stud with Coolmore is on the agenda at the end of the campaign, he is not done racing just yet.
His handler has hinted that all signs now point to Keeneland, with the Breeders’ Cup Classic firmly on his mind.
He was cut from 7/2 to 2/1 to complete a season that has already brought about untold joy for connections.
Defeat means nothing for Dolniya’s Arc claims
Sent off an 8/11 favourite in a four-runner race, last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe fifth Dolniya looked to be a good thing in the Coronation Cup.
However, in what turned into a tactical contest, the French filly was upstaged by grand campaigner Pethers Moon who sprung an 11/1 upset at Epsom.
Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre wasn’t too disheartened though, stating that he “was not disappointed with the performance”, and that “she had run well”.
A meeting with Arc winner Treve could now be on the cards at Saint Cloud, before another crack at the Longchamp behemoth.
Those who show as much faith in the daughter of Azamour as her trainer may be rewarded for their belief with Dolniya seeing her odds lengthen from 8/1 to 12/1 for the big one.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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