Godolphin Mile: An all blue exacta likely
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Last update: 2009-03-28 08:40:09 (First published: 2009-03-27 01:50:22 )
The sponsoring team, having landed back-to-back wins in this race with Firebreak in 2003-04, run two strong contenders in Gayego and Two Step Salsa.
There is a good chance of an "all blue exacta" in the first thoroughbred race on the night.
Mike de Kock saddles the talented Lucky Find, hopefully also primed for a big run, while visiting performers like Cat Junior, representing top English trainer Brian Meehan, and Informed, shipped in by the winning trainer two years ago, Doug O’Neill, are also likely to make an impact.
THE GODOLPHIN MILE (G2)
Nad Al Sheba 28 March 2009 – 1600m / 8 fur. dirt
Horses presented with best Globeform, sire, last placings
(most recent first / 0 = worse than 9th) / trainer and jockey.
A “+” after the horse indicates improvement expected.
# = Same jockey as last time out
^ = Better jockey than last time out
120 – GAYEGO (Gilded Time) + / 1170 / S bin Suroor / T Durcan #
117 – TWO STEP SALSA (Petionville) / 1362 / S bin Suroor / L Dettori #
117 – LUCKY FIND (Rich Man’s Gold) / 6351 / M de Kock / K Shea #
115 – CAT JUNIOR (Storm Cat) / 2294 / B Meehan / J Spencer #
112 – DIJEERR (Danzig) / 1004 / M Bin Shafya / A Ajtebi
111 – DON RENATO (Edgy Diplomat) / 5633 / J Barton / W Ramos
110 – KALAHARI GOLD (Trans Island) + / 3111 / D Watson / R Hills #
110 – TIZ NOW TIZ THEN (Tiznow) / 2263 / S Seemar / E Prado ^
109 – INFORMED (4216) D O’Neill / A Gryder 10Jan 109 - 8Feb 104
108 – ART OF WAR (Kahal) / 3212 / M de Kock / J Murtagh
108 – SUMMER DOLDRUMS (Street Cry) / 3645 / D Watson / A Garcia
105 – BRAVE TIN SOLDIER (Storm Cat) / 5484 / M de Kock / C Lemaire ^
106 – GREEN COAST (Green Desert) / 3321 / D Watson / F Jara #
104 – GOLDEN ARROW (Danehill) / 0191 / E Charpy / T O’Shea #
…? – AL MORHIJ (Race Leader) / B Resaque / J Velazquez ^
This looks highly likely to go to the sponsors, as Godolphin run the strong duo Gayego and Two Step Salsa. Gayego, winner of the Arkansas Derby in the USA last year, was deeply impressive as he won over 1200 metres on Super Thursday, when he came from off the pace to snub leading Golden Shaheen contenders Big City Man and Diabolical. It was one of the most impressive seasonal debuts seen this year, not just from those at the Carnival, and Gayego’s chances are first rate as he steps back up in distance. Ted Durcan stay on board, with Dettori on Two Step Salsa, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile third, who also ran a cracking race to win at the Carnival. Gayego drew post 13, which is just fine, and he is our clear selection.
Of the others, the English shipper Cat Junior is interesting, making his first start back since running second to Stimulation in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket last October. He ended last season on a progressive note and could well be capable of winning at this level in 2009, though the inside post will make life tough for him here, in what will be his dirt track debut. Give him a clean run, and this ‘Cat’ can be dangerous.
Kalahari Gold, another who has signalled that there is improvement to come, also runs on dirt for the first time and could prove good enough to place in the top three. Finally, one should not forget Dijeerr, who benefitted from a visor and a switch to dirt here to win well at the Carnival.
A: 13 GAYEGO
B: 4 TWO STEP SALSA
C: 1 CAT JUNIOR, 6 KALAHARI GOLD, 15 DIJEERR
WIN: 13 Gayego
EXACTA BOX / REVERSED: 4 and 13
3 EXACTAS: 13 with 1, 6, 13
2: 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 14
2: 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 14
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