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Mit 4.250.000 EUR ist der Jackpot in der Quinté+-Wette prall gefüllt. Ausgespielt wird Frankreichs Superwette am Nachmittag im 4. Rennen der Veranstaltung in Enghien. Der Prix du Rhône (75.000 EUR - 2.875 m) richtet sich an die Fünf- und Sechsjährigen die noch keine 235.000 EUR Gewinnsumme vorweisen können.
(16) Volare de Lou (C. Martens) siegte beim Jahresdebüt Mitte Januar, pausierte danach und gab sein Comeback Ende April in Vincennes, wo er sofort wieder gut auf dem Posten war und als Dritter die Ziellinie überquerte. Der Wallach sollte nun weiter gesteigert sein und bewirbt sich um den Sieg.
(10) A Nous Trois (D. Thomain) siegte in diesem Jahr bei fünf Starts dreimal, scheiterte beim letzten Start auf Gruppe-Ebene an einem Fehler und sollte sich heute mit dem leichten Vorausfavoriten um den Sieg streiten.
(13) Africain (F. Nivard) gefiel beim Start in Enghien Mitte April mit Rang drei und holte sich danach im Gruppe-Rennen in Vincennes Rang fünf. Nach Klasse ist er stark genug um hier aus dem Zweikampf um den Sieg einen Dreikampf zu machen.
(11) Vico du Petit Odon (E. Raffin) hatte sein letztes Erfolgserlebnis Anfang Februar in Vincennes. Seitdem bleibt der Wallach hinter seinen Möglichkeiten zurück. Trifft er es heute passend an, darf man ihn keinesfalls unterschätzen.
Gut gelaufen ist beim letzten Start (7) Adélia de Mélodie (F. Ouvrie), die im Februar in Enghien ihren letzten Sieg feiern konnte. Zuletzt wares auf Gruppe-Ebene erheblich schwerer. Heute sollte mehr für sie möglich sein.
Eine treue Platzgeldkandidatin ist (9) Vanna Coletto (J. Verbeeck) die sich auch auf höherer Eben für eine Prämie bewirbt. Dies gilt aber auch für (2) Amiral du Bisson (P.Y. Verva), der sich ebenfalls regelmäßig von seiner besten Seite zeigt. Nun wird es schwerer und dennoch hat der Wallach gute Chancen in die Wetten zu laufen.
Ein interessanter Außenseiter ist (12) Atout du Lerre (F. Anne) siegte Ende letzten Jahres drei Mal in Folge, pausierte über den Winter und konnte bei seinen beiden Auftritten nach der Pause mit zwei ordentlichen Leistungen überzeugen.
(16) Volare de Lou - (10) A Nous Trois - (13) Africain - (11) Vico du Petit Odon - (7) - Adélia de Mélodie
Auf dem Curragh in Irland stehen die ersten Klassiker an. Am Samstag geben sich die Hengste in den Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr. I, 174.000 Euro, 1.600 m) die Ehre. Aidan O‘ Brien sattelte neun Sieger dieser Prüfung, wie Desert King, Rock Of Gibraltar, Henrythenavigator und Magician. Allein fünf der letzten sieben Gewinner kamen aus seinem Stall.
Diesmal dürfte im Elferfeld kaum ein Weg an dem von ihm engagierten Gleneagles (R. Moore)vorbeiführen, der im englischen Pendant imponierte und nun das Doppel anstrebt. „Seit Newmarket ist er weiterhin in guter Form, und wir freuen uns auf den Samstag auf dem Curragh“, erklärt O‘ Brien.
Er trifft wieder auf den damaligen Dritten Ivawood (R.Hughes) aus dem Stall von Richard Hannon, der ferner Lexington Times (F. Berry) aufbietet. Roger Varian wünscht sich weichen Boden für Belardo (J. Doyle). Nach seiner tollen Zweijährigen-Kampagne, u.a. mit dem Erfolg in den Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.I) in Newmarket galt der Hengst früh als klassische Hoffnung. Doch beim Jahresdebüt in den Greenham Stakes in Newbury spielte er keine Rolle und blieb klar unter den Erwartungen.
Umrahmt wird der Klassiker von den Greenlands Stakes (Gr. II, 120.000 Euro, 120.000 Euro, 1.200 m) für die Sprinter und den Lanwades Stud Stakes (Gr. III, 1.600 m) für vierjährige und ältere Stuten sowie den Marble Hill Stakes (Listenrennen).
Curragh, 7 Rennen, erster Start 14:40 Uhr!
Zum 93. Mal wird am Samstag in Bordeaux der gleichnamige Grand Prix (5. Rennen um 14:45 Uhr) ausgetragen. Und in diesem mit 60.000 Euro dotierten Listenrennen über 1.900 Meter ist auch ein deutsches Pferd engagiert.
Peter Schiergen vertraut auf den Ittlinger Firestorm (A. Crastus), der als knapp geschlagener Dritter im Grand Prix Aufgalopp in Köln sehr gefiel, ehe er im Preis von Dahlwitz in Hoppegarten nichts zu bestellen hatte. Aber in einem interessanten Zwölferfeld wird es nicht einfach. Wireless (I. Mendizabal), gerade Doppel-Gewinner aus dem Rouget-Quartier, der aus schweren Gruppe-Prüfungen kommende Celtic Rock (C. Soumillon) und der Listen-Zweite Bernay (G. Benoist) dürften hier weit vorne landen.
Zweites Highlight ist das 150. Derby du Midi (Listenrennen, 55.000 Euro, 2.400 m, 3. Rennen um 13:45 Uhr). Im Feld der sieben Dreijährigen ist der gerade in Marseille erfolgreiche Montalbano (J. Auge), der ein hohes Rating hat, vorne denkbar. Auch Andre Fabres Casino (M. Guyon), der mit mustergültiger Form antritt, hat Möglichkeiten. Favorit werden dürfte allerdings Jean-Claude Rougets Seriensieger Night Run (I. Mendizabal).
Tipps für die Rennen:
1.Rennen: Cherek (1) – Il Segreto (2) – Kencharova (5) – Mercator (3)
2.Rennen: Brillante de Tanues (2) – Varan des Savanes (3) – Biarritz des Landes (1) – Edelweiss du Lac (5)
3.Rennen: Night Run (5) - Montalbano (4) – Casino (6) – Five Fifteen (7)
4.Rennen: Zack Hope (1) – Chalnetta (8) – L‘ Ardent (3) – Lateran Accord (2)
5.Rennen: Wireless (6) – Celtic Rock (1) – Bernay (2) – On Call Now (10)
6.Rennen: Picking Up Pieces (1) - Landiora (7) – Prince Dino (2) – Green John (14)
7.Rennen: Plumetot (1) – Pack Dream (2) – Louisiane (3) – Rakhsh (6)
8.Rennen: Madonna Blue (2) – Chichibul (10) – Tocdream (5) – David’s Boy (7)
Bordeaux-le-Bouscat, 8 Rennen, erster Start 12:45 Uhr!
Zwei Hindernis- und sieben Flachrennen erwarten Sie am Samstagabend auf der Bahn in Chateaubriant, die stets ein erfolgreiches Pflaster für deutsche Pferde war. Diesmal ist die Equipe allerdings zahlenmäßig sehr überschaubar. Denn es gibt nur einen hiesigen Starter, der aber beste Chancen haben sollte.
Gespannt sein darf man im 5. Rennen um 19 Uhr (20.000 Euro-Handicap, 1.950 m) auf Theo Danon (E. Hardouin/M. Hofer), der sich in einem Düsseldorfer Ausgleich II gut genug schlug.
Tipps für die Rennen:
1.Rennen: Dalidelo (1) – Catcheur (2) – Singh Sea (5) – Abaya du Mathan (3)
2.Rennen: Atilas d‘ Airy (9) – Knickers Tivoli (1) – Athou du Nord (12) – Fortal (7)
3.Rennen: Pastrida (3) – Nil By Mouth (4) – Danza de la Barre (5) – Diamond’s Tom (7)
4.Rennen: Zindziswa (1) – Cuddled (2) – Zaluna (3) – Tandragee (9)
5.Rennen: Theo Danon (5) – Snap Call (2) – King Nelson (4) – Irish Kaldoun (9)
6.Rennen: Alphorn (10) – Fille d‘ Avril (5) – Rue de Rivoli (2) – Aero Navale (12)
7.Rennen: Mister Iff (3) – Spring Concert (10) - Vision Of Twilight (2) – Vert Azur (1)
8.Rennen: Juju des Plantes (2) – Frazao (3) – Tonia Bere (7) – Elo Poly (6)
9.Rennen: Big Bowl (2) – Sweetilicious (3) – Balldy d‘ Aze (1) – Minya (4)
Chateaubriant, 9 Rennen, erster Start 17 Uhr!
Of those that have run, JEREMY, should be the one to beat on a vastly improved latest effort when running on late. TWENTY CENTS has had two good runs and should be in the mix again. NUTBUSH showed some small improvement last time. VICTORIOUS JAY has had two steady runs. Not out of it. BOLD ASPEN showed huge improvement last time when unfancied. Keep an eye on the betting on the first timers
1st - JEREMY (15); 2nd - FIFTY CENTS (10); 3rd - NUTBUSH (18); 4th - VICTORIOUS JAY (20); 5th - BOLD ASPEN (4)
JANE S PIDDY has run well in all of her three runs to date. Should be hard to oppose if repeating that form. ACACIAWOOD showed very good improvement second time at the track last time. INANNA, daughter of TRIPPI, makes her debut. Watch! TONYA is a daughter of DYNASTY who will also be making her debut. BLU-TACK, daughter of NOORDHOEK FLYER will be seen at the track for the first time.
1st - JANE S PIDDY (8); 2nd - ACACIAWOOD (1); 3rd - INANNA (6); 4th - TONYA (15); 5th - BLU-TACK (2)
MAKE THE MAGNET has steady form and ran on for the first time last time. May show more this afternoon. GOOD GRACE has finished in the top three on three occasions from four starts. Can fight this one out. HOPE DOWNS should earn her reward for consistency soon. GAUTENG disappointed last time. Chance on previous three runs. FRENNI has been improving slowly. Place chance at best.
1st - MAKE THE MAGNET (6); 2nd - GOOD GRACE (1); 3rd - HOPE DOWNS (3); 4th - GAUTENG (2); 5th - FRENNI (10)
THREE BLUE CRANES could be coming back to form. First time this far. STUDY THE STARS always has a shout this C & D. POWERTRIP ran a fair post maiden last time. May improve. PRINCESS ELEANOR is holding form. May earn something. CASEY'S JET has a chance on previous two runs.
1st -THREE BLUE CRANES (4); 2nd - STUDY THE STARS (9); 3rd - POWERTRIP (7); 4th - PRINCESS ELEANOR (5); 5th - CASEY'S JET (11)
SPEEDY CHESTNUT was an unlucky loser last time when also running an improved race. GOING MY OWN WAY came from quite a way back last time to just fail to catch the winner, Chance if repeating that run. SASSY SAL won his post maiden last time. Is clearly improving and could make this the hat trick. LEBOMBO BREEZE finished fluently from the back of the field to run second last time. BE FABULOUS has been running well. Consider.
1st - SPEEDY CHESTNUT (8); 2nd - GOING MY OWN WAY (4); 3rd - SASSY SAL (3); 4th - LEBOMBO BREEZE (9); 5th - BE FABULOUS (5)
FAIRY MAKER ran well for this apprentice last time, Expect another good run. RUSH FOR ROSES may have more to find but has a light mass. FIRST FAVOUR weakens but ran far closer last time. MATARI held on to win her maiden at the sixth attempt last time. May need to confirm. LEGAL FORCE won her maiden at the seventh try last time. May have more to find.
1st - FAIRY MAKER (1); 2nd - RUSH FOR ROSES (8); 3rd - FIRST FAVOUR (4); 4th - MATARI (3); 5th - LEGAL FORCE (2)
UNCLE JIM has been gelded since his last run. Had some good form and won three from six, two of which were this C & D. MISTER MATCHETT won his last three. Climbing rapidly in the ratings. LINE BREAK has yet to run a bad race. Has won three from five starts and two from three this C & D. OLYMPIAN should improve with a drop in class. ASSTAR also drops in class but could be improving. Add ALBARAKAH for the scratched horse.
1st - UNCLE JIM (8); 2nd - MISTER MATCHETT (2); 3rd - LINE BREAK (3); 4th - ASSTAR (1); 5th - ALBARAKAH (6)
TOP OF THE ROCK made a decent debut last time. Should improve after that run. JUST A JAG has had three fair runs. Watch for improvement. KWASSA KWASSA improved in last two. A serious runner this field. VERY CLEVER will need to repeat penultimate run. BENJAN will need to improve on debut run when slow away.
1st - TOP OF THE ROCK (16); 2nd - JUST A JAG (3); 3rd - KWASSA KWASSA (4); 4th - VERY CLEVER (1); 5th - BENJAN (10)
BEST BET: RACE 8 NUMBER 16 TOP OF THE ROCK
BEST VALUE: RACE 5 NUMBER 8 SPEEDY CHESTNUT
BEST OUTSIDER: RACE 3 NUMBER 6 HOPE DOWNS
SEEK THE SUMMIT has been close up in most of her runs. Has to win her maiden soon. SWAN DANCE has good form and has finished well in her last two. CHAPEL OAK makes her debut. Keep an eye on the betting. FORT EMBER will also be making her debut while SEVEN TALES will have come on with her debut run last time.
1st - SEEK THE SUMMIT (9); 2nd - SWAN DANCE (11); 3rd - CHAPEL OAK (2); 4th - FORT EMBER (4); 5th - SEVEN TALES (10)
ARGYLE BAY was not disgraced when running a cracker in a much stronger race last time. He finished well that day and should have the beating of this field. SUPREME POWER is never too far off them but has shown a fancy for Greyville. First time at this track. MASTER ARCHER has shown ability but is not too dependable. Has won this C & D. GUN FIGHTER disappointed last time with an apprentice aboard. Piere Strydom has the ride. RED ROVER has been improving again.
1st -ARGYLE BAY (10); 2nd - SUPREME POWER (8); 3rd - MASTER ARCHER (5); 4th - GUN FIGHTER (1); 5th - RED ROVER (3)
SWANEE RIVER has had her problems. She drops in class and could cause the upset. DEPUTY RIDER improved in her last three and has reeled off two in a row (maiden and post maiden). ELIZA DOOLITTLE won her maiden in impressive style two runs back but never showed in a very strong field last time. Give another chance. SECRET ADMIRER won despite being hampered with last time. That was a vastly improved run. Takes on stronger. JUST LUCKY may improve on her latest run.
1st - SWANEE RIVER (9); 2nd - DEPUTY RYDER (6); 3rd - ELIZA DOOLITTLE (5); 4th - SECRET ADMIRER (11); 5th - JUST LUCKY (7)
TREBLE TOT ran a great run two runs back but failed to live up to expectations last time. Can cause an upset if repeating penultimate run. PULA has been vastly improved in her last two starts. Another good run could see her go close again this afternoon. TAKING CHANCES disappointed last time but has claims on runs prior to that. MARCHELINE ran her best race in a while last time. Chance if repeating. FADE TO GREY is never too far back and has very good form this C & D.
1st - TREBLE TOT (15); 2nd - PULA (14); 3rd - TAKING CHANCES (6); 4th - MARCHELINE (1); 5th - FADE TO GREY (11)
RACE 5: ALLAN ROBERTSON CHAMPIONSHIP (Grade 1) - SHAAMA to continue improving in a competitive field
This race, the first of four Spring features on the card for today, could develop into a race between the two Mike De Kock runners, SHAAMA and ENTISAAR. SHAAMA raced in the SA Nursery a month ago and finished just behind the useful ARABIAN BEAT. whereas ENTISAAR raced in the Fillies Nursery and finished two and a half lengths ahead of FROSTED HONEY. Both runners have looked to be two year old fillies with bright futures and there could be very little to choose between them. One may have to look at the jockeys aboard. Anthony Delpech has ridden both fillies in each of their runs thus far whereas Johnny Geroudis aboard ENTISAAR rides her for the first time. One would assume that Anthony Delpech was give the choice of rides and that may be the defining factor. One thing should be certain and that is that both will be well tuned for the race.
MADAME DU BOIS made a winning debut at the Vaal last time. That was an impressive win and Piere Strydom has the ride for the first time. Must have a shout despite this huge climb in class and if she can repeat that impressive run.
ROYAL PLEASURE is unbeaten after three starts, all wins have been at this track and has been smartly prepped for this. Her sire VISIONAIRE has been making a name for himself in this country. Anton Marcus, who rode her to victory last time, rides her again this afternoon.
Stable companion, PRINCESS ROYAL, is inclined to be unruly at the start and as a result loses ground at the start. Can run into the money if settling down before and at the start
1st - SHAAMA (13); 2nd - ENTISAAR (2); 3rd - MADAME DU BOIS (5); 4th - ROYAL PLEASURE (12); 5th - PRINCESS ROYAL (10)
RACE 6: TSOGO SUN GOLD MEDALLION (Grade 1) - SEVENTH PLAIN set to run a big race
SEVENTH PLAIN travels this far for the first time but he does have good form with two wins from three starts. He won here last time when making his debut at the track. On debut he beat the highly rated BUCKINGHAMPSHIRE at Kenilworth. The next time they met the tables were turned but he looks above average and he will have the services of Anton Marcus. He should be the one to beat. Both of his wins have been impressive and he does look like the one to beat.
An interesting runner is the Gauteng raider, PROSPECT STRIKE, who certainly impressed on debut over the distance at the Vaal last time when he won by almost thirteen lengths. Mediocre horses don't win like that on debut and if he does not need to confirm that run should be a huge runner.
BEAT THE RETREAT finished 1,5 lengths behind SEVENTH PLAIN last time in his post maiden. While he may not be able to overturn the result one should look to improvement form this son of ARGONAUT.
REDCARPET STYLE had his excuses in the Nursery last time. Won his two starts before that. He could be the one to show most improvement last time.
JET AIR won his maiden well on his second visit to the track last time. While he may need to confirm, he must still be considered for the places. Mike Bass is no stranger to the winner's box during the KZN Winter Season.
1st - SEVENTH PLAIN (10); 2nd - PROSPECT STRIKE (8); 3rd - BEAT THE RETREAT (1); 4th - REDCARPET STYLE (9); 5th - JET AIRE (4)
RACE 7: CITY OF PIETERMARITZBURG FILLIES SPRINT (Grade 1) - ALBORAN SEA set to continue on her winning ways
The Mike De Kock trained ALBORAN SEA has been campaigning in Gauteng and the Western Cape with great success. She is no stranger to Pietermaritzburg where she has already won over this course and distance. In all she has won five from her nine starts with only one unplaced run and that is in last year's Grade 1Thekwini Stakes at Greyville. In her last two runs she finished strongly to win the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship and the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint. She looks set to add the Grade 1 Fillies Spring this afternoon. Regular pilot, Anthony Delpech has the ride. He rode her to victory last time but not the win before. For her five wins and many places she has earned just under R2 million. CARRY ON ALICE meets her at level weights this afternoon for a 0.70 length beating last time. Trainer Sean Tarry inmate will be pushing Mike De Kock charge all the way and these two look set to fight it out again. S'Manga Khumalo, chasing the jockey's title rides her for the twelfth time from fourteen starts.
JET BELLE has raced against some of the best horses around and did make her KZN debut against weaker last time where she won by four lengths this C & D in easy fashion, despite losing ground at the start which has been rather a frequent occurrence.
TZIGANE will need to repeat her penultimate run but does have Piere Strydom in the irons. She is ideally distance suited and runs very well for Piere Strydom. She has been out of the top three only once in nine races with him aboard with three wins in and amongst that.
SARVE did show some improvement last time. She won a few months back over shorter when racing here for the first time in a small feature. May have more to find but could place.
1st - ALBORAN SEA (9); 2nd - CARRY ON ALICE (10); 3rd - JET BELLE (2); 4th - TZIGANE (5); 5th - SARVE (11)
RACE 8: TSOGO SUN SPRINT (Grade 1) - Could end feature race day on a high with MOOFEED
This should be a very good sprint race and there are some classy individuals that will be racing for R1 000 000.
Another Mike De Kock runner with a feature racing winning chance on the race card is MOOFEED. He has been racing against some fairly strong fields. In thirteen starts he has finished first and second on five occasions each. Last time he was slow away but did move up smartly late. If he can produce that good finish again, then he could finish better than his last four seconds. He is not likely to have his own way but rates a fair chance. He is not a confident choice.
BARBOSA won comfortably on his comeback run last time. A win after a nine month break by over two lengths is very good and he has to warrant the utmost respect. He could be an even fitter proposition this afternoon and is one to take seriously.
ASHTON PARK hasn't won for a long time but may be better suited to further. He has been losing ground at the start and that could be fatal in a sprint. This will be his first appearance at the track but one has to respect the yard and jockey.
GULF STORM has won his last two, both with well timed late runs. If he can reproduce those two runs then he could be in the shake up. His record over this distance shows six wins from ten starts. Must not be ignored in any type of bet.
A feature race day would be out of character were trainer Sean Tarry not to win at least one of them! His best chance could come in the form of BICHETTE who pulverized a field that contained PEJ, who won the other day at Greyville by as many as seven lengths. She is an improving filly and is not to be taken lightly. She has won over distances either side of today's distance.
Another one not to be ignored is CAPTAIN OF ALL. He is totally inconsistent but on his day has the class to win. He is unbeaten over the distance (4 from 4).
1st - MOOFEED (9); 2nd - BARBOSA (8); 3rd - ASHTON PARK (3); 4th - GULF STORM (2); 5th - BICHETTE (5)
MILITARY LEADER has some decent post maiden form and will be finding something extra late on. BERMUDA did improve last time and must be respected for that improvement. ULTIMATE TIGER is a Gauteng raider. Can make the frame if finding a finish. BALTIC AMBER won his maiden at the third attempt and then followed that up with another good win in his post maiden. The way in which he won his last two suggests that he should get the extra 150m. SURFING BELLE enjoyed the extra last time. Has a money chance this afternoon.
1st - MILITARY LEADER (6); 2nd - BERMUDA (7); 3rd - ULTIMATE TIGER (10); 4th - BALTIC AMBER (1); 5th - SURFING BELLE (2)
BEST BET: RACE 7 NUMBER 9 ALBORAN SEA
BEST VALUE: RACE 8 NUMBER 9 MOOFEED
BEST OUTSIDER: RACE 4 NUMBER 15 TREBLE TOT
Race 1, Dirt, 1,200 m, Claiming $6.25k, $15,000, 19:00 CEST
#2 Feels Like Flying was runner-up with today’s jockey; before he was no factor in higher class after his long layoff
#6 Rocky Gap surprised as 2nd with a great finish in a fast race; before he was ridden at the top of the field and eased
#4 Royal Fighter was claimed in his narrow defeat in April; his new, more successful trainer deployed him in higher class, where he was no factor
#5 Tellum Berto, #8 Unleash the Humor and because of the weight allowance #1 Great Victorian should be noted in the trifecta
Analysis: Rocky Gap showed the best recent effort, but the good beginner Feels Like Flying is probably the more reliable choice
Race 2, Turf, 1,710 m, Allowance opt. Claiming $20k, $40,000, 19:30 CEST
#1 Cosmic Harmony won after her maiden victory in higher class, but last time she couldn’t get the desired lead from outside and fell back to 6th place
#7 Afleet Mary finished 4 times in the money in higher class and recently 4th in a stakes race from the end of the field
#5 Susie Bee won her debut despite a sluggish start, so she could step up successfully in class
#2 Gorgeous Dream won in February her first race and then surprisingly in high allowance class; recently failed at stakes level after a duel for the lead
Analysis: Cosmic Harmony should get the lead here against Gorgeous Dream, then she is hard to beat; a lasting battle for the lead would favor the next two picks
Race 3, Dirt, 1,200 m, Claiming $6.25k, $15,000, 20:00 CEST
#5 Spa City Treasure mostly competed on the grass, but on dirt he was more successful, recently 3rd in higher class
#4 Speed Trap earned some small prize money in higher class, so he should finish in the top-3 at this level
#7 Roll On the Navajo finished 3rd and 4th in higher class, before the stalker disappointed twice on the turf track
#3 One Proud Dude disappointed as 3rd after his maiden victory; is probably the best beginner in this field
#6 Sexy Boy was a promising 2-year-old in 2012, but got problems after numerous starts; disappointed as 6th in his comeback after nice workouts
Analysis: Spa City Treasure seems to be the most reliable in this open race, but some rivals might be much improved
Race 4, Turf, 1,000 m, Claiming $16k, $20,000, 20:30 CEST
#3 Wild Card Hit won her maiden race over this distance, but then just earned some small prize money in higher class
#1 Tangled Tart was no factor in much higher class after her maiden victory; recently just beaten by 2 lengths as 5th in a 16k-claiming
#2 Pennypennypenny is back to her preferred sprint distance and got a nice post position, so a top place is in reach
#7 What's Up Kiddo mostly fought for the lead and defended a top place, but got outer post and is ridden by a freshman
#6 Angel Falls was no factor at stakes level this year and recently finished just 4th in a similar race after a duel for the lead; elderly jockey won just 2 races in the USA
Analysis: Wild Card Hit is down in class, back to a sprint distance and the main rivals have a jockey issue, so she should win her 2nd race today
Race 5, Dirt, 1 Mile, Claiming $6.25k, $15,000, 21:00 CEST
#2 Thunder Run won his last dirt-mile masterfully and then earned money in higher class on the grass; closer
#3 Shiva Curlin improved in training after switching to a successful trainer; finished 3rd in April, but recently just 5th
#9 Slicka often finished 3rd and 4th and gets 5 lbs. off through successful apprentice jockey; closer
#10 D N A Approved finished always among the first 4 this year, but for the frontrunner the outer post is a real handicap
#5 Potochon won his last 2 starts wire to wire, but he had to fight hard at the end, so the longer distance today is an issue, gets 5 lbs. off
Analysis: Thunder Run is a sluggish beginner, but if the frontrunners keep the early pace high - what is likely, he should catch all at the end