by Chaos Rules
26Apr 8:51 AM
3YR Champions Cup Turf Sprint 5f turf soft
MISSYJO (Bob Baffert) was a revelation once switched to sprinting, culminating in an emphatic victory in the juvenile turf sprint championship over 7F last season. She is unbeaten in all three sprint qualifiers as a 3yo (ranging from 5F to 7f) and must start a hot favourite to win back to back championships.
Dont Buddy Me (American Pharoah Stable) heads the list of challengers but does not look to have the raw speed for this.
Sompting Roses (Nemesis Stud) has finished second in all three qualifiers (twice seeing the back of Missyjo) and would appear to have preferred firm going.
Courageous Heart (Black Cat Racing) beat Sompting Roses by 3L in a qualifier over these conditions and looks nailed on to give the favourite a lot to think about. She is certainly the one most likely to cause an upset.
Don Abascus (Ranch Hamburg) has done most of his winning over 1M and did not have the speed for this when last tried over 5F.
Fatalbert Tck (Kings Of Thrones) has never tackled so short a trip which suggests he is likely to struggle here.
Red Buttons (True Blue Stable) hasn't shown much this season though his run in a qualifier under todays conditions when beaten 3L and a neck by Courageous Heart and Sompting Roses was a good effort.
Boxer Knows Nothing (Black Cat Racing) should like the going and looks competent at the trip so is expected to go well without troubling the principles.
Grenade Luncher is the first of three entries from Anfield Road and this one dead-heated for third with Red buttons in the above-mentioned race. Sunnyboy was runner up to Missyjo in last seasons final over 7F but hasn't shown a lot this season and has no form over the trip whilst Maybe Later has done her winning in claimers before changing stables and switching to the championships where she has run with credit.
Buzz Bomb (illiterate bunch) completes the field and is closely matched with the principles and expected to go well.
ODDS: MISSYJO 6/4 FAV, Courageous Heart 5/2, Sompting Roses 5/1, Boxer knows Nothing 13/2, Buzz Bomb & Red Buttons 7/1, Grenade Launcher 15/2, Dont Buddy Me 8/1, Maybe Later 9/1, Don Abascus 10/1, Fatalbert Tck 12/1, Sunnyboy 14/1
26Apr 9:42 AM
3YR Champions Cup Sprint
7f (dirt -good )
The contenders are headed by Bahia De Los Piratas ( one of three entries from Illiterate bunch) Her form is rock solid and running over ideal conditions has every chance of giving her trainer a well deserved championship success. Hand Of God has never gone beyond 6F but there is every reason to think that he will get it and be a major player here. Simply Still was a neck and a head in front of Hand Of God when beating Wee Willie in a qualifier over 6f fast. He is also untested over 7F but shows every likelihood of getting it.
Branigan (Ranch Hamburg) had comprehensively beaten Bahia De Los Piratas in a qualifier over 7F fast but had the form overturned albeit narrowly over the same trip on good ground. Must have a big say in this final.
Wind Box (Black Cat Racing) also untried over the trip and has a bit to find on 6F fast qualifier running back in March.
Wee Willie (True Blue Stable) is competent but does not quite see out this trip so a bigger danger looks to be stablemate Bloomsbury though that one has ground to make up on both Bahia De Los Piratas and Branigan.
Muggins (the first of three entries for Anfield Road) gets the trip really well and should put in a good effort but both Pharaoh and El Condor Pasa will struggle stamina wise.
Winkerwatson (Bob Baffert) has only fair form over shorter and won't get this trip either so is overlooked.
Rockerfella (makes the field for new stable Closutton Cognac) has no form over the trip but this expensive purchase expected to come into his own at stud soon enough.
ANALYSIS: With three very strong contenders Illiterate Bunch seemingly holds the key to this race. The question is do you go for the proven form of Bahia De Los Piratas or the untapped potential of either Hand Of God or Simply Still? Or can Branigan who set a scintillating time in the above mentioned race overturn subsequent form on this going?
ODDS: Bahia De Los Piratas 4/1 FAV, Branigan 9/2, Hand Of God 5/1, Simply Still 11/2, Muggins 7/1, Bloomsbury 15/2, Rockerfella 8/1, Wee Wille 9/1, Wind Box 10/1, Winker Watson 16/1, 33/1 bar
26Apr 10:33 AM
3YR Champions Cup Turf Classic 1m turf soft
Topping the points table with three qualifier wins Don Abascus (Ranch Hamburg) is certain to be running this final instead of the sprint. He has posted some breathtaking times including two new three year old track records and looks certain to end up in the record books for wins/earnings in the future.
Kracken (Anfield Road) clear second on the points table can boast a qualifier win over Don Abascus at 1m. But that was on firm and the form has twice been reversed in top class races on soft, giving the 'Don' a clear edge. Second string No Surrender looks outclassed.
Spaniel (True Blue Stable) qualifier win over 1 1/8M (1800) and has proven vulnerable to more progressive sorts at this trip.
Jones (Bob Baffert) may prefer stiffer test and hasn't shown enough so far.
Cosmic Bulldog (first of two for Nemesis Stud) looks better over further but Nefertiti looks the real deal with a big say in this. She has ideal conditions today and the score is two-two against Don Abascus in top class races this season under these conditions. The similarities are seemingly endless with Nefertiti also boasting two new three year old track records. The record books beckons for this one also.
Kelsea (Lanes End Farm) has had just the two runs this season culminating in an excellent second to Don Abascus with Kraken, Fatalbert Tck, Nefertiti, Spaniel and Jones well beaten off over 1M firm. Although that qualifier took place fairly early in the season and was on firm ground, which may be her preference, it was an excellent performance and coming from a stable that knows the time of day this one needs to be taken very seriously indeed.
Fatalbert Tck (Kings Of Thrones) has run some excellent races this season and likely to take his chance here rather than the sprint final.
Silver Kitten (Black Cat Racing) has put in some solid efforts but needs to improve again to trouble the best of these.
Anayetaka Mtoto (runs for newcomer MJ Stables) solid form this season and put in a great effort when fourth in the last qualifier.
Chick Chiquita (illiterate bunch) needs major improvement to figure here.
ANALYISIS: A fascinating race in prospect with some seriously high class animals on show.
ODDS: DON ABASCUS & NEFERTITI 3/1 jtfavs, Kelsea 7/2, Kraken 4/1, Fatalbert Tck 9/2, Anayetaka Mtoto 6/1, Silver Kitten 7/1, Spaniel 10/1, Cosmic Bulldog 14/1, Jones 16/1, No Surrender 20/1, Chick Chiquita 25/1
26Apr 11:24 AM
3YR Champions Cup Classic 1¼ m dirt good
After setting two juvenile track records and an unbeaten run of six on the bounce Horatio (Black Cat Racing) has picked up her 3yo campaign where she left off and is 100 points clear of her rivals after four wins and a second from five qualifier runs. Proven over the trip this one will definitely be a tough nut to crack. stablemates Champagne Nation and Silver Nation both have a bit to find to be competitive.
Bloomsbury (True Blue Stable) is the only horse to have beaten Horatio this season but that was over 1M and unproven over this trip he would be expected to take his chance in the sprint final. Stablemate Positive ran a good third to Horatio and Ride Of The Valkyries and looks set for minor honors again.
Ride Of The Valkyries (Nemesis Stud) has been runner up to Horatio three times this season, distances have varied from a neck to 1/2L so has chances of finally getting his head in front when it matters if everything falls right. Stablemate Alpha Male has solid form over the trip while Epic Adventure is untried but looks useful.
Bellaziva (Anfield Road) has some decent form mostly over a mile but looks a bit reluctant.
Bahia De Los Piratas (illiterate bunch) has very good form over 1M but would be expected to run in the sprint final over 7F as wouldn't get this trip.
Flash Bird (Closutton Cognac) has run well enough this season but is another set to struggle with the trip.
Super Duper (illiterate bunch) has decent form over the trip but might prefer fast going to be seen to best effect.
ODDS: HORATIO 4/5, Ride Of The Valkyries 6/4, Positive 5/1, Champagne Nation 6/1, Alpha Male 7/1, Silver Nation 8/1, Epic Adventure 9/1,Super duper & Flash Bird 10/1, Bellaziva 12/1, (with a run Bloomsbury 8/1, Bahia De Los Piratas 11/1)
26Apr 12:15 PM
3YR Champions Cup Turf Marathon 1½ m turf soft
Rusty Walker (True Blue Stable) is top points scorer for the stayers final having notched up two wins and three seconds in qualifiers. He looks to have a big say in this unlike stablemate Belgium who has yet to show his best.
SANDRINGHAM (Anfield Road) is second on the list from two fewer runs and is unbeaten in three qualifier runs all over the finals distance with Rusty Walker behind on each occasion. There is no reason for the form to be overturned and his last run when unplaced can be safely ignored as he was turned out too quickly. Alexio is third on the list and has run well without looking a likely winner of this whilst 'third string' Man Of Means has shown more heart and looks the better proposition of the two.
Famous Model (Black Cat Racing) was last seasons juvenile heroine winning the turf marathon over 2m but on the limited evidence available she may not have the speed for this much shorter final. She is very closely matched with stablemate Rich And Powerful for whom similar comments apply and the stables main hope here lies with Boxers Thoughts who has run some excellent races this season finishing just behind the likes of Sandringham and Rusty Walker.
Ebony (Random Stables) also has very little form over the trip and probably would appreciate further.
Liverpoolfc and Costa(are runners for new stable K D S) have both put in some decent efforts but look outclassed overall.
Machine Gun Kelly (Nemesis Stud) completes the lineup and has also run well without looking up to this level.
ODDS: SANDRINGHAM 6/4 FAV, Rusty Walker 3/1, Boxers Thoughts 5/1, Rich And Powerful 13/2, Famous Model 7/1, Man Of Means 8/1, Machine Gun Kelly 9/1 Alexio 10/1, Belgium 16/1, Ebony 18/1,Liverpoolfc 20/1, Costa 25/1,
26Apr 1:06 PM
3YR Champions Cup Marathon 1¾ m dirt good
1¾ m (dirt -good )
Only ten qualifiers for this final headed byTwo Left Feet (Chaos Rules) This one barely gets the trip and is better on fast so his target here is just a place before attempting a career at stud.
Mundig (True Blue Stable) is second highest points scorer and is expected to go well. Expect a ding dong battle with Two Left Feet for second place.
Rossini (Lanes End Farm) has only run in two qualifiers this season, winning both after taking the gold grade platinum trials on his three year old debut. He is confidently expected to maintain this seasons unbeaten record in taking this final as he is head and shoulders above his peers.
Bryan Suits Heels (Black Cat Racing) has consistently finished behind the principles and it should not be any different here. Powerful Royal has even more work to do to figure and Famous I Think looks to have a mountain to climb.
Sharpy (Simple Soul) still a relatively new trainer for this one who needs to improve dramatically.
Giants Causeway (Nemesis Stud) will find this trip too far and stablemate The Death Trap who gets the trip will struggle to overturn form with several of these.
Special Forces (KINGS OF THRONES) set to struggle here.
ODDS: ROSSINI 1/2 FAV, Mundig 5/1, Two Left Feet 11/2, Bryan Suits Heels 6/1, The Death Trap 7/1, Powerful Royal 9/1, Giants Causeway 10/1, 33/1 bar