Horse Racing News – 2 July 2018

Charlton Plunders Plate Pot and O’Brien Beats O’Brien in Ireland

No Holding Charlton Runner As Gamble Landed Again

Saturday’s major betting heat came up at Newcastle as the North East track staged its biggest day of the season with the latest renewal of the historic Northumberland Plate. The field looked as competitive as ever, with a number of the principles from last season returning for another crack at the prize. In the end though none were a match for a horse who is rapidly becoming one of the punters best friends.

Already successful in last season’s Cesarewitch when the subject of one of the biggest public gambles in some time, the Tony Bloom owned Withold was set this task as his opening assignment of the season. Well backed in the week leading up to this race, the gamble didn’t develop to quite the extent on the day as it did at Newmarket last season, but he still started clear favourite. Touted as a potential group class performer, it certainly looks as though that may well be the case, as despite a new surface, shorter trip and 12lb higher mark, he once again made all to come home nearly three lengths to the good.

Like Father Like Son in Irish Derby

It was also a big day over in Ireland on Saturday as the Curragh played host to the 2018 edition of the Irish Derby. Successful 12 times in the race in the past, Aidan O’Brien was strongly fancied to land another success with his Epsom Derby fourth, Saxon Warrior. In the end however the son of Japanese sensation Deep Impact came up just short once again as O’Brien was bested by two of his sons.

Trained by Joseph O’Brien and ridden by Donnacha O’Brien, it was the rapidly improving Latrobe who came out on top to fend off Rostropovich – another Aidan O’Brien runner – and Saxon Warrior who finished a close up third in the end. With Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon finishing fourth and fifth, Aidan O’Brien actually filled four of the first five places here, but not the one that really counts.

The successful father/son relationship wasn’t only confined to the training sphere either, as Latrobe was sired by none other than Camelot who won this race back in 2012. Camelot’s trainer that day? Aidan O’Brien. And his jockey? Joseph O’Brien.

Masar To Eclipse Rivals Again?

Looking ahead to next weekend, the undoubted highlight comes at Sandown as the track plays host to one of the top 1m2f contests of the season. With the first and third from the Derby representing the Classic generation, and the likes of impressive Royal Ascot scorer, Poet’s Word, flying the flag for the older horses, this year’s Coral Eclipse looks well up to scratch.

It is Charlie Appleby’s Epsom hero, Masar, who currently heads the betting having foregone a tilt at the Irish Derby in favour of a shot at this prize. Already being a winner at the track is a big factor in his favour, with the main question concerning this drop back in trip. Not quite quick enough for the 1m of the 2000 Guineas, but well on top over 1m4f, how will he fare over this intermediate distance?

With Epsom third and impressive Dante winner, Roaring Lion, lying in wait, any chinks in his armour will likely be exposed. The son of New Approach is nevertheless clear favourite across the board, with Bet365 making him their 5/4 jolly.