Speaking Horses: Contemporary is greatest for Victoria Cup at Ascot | Horse racing

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The Traditional trials at Lingfield on Saturday afternoon will supply a number of extra items of the puzzle earlier than the Derby and Oaks at Epsom subsequent month, however a extra quick precedence for a lot of punters will likely be an annual try to search out the winner of the Victoria Cup at Ascot, one of the aggressive Flat handicaps of the season.

A double-figure draw has been very important within the final decade, and Vafortino, who joined Kevin Philippart de Foy from Joseph O’Brien’s steady over the winter, is fascinating from 27 after a promising return in March, whereas the 33-1 shot Royal Pleasure may outrun his worth if he will get away on phrases.

The runner with probably the most positives, although, is Contemporary (4.05), whose type figures in big-field Ascot handicaps final season have been 1-2-3. He was first house on his aspect in a invaluable race over monitor and journey in October and is off the identical mark on Saturday.

Ascot 1.45: Flippantly-raced Screaming Petrus was steadily progressive at three and his opening mark of 76 might be beneficiant.

Lingfield 2.05: Verreaux Eagle is on her final successful mark and should not want to enhance on her final run at Brighton to win right here.

Ascot 2.20: Al Aasy, proficient and quirky in equal measure, was crushed thrice final season after buying and selling at lengthy odds-on in working. Third Realm, at his greatest in early 2021, seems a safer guess.

Lingfield 2.40: United Nations seems positive to enhance with each step up in journey and may prolong O’Brien’s robust run of type in Traditional trials.

Haydock 3.00: High conditional Mark McDonagh takes 5lb off the again of Anna Bunina and that would tip the steadiness.

Lingfield 3.15: Belt Buckle was a lot better than the naked outcome at Wolverhampton in February and will properly enhance previous Ballydoyle’s runner, Emily Dickinson.

Ascot 3.30: Delta Bay will go shut if the swap to Hughie Morrison sees a return to her successful type at Newmarket final spring.

Lingfield 3.50: Wren’s Breath, a Listed winner final July, is an fascinating Flat runner for Henry de Bromhead. She has scope for enchancment this yr with simply three runs within the e book.

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Nottingham: 1.00 Secure Passage 1.35 Greenbarn 2.10 Tees Spirit 2.45 Maketh Believeth 3.20 Maxine 3.55 Loquace 4.30 Midnight Practice

Haydock Park: 1.20 Caesar’s Palace 1.50 Glen Shiel 2.25 Panic Assault 3.00 Anna Bunina (nb) 3.35 Aldaary 4.10 Hourvari 4.45 Observe Your Coronary heart 5.18 Thriller Fox

Lingfield Park: 1.30 Rattling 2.05 Verreaux Eagle 2.40 United Nations
3.15 Belt Buckle 3.50 She Do 4.25 Golden Valour 5.00 The Sport Is On

Ascot: 1.45 Screaming Petrus 2.20 Third Realm 2.55 Dance Acclaim 3.30 Delta Bay 4.05 Contemporary (nap) 4.40 After The Rain 5.15 Beneath The Twilight

Hexham: 1.55 Fulgurix 2.30 Light Connections 3.05 Classic Fizz 3.40 Ask To Dance 4.15 Gray Market 4.50 Wavelength 5.20 Lunar Discovery

Warwick: 5.10 Jeffery’s Cross 5.45 The Plimsoll Line 6.15 Searching Percival 6.50 May Be Bother 7.20 Tremendous Six 7.50 Oceans Pink 8.20 A lot Too Pricey

Thirsk: 5.30 Lullaby Bay 6.05 Watermelon Sugar 6.35 Rogue Rocket 7.05 Prayer Matt 7.35 Morty 8.05 Shake A Leg 8.35 Twice Adaay

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Derby cloud gathers over Luxembourg

Luxembourg, the clear favorite for the Derby since his running-on third within the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, may miss the Traditional at Epsom on 4 June after struggling a setback on the gallops, Aidan O’Brien, the colt’s coach, mentioned on Friday.

“Luxembourg was just a bit bit lame on his off-hind this morning after cantering,” O’Brien mentioned. “We’re undecided why simply but, however needed to let folks know with the Derby coming quickly. In a few days, we’ll hopefully know a bit extra and can challenge an extra replace.”

Luxembourg was a 5-2 probability for the Derby on Friday morning however drifted to 6-1 after information of his setback emerged.

Cleveland (centre left) and Ryan Moore triumph at Chester.
Cleveland (centre left) and Ryan Moore triumph at Chester. {Photograph}: Tim Goode/PA

His steady companion Changingoftheguard, who completed six-and-a-half lengths away from Charlie Appleby’s highly-rated New London within the Chester Vase on Wednesday, is 6-1 (from 10-1) whereas Stroll Of Stars, a runner within the Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday, and Piz Badile, the winner of the Ballysax Stakes in April, are each out there at 7-1.

O’Brien runs United Nations, at the moment 50-1 for the Derby, in Lingfield’s Epsom trial on Saturday, and Stone Age (14-1 for the Traditional) within the Group Three Derby Trial at Leopardstown the next afternoon.

In a while Friday, O’Brien continued his domination of the most important races at Chester’s Could assembly as Cleveland got here with a robust late run below Ryan Moore to present the coach a primary success within the Chester Cup.

Cleveland was held up within the early phases and stayed on properly from the house flip to overtake Coltrane, the 9-2 joint-favourite, by a neck with Rajinsky, at 6-1, again in third.

Friday’s race, over two-and-a-quarter miles, was a mile additional than any of his earlier 4 begins and he was reduce from 66-1 to 10-1 by Betfair to emulate Journey To Paris, the 2015 Chester Cup winner, who adopted up within the Ascot Gold Cup six weeks later.

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