The action on Saturday at Belmont Park is red-hot, with the venue hosting both its Derby and Oaks! With Aidan O’Brien sending over plenty of challengers and the French also showing their hand, there is an international flair to the races! You’ll be able to find our US Racing Tips on site each evening, alongside all our UK Horse Racing Tips!
Many people will remember the name Newspaperofrecord, who created a huge impression when slamming her rivals to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She looked to have a big future at that point but has finished second on both her starts in 2019, including when brushed aside by Concrete Rose at Churchill Downs. With stamina a possible concern up in distance, she’s certainly opposable.
Concrete Rose, however, is unbeaten in two starts in 2019, with a strong late finish over the mile to defeat Newspaperofrecord suggesting she’d relish an extra two furlongs. She’s run to a very good standard thus far and a looks to have a leading chance on her Grade 1 debut.
Cafe Americano is the unexposed quantity for Chad Brown, winning both her starts thus far. The times of those races haven’t set the world alight, however, and both victories have come in maiden special weights. She’s capable of progressing, but this is surely a big ask for her given the level of competition.
Olendon travels over from France and was last seen placing in a Group 1 at Longchamp, which backed up a prior Listed success. She was doing her best work late on her first try of the ten-furlong distance and should relish a strongly-run contest such as this on that evidence. She’ll need plenty of luck in running, but rates as a place angle.
Aidan O’Brien comes double-fisted, but the one to focus on from his pair is JUST WONDERFUL (10/1). A Group 2 winner as a juvenile, 2019 hasn’t panned out as expected, well beaten in the Coronation at Royal Ascot when last seen. A daughter of Dansili, there is enough stamina in her pedigree to suggest she’ll relish this step up in distance and this is certainly easier than what she’s been facing on the other side of the Atlantic, which makes her price look huge.
This looks to be a wide open contest and at the early stage, it’s 4/1 the field in what should be a hugely competitive affair. Chad Brown has the two favourites, with the unbeaten Digital Ace looking to maintain his unbeaten record today. A winner of a Grade 2 on his third start, his pedigree is very much 50/50 on his staying chance up from the mile. All the stamina is on his dam side and if that does hold out, he’s posted a sufficient level of form to see him involved.
The other of the Chad Brown favourites is Demarchelier, who also arrives here as an unbeaten commodity. He made it three wins from three when beating a reopposing Seismic Wave to win a course Grade 3 over the nine-furlong distance. Stamina certainly isn’t an issue with this one and his profile is upwardly mobile. Retaining the services of Javier Castellano, it’d be a surprise if he wasn’t in the hunt.
The chief hope from Ireland comes in the form of CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (7/1), a progressive son of Galileo who posted a career-best two starts back to finish fourth in the French Derby. Soft ground is a valid excuse for his defeat at Royal Ascot, so much better can be expected today. He’s lightly raced over the ten furlongs distance and his sole win at the trip came when swooping from off the pace, so this race should suit him perfectly and that’ll give him a leading chance.
Another international raider is Japan’s Master Fencer, who has run well in two Grade 1 contests since coming over to the US. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby, he filled out another midfield position when fifth in the Belmont Stakes on his most recent start. On both those occasions, he’s surged home in the closing stages after being taken off his feet early. His tactical speed early on remains a worry, and you’d struggle to give him more than a place squeak here.
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