Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Brigadier duel

As we approach this year's Derby, it is apt to remember last year's favourite at Epsom was the Queen's horse Carlton House, who finished a honourable third behind Pour Moi. The son of Street Cry makes his seasonal appearance after nearly a year on the sidelines in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes. I am a little bit surprised that he will not go to the Coronation Cup over the week-end but maybe the connections want a gentler start to his 4-year old campaign.

Tomorrow's race is really between Carlton House and Colombian, who made an impressive return a month ago, winning over 6 lengths and relegating Twice Over to nearly 9 lengths. Any representative from the John Gosden yard is to be respected at this level, and should Carlton House not be full wound-up or fit, Colombian looks prime to take the spoils.

I recommend Carlton House as an each-way, and Colombian as a Place.

Each-way: Carlton House
Place: Colombian

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