Racing: Revoque in a run for the money

A dramatic performance turned round the Classic picture yesterday. The Goodwood executive would have hoped their Predominate Stakes, which they continue to purport is a Derby trial, was the vehicle for the transformation but the definitive action came in the even more sparsely populated arena of a morning gallop at Manton.

Revoque was the figurehead in Wiltshire, shrugging off his trademark morning lethargy to establish himself as a definite contender for both the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Sunday and the Derby. Less shimmering targets will be considered for his galloping partner, Romanov. "They've both been declared for the Irish Guineas but Revoque will run," Peter Chapple-Hyam, who trains the colts, said. "Revoque is in very good form and it is all systems go with him for the Curragh and then Epsom.

"Romanov will run in Ireland only if something goes wrong with Revoque. They worked very well. John Reid rode Romanov and one of the lads was on Revoque because he is so lazy at home and needs knowing.''

This was welcome news to Reid. "I'm pleased he's running in Ireland because I think he'll win," he said. "It won't be detrimental to his Derby chance because he's tough and he'd need a gallop on a race-track anyway so why not get paid for having a run? It's not as if he's had a hard life. He's been dossing at home all winter so it's time he got out and did something.''

Cashmans, the Irish bookmakers, believe Chapple-Hyam will win his fourth Curragh Guineas in the last six years following the exploits of Rodrigo De Triano, Turtle Island and Spectrum, and reduced Revoque to 5-4 from 7-4 for his mission. Cashmans then go 5-1 Desert King and Zamindar.

The boys at Manton may soon be able to sneak in a few lie-ins as the boss is away on foreign sorties. Panama City and Single Empire represent Chapple-Hyam in Sunday's Italian Derby, while Voyagers Quest is a runner in the French Derby.

Goodwood's contribution to Epsom's equivalent may be Grapeshot, who won the Predominate without exactly giving himself a stitch yesterday. He has yet to fully wriggle into the probable category however.

The Sussex Downs were a depressing backdrop to yesterday's fare as clouds took their leave of Trundle Hill only just before racing. Grapeshot nevertheless managed to generate lather on his belly in the parade ring and another disastrous indication for paddock judges was that Running Stag too was spotted with moisture. The sweaters went on to fill the frame.

Grapeshot is owned by a syndicate of eight including Bob and Gina Goldhammer, the Dunkin' Donuts franchise holders. The conditions may have been dreary for most, but for Mr Goldhammer they were pure bliss. "This is a beautiful place compared with New York City," he said. "I think Luca [Cumani, the winning trainer] will be very happy.''

Cumani is not happy about running at Epsom, though. "In a normal year and an open Derby I would say let's go, but in a year like this when the first two spots aren't available it might be tempting to think again," he said. "Grapeshot always looked like a horse who would stay and today gave an indication that one and a half miles shouldn't be a problem. But I take the view that the Derby is a foregone conclusion. It's a two-horse race with Entrepreneur in front and Revoque chasing him."

Cumani's is a popular assumption, but John Reid vocalised better the foibles of the turf. "It doesn't often go the way the story is written and if it did there would be no bookies and no sport," he said. "It is very unusual to hear people predicting that the first and second in one race will fill the same places in another, especially when they're both Classics. It doesn't usually go by the book."

DERBY (Epsom, 7 June): Coral: evens Entrepreneur, 5-1 Revoque, 7-1 Silver Patriarch, 8-1 Benny The Dip, 14-1 Grapeshot, 16-1 Fahris; Ladbrokes: 4-5 Entrepreneur, 5-1 Revoque, 7-1 Benny The Dip, 8-1 Silver Patriarch, 16-1 Fahris & Grapeshot; William Hill: evens Entrepreneur, 5-1 Revoque, 7-1 Silver Patriarch, 8-1 Benny The Dip, 16-1 Fahris, 20-1 Grapeshot.

Life and Style
love + sex
Life and Style
Tikka Masala has been overtaken by Jalfrezi as the nation's most popular curry
food + drink
News
people
Voices
A propaganda video shows Isis forces near Tikrit
voicesAdam Walker: The Koran has violent passages, but it also has others that explicitly tells us how to interpret them
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Ledger & Credit Control Assistant

£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Ledger & Credit Control...

Recruitment Genius: Project Administrator

£16000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Project Administrator is requ...

Recruitment Genius: International Trade Advisors - Hertfordshire or Essex

£30000 - £35379 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The company is based in Welwyn ...

Recruitment Genius: Operations Controller - Response Centre

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn