Ballydoyle Derby hope Recital only third in trial
Monday 11 April 2011
Recital, one of Ballydoyle's leading Epsom contenders, lost his unbeaten record on his reappearance at Leopardstown yesterday. The Montjeu colt, fast-tracked from a maiden success to win a Group One in France last autumn, was only third as Banimpire proved herself a tough filly typical of those trained by Jim Bolger.
All may not be lost for Recital; indeed, some bookmakers saw fit to cut his Investec Derby odds, though William Hill eased him to 12-1 from 10-1. The colt did not settle in the early stages and Ryan Moore was obliged to get him covered up. Checked briefly in the straight, the odds-on favourite made up ground, but hung under pressure and was a length and a half down at the line. His pacemaking stablemate Regent Street gave Banimpire most to do, harrying her all the way and only beaten half a length. Bolger has the winner in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas but acknowledged that the drop in trip might not be ideal.
There was a bigger shock in the United States on Saturday when Uncle Mo, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and favourite for the Kentucky Derby, was turned over at 1-10 in the Wood Memorial.
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