Eclipse for Sea The Stars after rain sinks Irish Derby plan
Sunday 28 June 2009
Derby winner Sea The Stars will be aimed at Saturday's Eclipse at Sandown after rain, and the Curragh's watering policy, scuppered his chance of running in today's Irish Derby.
His trainer John Oxx said: "There is no way we will have the good, fast ground he likes so the Eclipse is now the plan." In the absence of Sea The Stars questions must be asked about clerks of the courses' keenness to water, and not only at the Curragh. Erroneously they think it is unacceptable to race on firm ground so turn on the taps and are then left with unseasonably soft ground when rain arrives.
Sea The Stars' jockey Mick Kinane will now ride Mourayan, also trained by Oxx and an 8-1 shot. Fame And Glory, beaten a length and three-quarters by Sea The Stars at Epsom, is the 11-10 favourite to go one better today and give trainer Aidan O'Brien, responsible for six of the now 11 runners, his seventh win in the Classic and his fourth on the trot.
For the first time since 1957 the Irish Derby is an all-home affair but their big race yesterday, the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes, went to a British-trained challenger in the shape of John Gosden's Dar Re Mi, who held off Beach Bunny by a short head.
At Newcastle, the Northumberland Plate, aka the Pitmen's Derby, was won by Som Tala who proved to be a goldmine for those punters who backed the Mick Channon-trained hope from 25-1 to 16-1.
Channon's Youmzain contests the Prix de Saint-Cloud in Paris today. It is his 15th consecutive Group One race and, although he has only won one of them, he has had a lot of close misses including going down a nose in Epsom's Coronation Cup last time.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Gregorz Krychowiak were all linked but Wenger and Gunners fail on deadline day
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners fans devastated as they become only team in top 5 European leagues not to sign outfield player
David De Gea: Manchester United in bitter war of words with Real Madrid over failed transfer
David De Gea, Peter Odemwingie and the 18 weirdest transfer deadline day stories
Anthony Martial fee: 'Add-on' includes Manchester United signing winning the Ballon d'Or
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 4 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 5 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...
£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...