Rome all the rage for Epsom glory

first_imgHorse racing Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Wed 4 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Horse racing … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Derby Share via Email Shares00 Johnny Murtagh Rome all the rage for Epsom glory Ron Cox Support The Guardian First published on Wed 4 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Johnny Murtagh will bid for his fourth victory in Saturday’s Vodafone Derby on King Of Rome, one of five runners in the race for trainer Aidan O’Brien. In a surprise move, Murtagh has opted for the Lingfield Derby Trial runner-up over Frozen Fire, narrowly beaten in the Dante Stakes.Ballydoyle’s former stable jockey, Mick Kinane, who won the 2001 Derby for O’Brien on Galileo, has been called up for Frozen Fire. The York runner-up had been shortest of the O’Brien Derby hopes in ante-post betting, but yesterday King Of Rome was all the rage, from 20-1 down to 12’s with Hill’s. Confirming the riding plans, O’Brien said yesterday: “Johnny will be on King Of Rome, Mick rides Frozen Fire and David McCabe will be on Bashkirov. Seamie Heffernan and Colm O’Donoghue will be our other Derby jockeys but it will be tomorrow before we decide which of them rides Washington Irving or Alessandro Volta.” In other Derby news, Tajaaweed is all set to take his chance after the Dee Stakes winner pulled off a shoe earlier in the week. “I gather they’ve now got a shoe back on him and it’s so far so good,” said Angus Gold, racing manager to the colt’s owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, yesterday. “As long as everything is all right in the next 24 hours he’ll run.” However, the John Gosden-trained Bronze Cannon has virtually been ruled out of the race due to the current easy ground, with connections preferring to save him for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. As betting moves had indicated, Johnny Murtagh rides Adored for Aidan O’Brien in tomorrow’s Oaks. Irish-trained fillies dominate the market, but they are from the stables of Jim Bolger, Dermot Weld and John Oxx who are responsible for Lush Lashes, Chinese White and Katiyra. Chinese White is drawn 14 of the 16 runners, but that does not concern her confident jockey, Pat Smullen. “Ideally you would like to be drawn in the middle,” said Smullen yesterday. “But we will just have to try to get ourselves into a good position. There are some nice fillies but mine is in very good form.” Meanwhile, Big Brown will break from stall one in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes as he bids to become America’s first Triple Crown winner in 30 years – the last 10 Kentucky Derby-Preakness winners to have attempted the big treble have failed. In the 10-runner field the draw should not be a factor as Big Brown bids to defend his unbeaten record. He sustained a quarter crack to his left front hoof, but yesterday his trainer, Rick Dutrow, was confident Big Brown would be at his best. “I feel as good as I can possibly feel about Big Brown,” he said.Ron Cox’s tip of the dayThe Bear 4.40 HamiltonA 6lb rise for his all-the-way course and distance win last month should not prove insurmountable for this sprinter, who is still well treated on his old form. He never looked like getting caught when scoring here, and may have been unfortunate not to follow up from his revised mark at Carlisle last week, where he was first home of the five who raced on the far side of the track. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Topicslast_img

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