Talking Horses: Derby winner Desert Crown out for season | Horse racing tips

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TThe chance that Desert Crown, who maintained his unbeaten record in the Derby at Epsom in June, will race again in his Classic season appeared to be dwindling further on Friday, as Bruce Raymond, race director for Saeed Suhail, the foal’s owner, admitted that Sir Michael Stoute is running out of time to prepare Desert Crown for a race in October.

Speaking in Goodwood, Raymond said: “I would say he’s iffy [for the rest of the season]. There’s nothing major wrong with him [and] We’ll try to get him there but it’s not the injury, it’s the time it takes to prepare him for it.”

Desert Crown was “just about ready” for its seasonal reappearance in the Dante Stakes in May in May after an injury problem earlier in the year, according to Stoute, and hasn’t seen a stretch since going two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Hoo Ya Times and Westover, eventual winner of the Irish Derby, just over three weeks later.

He was initially targeted for last weekend’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes following his success at Epsom but was sidelined from that competition as well as August’s International Stakes at York earlier this month.

“I know how Sir Michael trains, he wouldn’t rush that horse,” Raymond said. “The owner is very patient and said whatever Sir Michael wants I will not pressure him. He’ll probably be fine by August [or] September, but then you don’t have enough time to prepare it [for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or Champion Stakes].

“It’s different [to his injury earlier in the year]. I think they originally thought it was a hoof until they investigated and then it was something else, but it’s not serious.”

The Sheema Classic on World Cup night at Meydan in March is a possible early target in 2023, although there are concerns it could affect Desert Crown’s schedule in the early months of the flat season.

“He [the owner] like that, but I’m not sure Michael would agree with that,” Raymond said. “He’s from Dubai and it would be wonderful to get the trophy from Sheikh Mohammed, but once you do that you take away the beginning of it all [European turf] Season. You have to start preparing in January, then you forget the first few months of the year and only come back at Ascot.”

Desert Crown briefly replaced Westover as favorites for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after Ralph Beckett’s stallion finished fifth of six runners in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last weekend, but he has now been removed from most bookmakers’ lists painted .

Japan’s big hope for this year’s Arc, holders, set a new 11-stadium course record with their Group 1 win at Hanshin in June and is the new favorite on most lists at around 7-1. Torquator Tasso, who shocked everyone with his win last season and ran well on unduly fast ground to finish third in the King George, is priced in at around 8-1, while Sir Mark Prescott’s mare, Alpinista, is at 9: 1 in the lead is back from a Group 1 win at Saint-Cloud earlier this month.

Khaadem returned to the scene of his impressive Stewards’ Cup success three years ago to record a narrow win in the Group Two King George Stakes, giving his trainer, Charlie Hills, a fifth win in the race in the last six seasons .

The first four of those wins have all come from the exceptional Baattash, and while Khaadem was less explosive than his former stablemate, he did enough in his second win of the season to close odds of around 10-1 in next month’s Nunthorpe Stakes in York receive .

“He’s getting faster as he gets older and today he was so relaxed it’s just not like him,” Hills said.

“Ryan was very positive when he got out, that [Group One races] We’ve got to look at that now, whether it’s the Nunthorpe or wherever it is. We’re going to look at those races and when the ground is fast it has the best chance of winning.”

Tinto can throw himself into great opportunities at the Stewards’ Cup

Michael Dods has few peers when it comes to training sprinters and he will travel to Sussex from his stables in County Durham on Saturday with two good chances to win the Stewards’ Cup for a second consecutive year. Commanche Falls, who knocked Gulliver on heavy ground 12 months ago, is back for another crack and weighted to walk well at just 2 pounds more.

Against the likely odds, however, his stable companion, Tinto (3.20), looks more attractive. Dods picked up the six-year-old from Tattersalls in October for just 21,000 gns and he has quickly rediscovered the form that saw him win a Newmarket handicap for Amanda Perrett from a 100 mark two summers ago. He’s running off 94 on Saturday, has a decent pitch in stall 18 with plenty of speed nearby and is looking way too tall at around 33-1.

Goodwood 1.05 Maiden races aren’t the usual ITV fare and many bettors will dodge this, however Classic is an obvious and worthy favorite after a flashy debut at Newbury earlier this month.

Goodwood 1.40 Deadly Levi has been in winning form since the release of the Stewards’ Cup weights and heads into this consolation race for horses drawn from the Main Event at a mark of 91.1lbs less than his win at Newmarket last weekend.

Neumarkt 1.55 Kevin Ryan has an excellent batting average in runners making their kindergarten handicap debut and transmit affection is the type that runs well at around 8-1.

Goodwood 2.10 cemhaan had a tricky passage at Royal Ascot last time out and ended up running left to give. The move back to a mile and three quarters should help him regain his winning thread from earlier in the season.

Goodwood 1.05 Classic 1.40 Lethal Levi 2.10 Cemhaan 2.45 Emily Dickinson 3.20 Tinto (nap) 3.55 Positive Impact (nb) 4.30 Ajero

Newmarket 1.20 Luckin Brew 1.55 Transfer Affection 2.25 Star Fortress 3.00 Temporize 3.35 Azure Blue 4.05 Thunder Legend
4.40 Uzincso

Doncaster 1.47 Harswell Rose 2.17 Gabriella's Spirit 2.52 Laatansa
3.27 Protagonist 4.00 The Dunkirk Lads 4.35 Giogiobbo 5.10 Back From Dubai

Thirsk 2.06 Overnight Oats 2.38 Hilts 3.13 Good Luck Fox 3.48 Substantial 4.20 All Are Mine 4.55 Open Mind 5.30 On The River 6.05 Ba Na Hills

Lingfield Park 4.25 Aiguillette 5.05 King Lewlew 5.40 Bonnsie 6.15 G'Daay 6.45 Come On Girl 7.15 No Such Luck 7.45 Richard P Smith
8.15 Queen Of Change

Hamilton Park 5.45 Montelusa 6.20 Kats Bob 6.55 Zimmerman 7.25 Dragon Symbol 8.00 Smart Contender 8.30 Clan Jock 9.00 Lochnaver

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Greg Wood’s tips for Saturday

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good wood 1.05 Classic 1.40 Lethal Levi 2.10 Cemhaan 2.45 Emily Dickinson 3.20 Tinto (nap) 3.55 Positive Impact (nb) 4.30 Ajero

New market 1.20 Luckin Brew 1.55 Transfer Affection 2.25 Star Fortress 3.00 Temporize 3.35 Azure Blue 4.05 Thunder Legend
4.40 Uzinkso

doncaster 1.47 Harswell Rose 2.17 Gabriella’s ghost 2.52 Laatansa
3.27 Protagonist 4.00 The Dunkirk boys 4.35 Giogiobbo 5.10 Back from Dubai

thirst 2.06 Overnight Oats 2.38 Hilts 3.13 Good Luck Fox 3.48 Substantial 4.20 All Are Mine 4.55 Open Mind 5.30 On The River 6.05 Ba Na Hills

Lingfield Park 4.25 Aiguillette 5.05 King Lewlew 5.40 Bonnsie 6.15 G’Daay 6.45 Come On Girl 7.15 No Such Luck 7.45 Richard P Smith
8.15 Queen of Change

Hamilton Park 5.45 Montelusa 6.20 Kats Bob 6.55 Zimmerman 7.25 Dragon Symbol 8.00 Smart Contender 8.30 Clan Jock 9.00 Lochnaver

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Neumarkt 2.25 Star Fortress wasn’t raced at two and didn’t see a stretch until June of this year, but she showed superb foot rotation to secure her maiden win at Chelmsford earlier this month and is bred to appreciate that step up to 12 furlongs.

Goodwood 2.45 Emily Dickinson ran well in the Irish Oaks two weeks ago despite a drop in drive, and that move back to 14 furlongs should result in a return to winning form.

Goodwood 3.55 positive impact Lost last time out at Newmarket by a short head to the improving Jimi Hendrix and the signing of top apprentice Benoit de la Sayette should make up for a 5lb rise in weights.

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