Mendelssohn could be the star attraction on the Intenational Racing scene over the next few weeks, as Aidan O’Brien’s smart three-year-old bids to atone for a poor run on sloppy dirt last time by winning The Dwyer Stakes. Other high-profile international races to look forward to include the Highlander Stakes, Princess Rooney Stakes, Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud, Vodacom Durban July Handicap, The Belmont Derby, and The Belmont Oaks.
The Highlander Stakes (Saturday 30 June) is a Grade 2 Race run at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. The race is run over 6-furlongs and was run on dirt until 2003 before it changed to turf. It is open to horses aged three and older and has been won twice by the likes of Soaring Free, Signature Red, Go Home Or Go Blue, and Smart Enough.
Highlander Stakes 2018 Betting
Imprimis 5/2, Belvoir Bay 4/1, Long On Value 4/1, Lady Alexandra 6/1, Holding Gold 8/1, Corinthia Knight 10/1
Highlander Stakes 2018 Summary
Imprimis is bidding for a five-timer and was impressive at Pimlico last time when experiencing soft ground for the first time having recorded his previous wins on firm going. Meanwhile, Belvoir Bay is on a four-timer after notching-up a hat-trick at Santa Anita on his last three starts. The well-travelled Long On Value could also make his awaited return to action. The ever-improving Corinthia Knight is also on a five-timer for the rapidly improving young English trainer Archie Watson.
Princess Rooney Stakes
The Princess Rooney Stakes (Saturday 30 June) is a Grade 2 Race run over 7-furlongs at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The race is open to fillies and mares aged three and older. It is also a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Event, earning the winner a place in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies And Mares Sprint. Winners include Curlin’s Approval, Spelling Again, Merry Meadow, Starship Truffles, and Musical Romance.
Princess Rooney Stakes 2018 Betting
Curlin’s Approval 13/8, My Miss Tapit 28/15, Ms Locust Point 6/1, Rich Mommy 12/1, Stormy Embrace 12/1, Treble 12/1, Spanish Harlem 16/1, She takes Heart 25/1
Princess Rooney Stakes Summary
Curlin’s Approval bids to become the first back-to-back winner of the Princess Rooney Stakes since Gold Mover in 2002/2003 and she should take an awful lot of beating after coming back-to-form last time over course and distance. Her biggest opponent looks likely to be My Miss Tapit, who was also successful over course and distance back in April.
Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud
The Grand Prix De Saint Cloud (Sunday 1 July) is one of France’s most prestigious Group 1 races. It was established in 1904 but was first run at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in 1919. There has also had brief spells where it has been run at Longchamp and Maisons-Laffitte. It is run over 12-furlongs and is only open to horses aged four and older. The winner also now earns the right to run in that season’s Breeders’ Cup Turf. Famous winners of the race include User Friendly, Montjeu, Youmzain, Novellist, Noble Mission, and Treve.
Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud 2018 Betting
Waldgeist 6/4, Bateel 3/1, Cloth Of Stars 7/2, Defoe 5/1, Iquitos, Guignol 10/1, Marmelo 10/1, Salouen 12/1
Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud Summary
Waldgeist has started to live up to his big reputation this season and comes here looking for a hat-trick of wins after already winning a Group 3 and a Group 2. However, this is definitely a step-up in class. Bateel also arrives here on the back of a Group 2 win but the filly is already a proven winner at Group 1 level. Meanwhile, Cloth Of Stars needs to bounce back to form after disappointing when favourite for the race that Waldgeist won last time. The others probably need to improve or the top three in the market to under-perform.
Vodacom Durban July Handicap
The Durban July Handicap (Saturday 7 July) is one Of South Africa’s biggest horse races and it is open to horses aged three and older. It is run over 2,200 metres (11 furlongs) at Greyville Racecourse in Durban. It was first run in 1897 and it has been won back-to-back by four horses, Campanajo, Corriecrian, Milesia Pride, and El Picha. The last four winners have been won by four-year-olds.
Vodacom Durban July Handicap 2018 Betting
African Night Sky 15/8, Do It Again 13/2, Made To Conquer, Majestic Mambo 9/1, White River 10/1, Abashiri 14/1, Dark Moon Rising 20/1, Yakeen 25/1, Tilbury Fort
Vodacom Durban July Handicap 2018 Summary
Leading South African trainer Sean Tarry and Justin Snaith dominate the entries with 40% of the possible runners. Snaith saddles the favourite African Night Sky and he’ll be very hopeful of winning the race for the third time as he also has third favourite Made To Conquer to call upon. Dark Moon Rising could also go well after finishing runner-up in the Greyville 1900, if he enjoys the longer distance here. Meanwhile, two horses to watch out for at bigger-prices could be Tilbury Fort (Sean Tarry) and Yakeen (Mike de Kock) who finished first and second in the Jubilee Handicap.
The Dwyer Stakes
The Dwyer (Saturday 7 July) is a Grade 3 Race run over a mile on dirt at Belmont Park. The race was first run at Gravesend Race Track in 1887 and has had several homes until settling at Belmont Park in 1977. Famous winners include Seeking The Gold, Any Given Saturday, and last year’s winner Practical Joker.
The Dwyer Betting 2018
Mendelssohn 7/4, Prince Lucky 11/2, Rugby Man 11/2, There And Back 11/2, Still Having Fun 6/1, Breaking The Rules 14/1, Strike Power 14/1, Tap Daddy 14/1
The Dwyer Summary
The weather could have a major impact on the outcome of this race, as Mendelssohn looked deadly on quick dirt at Meydan earlier in the season but was nowhere near as good on a sloppy track when finishing well-beaten by subsequent Triple Crown winner Justified. Let’s hope the rain stays away and we can see Aidan O’Brien’s Scat Daddy sired colt show his top-form. If it is fast, expect him to hit the gates running and he’ll be to catch if he does. O’Brien has also won a race at this meeting before as Deauville won the 2016 Belmont Derby.
The Belmont Derby (Saturday 7 July) is a Grade 1 Race run over 10-furlongs at Belmont Park. It was formerly known as the Jamaica Handicap, which was run in July. However, it was renamed in 2014 and moved to July to be one of the major highlights of the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival. The race has a purse of $1.2 Million. The four winners since its reinvention are Mr Speaker, Force The Pass, Deauville, and Oscar Performance.
Belmont Derby Betting 2018
Analyze It 7/2, My Boy Jack 7/2, Catholic Boy 4/1, Hunting Horn 5/1, Kingstar 6/1, Rostropvich 6/1, Hawkish 8/1
Belmont Derby Summary 2018
Aidan O’Brien has two possible runners in Hunting Horn and Rostropovich. Hunting Horn won a Group 3 at Royal Ascot, whilst Rostropvich caught the eye when second behind Old Persian, who could boost the form in the Irish Derby beforehand. Meanwhile, Analyze It just edges favouritism in some book over Catholic Boy, though the latter finished ahead in their recent clash over a furlong shorter here at Belmont Park. Hawkish was a non-runner that day but has been backed for this in recent days.
The Belmont Oaks (Saturday 7 July) is another of the highlights of the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival. It also a Grade 1 run over 10-furlongs but is only open to three-year-old fillies. Formerly known as the Garden City Stakes, it was renamed and moved to Belmont Park in 2014. The race is also part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, meaning the winner receives an entry in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf. The four subsequent winners of the race are Minorette, Lady Eli, Catch A Glimpse, and New Money Honey.
Belmont Stakes 2018 Betting
Rushing Fall 3/1, Happily 7/2, Toinette 9/2, Thewayiam 7/1, La Signare 8/1, Significent Form 8/1, Bye Bye Baby 14/1, Capla Temptress 14/1, Give And Take 14/1, Paved 14/1
Belmont Stakes 2018 Summary
Aidan O’Brien looks to have the Breeders’ Cup races very much on his mind this season and he could be represented by the likes of Happily and Bye Bye Baby. Happily was a very good two-year-old but has failed to win either the English or Irish 1,000 Guineas after being sent-off favourite for both races. English trainer William Haggas could also be represented by Give And Take. However, they may all be up against it if Chad Brown’s unbeaten Rushing Fall has progressed since her last run.