Racegoers attending Wolverhampton’s Boxing Day fixture will have the pleasure of seeing former champion jockey and international jet-setter Ryan Moore in action as the popular rider puts Harvard ‘N Yale through his paces ahead of an anticipated bid by the Jeremy Nosed-trained colt to tackle the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in the US on May 5, writes Elliot Slater.
Already holding entries for the 2012 Irish 2000 Guineas and Irish Derby, the well bred son of Smart Strike runs in the colours of prominent American racehorse owner Earle Mack who has always dreamed of having a runner in the first leg of the famous US Triple Crown. Harvard’N Yale is bred for the dirt so it makes sense for him to try out an artificial surface and racing around left hand bends at Wolverhampton before moving across the Atlantic to be prepared for the big race itself. People placing a Bwin free bet should remember this.
Noseda’s colt has already proved himself a very capable performer running second on his racecourse bow at Newbury in July to the useful Ektihaam before landing the odds with the minimum of fuss in a decent Newmarket maiden on his second racecourse appearance. Stepped up in grade for the Haynes, Hanson & Clarke Conditions Stakes at Newbury in September, Mack’s promising sort was only caught in the dying strides by Cavaleiro, going under by a neck to Marcus Tregoning’s promising sort. Anyone looking at a Stan James review should bear this in mind.
Hopes are high that the Kentucky Derby hope will relish the step up to nine furlongs at Dunstall Park for the conditions contest and that he will enhance his reputation and eventually perform rather better than Noseda’s Awesome Act, who also bid for the showcase US event in 2010 but trailed in last after never managing to get into the action.