Belmont Derby And Oaks Ante-Post Double

Belmont Ante-Post Double



Santa Barbara - Belmont Oaks

Santa Barbara is a superbly talented daughter of Camelot, who is a half sister to Iridessa and Group One winner Order Of Australia.

The filly made a huge impression on debut last term at The Curragh when landing an 18 runner event in fine style on good ground.

She was then made favourite for the 1000 Guineas and in the Classic event could only finish a close fourth, doing her best work at the finish.

Off the back of that run she was stepped up half a mile for the Epsom Oaks and despite finishing a fair fifth, it was stablemate Snowfall who stole the show.

Dropped back to 1m2f last time out she gave her best run of the season to finish a neck second in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes and that run should set her up perfectly for this event.

Bundles of ability and now just needs to get her head in front.

Bolshoi Ballet - Belmont Derby

Another superstar for Aidan O'Brien that heads to the States is Bolshoi Ballet who made an electric start to the season and had issues in the Derby beyond his control.

The three year old son of Galileo was seen three times as a juvenile, finishing third at Newmarket on debut over a mile in a Maiden and backing that up at Leopardstown over the same trip when getting off the mark for the first time in his career.

He was sent to Saint-Cloud for the Group One Criterium and could only finish a close up fifth behind some nice horses, wit the softer ground going against him.

The colt came back for his first race of the season over course and distance at Leopardstown and managed to land the Group Three Ballysax Stakes in good style.

It showed his versatility winning on good ground and having handled soft in the past it put him in good stead for his trip back over C&D in the Derrinstown Derby Trial.

Taking on the likes of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Mac Swiney and Southern Lights, he left the field for dead to win the Group Three event over 1m2f.

It was all systems go for the Derby at Epsom where he was the sole runner for O'Brien going off the 11/8 favourite, but having cut his leg early on in the contest he did not give his full running.

Said to be back to his best at home he heads into the Belmont Derby looking to put his best hoof forward.

Big player.