Atzeni expects more from the “surprising” Third Kingdom as the Bolshoi Ballet hardens | Horse racing news
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More of the same? Andrea Atzeni and Defoe conquered Epsom in the 2019 Coronation Cup and the Italian-born jockey is hoping for a repeat aboard the Third Realm during Saturday’s Cazoo Derby.
By Scott Burton and James Burn
Andrea Atzeni admits his Cazoo Derby steed, Third Realm, continues to surprise him and hopes that will be the case again at Epsom on Saturday, as he will be among the top riders trained at home taking the power of Aidan O ‘ Brien and Jim Bolger.
The Lingfield Derby Trial winner was among 19 to stand on Monday for the Classic, with the Bolshoi Ballet hardening in places as the favorite.
The 15-8 and 7-4 available on Monday morning on the Bolshoi Ballet have given way to a general 13-8 but, while many of his main rivals in the market were easy to support, Third Realm was stable at 12-1 with most layers to give Atzeni a first Derby triumph.
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Atzeni is retained by Third Realm owner / breeder Sheikh Mohammed Obaid but missed the ride to Lingfield in order to wear the same colors aboard Without A Fight at Ascot.
Atzeni said on Monday: “He won at Nottingham and I had the choice to ride him at Lingfield, but he doesn’t show up much at home, which isn’t a bad thing, and he still has pretty much won the competition.
“Looks like he’s going to improve for this race and he’s won on fast ground and this soft test so he’s pretty versatile, although I prefer a little rain. It doesn’t matter if we don’t get it. . he, however. “
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David Egan was aboard the Third Realm in the Lingfield Derby Trial but successful rider Andrea Atzeni takes over at Epsom
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Atzeni was on board as coach Roger Varian stepped up preparations for the Third Realm Derby last week and the team continue to be pleased with Sea The Stars’ progress, although he is keeping the fireworks on display for the afternoon.
Atzeni said: “I sat on it four days ago and he did a good job on Racecourse Side in Newmarket and I was very happy with him. He’s not a flashy worker. , but it is a robust horse that takes its course so well.
“Nothing bothers him and you gallop him and then pull him up and you wouldn’t know he worked. He showed up a little bit at two and we loved him that day doing nothing. flashy. He surprised us, so let’s go. I hope he can again on Saturday. “
Atzeni was a finalist in Australia on his Derby debut aboard the Varian-trained Kingston Hill and believes Third Realm has the skills to get him involved in business again.
“It’s a very open Derby and he’s going to stay the trip and manage the track – he’s been around Lingfield really well, so that shouldn’t be a problem. And he’s being raised by the boss, so that would be great. to earn it. for him. “
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Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al Maktoum, Andrea Atzeni and Roger Varian after Cape Byron’s victory at the Wokingham Stakes 2019 in Ascot
Godolphin’s driving plans were finalized on Monday, with James Doyle confirmed for One Ruler and Oisin Murphy aboard Adayar – third kingdom finalist at Lingfield – while William Buick had previously been linked with winner of Dante Hurricane Lane on weekdays. last.
There were no major defections during Monday’s five-day confirmation phase, with Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s Prix du Jockey Club El Drama the cheapest rider to come out of the race.
Among the stable companions of the Bolshoi Ballet, high definition remains on track, although bookies seem to have differing opinions on its chances of upsetting the favorite.
Betfred and Betway both facilitated third Dante to 11-2 from 5-1, while Ladbrokes remain noticeably shorter.
Spokesman Nicola McGeady said of the Ballydoyle duo at the top of the market: “It looks like the frontrunner is doing everything right as the race approaches, but a lot of punters keep their faith in High Definition after Dante.”
O’Brien has six more entries and, in addition to the Bolshoi Ballet and High Definition, he could be represented by Sir Lamorak, Kyprios, The Mediterranean and Van Gogh. The last named also has the possibility of a return to France for the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club in Chantilly on Sunday.
Paddy Power: 13-8 Bolshoi Ballet, 5 High Definition, 7 John Leeper, Mac Swiney, 10 Mohaafeth, Hurricane Lane, 12 Third Realm, 14 Van Gogh, 25 bar.
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