In betting on the Fielden Stakes, there was money across the board for easy winner True Story, a best-priced 2/1 from an opening 5/1 (They Knew). Before Channel 4 Racing's so called "betting expert" Tanya Stevenson was out of bed, the each-way thieves had hoovered up the value on Zilber in Newmarket's opener, 5/1 from an opening 12/1. Gosden's Munjaz was a best-priced 11/8 from an opening 2/1 in the 5.10.
The first price action in the betting market concerned Sandiva, with Paddy Power going 5/2 from 3/1. Euro Charline was put in at a best-priced 12/1 and ended up a best-priced 7/1 after the shrewdies stepped in. The 2/1 Shifting Power was snapped up early doors.
|Newmarket 1.45||Zilber||5/1 from 12/1||2nd|
|Newmarket 2.10||Absent Friends||11/2 from 6/1||2nd|
|Newmarket 2.55||Toofi||4/1 from 5/1||2nd|
|Newmarket 5.10||Munjaz||11/8 from 2/1||1st|
|Newmarket 5.40||Quiet Warrior||6/1 from 7/1||N/A|
|Newmarket 5.40||True Story||2/1 from 5/1||1st|
|Newmarket 3.30||Shifting Power||7/4 from 2/1||1st|
|Newmarket 4.05||Sandiva||5/2 from 3/1||1st|
|Newmarket 3.30||Euro Charlene||6/1 from 12/1||2nd|
The 2013 Prix Marcel Boussac was won in good style by Indonesienne. The form of the Boussac has been tested on two occasions in recent weeks. On March 25, the Gallorini trained Stormrya, who finished fifth in the Boussac, won a listed race at Saint Cloud. On April 6, the Freddie Head trained Royalmania, an eye catching fourth in the Boussac, showed a nice turn of foot, to land the Prix Finlande at Longchamp. In the Prix de la Grotte (below), run at Longchamp on April 13, 2014, Indonesienne was reopposed and beaten by the Boussac second Lesstalk in Paris. Christophe Ferland, trainer of Indonesienne, was reported as saying; "They went very slow and the first three remained the same throughout. It's important to put the race in context – it was her comeback and she has lost the battle, not the war. She has already proved she is very good by winning a Group 1 and today she showed she can still finish well off a less sustained pace."
Sunday April 13, 2014, at Longchamp, saw the reappearance of the 2013 Grand Criterium winner Karakontie. The form of the Criterium had been franked, when both the second and third, Noozhoh Canarias and Charm Spirit had won in good style since. On this occasion Karakontie was beaten in a tight finish by the Lellouche trained Ectot, after the pair pulled well clear of the field. Karakontie lost nothing in defeat and should be a different proposition next time out, with Ectot an interesting proposition over further.
How can it be that a stable that houses the world's most expensive horses, alongside the world's most advanced training facilities cannot get its horses fit before they see a racecourse.....Just asking? The grapevine and the betting market suggests that there are question markets hanging over both O'Brien's Australia (2000 Guineas) and Tapestry (1000 Guines). In the case of the latter, somebody cannot give him away on the betting exchange Betfair.
Anything can become excusable when seen from the standpoint of the result. Mishima.