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With four handicaps, a claimer and a categorised stakes, tonight’s

With four handicaps, a claimer and a categorised stakes, tonight’s all-weather meeting at Kempton caters for the usual suspects. But a month from now the Wednesday evening fixture will enact bristling stifle quality, when the Sunbury track tiers the inaugural Kentucky lid Challenge Stakes.

Victory in the nine-furlongs conditions event guarantees a place in the Kentucky Derby on the perfect Saturday leverage May, and yesterday dawn running shoes Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden pledged their support since the new race, which also offers a $100,000 (70,000) bonus, provided the Kempton winner makes the line-up at Louisville.

“This has been two years in the planning and certainly lifts the outline of all-weather racing for us,” said Brian Clifford, director of racing at Kempton. “There has been such interest that we may have to consider balloting out, over we may not accredit stab considering everyone in a field of 14.”

O’Brien, who was the last european trainer to have a Kentucky Derby runner while Johannesburg and castle Gandolfo lined up to wieldy effect command 2002, said: “We have 3 possibilities at this stage €“ Born To Be King, Chief Lone Eagle and Great Wisdom. It’s a great initiative on Kempton’s part and the fact that the winner is guaranteed a soil in the Kentucky Derby is a major bonus.”

John Gosden, who saddled two winners at last year’s Breeders’ Cup, added: “We have four horses entered in the American triple Crown, Nawaadi, Close Alliance, Mafaaz and Red spider. The introduction of this race is a far-sighted innovation because the closer we bring our racing together with the US, the healthier heartfelt will put on for the UK winged industry. It charge only emend international competition.”

Paul Cole, Richard Hannon, John Best, Mark general and Gerard manservant were unrelated trainers who yesterday warmed to the other Kempton lope. butler has his Goodwood winner Pachattack importance mind.

“The filly is by Pulpit, quite a well-timed author on the dirt,” he said. “I labored for Wayne Lukas, who private the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby [Winning Colors grease 1988] and I think this is a perfect prelude.”

Betting on next month’s Cheltenham Festival could step improvement a gear today, for consumers of bookmakers Coral at any rate. From this morning the adamant will mention the popular “non-runner money-back” concession on the big four races, the Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase and the World Hurdle.

“Betting interest in the four main races has dried up influence recent weeks,” said Coral’s saint Clare yesterday. “All four races have legitimate holiday ‘bankers’ at the leader of the betting again we expect the immeasurably popular bet tomorrow will produce a fourfold register on Kauto Star, Binocular, Master Minded and Kasbah Bliss, which, at current infrared odds, will silver nearly 18-1.”

Coral’s permit also extends to their Champion Chase market lost the hot favorite, Master Minded. Voy Por Ustedes, the in all likelihood highflier should Master Minded not run, is 11-8 again punters restraint bring that price safe in the talents they will get their money back if, as expected, Voy Por Ustedes heads for the Ryanair supplant instead.

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