Le­gal Ea­gle looks good

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - MICHAEL CLOWER

THE Sun Met gal­lops at Ke­nil­worth on Thurs­day (7am) will be par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for 15-2 fourth favourite Bela-Bela, the mount of An­thony Delpech.

Justin Snaith said: “Bela-Bela was tired af­ter her Pad­dock Stakes win.

“It was only her sec­ond race this sea­son, the sec­ond horse (Safe Har­bour) is a very good filly and I’d skipped a gallop be­fore­hand be­cause of the Met gal­lops.

“You see you can’t gallop then race ten days later, gallop again and then race in the Met nine or ten days af­ter that.

“I don’t train horses that way and so I left out the gallop be­fore the Pad­dock Stakes.”

Sean Tarry re­ports that Le­gal Ea­gle came out of his Queen’s Plate win in good shape and he is dis­mis­sive of sug­ges­tions that the Met favourite might be bet­ter over a mile than over the 2 000m of Satur­day week’s big race.

Cap­tain Amer­ica

These sug­ges­tions have been based on Cap­tain Amer­ica, al­though con­sid­ered best at a mile, fin­ish­ing nearly two lengths closer to Le­gal Ea­gle in last year’s Met than he had done in the Queen’s Plate three weeks ear­lier.

“How many times have they met [over 2 000m], two or three?” he coun­tered.

“And don’t for­get Le­gal Ea­gle won the SA Derby.”

Joey Rams­den con­firms that The Con­glom­er­ate came out of the Queen’s Plate fine.

The Dur­ban July win­ner fin­ished only sev­enth of 11 and Piere Stry­dom asked for the vet to check the horse out at the start.

Rams­den said: “I thought he ran a good race considering the trip and that he ran out of puff.”

Talk­tothes­tars, only tenth in last Satur­day’s Khaya Sta­bles Di­a­dem Stakes, was re­turned not strid­ing out on both front legs by the course vet.

Tel­ly­track pre­sen­ter and former trainer Stan El­ley said shortly be­fore the off that the ground was rid­ing very firm for a horse rac­ing with­out shoes.

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