Can Le­gal Eagle cross the Bridge?

Daily News - - THE RACEGOER - MICHAEL CLOWER

LE­GAL EAGLE can ex­tend his amaz­ing un­beaten mile run into dou­ble fig­ures in the Green Point Stakes at Ke­nil­worth to­mor­row when he has Rain­bow Bridge and Un­der­cover Agent to beat.

His nar­row win over Edict Of Nantes in this race last sea­son is still fresh in the mem­ory, not least be­cause it came just three days be­fore the prover­bial hit the Stein­hoff fan and blew one of the world’s great rac­ing em­pires to pieces.

Since then the dual Horse of the Year has changed hands but not sta­bles and won both a third Queen’s Plate and a third Horse Chest­nut.

The turn of foot he showed to win a sprint on his re­turn three weeks ago sug­gests that Sean Tarry has him as good as ever.

Un­der­cover Agent also won a sprint on his reap­pear­ance -Brett Craw­ford: “Good horses do that, he is not a hard horse to pre­pare and he is a per­fect ath­lete. This is his trip and he is still on the way up.”

So is Rain­bow Bridge who has been heav­ily sup­ported to stretch his un­beaten record (from 1 200 – 1 800m) to six de­spite get­ting stirred up on every oc­ca­sion ex­cept the first.

You would ex­pect this to have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on his per­for­mance but it hasn’t, not so far at least.

Could it be that all his jig-jog­ging around the pa­rade ring cre­ates adren­a­line that kicks in, quite legally, when he gets to the busi­ness end of a race?

Hand­i­cap­pers’ rat­ings sug­gest that he still has over four lengths to find with Le­gal Eagle while Un­der­cover Agent is only a length and a half be­hind the Tarry star. It could be a lot closer than that be­tween the big three but Do It Again is surely out of the reck­on­ing af­ter five months off.

An­ton Mar­cus may also win the South­ern Cross Stakes on Nous Voila who re­ally turned on the style when put back up the straight in a progress plate three weeks ago.

This filly has been backed from 14-1 to 5-2 joint favourite with some book­mak­ers, pun­ters al­most cer­tainly in­flu­enced by the jockey who is in un­be­liev­able form.

How­ever Candice Bass-Robin­son has the first three in the bet­ting and her views on their chances are in­for­ma­tive: “Mag­i­cal Won­der­land (best price 5-2) has come on quite a bit since the Lais­ser­faire for which she had a ter­ri­ble prep, 64.5 kg and stitches in her knee but I needed to give her a race re­gard­less. She has been work­ing well and looks great. My only reser­va­tion is that this is her se­cond run back.

“Free­dom Char­ter (se­cond in the Lais­ser­faire and best price 13-2) is also do­ing well but this is just a touch on the sharp side. She is not without a chance if they go quick enough.

“I wouldn’t dis­count Nous Voila ei­ther although it will be dif­fi­cult for her to beat a filly like Mag­i­cal Won­der­land.”

Strath­don is favourite to re­peat last year’s win in the Cape Sum­mer Stay­ers but he has gone up quite sharply in the weights since and Ben­jan at 5-1 makes more ap­peal.

The TAB Tele­bet fil­lies pin­na­cle (race two) is Grade 1 class and it seems folly to look be­yond Snow­dance even though she has been off since July day.

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