Sound the Battle cry

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: May 12 2013, 9:17 BST

Battle Of Marengo can cement his place among the Derby favourites with victory at Leopardstown today according to Chris Wilson.

Battle Of Marengo: Fancied to enhance his Derby credentials

KEMPTON: 2.20 Otto The Great, 2.50 Lemon Drop Red, 3.20 Black Spirit, 3.50 Mibleu, 4.20 Dalavar, 4.50 Pentiffic, 5.20 Hannibal The Great.

KILLARNEY: 2.15 Age Of Glory, 2.45 Tropical Three, 3.15 Supreme Carolina, 3.45 Chill, 4.15 Dedigout, 4.45 Another Flutter, 5.15 Macnicholson.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 2.25 Heart Focus, 2.55 Duntle, 3.25 WE'LL GO WALKING (NAP), 3.55 Battle Of Marengo, 4.25 Waydownsouth, 4.55 Rossvoss, 5.25 Tamaah.

PLUMPTON: 2.00 Somchine, 2.30 Sharp Suit, 3.00 Franklin Roosevelt, 3.30 Ardmaddy, 4.00 E Street Boy, 4.30 Chestnut Ben, 5.00 Business Mover.

WORCESTER: 2.10 Alwaystheoptimist, 2.40 Jomade, 3.10 Woolcombe Folly, 3.40 Church Hall, 4.10 Dresden, 4.40 Ironical, 5.10 My Lad Percy, 5.40 Master Cardor Visa.

DOUBLE: We'll Go Walking and Battle Of Marengo.

Battle Of Marengo can state a realistic case for Classic honours later this summer by winning the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who has won this Group Two eight times in the last 12 years, has always thought the world of this colt - and it is easy to see why.

Winner of the Beresford as a juvenile, the son of Galileo picked up where he left of last term in the Ballysax Stakes over this course and distance in March.

Ballydoyle's inmate stayed on earnestly in his first try over a mile and a quarter to defeat Sugar Boy by a length and three-quarters.

With the runner-up that day having since won Sandown's Classic Trial in the style of an upwardly mobile animal, the form obviously looks strong.

The ground was very demanding in the Ballysax, so the likelihood of a sounder surface upon his return to Leopardstown can also be considered a good thing.

Jim Bolger has made a fairly breathless start to the season and can carry on the good work with We'll Go Walking in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial.

Despite being unraced as a two-year-old, the daughter of Authorized has swiftly found her stride this term, with an excellent debut success at Gowran backed up by an honourable second-placed finish in a Listed race at the same track.

That half-length defeat to Caponata was arguably even better than her first-time-out triumph as that rival was far more streetwise, having enjoyed a prolific juvenile campaign.

The fact the third home that day, Aloof, finished some eight lengths adrift of We'll Go Walking is also a revealing insight into the calibre of Bolger's representative.

The better ground at Leopardstown is also likely to be a considerable boon for a horse who could feasibly be the class act in this always informative Group Three over a mile.

Similar comments apply to Duntle in the Amethyst Stakes.

David Wachman's filly already boasts a proud archive of performances, with victories in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot and the Group Three Desmond Stakes over this mile trip to her name.

Indeed, Duntle was only denied Group One glory in the stewards' room here last September when she was demoted into second in the Matron Stakes.

Reassuringly, the general consensus is that we have yet to see the best of this flashy daughter of Danehill Dancer.

It will be interesting to see how Black Spirit gets on in the Download The Coral App Novices' Hurdle at Kempton.

The six-year-old gelding was a very impressive Flat campaigner when in the care of Clive Cox, for whom he won a Group Three at Newbury last September.

Although he hardly ignited on his first start for Nicky Henderson in February, the fact he made his hurdling bow in the Grade Two Dovecote Novices' Hurdle over course and distance perhaps speaks volumes about the regard in which he is held at Seven Barrows.

Best bet on Plumpton's card could be Ardmaddy, who contests the Award Winning Extech IT Handicap Hurdle for the Sheena West team.

The nine-year-old gelding might be lumbered with top weight, but there was much to admire about his staying-on second here two and a half weeks ago.

Ardmaddy was also a winner over this two-mile trip a few years ago and will be well suited by the prospect of fast ground.

My Lad Percy should also be trusted to do the business in division two of the Neu-Servo Handicap Hurdle at Worcester.


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