Trust in Doumen's Xcellence

  • By: Man On The Spot
  • Last Updated: July 5 2014, 9:24 BST

Man On The Spot heads Stateside to preview Saturday's Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks from New York.

There'll be no celebrations for Jamie Spencer according to Man On The Spot
There'll be no celebrations for Jamie Spencer according to Man On The Spot

9.34 - Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes

The inaugural running of this Grade 1 Turf race has attracted a strong international field.

Toast Of New York has his first start since March when winning the UAE Derby at Meydan and Jamie Osborne's charge will likely start favourite on that form.

Ballydoyle run King Edward VII Stakes runner-up Adelaide, who drops back in trip and is preferred to French raider and Group 3 winner Gailo Chop.

PORNICHET was also trained in France until purchased by leading Australian handler Gai Waterhouse and finished a highly creditable third in the French 2000 Guineas in May. He should stay this longer trip and gets the vote on that form.

Bobby's Kitten has the beating of Sheldon and Global View and looks the leading home challenger ahead of Gala Award.

10.45 Belmont Oaks Invitational

XCELLENCE looks to have the best form of the European raiders having finished third to the high-class Avenir Certain in both the French Oaks at Chantilly last time and the 1000 Guineas at Longchamp before that.

Francois Doumen's filly can gain a deserved success in this.

Flying Jib steps up in trip after landing a Group 3 over 7f at the Curragh but her compatriot Wonderfully has plenty to find with the selection on running in France.

Sea Queen has beaten Minorette and Recepta at this track but My Conquestadory and the dual Grade 1 winner Room Service look like providing the strongest challenge from the home team.