Santa Barbara bids to get back on track in the Pretty Polly Stakes
Santa Barbara - claimed dramatic win

Belmont Saturday review: Bolshoi Ballet and Santa Barbara strike


Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore combined to complete a big Saturday night double at Belmont Park with Bolshoi Ballet and Santa Barbara.

The former looked in trouble before the home turn in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes with his rider hard at work.

Having his first start since suffering an injury when sent off favourite for the Cazoo Derby, the son of Galileo responded well and was given a clear shot at the leaders from over a furlong out.

He stayed on powerfully to overhaul Tokyo Gold for a cosy win.

Amazing late kick wins Santa Barbara and Ryan Moore the Belmont Oaks!

Santa Barbara was market leader for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Cazoo Oaks off the back of her tall home reputation but came up short in both before being touched off by Thundering Nights in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

However, she delivered on Saturday despite an almighty scare when running into traffic problems down the home straight.

Moore was forced to switch the daughter of Camelot to the centre of the track but she got rolling in time to hit the front in the dying strides and beat Con Lima with something to spare.


More from Sporting Life

Like what you've read?

Next Off

Sporting Life
Join for free!
Access to exclusive features all for FREE - No monthly subscription fee
Race Replays
My stable horse tracker
giftOffers and prize draws
newsExclusive content

Most Followed

MOST READ RACING