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VIDEO: IS THIS UNDEFEATED 3YO COLT THE NEXT WORLD SUPERSTAR? DUBAI WORLD CUP?? KENTUCKY DERBY??

Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar:

Walking Thunder stars in Dubai

By Jonathan Lintner

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The Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, an offshoot of the Phoenix Thoroughbreds group that campaigns Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski, is right to have some Triple Crown race dreams of its own after Thursday’s $100,000 UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.

Walking Thunder moved his record to 3-for-3 in the most impressive fashion, showing gate speed from the outside and No. 15 post position, stalking the pace and taking over as they turned for home.

The Violence colt went on to win by nine lengths at Meydan, setting him up to continue on toward the March 30 UAE Derby (G2), which awards 2019 Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the Top.4 finishers.

“He’s a different class horse,” said trainer Ahmed bin Harmash. “…It looks like the horse can travel the Derby distance.

Bin Harmash also conditions for Phoenix Ladies the 3-year-old Superior, another winner during his juvenile season at Meydan who could point toward races such as the 2000 Guineas (G2) on Feb. 7 and UAE Derby.

Walking Thunder, a Florida-bred purchased for $42,000, was off at 3-1 on the U.S. tote Thursday. His victory came at the cost of Royal Marine, a Group 1 winner for Godolphin on the turf who broke while odds-on. Royal Marine raced wide to avoid some of the kickback but did so at one pace, finishing fourth.

As for the winner, jockey Connor Beasley said he let Walking Thunder “find his feet” from the outside post. Kicking away from the gate, the colt crossed over all but one in the field, the pace-setting Power Link.

“As soon as I asked him off the bend there, he felt like he put it to bed in two strides, to be honest,” Beasley said. “He’s just so very professional in his mannerisms — the way he goes to the start, just everything. I haven’t rode many good horses, but to me he feels like a good horse.”

Walking Thunder completed a one-turn mile on the Meydan dirt in 1:38.43.

“Off that, I’d dare say,” said Beasley, asked if the horse can go even farther. “Obviously it was a bit of a question mark these two runs previous. Today he settled a lot better just having a bit more of a rein. I’d say…he never stopped, and I couldn’t pull him up after the line.”

 

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Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar:

Walking Thunder rises in Dubai

By Jonathan Lintner

December 17, 2018 9:27 AM

Phoenix Ladies Syndicate

Whereas Phoenix Racing made an impact on the 2018 Triple Crown with Gronkowski second in the Belmont Stakes, the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, an offshoot designed to increase female participation in Dubai, could have a 2019 Kentucky Derby prospect or two on its hands.

Walking Thunder, a son of Violence trained by Ahmed bin Harmas, is 2-for-2 after striking Dec. 6 in a 1-mile race at Meydan. Next, the colt will target the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) on Feb. 7, according to the latest batch of Dubai Racing Club notes.

Superior, also a debut winner for Phoenix Ladies, will contest January’s 2000 Guineas Trial, keeping stablemates separated on the lead up to the UAE Derby (G2), which on March 30 awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the Top 4 finishers.

“Part of the plan was for him to get an education — put him behind and take the (kickback) to see if he could handle it before he faces it in bigger races,” Amer Abdulaziz, principal of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, said of Walking Thunder’s most-recent effort. It followed a seven-furlong debut win, with the UAE 2000 Guineas a next step.

Jockey Connor Beasley “did an amazing job and kept him in the right place and then he just took off,” Abdulaziz added. “It was very impressive. The Phoenix Ladies have some very good young horses and we also look forward to the older Phoenix big guns coming for the Carnival.”

Those big guns, by the way, are Gronkowski and Axelrod, the soon-to-be 4-year-old colts who will prep locally for runs in the Dubai World Cup, also on March 30. Axelrod has one more domestic start to make in Santa Anita’s Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (G1) before both horses are turned over to trainer Sandeep Jadhav in Dubai.

Gold Town won the 2018 2000 Guineas before heading into a UAE Derby matchup with Mendelssohn, who romped. Before that, Thunder Snow completed the 2000 Guineas-UAE Derby double in 2017.

Beasley told the Dubai Racing Channel after the Dec. 6 victory that Walking Thunder’s “attitude is unbelievable for a 2-year-old who’s only run twice.” Pamela Cordina, of the Phoenix Ladies syndicate, added that, “He has us dreaming of some big targets during the Carnival and with luck we can win some nice races.”

Both Walking Thunder ($42,000) and Superior ($50,000) were relatively cheap purchases as 2-year-olds at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale last April. We’ll see moving forward if they can hang with the likes of Royal Marine, a Godolphin runner — and already a Group 1 winner — who could also target the UAE Derby.

DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL: DAY 2 TIPS + BEST BETS

DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

DAY 2 TIPS + BEST BETS

10/01/17

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RACE 1: 2.AF MAHSOUM

RACE 2: 8.GOOD FORTUNE

RACE 3: 2.ROYAL MARINE*****

RACE 4: 4.MAJOR PARTNERSHIP

RACE 5: 8.GOLD TOWN

RACE 6: 6.GLASSY WATERS

RACE 7: 11.ESHTIRAAK

 

BEST BET: R3-2 ROYAL MARINE

 

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2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL CALENDAR

Dubai World Cup Carnival 2019

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

Racing Calendar

2018 – 2019 Racing Season Calendar

Racing Calendar

Date

Race Meeting

Post Times

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 22 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 20 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 17 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 19 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 24 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 February, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 7 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 14 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 28 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm

Saturday, 9 March, 2019

Dubai World Cup Carnival – Super Saturday

4:00pm

Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan

6:30pm

Saturday, 30 March, 2019

Dubai World Cup

3:45pm

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS – THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS 

THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

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RACE 1: 5.ISPOLINI $2.50

RACE 2: 2.AL SHAMKHAH*** $8.00

RACE 3: 2.HIT THE BID $4.00

RACE 4 GROUP 3 – DUBAWI STAKES: 1.ACE KOREA $15

RACE 5 GROUP 3 – SINGSPIEL STAKES: 3.DEAUVILLE $8

RACE 6: 12.AURUM $4.50

 

BEST BET: R2-2 AL SHAMKHAH $8.00

 

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Dubai World Cup Carnival 2019

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

 

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

 

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

Racing Calendar

2018 – 2019 Racing Season Calendar

Racing Calendar

Date

Race Meeting

Post Times

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 22 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 20 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 17 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 19 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 24 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 February, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 7 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 14 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 28 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Saturday, 9 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival – Super Saturday 4:00pm
Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Saturday, 30 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup 3:45pm

SATURDAY MARCH 31: DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT 2018 TIPS

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ALL ODDS FROM CROWNBET – BET ON ALL WORLD CUP NIGHT RACES

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RACE 1 – GROUP 2: GODOLPHIN MILE (US$1 MILLION):

12.KIMBEAR* $7.50

9.HEAVY METAL $3.60

4.MUSAWAAT $12

 

RACE 2 – (ARABIAN HORSES RACE) GROUP 1: DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC:

8.ZIYADD $3.40

4.BARNAMAJ $5.00

1.MAWAHIB $17.00

 

RACE 3 – GROUP 2: DUBAI GOLD CUP (US$1 MILLION): 

14.RARE RYTHYM $3.60

5.VAZIRABAD $2.90

15.TORCEDOR $15.00

 

RACE 4 – GROUP 2: UAE DERBY (US$2 MILLION): 

5.GOLD TOWN $2.25

7.YULONG WARRIOR $17.00

4.MENDELSSOHN $3.40

 

RACE 5 – GROUP 1: AL QUOZ SPRINT (US$1 MILLION):

10.JUNGLE CAT $5.50

13.BLUE POINT $2.10

12.MUSIC MAGNATE $10.00

 

RACE 6 – GROUP 1: DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN (US$2 MILLION):

9.JORDAN SPORT $13.00

6.ROY H $1.75

1.MIND YOUR BISCUITS $5.50

 

RACE 7 – GROUP 1: DUBAI TURF (US$6 MILLION): 

2.NEOREALISM $5.50

5.BENBATL $4.20

8.REAL STEEL $9.50

 

RACE 8 – GROUP 1: DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (US$6 MILLION):

6.CLOTH OF STARS $3.70

3.REY DE ORO $3.70

5.PEOT’S WORD $6.00

 

RACE 9 – GROUP 1: DUBAI WORLD CUP (US$10 MILLION):

9.WEST COAST $2.00

2.NORTH AMERICA $6.50

7.TALISMANIC $10.00

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BEST BET: RACE 1 – 12 KIMBEAR $7.50

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Aussies Dominate World’s Best Horses List 

Australia has yet again shown itself to be one of world racings superpowers with the release of the latest “Longines World’s Best Racehorse” ratings overnight in Europe.

Topping the world chart is champion mare Winx whose rating of 126 was recorded when carrying the big weight to easily win the Doncaster @ Royal Randwick.

She shares top billing with California Chrome who recorded that same 126 rating when romping in the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race, by 3.5L.

Chauataqua’s TJ SMITH win on Day 1 of Sydney’s “Championships” saw him returning a winning rating of 121, putting him tied for 4th on the charts.

 

Buffering’s brilliant Al Quoz Sprint win last month in Dubai saw him rate a career best 118, good enough to fill 14th spot on the list.

Also in a tie for 14th was another Chris Waller trained horse, Kermadec, whose second in the George Ryder behind Winx saw him rate 118 also.

Winx sits on top of World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

  

BY Nick Hluchaniuk

Winx’s dominant autumn campaign will see her share top billing with California Chrome when the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are released on Thursday evening European time. 

Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper and Australia’s representative on the International Panel of Handicappers Greg Carpenter said Winx ‘will sit on top of the world’ with California Chrome when the rankings are published. 
  

“I can safely say for the year 2016 so far that Winx has produced the performance of the year alongside California Chrome, the former Kentucky Derby winner who won the Dubai World Cup,” Carpenter said on ABC News Radio.

“For a mare, she’s probably in the top seven or eight mare’s there has been in the last decade.”
  

California Chrome headed the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings with a rating of 121 when last released back in March for horses that had run between January 1 and March 6.

Winx received a rating of 123 from the world’s handicapping panel for her Cox Plate victory, but Carpenter said it was Winx’s performance under handicap conditions in the Doncaster Mile that has resulted in the the mare shooting to the top of the list. 

“We knew how good she was winning the Cox Plate last year. In her lead-up races at weight-for-age heading towards the Doncaster Mile, in all those weight-for-age contests she had 2kg less than the males and was dominant in winning them.”

“But in the Doncaster where she gave 6kg to Happy Clapper, 6.5kg to Azkadellia and beat them very easily, it was an opportunity for her to prove to the world just how highly ranked she should be.

“Giving them that weight, mathematically she’s run to a rating for the world’s handicapping panel of around 126.”

Carpenter said he had assessed the run a touch higher. 

“I had her at 127. I’d have to say that the form from that race has worked out very well.”

Her rating of 126 has only been exceeded by seven mares in the past decade headed by Black Caviar (132) along with Goldikova, Treve, Daydream, Zarkava, Zenyatta and Rachel Alexander. 

Carpenter said the rating was an enormous achievement for any horse. 

“So You Think, for all the Group One’s he won here in Australia and in Europe, his highest figure as a male was 126 and we’re putting Winx up in the same sort of category numerically as So You Think was able to achieve in both hemispheres. 

There’s also good news in the sprinting ranks with Chautauqua ranked the world’s best sprinter for 2016 with a rating of 121, although Carpenter believed the numerical rating didn’t quite reflect the manner of his T.J Smith victory. 

“Sometimes the ratings don’t do justice to the merit of the win.”

“Yes he only had just under 1 1/2 over Fell Swoop and English ran third, so he didn’t beat the world’s greatest sprinters, but the manner in which he rounded up that T.J Smith field for me was simply astonishing.”

Chautauqua heads the rankings from Hong Kong sprinter Aerovelocity on 119, with the pair set to meet early in May. 
  
Eight-year-old Buffering achieved a equal-best career rating of 118 for his win on Dubai World Cup night in the Al Quoz Sprint.

2016 Dubai World Cup Night Tips & Best Bets

2016 Dubai World Cup Night – Meydan Racecourse

 

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Race 1 

(Arab Horses Race) GROUP 1 US$1MILLION KAHAYLA CLASSIC 2000M

 

  1. #4 HANDASSA

  2. #5 VERSAC PY

  3. #12 THAKIF

 

Race 2 

GROUP 2 US$1MILLION GODOLPHIN MILE 1600M

 

  1. #4 FAULKNER

  2. #5 MAFTOOL

  3. #8 COOL COWBOY

 

Race 3 

GROUP 2 US$1MILLION DUBAI GOLD CUP 3200M

 

  1. #1 VAZIRABAD***

  2. #7 BIG ORANGE

  3. #8 MANATEE

 

Race 4 

GROUP 2 US$2MILLION UAE DERBY 1900M

 

    1. #2 POLAR RIVER**

    2. #5 VALE DORI

    3. #1 FRANK CONVERSATION

 

Race 5 

GROUP 1 US$1MILLION AL QUOZ SPRINT 1000M

 

    1. #9 BUFFERING

    2. #4 NOT LISTENIN’TOME

    3. #6 ERTIJAAL

 

Race 6 

GROUP 1 US$2MILLION  GOLDEN SHAHEEN 1200M

    1. #7 MUARRAB*

    2. #8 CONFRONTATION

    3. #10 REYNALDOTHEWIZARD

 

Race 7 

GROUP 1 US$6MILLION DUBAI TURF 1800M

 

    1. #14 REAL STEEL

    2. #15 GABRIAL

    3. #2 TRYSTER

 

Race 8 

GROUP 1 US$6MILLION DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC 2410M

 

    1. #4 DURAMENTE

    2. #8 HIGHLAND REEL

    3. #7 POSTPONED

 

Race 9 

GROUP 1 US$10MILLION DUBAI WORLD CUP 2000M

 

    1. #8 HOKKO TARUMAE

    2. #11 CALIFORNIA CHROME

    3. #9 FROSTED

 

 

BEST BET OF THE NIGHT:

RACE 3-1 VAZIRABAD @ $2.25

2015 Dubai World Cup In-Depth Preview

Dubai World Cup

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Sponsored By

Emirates Airline

21:00 LOCAL

TB – Group I

2000M(a10F) – Dirt

USD 10,000,000

Weather:

Fine

Track Condition:

Fast

Rail Position:

True

 

1(1)

PRINCE BISHOP (IRE) 8 yrs. Ch G 27 (10-3-3)

Owner:

Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum

Trainer:

S bin Suroor

Jockey:

William Buick

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating116

Ran 9th beaten over 10L behind African Story in this race last year when coming off a dominant Al Maktoum win in the lead up.

This campaign he’s had 2 Meydan runs and finished 2nd on both occasions beaten narrowly. Both times he ran home hard to just miss out on the major prize.

Will settle back but be running on hard late and is a definite winning chance in the race.

2(2)

HOKKO TARUMAE (JPN) 6 yrs. Bay H 29 (15-3-5)

Owner:

Michiaki Yabe

Trainer:

K Nishiura

Jockey:

Hideaki Miyuki

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 119

Dual Gr1 winner in his native Japan, he finished 16th and last in this race last year but returns on the dirt surface for another go.

Comes here on the back off two consecutive wins so he’s going well, that sees him a decent each way chance in this race.

3(3)

AFRICAN STORY (GB) 8 yrs. Ch G 20 (8-4-3)

Owner:

Godolphin

Trainer:

S bin Suroor

Jockey:

James Doyle

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 123

 

Defending champion looking to create history by becoming the first dual winner of the world’s richest race. Comes into the race in winning form after beating home Prince Bishop narrowly in the 2000m Gr1 Al Maktoum last start. A genuine chance of making it back to back wins.

 

4(4)

SIDE GLANCE (GB) 8 yrs. Br G 39 (8-4-10)

Owner:

Pearl Bloodstock Ltd

Trainer:

A Balding

Jockey:

Andrea Atzeni

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 116

 

Australian punters would know this boy well. Last Spring he had two runs in Australia a 3rd in the Gr1 2000m Caulfield Stakes followed by a luckless 4th in the ‘WFA Championship’ of Australia the Cox Plate behind Aidan O’Brien’s Adelaide. This is a lot tougher and whilst he always runs well he doesn’t win out of turn and I doubt that’ll be any different here.

5(5)

LEA (USA) 6 yrs. Ch H 14 (7-3-2)

Owner:

Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneider

Trainer:

W Mott

Jockey:

Joel Rosario

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 119

Lightly raced American horse who comes here of the back of a narrow Gr1 defeat at Gulfstream Park over 1810m. He’s never been tried beyond that distance, so as much as it looks like he will run a strong 10 furlongs it is an unknown quantity.

A triple Gr3 winner but this looms as much tougher and at his current 5-1 quote I think he’s well unders.

6(6)

CANDY BOY (USA) 4 yrs. Bay C 12 (2-4-2)

Owner:

Ramzan Kadyrov

Trainer:

D Watson

Jockey:

Patrick Dobbs

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 115

A rough place hope if he can run up to his Breeders Cup Classic run when beaten 5.5L behind Bayern.

7(7)

LONG RIVER (USA) 5 yrs. Ch H 17 (4-3-2)

Owner:

Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum

Trainer:

S bin Ghadayer

Jockey:

Mickael Barzalona

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 112

 

Outclassed.

 

8(8)

EPIPHANEIA (JPN) 5 yrs. Bay H 13 (6-2-1)

Owner:

U Carrot Farm

Trainer:

K Sumii

Jockey:

Christophe Soumillon

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 129

The world’s highest ranked horse thanks to his devastating 4L Japan Cup win over 2400m but he’s twice won over the mile and a quarter journey of the World Cup. Possesses an explosive turn of foot I think Soumillion can park him in the first half of the field and he can use that dash to go right over the top of them

9(9)

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 4 yrs. Ch C 17 (9-2-1)

Owner:

Perry Martin & Steve Coburn

Trainer:

A Sherman

Jockey:

Victor Espinoza

Weight 57.0 Kgs

Official Rating 123

Won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before failing over the 2400m in Belmont to miss out on the triple crown of America. He’s all class having won 4 group 1’s at home, he’ll take plenty of beating and we know he loves the dirt tracks.

TIPS:

8.EPIPHANEIA

9.CALIFORNIA CHROME

2.AFRICAN STORY

1.PRINCE BISHOP

SUGGESTED BET: 8.EPIPHANEIA (EACH WAY)

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