While a lot of the interest has focused on King's Best and Beat Hollow
, the Aidan O'Brien camp have been quietly building up Aristotle to run the race of his life.
Then, Beat Hollow
was routinely scoped and found to have a lung problem.
Cecil and Quinn had left nothing to chance, electing to send Beat Hollow
out last from the paddock, even though he should have been third in the pre-race parade.
stands at the County Kilkenny stud at EUR6,00.
I know Henry's horses have been a bit off, but Beat Hollow
has worked pretty good in his two recent gallops.
William Hill: 11-4 King's Best (from 3), 10-3 Beat Hollow
, 5-1 Aristotle, 8-1 Sakhee (from 7), 9-1 Best Of The Bests (from 8), Sinndar (from 10), 16-1 Barathea Guest, Wellbeing, 20-1 Kingsclere, 33-1 Hataab, 40-1 Going Global (from 50), Shakespeare (from 66), St Expedit, 50-1 Inchlonaig, Media Puzzle, 66-1 Hatha Anna, Zyz, 100-1 Cracow.
is owned by Khaled Abdulla and his racing manager Teddy Beckett said: "The horse is well, he's come on and progressed and luckily for him the mucus in his lungs was spotted pretty early and he's clear now.
Martaline's threesome GRANDSONS of the 1988 Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Bahamian continue to make a fine impression as sires of jumpers, with Ballylinch Stud's new recruit Beat Hollow
, his brother Court Cave and the French-based Martaline each siring major winners this season.
Because of the way things went last year we have some good-quality older horses here like Wellbeing, Sandmason, Beat Hollow
and Lear Spear who came from David Elsworth.
William Hill reverted to their morning betting: 11-4 King's Best, 10-3 Beat Hollow
, 9-2 Aristotle, 7 Sakhee, 9 Sinndar, 10 Best Of The Bests, 14 Wellbeing, 20 Barathea Guest, Kingsclere, 33 bar.
The colt was due to gallop with stablemates and fellow Derby hopefuls Beat Hollow
and Wellbeing during racing at Yarmouth today.
DERBY favourite Beat Hollow
dropped out of Sandown's classic trial yesterday because the going was rated too soft, but that was no problem to mudlover Sakhee.