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The will span two continents this Saturday with the $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park and the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) at the Racecourse in Suffolk, England. On Sunday, the European road to Derby glory continues with the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2) at in County Kildare, Ireland.
Let’s look at the Royal Lodge where is as the morning line favorite in the overseas markets.
Undefeated in two starts for trainer John Gosden, Beatboxer comes into this race off an easy win in the Smarkets Betting Exchange Novice Stakes (Plus 10). Here’s the and chart call of that race:
BEATBOXER made virtually all, clear final 2 furlongs easily.
, the sire of Beatboxer, was a multiple graded stakes winner who compiled a 5-1-1 record in nine starts with $1,334,300 in career earnings.
As a two-year-old, Scat Daddy was 3-0-1 in five starts with wins in the Sanford Stakes (G2) and Champagne Stakes (G1), and he finished second in the Hopeful Stakes (G1).
In his season debut as a 3-year-old, Scat Daddy finished third in the one-mile Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and followed up with wins in the 9-furlong Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and Florida Derby (G1) in route to a eighteenth-place finish in the Derby.
Scat Daddy’s best runners on the Derby Trail include Triple Crown winner, , as well as , , , , , , , and who was my long shot to win the 2013 El Camino Real Derby (G3).
Beatboxer has a B but his Behavior Index makes him competitive in this race.
comes into this race with a 1-1-0 record in four starts for trainer Aiden O’Brien including a second-place finish in the Superlative Stakes (Group 2) last out. Here’s the and chart call of that race:
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE led, driven over 2 furlongs out, ridden and headed over 1 furlong out, stayed on to take narrow second inside final furlong, not pace of winner.
, the sire of Cape of Good Hope, is a Classic Champion Thoroughbred and multiple Group Stakes winner that compiled a 6-1-0 record in eight starts with $2,245,373 in career earnings.
Galileo made only one start as a two-year-old, easily winning by an impressive 14 lengths.
As a three-year-old, Galileo won his season debut in the Ballysax Stakes. He followed that with his first Group win in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trail Stakes (Group 3). Galileo then earned classic honors with wins in the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Group 1) and the Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1). His last group win was in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Group 1).
As a stallion, Galileo was champion sire in 2008 and from 2010 to 2017 with 73 Group One winners and numerous Classic Champion Thoroughbreds:
(St. Leger, Irish Derby,), (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe), (2,000 Guineas), (Epsom Derby, Irish Derby), (Epsom Derby), (Irish 2,000 Guineas), (2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas), (French 2,000 Guineas), (2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas), (Irish 2,000 Guineas), (Irish Derby), (Irish Derby, St. Leger), (Irish Derby), (Irish St. Leger), (Irish Derby), (St. Leger) and (Epsom Derby).
With an A+ Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®, Cape of Good Hope is one of the best-bred horses in this herd and he has the potential to win this race.
comes into this race with a 2-1-0 record in three starts for trainer Tom Dascombe including a second-place finish in the Solario Stakes (Group 3). Here’s the and chart call of that race:
ARTHUR KITT soon led, ridden and headed over 1 furlong out, soon outpaced by winner.
Camelot, the sire of Arthur Kitt, is a Classic Champion Thoroughbred and multiple Group stakes winner that compiled a 6-2-0 record in 10 starts with $2,990,639 in career earnings.
Undefeated in two starts as a two-year-old, Camelot won the Racing Post Trophy Stakes (G1) to finish the racing season.
As a three-year-old, Camelot won the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (G1), Investec Epsom Derby (G1), Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1) and he finished second in the Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes (G1).
Camelot returned to racing as a four-year-old to win the High Chaparral E.B.F. Mooresbridge Stakes (G3) and he finished second in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1).
As a stallion, Camelot has sired from his first crop Latrobe, winner of the Irish Derby (G1) and a runner-up in the Irish St. Leger.
With an A+ Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®, Arthur Kitt has the breeding to win this race.
Honorable mention goes to Fox Tal and Mohawk who also have good breeding but will need to improve their game to earn Group stakes honors.