Thursday, July 19, 2007

Authorized to miss King George

It was announced earlier today that Derby winner Authorized will miss the King George a week on Saturday following his second place to Notnowcato in the Eclipse. Obviously his withdrawal detracts from the quality of the field but it's not really that surprising a decision; the plan is to give the horse a rest with the Arc the main aim in the autumn. The Eclipse route just hasn't worked out for connections. A comment on the BBC site pointed out that, in effect, the King George was sacrificed for the gamble that was the Eclipse (and unfortunately the gamble didn't come off).

Two big races in the summer jumping programme, the Summer Plate and Summer Hurdle, take place at Market Rasen on Saturday. I'll take a look at these tomorrow; the rather foreboding weather forecast means they're likely to be run on soft ground.

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