Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A Twitter Guide to the Epsom Derby 2009

Following one quarter of an hour of exhaustive research, here is my Twitter Guide to this year's Derby, the third in an occasional series; I should point out that previous titles, A Twitter Guide to the Grand National Entries and A Twitter Guide to the 2000 Guineas, haven't proved particularly popular. Comments are given below on the five day entries for this year's Derby, all published within Twitter's imposed restriction of 140 characters.

Age Of Aquarius Positive sign when battling to win Lingfield Trial. Ran green, improvement to come but didn't seem to handle turn too well.
Black Bear Island Collared stablemate Freemantle close home to win the Dante; respected.
Crowded House Eighth and cramped for room in the Dante; scoped dirty afterwards. Connections racing against time since.
Debussy Owner won this last year but third in Chester Vase isn't music to the ears this time around.
Fame And Glory Unbeaten; impressive winner of Derringstown Stud Derby Trial. Big chance - aptly named perhaps?
Gan Amhras Third in 2000 Guineas, will appreciate set up in distance; stable says he has similar chance to last year's winner New Approach.
Golden Sword Front runner given too much rope when pinching Chester Vase @ 25/1 from stablemate Masterofthehorse.
Kite Wood By Galileo, fifth in the Dante when probably undercooked. Flying since but will need that and more.
Masterofthehorse Given too much to do when finishing like a train in Chester Vase.
Montaff Close second in Lingfield Trial when run needed. By Montjeu, has to stay calm on the day; trainer rates him as good as Youmzain.
Rip Van Winkle Sleepy fourth in 2000 Guineas. Well backed since and big chance provided he stays; Murtagh's choice.
Sea The Stars 2000 Guineas winner, bids to emulate Nashwan. John Oxx rates his chances of staying 'only 50-50' - big player if he does.

South Easter Part-owned by MD of Investec, Derby sponsor. Won a blanket finish to Chester's Dee Stakes; outsider.

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