2017 Belmont Manhatten Handicap Ante-Post Betting Preview

Our ante-post market, for the 2017 renewal of the Manhattan Handicap (Belmont, Saturday 10th June) has just gone live and there are 2 British-trained horses (and another trained in Ireland) that punters are already nibbling at!

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Deauville (IRE)

Age: 4 (Foaled March 2nd, 2013)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Galileo (IRE) – Walklikeanegyptian (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien’s charge won the Huxley Stakes, at Chester earlier this month, beating Sir Michael Stoute’s Poet’s World by just a neck. He was back in action, at the weekend, finishing 3rd behind Decorated Knight and stablemate Somehow, in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Won last year’s Belmont Derby, so has to be taken seriously.


Age: 6 (Foaled May 5th, 2011)

Sex: Chestnut Gelding

Breeding: Sea The Stars (IRE) – Infallible (Pivotal)

Trainer: W J Haggas

Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum

The 6-year-old was 3rd in the 2016 Woodbine Mile Stakes, having won the Summer Mile at Ascot earlier in the campaign. Mutakayyef was a well-beaten 5th in the 2017 Dubai Turf and that’s all we have seen of him since the Winter. Could sneak a place though, if at his best.

Ribchester (IRE)

Age: 4 (Foaled March 24th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Iffraaj – Mujarah (IRE) (Marju (IRE))

Trainer: R A Fahey

Owner: Godolphin

3rd in the Dubai Turf and confirmed his class when emphatically winning the Lockinge Stakes, at Newbury earlier this month. The likes of Lightning Spear, Somehow and Galileo Gold (who is beginning to resemble a fading star) were all put to the sword. Ribchester is short-priced for the Queen Anne Stakes and a tilt at the Manhatten looks a little fanciful, but some punters clearly feel that the race could be a target for Richard Fahey.

With Chad Brown’s horses winning 4 of the last 5 renewals, it takes a leap of faith to look beyond his magnificent trio of potential runners (Time Test, Wake Forest and Beach Patrol), but both World Approval and William Bradley’s Divisidero can be expected to go close with a run.

Race History

This encounter was first run in 1887, at the old Morris Park track in the Bronx. It has been a Belmont fixture, since 1905. Over the years, the race distance has fluctuated wildy from 6f to 13f!

Recent champions include Better Talk Now, Dancing Forever, Gio Ponti and Point of Entry. Flintshire won the race last year, under a ride from Javier Castellano.

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