The betting for the final Classic underwent a shake-up yesterday when Aidan O'Brien withdrew Anthony Van Dyck
and Sovereign, winners of the Investec Derby and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, along with stablemates Broome and Japan.
THE King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the highlights of the flat season and we have a real clash of the generations today with Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck
taking on at least two outstanding older horses in Crystal Ocean and the brilliant mare Enable.
** 66/1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK
- This year's Derby winner in what was a bunched finish, he was disappointingly beaten in the Irish equivalent and needs to perform here to uphold this year's Classic generation.
A race with a rich history, this Group 3 event has been won by many subsequent high-achievers this century including Teofilo, New Approach, Gleneagles, Churchill and, a year ago, subsequent Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck
Epsom hero Anthony Van Dyck
tried hard to get on terms and took up the chase in the closing stages but Sovereign was just too strong.
TI wrote after the Epsom Classic won by Anthony Van Dyck
that there was no superstar three-year-old in the current crop and that placings could quite easily be reversed if the race was run again.
While in Ireland Anthony Van Dyck
can bring up a Classic double with victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (5.20pm) at the Curragh.
Summary: The mount of Padraig Beggy prevails by a whopping six lengths over Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck
at The Curragh
anthony Van dyck
is very likely to head the market as he bids to complete a famous Classic double and confirm himself top of the Ballydoyle quintet numerically dominating the Curragh contenders.
Obviously the merit of his fourlength third behind Anthony Van Dyck
is there for all to see, but it was particularly pleasing to see how he stayed on at the finish on his seasonal bow.
Charlotte has been helping anchor ITV's coverage of the four days at Epsom culminating in yesterday's highlight of the flat racing season won by Anthony Van Dyck
. Jockey Seamie Heffernan rode the 13-2 chance to victory.
Earlier, 13-2 Anthony Van Dyck
roared home in the Derby, ridden by Seamie Heffernan.