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Monday, 15 January 2018 11:45

Eyes Wide Open gives Sun Met a miss

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The decision has been taken that Eyes Wide Open will miss the Sun Met as it is a bit too soon for him, he will run in the Investec Cape Derby…

Peninsula Handicap winner Eyes Wide Open, 16-1 for Saturday week’s Sun Met, will miss the race and will run in the Investec Cape Derby instead.

Glen Kotzen said: “He came out of the Peninsula well but the decision was taken because he is a 26 November foal and the Met is going to come a bit soon for him. We have plenty of time – he can go for the Met next year.”

Kotzen, who has yet to win the Met, will be represented by Gold Standard who has gone out to 15-1 after managing only eighth (admittedly beaten only just over three lengths) in the Queen’s Plate.

The Woodhill trainer said: “Gold Standard needs a bit further than a mile – he has a very stout female line- and the race wasn’t run that fast. I know it looked as if it was but it was really only the one in front (Captain America) who was travelling fast.”

Kotzen’s comment is borne out by the 1 min 38.14 time which was slower than all but two of the last eight runnings.

Impressive Cartier Paddock Stakes winner Oh Susanna is one of 30 horses that Justin Snaith has already declared for the meeting and seemingly she will now run in the Met regardless of whatever draw she is given on Wednesday.

Snaith said: “Oh Susanna came out of the race well, her work is good and she is doing well. If she is declared she must run.”

Last Winter, promoted to 15-4 clear favourite by Betting World in the wake of the Queen’s Plate result, is now only joint favourite at 4-1 with Marinaresco and Legal Eagle. World Sports Betting has Marinaresco favourite at 4-1 and goes 9-2 Legal Eagle, 5-1 Last Winter and 10-1 bar. Legal Eagle seemingly came out of his Queen’s Plate win in fine shape with Sean Tarry declaring on Saturday: “He is good to go.”


By Michael Clower


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