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Marco Ghiani thrilled to be officially crowned champion apprentice

Marco Ghiani was all smiles as he was awarded the 2021 champion apprentice title on the day the Flat season was formally brought to a close at Ascot.

The Newmarket-based rider has accumulated 51 winners throughout his title campaign, which began on May 1 and included any Flat winners ridden on the turf or all-weather in Britain.

Ghiani earns the accolade after finishing 16 wins clear of Saffie Osborne, who missed the end of the season due to an arm injury.

He was presented with his trophy by the legendary Lester Piggott, and said: “It’s really nice to be crowned champion apprentice. It’s a dream come true and I’m really thankful to all the people that have helped me along this journey.

“I’ll be smiling forever now!”

It has certainly been a memorable campaign for the Italian, who as well as riding out his claim secured a first winner at Royal Ascot aboard the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Real World in the Hunt Cup.

Champion apprentice Marco Ghiani
Champion apprentice Marco Ghiani (John Walton/PA)

Ghiani went on the steer the same horse to Listed and Group Two success at Newbury and York respectively, while he also enjoyed a Saturday afternoon treble on Newmarket’s July Course during the summer.

“I was just about to lose my claim when I rode my first Royal Ascot winner. It was just amazing,” said the rider, who was afforded a guard of honour by his weighing-room colleagues on British Champions Day.

“I couldn’t believe it. It was a fantastic feeling – I didn’t want to get off the horse afterwards!”

Ghiani is not from a racing background, with his parents the owners of a pizza restaurant in his homeland.

But it did not take the 22-year-old long to realise he instead wanted follow in the footsteps of compatriots Frankie Dettori and Andrea Atzeni by pursuing a career as a jockey, having first sat on a racehorse at the age of 15.

“My family have a restaurant. None of them have been with horses, apart from my grandfather’s grandfather. We found out last week that he used to ride horses,” Ghiani continued.

Ghiani aboard his highest calibre ride to date, Saeed bin Suroor's Real World
Ghiani aboard his highest calibre ride to date, Saeed bin Suroor’s Real World (David Davies/PA)

“I started working in the restaurant when I was about 10 years old. When I was 15 I didn’t want to go to school any more, so my father put me in the restaurant to teach me how to make pizzas.

“I thought the pizzas were too hot, so my father wanted me to do something else and made me leave!”

Despite suffering a fall in the Sartiglia horse festival in Sardinia, Ghiani impressed multiple champion jockey Dario Vargiu, who contacted him and encouraged him to follow his racing dream.

While barely able to speak English at the time, he took the brave decision to leave home and enrolled at the British Racing School at 16 and joined Luca Cumani’s stable in Newmarket.

Ghiani admits he had serious doubts about whether he would make it as a jockey, but was persuaded by fellow Italian Cumani to stick it out.

He said: “I couldn’t speak very much English so it was difficult to communicate. All I could say is ‘my name is Marco’.

“Obviously I missed my friends and my family. Lots of people were saying I wasn’t good and I got a bit sad and started believing it.

Ghiani aboard Stuart Williams' Passiona
Ghiani aboard Stuart Williams’ Passional (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“I just wanted to go home, but Luca told me to stay and after a few months I got my licence and it went well.

“The British Racing School has definitely played a big part. Without them, I probably wouldn’t be here.”

After Cumani retired in October 2018, Ghiani rode out for another Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams, who along with jockey coach Michael Hills, he credits for much of his success.

Well-known for his infectious smile, Ghiani plans to return to Italy for a short break during the winter before returning to Britain to ride on the all-weather.

He added: “I just want to ride as many winners as I can and maybe ride a few horses for big trainers.

“I don’t see the point in being sad for no reason.

“There are some bad days, but there are also lots of good days, so I just keep the chin up and keep the smile up as well.”

Real World rules in Strensall Stakes

Real World successfully graduated to Group Three class with an impressive verdict in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes at York.

An easy winner of the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in June, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt had followed up with Listed glory at Newbury before switching up another level on the Knavesmire.

Partnered once again by Marco Ghiani, the evens favourite Real World took up a position on the heels of pace-setter El Drama in the nine-furlong heat, racing rather keenly in the early stages.

However, when Ghiani gave the signal with a couple of furlongs to run, Real World really started to engage top gear – and the Godolphin runner stretched clear in style.

Lord Glitters finished with a flourish from the back of the pack – but Real World had flown, coming home a length and a half clear as Ghiani saluted the crowd to celebrate his first Group-race victory.

Bin Suroor said: “He’s been a lovely horse all the time – and after he won at Ascot and at Newbury, we thought we would run him in this race.

“This horse has always looked class in the morning, the way he trains and the way he works. He ran a huge race today, and the jockey is happy with him and was happy to ride him.

“Marco is going to be one of the top jockeys in the future. He tries to copy Frankie (Dettori). That is his aim still, but he has a long way to go. He is good, and I’ve always liked him.

“I saw him ride, and then he came to work me for me in the mornings, and he looks one for the future.”

Real World is an 8-1 shot for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile at Ascot on Champions Day in October, and Bin Suroor confirmed that Group One as his end-of-season aim – although he may have another outing along the way.

He added: “We may take Real World to Newmarket first or to France, but the race for him at the end of the season is the QEII as we speak.

“He’s a nice horse, but he needs to improve more. We took him to Dubai this year, and he was still weak. When he came back here we gave him a chance.

“Every time he runs he has improved, and he is a horse for next year too.”

Top apprentice Marco Ghiani savouring super summer

Life in 2021 just keeps getting better and better for Marco Ghiani.

This is proving to be a landmark year for the 22-year-old Italian, who is setting a strong pace in the race to be champion apprentice.

Not only has he ridden out his claim, but he had his first Royal Ascot winner this summer on Real World and opened his Listed account on the same horse at Newbury.

His first ever treble at Newmarket on Saturday extended his advantage over closest pursuer Mark Crehan to 18.

“Yes it’s going really well. I’m ahead in the apprentice title race, but there’s a long way to go,” he said.

“Mark has obviously now got a ban for 28 days so it gives me a good chance to get a bit further clear, but you never know anything could happen.

“I could break a leg or get banned for a long time. I’ve just got to try to keep going how I am.”

Ghiani may only be 22 and not from a racing background, but he has been driven to be a jockey since the age of 14 and sat on a racehorse for the first time at 15.

He was noticed by Dario Vargiu, multiple champion jockey in Italy, who contacted him and encouraged him to take the route his heart was telling him.

“I was riding in the Sartiglia in Sardinia. It was a carnival thing with the horses. The champion jockey in Italy texted me and it went from there,” said Ghiani.

He took the brave decision to leave home in Sardinia and enrolled at the British Racing School at 16 and joined Luca Cumani’s stable in Newmarket.

 Marco Ghiani spent his formative years with Luca Cumani
Marco Ghiani spent his formative years with Luca Cumani (Nigel French/PA)

He said: “I was with Luca Cumani for three and a half years. He was helpful and it was exciting.”

Ghiani followed in the footsteps of Frankie Dettori, who was mentored by Cumani, while Andrea Atzeni is a fellow Sardinian who has made his mark in racing here and abroad.

After Cumani retired in October 2018, Ghiani rode out for another Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams.

“He wanted someone to ride out and then I started to ride for him,” he said.

Ghiani had his first ride in June 2018 and his first winner in March the following year. He rode out his claim on July 1 on Surprise Picture for trainer Hugo Palmer at Yarmouth.

The horse who thrust him into the limelight was Real World when the pair took the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

“It was just amazing. I can’t describe it,” he said.

Then earlier this month Ghiani gained his first Pattern-race success on the Saeed bin Suroor-trained four-year-old in the bet365 Steventon Stakes at Newbury.

“As soon as he saw daylight he just took off. He is some horse,” he said.

“Riding for Saeed bin Suroor is a good experience and everything. I’m quite grateful.

Marco Ghiani drives Real World (blue) to victory in the Steventon Stakes at Newbury
Marco Ghiani drives Real World (blue) to victory in the Steventon Stakes at Newbury (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“It’s the Goodwood Festival so hopefully I can get a winner next week.”

Ghiani has also had plenty to celebrate on a personal front with his partner Brooke Brown giving birth to a boy, Louis, in May.

The baby was just 15 days old when he was taken to his first race meeting at Brighton and Ghiani promptly rode a double to mark the occasion.

“It has changed my life a lot. I feel more grown up quite a lot,” he said.

Being a jockey can involve long hours away from home but Ghiani is taking that in is stride.

“I get up at about five o’clock and I can be late getting home to Newmarket. Hopefully I can keep going from strength to strength,” he said.

**Marco Ghiani is currently in first place in the 2021 Apprentice Jockeys’ Championship. For more info please visit greatbritishracing.com.

Real World in motion for Bin Suroor and Ghiani

Real World produced a decisive turn of foot to follow up his Royal Hunt Cup success in the bet365 Stakes – registered as the Steventon Stakes – at Newbury.

The Godolphin colt, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, was stuck in a pocket over a furlong out – but once he got out he quickly put the race to bed in the hands of leading apprentice Marco Ghiani, who recently rode out his claim.

Real World travelled well in the early stages as Solid Stone made the running, but the 15-8 favourite needed a gap and when it came he flew to storm past Derab and land the Listed contest by a length and a quarter.

The first two drew three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Solid Stone in third.

The victory was quick compensation for the Bin Suroor stable after Home City was demoted to second behind Tropez Power, having been first past the post in the bet365 Novice Stakes under Louis Steward. Bin Suroor missed both races as he was stuck in traffic.

A jubilant Ghiani celebrated as he passed the line, and said afterwards: “I hope I made him (Bin Suroor) happy. After I rode five lots on the gallops, I left to make sure I go here to ride this amazing horse.

“I was boxed in and had nowhere to go two furlongs out, but I think that was a good thing because it was his first time over that trip.

“He just showed what he can do and I think he did it pretty easily. That’s my first Listed winner and I tried to do the same celebration I did at Royal Ascot!

“He’s an improving horse and I think he can take another step up – wherever he goes I hope to keep the ride on him. I think this is his trip now.”

He added: “To become a good jockey you need a good horse. I think I’ve found a nice one and hopefully I can keep going. He’s my favourite horse, no doubt.”

Bin Suroor said by telephone: “He’s a nice horse and he did very well after Ascot.

“The other day he worked on the Limekilns and he was flying. He’s improving all the time.

“Anything over a mile or 10 furlongs we’ll look at, but it will be Group races – no more handicaps for him now, he won’t go for the Golden Mile (at Goodwood).”

Bin Suroor famously enjoyed a fruitful partnership with certain other Italian for the best part of 20 years and can see similarities with Ghiani and Frankie Dettori.

“I had been watching Marco for a while before I asked him to ride for me and before Ascot he had ridden a couple of winners for me,” said Bin Suroor.

“But I said to him before Ascot, ‘if you want to be a famous jockey you have to have a winner at Royal Ascot!’.

“He’s going to be one of the best, I’ve thought that for a long time and he has a good record for me (six winners from 11 rides). I had a long relationship with another Italian, though, so he’s got a long way to go yet!”

It was a sharp change in fortune for Bin Suroor after Home City in the opener.

Having his third run, the Richard Hannon-trained Tropez Power youngster crossed the line a neck behind Home City.

However, the first past the post drifted from the centre of the track over to the far rail under a right-hand drive from Steward inside the final furlong, carrying Tropez Power and Silvestre de Sousa with him. The winning distance was a neck, while Steward was given a four-day suspension for careless riding.

Hannon said after the amended result: “I wasn’t surprised and I feel for the first and Saeed. It’s lovely to win races, but not necessarily like that, although it looked like we were carried across the course a bit.

“Tropez Power came on massively for his run at Salisbury, which was a good run. I was disappointed with him at Haydock first time because I knew he was better than that. He kept trying and running on today and I think he’ll get a mile in time.”

De Sousa later registered another slightly fortunate winner when he was the beneficiary of Hayley Turner’s traffic troubles.

Silvestre De Sousa and Scaramanga (left) hold off Rodrigo Diaz
Silvestre De Sousa and Scaramanga (left) hold off Rodrigo Diaz (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Turner was due to ride the Paul Nicholls-trained Scaramanga (13-2) in the Bahrain Turf Series Handicap but got stranded, and when De Sousa’s original intended mount Call My Bluff was a non-runner, the champion National Hunt trainer called on the former champion jockey.

De Sousa kicked on two out and stole a march on the favourite Rodrigo Diaz, with Jamie Spencer meeting his own traffic from the rear and failing to get there by half a length.

“He was a nice spare to pick him, Hayley was stuck in traffic,” said De Sousa.

“He’s a horse that stays well, I was in the right place and he put the race to bed when I wanted to.”

Nicholls indicated the winner would be heading to Goodwood.

Ghiani on target again at Yarmouth

Marco Ghiani partnered his first winner since riding out his claim when Romantic Time took a big step forward in the British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Novice Stakes at Yarmouth.

Italian Ghiani, no doubt on a high following the football exploits of his countrymen at Wembley on Tuesday evening, was one of three jockeys to register doubles on the card – alongside Tom Marquand and Dylan Hogan.

Ghiani, one of the most promising apprentices around, had ridden Sonny Liston to victory at Sandown on Friday. But that came within his period of grace, when he could still claim 3lb, so Romantic Time has the honour of being his first winner without assistance against the professionals.

William Stone’s filly was still full of herself after the line, unseating her jockey, who was unhurt.

Reflecting on the 12-1 victory, Ghiani said: “It felt so good.

“We thought if she settled she had a great chance to win. She travelled nicely – and when I asked her to quicken she was more than able.

Romantic Time (left) was taken up the rail by Marco Ghiani
Romantic Time (left) was taken up the rail by Marco Ghiani (Tim Goode/PA)

“It was worth a try getting on the rail, having noticed a few of the earlier races.

“When we stopped she got a bit excited and she got rid of me!”

Ghiani’s second winner came in the closing Download The Free At The Races App Handicap, on 5-1 shot Internationalangel.

It was also a good day for another apprentice, as Hogan doubled up on True Courage (6-5 favourite) and Dark Scimitar (6-1).

The famous Anthony Oppenheimer colours were earlier carried to victory by Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Golden Love (6-4 favourite), in the second division of the quinnbet.com Handicap over a mile.

Beautifully bred, by Dubawi out of a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, it is fair to say connections probably imagined she would be up to more than winning a handicap off a mark of 50.

But having left Charlie Fellowes after just two outings, Golden Love may continue to progress – which is what jockey Pat Cosgrave is hoping.

Golden Love (red hat) opens her account for Jane Chapple-Hyam
Golden Love (red cap) opens her account for Jane Chapple-Hyam (Tim Goode/PA)

“I think this is Jane’s first horse for the owner, so it’s pretty important,” Cosgrave told Sky Sports Racing.

“I was unlucky the last day – inexperience caught her out.

“She was a bit keen today and a bit worried, but she still came good.

“She carries her head a bit high. But it was a winnable race, and hopefully she’ll go and win another one.”

In the first division, Marquand kickstarted his double – in pursuit of Oisin Murphy and William Buick at the top of the championship – on Mick Appleby’s Mostallim (16-5).

Marquand made it two on the day when well-bred debutante My Astra proved easily the best in the QuinnBetCasino Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The winning jockey described William Haggas’ 15-8 favourite as “an extremely nice filly” following her seven-length victory.

Roger Charlton had a quiet first half of the season, but there appear to be green shoots of recovery in recent weeks.

His Boltaway (10-11 favourite) had won his previous two races before the QuinnBet 2nd To The Favourite Special Handicap, and duly made Paul Mulrennan’s journey south worthwhile with a comfortable success.

“That’s three wins now, and he’s learning on the job, but he’s still very raw and he was a little on and off the bridle,” said Mulrennan.

“I’m doing well on my trips down south, obviously Euchen Glen being the highlight.”

Real deal Marco Ghiani celebrates first Royal Ascot winner

Rising star Marco Ghiani gave a jubilant celebration as he stormed to victory aboard Real World for Saeed bin Suroor in the Royal Hunt Cup.

The talented apprentice had fellow Godolphin runner Eastern World from Charlie Appleby’s yard for company as the pair blazed along on the far rail – but once Ghiani hit top gear on the 18-1 winner he shot clear.

It was all over from there, and even though 11-2 favourite Astro King tried to make late gains he was still four and three-quarter lengths adrift. Grove Ferry and Ouzo took third and fourth respectively.

Ghiani said: “He often misses the break, but to avoid that he was blindfolded and went in late.

“I managed to stay next to William Buick and at the two he was quickening away while looking at the crowd.

“He’s a bit of a baby and an improving horse with few races under his belt.

“I walked the track and hoped we would stay on the rail.

“He is an improving horse, he is still a bit of a baby.”

He added: “I want to say thank you to Stuart Williams (boss) and Mr Bin Suroor and Sheikh Mohammed.

“Thank you very much everyone.”

Real World was first - with daylight second...
Real World was first – with daylight second… (Steven Paston/PA)

Bin Suroor said: “When Marco came in to ride him I said if you want to be famous you must win on him at Royal Ascot.

“I liked him last year when we looked after him, but this year he’s started to show us something.

“He can miss the jump, but not today, and when I saw him on the bridle at halfway I thought he could win.

“He handled the ground well and I shall look at Listed or Group Three options for him.”

Chipotle sparked scenes of delight in the winner’s enclosure with victory in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.

Starting at 22-1, the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained youngster – winner of the Brocklesby at Doncaster at the start of the season – travelled at the rear of the group on the far side of the track in the hands of Charlie Bishop, who timed it to perfection in picking off his rivals.

Dig Two was two and a quarter lengths back in second, with Boonie another head away in third. But it was another disappointing race for American trainer Wesley Ward, with his Frankie Dettori-ridden favourite Ruthin ultimately well beaten having led for a long way.

Bishop said: “I was quite keen to get a level break, but he bunny hopped when the stalls opened and I had to be patient. But I got a dream run through.

“We’ve always liked him and we never pressed any buttons when he won the Brocklesby and that race here, but at Sandown he didn’t like the soft and I didn’t give him the best of rides.

Charlie Bishop with Chipotle
Charlie Bishop with Chipotle (Steven Paston/PA)

“Eve’s a brilliant trainer and I feel quite emotional that she’s kept the faith with me.”

Johnson Houghton said: “He’s a horse that trains himself. He travels and when you ask him off he goes. He’s an absolute dude of a horse and he didn’t enjoy the soft ground at Sandown.

“All through the day I felt we couldn’t win from stall one, but then after the Hunt Cup I thought we did have a chance. Charlie had the courage to stay on the far side, and off a rattling fast pace he really picked up.”

Setback for in-form apprentice Marco Ghiani

In-form apprentice Marco Ghiani will be sidelined for 15 days following a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing on Thursday.

The 5lb claimer has ridden seven winners in the last two weeks, including a double at Lingfield on Tuesday.

However, he will be out of action on January 15 and January 20 to February 2 inclusive after the independent BHA panel found him to have breached the rules following his second place aboard Fard in the first division of the Play 4 To Win Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton on December 19.

Ghiani was found to have allowed his mount to drift and interfere with another runner, with the case referred by the local stewards as Ghiani had been suspended for more than 20 days in the last six months.

The rider was handed a 20-day ban, with five days deferred for three months, and instructed to spend the final day of initial suspension at the British Racing School, if coronavirus restrictions allow.

Marco Ghiani keeps his name in lights at Lingfield

Red-hot apprentice Marco Ghiani continued his sensational run of form with a double at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Since booting home two winners at Southwell on New Year’s Day, the Italian-born jockey had added further successes at Wolverhampton and Lingfield to take his recent record to five winners from his last seven rides ahead of his return to the Surrey circuit.

The 5lb claimer kept the run going with victory aboard the Amy Murphy-trained Jennivere in the Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap, with the 100-30 chance clinging on by a short head from Nozieres.

Murphy said: “She’s a tough little filly and she deserved that as she probably should have won the last day – she just ran out of time.

“She’s a home-bred, so it’s great to get a second win on the board for her.

“Marco is riding out of his skin and is definitely a jockey to follow.”

An hour later, Ghiani successfully combined with boss Stuart Williams as Passional completed her hat-trick in fine style in the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap.

Bought for just 5,500 guineas out of Simon and Ed Crisford’s yard in October, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand was placed on her first two starts for Williams, before bolting up at Southwell last month.

Having followed up at Wolverhampton on Saturday, Passional was the 8-15 favourite under a 5lb penalty and quickened up smartly to score by a length and a half.

Williams, saddling a fifth winner from his last five runners, said: “I think she was a bit unlucky in a few of her races for Simon and our family actually bred her, so we always kept an eye on her progress.

“When she went to the sales we said we’d try to buy her back and see if we could win a couple of races with her. It’s worked out well.”

Passional (centre) charges home at Lingfield
Passional (centre) charges home at Lingfield (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

On Ghiani, the Newmarket handler added: “He’s doing really well. He had a really good year two years ago and I didn’t want him to ride his claim out through the winter, so I sent him over to Brendan Walsh in America, just to ride trackwork for three or four months.

“He came back just before the start of the season here last year and obviously we went straight into lockdown. He ended up not riding for about seven months and lost all the contacts that he’d built up the year before, so in hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do.

“It’s just taken him a while to build his contacts back up again. My horses weren’t in spectacular form after the lockdown either, so little things like that conspired against him.

“Now we’re in better form, Marco has been around for a bit longer and is getting more rides off other people and it’s all come together.”

Elsewhere on the card, the Roger Varian-trained La Tihaty (10-11 favourite) went one better than when runner-up on his course and distance debut with an emphatic victory in the Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Novice Stakes.

Stat of the Day, 22nd July 2020

Tuesday's pick was...

3.45 Chepstow : Daheer @ 10/3 BOG 5th at 9/4 (Stayed in centre early, prominent when edged across to join field after 2f, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong)

Wednesday's pick runs in the...

4.50 Yarmouth :

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Who?

Dashing Roger @ 7/1 BOG

...in a 9-runner, Class 5 Flat handicap for 3yo over 1m on Good to Firm ground worth £3,493 to the winner...

Why?...

Starting as usual with the UK's most informative racecard...

As you can see, this horse was of immediate interest, because his trainer William Stone is one of a number of trainers I look out for in Class 5 handicaps. In fact, since the start of last season, both Class 5 & 6 contests have proved to be very rewarding for Mr Stone's followers, as shown below...

...with the average win price suggesting that today's long-ish odds shouldn't put you off taking a punt here.

A quick look at the 12 from 40 record shows...

  • 11/32 (34.4%) for 80.24pts (+250.8%) during April to July inclusive
  • 11/26 (42.3%) for 86.43pts (+332.4%) in fields of 7-11 runners
  • 10/29 (34.5%) for 85.41pts (+294.5%) at odds ranging from 7/2 to 20/1
  • 10/26 (38.5%) for 81.44pts (+313.2%) over trips of 6f to 1m2f
  • 7/20 (35%) for 27.47pts (+137.4%) on good to firm ground
  • 6/19 (31.6%) for 50.95pts (+268.2%) with LTO placers
  • 6/13 (46.2%) for 51.96pts (+399.7%) at class 5
  • 4/9 (44.4%) for 47.95pts (+532.8%) here at Yarmouth
  • and 2/7 (28.6%) for 8.68pts (+124%) for today's jockey Marco Ghiani...

...whilst those sent off at 7/2 to 20/1 in 7-11 runners contests over 6f to 1m2f during April to July are 7 from 11 (63.6% SR) for some 84.45pts (+767.8% ROI) with the four beaten runners including two runners-up, a third and a fourth place, whilst those 11 runners have a 2 from 2 record here at Yarmouth...

...giving us... a 1pt win bet on Dashing Roger @ 7/1 BOG as was widely available at 7.40am Wednesday with bet365 BOG, buts always please check your BOG status (*most are not BOG until later in the morning)To see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 4.50 Yarmouth

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