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La Premio Villapadierna (Spanish Derby) preview

Believe it or not, it's also the Spanish Derby this weekend so that deserves a preview as well. Mariano Zomeno, @ThoroughbrSpain, runs the ThorougbredsInSpain blog and kindly gave me permission to reprint his preview of the race....

Premio Villapadierna (Spanish Derby), Sunday June 3 2012
The Sunday 3 meeting at the La Zarzuela racecourse of Madrid incluids in its racecard the Premio Villapadierna (Spanish Derby), [2,400 m, 3yos, 34,800 euros for the winner]. This edition is, as always a crossroad to test horses coming from different lines, namely the Premio Velayos (won by the unbeaten Galipoli, with Fortun second), the GP Nacional (Alonso, the winner is absent from the Villapadierna, but 2nd, 3rd and fourth will run), the Cimera (Guineas), represented by Nuredyn - 4th in the GP Nacional - and Riky Rock and also raiders from France (Around the Moon, Campillo), etc.

This is the field:

Around the Moon (IRE, 2009), bay colt [Danehill Dancer-Moon Flower(Sadler's Wells)], owned by Cuadra Chicago, trained by M. Delcher S. Will be ridden by J. Horcajada. Recntly bought in FRance.

Arsalan (GB, 2009), bay colt [Halling-Kali(Linamix)], owned by Reza Pazooki, trained by F. Rodríguez. Will be ridden by R- C. Montenegro.

Campillo (FR, 2009), bay colt [Lando-Milisa(Anabaa)], owned by Cuadra Cholaica, trained by J. L. Maroto. Will be ridden by C. Nora.

Fortun (IRE, 2009), a bay colt [Bachelor Duke-Duckmore Bay(Titus Livius)], owned by Cuadra La Toledana, trained by J. L. Maroto. Will be ridden by J. Crocquevieille. Second to Galipoli in the Velayos.

Galipoli (FR, 2009), bay colt [Sulamani-Sweet Willa(Assert)], owned by Cuadra San Rafael, trained by Teo Callejo. Will be ridden by V. Janacek. Winner of the Premio Velayos 2012. Galipoli is unbeaten in three starts and won the Premio Velayos 2012, traditional prep race for the Villapadierna.

Giggolo Star (SPA, 2009), ch.colt [Dyhim Diamond-Flamingo Star(Limpid)], owned by Cuadra Magaña, trained by J. C. Fernández R. Will be ridden by J. C. Cerqueira. He was third in the GP Nacional.

Gustei (SPA, 2009), bay colt [Baptize-Party Dress(Lahib)], owned by Cuadra Peñarroya, trained by C. Gallipoli, will be ridden by R. Ramos.

Kadmios (FR, 2009), bay colt [Kavafi-Erika(Distant Relative)], owned by Cuadra Nakata, trained and ridden by J. L. Martínez.

Monsieur Opera (FR, 2009), bay colt [Lando-Mensa Sonne(Monsun)], owned by Salvador Márquez, trained by J. López. Will be ridden by O. Ortiz de Urbina. Winner of his only start (beating Sportside, - then 2nd in the Beamonte -, and Giggolo Star).

Nuredyn (FR, 2009), bay colt [Dyhim Diamond-Nurenieva(Enrique)], owned by Cuadra Zurraquín, trained by M. Hernández, will be ridden by J. Grosjean. Winner of the Premio Cimera (2,000 Guineas), he was fourth in the GP Nacional.

Phuket (SPA, 2009), ch. colt [Multazem-New Vert(Vert Amande)], owned by María de Salas, trained by J. L. de Salas, will be ridden by J. L. Borrego. Phuket was 2nd in his last and best performance to date, in the GP Nacional. He is half brother to Cimera winner Festeiro and GP Nacional winner Newango and also to Listed performer Vert Helice.

Riky Rock (IRE, 2009), bay colt [Invincible Spirit-Hataana(Robellino], owned by Cuadra Bloke, trained by J. A. Rodríguez. He was second to Nuredyn in the Cimera

The winners of the previous runnings of the Villapadierna were Ayanz (2011), Plantagenet (2010), Domeside (2009), Tsarabi (2008), Premier Galop (2007) and Palamoss (2006).

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Must admit I have no idea where you can bet on this race outside of Spain, or even on track. Perhaps some of the locals or Gibraltar guys could share that with us. For a look at other races on the card, check out the rest of the preview.

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