There were some striking similarities between Beat Hollow
and his predecessor that increased his appeal to Ballylinch.
William Hill: 9-4 Sakhee, 11-4 Shiva, 4-1 Kalanisi, 5 Fantastic Light, 6-1 Beat Hollow
, 13-2 Giant's Causeway, 20-1 Border Arrow, 25-1 Gold Academy, Gracioso, 66-1 Ela Athena, 150-1 Sun Charm.
If possible I used to ride my horses quite handy and hopefully Beat Hollow
will be able to keep his place.
Saturday: Stormyfairweather, Beat Hollow
Today's card at Cheltenham provides Beat Hollow
and Martaline with further chances to enhance their reputations.
finished third in the Derby, Lear Spear ran third to Giant's Causeway in the International Stakes at York and Wellbeing covered Newmarket's last two furlongs at the same speed as 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best when he won at Newmarket last May.
, who started 7-2 favourite, finished in third place.
The folk who saw either or both of those exercises should this afternoon have the satisfaction of knowing they have seen a Classic winner, for Beat Hollow
is the confident nap selection to give Cecil the fifth Vodafone Derby win of his career today.
Richard Quinn, bidding for a Classic double after winning the Oaks on Love Divine, has no worries about the conditions for new favourite Beat Hollow
, a son of Sadler's Wells who has been turning heads with his jumps progeny, has been sold to stand as a dual-purpose stallion at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny.
He also appears later when appealing against the pounds 1,000 fine he received from the Epsom stewards for his failure to parade in the correct order before riding Beat Hollow
in the Derby.
, the 7-2 favourite who was bidding to give Henry Cecil a unique Derby-Oaks double for the second successive year, failed to get a clear run when it mattered and ran third.