Kentucky Derby dream alive at Shalfleet


JEREMY Noseda has confirmed that it’s next stop USA for Shalfleet’s Kentucky Derby ‘possible’ Gronkowski.

The Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned son of Lonrho secured a third straight victory when successful in a £50,000 conditions stakes at Kempton last night.

He has taken his race well and connections will now weigh up whether to contest the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct.

Both races are contested over nine furlongs and are scheduled for Saturday April 7.

Jeremy said: “I’m delighted with Gronkowksi’s performance. 

“He won despite the fact there was no pace and that just about everything went wrong. He has come out of his race well this morning. 

“Before Kempton we had it in our mind, subject to his performance there, that we’d have a tilt at either the Blue Grass or the Wood Memorial. 

“Those races are in sharp focus now. Touch wood, the road to Kentucky and the first Saturday in May looks a little bit clearer now.

“That’s been our plan since he won at Chelmsford last November. 

“We’ve taken the first two steps and I will talk now to Amer Abdulaziz and the Phoenix team so we can finalise plans.”