Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Double Handful; 2/1 Bet of the Day Wings of Eagles 5.20 Curragh

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Double Handful; 2/1 Bet of the Day Wings of Eagles 5.20 Curragh

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Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with

84 10-0 A82 9-8 SCOT was an up-and-down affair for me, mainly down, until last weekend's bet of the day Idaho obliged at a much-needed 9-2. Attentions today turn to an intriguing Irish Derby, where the most pertinent question centres around whether Derby hero Wings Of Eagles is a good or bad bet.

88 6ex) GAMBLING 93 9-4 WISDOM 75 9-3 "When I was seven, a jockey. My father weren't allowed. it. I was perfectly my own merits at Mavis 85 9-2 It's almost disrespectful to question the credentials of a Derby winner. However, until that day at Epsom, Wings Of Eagles had only won a Killarney maiden in five starts. There are lingering doubts surrounding his temperament but perhaps the biggest worry for Wings Of Eagles backers is the fact Aidan O'Brien didn't recognise his ability.

82 9-1 82 9-1 82 8-12 Could it be that Wings Of Eagles ran the race of his life that day, the stars aligned, everything dropped into place and he'll never be as good again? 78 8-6 The most worrying statistic I've seen to back that theory is that since 2003 O'Brien has trained 126 Group 1 winners aged three or older and only four of those returned at 16-1 or bigger 79 6 and none of them won a race of any sort afterwards.

Another negative may well be the ground, any significant rain would be bad news for the Epsom winner considering his best performance to date was on firm ground.

If you concentrate on the positives, I believe they outweigh all the doubts.

O'Brien will have five of today's ninestrong field running for him. He will be able to dictate the strong pace his horse will need.

I wanted to be told me women I couldn't believe willing to fail on but to be flunked birth?" Leno This time WINGS OF EAGLES will have the best jockey, Ryan Moore, on his back. …

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