As Epsom approaches, the Derby waters might be muddied by inconclusive trials, but the run-up to the Oaks has been far more informative and Claxon
is right there up amongst the best to have had runs so far.
She did not start to go until the race was really over and I have no worries at all about her staying the trip in the Oaks," said Eddery, who was desperate to get the ride on Claxon
after her Goodwood win.
The further Claxon
went the better she travelled and that stamina must be in her favour against hot favourite Zahrat Dubai, whose only flaw could be in staying power.
showed her mettle on her reappearance in the Masaka Stakes at Kempton when making all to score by two lengths from stablemate Alabaq and her home reports since with recent Musidora third Barafamy have been particularly encouraging.
Trainer John Dunlop will steer clear of Newmarket and give Claxon
a race over a mile and a quarter on the way to Epsom.
The 21-year-old daughter of Blushing Groom, who foaled a colt from the first crop of Golden Snake this spring, is dam of Bulaxie (Fred Darling S-Gr3), Dust Dancer (Prix de la Nonette-Gr3) and smart colt Zimzalabim and grand-dam of Claxon
(Premio Lydia Tesio-Gr2).
Two other men were held in the States - Conor Claxon
, 26, and Martin Mullen, 52, who is said to be Browne's ex-husband.
The trainer had no joy at Epsom last week when his well-fancied pair Claxon
and Lucido disappointed in the Oaks and the Derby.
The 220,000gns yearling looks capable of surpassing the achievements of his close relatives; his dam Tyranny won twice but was found wanting in Listed company, although her dam, Dust Dancer, won the Group 3 Prix de la Nonette and is a half-sister to the dam of the smart Claxon
, who herself produced Nassau Stakes runner-up Cassydora.
While O'Leary's harsh words must have reverberated around the home dressing-room after the match like a claxon
, Bruce had done his talking at half-time.
Richardson insisted he hadn't heard the claxon
in the pits informing him the two minute time allowance was on, and neither had the Wolverhampton clerk-of-the-course.
He sat on the heels of the front-running Claxon
before sending the 3- 1 chance to the front with four furlongs to travel.
She was also second in the Group 2 Premio Lydia Tesio, a race in which her daughter Claxon
Other ground regulations, including the ban on flags, banners, drums and claxon
horns, will be rigidly enforced in the biggest security operation at the ground since the 1999 World Cup final.
From the claxon
call to arms of the Clash's epochal White Riot to the adrenalin rush of the Damned's New Rose and the Buzzcock's Orgasm Addict, this is the sound of pop music reinventing itself, shedding the dead weight.