I'll Have Another Bids For Belmont History
*** Follow the William Hill Racing Team on Twitter @racingkate ***
Racing history could be made on Saturday when I'll Have Another bids to become the first horse since 1978 to secure the third and final leg of the Triple Crown with victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Doug O'Neill's star three-year-old is the hot even-money favourite with William Hill to add to his Kentucky Derby and Preakness successes and become only the 12th horse ever to complete the historic treble.
Not only could a Stateside Triple Crown be on the cards this year, but Camelot set up the prospect of a British Classic treble when adding the Epsom Derby to his 2000 Guineas success, and William Hill quote 9-4 for an US-UK double Triple Crown in 2012 - a feat which has only been achieved once before in racing history in 1935.
William Hill spokesman Richard Thomas said "Forget all the back-chat about trainer Doug O'Neill, and let Saturday be about the horse. I'll Have Another has a great shot at joining the pantheon of equine greats, such as War Admiral, Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, by completing the Triple Crown at Belmont. With UK race fans able to watch the Belmont via the free-to-view ATR channel, betting interest in the UK will be significant "
After the post-position draw, William Hill bet:-
Belmont Stakes: EVS I'll Have Another, 7-2 Dullahan, 11-2 Union Rags, 6-1 Paynter, 12-1 Street Life, 25-1 Optimizer, 33-1 Atigun, Ravelo's Boy, Unstoppable U, 40-1 My Adonis, 100-1 Five Sixteen, Guyana Star Dweej (EW 1/5 1,2,3)
St Leger Stakes: 1-2 Camelot, 7-1 Astrology, 12-1 Was, 14-1 Thought Worthy, 20-1 Michelangelo (EW 1/5 1,2,3)
American-English Triple Crown Double: 9-4
THE AMERICAN TRIPLE CROWN
I'll Have Another will bid to become the 12th horse to win the American Triple Crown, and the first since Affirmed completed the historic treble in 1978.
That day in June twenty-four years ago, You're The One That I Want (John Travolta/Oliva Newton-John) was on top of the Billboard Hot 100, peanut farmer Jimmy Carter was the US President and petrol in the UK cost just 17p a litre!
Affirmed was ridden by Steve Cauthen, who went on to complete a unique double when going on to complete the UK version of the Triple Crown on Oh So Sharp in 1985.
Big Brown (2008) was the 21st horse to win the opening two legs of the Triple Crown, but failed to complete the treble, so these historic facts put into context how hard it is to win the Triple Crown.
On Saturday 15th September, the unbeaten Aidan O'Brien-trained Camelot could line up in the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster in an attempt to win the UK Triple Crown - which would be the first for nearly half a century - since Nijinsky in 1970.
A Triple Crown double in the same year has only happened once in racing history, when, in 1935, Bahram completed the UK version, while Omaha was successful in the American treble.