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This blog is dedicated to Pat

The Irish Champions Weekend moves from Leopardstown to the Curragh today & features the Legends Charity race, This year the race is at 4.50 and is run over 1m.

Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland and this blog is dedicated to Pat Smullen.

If you are thinking of betting on the race, if you have the winner, why not donate the winnings to the fund.
Everyone is a winner in this race and we are not posting a selection for you. Pat was due to line up alongside Sir AP, Ruby Walsh, Johnny Murtagh, Ted Durkin, Richard Hughes and Joseph O’Brien(plus many more to name but a few) but sadly it was not to be. It is fantastic the racing community has put it’s full weight(Pardon the pun) behind this.
We would like to send Pat our Best Wishes and are fully behind him on this great day.

Yesterdays blog was updated as the day went on, so we will now crack on with todays… Like yesterday @Glen_Colt is covering the Curragh & Rich has Longchamp while Charlie has a day off….

With Longchamp having a great card too, we cover both cards….

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@Glen_Colt (aka Jamie) –

2:25 – Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes – Selection: Hit the Bid

This Group 1 over the minimum distance is wide open with cases being made for many. Local trainer Darren Bunyan isn’t one of thehigh-profile trainers in Ireland, but he has been very bullish in the build up to this race about his horse, Hit the Bid. He returned at
Tipperary last month off a five-month absence to finish sixth in a listed race. He will need to improve his form a lot to win this, but this has been his target all year and crucially he gets his favoured fast ground. Should be bang there on his best form. UNPLACED

3:00 – Moyglare Stud Stakes – Selection: Albinga

Another open looking race with the Debutante and Royal Ascot form going under the microscope. Daahyeh has strong form but I am sticking with Jessica Harrington’s Filly Albinga. She is 2/2 and quickened up very takingly to win a Group 2 here at the Derby
meeting. The team at the Harrington stables think she is the best of their quality two-year-old crop and that speaks volumes. The step up to 7f looks tailor made and she has a massive chance. UNPLACED

4:10 – Cormer Group International Irish St Leger – Selection: Kew Gardens

A formidable home team awaits Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter in the final Group 1 of the weekend. I fancy Kew Gardens to complete a St Leger double after winning the British version at Doncaster in 2018. Kew Gardens unfortunately picked up an injury
soon after going very close to winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom, where I felt he should have won. This is a very good horse and if he is anywhere near his best he will take some beating, it will be case of how race fit Aidan has him. The Melbourne Cup is a target for many of these. RUNNER UP

 

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Now we have Rich & the Final Word…. from Longchamp & the Curragh

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Final Word with Rich – 

Thanks Guys and it has been a pleasure to have Jamie with us again this weekend and we look forward to having him back again soon….
Longchamp for me today plus one for the Curragh….

Longchamp…..

1.35 Prix Foy… Group 2… 1m 4f…

Waldgeist…. Faces 3 other rivals today and having finished a 2 length 3rd to Enable at Ascot in the King George IV & Queen Elizabeth Stakes(G1) 1m 4f when last seen and that form should be enough to win this race having already won the Prix Ganay(G1)on seasonal return….. WINNER

2.50 Prix Vermeille… Group 1… 1m 4f….

This looks to between the 2 John Gosden runners. Anapurna, who landed the Oaks Listed Trial at Lingfield on season return before landing the Oaks at Epsom by a neck from Pink Dogwood but I am a fan of Sea the Stars & with Frankie Dettori having the mount on STAR CATCHER, this has swung it for me. The Ribblesdale Stakes(G2) winner at Ascot over 1m 4f in June before landing the Irish Oaks (G1) 1m 4f from Fleeting by 1/2 a length in July.
Fleeting is likely to be the pace maker today for Aidan O’Brien with Pink Dogwood trying to spoil the Gosden party… WINNER

3.25 Prix Niel… Group 2… 1m 4f….

Sottsass… After finishing a 3 length 5th to Shaman on seasonal return in the Group 3 La Force Stakes(1m 1f) at this course. A 6 & 1/2 length win followed in a Chantilly Listed race(1m 2f) before landing the Prix Du Jockey Club (G1) 1m 2f 96yds at Chantilly on June 2nd. Slight rise in trip with a slight drop in grade but should have enough class to land this race… WINNER

Curragh..

3.35… Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.. Group 1… 2YO Only… 7f…

Pinatubo…. 4 wins from 4 starts, with 2 wins over 6f before landing the Chesham Listed Stakes 7f at Ascot by 3 & 1/4 lengths from Lope Y Fernandez in June & that was followed by a 5 length romp in July when taking the Group 2 7f Vintage Stakes at Goodwood from Positive, who along with 3rd, Lope Y Fernandez have both landed a Group 3 race…
The Dangers come from Aidan O’Brien as he has the Coventry Stakes winner(6f) Arizona, who was a 4 & 3/4 length 4th to Earthlight in the 6f Prix Morny(1) at Deauville in June and now steps up in trip. Along with Armory, who is 2 from 2 over Course  & Distance, having won the Group 3 Tyros Stakes in July before a C&D win in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes by 3/4’s of a length in August…. WINNER

That is everything for you today folks… Big thanks to Jamie for his thoughts this weekend… And to you guys for your support…

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team.

Pictures vis Racing Post, Curragh & Longchamp twitter accounts

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