Welcome to Arseonline Racing’s coverage of this special Sunday of racing from Sandown, Haydock & Chantilly. We have everything from 5f Group 3 Sprints to the Group 1 Prix De Jockey Club over 1m 2f and everything in-between!
First we will have a quick update from yesterdays thoughts from Epsom, where LOVE landed the Oaks & SERPENTINE reigned in the Derby, along with how we got on with the rest of the card…
Charlie – Twaasol (Winner)
Rich – Safe Voyage (Winner)
Jamie – Muntadab (Winner)
Chris – Love & Thunder (Unplaced)
Between the 4 of us we had the first 3 home in the Oaks, with Jamie noting the winner & Nothing in the Derby.
Jamie(Aka @Glen_Colt) joins Charlie & Rich as we aim to give you the best thoughts on todays racing….
We will start at Haydock…..
1.30 – Class 4 Stayers Handicap over 1m 6f
Charlie – Nuits St George – Has won 3 times and placed 2nd twice from last 6 starts, beginning with a 1 and 1/2 length victory over Singing The Blues at Nottingham over 1m 6f on the 11th May 2019. Goodwood was next port of call and Nuits St George added another Handicap victory in the L Austin Handicap over 2m, beating Orion Swift by 1 length. Was beaten a length into 2nd place on next start at Haydock on the 9th August, in the Join Racing TV Now Handicap over 2m 5f by Contrebasse with Agrapart a further 8 length adrift in 3rd. The Jo-Jo Smith Memorial Handicap at Ffos Las on the 15th September over 2m, saw Nuits St George finish 2nd again some 7 lengths behind Blue Laureate with Marengo a further 6 lengths behind in 3rd. Nuits St George’s last run of 2019 was in the Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes Handicap at Newmarket on the 12th October when finishing 12th after being hampered 2f out, the race was won by Stratum with Party Playboy and Summer moon filling the minor places. Nuits St George made seasonal return in the Uni Bet Handicap at Sandown over 2m 6f on the 13th June this year when beating Leoncavallo by a nose with Red Royalist a further length and 1/4 behind in 3rd. Has been in great form of late and knows where the winning line is, if showing up in same form previously shown should take all the beating in this race, with the main danger coming in the shape of Theatro who was a fair 3rd last time out at Pontefract behind Christopher Woods and Monsieur Lambrays. – 3rd
2.40 Lancashire Oaks – Group 2 Fillies’ & Mares’ – 3YO Plus – 1m 3f 175yds…
Rich – Manuela De Vega – The 4YO Lope De Vega filly finished runner up 4 times last season and landed the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes(Fillies’ & Mares’) at this course over 1m 3f 140yds by 2 lengths from Fanny Logan, who has since won the Hardwicke Stakes, Group 2 at Royal Ascot. Trainer Ralph Beckett has 2 other runners in the race – Antonia De Vega & Hereby…. – WINNER
Now we are off to Sandown Park…
1.50 – The Sprint Stakes – Group 3 – 3YO Plus – 5f 10yds….
Liberty Beach ( One to Follow) – 3YO Cable Bay filly who was 3rd to Battaash in the Group 1 5f Kings Stand at Royal Ascot on June 16th, having won the Listed 5f Cecil Frail Fillies’ Stakes at Haydock on June 7th…. – 2nd
Liberty Beach (NAP)
If you blink, you’ll probably miss this race. Liberty Beach sets a high standard after a good third behind Battaash in the King’s Stand 19 days ago. I am surprised that she is not favourite and that is due to Lazuli taking his chance here for team Godolphin.
John Quinn’s Filly also gets 3lbs from the field here and she is known by many to be a
5F specialist, although she has won over 6F at Haydock on June 6th . Sandown’s straight 5F course should be perfect for her. If Liberty Beach can repeat her Ascot effort, then she will take a lot of beating.
My nap of the day. – 2nd
3.35 Eclipse – Group 1 -4YO Plus – 1m 2f….
No horse has won this race twice in the last 10 years ….
So we have Enable making her season return & looking to make another small step in racing history as she looks towards a record 3rd Arc in Paris in October.
Enable was last seen at Longchamp in October finishing a 1 & 3/4 length runner up to Waldgeist in the Arc De Triomphe and won this race last season, She carries 4lb less than last year but the field maybe a little bit stronger in depth as she faces Coronation Cup winner Ghiayyath, who will run from the front and beat last years Derby winner Anthony Van Dyke by 2 & 1/2 lengths at Newmarket on June 5th.
Aidan O’Brien runs Two in the field, with international globetrotting Mare Magic Wand, fresh from her Curragh 1m 2f Fillies’ Group 2 win on June 13th alongside 2019 International & Grand Prix De Paris winner Japan, who was a 5 & 1/2 length 4th to Lord North in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot & was 4th behind Waldgeist at Longchamp in October.
Regal Reality was 3rd in this last season and started this term as a 2 & 3/4 length 3rd in the Class 1 Listed Wolverton Stakes, 1m 2f at Royal Ascot on June18th.
Bangkok has placed in a whole host of Group races and finished some 5 & 1/2 lengths behind the winner of the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, while Japanese raider Deirdre may well be looking to Goodwood to retain her Nassau Stakes she won last year & was last seen in Riyadh on February 29th finishing a nose 2nd in the 1m 2f Turf race..
Enable/Ghiayyath/Japan in that order! – Right 3 Wrong Order – Ghiayyath/Enable/Japan
Enable – Flat racing’s superstar can make a winning return in the same race as last year. According to connections She still appears to retain all the ability, zest and determination that we have come to expect from this wonder mare.
We haven’t seen Enable since her heart-breaking defeat in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe last October, where the heavy ground just caught her out late on. She faces roughly the same level of opposition as last year’s Eclipse.
Ghaiyyath and Japan are big dangers with race fitness on their side. If Enable is still as good as she was last summer, then she will be very tough to stop. The ground is fine for her and a strongly run mile and a quarter is want Frankie Dettori would like to aim Enable at. – 2nd
4.05 Gala Stakes – Class 1 Listed – 3YO Plus – 1m 2f…
Magny Cours (Rich) – Andre Fabre sends over his 5YO Medaglia d’Oro gelding, fresh from his short head Listed 1m win at Chantilly on June 10th from Persian King, who has since landed a Group 2 last weekend. Back up in trip having finished runner up over this distance last season in a Saint-Cloud Group 3…. – WINNER
4.00 Class 3 Handicap over 5f 3y Charlie – Count D’orsay – Won 4 times last season and placed in a further 3 races from 12 starts. Was 3rd on seasonal return at Newmarket on the 6th June, in the Betfair Exchange Handicap over 5f, behind Makanah and Copper Knight. More recently was well beaten in the Silver Wokingham Handicap over 6f at Ascot on the 20th June this year when finishing 12th behind winner Chiefofchiefs. That race was maybe a bit too hot and soon for Count D’orsay and this race seems a bit more suitable, main danger comes from the M Dodds trained Camacho Chief who is a course and distance winner but arrives here with a bit to prove after finishing 5th at Doncaster on the 14th June. – Unplaced
4.30 Class 5 Handicap over 1m Charlie – Zephyrina -Has ran 4 times Winning once and placing 2nd once. Was a fair 2nd on race debut at Chepstow on the 14th May 2019 when beaten 2 and 1/2 lengths by Light Up Our Stars with Itizzit a short head behind in 3rd. Returned to Chepstow on the 8th June 2019 and won beating Moveonup by 3/4 of a length over 7f and 16y. Finished 7th on next start at Salisbury on the 27th July 2019, when we’ll behind the winner Global Hunter. Was then put away until making seasonal return on the 10th June this year at Pontefract when finishing 5th behind winner Angel’s Whisper over 1m 6f. That last run was 1st attempt at a handicap and didn’t get a clear run, if getting a clearer run in this race can gain compensation today, biggest danger comes in the shape of Ghadbbaan who was 3rd behind Kind Review at Leicester on the 13th June this year. – Unplaced
And now we head to France….
2.10 Prix Du Jockey Club – 3YO Only – Group 1 – 1m 2f 96yds…
Victor Ludorum (Rich) – Top Rated 105. Last season’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner & started 2020 with a 2 & 1/2 length 2nd to The Summit in the 1m Group 3 Prix De Fontainebleau on May 11th before reversing that form in the Group 1 1m Poule D’Assai Des Poulains by 1 & 1/2 lengths. Andre Fabre’s Shamardal 3YO Colt now steps up in trip…. – 2nd
2.55 Prix De Diane (Fillies’) Group 1 3YO Only – 1m 2f 96yds….
Rich – This is a fantastic race for viewers as we have Irish 1,000 Guineas winner& Top rated 111 Peaceful, who landed the classic by 2 lengths & that was a seasonal return for Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo filly. The tough competition comes from Jessica Harrington’s Alpine Star, who is the Group 1 Coronation Cup Stakes winner from Royal Ascot and the Sea the Moon filly has won her last 3 starts.
Add to that the Unbeaten Sea the Stars filly Raabihah for Jean Claude Rouget, a Listed winner on seasonal return over this distance on May 14th at Longchamp.
While this could land Donnacha O’Brien a first classic as he saddles Irish 1,000 Guineas runner up Fancy Blue, the Deep Impact filly will be looking to reverse the form with Peaceful….
Alpine Star for me in this one! -2nd
Jamie – Fancy Blue
This looks a top-class renewal of this very prestigious race. Alpine Star & Peaceful are Group 1 Winners this term over 1m and now are stepping up in trip. I believe that the step up to 10F will suit a bit of an outsider that I like here.
Fancy Blue ran a cracker in the Irish 1000 Guineas when runner up to Peaceful, she stayed on very nicely down the outside in the final furlong. On the pedigree side of things Fancy Blue should be better for the hike in distance being a Daughter of the late great Deep Impact who won Group 1 races from 7F to two miles!
I think Pierre Charles – Boudet will ride her handy and she will be finding plenty down the straight. This is only her fourth ever race too, so improvement is highly likely. A solid chance at attractive odds. – WINNER
Charlie – Raabihah -Out of Sea The Stars and Garmoosha has had 2 starts thus far and won both, beginning with a 3 length victory over Dilala at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in the Prix de la Bocca on the 23rd January this year over 1m 2f. Next race came in the Listed Prix de la Seine over 1m 3f when beating American Apples by 4 lengths with Seachange a further 1 and 1/2 lengths behind in 3rd. Has improved after debut win and is taken to follow up again today, main threat to the selection comes in the shape of Alpine Star who has won last 3 starts. -4th
3.45 – La Chartreuse Handicap over 7f 209y
Charlie – Falmouth Light -Finished 3rd at Compagnie over this trip last time out, behind Inattendu who won and Skaletto who was 2nd. Had won at Chantilly in race prior to that on the 3rd June this year, when finishing 6 and 1/2 lengths ahead of 2nd placed Marobob with Urlucc a further length and 3/4 behind in 3rd. Should be in the thick of it again here today with a similar display, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of the Andre Fabre trained Rajkumar who finished 8th last time out at Deauville on the 1st June behind the winner We Ride The World. – Unplaced
That is everything for you this weekend folks… We hope you have enjoyed our thoughts..
A BIG thanks to Jamie & Chris for their thoughts this weekend & I am sure they will be back very soon!
Remember to keep the stakes small & only bet what you can afford to lose. The TV coverage is first class too…
All the Best – The Arseonline Racing Team
Pictures – Sandown & FG Chantilly (Twitter accounts)