Newmarket – Inc Middle Park Stakes

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Today is Middle Park day at Newmarket, a race won last season by French raider Earthlight, we also have the Chevely Park Stakes, Royal Lodge & the Cambridgeshire Handicap on the card.
Chris has been unable to make today but will join us next Sunday for our coverage of the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, so today is Charlie, Jamie & Rich….

The going at Newmarket is… Good, good to soft in places

Charlie –


3.00 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes Group 1 (Colts) over 6f

Method -Out of Mehmas and Darsan, has won both starts, beginning with a 4 and 1/2 length victory over Fev Rover at Doncaster on the 26th June. Won again at Newbury on the 18th July when beating the Mighty Gurkha by 2 and 1/4 lengths with Imperial Yellow a further 3 and 1/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Lucky Vega who has won twice from last 4 starts.


4.10 British Stalion Studs EBF “Jersey Lilly” Fillies Nursery Handicap over 7f

Rennaissance Rose -Out of Shamardal and Sahraah, has only had 2 starts beginning with a 4th place finish at Ascot on debut on the 25th July when finishing behind winner Zabeel Queen there was only 3 lengths separating the first 4 home. Was sent to Kempton for next start and won beating Blue Beret by 8 lengths with Saramenha a further 2 and 3/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. Although this race looks deeper on paper, if Renaissance Rose shows same attitude here that should be enough to land this race, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Meu Amor who was 3rd last time out behind Spright and Nazuna at Doncaster.


4.40 Bentley Motors Handicap Class 2 over 7f

Documenting –Out of Zamindar and Namaskar has won last 2 starts over 7f beginning with victory at York when beating Admirality by 1 and 1/2 lengths on the 19th July. Was then sent to Ascot and won again on the 5th September when beating Arbalet by 1/2 length. Will need to dig a bit deeper here, but remains on an upward curve and could land the hat-trick if turning up in same mood, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Cry Havoc who has won twice from last 3 starts.


Jamie –

2:25 – Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) –
Selection: Miss Amulet 

You would have to say this is a Cheveley Park without a standout contender. Lowther victor Miss Amulet gets the nod from me. Ken Condon’s charge has already raced six times in 2020 and is now just finding top form coming into this race, her first at the top level. Last time out Miss Amulet beat Sacred & Umm Kulthum in the Lowther at York, both Fillies both re oppose today but the manner of Miss Amulet’s victory suggests to me that they may struggle to overturn that form. She has plenty of experience of undulating tracks, the ground is perfect and Ryan Moore is booked. She ticks a lot of boxes and deserves to be near the top of the market. 

3:00 – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1) –
Selection: Lucky Vega 

There is some serious looking talent lining up in this 6F heat. My selection Lucky Vega sets out on a recovery mission after getting absolutely no run in the National Stakes at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. The son of Lope de Vega would have won if he got the splits. He may have to up his game if he is to add to his Phoenix Stakes success despite that being a Group 1 race itself, that just goes to show how hot this Middle Park is. The drop back down to 6F at a stiff track like the Rowley Mile looks like it will play to the strengths of Lucky Vega, who travels like a dream into his races. The Harrington team sounds very pleased with his preparation for this race and the ground is fine. He is my nap of the day! 

3:50 – Qatar Racing Renaissance Stakes (G3) –
Selection: Urban Beat
A couple of talented British raiders head over the Irish sea in search of Euros. Although I am going to stick with the home team with a horse that has been a star for the Johnny Murtagh team. Urban Beat has run some mighty races this season with form figures of 432922, only being beat a head or neck on three occasions of top weight or near. He comes into this Group 3 heat off the back of a career best performance in a listed race at Doncaster’s Leger Festival when he was a length second to Tarboosh, who is no mug himself. If ever a horse deserves a win today it is this fellow as he is very consistent. Owners Fitzwilliam racing are searching for more big race success two weeks after Champers Elysees stunning win in the Matron Stakes. A solid chance of winning under the Champion Jockey Colin Keane. 

Final Word with Rich –

1.50 Royal Lodge Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo Only – 1m….

Cobh – Kodi Bear x Arbeel colt.
2 wins from 3 starts with a runner up spot in the middle. Debut 6f win in a Class 5 maiden by a neck on July 5th before stepping up to 7f and Listed company at Ascot in the Pat Eddery Stakes, when finishing 2nd by 1 & 3/4 lengths to Chindit on July 25th, with the winner since landing the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Cobh subsequently landed the Stonehenge Listed Stakes at Salisbury, stepping up to 1m on August 21st, beating Fancy Man by 1/2 a length.

3.00 Middle Park Stakes – Group 1 – 2yo Only – 6f…

Minzaal – Mahmas x Pardoven colt.
2 wins from 3 starts. Finished 4th on debut, only beaten by 1 & 3/4 lengths in a Class 5, 6f Maiden at Ascot on July 25th. Duly landed the shorts odds (1/2f) at Salisbury on August 9th in a 6f Class 5 Novice Stakes by 3 & 3/4 lengths before stepping up to Group level at York on August 21st.
Minzaal landed the 6f Gimcrack Group 2 Stakes by 2 lengths from Deilwala….

3.35 Cambridgeshire Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f….

Monthatham – Showcasing x Eastern Destiny 4yo gelding.
3 wins from 5 starts with 2 runner up spots this season since being gelded in the winter. He has landed a pair of Class 2 Heritage Handicaps over 1m at Sandown, when beating Dark Vision & at York from Sir Busker.
Beaten runner up by 3 lengths last time out ( September 16th) by Posted in a Class 1 Listed Stakes at Sandown.
Now up an extra furlong, which has seen his handicap mark rise from 89 on June 6th (Season return) to 109 today….

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Newmarket – Cambridgeshire Meeting

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It has been a while since we last posted a blog & I will briefly explain why….
Myself & Charlie decided to have a break after the sad news that Pat Smullen had passed away, in truth, we didn’t know Pat but we both took it quite hard & we didn’t really feel like looking at any cards, let alone blogging….

Charlie will be back for Saturday along with Chris Price, so today I am joined by Jamie as we both tackle the Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket on the Rowley course…
The going is….. Good

Rich –

1.50 Rosemary Stakes – Class 1 Listed- Fillies & Mares – 3yo Plus – 1m….

Bounce The Blues – Excalebration x Jazz Up 3yo Filly.
2 wins from 5 runs, both wins over 7f in Ireland prior to moving from John Fearne to Andrew Balding on September 3rd 2020.
Won a Naas maiden on August 3rd by 1 & 3/4 lengths before landing a 7f Listed Stakes, again at Naas by 1/2 a length.
Moved to UK & made debut for new yard on September 9th at Doncaster in the 7f Group 3 Scepture Fillies’ Stakes, finishing 1 & 1/2 lengths in 3rd to Foxtrot Lady. Up in trip.

2.25 Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes – Group 3 – Fillies & Mares’ – 3yo Plus – 1m 4f…

Katara – Deep Impact x Asyad 3yo Filly.
Finished 10th at this course on debut over 7f in October 2019.
Finished 2nd on season return when stepping up in trip to 1m 2f in a York Class 5 Maiden on June 10th.
Won a Class 5 Fillies’ 1m 3f Novice Stakes at Kempton on the all weather by 5 lengths on July 1st before stepping up to Pattern company on August 1st, at the July course>
Katana landed the Class 1 Listed 1m 4f Fillies & Mares’ Chalice Stakes from Expressionism by 4 lengths.

3.35 Joel Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m….

Top Rank – Dark Angel x Countess Ferrama 4yo colt.
4 wins & 1 3rd place finish from 5 career runs. His 3rd place was to Montatham in a York 1m Class 2 Handicap. Landed the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock on August 5th by 1 & 1/2 lengths from My Oberon. C&D winner back in September 2019 in a Class 3 Handicap by 2 & 3/4 lengths…

Jamie –

1:50 – Tasleet British EBF Rosemary Stakes (Listed) –
Selection: Bizzi Lizzi (E/W) 

This is about as competitive a listed contest for the Fillies & Mares as you will find all season long. 1000 Guineas’ second Cloak of Spirit will be on many people’s shortlist back over C+D. However she hasn’t really progressed since then and I will take a chance on the beautifully bred Bizzi Lizzi, who is by Champion Sprinter Muhaarar out of fellow G1 winner Izzi Top. So far the story with Bizzi Lizzi has been slow and steady but she boasts a 2/2 record coming into this race. Bizzi Lizzi will have to up her game markedly here to be in the reckoning having only just landed a novice at Wolverhampton by a head but John Gosden is a master at improving his inexperienced horses from race to race. In an open looking fixture she may be worth an each way play. The assistance of Frankie Dettori is also a boost. 

3:35 – Shadwell Joel Stakes (G2) –
Selection: Benbatl 

Looking at both the form and ratings it looks to be a head to head between Benbatl and Kameko. Both are very classy and have won over C+D with Kameko having gotten up to land the 2000 Guineas back in June. On this occasion I am going to stick with Benbatl, who I think is a smashing older horse. He’s been a star for Saeed Bin Suroor team over the last few years. The key here could be that Benbatl goes well fresh as we all saw last year when he landed this G2 prize having his first run since the Cox Plate the previous year. With Kameko, I feel that the Guineas is pretty average in my opinion. Pinatubo I felt just needed the run and nothing else bar a few G2 and G3 winners have emerged. Overall, I think the 3YO Colt Crop isn’t a vintage one. Kameko has been running well of late but he needs to bring his A game to mix it with Benbatl here. I’m really looking forward to this match up!  

Thanks for popping by & we really apricate your support. A full house of bloggers tomorrow, so remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic racing unfold on the TV….

All the Best – Rich & Jamie

Longchamp & The Curragh

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What a fantastic days racing we had delivered, spectators or not, that brought some fantastic finishes and it was a brilliant advert for racing. The coverage on ITV was very good, although I think we would all have liked them to spend a little longer on the Irish racing, nether the less, the coverage was very good….

I think we would all agree that had Magical been born a year or two either side of Enable, she would have been the top mare in the UK & Ireland & what she has achieved during her career is nothing short of unbelievable. Yes she has a fantastic trainer but it’s not him during the race & she has a never give up attitude, which we all love in race horses. A legendary mare…

Yesterday was also a good day for us on the blog, with Chris Price landing a couple of winners, Jamie landed a couple of winners too, while Charlie had a couple of places & Rich had a winner with a place!

Today we head to Paris Longchamp, where it is Arc Trial Day & The Curragh, we have the final day of the Champions Weekend…. Group races galore!
Jamie joins Charlie & Rich today with Chris soaking up the glory of his fine day yesterday!

The going at The Curragh is Good to Yielding

Charlie –


2.00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Bold Lad Sprint Handicap

Treacherous – Out of Paco Boy and Black Baroness, has had 30 runs winning 11 times and placing 6 times. The wins have came at Kempton x 7, Newcastle x 1, Goodwood x 2 and Haydock x1. Won last 2 starts at Haydock and Goodwood, beat Tenax by 1/2 length at Haydock on 17th July with Mina Velour a further length and 1/4 behind in 3rd. More recently beat Dream Today by 1 and 3/4 lengths at Goodwood on the 1st August, if showing up in same mood as shown in last 2 starts could easily go in again, main danger to the selection comes in the shape of Mr Lupton who has a similar profile, but hasn’t won since May 2019.

2.35 Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes Group 2 for Fillies and Mares over 1m 2f

Magic Wand – Out of Galileo and Prudenzia, has had 27 runs winning 4 times and placing in a further 11 races. The wins have came at Chester, Ascot, Flemington and the Curragh. The win at the Curragh came on the 13th June this year when beating Hamariyna by 4 and 1/2 lengths with Silk Forest a further 2 and 1/4 lengths behind in 3rd. Was 4th in next race at Sandown in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse when finishing behind Ghaiyyah, Enable and Japan. Goodwood was next port of call for Magic Wand in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes and she finished 5th behind Fancy Blue, One Voice, Nazeef and Queen Power. Those last 2 starts were hot races and Magic Wand could get back in the winners enclosure if fully recovered from those races. Biggest dangers come in the shape of Cayenne Pepper who has finished 2nd in last 3 starts and One Voice who has finished 2nd and 3rd in last 2 starts.

3.10 Derristown Stud Flying Five Stakes Group 1 over 5f

Glass Slippers – Out of Dream Ahead and Night Gypsy. Has 14 starts winning 5 times and placing 3 times. The wins have came at Beverley, Chester, Deauville, Longchamp x 2. Although yet to win in 2020 has only had 2 runs this year finishing 5th behind Battash at Ascot in the Kings Stand Stakes, was 2nd to Battash in the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood on the 31st July. If recovered from those 2 hot races should gain compensation here at the expense of A’Ali who has won twice from last 3 starts.

Jamie –

2:35 – Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes –
Selection: Lemista
This looks a tasty little race with some very smart fillies going head to head. Magic Wand is undoubtedly the class act of the field, but she is vulnerable conceding weight to the 3yo brigade. The one I like is Lemista for the sizzling Ger Lyons and Colin Keane combination, who are enjoying a vintage season. Lemista has been setting the track alight so far this season, she goes into today’s race looking to complete a four timer. She will need to up her game to another level to win this, but she is going the right way and I feel that an improving
filly could well take the beating. Lemista also boasts a win in Group 2 company over 9F at this course back here in July, so we know that she handles the track, and the ground is fine. Good chance!

4:40 – Comer Group Irish St Leger –
Selection: Fujaira Prince
The final Irish classic of a season unlike any other. Runners from the O’Brien stables head the market, but I believe a raider from Britain could spoil the party. Roger Varian sends out classy Ebor winner Fujaira Prince under Andrea Atzeni and I think he can make his presence felt in Group 1 company, albeit this isn’t the strongest Irish Leger I have ever seen.
My selection here is lightly raced for a 6YO, having just the eight starts. Fujaira Prince won the Ebor on his most recent start under 9st 8lb, in the end he never looked overly troubled inside the final furlong. He is still on the improve and ticks most of the boxes needed to win this great race.
For that reason, he is my nap on day 2 of Irish Champions Weekend.

5:50 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Northfield Handicap –
Selection: Tauran Shaman
This really is an impossible contest for the punters to solve in the finale.
It may be worth sticking with a proven handicapper, the one that I like the most in here is Tauran Shaman, from the powerful Jessica Harrington yard.
He is a solid yardstick and should go well again. This horse has been crying out for 10 Furlongs on a stiff track with a strong tempo to aim at. Shane Foley’s mount got shuffled back a bit during his last race in which he ran on very well to claim fourth in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile at the Galway Festival.
The time before that he was a solid third over a mile in a competitive handicap
at Cork behind Nebo. Those were good efforts considering that he looks more of a 10 Furlong type. I feel that Tauran Shaman will give you a good run for your money. Being a Shamardal, the more the ground dries out the better.

Final Word with Rich –

Yes I had my arse slapped yesterday with Santiago finishing 4th in a photo, Chindit won in fine style while Fancy Blue placed 3rd & I had the 1/2 the wrong way round at Leopardstown!
I have covered 2 from The Curragh & 3 from Longchamp….

2.35 Blanford Stakes (Fillies & Mares’) – Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f…

Magic Wand is Top Rated 115 in this field and should take all the beating, while Cayenne Pepper has finished runner up on all 3 starts this season, with her last 2 starts over 1m 4f & now drops back in trip but I like the progressive Lemista – Ravens Pass x Shortmile Lady 3yo filly.
She has won a 1m Group 3 & 1m 1f Listed race before winning on July 19th at this course. Lemista beat Lovelier in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate 1m 1f Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’) by 3/4’s of a length & could well upset the apple cart today…

3.10 Flying Five Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 5f….

Make a Challenge has 2 wins & 1 place from 3 C&D runs and has landed 4 Listed Stakes races this season and has placed in Group company when 2nd to A’Ali, who is also a C&D winner by 1 length on July 19th in the Group 2 Saphire Stakes & was last seen finishing 4th (3 & 1/2 lengths) behind Battaash in the Group 1 5f Nunthorpe Stakes at York on August 21st.

Glass Slippers is 3 wins & 2 places from 6 starts over 5f & was the 2019 Prix De L’abbaye winner. Last seen finishing a 2 & 1/2 length runner up to Battaash in the5f King George Stakes at Goodwood on August 31st.

Liberty Beach is a horse i have followed for a while & has been running well despite not winning since her opening Listed 5f win on season return, 3rd to Battaash in the Kings Stand, 2nd to A’Ali in the 5f Charge at Sandown but sadly failed to fire in the King George at Goodwood, when a below par 4th (6 & 1/2 lengths) behind Battaash.
While Que Amoro has also been running very well, winning an Ayr 5f Listed Stakes on season return, 1/2 length 3rd to Moss Gill in the York 5f Listed Stakes before stepping up to Group level to get the closest to Battaash, by 1 length in the Nunthorpe at York….

I really like Liberty Beach but I just feel that A’Ali may have too much for the field, with the advantage of C&D, along with Make a Challenge, who will also run well at his home track. It’s A’ALI for me!


2.55 Grand Prix De Paris – Group 1 – 3yo Only – 1m 4f….

Serpentine – Galileo x Remember When I Call colt.
His 5th place on seasonal return ( 2 & 1/2 lengths) to Galileo Chrome (St Leger winner) in a 1m 2f Curragh Maiden on June 12th, now looks very tidy form. He finally won his maiden on June 27th, over 1m 2f at The Curragh by 9 lengths, going from the front.
He was entered in the Derby at Epsom on July 4th, stepping up in trip to 1m 4f. He went from the front under an enterprising ride, not seeing another rival until after the finishing post to land the Group 1 Classic by 5 & 1/2 lengths.
He has Christophe Soumilon on board today & we can expect the same tactics that has landed him his 2 wins…
The DANGERS are Port Guillaume, who landed the Group 2 Prix Hocquart( 1m 2f) by 3 lengths last time out, his first try at distance & English King, who missed the St Leger to come here…

3.35 Prix Vermeille (Fillies’ Only)- Group 1 – 1m 4f…

Raabihah – Sea the Stars x Garmoosha 3yo filly.
3 wins from 4 career starts, with her only defeat to Fancy Blue by 1/2 a length on July 5th in the Group 1Prix De Diane 1m 2f at Chantilly before returning to winning ways in the 1m 2f Group 3 Prix De Psyche by 3 & 1/2 lengths on August 1st from Wangari, leaving the impression this trip will suit….
There are plenty of DANGERS…..
Even So was 5th in the Irish 1,000 Guineas before winning a 1m 2f Listed Stakes & the 1m 4f Irish Oaks from Cayenne Pepper by 2 lengths(Form tested at 2.35 Curragh)
Dame Malliot, who was 3rd in a German Group 1 having won the Prince of Wales Stakes at Newmarket on July 9th and Valia, who was runner up to Wonderful Tonight in the Prix Minerve Group 3 on August 16th, with the 3rd since winning a Group 3 contest….

And Finally……

4.10 Prix Foy – Group 2 – 4yo Plus – 1m 4f….

All eyes will be Stradivarius, the 6yo 7 time Group 1 winner drops back in trip today & this is his prep run for next months Arc, it is also likely the last time we will see Frankie Dettori ride him before he heads to stud & retirement next month.
He has last run over 1m 4f was on his seasonal return at Newmarket in the Group 1 Coronation Cup, finishing a 5 length 3rd to Ghaiyyath & his only previous run at the distance was back on May 10th 2017 at Chester in a Class 3 Handicap, when a 1/2 length runner up to Hear & Now.
That said, he has won his last 2 starts, 2m 4f Ascot Gold Cup & the 2m Goodwood Cup, both Group 1 races. He is Top Rated 125 & despite the drop back in trip should have too much class for the field.

The 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyke hasn’t won since that day at Epsom and was last seen finishing a 5 length 5th to Fanny Logan in the Group 2 Hardewick Stakes at Ascot & hasn’t run since (86 days), I would like to say he runs fresh but he has looked a shadow of the Derby winner from last year.

Way to Paris, is a year older than Stradivarius at 7 and has 2 wins from his 4 starts this term, he was last seen at Saint-Cloud on June 28th in the Group 1 Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud 1m 4f, winning by a neck from Nagano Gold, who finished a 6 length 6th in a German Group 1 last month.

Skyward was also a last time out winner in the 1m 4f Group 3 Prix De Reux Stakes at Deauville on August 9th by 1 & 1/2 lengths & now steps up in class.

And finally… Ziyad, has been beaten on all 3 starts on turf in 2020 and was last seen finishing a 7 & 1/2 length3rd of 7 to Telecaster in the 1m 4f Group 2 Grand Prix Deauville on August 30th & is a very long shot….

The likelihood is that this race should be between the 2 older horses, Stradivarius & Way to Paris… I hope Stradivarius wins!

That is everything for you today folks… Thanks for popping by & for your support, we really appreciate it….Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic events unfold on TV….

7pm tonight…. The BIG Interview!!

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team

Doncaster & Leopardstown

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It’s a huge weekend of racing & despite the disappointment of Doncaster having to finish the rest of the meeting with NO fans due to the reintroduction of Covid19 measures, we should look forward to a fantastic Saturday’s racing.
Not only from Doncaster, where they are holding the Classic St Leger race we also head to Leopardstown in Ireland, for Champions weekend, with today’s Champion Stakes a fans favourite.
It is followed on Sunday with more Irish Champions weekend from the Curragh & Arc Trails day at Longchamp in Paris!
Today we have both races covered today, along with a few others from both meetings & we are joined by Jamie & Chris…..

The going at Doncaster is Good, good to soft in places, while over at Leopardstown the going is Good, good to yielding in places….

Charlie leads the line with Jamie & Chris in the midfield & Rich finishing off todays blog post, so we best get down to the start & into the stalls…..

Charlie –


1.50 Bet365 Champagne Stakes Group 2 for Colts and Geldings

Albasheer – Out of Shamardal and Mutebah won on debut here on the 25th July when beating Alablaq by 6 and 1/2 lengths with Athers a further length and 3/4 adrift in 3rd. Main danger to the selection comes in the shape of Chindit who has won both starts so far, beginning with a length and 3/4 victory over Alablaq here on the 5th July, won at Ascot on the 25th July when beating Cobh by 1 and 3/4 lengths.

3.35 Pertemps St Leger Stakes Group 1 over 1m 6f 115y

Pyledriver – Out of Harbour Watch and La Pyle, has had 8 starts and won 4 of them and has been a revelation for connections this year landing 3 Class 1 races. Beginning with a Class 1 listed race at Haydock on the 7th September last year when beating Sound of Cannons by 1 and 1/4 lengths, next win came at Ascot on the 16th June this year when beating Arthur’s Kingdom by 2 lengths in a Class 1 Group 2. Most recently won the Class 1 Group 2 Great Voltiguer Stakes at York when beating Highland Chief by 3 and 1/2 lengths with Mogul a further 1/2 length behind in 3rd. Main danger comes in the shape of Santiago who has won 3 times from 6 starts.

5.15 Magners Dark Fruit Handicap Class 2 over 1m 3f 197y

Al Muffrih – Out of Sea The Stars and Scarlet And Gold, although has only won twice from 9 races, has shown enough promise to take this race as has finished 3rd at York in a class 3 handicap over 1m 3f 188y on the 18th July when finishing behind Make My Day and Prejudice. More recently was beaten a neck by Spanish Archer over 1m 4f 10y at Ripon on the 24th July in a Class 2 Handicap. If showing up in same frame of mind as shown on last 2 starts can gain compensation today at the expense of Mankayan and Spanish Archer.

Jamie –

3:10 – Coolmore America “Justify” Matron Stakes –
Selection: Peaceful

An absolute belter of a Matron Stakes to open the Group 1 contests on Irish Champions Weekend. It was a tough call for Ryan Moore on whether to ride Fancy Blue or Peaceful, and I fear for his sake he may have chosen the wrong one here. Which means that Seamie Heffernan retains his partnership with Peaceful and the pair must have a great chance here of once again prevailing in this mile contest.
Spin the clock back to June and it was Peaceful leading them a merry dance in the Irish 1000 Guineas, with Fancy Blue staying on strongly to claim second. The form was overturned in the Prix Diane however. On that occasion though, I believe Peaceful should also have won.
It isn’t a race that Heffernan will want to see again. Aidan will have Peaceful primed for this and she will be a hard nut to crack.
Johnny Murtagh’s rapidly improving 3YO Champers Elysees could be
the e/w play.

4:10 – Irish Champion Stakes –
Selection: Japan

The feature race on Champions Weekend and one of the top races in the world every year. Ghayyaith coming over is a major boost for the race, being the highest rated horse on earth right now. On home soil though, I fancy Japan to benefit from the Ballydoyle battle plan that they will put into action to try and thwart the Godolphin star.
Magical could harass and challenge Ghayyaith on the turn for home and try and wear him down while Ryan Moore could pick up the cards late onboard Japan. Maybe that could be the tactics used by Ballydoyle?
It is significant that Moore has chosen to ride Japan over Magical. The selection here run below par behind Enable in the King George, where a nasty stone bruise was to blame. Before that he wasn’t beaten all that far by Ghayyaith (two lengths) in the Eclipse where the ground may have been too quick for his liking. Japan is a very classy Colt on his day and he could well be the one to turn over
the warm favourite.

4:45 – Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile –
Selection: Safe Voyage

John Quinn sends Safe Voyage over the Irish sea to compete in this nice Group 2 contest. So far in 2020, Safe Voyage has been a model of consistency and has ran some huge races. The most taking performance being last time out over 7F in a Group 2 at York’s Ebor festival when he slammed a good field to win easily by three lengths.
Beating One Master like he did three weeks is among the best form on offer and he must have a solid chance. The booking of the Champ, Colin Keane is a major plus. Safe Voyage is a ground versatile campaigner and I don’t believe the step back up to a mile on good ground will be an issue.
He is my nap of the day.

Chris –

2.25 Portland Handicap
has been a feature in these quality sprint handicaps over the past few years, and while he’s struggled to get his head in front regularly, he nearly always runs a solid race for place backers. He wasn’t beaten far into 4th at York last month, and he arrives here 1lb lower. Shop around for best place terms, as I’d be very surprised if Arecibo is not in the first five.

3.35 St Leger Stakes
has done little wrong in three starts this term, winning the Queens Vase over roughly this trip before following up in the Irish Derby. He found the Goodwood Cup a little too hot at this stage of his career, but still finished a fair 3rd. Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride and won’t be found wanting for stamina should the team from Ballydoyle wish to test the staying power of his rivals.

2.05 Stand Cup Stakes
found the extended 1m 5f too far last time out at Newbury, but wasn’t disgraced behind Hukum, who is a amongst the principles in the St Leger later on. His market rival Mirando may not be at his best on a quicker surface, so I’m siding with the Sir Michael Stoute trained charge to win his first black-type race.

5.15 Paddy Power Stakes
Tiger Moth
ran a stormer in the Irish Derby, very nearly getting to Santiago on the line. Not seen since, he should be tough to beat at Group 3 level over the same trip, for all that fitness is taken on trust. The main competition should come from the Joseph O’Brien pair, but Tiger Moth receives a very handy 11lbs weight allowance today.

Final Word with Rich –

2 from Doncaster ( Inc St Leger) & 1 from Leopardstown plus my view on the Irish Champion Stakes….

1.50 Champagne Stakes – Group 2 – 2yo Only – 7f 6yds…

Chindit – Wootton Bassett x Always a Dream colt.
Winner over C&D on race course debut in a Class 5 Maiden on July 5th by 1 & 3/4’s of a length before making it 2 from 2, when stepping up to Listed class in the 7f Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot on July 25th, beating Cobh by 1 & 3/4 lengths. 2 Listed winners have come from that race, Cobh & 4th, Saint Lawrence, who is in the field today, who along with Devious Company are the DANGERS for the selection…

3.35 St Leger Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Only – 1m 6f 115yds…

Santiago – Authorised x Wadyhatta colt.
After winning the Group 2 Queens Vase at Ascot on June 19th, I said Santiago is the successor to Stradivarius’ crown, with the 6yo heading to stud this autumn. Santiago is a proper stayer, he is a St Leger horse..
On June 27th he dropped back in trip to 1m 4f at the Curragh in the Group 1 Irish Derby, winning by a head from Tiger Moth.
He was given a month off before heading to Goodwood in the 2m Group 1 Goodwood Cup, where he finished 3rd, just 2 & 1/2 lengths behind Stradivarius.
I am putting my Arse on the line!
Pyledriver, Hukum & Galileo Chrome are the likely dangers to Santiago & will all be in the mix at the finish & if Santiago stays in training, he will be the king of the stayers division….

Leopardstown –

3.10 Matron Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’) Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m…

Fancy Blue – Deep Impact x Chendikova 3yo filly.
2 from 2 as a 2yo including a Fillies’ 1m Listed Stakes on her final start of 2019.
Although beaten 2 lengths on season return in the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas by Peaceful on June 13th, she headed to France for the 1m 2f Fillies’ Group 1 Prix De Diane, with Peaceful in the field, who finished 3rd. Fancy Blue landed the win by a short head from Alpine Star & then made it 2 wins from 3 starts on July 30th at Goodwood, winning by a neck from One Voice in the 1m 2f Fillies’ Group 1 Nassua Stakes. Drops back to 1m today.
Peaceful is the obviuos DANGER to Fancy Blue along with the progressive Champers Elysees, who is 3 from 3 over 7f in 2020 & steps up from Group 3 company & in trip….

4.10 Irish Champion Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f…. PREVIEW….

What a Champion Stakes we have instore today, the top rated horse in the UK & Ireland, against the who’s who of the 1m 2f division.
Ghaiyyath, Top Rated 130, is unbeaten this season having won 4 f takes on Magical, rated 121, the same as Japan, was a 3 length runner up to him at York on their last start on August 19th in the 1m 2f Group 1 International Stakes.

Japans form has been a shadow of his 2019 form, which saw him land a pair of Group 1 wins at York & Longchamp before his 4th place finish in the Arc, but in truth has offered very little this season & I cannot see that changing today.

Sottsass heads over from France and is rated 119. The 2020 Prix Ganay winner, back in June, was beaten a neck on August 15th at Deauville in the Group 3, 1m 2f Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes by Skalleti & isn’t heading to Ireland for a weekend break!

I have no reason to go against Ghaiyyath today as Charlie Applebys Dubawi colt has been nothing short of sensational this term, from his win in the Coronation Cup at Ascot ( 2& 1/2 length win) to his defeat of an 85% fit Enable (John Gosdens words) by the same margin in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and last time a 3 length victory from Magical.
Will Buick has his tactics and won’t be changing them, as it’s not broken so it doesn’t need changing, I do imagine that Armory will try and hassle him in the early stages to try & put him off and maybe try to lead, get him out of his comfort zone…..
I would love nothing more than to see Magical win, so many times has she finished behind Enable & if she had been born in any other year, she would be the Queen.
She receives 3lb from Ghaiyyath, Japan, Sottsass & Leo De Fury, who looks out classed in this field. Armory has 6lb on them, hence why I think with the lightest weight he may be able to go with Ghaiyyath for a mile or so & i think it is between Sottsass & Japan for the 3rd spot…..
1 – Ghaiyyath – 2 Magical – 3 Sottsass

That is everything for you today folks, huge thanks for popping by & we really appreciate your support.….
The BIG Interview returns tomorrow, 7pm & you do not want to miss this!

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All the Best – The ArseonlineRacing Team

Longchamp – Inc Prix Du Moulin

Hello and welcome to Arseonlineracing. This website is 100% independent & has NO affiliate links, curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles.
Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

It was a good return for us yesterday, having 3 winners & 3 places from the 6 selections between us.

It’s Rich with you today as Charlie has taken the day off!

It was also a sad day for British racing, with the last time we will see Enable running at a UK race course before she retires after running in the Arc at Longchamp on the first Sunday in October, looking to make history winning 3 Arcs.
That race will also be the last run from Stradivarius, who like Enable, has been a complete superstar of British racing for the last 4 years. These horses should be lorded as the stars they are but British racing seem devoid of ideas on how to get them to the greater publics attention! This is a travesty…. & will continue to be so until they are given a bigger platform or advertised in such a way they can capture the greater populations imagination…..

ITV has done a great job of trying to get the nation interested but you have to think why the BHA do not have a plan along with their commercial partners to promote the industry and the Superstars outside of the usual rounds, while the Racing Post, seem to be at times more interested about the bad side of the sport & promoting their bookies interests than pushing the BIG guns to the fore, along with constantly pushing the price up, making the publication unaffordable to many younger folk, who are showing an interest….
I hope this may change but I won’t be holding my breath!

Enough of my ramblings, it’s time to talk about the fantastic card we have in France at Longchamp, including the Group 1 Prix Du Moulin, which every runner is a Group 1 winner…..

The going is Good to Soft at Longchamp…..

12.25 Prix La Rochette Stakes – Group 3 – 2yo Only – 7f….

Naval Crown – Dubawi x Come Alive colt.
3rd by 1 length on July 10th in a 7f Newmarket Class 3 Maiden before finishing 3rd on July 25th at Ascot, when stepping up to Listed class. He was 3 & 1/2 lengths behind winner Childit that day, with that race producing 2 Listed winners since, Cobh (2nd) & St Lawrence (4th) before landing a win of his own on his 3rd start on August 21st in a 7f York Maiden in impressive style by 4 & 1/2 lengths. James Doyle has headed to France to ride for Charlie Appleby & will also team up with Pinatubo (3.25)…

2.50 Le Coupe De Maisions Laffitte Stakes – Group 3 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f….

Bungle Major – Mizzen Mast x Conference Call 5yo Gelding.
Debut win here over the extended 1m 2f (96yds) back on debut in April 2018 by 1 & 1/4 lengths in the Juigne Stakes before heading to Chantilly in May 2018, finishing a 3/4’s of a length winner in the Mont Pagnotte Stakes (1m 2f 96yds). Has had issues since, along with being gelded, if connections didn’t think he still retained all his ability, he would have been retired.
Made his long awaited return on August 11th in the 1m 2f Logis Stakes at Deauville, when finishing a short head runner up…..

3.25 Prix Du Moulin De Longchamp Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m….

Where do you start in a race that all 6 members of the field are Group 1 winners….. You start with the only last time out winner…

Pinatubo – Shamardal x Lava Flow 3yo Colt. Unbeaten 2yo.
Joint Top Rated 120 & has age for weight reduction, carries 8s 12Lb.
As mentioned, he is the only last time out winner in the field having won the 7f Group 1 Prix Jean Prat on July 12th at Deauville from Lope Y Fernandez, who has since finished 3rd in the Group 1 Prix Maurice De Gheest.
He has run twice over 1m this term, finished 3rd by 1 length to Kameko in the 2,000 Guineas on seasonal return on June 6th at Newmarket before finishing a 1 length runner up in the St James’ Palace Stakes (Group1) on June 20th to Palace Pier, who boosted the form when landing the Group 1 Prix du Haras de Fresney – le-Buffard-Jaques-le- Marios & then won the Jean Prat on July 12th….. Likely to be in the mix at the end.

Circus Maximus – Galileo x Duntle 4yo Colt.
Joint Top Rated 120. Carries 9s 3Lb. Winner of this race in 2019.
Landed this race by a short head last year from Romanised(118). In his 3 starts in 2020, he has finished 1st by a short head in the 1m Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot on June 16th, 2nd to Mohaather by 3/4’s of a length on July 29th in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood before finishing 3rd to Palace Pier by 5 & 3/4 lengths at Deauville on August 16th, with the ground on the very heavy side, which is not his favoured conditions, Romanised (Holy Roman Emperor x Romantic Venture 5yo colt) finished 5th that day & like Circus Maximus can be very hit & miss at times, having won the Curragh 7f Group 2 Minstrel Stakes on season return on July 18th. Romanised also carries 9s 3Lb. Tough ask for both.

Siskin – First Defence x Bird Flown 3yo Colt. Rated 119. Unbeaten 2yo.
Started 2020 by stepping up from 6f to 1m on season return in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas on June 12th at the Curragh, winning by 1 & 3/4 lengths. Headed to Goodwood on July 29th in the Sussex Stakes, finishing 3rd by 1 & 1/4 lengths, with Circus Maximus a 1/2 length in front. Has had a month off & goes well fresh.

Persian King – Kingman x Pretty Please 4yo Colt.
Landed his Group 1 win on July 19th at Chantilly in the 1m 1f Prix D’ispahin by 2 lengths from Stormy Antarctic. Like many of the runners (Palace Pier the exception) didn’t like the very heavy ground when finishing 8 & 3/4 lengths to Palace Pier in Deauville on August 16th. The 2019 Prix Du Jockey Club runner up ( 2 lengths to Sottsass) won’t mind the ground and has no issues with the distance despite carrying 9s 3Lb and is likely to be in the mix in the final stages.

And the final runner in the race….

Victor Ludorum – Shamardal x Antiquities 3yo Colt. Unbeaten 2yo.
Won 3 from 3 over 1m as a 2yo. Lowest rated in race at 105. Carries 8s 12Lb
Finished a 4 & 1/2 length 3rd of 5 to Mishriff on August 15th, on very heavy round in the 1m 2f Group 2 Prix Guillaum D’ornano Stakes. Was also a 2 length 3rd to Mishriff in the 1m 2f Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly on July 5th. He was a beaten 3rd on seasonal return ( May 11th) by The Summit over C&D on very soft ground before reversing the form in the 1m Prix Des Poulains by 1 & 1/2 lengths on June 1st. 3 wins from 4 runs over 1m. Drops back from 1m 2f. No ground issues. Big Player.

Summary –
Persian King stays over the distance, Victor Ludorum is 4/5 over distance. Pinatubo & Siskin are around the same level.
Big ask for Romanised & last years winner Circus Maximus.
My personal opinion is that Victor Ludorum, Pintubo, Siskin & Persian King will fight out the finish, with a 3yo winning the race!

That is everything for you today folks…. Thanks for popping by & for your support… Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic racing on the TV.

All the Best – Rich

First post of September

Welcome to Arseonlineracing. This website is 100% independent & has NO affiliate links. Curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight… Miles apart but united by the sport of kings!

We would like to thank Jamie & Chris for their contributions at York’s Ebor meeting last month & look forward to working with them again in the very near future!
Back to this weekend & it’s Charlie & Rich with you today & maybe we will have a Blog for the fantastic meeting at Longchamp on Sunday….

Charlie –

Ascot 3.05 Kipps – Out of War Command and Sixpenny Sweets, has ran 6 times, winning once and placing in a further 4 races. The win came on 2nd start at Lingfield over 1m 2f when beating First Winter by a neck in a class 5 back in December last year. Next 2 races saw Kipps finish a nose 2nd behind Walkonby at Haydock and a 1/2 length behind Hukam at Ascot. Newmarket was next destination and Kipps finished 4 lengths behind the winner Zabeel Champion in 4th place. More recently was sent to York and finished 3rd behind winner Coltrane and Arthurian Fable. If turning up in same mood today could gain another win with similar performance shown at Haydock and Ascot and is today’s Nb selection.

Kempton 3.10 Recovery Run -Out of Nathaniel and Regal Splendour, has had 3 runs thus far, winning once and placing 2nd in the other 2. The second places began on debut run at Kempton when beaten 2 and 3/4 lengths by King Zain on the 20th June this year. Chelmsford was next destination on the 4th of July when beaten a neck by Final Voyage. Most recent run was a winning one at Sandown on the 7th August when beating Lone Eagle by a head over 1m. With a similar display today should go in again with main threats coming from Dingle and Night Moment.

Stratford 5.50Hooper -Out of Rip Van Winkle and Earth Amber. Has had just one start when finishing 6th at Huntingdon behind winner Ocean Wind. Hooper has had a wind op since and is in good hands with Nicky Henderson and could gain 1st victory today and is today’s Nap.


Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following, please remember to keep Stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets, I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.

Final Word with Rich –

Another weekend with some very nice racing…. 2 from Haydock & 1 from Kempton on the all weather…

Haydock – Soft, heavy in places…

1.10 Ascendant Stakes – Class 1 Listed – 2yo Only – 1m 37yds….

Fancy Man – Pride of Dubai x Fancy. Colt.
Debut win over 7f at this course on soft ground in a Class 5 Novice Stakes by 3/4’s of a length. Stepped up to this company last time out on August 21st at Salisbury in the 1m Stonehenge Stakes, finishing 1/2 length runner up….

1.45 Superior Mile Stakes – Group 3 – 3yo Plus – 1m 37yds….

Top Rank – Dark Angel x Countless Ferrama 4yo Colt.
Previously 4 from 4 over 1m including a pair of Class 2 Handicap wins at Newmarket on final start of 2019 & the latest on seasonal return on July 29th at Thirsk, when a ready 4 & 1/2 length victor.
Finished a 1 length 3rd to Monatham on August 20th in a Class 2 1m Handicap at York, with Sir Busker in 2nd, who has since finished 2nd in a Group 2 at Goodwood to Century Dream….

Kempton – All Weather…

2.00 Sirenia Stakes – Group 3 – 2yo Only – 6f….

Mystery Smiles – Mehmas x Alexander Alliance Colt.
5f winner in a Windsor Class 5 Maiden by 2 & 3/4 lengths on July 27th before landing a Chester 6f Class 2 Conditions Stakes by 3/4’s of a length on August 10th.
Finished a 2 & 3/4 length 3rd of 9 in the 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 21st. Makes AW debut & Top Rated 103…

2.35 September Stakes – Group 3 – 3yo Plus – 1m 4f….

Enable – Nathaniel x Concentric 6yo Mare….
That’s All….

Thanks for popping by & for your continued support. Please stay safe folks….
Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic TV coverage….

All the Best – Charlie & Rich