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Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings…..

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!

Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic action unfold on the TV….

All the Best – The ArseonlineRacing Team

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