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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….
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
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.
2:35 – Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes –
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….
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