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Charlie takes the day off, so it’s Jamie & Rich….. The second day of Irish Champions weekend at the Curragh & Arc Trial days at Paris Longchamp…
And at 7pm tonight, The BIG Interview!
The GOING at…
Curragh – Good, Good to Firm in Places
Longchamp – Good, Good to Firm in Places
Longchamp – 1:33 – Qatar Prix Niel (G2) – Selection: Pretty Tiger
A typically small field heads to post for the 3yo trial for the Arc. Bolshoi Ballet will be the one to beat but I can’t help but feel that he is perhaps vulnerable off a slow pace today and I am going to take a chance on Pretty Tiger. Francois Vermeulen’s charge is enjoying a fine season with figures of 1112612. The pick of his includes a sixth (beaten under 5 lengths) in the Prix Du Jockey Club and a victory in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam. The son of Sea The Moon is improving nicely and could be tough to peg back if given an easy lead under Longchamp specialist Cristophe Soumilion. The step up in trip looks like it will suit okay.
Curragh – 3:30 – Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) – Selection: Discoveries
The Moyglare is always one of my favourite races on Irish Champions Weekend. This year’s renewal is an open looking one and I like the look of a Jessica Harrington trained half sister to Alpha Centauri. Discoveries is making progress with every run and was perhaps held back on soft ground in the trial race for the Moyglare three weeks ago. Back on good ground today I think she can close the gap on Agartha today from the last day and go well at a decent each way price (7/1 at time of writing). She is open to further progress and the Harrington team are flying at the moment after a fabulous day yesterday. There is a lot going for Discoveries but she will need to take a fair step forward to win today. Agartha is the one to beat.
Curragh – 4:40 – Irish St Leger (G1) – Selection: Search For A Song
This is arguably the strongest Irish Leger that Search For A Song has contested but I can’t see any reason why Dermot Weld’s stayer can’t win it for a third time. Yes, the lack off a prep run is a slight concern but if anybody knows how to ready a horse for the final classic of the Irish flat season, it’s DK Weld. Search For A Song’s last run came at the Curragh in the Tattersalls Gold Cup where she was outpaced and outclassed over 1m 2f. That was preceded by a promising seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown when runner up behind one of today’s opponent’s Emperor Of The Sun. I strongly believe she is better than many of her rivals today and with the ground being in her favour another big performance is on the cards.
2.20 Blanford Stakes – Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f
Love – Galileo X Pikaboo 4yo filly.
Unbeaten as a 3yo, Love started her 4yo career as she finished the year before when winning the 1m 2f Group 1 Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Ascot by 3/4’s of a length from Audarya. A 3rd to Derby winner Adayar followed in the 1m 4f King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Group 1 at Ascot on July 24th. Her last run was at York in the 1m 2f 56yd Group 1 International Stakes, when finishing 3rd to Mishriff on August 18th.
Back with the girls today & a slight drop in grade…
3.30 Prix Foy Stakes – Group 2 – 4yo Plus – 1m 4f….
Skalleti – Kendargent X Skallet 6yo gelding.
4 from 4 in 2021 & Skalleti is like a fine wine, who gets better with age. Today he steps up in trip from 1m 2f to 1m 4f. He was a last time out winner, when landing a 1m 2f Group 1 in Munich on July 25th, having won the Group 1 Prix D’ispahan over 1m 1f by a head from Tilsit at this course on May 30th. He is 5 from 5 at this course…
4.40 Prix du Pin Stakes – Group 3 – 3yo Plus – 7f…
Sagamiya – Sea the Moon X Saganiya 4yo filly.
2 wins 7 2 runner up spots from her 4 starts in 2021. A 1m handicap win on season return by 1 & 1/4 lengths over 1m on April 19th was followed up by a 2 length win in a 7f C&D Listed race on May 16th. She stepped up to Group 3 level at Chantilly in the Prix Bertrand Du Breuil over 1m & finished a 3/4’s of a length runner up to Ecrivain before another runner up spot, when stepping up to Group 1 level in the 1m Prix Rothschild on August 3rd & was only just beaten by head from Mother Earth at Deauville…. Drop back in trip.
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