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It is the start of a big weekend of FLAT racing, with the Arc at Longchamp tomorrow. Newmarket have a Group 1 race, while there are a few Group 3 contests at Ascot & some nice Group races at Longchamp…
WE will try to cover what we can for you!
Charlie, Jamie & Rich are here for both days & we have already published our Arc History, Stats & Runner by Runner guide for you to peruse before the BIG race…
Ascot – Good to Soft, Soft in places
Newmarket – Good
Longchamp – Soft
Ascot 3.50 Equine Productions “The Fall” Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap)
Selection – River Nymph – 4 year old Colt out of Cable Bay and Little Nymph. Has had 12 starts and has won 4 times. Won here 3 starts back in the Victoria Cup, when beating Eagleway by 1/2 length with Escobar a head behind in 3rd. If repeating that today can gain another victory with biggest threat coming in the shape of Aratus who had won last 4 starts.
Fontwell 5.40 Bet365 Handicap Chase
Selection – Marracudja – 10 year old Gelding out of Martaline and Memorial. Has had 45 career starts winning 7 times. Was 2nd at Ascot on the 28th March when beaten 4 lengths by Defi Sacre over 2m 5f 8y. Although hasn’t been the most prolific horse to follow, has at times showed Class in certain races and should give another good account today. Biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Itacre who won last time out at Auteuil.
1:45 – British EBF Premier Fillies Handicap – Selection: State Occasion
14 go to post for this nice pot with £25.7k going to the winners. There is some potentially great value in this race for the punters and the step up to 1m 2f looks like it will suit State Occasion judging by the way the daughter of Iffraaj has been finishing her races over a mile. State Occasion has only run twice so far in 2021 so her Handicap mark is still relatively low. A solid third at Lingfield in a similar race was a pleasing effort considering it was her first race for 10 months, Ensemble who finished second reaposes today. She stayed on well to finish second at Ascot four weeks ago last time out, where apparently she had more to give and their is plenty of hope today as she is a sister to a smart 1m 2f winner. The unexposed Swoon is one to keep an eye on in this fascinating race.
2:55 – Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) – Selection: Mother Earth
1000 Guineas hero Mother Earth heads a typically competitive renewal of this Group 1 for the Fillies & Mares. I think Mother Earth is rock solid and on a course she clearly handles well she could well be hard to stop today. Things didn’t go the way of Aidan O’Brien’s multiple G1 winner in the Matron Stakes last time out. She met interference from eventual winner No Speak Alexander and was eased down to finish third. It was a rough race and I am confident Mother Earth will reverse the form today on a fairer and more stamina sapping course. Good ground suits her fine and she will not be far away on all known form. Snow Lantern is the big danger, a Filly with a lot of talent. Fev Rover could go well at a big e/w price.
2.40 Cumberland Lodge Stakes – Group 3 – 3yo+ – 1m 4f…
Hukum – Sea the Stars X Aghareed 4yo gelding.
The 2020 St Leger Stakes 5th place has had 6 runs in 2021, winning 3 times including a pair of Group 3 races. The Geoffrey Freer Stakes ( 1m 5f 61yds) on August 14th & The Silver Cup Stakes (1m 5f) at Newbury on July 10th.
Finished a runner up last time out on September 4th at Kempton in the September Stakes by a neck to Hamish. Top Rated 114.
4.00 Prix Dollar – Group 2 – 3yo+ – 1m 1f 152yds
Saiydabad – Blame X Sarkiyla 3yo Colt.
3yo debut season with 4 wins from 6 runs, running twice in Group 1 company. He finished a 3 length 4th of 19 to St Mark’s Basilica in the 1m 2f Prix Du Jockey Club in June & 11 & 1/2 lengths 9th of 11 to Hurricane Lane in the Grand Prix De Paris in July.
A C&D winner last time out on September 5th in the Group 3 Prix Du Prince D’orange, winning by a short head from Lord Charming.
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