Arc Day at Longchamp

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Enable Winning Her 2nd Arc De Triomphe

Today hails the race of Champions from Dancing Brave, Treve, Enable, Montjeu, Found to Urban Sea, Sea the Stars, Mill Reef & last years winner – Torquator Tasso, who is back looking to emulate Treve, Enable & Alleged – all winners of the Arc twice!
We have a maximum field of 20 going to post & the going is Very Soft….

Michael Kinane and Sea The Stars

We will try & cover as much of the meeting as possible, with our thoughts on the BIG race too, so hopefully we can find a winner on 3 & make this a special day.


And what more can you want on a special day than a race by race preview of all the Aidan O’Brien runners from @AOBFS

2.50 Prix Marcel Boussac G1 at ParisLongchamp – Never Ending Story

The Daughter of Dubawi out of Athena (Camelot) has had 5 starts to date and has 2 victories to her name including her victory in the Silver Flash Stakes Group 3 at Leopardstown in July.
Last seen finishing 4th behind Tahiyra & Meditate in the Moyglare Stud Stakes G1. This was a solid run considering she was hampered late on. I think the step up to a mile will really suit her but this looks a very hot renewal with Kellina, Wed, & Habana all boasting very strong form lines.

Chances 7/10

3.50 Prix l’Opera G1 at ParisLongchamp – Tuesday

It’s been tough for Tuesday since her victory in the 2022 Epsom Oaks. 4th in the Irish Derby 2nd in the Yorkshire Oaks & 4th in the Prix Vermeille. She is such a gutsy filly and I do think the drop back to ten furlongs will really suit her but the fact she has been issued with the second Magnier colours also with Ryan jumping off her to ride Coolmore’s other runner Above The Curve must be a concern but that does not put me off I think she is a big player in this.

Chances 7/10

4.25 Prix de l’Abbaye G1 at ParisLongchamp – New York City

The son of Invincible Spirit looked to have the world at his feet when he ran out the cosy winner of the Committed Stakes at Navan in April but has failed to reach the winners enclosure since.
He looked totally out of his depth when he ran in G1 company for the first time finishing 12th of 13 in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Last time out he finished a solid 4th in the Flying Five Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend how ever he did finish 5 lengths behind the winner. At this level its tough to be confident about his chances but he could well turn into a very nice sprinter in time hopefully he is kept in training for a 4 year old campaign in 2023.

Chances 2/10

5.00 Prix de la Forêt G1 at ParisLongchamp – Tenebrism

The Daughter of Caravaggio who was a Group 1 winning juvenile and added to her CV in 2022 by winning the Prix Jean Prat G1 at Deauville in July at the same trip as today’s race. Sadly she seems to be one of those horses that is stuck between distances.
Aidan has seemed to persevere with her at a mile instead of targeting sprints with her and personally I think she does not quite stay that trip. This is certainly more in her ball park it’s a stinger race then the field she faced in the Prix Jean Prat but she has very strong claims.

Chances 8/10

NAP – Luxembourg – NB – Tenebrism

Let’s see what the rest of the team have for you including the 3.05 Prix de L’arc de Triomphe…

Charlie –

4.25 Prix de l’Abbaye de longchamp Longines

Competitive renewal for this Group 1 for 2yr olds+

Last years winner A Case Of You is drawn in stall 19 and will have to produce a similar display to get in the frame today, The Platinum Queen has won 3 times in 6 starts and has finished 2nd twice including when runner up in the Group1 Nunthorpe Stakes to Highfield Princess, she gets a valuable allowance for todays race and is the current fav at around 7/2 with most firms. Tees Spirit is one who could go well for eachway players at around 12/1 at time of writing. I can’t see The Platinum Queen being beaten here and is my Selection.

.Chris –

3.50 Prix de l’Opera Longines

A very competitive renewal of this Group 1 for Fillies & Mares; I’m siding with La Parisienne to land this for the home team. A close 2nd behind market leader Nashwa in the Diane this summer having met traffic on the home turn followed up by a 3rd in the Vermeille over 12f here last month, when again short of room at a crucial stage. With a clear run she can land a deserved success at the top level here and has already won a listed race over 10f on soft, so has a lot less to answer on the ground than several rivals today.

3.05 – Prix de L’arc de Triomphe – Group 1 – 3yo+ – 1m 3f 204yds – Selections –

Charlie –

Alpinista looks interesting winning 5 Group 1 races this year and has similar form on Soft Ground as Luxembourg, last years winner Torquator Tasso has a win in a Group 2 and has placed 2nd in last 2 starts in Group 1 company and has a wide draw to overcome today. Vadeni has won 5 times from 8 runs including winning the Eclipse at Sandown. Westover was unlucky not to win the Epsom Derby when finishing 3rd, made amends in the Irish Derby by beating Piz Badile by 7 lengths.

SelectionAlpinista

.Chris –

I do like Alpinista here, however at the prices I’m selecting Onesto to win the big race. A winner over course and distance in the Grand Prix de Paris this summer, Onesto just failed in the Irish Champion Stakes last time out over 10f. A return to this trip; with testing conditions forecast, could well see the tables turned today with the Frankel colt currently around 7.5pts bigger in the betting than his conqueror and the current market leader Luxembourg, who does have stamina to prove. As usual, shop around for extra places as he makes plenty of each-way appeal.

Jamie –

It’s the 101st edition of the world’s greatest flat race. Irish trained horses have won six of them and I believe Luxembourg can make it seventh heaven for the Irish today. Aidan O’Brien’s Colt arrives at Longchamp still relatively fresh after an injury induced summer break. Last time out Luxembourg produced a career best to date with a strong effort to land the Irish Champion Stakes, beating Onesto, Vadeni & Mishriff, who all reapose today. That run should bring him to concert pitch for his first attempt at this 12f trip, which I think he will be even better at. Luxembourg has winning G1 form on soft ground but I would be concerned if it got extremely testing. He’s a worthy favourite in my eyes with the stable firing at the moment on all cylinders. Japanese Derby winner Do Deuce is another I’d consider at an each way price whilst I agree with Chris’s point regarding Onesto. He may well be the value in the race on all known form.

Neil –

It’s a very wide open looking Arc on paper and with so many ifs and buts about most of them I’m definitely happy to take on the market protagonists and like last year search for something at a bigger price although i very much doubt I’ll pick a 72-1 winner as i did last year.

With that in mind I’m quite hopeful about the French flag flown over Paris on Sunday teatime as I’m putting up Bubble Gift under Olivier Peslier for trainer Mickel Delzangles to run a big race at his current double digit odds.

He was eighth in last years race but this is definitely a much easier looking race and with some of the horses ahead of him that day not racing in this years race he has a chance of moving up a few positions in the field.

He’s ran very well with credit in some of the big French middle distance races this year, his second in last months Prix Foy over course and distance was nice especially as it was his first race since July when he was third behind Alpanista in the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud over 1m4f.

In all fairness he has a bit to find to win but with plenty of experience on the French soft and lots of course experience to boot i can see him hopefully running a big race at fairly big odds.

Paul @AOBFS –

3.05 Prix l’ Arc De Triomphe G1 at ParisLongchamp – Broome, Luxembourg
Broome a G1 winning 6 year old son of Australia has not really hit the heights he reached in 2021. He’s such a solid horse and always gives everything. His form seems to have dipped of late and I have never really been convinced he is up to it at the very highest level.
He is certainlly worthy of his place in the race and with racing you really never know but I doubt he will make the placings
Chances 3/10

Luxembourg started his season finishing a fantastic 3rd in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May sadly he picked up an injury in the race and he was to spend some time on the sidelines.
He was a huge loss to Ballydoyle who knows how he would have faired in the Epsom Derby. Made his comeback in the Royal Whip Stakes Group 3at the Curragh in mid August. It was a very workmanlike performance but clearly he was just ready to comeback and he was obviously
very ring rusty but he showed more than enough for him to be sent to contest the Irish Champion Stakes in September. Luxembourg showed vast improvement from his comeback to land the Irish Champion Stakes downing the colours of G1 winners Onesto, Vadeni, Mishriff, Alenquer, & Broome.
I actually think 12 furlongs will bring more out of the son of Camelot I think
this is Aidan’s best chance since Found won the race in 2016 its a very strong field but I think Luxembourg has the credentials to win it.

Chances 9/10

Rich –

Alpinesta – Frankel X Alwilda 5yo mare.
The mare has been unbeaten since September 2020 when she was runner up to Antonia De Vega in the Group 3 Fillies + Mares’ Princess Royal Listed Stakes at Newmarket over 1m 4f. Since that day Alpinesta has won the Daisy Warwick Listed Fillies’ Stakes, Lancashire Oaks, Grosser Preis Von Berlin G1 when beating Torquater Tasso by 2 & 1/2 lengths, Preis Von Europe G1 & Preis Von Bayern G1 all in 2021. This season she started by winning the Grand Prix Saint-Cloud 1m 4f G1 in July & was last seen winning the Yorkshire Oaks on August 18th…
EACH WAY – Bubble Gift – Nathaniel X Bubble Back 4yo colt.
Winner of a pair of Group 2 races including the Prix Niel last season before finishing 8th by 5 & 1/2 lengths behind Torquater Tasso. Has run 4 times this term & has only finished outside the top 3 on one occasion on season return. He was 3rd to Alpinesta back in July in the Grand Prix Saint-Cloud & had a break, Returned to finish 2nd to Iresine in the G2 Prix Foy on September 11th. Wears 1st time blinkers.

Jamie –

4:25 – Prix de l’Abbeye (G1)

Selection: Flotus (e/w)

The famous 5F dash on Arc day is as usual a tricky puzzle to solve. Flotus is one of my strongest each way fancies today and gets the nod here from me. Simon & Ed Crisford’s Filly has been a star for her connections this season running well and consistently bar a below par effort in the Nunthorpe. Flotus has yet to win over 5F but it was by far her best performance over the minimum trip with a third in the Flying Five at the Curragh behind Highfield Princess, where Flotus had several of today’s rivals behind her. As proven Flotus is a ground versatile Filly and crucially seems to handle soft ground, which she will obviously encounter this afternoon. Flotus has winning form over 6f and on this stamina sapping ground that is a bonus. William Buick is full of confidence too. There is a lot of reasons to be positive about Flotus and her Abbeye chances today.

Rich –

1.50 – Prix Marcel Boussac – Group 1 – 2yo Only – 7f 209yds…
Blue Cen Rose – Churchill X Queen Blossom 2yo Filly.

3 wins from 5 starts. A debut 6th over 6 back in May was her introduction to racing before she headed to Saint-Cloud to land a 7f Maiden in June. The Churchill filly took another step forward by winning again when stepping up to a mile at Clairefontaine in July. She finished a short head 2nd in a 1m Deauville Listed Stakes in August before her run last time out on September 8th over C&D in the Group 3 Prix d’Aumales (Fillies’), where she won by 1 & 1/2 lengths, with Start Me Up in 3rd by 2 lengths (In field today) – Each Way

A DANGER could be – Wed – Profitable X Eaton Road Filly, who has 3 wins from 4 starts including on August 20th the Group 2 Prix du Calvados, her last start…

That’s everything for you today folks, thanks to the lads for their hard work during this flat season, it has not been easy for us all – Covid, Family stuff, Heat Wave – but we made it through the other side!
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Good Luck – The AOLR Team

Flatspots Finale with Watty

Hello and welcome to the final Watty’s Flat Spots of the 2022 flat season.

Saturday saw the curtain very nearly come down on the north west flat season with Haydock and Chester both racing on the same day, for those wanting a final fix there is an encore in mid October at Haydock on the 14th before the full on hibernation begins and the twigs and tweed take over for the winter.

Neil Watson

Your intrepid reporter here found himself at Haydock as the burning embers of summer begin to fade into the distance  for what was a huge first as I was able to wear a suit and panama for every flat meeting that I’ve been to at Haydock this year which for anyone who lives around this area may make them want to consider contacting the spirit of Norris McWhirter (Record Breakers) just to see that this is the first time it’s ever occurred!

Norris McWhirter

As for the racing, well it was a bit of a comedown from the Sprint Cup just three weeks ago, a couple of Class 2 Handicap races formed the main events with the stand out win coming from Equality from the Charlie Hills stable who blitzed away to land the Lester Piggott First To Last Handicap over 5f.

But I did find as usual in this feature, three horses who caught the eye and in my view can go on to hopefully better things in the future.

1 – Conservationist – 2yo Bay Filly – Trainer : Clive Cox.

For the people from the Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket they will be Haydock bound come November when A Plus Tard returns for a second Betfair Chase but all eyes will have been on this nice looking 2yo as she strolled home to break her duck in the opening 2yo contest for fillies.

Sired by Muhaarar, who was a top class sprinter & whose wins included a Gimcrack at 2 and four other Group Ones she saw out the mile very well.

It’s hard to gauge when we will see her again next and while the Futurity at Doncaster might be the best option I think she could be put away now for the winter and she definitely has a big future ahead of her.

Conservationist

2 – Cherry – 2yo Bay Filly – Trainer : Ralph Beckett.

Three and three quarter lenghts behind Conservationist in the same Haydock race was this debutant by Dubawi.

As was probably expected she was a bit green to begin with but made plenty ground up towards the end and she will learn plenty from this.
You could imagine her trainer will find a nice easy race for her before the seasons out and she should stay a bit further as a 3yo.

3 – Arkendale – 2yo Brown Colt – Trainer : Ed Walker.

The 2yo novice race for the colts and geldings had a bit of a surprising result to many as the odds on favourite Onslow Gardens bottomed out and ran very flat, which was definitely unexpected seeing as he had finished runner up in his first two starts.

At the business end the race was eventually won by debutant Salt Bay from Ralph Beckett but I was very taken with second placed Arkendale.

To begin with he was a bit slow out of the gate and had to be squeezed along by his jockey Danny Tudhope but in the home straight the penny dropped and things clicked into gear and he was running on nicely towards the end.
I think he could make up into a nice middle distance type as a 3yo.

So there we go for 2022, next up after a short rest the jumping resumes with a trip to Carlisle although that is on the proviso that the trains actually run but it is a card that has some nice looking races on it.

It’s been an enjoyable flat season, probably not a vintage one but for many I suspect and I include myself in this the real highlight especially now, had to be seeing Kings Lynn win the Temple Stakes back in May at Haydock.

The main and poignant reason behind it is that was the last ever Group race winner for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who sadly passed away this month.

We all know how much of a racing fan the Queen was and while HM could not be at Haydock for it, the sight of any winner in the Royal colours always had a special feeling to it and it’s something that brought the crowd together.

For those of you who have become regular readers of this throughout the flat season, Thank you, and I hope you will join me on my jumping travels throughout the upcoming campaign, till then it’s goodbye. 

Article – Neil Watson @WattyRacing
Pictures – Neil Watson/File

AOLR Production – Published : September 2022

September Swansong

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Our September Swansong as we will be blogging next Sunday for the Prix Arc De Triomphe & the opening National Hunt fixtures, we are only tending to blog on weekends now due to time constraints & the shear volume of racing, we would have very little time for anything else.

So here we are, pretty much at the end of the Flat season & we would like to thank everyone who sent over a Flat horse to follow for the season & boy, we have had some success.

Charlie is unavailable today but Chris returns & is going Head to Head in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket with Jamie –

Chris –

Newmarket

3.00 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes

A fascinating renewal with several key players, but I’m siding with Blackbeard here. He has been on the go all season but landed a Group 1 over this trip last month, beating Persian Force and showing an impressive attitude in doing so. He’s one of the more exposed runners in the field, but also brings the best form having also been successful at Group 2, Group 3 and Listed level over sprint distances this campaign. He’s rightly near the top of the betting and will likely take a lot of beating here in a bid to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his 7th win in the race.

Haydock Park

Jamie –

Newmarket –
3:00 – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1) 

Selection: Mischief Magic 

This looks to be a warm edition of this 6F contest for the 2yo colts. Despite needing to find a few pounds on the top ratings with Marshman & Blackbeard I fancy Mischief Magic to get the job done today. The powerful Appleby / Buick combination is operating at a serious strike rate at the moment and we still don’t know how good Mischief Magic could be. After a debut 3rd at Goodwood in May the Godolphin colt has won three on the bounce, culminating in an impressive G3 win at Kempton where he was doing his best work in the final 100yds. Mischief Magic is fast improving, perhaps more than most lining up against him today and that could be key. Mischief Magic has won over 6F and on good ground. At 3/1 (at the time of writing) I think he is decent value. 

Curragh –
3:20 – Goffs Million (2yo) 

Selection: Hellsing

Ger Lyons might just have the right horse to land this ultra competitive prize. Hellsing, a son of Dandy Man brings in arguably the best piece of form from any horse in this field. From his three races to date Hellsing has won two of them but it was a second place at Leopardstown in a G3 that really stands out to me. That day Hellsing was just over a length behind Proud And Regal who was subsequently runner up in the National Stakes on Champions Weekend. That form has a solid look to it now. Last time out Hellsing took out a listed race at Tipperary. It is also worth pointing out that Hellsing has won at the Curragh over a furlong shorter than today’s 7F trip. I think he is a solid option in a tricky puzzle. 

Rich –

Haydock
2.05 – Old Boston Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo+ – 7f 212yds
Auditor – Profitable X Crown 3yo colt.

A winner on final start as a 2yo over 5f in July 2021 & he has been gradually stepped up in trip during his 7 starts this term, from 5f to 1m, winning twice over 7f with both runs at Newmarket in C4 & C3 company. He was stepped up to 1m on August 19th in a Class 2 Newbury Handicap, when a 1 & 1/4 length 2nd to Atrium, who has since won again on September 11th in a Doncaster Class 2 Handicap. Auditor ran from a mark of 92 when 2nd & runs from 93 today…

Newmarket
3.40 – Handicap – Class 2- 3yo+ – 1m 1f…
Savvy Victory – New Bay X Highland Queen 3yo colt.

Spent 2021 running over 7f & 1m finishing 2nd on 2 of his 4 starts as a 2yo. Stepped up to 1m 2f on season return in April, when winning a Pontefract 1m 2f Class 4 maiden & since then he has run in the Group 3 1m 4f Chester Vase, 1m 2f Listed Fairway Stakes (Finished 3rd beaten 1 & 3/4 lengths) & Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes over 1m 4f. A drop back in trip to 1m 2f at Doncaster in July, when running in a Class 2 Handicap from a mark of 95, where he was narrowly beaten by a nose to Protagonist, who has since won on August 20th.
Savvy Victory ran from the same mark of 95 in a 1m 2f Class 2 Handicap at Goodwood on August 28th, winning by 2 & 3/4’s of a length from Al Mubhir. Runs from 99 today & due to go up to 101 after this race. Carries just 8s 10lbs & a decent EW shout with extra places available.

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Sombre Sunday

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With the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, racing has taken a moment to pause out of respect for our monarch, who loved the sport & gave so much pleasure to a nation. We would like to pass on our condolences to King Charles III, the Royal family & the Queens friends.
Her Majesty was a huge supporter of our sport & her presence will be missed by so many, especially next summer when Royal Ascot comes around. We know that the racing public will do the Queen proud, in celebrating her life & reign on an emotional return to racing today.
Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II

With so much racing around on this busy Sunday, Doncaster – The Curragh & Longchamp, we will do our best to cover as much as we can, while taking a moment to pause for thought.
Charlie makes a welcome return to the fold with Jamie & Rich we are back to almost a full compliment, so let’s see what the team have found for you.

Charlie – Doncaster

1.35 Coral Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) over 5f 143y

Selection – The Platinum Queen – 2 year old fillie out of Cotai Glory and Thrilled. Has had 5 career starts so far winning 3 times and placing 2nd once. The wins have came at Ripon on debut, York on 3rd start and at Goodwood on 4th start was 2nd on most recent start at York on the 19th August. Beat Shandy Star by 1 length on debut at Ripon on the 1st June 2022. Was a disappointing 13 of 21 at Ascot on 2nd start on the 15th June. Made amends on next start at York on the 8th July when beating Yahsat by 3 and 3/4 lengths. Won again on next start at Goodwood on the 27th July, when beating Union Court by 4 lengths. Was a respectable 2nd on most recent outing at York when being beaten 2 and 1/2 lengths by Highfield Princess. The Platinum Queen has shown glimpses of being Group Class and although has ran in mostly Class 1 or Class 2 races, should have enough in the tank to win this Group 2, with biggest danger to the selection coming in the shape of Trillium who is out of No Nay Never and Marsh hawk, Trillium has 2 wins and a 2nd place finish from 3 career starts.

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4.30 Pj Towey Construction Handicap Class 3 over 1m

Selection – Tyrrhenian Sea – 4 year Gelding out of Dark Angel and Nocturne. Has had 7 career starts winning 3 times and placing 2nd once and placing 3rd once. Won 1st 3 starts at Newcastle beginning with a 1 and 1/2 length victory over Alrehb on the 14th December last year. Returned to Newcastle on the 4th of January and beat Broomy Law by 6 lengths. Won again on next start at Newcastle on the 4th February when beating U S S Michigan by 2 and 1/4 lengths. Was 4th on next start at Kempton on the 2nd March when a neck a short head and a head seperated the 1st 4 home. Returned to Newcastle on the 15th April when beaten by 1/2 length into 2nd by Living Legend. Finished 4th of 4 on next start on turf at Windsor on the 25th June when behind winner My Oberon. Most recently was an unlucky 3rd at York on the 18th August when finishing a head and 2 and 1/4 lengths behind winner Blue For You. If showing same attitude today could easily gain 1st victory on turf although will need to be more assertive from the start, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Point Lynas who has won last 2 starts.

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Jamie – Curragh

3:00 – Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1)

Selection: Tahiyra

I am going to take a chance here and take on the hot favourite Meditate. I don’t say that lightly as Meditate is a horse I rate highly but Tahiyra impressed me so much at Galway on her debut that I can’t leave her out of today’s blog. Yes this is a massive step up in class from a Maiden to a Group 1 but it was the manner of Tahiyra’s victory that suggested she is a Filly with immense potential and has tempted connections to step up to the top level straight away. Dermot Weld doesn’t do that unless he thinks his horse has a good chance. That Galway success was gained on good to yielding ground, so she acts on the ground and she is the value against the favourite. I’m looking forward to seeing her run today.

4:10 – Comer Group International Irish St. Leger (G1)

Selection: Rosscarbery (E/W)

This looks to be quite a strong renewal of the final Irish classic of the season. With Kyprios (who on all known form should win) being such a short price it has opened up some doors for each way punters. Rosscarbery appeals to me as the type to improve further going back up in trip for the Paddy Twomey stable. Rosscarbery has enjoyed an excellent season so far having won 5 times from 7 starts. One of those victories came over the same 1m 6f trip as she will face today in the Stanerra Stakes back in July at Leopardstown. It was another pleasing performance last time out when Rosscarbery was just beaten in a 10F Group 1 at Deauville last month, which will set her up nicely for today’s assignment. She has winning form on soft ground and is still improving. At 16/1 there is worse each way bets to be had in my opinion.

Rich – Longchamp ( Good to Soft )

1.35 – Prix Foy Stakes – Group 2 – 4yo+ – 1m 3f 204yds
Iresine – Manduro X Inanga 5yo gelding

Finished a 1 & 3/4 length 3rd of 6 on his last start in August, when running at Deauville in the Group 3 Jockey Club Anniversaire Stakes to Botanik, who has since won the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville( 1m 3f 204yds). Iresine was having his 3rd run of the season having won his previous 2, over the distance at Lyon, including a Listed Stakes race. He has run 5 times over 1m 3f 204yds, winning 4 of them & was a winner of the Group 3 La Coupe Stakes (1m 1f 204yds) at this course in June 2021.
High Definition, Verry Elleegant, Bubble Gift, My Rhapsody & Mutabahi make up the rest of the field….

3.25 Prix Niel Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo+ – 1m 3f 204yds
Simca Mille – Tamayuz X Swertia 3yo filly

Last seen in July over C&D when finishing a neck 2nd to Onesto in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris, this was her 6th run of 2022, having won her 3 previous races since coming back from a small break, having raced in February & finishing 2nd on both those starts.
The filly landed the Group 3 Prix Du Lys Longines in June over 1m 3f 204yds from Virtual Rock by 3 & 1/2 lengths, that was her first try over the distance.
Do Deuce, the Japanese raider has been off for 102 days, while True Testament steps up in trip following a 3rd in a Group 2, L’Astronome was 5th in a Group 1 having been unbeaten in 2022 & Deputy Ruler are the best of the 7 race field. SIMCA MILLE for me.

The BIG Group 1 on the card is the Prix Vermeille at 2.50 & features Grand Glory, Tuesday, Lilac Road, Albafora, Agave & Love Child, to name a few of the 11 runners.
I noted both Tuesday & Grand Glory as 2 I like in this race ( Just my opinion)

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Watty’s Flat Spots – Part 9

Part 9 of Watty’s Flat Spots – Neil Watson was at Haydock on Saturday & has 3 eye catchers for your trackers…..

Saturday afternoon was a very interesting one for sure at Haydock Park for the Sprint Cup sponsored by that well known betting exchange famous for its yellow and black livery along with multiple podcasts and trainers columns.

Unfortunately the afternoon did have over thirty non runners due to the rain, which was forecast for Friday night. Lots of trainers declared on Thursday morning expecting it to tip it down, sadly the rain failed to appear, this in turn meant the clerk of the course didn’t water as he expected Mother Nature to do it for him and save on the water bill.

For racegoers like myself who note the non runners down in the race card, we ended up during the course of the afternoon taking it out many times to jot the initials N.R. next to horses names many times.
I felt more like the Nottingham Forest chairman having to continually get the cheque book out as has happened quite a lot during the summer, although thankfully my bank balance remained the same.

Minzaal

On the track Minzaal ran out a very ready winner of the big Group One and it looks to be all systems go for the Owen Burrows trained sprinter to head to Ascot next month for the Champion Sprint and for jockey Jim Crowley it will most definitely be a month to savour potentially if Baaeed does as many people are expecting and heads to Longchamp for the Arc.

But the afternoon did have some other races and of those here are three that caught my eye very much.

Naval Power

1 – Naval Power – 2yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Charlie Appleby.

In the opening race of the afternoon which was the Listed Ascendant Stakes over 1m we saw a very impressive performance by son of Teofilo as he saw out the extra furlong pretty easily to pick up another Listed race following on from his recent Ascot win.

Naval Power should improve even more as a 3yo, he will head for the Royal Lodge at Newmarket at the end of the month and that will probably be his last run of the year before his winter holidays.

Triple Time

2 – Triple Time – 3yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Kevin Ryan.

Only four went to post for the G3 Superior Mile, (No prizes for guessing the race distance) but despite the depleted field the winner Triple Time made a triumphant return to the track after a year off the track, he was originally meant to be Newmarket bound for the 2000 Guineas in May until injury ruled him out.

Last year he won two of his four starts as a juvenile with them both being at Haydock, the second one being in the Ascendant Stakes on this card last year, he clearly loves this track although there will be nothing in the racing programme for him now at Haydock and it’s very unlikely he’ll be gelded to go jumping around here.

I can see him offering even more as a 4yo and getting 10f should prove no problems, France would be a more logical choice should be run again this season although if Kevin Ryan were to pull up stumps and declare until 2023 then that would be no surprise.

3 – Alazwar – 4yo Bay Gelding – Trainer : Archie Watson.

A horse who has had a rather unorthodoxed start to his racing career.

Originally with Richard Hannon he never made it to the course and ended up in the care of Archie Watson, his first race came at Huntingdon last October where he won a junior bumper over 1m 5f, a couple defeats later including one at Cheltenham on New Years Day he then went over hurdles at Market Rasen in February where he came third of seven runners.

Switching to the flat he won two novice races both at Wolverhampton over 1m and came here off the back of a runners up spot at Ascot in the 7f Lady Riders Handicap. He bounced out nicely under Hollie Doyle and found plenty for pressure.

He is probably still just about ahead of the handicapper but he is a very big horse and he might be back over hurdles in the winter although he definitely is one to keep an eye out as he makes hay on the flat.

Neil Watson

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An AOLR Production – Published : September 2022

Autumn’s coming….

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We are back, it’s a new month & Autumn is on it’s way….
Rich & Jamie are joined by Neil (@WattyRacing). Hopefully Charlie will be back next week for the St Leger along with Chris, who is away with his family.

Jamie –

Ascot –

3:10 – National Racehorse Week Handicap (7F)

Selection: Tactical (E/W)

There are several likely winners in this ultra competitive Class 2 Handicap. From an each way point of view HM the Queen’s Tactical appeals to me. A strongly run 7F is what this horse ideally wants, as advertised by a strong finishing 6th over 7F in the Buckingham Palace at the royal meeting. You can upgrade that performance as he was denied a run at a crucial stage from his held up position. Since then Tactical has run twice more at the Berkshire course in the G2 Summer Mile where he found the opposition a bit too good and in a similar Class 2 Handicap on King George day, where possibly it came too soon after the Summer Mile. Tactical has the ability to go well today under Ryan Moore and if he gets the breaks then I am more than hopeful he can land us a nice each way pot. 16/1 at the time of writing… 

3:30 – Haydock Sprint Cup (G1)

Selection: Naval Crown 

This is an open looking renewal of the only Group 1 flat race held in the North West of England meaning that decent odds are on offer. Naval Crown has done little wrong this campaign and ticks enough boxes to get the nod from me today. After a respectable winter in Dubai, Naval Crown has taken his form to the next level during the domestic season. The highlight being his hard fought win in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, where he beat several of today’s rivals. That was followed by another solid run to finish runner up in the July Cup. Last time out  the word ‘soft’ in the going description went against Naval Crown in the Prix Maurice De Gheest but Charlie Appleby’s star still performed with credit to finish a 2 1/4L fifth to Highfield Princess. I fancy Naval Crown to bounce back today on favourable quick ground. And we all know the Buick / Appleby combination is flying at the moment. I’ll also note Go Bears Go for an each way play. 

Neil –

2.20 Haydock, 1m6f Handicap, 3yo.

You could probably refer to this race as the north west equivalent of the Melrose as it features some improving staying types and with a big field it is definitely a race which has the potential for some hard luck stories in it.

One horse who catches the eye in this is the Andrew Balding trained Australian Angel who will have the assistance of Hayley Turner in the saddle.

A winner of this trip at Sandown in July he was then beaten around two and a half lenghts next time out at Newmarket but a return to a track like this which has plenty of turning from past the winning post to the home straight should garner his interest a bit more and he is a solid each way bet and has more to offer i think at this trip which he isn’t fully exposed at.

3.30, Haydock, 6f Sprint Cup, Group 1, 3yo+

For me this one of the most wide open runnings of this famous race that is the jewel in the crown of the north west flat season that there has ever been, you could literally run the same horses next weekend and you’d get a totally different result.

Starting behind the last four houses down Harvey Lane in Golborne, the runners cross Sandy Lane after half a furlong or so before joining the main track, from where it’s a mad dash for the cash.

Myself i think this is a race ripe for an upset and I’m also of the opinion that for the first time since 2006 the race will stay in the north west with the Hugo Palmer trained Flaming Rib.

Hugo has two in the race with the other being the 5yo Brad The Brief who missed an intended engagement at York to run in this but i do think Flaming Rib is overpriced and can outrun his odds.

After a poor effort at Newbury in the Greenham he bounced back to form at Chester before going down by a neck to El Caballo in the Sandy Lane Stakes over CD next time out, after that he ran a credible second in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and hasn’t been sighted since running flat in the July Cup.

He has a big race in him and while this is a wide open renewal he would have as good a chance as any in this field and what a day it would be for the new master at Manor House to celebrate his first season at the helm. 

Rich –

I am going for a pair of William Haggas fillies’ today…
Kempton – All Weather
2.40 – Mile Series Final Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo+ – 1m
Morgan Fairy – Lope De Vega X My Fairy 3yo Filly.

2 wins from 8 starts, although only 1 wins this season so far from 5 starts.
A C&D winner on final start of her debut season. The 1 win this term came on July 16th in the 1m Class 2 Premier Fillies’ Handicap at Newbury when beating State Occasion by 1 & 1/2 lengths & has since finished 2nd on both her starts since, last time out on August 20th when 5 lengths to winner, Raise The Roof in a Lingfield Class 3 Handicap over 1m – Extra Places – 9/1 EW.

Thirsk –
4.36 – Fillies’ Handicap – Class 3 – 3yo+ – 1m…
Sea Tsarina – Sea The Stars X Tayma 3yo Filly.

2 wins from 3 starts. Her first 2 starts coming over 7fs, with a debut win at Yarmouth in a 7f Class 5 Maiden by 1 & 1/4 lengths on June 8th before finishing a 1 & 1/4 length 3rd of 5 in a 7f Newmarket Class 4 Novice Stakes to Midnight Moll ( 2nd & 4th both since won).
The Sea The Stars filly stepped up to 1m on her last start when running at Lingfield on the All Weather in a Class 5 Novice Stakes on August 9th, beating Khamsia Lady. Makes Handicap debut.

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York, Sandown & the Curragh

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At York yesterday Neil ( @wattyracing) landed a 20/1 winner in the first race, while with the extra places Jamie had Khaadem 4th & Rich also took an extra place with Golden Voice finishing 4th, both Each way on yesterdays blog..

Today we look forward to City of York(Group 2) and the Ebor Handicap at York, the Atalanta F&M Stakes(Group 3) at Sandown & Futurity Stakes(Group 2) at the Curragh

Chris –

Sandown
2.05 Atalanta Stakes

Fonteyn was a Listed winner at York over this trip, beating market leader Grande Dame who lines up against her again today. The daughter of Farhh then ran with great credit in the Nassau Stakes last time out, finishing a close 4th despite not appearing to fully stay the 12f. That’s still amongst the strongest form on offer and back to a mile here and in slighlty calmer waters, Fonteyn can resume her progress and get back to winning ways here.

York
3.00 City Of York Stakes

Kinross was narrowly beaten by Sandrine in the Lennox Stakes over 7f at Goodwood last time out, coming from a difficult position out the back and narrowly failing to get up. She is now 2lb’s better off with that rival and can turn the tables here with more luck in running. Versatile regarding ground and tactics over this trip, this group 2 winner makes plenty of appeal.

Jamie –

Curragh
3:10 – Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (G2)

Selection: Hans Anderson

Aidan O’Brien goes in search of a remarkable 15th Futurity win with a two pronged attack. Despite Ryan Moore choosing Aesop Fables I am quite drawn to Hans Anderson who is highly regarded by the Ballydoyle team. The son of Frankel improved from his debut second over 6f at Tipperary to score over C+D (7F) at the Curragh last time out. It was the attitude and long surging run that Hans Anderson displayed that impressed me the most. The second home Al Riffa has boosted the form by winning since. With proven course form and the ground on his side I am expecting Hans Anderson to be bang there in the closing stages.

York
3:35 – Ebor Handicap (Heritage)

Selection: Euchen Glen (E/W)

The old boy Euchen Glen returns to York for his third crack at the Ebor and this is perhaps his best chance yet. Jim Goldie’s star is tailor made for this 1m 6f test and loves the competitive nature of big field handicaps, it brings out the best in him. A fine 5th in 2020 Euchen Glen was well fancied last year but found top weight too much and faded into 11th. This year however he is 14lbs lower and judging by his Goodwood third last time out Euchen Glen is coming into peak form for this test and still retains a lot of ability. He is tactically versatile, has a low draw and likes it at York. Plus he appears to be ahead of the handicapper. At 12/1 he is a solid each way bet in my eyes. This has been his big target all season.

Rich –

York
4.10 – Constantine Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo+ – 7f….
Spangled Mac – Starspangledbanner X Intermittent 3yo gelding.

Started his season on May 24th in a 5&1/2f Class 5 Bath Maiden, winning by 2 lengths. He finished 3rd on his next 2 starts at Bath, 5f Class 5 Novice Stakes to Royal Acclaim(June 11th) & on the all weather at Lingfield (June 18th) in a 6f Class 5 Novice Stakes, from an opening mark of 76.
A step up in trip to 7f on the all weather at Kempton, saw the Gedling win a Class 4 Apprentice Handicap, rated 74, by a neck & this led to 4 wins on the bounce.
He won at Yarmouth twice in a pair of 6f Class 4 Handicaps, with a 7f Class 5 Handicap at Haydock sandwiched in the middle, all in the month of July. His last run was at Ascot in the Class 2, 6f Handicap in the Shergar Cup, finishing a 3/4’s of a length 2nd to Adaay in Asia, who has since won the Ebf Fillies’ Handicap at York on Wednesday. Runs from a mark of 97 today – Each Way

4.45 Julia Graves Roses Stakes – Class 1 Listed – 2yo Only – 5f…
Rocket Rodney – Dandy Man X Alushta Gelding.

This is the gelding’s 6th run of his debut campaign, which started on April 16th in a 5f Class 5 Novice Stakes at Nottingham when a 1 & 1/2 length runner up, he ran just 13 days later(April 29th) at Goodwood in a Class 4 5f Novice Stakes, winning by some 4 & 1/4 lengths.
Freshened up with a month off & he returned on June 15th at Royal Ascot in the 5f Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, finishing a neck 2nd to Little Big Bear ( 2 from 2 since inc Group 1 Phoenix Stakes). Next up was the Sandown 5f Listed Dragon Stakes, which the Rocket returned to the winners enclosure with a 2 & 1/2 length victory from Cuban Mistress ( Winner of the St Hughs Listed at Newbury since).
His last start was on July 27th at Goodwood in the 5f Molecomb Stakes, finishing a 1 & 1/2 length 2nd to Trillium. Rocket Rodney is Top Rated 105 & carries top weight of 9s 5Lbs….

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Nunthorpe Day at York

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Nunthorpe Day at the Knavesmire along with the Group 2 Lonsdale & Gimcrack Stakes on a 7 race card.
Yesterday we saw Swingalong win the Lowther Stakes at 25/1, the Yorkshire Oaks went to Favourite, Alpinista & the Listed F&M race was won by Haskoy….

Neil joins the team today, along with Rich & the in-form Jamie…

Jamie –

3:00 – Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes (G2)
Selection: Royal Scotsman 

Royal Scotsman didn’t let me down at Goodwood last month and I see no reason to jump ship today. The son of Gleneagles brings in the best form to the Gimcrack courtesy of his Richmond win and Coventry third at Royal Ascot, which has worked out particularly well. At Goodwood, Royal Scotsman was doing his best work in the final 100yds which bodes well for this 6F test at York. It won’t be easy under the 3lb penalty but everything is set for a bold bid on suitable ground. At an each way price I think Chateau could go well. He wasn’t far behind Little Big Bear in the Windsor Castle at the royal meeting and that form doesn’t look bad at all right now. 


3:35 – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) 
Selection: Khaadem

I’m going to put up another Jim & Fitri Hay owned horse here as Khaadem tackles the Nunthorpe. My selection has put together a nice campaign to date. After a couple of decent performances in Dubai Khaadem has really come into his own this past 4 months on British soil. Winning both the Palace House at Newmarket and the King George Stakes at Goodwood last time out, which is a strong piece of form. I think there is more to come from him and with Ryan Moore in the saddle again, a big run is on the cards over his preferred 5F trip. He’s drawn in the centre which is a handy place to be this week at York. 

Neil –

1.50 York, 1m4f Handicap, 3yo+

An afternoon which features some of York’s famous races like the Nunthorpe and the Gimcrack begins with a typical headscratcher of a handicap as nineteen horses will face the starter.

For myself I often like to keep an eye on any lightly raced horses at this time of year as many others become a bit exposed and wait for the handicapper to relent and drop them a few lbs and i do like to try and source value for ew punters and I think I’ve found one in the John Butler trained Farhan for Neil Callan.

Just two runs this year have yielded a fourth and fifth placed finish but he does seem to come to form in the second half of the season with some decent runner up spots finally turning to a win when he landed the November Handicap on the final day of term last year

His trainer has followed the same path as last year when he had two runs in the spring, he didn’t see the track at all through June and July and now comes back for a late summer and autumn campaign hoping to repeat the same again, I think he’ll be in the shakeup of this race.

3.35 York, 5f Nunthorpe Stakes,  Group 1, 2yo+

One of the feature Group 1 races of the meeting is a pretty wide open renewal with a mix of regular performers at the top level, developing sprinters and a promising two year old bidding to join the small list of juveniles who have taken the Nunthorpe.

It can often pay to look at previous experience in races like this and while Royal Aclaim is a very short priced favourite i think he can be opposed in this instance.

A horse who I think is very overpriced is the Roger Varian trained Dragon Symbol who ran in the race last year and was only beaten a length and three quarters behind winner Winter Power.

Last seasons winner has really struggled this year and you wouldn’t necessarily rule out a revival from Tim Easterby especially as he’ll be wanting to make sure the prize stays in Yorkshire again but Dragon Symbol has acquitted himself very well, just touched off in a Listed race at Haydock back in May he had a confidence boosting win at Hamilton last month and while he has run a couple of poor races too they were both over 6f but he is a 5f horse and if fully wound up he should be able to go two places better this time around. 

Rich –

5.20 – Mile Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo Only – 7f 192yds…
Golden Voice – Havana Gold X Granola Gelding.

Has won 3 of his 5 starts this term, including on season return at Newcastle on the all weather back in April. He was runner up by a head over C&D on handicap in a class 3 debut in May, from an opening mark of 79. He has since won a pair of class 3 7f handicaps at Sandown in June & July, which took his handicap mark to 95.
His last run was at Redcar in a 7f Class 2 Handicap finishing a 1/2 length runner up on August 6th. Runs from 96 today – Each Way

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The View From The Knavesmire

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It’s day 2 of the Ebor Festival from York with 3 Fillies’ & Mares’ races on the card – The Listed F&M Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes, Group 2 Lowther Stakes & the F&M Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks along with the Class 2 Heritage Handicap..

Yesterday started with a cracking 5 & 1/2f sprint won by Bergerac followed by the Group 3 Acombe Stakes where the 7/2f Chalden took the spoils. The Group 2 Great Voltiguer was landed by Deauville Legend, who reversed the form with Secret State & in the BIG Group 1 Juddmonte Stakes it was Baaeed, who stepped up from 1m to 1m 2f & make it 10 wins from 10 career starts…..
Who will be in the Winners Enclosure today?

As like yesterday the 3 wise (Or maybe not) men are here to guide you through the 7 race card…

Chris –

4.10 Galtres Stakes

Mimikyu has been brought along steadily by the top team of John and Thady Gosden. The daughter of Dubawi has won her last 2 starts over 11.5f and over todays trip of 12f. Her latest win at Newmarket in June was comprehensive, easing down for a 6 length success. She doesn’t have much to find on ratings and a big run is expected here on the way to potentially bigger things.

5.20 EBF Fillies Handicap

Queen Aminatu was an unlucky loser 11 days ago at Haydock over a mile and gets to run off the same mark this afternoon. The drop back to 7f should pose no issues and has already won twice over the trip this year. She’s not been missed in the betting but appears to still be ahead of the handicapper and can claim a nice prize here.

Jamie –

1:50 – Lowther Stakes (G2)

Selection: Kerindia (E/W)

A field of 14 2yo Fillies get the chance to shine in this top 6F contest. With Dramatised being such a hot favourite I am on the outlook for some each way value. Kerindia has a nice looking profile coming into this race and gets my vote at double figure odds. Michael Bell’s Filly stepped forward very well from her debut success at Nottingham to finish a close third behind The Antarctic in a Deauville Group 3 last time out. It was a cracking run and if she has progressed again from that race then I can see her outrunning her odds of 20/1 and hopefully sneak into a place. There is a lot more to come from Kerindia who is less exposed than most in here.

3:35 – Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1)

Selection: Alpinista

It’s another top renewal of this prestigious race for the Fillies & Mares. Alpinista has been a tremendous horse for the Sir Mark Prescott yard and holds excellent claims today of adding to her Group 1 tally. After a trio of top level victories in Germany last year, Alpinista made her seasonal reappearance in the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud at the start of July. She showed no signs of rustiness by edging clear late on for a length and a quarter win. That should have brought her on nicely for today’s assignment. Alpinista was second to Love in this race two years ago but she is a much better horse now. The ground is suitable and to be honest she looks rock solid. It’s the 3yo brigade who have it all to prove.

Rich –

2.25 Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes – Class 2 – 2yo Only – 6f..
King’s Crown – Starspangledbanner X Textured 2yo Gelding.

Made his debut in early April when a 4 & 1/2 length 2nd to Fix you in a Thirsk 5f Class 4 Maiden, 3rd at Ripon in a Class 5 Novice Stakes over 5f in late April & ran twice in May. 11that this course over 5f in this class of Noviuce Stakes, finishing 2 & 1/2 lengths behind the winner before breaking his maiden at Thirsk on May 31st in a Class 5 6f Maiden by 3/4’s of a length from Indiana Bee. His last 2 runs have been in Group 2 company over 6f, when 9lengths behind winner, Bradsell in the 6f Coventry at Royal Ascot & 6 lengths behind winner, Persian Force in the 6f July Stakes at Newmarket on July 7th. Runs from handicap mark of 88 – Each Way

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We’re Back for York

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After a brief break from racing, the lads are back & raring to go for the remainder of the flat season. We kick off today with the Ebor meeting from York.
Day 1 at the Knavesmire kicks of with the Juddmonte International Stakes(Group 1), Great Voltiger Stakes(Group 2). Acombe Stakes(Group 3) Plus 2 Heritage Handicaps on the 7 race card, the first of which starts at 1.50pm

Charlie is not with us this week due to an ongoing issue with online bookmakers & his motto is – No betting No Blogging, which we all understand but Chris & Jamie join Rich for what could be a fantastic few days…

Chris –

1.50 Symphony Group Heritage Handicap

A typically competitive 5.5f dash to start the Ebor meeting and I’m siding with Sunday Sovereign here. The son of Equiano has been hit and miss throughout his career, but has finished placed twice on his last 2 starts over course and distance off marks of 94 and 95. Back on 94 today, and with William Buick an eye catching booking, he has plenty of pointers to a return to form. At the current double-figure price, he’s my each way selection. Remember to shop around for enhanced places with the 22 runners currently declared.

4.10 Stayers Heritage Handicap

Though relatively lightly raced for a 5yo, Frankenstella has been largely progressive over staying tests. With form figures of 143 around the Knavesmire, she has more than enough potential to run well again this afternoon. Not seen since being placed off this mark in May, fitness may have to be taken on trust, but she remains of obvious each-way interest here, especially if the leaders give her a solid pace to aim at down the long home straight.

Jamie –

3:00 – Great Voltigeur Stakes (G2)

Selection: Aikhil

As the ratings suggest this is a tight looking Voltigeur with just 7lbs separating the six runners. The one I am keen on here is Aikhil. The Galileo Colt  looks like there is still more improvement to come after only six races so far in his career, that could be a key factor today. He has been highly tried in his career including a first up run in the St James Palace. Where he found everything much too quick and finished out the back. Aidan O’Brien stepped him up in trip to 1m 2f for a crack at the International Stakes at the Curragh, Aikhil relished the task and won in good style. With more improvement likely over the 1m 4f trip today I can see Aikhil being right in the mix. This looks a St Leger horse to me but we’ll know a lot more after 3pm…

4:10 – Stayers Handicap (Class 2)

Selection: Alfred Boucher

Having only his second race over the 2m distance Alfred Boucher stands out to me in this competitive looking contest. Ian Williams’ 6yo has put together two nice back to back runs recently, both around the tight turns of Chester. His first Chester run puts him in with a solid chance as he was running on well to finish second to Soapy Stevens, who reaposes again today over the same trip. With York being a more stamina laiden track I am more than hopeful Alfred Boucher can turn the form around as he is still unexposed at this trip. The quick ground is fine and William Buick is an eye catching jockey booking. There is a lot to like.

Rich –

4.45 Fillies’ Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo+ – 5f….
Guilded – Mastercraftsman X Lajaticio 3yo filly

Since finishing 7th on her race course debut at this course over 6f in May 2021, the filly has run 15 times. She has won twice & placed 3 times, breaking her maiden on her 7th start at Beverley in a 5f Class 5 Novice Stakes last September. She has ran in a Group 1, when 3rd to Tenebrism in the Cheveley Park Stakes, 3 Group 3’s & 3 Listed races.
A winner of the Ayr Land O’Bloom Listed 5f Stakes by a head on June 18th this year, with her last start in the Group 3 6f F&M Summer Stakes, when finishing 10th on July 8th.
The Novice win, she was rated 94 & makes her handicap debut from just 97 & a decent draw – Each Way

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