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2:30 – Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (Class 1)
This looks like a cracking little contest over the 2m trip here at Newbury. The market suggests that this race is between the top 4 in the betting. The one I am drawn too is the unexposed Pikar for the Skelton stable. With just the four races under his belt there is a lot more to come from the son of Masterstroke. Last time out at Cheltenham four weeks ago Pikar got off the mark over hurdles in good fashion, finishing his race off well up the famous hill. The form of that race has been boosted by the fourth winning by a good distance next time out. The Skelton’s obviously think quite highly of Pikar as he has run in some nice races including Novice Hurdle Grade 2s at Cheltenham and Haydock. The winners of those races where I Like To Move It and Jonbon. Despite falling at Cheltenham that day he was far from disgraced behind Jonbon at Haydock, beaten only nine lengths in the end. With the stable in good form and the ground in his favour I am expecting a bold bid from Pikar.
Winner 4 times over hurdles in 2021/22 season which included the Grade 3 Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham in April, on her final start of the NH season. She spent the sunmer running on the flat over 2m, winning her last 2 starts at Ascot in September & Newmarket on October 28th, she steps up in trip today having run over 2m 1f last NH campaign & runs with just 11s on her back – Each Way ( Extra Places some Bookies)
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Charlie returns to join Jamie & Rich, who had a cracking Breeders Cup!
We have selections from – Cheltenham, Wetherby, Uttoxeter & Lingfield
1.45 Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices Chase
Selection – Banbridge– 6 Yr old Gelding out of Doyen and Old Carton Lass. Has had 10 career starts winning 6 times. The wins have came over the Flat, Hurdles and Fences, has one Flat win at Killarney on the 10th May 2021 when beating Goldwin Magic by 8 and 1/2 lengths. Has won 4 times from 7 starts over hurdles, including here when landing the Martin Pipe when beating Cobblers Dream by 1 and 1/2 lengths. Won his only start over fences at Gowran Park on most recent start on the 1st October when beating Indigo Breeze by 8 and 1/2 lengths. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Tommy’s Oscar who has won 9 times from 16 career starts including 5 wins from last 6 runs, although has only won against 1 rival in sole start over fences at Carlisle last time out when winning by a head .
2.20 Gold Cup Handicap Chase
Selection – Stolen Silver – 7 Yr old Gelding out of Lord Du Sud and Change Partner. Has had 19 career starts winning 4 times. Has won twice over hurdles and twice over fences. Has ran here 6 times has 1 win and has placed 2nd twice, finished 4th once and has been pulled up once and unseated jock once. Won on most recent outing here in April this year when beating Simply The Betts by 11 lengths with Coole Cody a further 14 lengths adrift in 3rd. If reproducing that here today that should be enough to gain another victory, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of French Dynamite who has 3 wins from last 5 starts.
2:20 – Gold Cup Handicap Chase
Selection: Stolen Silver
The first big race of the jumps season at Cheltenham sees several contenders in with a chance of landing this big pot. StolenSilver seems to enjoy running at Cheltenham as his course form figures of U2P214 would largely suggest. Sam Thomas has his stable in good nick coming into this meeting and Stolen Silver has a lot going for him today. The son of Lord Du Sud is progressing nicely and signed off his campaign last season with an emphatic win over C&D in a Grade 2 in April. Another positive for Stolen Silver is that good ground is in his favour as his best form is undoubtedly on a sound surface. He has a bit of pace does Stolen Silver and if he can jump as well as he did last April then he should be bang there up the hill. He has a big chance in my book. Paul Nichols has a solid record in this contest and his Il Ridoto is a big danger in my opinion.
2:35 – Golden Rose Stakes (Listed)
Backing Summerghand comes with its risks but It’s hard to ignore his claims today as David O’Meara’s star sprinter has been in excellent form of late. As he proved last time out at Ascot on Champions Day when a terrific second in the Sprint over his favourite distance of 6F. Before that came victories in big handicaps at Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting & York’s Ebor meeting, where crucially he got a fast pace to aim at as he is famously known as a hold up horse. They usually go at a good clip at Lingfield over the sprint distances so I am hoping my selection can slingshot off the home bend and fly home from the rear. He has been freshened up since Ascot and if he replicates his Champions Day performance then it will take a big effort to beat him if he gets a clear run. Summerghand does have a win over C&D to his name as well and commands the utmost respect in this company. AnotherRomance could go well for each way punters here, I think there is more improvement to come from him.
Wetherby – 1.18 Handicap Hurdle – Class 3 – 3yo+ – 2m 3f 154yds.. Foster’s Island – Tran Island X Mrs Eff 7yo gelding.
Winner of 3 handicap hurdles in 2021 – Kelso & 2 at Ayr, with distances ranging from 2m 3f to 2m 4f & rising in the handicap from 105 to 123 in the space of a month following his 3 wins on the bounce ( November to December 2021). He ran at this course in February 2022, finishing a 5 & 1/4 length 3rd of 7 from 123. His mark dropped to 122 in April when he was last seen at Hexham, when finishing a 1 & 1/2 length 2nd in a Class 3 handicap hurdle over 2m 4f to Easy Street. Returns today from a mark of 121 – Each Way – 4 Places (Some Bookies) 25/1
Uttoxeter – 2.12 Handicap Chase – Class 3 – 4yo+ – 3m 2f 13yds… Premier D’Troice – Great Pretender X Mick Bora 8yo gelding.
The C&D winer has been improving with every run. He was on the go from December 2021, running 7 times with 1 win & 3 places, He has been off since June 2022 when last seen winning over C&D from Baranova by 7 & 1/2 lengths in a class 4 handicap chase. He has run 6 times over this distance, winning 3 times & placing twice. Returns after 150 days off – Each Way (4 Places with some Bookies) 12/1
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It’s the Breeders Cup on Saturday evening, so this is a double blog post in one, oh you are so lucky.. Charlie is still having bookie trouble, Jamie is at Down Royal today, while Chris is taking Family time & that is far more important to us all, we wish him all the best. Rich & Jamie are here with Neil joining the crew today…
Down Royal –
12:53 – Value Cabs 3yo Hurdle
Selection: Old Victoria
A nice little 3yo Hurdle to open proceedings at Down Royal today. Gordon Elliott has farmed this race recently winning 5 of the 7 runnings, so I was keen to see what horse he would aim at this contest this year. OldVictoria, a recent French import to the Elliott yard seems to be regarded quite well by his connections and has an obvious chance. After a debut 2nd on soft ground, Old Victoria went one better next time out in September, where he saw his race out well. Cougar probably is a worthy favourite but I think he is quite beatable on proper soft jumping ground given his flat pedigree. However, I do think he will prove a tough nut to crack. With the Elliott stable firing on all cylinders and the ground likely to suit, I like the chances of Old Victoria to make it a winning Irish debut.
1:58 – Charles Hurst Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
Selection: Watch The Weather (E/W)
Prior to a blip last time out at Listowel, Watch The Weather had been in great form winning back to back races before a 2nd at Ballinrobe.The son of Kayf Tara seems to be getting better all the time and you can forgive what happened last time out as he was reported to have suffered some nasty cuts to his hind leg. Watch The Weather is still lightly raced and there is likely to be more to come. He runs off the basement weight off 10st today and with Rachael Blackmore back on board he makes some appeal for each way punters at 17/2 (at time of writing). The drop back in trip to 2m 1f is a slight concern but he should be staying on well after the last. I’m hopeful of another big run this afternoon.
5:50 – Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)
Selection: Toy (E/W)
This looks to be quite an open running of this 1m 2f contest with Nashwa being the one they have to beat on all known form. I have a gut feeling that Toy is going to outrun her odds and nick a place. This type of test, swinging around the tight bends may well just up the Daughter of Galileo’s street and bring out the best in her. Toy has had a mixed season with a 2nd in the Irish Oaks being the standout performance. After picking up an injury in the German Oaks Toy was only just ready in time to take in a prep race in a listed race at Naas, where despite unsuitable soft ground she managed to win. With a strong pace likely Toy could pick them off late on from the rear of the field. I’ve always thought quite a bit of this Filly and she will improve a lot from that prep run. At 28/1 I am going to take a punt over what I consider to be her best distance.
7:55 – Breeders Cup Distaff (G1)
The feature race on the dirt for the Fillies & Mares sees a field of 8 runners heading to post. Todd Pletcher’s Nest has been on a roll of late and gets the nod here. The ultra consistent 3yo has won her last 3 races, including two Group 1s and a G2. Her only defeats this year have came in the Kentucky Oaks & Belmont Stakes, where she wasn’t beaten far when 2nd on both occasions. That G2 was a prep race 4 weeks ago at Belmont, which Nest passed with flying colours. Nest’s form is very solid and she looks the outstanding 3yo Filly in North America this season. I hope & think she can crown a great campaign this evening. The one they all have to beat.
At the moment of typing eight have been declared for this qualifying race in which the first four home will be qualified for the final on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival but it is still a very competitive race in it’s own right.
A real mix of progressive types and some horses using this as a pipe opener for bigger races this month make it quite a tricky puzzle for punters and form students.
Course form can always count for a bit extra and no more so than Aintree so I’m going with a horse i backed a few times last season and actually saw him race three times on the track in the David Pipe trained Remastered.
He ran in this race last season like today as his sesonal opener where he was third off 133, he then posted some good efforts over fences including in the big staying chase at Newbury where he fell when going nicely, he is a pound lower this afternoon and it’s likely he will head back to Newbury again, i can see him running a big race again and should be in the shake up.
2.11 BoyleSports Grand Sefton Chase, 2m5f.
Fifteen declared for the first race of the season over the famous green spruce fences in which the top seven are in the handicap proper.
Quite a few of these come to the race in good form and as usual it should be run at a good clip from the outset and with The Chair as the third fence it will make for some pretty hair raising viewing.
Plenty have a chance for me in this and I’m going to select a couple which can often prove to be needed for a race over these fences.
First up for the win I’m going to stay local and go for the Oliver Greenall trained Gesskile, a winner of two hunter chases at Ludlow and Kempton in the spring he then went to Auteuil where he ran twice finishing first and second in two races over 2m6f, he can run a tidy race here.
One horse who should give each way punters a good run for their money is Percussion from the Laura Morgan yard in Leicestershire, having his first run since May he is an honest enough type and despite being a few pounds wrong at the weights he should be able to out run his odds at a big price.
Breeders Cup – Keeneland
4.29 Turf Sprint – Grade 1 – 3yo+ – 5f 110yds…. Creative Force – Dubawi X Choose Me 4yo gelding. The Godolphin gelding has run only 4 times this season, having run 8 times as a 3yo, with his runs spread out during the season, having started in Meydan back in March. He was 14th of 16 that day in the Sprint to A Case of You & was put away until Royal Ascot in June. He ran very well, finishing a close up 2nd to stable companion, Navel Crown (Neck) in the 6f Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Campanelle 4th & Highland Princess 6th) He was 4th to Alcohol Free in the July Cup at Newmarket, the following month before having a 3 month break, returning in October for Champions Day at Ascot. The colt finished 3rd to Kinross & looks primed for a big run. He has drawn stall 1 & a big run anticipated to outrun his huge odds…. Each Way. I have to mention Highland Princess, who is drawn in Stall 6 & also has a female allowance, carrying 8S 11Lbs, the mare has won her last 3 starts & is sure to run well. The best of the rest are the Wesley Ward runners.. Golden Pal, who has been running well, winning 3 of his last 4 runs with his only defeat in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot, he is 4/4 over C&D and was the Juvenile Turf Champion! We all know about Campanelle, who has been hoit & miss all season.
7.10 Breeders Cup Mile – Grade 1 – 3yo+ – 1m…. Modern Games – Dubawi X Modern Ideals 3yo colt. Winner of the BC Juvenile Turf last year & has run 6 times in 2022, winning twice. His first win was in May at Longchamp, when taking the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains & won again in September when taking the Woodbine Mile Stakes. The colt ran very well at Goodwood to finish just 1 & 1/4 lengths 2nd to Baaeed & was also 2nd on his last start at Ascot, in the 1m Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Group 1 to Bayside Boy in October. He has run twice on firm ground, winning both starts. Nice draw in stall 4 – WIN Best of the Rest – Kinross has won his last 4 starts but hasn’t run this fan since February 2021, when finishing 6th over 1m 1f at Meydan, that said, he has won a Kempton (AW) Listed 1m race back in November 2020. You can never rule out Aidan O’Brien who saddles Order of Australia, who could well outrun his odds & cause an upset & then we have the UNKNOWN of Domestic Spending, who returns after 18 months off the track, Last seen in August 2020 & was running over 1m 2f. He started his career over a mile, where he was 2/2 before stepping up in trip. IF he is ready to roll, then he could be a huge DANGER at HUGE odds….
Flightline (Tapit X Feathered 4yo colt) is your 2/5 Favourite having won 3 Grade 1 races & is unbeaten in his career. His last run was in September, when winning the Pacific Classic from Country Grammer. So, with all eyes on Flightline, who else can land a place in the Top 3? Rich Strike & Happy Saver can be ruled out as their form is not great & have an uphill mountain to climb, with neither winning in their last 3 runs! Hot Rod Charlie won the 1m 2f Grade 2 beating Rich Strike by a head & is also dismissed, so that leaves 4 with 2 places up for grabs if Flightline runs to form! Taiha ( Gunrunner X Needmore Flattery 3yo colt)has only run once over distance, 1m 2f, finishing 12th but has won over 1m 1f in the Pennsylvania Derby, drawn in stall 4 but will he stay the trip? Life is Good ( Into Mischief X Beachwalk 4yo colt) has won his last 3 runs, ranging from 7f to 1m1f & won a 4 runner Belmont Stakes race in October. He has 1 run over distance, when 4th to Country Grammar at Meydan in the Dubai WC… Olymplad ( Speightstown X Tokyo Time 4yo colt) won on his only start over the distance on September 3rd in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Grade 1 at Saratoga & could well place at HUGE odds.. And finally we have Epicenter (NotThisTime X Silent Candy 3yo colt) is 2 from 2 having won the Grade 2 1m 1f Jim Dandy Stakes in July & landed the Travers 1m 2f Grade 1 Stakes in August, both at Saratoga, with Rich Strike back in 4th. He won by 5 lengths & is the improver in the field & can place… 4 – 6 – 7…
That is all for today folks, enjoy the racing, it’s going to be a long day!
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National Hunt on the agenda today with the Open meeting from Cheltenham, yes you read that right, it’s Cheltenham folks!
Reading through some tweets, that the prices are hiked in the area, folk thinking it’s March already but the Jockey Club really do need to evaluate their pricing system with Ticket costs along with Food & Drink. Not just at Cheltenham, but ALL racecourses around the country before it’s too late!
Now that’s out the way, the Lads are all in the house & ready to go…..
Cheltenham 3.50 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Class 2 over 3m
Selection – Salvador Ziggy 6 year old Gelding out of El Salvador and Donchisa, has won 4 times since changing yards to Gordon Elliott, won on 1st outing for new trainer on the 29th May at Punchestown over 2m 3 and 1/2f beating Another Choice by 1 and 1/4 lengths. Won again on next start at Roscommon on the 4th July over 2m 4f when beating Dovlator by 1 and 1/4 lengths. Won again on next start at Galway on the 28th July over 2m 4 and 1/2f when beating Horse Piste by 1/2 length. Landed the 4 timer on next start at Down Royal on the 26th August over 3m when beating Off You Go by a short head. Makes Handicap debut today and at 12-1 with most firms at time of writing looks a great eachway play in a wide open race.
1:40 – Lynnie’s Big Birthday Bash Maiden Hurdle
Selection: Captain Broomfield
Running in the colours made famous by Paisley Park, Captain Broomfield has a great chance to open his account over hurdles today. After winning his second of two point to point outings, Captain Broomfield made a very encouraging start over hurdles by finishing a close second at Haydock in a race that has worked out well form wise. The winner & the 4th home won nicely next time out. You can forgive Captain Broomfield’s effort last time out at Huntingdon where he burst a blood vessel and bled afterwards. It was a real shame as he was cantering three out but found little off the home turn. His form stands out in what is not an overly strong Maiden Hurdle and the ground should be suitable too. There is a lot to like about his chances.
2:05 – Handicap Chase (Class 2)
Selection: Captain Cattisock
The first decent 3m handicap chase of the season at Cheltenham has drawn a field of 9 runners. I like the claims of CaptainCattisock here as his course form is solid and Fergal O’Brien can get one ready first time out. Captain Cattisock hit a rich patch of form last season registering back-to-back wins at Musselburgh, where he beat one of his rivals today, The Wolf, and at Cheltenham in April over C&D. The connections of Captain Cattisock will be happy to see the word good in the going description as his best form has been on good ground. With his course form and the stable in decent form I think Captain Cattisock has every chance, especially with a good 3lb claimer on his back in Liam Harrison.
Rich – SUNDAY SELECTIONS
Longchamp 2.50 Prix Royal Oak – Group 1 – 3yo+ – 1m 7f 90yds Iresine – Manduro X Inanga 5yo gelding. 3 wins from 4 runs this season including a 1m 4f Listed race at Lyon, Winner of the Group 2 Prix Foy Stakes, when last seen on September 11th beating Bubble Gift by 1 & 3/4 lengths. Up in Trip
Aintree 3.15Handicap Hurdle – Class 2 – 4yo+ – 2m 4f Gentleman At Arms – Reliable Man X Sworn Sold 5yo gelding. 2 wins from 6 hurdle starts, both wins at Huntingdon over 2m 3f 137yds. Finished runner up in a Listed, Grade 2 & Grade 3 Novice Hurdle & was last seen in April last year, when finishing aa 4 & 1/2 length runner up in the 3m 149yd Grade 1 Sefton Novice Hurdle at this course behind Gelino Bella. Handicap debut from a mark of 143 & Top Rated in race.
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He’s been Flat out all summer, with his Watty’s Flat Spots & now, just like the changing of the season’s, our man Neil Watson(@WattyRacing) brings you his Watty’s Jumps Spots. All through the National Hunt season, Neil will be popping to the races & sending over horses that have been added to his trusty tracker….
So the Panama has been packed off to sunnier climes for the winter as the tweed overcoat and flat cap came back off their summer holidays with a nice easing back into the national hunt scene, as I found myself northbound on Thursday for a trip to the opening jump meeting of the season at Carlisle.
Seven races on the card and the crowd who turned out on a very sunny autumnal day were in for a treat in the very first race of the day as Tommy’s Oscar, who was a Grade 2 winning hurdler last season for Newcastle based Ann Hamilton scored over fences at the first time of asking, although it was a match race & he had to be galvanised on the run in by Danny McMenemin and needed the judge’s magnifying glass to give him the verdict, he jumps fences ok and will get better with experience.
Finish of the day came in the feature three mile chase as Court Dreaming from the Penrith stable of Nicky Richards finished with a wet sail down the outside to land the spoils.
But it’s the Wattyspots that you are all after and here are the three who caught my eye.
1 – Springwell Bay – 5yo Bay Gelding – Trainer : Jonjo O’Neill.
The first of two from the same race here and first up the winner of the 2m 1f novice hurdle.
A £155,000 purchase out of Margaret Mullins’ stable the 5yo travelled nicely under jockey Jonjo Jr and won pretty readily, he should have a decent future ahead of him over timber this season and he can easily pick up another under a penalty.
While it is early days he looked the business in the parade ring as a very professional racehorse.
Chasing home the winner in that race just over three lengths behind was this filly from Dan Skelton.
A spring winner of a Point to Point in Ireland, she probably found this trip a bit on the sharp side but Harry Skelton got a good tune out of her and she stayed on nicely on the stiff uphill finish at Carlisle and she can definitely improve from this.
2m 4f will suit her a lot more, one to keep an eye on.
3 – Small Present – 7yo Bay Gelding – Trainer : Sue Smith.
A multiple winner of staying handicap hurdles in the north including at Haydock back in January. The 7yo has only had one start over fences, which was here at Carlisle where he finished right down the field but he ran an eye catching fourth in the feature three mile chase.
In the main he travelled and jumped pretty well but getting to the business end he just ran out of steam and came in a bit tired.
Personally i think he can improve off this run and connections will more than likely find him a nice race somewhere so he can shed his maiden tag over fences, he has a nice race in him although all his wins have been left handed.
Great to be back jumping again and being at Carlisle, it had a mix of the first day back at school after the summer holidays and a pre season friendly to remember. Exactly what jump horses look like compared to flat ones!
Next up providing the trains don’t go on strike I shall make the my first visit of the season to Aintree, till then happy punting.
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So, this is it, the official end of the flat turf season when the Jockeys Championship is handed out & this years winner is…. William Buick, a top notch jockey, who deserves all the fantastic things that will be said & written about him. He is simply world class & one of, if not, the best around – Congratulations William.
The Apprentice title has gone to Benoit De La Salette, beating Harry Joe Davies to the crown. Congratulations to Benoit & no doubt Harry’s time will come very soon. The future is bright for both these lads.
1:25 – Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2)
Selection: Eldar Eldarov(Nap)
A smaller field than usual for the final big stayers race of the British flat season. Eight go to post and I am going to take on the defending champion Trueshan with the St Leger winner EldarEldarov. Roger Varian has trained this horse beautifully and should have left enough in the tank for another big performance today. After an easy win at Newcastle on his seasonal reappearance, Eldar Eldarov was sent to Royal Ascot to contest the Queen’s Vase. He just got up in the final stride to win by a nose despite in my opinion not liking the fast ground as much as perhaps had been anticipated. After that followed a below par run in a slowly run Grand Prix de Paris in July, which did not suit Eldar Eldarov at all over a shorter trip. It was in the St Leger where Eldar Eldarov confirmed his promise with a strong staying display to win a shade cosily in the end by two lengths. The step up to 2m today and the fact he is receiving 9lbs from Trueshan gives him a big chance today, although Trueshan will be a tough nut to crack.
4:40 – Balmoral Handicap
Selection: Orbaan (E/W)
David O’Meara has plundered this prize twice since it’s induction to the Champion Day card in 2016 and he holds four solid chances again. Blue For You is O’Meara’s ace card today but at a bigger price I am going to side with his stablemate Orbaan, who has been in great form over the summer. The highlight of Orbaan’s season so far came at Glorious Goodwood where he gave Blue For You a three length beating in quite some style in the Golden Mile Handicap. The son of Invincible Spirit followed up at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting over 7F a week later before finding traffic problems at a crucial stage at York’s Ebor meeting when an unlucky fourth. Last time out Orbaan just narrowly missed by a fast finishing short head in a Goodwood handicap at the end of August. Freshened up since then, Orbaan has winning form on good to soft ground and loves a strong pace to aim at which he should get today. At 14/1 (at the time of writing) he is decent each way value for a stable with a good record in this contest
2.00 British Champion Sprint Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo+ – 6f…. Perfect Power – Ardad X Sagely 3yo colt We have not seen in 69 days (August) since finishing a 3 length 7th to Highland Princess in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest 6f 101yds in Deauville having also finished 7th in the 6f G1 July Cup at Newmarket behind Alcohol Free. The colt’s last win was in June over C&D in the 6f Commonwealth Cup, when beating Flaming Rib by 1 & 1/4 lengths & that was his 2nd win of the season, having won the 7f G2 Greenham at Newbury on his season return in April. We can put a line through his 2000 Guineas run as he doesn’t stay a mile & 6f is his trip, with a pair of G1’s as a 2yo & is a C&D G1 winner – EACH WAY – (5 placesSome Bookies)
2.40 British Champion Fillies & Mares’ Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo+ – 1m 3f 211yds (1m 4f)…. Sea De La Rosa – Sea the Stars X Soho Rose 4yo filly. Ran just 14 days ago at Longchamp when winning the 1m 6f Group 1 Prix de Royallieu beating Jannah Flower by 1 length, her 1st G1 win. That followed on from a pair of Group 2 wins at Deauville in the 1m 4f94yds Prix de Pomone Stakes in August & the G2 1m 6f Lilly Langtry F&M Stakes at Goodwood by 1 length from Urban Artist. She has suffered defeat this term, when finishing 2nd in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock ( 1m 3f 175yds) on July 1st having won the G3 Pinnacle F&M Stakes in May. 4 wins & 4 places from 9 runs over distance – EACH WAY 5 Places (Some bookies)
That’s all for today folks, thanks for popping by, we really appreciate it. Tomorrow at 7pm, we have a treat, so keep eyes on the teams Twitter to see what it could be! Thanks again to the lads for their hard work over the flat season & we are all looking forward to bringing you blog’s from the NH season & keeping an eye on our horses to follow!
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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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 –
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.
Selection – Alpinista
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.
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 DoDeuce 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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 –
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.
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 MischiefMagic 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)
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.
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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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.
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.
3:00 – Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1)
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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