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Superstar filly able to Triomphe in France

29 Sep 2017

Before we start with the upcoming racing, a quick word on the mighty Simple Verse who really has been a great servant to Ralph Beckett and all connected with her. She’s  a super mare, and it’s really hard to come across a horse like that, but it’s the right time for her to finish her racing career and hopefully she’ll make a cracking broodmare.

Onto the weekend’s action, and all the focus is on Sunday’s action in France where there is a very good renewal of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which has a whole host of Champions Series stars looking to cement their name in the history books.

Aidan O’Brien has, as ever, got a few good chances in here. Ryan Moore has chosen to ride Winter, which came as a surprise to some with the likes of Order Of St George and Capri also going from Ballydoyle. She’s by Galileo  which on paper means she should get the trip here, but I remain unconvinced she will see this out as well as some of the others in the field. The two from this stable who certainly will get the trip from O’Brien’s contingent are Order Of St George and Capri and are both interesting contenders. There’s also Ulysses taking his chance who has had an outstanding season landing three Series races, however he still has something to find on King George VI running with the one horse they all have to beat.

Enable is a super, super filly, and her form is top class. People are naturally trying to find an alternative with such a class line up going forward and Enables likely short odds. But I just think John Gosden is going to take a world of beating on Sunday afternoon. He knows how to train an Arc winner, most recently in 2015 with Golden Horn, and with the weight allowance yet another positive for his star performer you’d struggle to oppose her.

Chantilly is a pretty fair track, so I don’t think, unlike in some Arcs, there’ll be many hard luck stories. If I was Frankie Dettori I’d be very positive out of stall 2 and let her class show. You wouldn’t want to get too far behind here with so many runners, so I expect her to go forward and be handy throughout.

My attentions this weekend are firmly on Newmarket and their Cambridgshire meeting where I have a few good chances.

Special Purpose is my ride in the Cheveley Park Stakes, which looks a good renewal of this race. This is a filly I know well who did not get to show her true running in her last race at Salisbury, she had a bad draw and had to cover a lot of extra ground which is never ideal and probably cost her the race in the end. She’s in it to win it and I’m hopeful of a good run.

As I mentioned it’s a decent renewal and there’s three at the top of the market who bring in some good form- Clemmie, Heartache and Threading. Of these my preference would be for recent Doncaster winner Heartache. That run impressed me a lot and showed that she is a filly who finds a lot when off the bridle. there’s certainly more to come from her.

In the Cambridgeshire I’m back on Naval Warfare who I’ve won on at Newmarket on the July course, and comes here off the back of very good run at Sandown. he’s actually probably a bit well in here having been running at a higher level. The draw is an unknown at the moment, but he’s an uncomplicated ride and I’ll try to get him near the front early on and hopefully he can stay there and finish well.

Ziarah is a filly of James Tate’s who I ride in the nursery. She’s had only 4 runs this year starting at five furlongs before moving up to seven. I think she has a chance. She will have the William Haggas filly Awesometank to beat who does look slightly well in. However, my girl is not without a chance here and could do it.

The last race of the day sees me take Suzi’s Connoisseur is another I know well. It all depends if he’s in the right mood on the day, if he is then he can win this.

Horse to Follow:  Diocletian Wednesday 2.00 Salisbury

Camelot horse, ran very well Sandown. I like him a lot and he’ll be a 12 furlong horse next year.