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A weekend of racing To Behold

4 Oct 2018

The big weekends are coming thick and fast at the moment, and there’s top quality Group action on both sides of the channel on Saturday and Sunday.

The feature race on UK shores this weekend is the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes over at Newmarket, where the fillies take centre stage over a mile. For me the absolute standout filly in this field is Laurens.  I was so taken with her last run at Leopardstown taking on Alpha Centauri on QIPCO Irish Champions weekend. I thought it was going to be a really tough ask with her travelling to Ireland against the star filly of 2018, but she won that race really impressively never looking like being passed and kept going right to the line.  She has been a model of consistency all year and full credit to her trainer Karl Burke who has managed her superbly well. One thing is for sure, she’ll be really hard to get past on Saturday.

French raider Wind Chimes has been supplemented for the race, and you cannot ignore Andre Fabre bringing her over for a crack at this.  She was unlucky not to win the French 1000 Guineas, but I do think she has a bit to find here to have the beating of Laurens.

Aidan O’Brien has a few declared for the race in Happily, Clemmie and I Can Fly. The standout of those has to be I Can Fly who I sat on at the start of the year. She wasn’t right for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, where I thought she had a brilliant chance, but has won since then over at Leopardstown. In my opinion she is the only one of the three who could serve it up to the market leader.

On Saturday I’ll be riding in Longchamp where the pick of my book has to be the wonderful Knight To Behold trained by Harry Dunlop. I’m delighted to be renewing my partnership with him having won aboard him last time in Deauville.

He has to have a massive chance in the Group Two Qatar Prix Dollar, he’d certainly be one of the favourites on his last run in France. I know Harry is very happy with the way he has been working so he should go into the race primed. He’s a horse I have had my eye on before he ever made his debut on a racetrack but never got the chance to ride him until August. I’m tremendously excited for Saturday and hopeful of a big run from him.

In other news, it was announced today that Cracksman wouldn’t run in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and will instead defend his crown in the QIPCO Champion Stakes on Champions Day. This potentially sets up a mouthwatering clash between him and my boy Roaring Lion!  Cracksman is an exceptional racehorse and if he’s back to the form he showed that day in 2017 it will be a race for the fans to savour.

Horse To Follow: Dorah trained by Archie Watson

Camelot filly who ran a great race at Nottingham and was unlucky to come second. She will have a race in the near future and we’d be disappointed if she didn’t win.