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Manobo makes plenty of appeal at Longchamp
An excellent couple of days of action at Longchamp kicks off with the Prix Chaudenay (Saturday 12:23) and there is a strong British and Irish challenge in the 1m 7f Group 2. Aidan O’Brien’s St Leger fourth Interpretation is a likeable type and ought to go well, but the class act is Charlie Appleby’s MANOBO.
Appleby also runs Queen’s Vase winner Kemari, but he has a bit to prove after a disappointing display in the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Manobo looks like the stable’s best chance. Manobo made a big impression on his debut at Newbury when beating subsequent Derby runner-up Mojo Star. He has progressed well, landing a novice at Kempton by 4-and-a-quarter lengths and then a listed race at Saint-Cloud by 10 lengths.
Manobo has yet to race beyond a mile-and-a-half, but he has been strong at the finish in all his races and the form of his win at Saint-Cloud is the best on offer. He can extend his unbeaten record.
Trueshan to take the beating in the Cadran
Last year’s Prix du Cadran winner Princess Zoe is back to defend her crown, but she faces a stronger challenge this time around as Stradivarius and TRUESHAN are among her opponents. Stradivarius has been the dominant stayer in recent years and arrives on the back of a narrow win in the Lonsdale Cup and a more comfortable victory in the Doncaster Cup. However, there are some doubts about whether the seven-year-old is quite the force of old.
There are no such doubts about the five-year-old Trueshan, however, and he can reward his connections’ patience. Trueshan, a wide-margin winner of the Long Distance Cup on soft ground last season, has raced only three times this term as connections have been keen to avoid fast going.
Conditions will be suitable in Saturday’s Prix du Cadran (Saturday 14:15) though, and Trueshan should prove difficult to beat. His Goodwood Cup form is the best on offer this season, he is at the peak of his powers and he promises to be suited by the step up to two and a half miles.
Can Japan to finally land the Arc?
Japan as a country has experienced some high-profile near-misses in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Sunday 15:05) in recent decades – who can forget Orfevre’s agonising defeat in 2012? But, this could be the year they finally land the prize they covet above all others.
CHRONO GENESIS is a four-time winner at the highest level in Japan and is an extremely consistent and reliable performer. She was only narrowly denied by Mishriff in the Sheema Classic in Dubai in March, and that doesn’t leave her much to find with the pick of the European challengers.
She showed a good turn of foot to run out a stylish winner of the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen when last seen in action at Hanshin in June and she looks set to launch a bold bid. She is good value at a double-figure price.
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