A great weekend ahead culminating in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday.
I like the Japanese runner Makahiki who brings a near-perfect record into the race and was a neck winner from Midterm over course and distance last month. His only defeat came when finished second in the Japanese 2,000 Guineas after being held up at the back of the 18-runner field.
If you believe the whispers, he’s training like a champion, and for all the stats you’ll read, 17 of the last 22 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners (77 per cent) have been three-year-olds. What’s not to love?
But let’s not ignore the bread and butter first….
Ballydoyle’s beautifully bred daughter of War Front has been found a very soft contest to start her career. The three horses that have raced don’t set a massive standard and Seamie Heffernan’s mount is well drawn in stall 5. Old Time Waltz holds a 1,000 Guineas entry and looks to have most to fear from Godolphin’s Heat of the Day.
An unexposed type from the top stable of Roger Varian who was progressing nicely until her last try at Yarmouth when she ran in a hood. That comes off and she switches back to the dirt where she went off at 11/8 on debut at Lingfield.
She was badly behaved beforehand and never really fired. This testing track will suit perfectly and so will the 114-day break.
Wish we were on when he was rated 74! He’s now perched up on 107 and can take another step forward tonight. He’s had the one try around here over 7f early on in his career & he acquitted himself well. Jim Bolger’s runner has a great attitude.
The likely favourite Long Island Sound has all the equipment on after getting beaten a head in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington suggesting he didn’t give his all. Now might be the time to take him on.
A dual winner in France over 6f and a mile he was bought by his trainer Robbie McNamara from Godolphin for £30,000 and was punted like he was already home in a maiden hurdle at Galway.
Backers got their fingers burnt but went back in for more punishment at Down Royal – with more of the same and also ran poorly at Navan.
To say he didn’t take to hurdling is an understatement – so he’s back on the level tonight. He must work like a champion so I’ll give him once chance to prove it.
Robert Cowell’s runner has been well supported in three out of his four runs this year, but so far it’s been burnt fingers.
He cannot be easy to keep right as he’s only seen the track eight times in his life and his only try on the sand was a good effort.
He wasn’t beaten far at Lingfield and a mark of 83 doesn’t look his ceiling. Could just be under the radar at a nice price tonight.