The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the best races of the whole year on the Flat. I have been lucky enough to work there a few times to see the best riders on the best horses – all taking each other on.
Roger Varian’s Postponed is a real favourite of mine. His jockey Andrea Atzeni says he makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up he is that good!
It will be a brilliant training performance to get him to win on Sunday considering he has had a tough year. My heart wants Postponed to win but my pocket will be screaming for the Ballydoyle-trained Found.
She met trouble in running when ninth to Golden Horn last year, but subsequently beat him in the Breeders Cup and she loves this time of year. New Bay is another who will outrun his odds, trained by a master in Andre Fabre and he could hit the frame also.
Sir Michael Stoute has only won the 1m 4f Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes 2.30pm once in the last 22 years but has two fancied runners in Kings Fete and Arab Spring. The latter will be better for his recent win but John Gosden’s Western Hymn gets 3lbs off both and looks the one to be on.
John Gosden’s Shalaa returns from injury in the 6f Bengough Stakes 3.05pm. He looked a star in the making last season winning five on the bounce and should be too good for these. Richard Fahey’s Don’t Touch will appreciate any rain that falls and could outrun his odds.
The 7f Challenge Cup handicap 3.40pm is a really tough affair and a lot are fancied. Dean Ivory’s Librisa Breeze will go well with some cut in the ground. Growl deserves to bag a big one after some cracking consistent runs while Firmament was very unlucky last time.
I’ll stick with Librissa Breeze from stall 16 but will have s saver on Growl for box 3.
Owner Alan Spence has two runners in Double Up and Priceless in the Listed Rous Stakes over 5f (4.15pm) which looks a pin job. Priceless was impressive over 5f at Doncaster in a Listed contest last time and can double up here.
Newmarket has a fillies’ bonanza on Saturday with a competitive 1m Handicap at 2.50pm.
Roger Varian’s Fourth Way could be very well in as we don’t know how good or bad she is. Watch the market.
But William Haggas’ Carenot is blinkered for the first time and considering she has won her last two starts means there could be more to come. She just gets the nod and the stable are flying!
High Hopes bolted up at Ffos Las twice now and is a leading player in the Middle Distance Handicap over 1m 2f at 3.25pm.
David Simcock’s filly that looks well ahead of her mark and can lead them home with Brian Malmoosa fancied to run well for another in-form trainer.
The Grade One Sun Chariot Stakes over a mile has some really smart fillies on show and the time Alice Springs did in the final furlong at Leopardstown was lightning fast.
A reproduction of that would see her beat Ervedya who has cheek-pieces on for the first time. It should be a great race if Ervedya produces her best.