Jessica Harrington sends Albigna to Longchamp for the Prix Marcel Boussac at 13:15. She disappointed at the Curragh when running too free and bottoming out at the business end of the race. With that contest under her belt, she could get the Irish raiders off to a flyer.
The feature race of the whole weekend is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at 15:05 and Enable looks to become the first horse to win three ‘Arcs’ on the bounce. She’s the best horse in the race and with normal luck in running – should do it. She’s odds-on, though, so if you’re looking for some each-way value I’d suggest Waldgeist, who closes out his races well. I fancied him to fill the places in the King George at Ascot and he came home in third. At a double-digit price, he can finish well on Sunday.
The 5f Prix de l’Abbaye at 16.30 is all about Battaash who is the fastest horse in the race but can have the odd off-day. It’s just a question of whether you want to take the price to see if the real Battaash turns up.
There’s a mixed card on Sunday at Tipperary, where the first few races are on the Flat before the jumps action kicks in.
There’s a valuable 2m Conditions Hurdle at 15:00 where Ballyoisin, David’s Charm and Petit Mouchoir are the big three in the field. Ballyoisin was a good winner at Killarney and his fitness could see him being too good for Petit Mouchoir.
The 15:30 is the Novice Hurdle and Way Back Home and Razoul are the two to take out of it. I know Way Back Home was beaten in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh but he’s a way better jumper and should be too goo for these.
The 2m handicap hurdle at 16:00 looks competitive enough and my dad Ted runs Oscars Den. He didn’t shine the last time over fences, but I wouldn’t worry about that. He usually runs his race and if he was 4/1 or bigger would look good each-way value.
The 16:35 looks a cracking novice chase and Willie Mullins runs three. Paul Townend has picked Brahma Bull over Dandy Mag and Robin De Carlow, who is in good form at home, but it was probably a tough pick as Dandy Mag was a good winner at Galway and Robin De Carlow has done nothing wrong.
Moon over Germany was a good winner of a handicap chase at Aintree over 2m and the step up to 2m 4f could suit him while the form of Champagne Classic in novice chases is rock solid.
If Gordon Elliott’s Champagne Classic is fit enough he looks the best horse in the race.