I was working at Bellewstown when I saw Denis Hogan’s Lady Princess bomb out of the stalls and win really impressively. She looked like a runner to follow and she runs again at Navan over 5f on Saturday 3.30pm. It looks a little better than a conditions race with Michael O’Callaghan’s Coultard and Aidan O’Brien’s Lipizziner set to run, but Lady Princess could be one to follow.
There’s a couple in here on a retrieval mission including Godolphin’s Cloudbridge and Lauded who will is ridden by Frankie Dettori but one that disappointed me at Ascot last time was Owen Burrows’ Twaasol.
He was unbeaten in two races going into that contest and can be forgiven that run at what should be a decent enough price to make amends on Saturday.
Enable will be the focus of attention in her prep run for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. There’s no Crystal Ocean in the field this year and while she not a betting proposition at long odds on, hopefully she can confirm her well being and get ready for next month’s assignment in France.
The 6f Grade One Sprint Cup looks really competitive. Dream of Dreams was impressive over 7f at Newbury last time, while last year’s winner Hello Youmzain ran a really good race when second at Deauville to Space Blues, having earlier beaten Dream of Dreams in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Golden Horde looked really good at Royal Ascot too but has disappointed since while Art Power didn’t give his true running when never landing a blow against Battaash in the Nunthorpe Stake and Glen Shiel will be popular with Hollie Doyle in the plate.
However, I’m prepared to take a chance on the Irish raider Lope Y Fernandez trained by Aidan O’Brien.
He’s been racing in top company all season and while he bombed out at Royal Ascot he wasn’t far off Space Blues and Hello Youmzain in France. Ryan Moore has spent the week in quarantine in Co. Tipperary and can ride him at Haydock so he’s my pick.
Longchamp Sunday 15:25
There’s no way you would have though that Victor Ludorum would be an outsider in any mile race he ran in this season after his French 2,000 Guineas win – but that could happen on Sunday in the Group One Prix de Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.
There’s great strength in depth in this race with Pinatubo stepping back up to a mile, Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Siskin travelling over and Queen Anne Stakes winner Circus Maximus representing Ballydoyle as well as Ken Condon’s Romanised and Victor Ludorum’s stablemate Persian King.
Charlie Appleby obviously thinks Pinatubo can step back up to a mile after his 2,000 Guineas disappointment at Newmarket, but I think he is vulnerable over the trip and Siskin can turn him over. He got caught out by the track at Goodwood last time in the Sussex Stakes on his first run against the older horses. That may haver made a man of him and he can take this prize for Ger Lyons.
Ballinrobe 16:15, Sunday
Livelovelaugh hasn’t been having an easy time of it but ran well for a long way at Killarney before fading and is a hard horse to win with. However, you could say the same about the opposition too. Mengli Kham has only won a hurdle race at Kilbeggan, Scoir Mear is rated 131, Thosedaysaregone doesn’t have much experience over fences while Stormey is only rated 120 compared to Livelovelaugh on 135 and they run off level weights.
My best two for Saturday after last weekend’s winning treble, would be a double on Lady Princess and Lope Y Fernandez.
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