Quite possibly one of the best races ever to be run at ParisLongchamp takes places on Sunday afternoon.
The Group One Prix de Moulin sees six incredibly tough milers head to post in an epic showdown, and this is where we find my NAP of the day.
I was at ParisLongchamp myself for Thursday’s meeting and I must say the ground was in fantastic condition (I walked the home-straight) and there will be no excuses this weekend.
There’s a few I fancy strongly throughout the day and a small double (NAP/NB) could be the way to go, along with my each-way selection who WILL get his head in front soon.
The six runners in this race have won a combined 14 Group 1 races between theM and although PINATUBO is the only one of the sextext not to have scored at Group One level over the mile trip, I reckon things may change in Paris on Sunday.
Charlie Appleby’s star colt was highly impressive when taking the Prix Jean Pratt at Deauville last month, producing a lightening turn of foot up the stands rail going on to score with ease.
Pinatubo has been placed third and second in his two previous efforts at the mile (most recently having been held by very exciting Palace Pier), but judging by the way he hit the line at Deauville the three-year-old merits another go to prove himself at this distance.
The small field size can play to Pinatubo’s advantage and if James Doyle (comes in for the ride due to logistical/Covid-19 reasons) can keep him covered up for long enough, then a reproduction of the finishing kick he displayed in the Jean Prat should see Pinatubo home in front here.
With the three-year-old’s obviously less exposed here and in receipt of 2kgs from their elders, Siskin and Victor Ludorum could be huge dangers to Pinatubo in what should be a race to savour.
He looked something special when winning his maiden on debut at Saint-Cloud back in May and since then SEALIWAY has gone from strength-to-strength.
The two-year-old has already scored on three of his four outings (including at Listed level) and although the only chink in the colts armour came over this course and distance on his penultimate start, there was a valid excuse.
Sealiway missed the break badly and was left trailing by five lengths in the early stages, before closing strongly from far off the pace – he was the eye-catcher of the race and a rather unlucky loser.
If producing the form he showed last time out when taking a Listed race at Vichy by 5 lengths, then Sealiway should have no problem tuning around the form with Go Athletico here and could go on to be a group class animal.
A horse I have flagged up before and one that has been incredibly unlucky not to win one of these ‘Quinte’s’ (valuable listed handicaps) already this season, AIGUIERE D’ARGENT comes into Sunday’s race off bottom weight.
The beauty of the French system means although the horse has been placed on five of his last six runs and won over €20,000 in prize-money, his handicap mark remains unchanged – thus, in theory he has a every chance once again.
His trainer Nicolas Clement, who been in solid form all summer and saddled an impressive Listed winner on Friday, has chosen to supplement Aiguiere d’Argent into this race at the declaration stage (which generally is a sign of confidence) and the booking off Stephane Pasquier is a huge positive in these races.
A wide draw in stall 12 will not play to the geldings strengths and was probably the reason for his poor performance last-time-out at Deauville, but the long straight at ParisLongchamp is more forgiving and I am sure he will not be too far away at the finish.
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