Despite defeat in the Moyglare on Irish Champions Weekend, Pretty Gorgeous still came out of the race with a big reputation. She proved the time before when she beat Shale how well she handles soft ground and how much quality she has.
There’s a big field for a race of this nature but she stands out a mile as being the one with definite Group 1 ability. The step up to a mile and the heavy ground can only help her and she will take a lot of stopping.
Sottsass’ whole campaign has been geared towards peaking for today’s race. He has steadily been improving without reaching the levels he hit last season.
Returning to a mile and a half for the first time since his 3rd in last year’s race, he looks to have a great chance of upsetting Enable here and, with question marks over the quality of a lot of this year’s field, he looks a rock solid each way play with Paddy paying 4 places.
Superstar filly Alpha Centauri’s half-sister can add a second Group 1 to her tally here. She re-opposes Diane winner Fancy Blue under her optimal conditions here and the ¾ length second to Palace Pier in the Jacques Le Marois, clear of the rest, is far and away the best form here.
She’s had a nice break since and comes into this fresh with her main danger in my opinion being the Vermaille winner Tarnawa, however she is drawn 14 with Alpine Star in 4 I can see very few negatives.
A Wave Of The Sea receives the 4yo allowance which could prove crucial in this. Has looked a sound jumper in his first two starts over the larger obstacles, winning at Kilbeggan last time and this trip looks like it could be his optimum.
There’s some stiff opposition in the shape of Galvin & Sizing Pottsie but both have to concede plenty of weight and that could make the difference.
Classy hurdler Poseidon successfully reverted to the Flat at Limerick a few weeks ago for the shrewd Charles Byrnes yard. A 9lb rise for that success can prove lenient as he won quite snugly that day.
The excellent Sam Ewing retains the ride and he can take this before targeting a premier handicap before the end of the season.
The phrase “this is his/her gold cup” gets thrown around the trading room a lot (mostly from me) but this IS One Master’s Gold Cup. 7f in France in October on soft ground is this horse’s bread and butter and she has everything in her favour in the attempt to score a hat trick in the race.
Earthlight can be taken on given the interrupted season he’s had and his two wins have come against awful opposition.
Our traders’ NAPs for Sunday’s racing
Conor Murphy: 13:50 Longchamp – Pretty Gorgeous
Adam Killeen: 15:05 Longchamp – Sottsass (e/w)
Lorcan O’ Rourke: 15:50 Longchamp – Alpine Star
Ryan McCue: 15:38 Tipperary – A Wave Of The Sea
Conor Magner: 16:55 Killarney – Poseidon
Sean O’ Sullivan: 16:55 Longchamp – One Master
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