The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe may be the headline attraction at Longchamp this weekend, but there are a host of headline races on the rest of Sunday’s card worth taking a look at.
Speaking on the latest episode of the twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, our very own Paddy Power has picked out his top selections.
NANDO PARRADO is going to be favourite. Not that I’m one for exaggerating or over-egging things but Campanelle, who he was second to in the Prix Morny, is probably the best two-year-old in the world on turf. Being second to that is pretty good form.
We know he’ll handle the ground and Clive Cox can do no wrong – especially with two-year-olds – so it’s pretty straightforward for me.
You can tie yourself in knots looking at this race because loads of the horses have each other held on form. I was going to go with Kings Harlequin, as plenty are tied in to him on the form lines. But Kings Harlequin is held by Fev Rover – Richard Fahey’s horse – so I just came back to the favourite PRETTY GORGEOUS.
It’s just obvious – the ground is similar to when he beat Shale in the Debutant. He got beaten by Shale on good ground but then beat him on soft ground so I think that form may be very strong.
I was running around in circles, fancying Tiger Tanaka and Fev Rover and Kings Harlequin, but I just came back to the favourite as I’m choosing to put that Shale run as the best bit of form.
I’ve tossed a coin between Alpine Star and TAWKEEL, because Alpine Star probably has the best form in the book but it is said that this race has been the aim for Tawkeel all season. She’s also won her last five runs so is obviously improving towards this day. I need to give the French at least one home winner!
It’s no massive surprise to see Battaash scratched from this because of the ground. It’s a shame because he probably wouldn’t have won and was going to make the market for everything else. I think the only two horses that can win it are the first and second favourites – Glass Slippers and MAKE A CHALLENGE.
I think Make A Challenge is more appealing because he will love the ground. The more rain, the better. I think it’s going to be perfect for Make A Challenge and Denis Hogan. Glass Slippers hacked up in this last year on similar ground so between the two, they might have the forecast between them.
I’m strong on ONE MASTER going for three in a row. There are horses that just rock up and win multiple times at some of these specialist races. And this is a specialist seven furlongs on soft ground, and that is exactly what One Master wants. This is the one race every year that’s made for her, so One Master all the way for me to win a repeat.
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