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Charlie Arthur is certainly well handicapped on his best form, but I have a feeling that the top weight is better over 1m 2f. Estrela Star with Simon Walker up is arguably better over a bit further, but will at least have the pace in the race to bring his stamina into play late on. Largo Bay is another well treated but better on the all-weather.
However, this 1m 4f off a solid pace is perfect for the lightly-raced veteran She’s A Novelty. The mare has only visited the racecourse 21 times for a return of one win and seven places. She proved that she retains all of her ability when a running on third at Chester last time out. That was only her second run following a 628-day break and she should be at her peak for her third run back against modest opposition.
This three-year-old handicap looks an absolute cracker jack and I am interested to see how much support comes for the Joseph O’Brien-trained top weight Roaring Gallagher. He was well thought of as a juvenile, but hasn’t really progressed. Still, it remains early days with him as this will be only his second start as a three-year-old. The twice raced Take Heart steps onto grass for the first time after two runs at Dundalk culminating in a clear cut win at 4/9 in a mile maiden and is no certainty to stay the extra quarter mile now, based on his breeding. That made Free Flow my port of call having run well in a strongly-run race over a mile at Leopardstown last time. The son of Flintshire was prominent all the way and saw the gruelling trip out well up the stiff climb at the Dublin track to suggest this extra yardage is made to measure.
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David Simcock’s Light Infantry is taken to reverse last year’s form with Inspiral and emerge victorious in the big race of the day, the Prix Jacques Le Marois.
A year ago, Jamie Spencer managed to cajole a brilliant late run from the four-year-old colt, but just ran out of ground, going down by a closing neck to John Gosden’s brilliant filly.
This season Light Infantry again finished behind his Le Marois conqueror in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot when both were beaten by another of today’s rivals, Triple Time. There is precious little between the trio on that form, but the key could be the pace in the race.
That afternoon Spencer was stuck out in front without a lead, but that will not happen here with the three-year-old Big Rock almost certain to take the bull by the horns from the start. Runner-up in the French Derby behind the brilliant Ace Impact, I expect his partner Aurelien Lemaitre to make this a decent test of stamina as he’s dropping two and a half furlongs in trip. That should enable Light Infantry to settle and get into a rhythm before mowing down his rivals late on in what looks an absolute cracker of a renewal of this famous mile event.
This 6f nursery looks very competitive for the level and several of these have plenty of improvement in them. Impressive Fact is surely a major player having been gelded after running way too freely on his first four starts. This will be his second run back from the operation and it remains to be seen if he will drop the bit and relax in the early part of his races. The shape of this race looked biased towards a huge pace blow out with plenty of the eight runners prominent runners. That could favour either the Godolphin charge if he is held up and my experienced selection, OOPS.
She has run well in some pretty warm races compared to this event and was reportedly not suited to the track at Newmarket in a hot maiden last time out when she hung all over the place. However, her previous placed effort at Ascot gives her first-rate claims now especially as she likes to be dropped in off the pace which likely to be red-hot up front.
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