Wow! What a weekend and I’m already in France right on the spot for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Bonjour Paddy!
Before the Arc, though, there are three meetings I’ve taken a look at Saturday, namely Newmarket, Redcar and Ascot.
Let’s start at Newmarket with the £500,000 2yo Trophy over 7f at 2.50pm. The one I like here is the improving ZHUI FENG a rare decent juvenile for Amanda Perrett.
This Invincible Spirit off spring will love the step up in trip. Waterloo Bridge is an obvious danger, but is up 2f in trip since the Norfolk.
Also at Newmarket is the Group 1 Sun Chariot (3.30pm,) and I’m all over BAWINA each-way here. She was given a shocking ride behind Amazing Maria at Newmarket three runs ago, and has since run well at Deauville including over 10f. She’ll be running on and capable of at least a place against hot favourite Esoterique.
At Redcar it’s the Two-Year-Old Trophy (Listed) at 3pm, and have a few quid on LOG OUT ISLAND here for Godolphin.
He has to give weight away to most, but is all speed and class and can finally get another win on the board after a string of place efforts. Could be a big win for Sean Levey.
At Ascot I’ve had a look at the Group 3 Bengough Stakes at 3.10pm over 6f. EASTERN IMPACT wasn’t good enough against Twilight Son at Haydock last time. But in this class he’s going to be hard to beat for Richard Fahey and Jack Garrity. No stable is in better form.
There’s a nasty 7f handicap at 3.45pm on Ascot card’s and the winner will take some finding! I’m taking a chance with Fahey’s HEAVEN’S GUEST , who often runs well in these type of events and won at Ascot off a mark of 103 in July. He’s 4lb higher here but still capable.
Our attention switches to France and FRENCH NAVY (3.15pm) is a very interesting challenger for Godolphin in the Group 2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp on Saturday afternoon.
Who will Triomphe in the Arc?
But Sunday is where it’s at as TREVE bid for a historic third Arc win (2.55pm) and I fully expect her turn of foot to be enough to score again. At the prices though FLINTSHIRE is a fine each-way alternative as long as the ground continues to dry out.
History dictates that three-year-olds have a tremendous record – but I’m not sure about Golden Horn in this or New Bay and I don’t like Found at all!
By the way lump on MECCA’S ANGEL (3.40pm) in the Prix de l’Abbaye. The ground will be fine for her.
So best of luck. I’m off for a croissant and I expect Paddy to pay for it by the end of the weekend! You hear me Paddy. Yeeehaaa!