Well yesterday’s 3pt blitz on Thundering Blue ended in grave disappointment with the horse clearing running with a winning chance but in a race that turned into a tactical nightmare.
Thankfully October starts in Chantilly with the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe. Europe’s premier flat race is a great trip, and the GB and Irish visitors will be expecting a significant haul across the card.
The main event looks booked for John Gosden’s super filly Enable. There are no lines of form that can suggest defeat, but it’s a long season for 3yos and that can leave them vulnerable in this race.
If she fails, the teak tough Order of St George looks best placed to profit.
We though will be a bit more speculative, or to be accurate, a lot more speculative.
Last year’s running on never nearer 6th home, One Foot In Heaven, probably ran a career best then, this ground looks more suitable and the 5yo has had a nice light build-up. He can make the places.
Later, the 5f Prix de L’Abbaye gives last year’s winner Marsha a decent repeat chance.
This ground will be much slower and, much as in the big race, it may offer an each way sneak to one who ran well last year.
Finsbury Square was a decent 4th last year. Although he hasn’t reached that level since, the return to this track with softer ground more favourable could see him improve on that placing for some each way theft.
One Foot in Heaven, (1505 Chantilly), 0.5pts each way, 100/1 William Hill
Finsbury Square, (1635 Chantilly), 0.5pts each way, 20/1 Ladbrokes
One Foot in Heaven & Finsbury Square, 0.5pt each way double
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