Let George Bowen awake your soul!
9 October 2015
There is some superb racing for you to enjoy on the channel this Satrurday at Newmarket and York.
I like three horses and let's start with the Betfred Cesarewitch in which I will be backing Heartbreak City.
I was really impressed with his win at York, where he travelled sweetly and swept through the field to win with consummate ease.
As long as Fran Berry rides with similar patience this horse looks sure to go well. In such a competitive race he should be backed each-way at 8-1.
My second selection comes in the Coral Sprint at York in the form of George Bowen.
He narrowly failed to win the Ayr Silver Cup last time out, in which he travelled strongly and looked the winner for much of the race only to be run out of it in the latter stages.
I am sure he would not have looked out of place in the Ayr Gold Cup off a higher mark, and today he has a gilt-edged chance to prove that he is a really decent sprinter in the making. He should be backed each-way at 6-1.
My third selection is Awake My Soul in the 2.15 at York. This horse went to Italy having been formerly trained by David O’Meara. He now returns to that yard and as ever with this operation I expect him to show much improved form. He has won at this ten-furlong trip and likes cut in the ground.
It is also interesting that O’Meara has three of the eight runners and this one is the choice of Daniel Tudhope. He should be backed to win.
Now that the dust has settled I would like to add a few words of my own to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe post-mortem.
Let me start by emphatically saying that the ride Frankie Dettori gave Golden Horn was tactically superb and in discussing what happened to Treve I do not what to pour a drop of cold water on the Horn’s remarkable achievements.
Firstly was Treve given a bad ride? Yes is the emphatic answer.
She was wide without cover throughout, ridden like defeat was impossible. The same happened to Australia in last year’s Irish Champion Stakes and he also tasted defeat. Both jockeys involved were culpable in the defeats because they had options and quite simply made the wrong decisions.
I think Freddy Head was correct when he partially blamed the hype and the talk of traffic problems for her defeat, but there is a more masked issue behind the ride that Treve got and that is embedded in the role of the pacemaker ridden by Gregory Benoist.
In essence the pacemaker went too slowly, allowing Dettori to get across from his wide draw without having to work too hard.
The slow pace also meant that the field was tightly packed, compounding Thierry Jarnet's fears about traffic problems up the inside rail.
A stronger gallop would have strung the field out and given Jarnet the chance of tucking in and getting cover. Who knows if Jarnet would have sought cover in a more stretched field and we will never know. Thus the pacemaker who was supplemented for the race, rather than helping Treve, actually hindered her.
My final point on the race has my pre-Arc fears that she left her race in the Prix Vermeille last month. On my recent trip to Chantilly I watched her work a mile, she pulled furiously and finished tired. This work came after the Vermeille, a race that had fired her up maybe too much.
Angus McNae's Saturday tips:
2.15 York: Awake My Soul at 6-1 generally available
3.25 York: George Bowen each-way at 6-1 generally available
3.50 Newmarket: Heartbreak City each-way at 8-1