Rachel Candelora hit the bullseye with three of her four tips in last Wednesday's column and is showing a profit of £31.92 based on £1 level stakes since May 1 from 71 tips. The Racing UK pundit hlooks towards Enable's return and the action at Kempton Saturday and digs out four selections from ParisLongchamp.
Kempton will be the center of attention around the racing world on Saturday as Enable is scheduled to make her belated seasonal reappearance in the Group Three September Stakes as her prep ahead of defending her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe crown.
The race was reopened after the initial entries only drew nine runners but now there are 10 entries in the race and if even half of them show up this may not be the cake walk that everyone had assumed it would be for Enable.
Crystal Ocean represents solid form for the race’s leading trainer Sir Michael Stoute, while the French maestro Andre Fabre could have Finche as a contender.
Saeed Bin Suroor, who has won this race four times, has entered both Prize Money and Game Starter, while John Gosden may give Enable some company with the Ebor runner-up Weekender.
Outside of the September Stakes is the London Mile Series Final, the only race run at Kempton on the All-Weather with 16 horses and, if he lines up, Honey Man for Simon Crisford could be the answer to this devious puzzle.
While later on during the afternoon the Group Three Sirenia Stakes features two Listed winners in Sporting Chance and Second Generation but for me, if he runs, Quiet Endeavour for Archie Watson is the horse to beat, not just in this race but as the overall three-year-old All-Weather Champion sprinter next year.
The only bad thing about this day of racing is that due to terrestrial television the September Stakes has to be run as the first race – which honestly is ridiculous so if you are going to Kempton this weekend, get there early.
With no domestic action on the channel on Thursday, attention turns to a decent card at ParisLongchamp and that is where I have decided to concentrate my attention.
Without doubt the class act in this 1m2f claimer is Brave Impact.
The seven-year-oold makes his debut for Fabrice Vermeulen, having been claimed for €17,777 after winning a similar race over 1m4f at the course on July 12th.
The reason he is now in claimers is an issue with starting stalls (he had to be withdrawn at Vichy on August 9 for refusing to go into the gates) but as long as he goes in he should dominate this field and at least he now has a certain Christophe Soumillon aboard for the first time to make up his mind.
The 2-1 on the French morning line looks simply too big.
This is a Group One race for AQPS horses (so effectively it is a championship bumper!) and trainer Gabriel Leenders has an excellent record is this type of race.
Dune Rouge finished three-quarters of a length runner-up to Wednesday rival Etatix when they met in the Group Three Prix Bango at Maisons-Laffitte in April and now the runner-up gets a 9lb (4kg) pull in the weights.
She has gone on to win impressively at Chateau Briant on August 20 and her trainer is quoted as saying that she could not come here in any better form. The French morning line have her in at 5-1.
Charlie Appleby has enjoyed an excellent year with his raiders in France (his record currently stands at seven winners from 19 runners) and Poetic Charm must have a great chance of winning this Listed race for fillies and mares who have not won a Group race so far this year.
The daughter of Dubawi won a 7f handicap at Newmarket in mid July and ran an excellent second to Wind Chimes in the Group Three Prix de Lieurey at Deauville last time out.
Simply that form is good enough to win this.
An unusual race, conditions-wise, at a top French track as it is a rating-restricted Conditions race.
Although Hexis is not quite the top-rated horse in the effectively 12-furlong contest, this Henrythenavigator colt is not far off of the ceiling and he comes here with some of the most solid recent form in the field.
He won a competitive handicap at Craon in June and has since finished second in a very rough race at Moulins.
The first past the post that day, Swiss Man, was disqualified and placed last for bringing down another runner, but is now worse off with the selection at the weights.
Priced up at 7-1 on the French morning line, he looks a value play.