Ray Flanagan with selections from Longchamp and Tipperary.
Longchamp 2.55- Golden Horn and Free Eagle,
Treve bids to stamp herself as possibly the greatest filly of all time by winning three Arc’s and she will take some stopping. However she will certainly need to be as good if not better than last year and at the prices looks worth opposing. I think Golden Horn is a very good horse and indeed an underestimated Derby winner in many ways. John Gosden’s colt has been very strong in the final furlong of all his races this year apart from the one blip at York and the combination of quick ground and 12 furlongs will I think make him hard to beat. He impressed with powerful finishes in both the Derby and The Eclipse and he had a little up his sleeve when winning at Leopardstown in the Champion Stakes. The draw is a slight concern but Dettori knows this track inside out and should be able to navigate a passage through the race giving his mount his optimum chance. I think if he is level one furlong out he will prove the strongest to the line.
I do not believe Free Eagle is as good of horse as Golden Horn, however the prices still make him interesting. A lightly raced type, his Champion Stakes effort should have made a man of him and it is possible we will get a career best from him today. That may not be quite good enough but he could sneak a place and could even win if the principles run below par.
Longchamp 5.20- Fun Mac
Very tricky fare with the field much of a muchness. I am not confident in any way about Fun Mac but he appeals as the best value in the race. Judging on the collateral formlines there is very little to choose between the French and UK form and although at first glance it would appear Fun Mac is not quite a Group one standard of horse, it can be argued his form is certainly as good as that of the home challenge. He enjoys a seven pounds swing with Clandaw Warrior on Ascot form and might possibly be open to more improvement than that rival today. From a berth of stall one, he should be closer to the pace throughout than in the Doncaster Cup and holds a sporting chance at any rate.
Tipperary 4.45- Captain Carleton
Captain Carleton seemed to improve for changing stables when winning on the flat at Dundalk last week and could be interesting on his first hurdles outing for his new handler. He shaped promisingly behind Sort It Out at Leopardstown last winter and ran a fair race at Bellewstown earlier in the summer. He should be there or thereabouts.
2 pts ew-Golden Horn-2.55 Longchamp-7-1 General
0.5 pts ew- Free Eagle-2.55 Longchamp-16-1 General
1 pt ew- Captain Carleton-4.45 Tipperary-8-1 General
0.75 pts ew Fun Mac-5.20 Longchamp-8-1 General