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    • Last Sunday featured six Group 1 races in Ireland and France so an afternoon of real quality. I'll start at The Curragh where the ground was perfect and the weather likewise for the second day of Irish Champions Weekend. The first of the four championship races was the Flying Five over 1000m for which 14 sprinters went to post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSB28CDzh5k As might be expected, a close finish but GLASS SLIPPERS is an autumn filly and her target will be to retain the Abbaye which she won last year. You'd be forgiven for thinking, given she has been well held twice by BATTAASH at Ascot and Goodwood this season, she'd be on a fool's errand taking him on again but BATTAASH won the Abbaye in 2017 when it was at Chantilly and has been an expensive failure the past two years and he looks especially vulnerable if it comes up soft or heavy. GLASS SLIPPERS loves slow wet turf and must have a big chance. The question over the form is or are the placed horses - both fillies but KEEP BUSY is borderline Listed class for all she ran very well last time while SONAIYLA was coming back in trip after a third in Group 3 company last time. The fancied raiders, QUE AMORO, A'ALI and EQUILATERAL were all well held with A'ALI especially disappointing trailing home last. The two juvenile championship races started with the Moyglare for the fillies over 1400m. PRETTY GORGEOUS went off a solid favourite after a clear win in the Debutante last month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot10Vqa7UDc SHALE got her revenge on PRETTY GORGEOUS from the Debutante and it's hard to see there being any fluke about it. OODNADATTA got closer to SHALE than she had in the Silver Flash and while I think the former could be a decent longer-term prospect, it does seem as though the first two are the two top Irish juvenile fillies and perhaps we'll see one or both of them at the Newmarket Future Champions Meeting next month. The National Stakes was robbed of a degree of interest with the late defection of BATTLEGROUND (coughing) but MASTER OF THE SEAS and LUVCKY VEGA brought solid juvenile form to the table. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rufsi4CJjqU A messy and unsatisfactory race from where I was sitting. That said, THUNDER MOON got hampered, stopped in his run and still had a really strong turn of foot to get back in front close home which augurs well for the future. This was only his second run - he's by Zoffany out of a Sadler's Wells mare so 2000m at least should be within his compass but that turn of foot makes me think he's a miler in the making. The unconsidered WEMBLEY ran on down the outside and went straight into the notebook - this was his first run on decent ground having endured three or four runs on much slower surfaces. MASTER OF THE SEAS did plenty early on and had nothing left in the final 200m while LUCKY VEGA was anything but getting baulked twice and while I'm not saying he would have won, I think he'd have finished second with a clear run and while some thought after the race he hadn't proved he stayed 1400m, I'm convinced and I hope connections bring him to Newmarket to take on the likes of CHINDIT, ETONIAN and the top British juveniles.  The Irish St Leger over 2800m has occasionally had a bearing on Melbourne's Spring Carnival and it was improving British handicapper FUJAIRA PRINCE who shared favouritism with the 2019 Irish Derby winner SOVEREIGN. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua4LB0FsZtw SEARCH FOR A SONG regained her title in this race having shown clear signs of a return to form behind MAGICAL in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. It was another tremendous training performance by Dermot Weld which would attain added poignancy in the following days with the passing of Weld's former stable jockey, Pat Smullen, whose charity race, run on this day last year, drew a number of ex-jockeys(both flat and jumps) out of retirement.  FUJAIRA PRINCE and TWILIGHT PAYMENT both ran strong races in defeat but it may be only the latter of the front three will end up at Flemington as it seems more likely both SEARCH FOR A SONG and FUJAIRA PRINCE will head to Champions Day for the staying race. The Group 2 supporting Blandford Stakes for the fillies and mares saw a convincing win for CAYENNE PEPPER who was second in the Irish Oaks and whose form with TARNAWA would get an unexpected boost (more below), Back to 2000m seemed to work well for CAYENNE PEPPER and it'll be interesting to see where she goes next. Off to Longchamp at the end of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris for Arc Trials day but a different format this year with the Niel, the trial for the 3-y-o colts, replaced by the rescheduled Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris over 2400m. Ten went to post and this featured the loing-awaited return of the English Derby winner SERPENTINE, who had not been seen since his Epsom romp. He faced a numbe rof those he beat that day including ENGLISH KING and some useful local challengers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OWG-MmYOx0 One or two reputations left in tatters on the Parisien turf - PORT GUILLAUME ran a shocker while ENGLISH KING was never travelling and SERPENTINE's Epsom winner was revealed to be the fluke many thought it was at the time. The English 3-y-o colts look distinctly average and the French little better but for MOGUL this was redemption. This is a horse Ryan Moore has always loved but with Moore at The Curragh it was Pierre Charles-Boudot who came in for the plum ride and he gave MOGUL a beautiful run round and in the end did this easily. I'm to be convinced I've seen an Arc winner - MOGUL has twice finished behind PYLEDRIVER and the latter was held in the Leger so it all reads a bit average if I'm being honest. The placed horses, IN SWOOP and GOLD TRIP,  had finished third and first in the Greffulhe way back in June but hadn't much since and with MISHRIFF having won the Jockey Club you're struggling to see a decent French 3-y-o colt as well. The 3-y-o fillies have been a better bunch with LOVE in particular looking like a potential champion but they had their Arc Trial in the Vermeille along with the older fillies and mares. RAABIHAH was strongly fancied. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPuNdUQeeUA An emphatic win for TARNAWA who looked really good on this evidence. She is one of those slow-maturing Aga Khan fillies with which Dermot Weld does so well and on an afternoon where Weld picked up another Group 1 with a filly, this capped a fine day for the master trainer. TARNAWA had won the Blandford last year and on her re-appearance after a 294-day break had beaten CAYENNE PEPPER (this year's Blandford winner) at Cork. TARNAWA heads for the Fillies & Mares at Ascot on Champions Day and must have real claims if the ground doesn't come up too deep - she ran in the race last year and got bogged down in the mud. RAABIHAH ran okay but you had a sense the bubble was burst for that one and with less than two lengths between her and Irish Oaks winner EVEN SO in sixth, the sense for me was that LOVE and ENABLE have little to worry about from the other fillies and, with the defeat of GHAIYYATH at Leopardstown, the older colts either. The current Arc betting in the UK is 13/8 LOVE, 9/4 ENABLE, 12/1 Bar which tells you all you need to know. The Group 2 Foy was the Trial for the older colts and featured the 2019 Derby winner ANTHONY VAN DYCK and the top European stayer, STRADIVARIUS. They were prominent all the way in a race which, predictably , turned into a sprint off the home turn. Barzalona rode a fine front-running race on ANTHONY VAN DYCK out-smarting Dettori on STRADIVARIUS but the two ran their Coronation Cup form from way back in June almost to the ounce. You'd have to think the Arc will be run more as a British race than a French race - with a stronger gallop - and that will help STRADIVARIUS but on this evidence all he can hope for is a place. It may just be the winner, whose limitations have been exposed since his Epsom triumph, is finally getting over those exertions and may yet be a useful older colt. I also thought NAGANO GOLD ran well given he lost ground at the start. Strangely, ANTHONY VAN DYCK became the first Derby winner since HARZAND in 2016 to win another race after Epsom which is incredible. HARZAND was ridden by Pat Smullen whose death at the incredibly young age of 43 from cancer has dominated the racing media this week.  
    • The Coronavirus Act needs to be thrown out for once and for all.  It's disproportionate, beyond belief it was ever created when one exercises common sense & looks at the Chain of Events. Michael P Senger author of Chinese Global Lockdown Propaganda Campaign is worthwhile  reading his take.   Let's face it, we all used to get Earthquake, fire and Exercise Drills, Dental care lessons & how to brush ones teeth, check you don't have nits in yr hair, how to prevent catching Influenza or diseases etc as part of the role carried out by "Public Health" in education so why is this virus so special and different  that the world has come to a halt?   The photos in early articles in Michael P Senger's account are suffice to show we have been scammed by a pack of lazy Scientists who spend far too much time on Social Media.  
    • @army Our local supermarket allows 90 pple maximum, which is what the law has always stated.    It's a lot smaller than a racecourse. The rules are disproportionate, as is the stance that this Gvt, and others are taking towards those who have either a runny nose, fever, pneumonia or a new repeated cough.
    • It's overdue everyone stood up to those "Scientists" & those calling the shots including Miss Ardern who was at Massey University during the week without any Social Distancing, Mask & in very close proximity of a group of pple who looked like the same outspoken students involved in BLM Protests. We all need to ensure Society returns to civilisation, normal life, pronto as is required under WHO & Civil Emergency Legal Requirements.   Do recall we have been repeatedly told that the likelihood of catching Coronavirus at Supermarkets etc where one is casually passing by one is hardly likely to catch Covid.   Besides, they have been Community Contact tracing from the outset, pple can always use the Covid Serco app for what it's worth or  keep a journal if they are concerned abt contacting C19.      
    • Viruses are hardly likely to spread in wide open spaces, anyone with half a brain knows that. Indeed Vitamin D and sunshine on one's body with fresh clean air in one's lungs is the best way to retain one's overall well being and keep viruses at bay.   Remember when we had free apples and milk in schools together with Exercise drills first thing in the morning? We'll it's time commonsense in Public Health was brought back to where it used to be before the lot of no hopers we have calling the shots. Auckland University allow 300 students in lecture theatres for Law classes.  Follow the Science & we will all be having "Died following Science" on our Death Certificates.  
    • Exactly. This is bullshit. We should all be treated the same.  
    • Yeah, get the feeling there is a good win in the offing for him some time over the spring. Going to stick with, for sure. 
    • Woa!!! steady on.You are talking about the Racing INTEGRITY Unit there!!! Are you questioning their INTEGRITY????
    • When did that rule get changed? Its only 3 days ago that owners were not even allowed to watch their horses at the Levin Jumpouts according to an NZTR directive,even though they are unofficial.Smacks of double standards Mr Saundry??Surely not??
    • he was gone before the 150m thats for sure
    • Not a lot of luck for Cascadian. One spot behind the winner in running. Willo got off the rail and won. Oliver is still there. 
    • Catalyst – Began only fairly. Near the 150m was severely checked when crowded between Tactical Advantage and Ball Of Muscle which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider G Schofield. Having regard to G Schofield's actions Stewards elected to take no action against any rider. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 2/5 lame in the off foreleg. Trainer Mr C Chipperfield was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Catalyst racing or barrier trialling again. Mr Chipperfield advised that the gelding would undergo further veterinary examinations which the results will be reported back to the Stewards in the days subsequent.
    • It's kind of funny,now its election time hes even slagging off his main coalition  partner,Peter's wont have any more choices,its game set and match. Racing will probably survive,it has before,in what state no one knows.
    • I did hear them say there was a room for group 1 owners, a room for sponsors, a room for members and one other but can’t remember who .   
    • ?????? Do they eat more? Wear more expensive shoes? Carry 2 jockeys instead of one? By the time they have become Gp 1 quality I would have thought they have plenty of funds in the bin and training fees are a lesser burden relatively speaking. Seems to me that funding and PR more important at the entry level to keep participants in the game.
    • How come the stipes report doesn't state that Mandalay slipped going into jump at 1400 before it fell.  Is it because they were slipping down the other end of track because the jockeys weren't riding the steeple course because the ground was so hard out there and Kuru took the route by riding back on course proper over the adverse camber to find some slight give in ground for the jumper. Does seem the stipes like to put things up in a manner that doesn't adversely affect protocols
    • how good are trumps bacon and eggs going to taste in the morning????  what a day and what a trilling next week or 2 this is going to be TDS is going off the richter-scale at the moment justice roberts just became a 28 handicapper in a field of pga stars will the republican senators have a backbone or will the RINO's bow to the mob  very interesting times ahead   
    • had a dream trip then done nothing got to be something wrong surely
    • Yes, we are going to be living with this for some time aren't we so surely there are some possible solutions under level 2. I see too that cinemas are allowed 100 in each cinema so long as they are socially distanced and don't mingle?! Racecourses have plenty of spaces they can seprate off don't they, though I appreciate that takes some organising which costs in wages. Heck as a spectator after missing another chunk of racing, I don't know about others but I would happily pay a fee to get the chance to be on course.  As a start though, if limited to 100 and more requests from owners are received than numbers allowed why not just draw the names out of a hat? Remain seated at a set table when inside, 2m distance outside and no mingling with jockeys, owners, strappers and trainers (keep that 2m distance at all times and seperate areas)?  Suppose there might be uproar from those who miss out though! 
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