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6.10 – Breeders Cup Filly And Mare Turf
Newmarket 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo has been a superstar for connections this season and will look to sign off in style with victory in the Filly And Mare Turf. This nine furlong trip should be ideal for her and if the exertions of a long season don’t catch up with her she is very much the filly to beat. She will have to get the better of the 2014 1000 Guineas winner Miss France but she is yet to get her head in front yet this season and perhaps a bigger danger will be Queen’s Jewel representing Freddie Head.
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Conor O’Hehir put a call in Stateside to Joseph O’Brien ahead of the Breeders Cup 2015 – they discuss previous visits, the team this year and the future ahead of a huge couple of days. Catch all the Breeders Cup action with Conor on RacingFM this weekend with thanks to www.thetote.com – Join here
Busy day as curtains come down and new ones go up with the switching of the seasons proper.
The Racing Post Trophy can go the way of Deauville for Aidan O’Brien, has some ground to make up on Foundation of course but that looks likely given the gap before meeting the smart Gosden colt. Both are ideal types and with a little bit of rain due and the match fitness now certain I take Deauville to reverse the form and stamp a marker down for next year in what does look a fiar price for a match.
Cheltenham is back and it could be a serious day for trainer John Ferguson who has live chances throughout the card.
The opener looks set to go that way although the price is nothing to shout about for the talented Penglai Pavillion, classy on the level and looks a proper player for the the hurdles division where conditions will come right now against some more traditional NH types.
I’ll steer clear of most of the card bar having the notebook out but Liberty One has claims better than the odds suggest at 5.05 and if delivering on promise shown to date and with conditions to suit for a good pilot he can last home and go close in the Amatuer riders Handicap Chase. Highly thought of, solid P2P form and under rules it’s what might still be in the tank now in a season where it will come together if not today then shortly this term.
Champions day at Ascot and the will he run saga reaches another round of farce with Gleneagles – if he can’t run today then you have to wonder what the talented legs are made of under the engine of a seriously smart three year old. It’s close to a tilt at the states so it might be that they just head there for the last outing but this is a situation that has now got to the silly stage.
Solow will pose a super test of his mettle but without knowing if they match up it just puts a cloud over the day where there isn’t one looming in the sky just yet. I think if he runs he wins but I’d just like to see him again as I am sure many would.
Aidan O’Brien walked the Ascot track today ahead of an intended run for stable star Gleneagles in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at the track tomorrow afternoon.
No decision was made on the participation and O’Brien warned that any rain and Gleneagles will not run and also that Ryan Moore will know eveyrthing they need to make a decision after riding in the opening races on the card. If an absentee as has been the case with Gleneagles several times this season it will leave Solow a warm order for the race and in search of a ninth win on the bounce.
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What has traditionally been a mixed card, the Birdcatcher Premier Nursery race day at Naas Racecourse, will for the first time this year be an all flat card with feature races including the Clodovil EBF Garnet Stakes (L) and the Es Que Love EBF Bluebell Stakes (L) taking centre stage this Sunday October 18th.
The first running of the Bluebell Stakes (L), a one mile four furlong race for fillies only has received a very competitive entry. Endless Time is the sole English raider, a good winner at Newmarket recently, who is trained by Chris Appleby. Other notable entries are the Dermot Weld-trained Almela who was narrowly beaten in the Oyster Stakes (L) in Galway, dual Listowel winner Sr Cartage and John Kielys, Toe the Line, who finished just ahead of Shu Lewis when the pair were second and third in the recent Loughbrown Stakes (L) at the Curragh.
Another very busy Saturday!
Cesarewitch at Newmarket takes a bit of solving. Interesting yesterday to hear from Olly Murphy on RacingFM about Bayan who has “had a little wind op” and that might just eek more from a runner that already would tick plenty of boxes. A super tough type who gives everything and Cam Hardie is up top from the foot of the card they look set for a big run.
The other I like is Nearly Caught who goes for Hughie Morrison and the runs behind Seamore and Quest For More highlight a strong chance and then went the wrong way behind Litigant in the Ebor but obvious excuses there alone and without the main pack. Returning to the previous runs he looks overpriced to figure especially as there will still be a bit of moisture there this afternoon in the ground.