Horse Racing France Weekend Update

Horse Racing France Weekend Update

Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr1)

The 4-year-old Recoletos (Whipper) won his second Group 1, Sunday, September 9 at ParisLongchamp in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr1). Second in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1) at 3, Recoletos was bred by the Spanish Hinojosa family, whose stud is based in Normandy.

Before his Sunday success as a favorite, Recoletos won this year’s Prix d’Ispahan (Gr1), then failed at Ascot before finishing second to Irish great Alpha Centauri, absent on Sunday, in the Prix de Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Gr1) at Deauville.

He came by on Sunday with Olivier Peslier on board, and stayed on to fetch 3 years-old filly Wind Chimes (Mastercraftsman) in the last strides.The filly had had a better trip inside the field.

English raider Expert Eye (Acclamation) finished in third place ahead of Plumatic (Pivotal) and Lightning Spear (Pivotal), also a good finisher. However, the front-running Wootton (Wootton Bassett) and Oriental (Smart Strike) had completed the first 5 furlongs of this mile in just over a minute, a very fast time.

The winner’s jockey, Olivier Peslier, won the race for the third time in since 1998 with Desert Prince, and 2008 with Goldkikova.

Enable Returns

Enable (Nathaniel) made a big statement by winning the September Stakes (Gr 3) on her belated return to action at Kempton on Saturday. The filly’s win gave the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe picture a different complexion, with the filly reacting just as her jockey, Lanfranco Dettori, was expecting. Trainer John Gosden said: “She has had a perfect preparation – four weeks ahead of the Arc de Triomphe. I liked everything about her race as she went away from her field and consequently Crystal Ocean {her main rival} was never able to mount a serious challenge. Enable was operating somewhere between 80 to 85 per cent of her optimum fitness levels. She will progress between now and the Arc de Triomphe. The filly has had a frustrating several months on the sidelines as she is an active type that loves to train and race.”

Dimanche 01 Octobre 2017;Chantilly;QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE – G1 – QUINTE +;Lanfranco DETTORI;Khalid ABDULLAH;John H. M. GOSDEN;SCOOPDYGA – CHOURAQUI Elliott

Crystal Ocean took second place in the race and is a possible addition to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe field. His trainer, Sir Michael Stoute said: “We will discuss this with the owner. But there are a lot of good races or him this autumn such as the Canadian International and the Champion Stakes…”

Before the race, Enable was rated a 5/1 chance by the bookmakers for the Arc. She has now shot to the head of the betting again, having originally been at the head of the queue after her 2017 Arc win before being displaced

in that role. However, she is back in vogue for the big ParisLongchamp race, having been slashed to as low as 6-4 in places. She has also been quoted at 2-1. Consequently, her main market rivals are all on the slide, and one time favourite Sea of Class (Sea The Stars) is now available at odds ranging from 4-1 to 5-1; ditto Cracksman (Frankel) and Lah Ti Dar (Dubawi) who have ‘lengthened’ to 8/1 and 10/1 respectively. As for the Sir Michael Stoute pair, Crystal Ocean and Poet’s Word (Poet’s Voice), they have variously been quoted at odds varying from 10/1 to 14/1.

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