Follow France in stamina test
AIDAN O’BRIEN has made the bold move to let SOUTHERN FRANCE (3.40) take his chance in Newmarket’s Dubai Cesarewitch Handicap rather than wait for a Group Two contest at Ascot next Saturday.
That tells us the master of Ballydoyle must believe his three-year-old is welltreated in this marathon test racing off a mark of
107, and I tend to agree with the great man.
The son of Galileo was third in the St Leger behind the 117-rated Kew Gardens and the 115-rated Lah Ti Dar – who was getting 3lb – with a
114-rated animal behind him in fourth.
He gets a healthy 10lb from his older rivals, and he has looked an out-andout stayer since grinding out a victory in a Listed affair over a mile and five furlongs at Navan in May.
The multiple Irish champion trainer saddled a Barney Rubble at Cork on Wednesday, so I’m expecting a big run from Southern France.
John Gosden has never won the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes, but he can put the record straight when TOO DARN HOT
(3.00) attempts to make it four victories on the trot.
The son of Dubawi showed a blistering turn of foot to take the Group Two Champagne Stakes run over today’s trip at Doncaster last month, having earlier bagged a brace at Sandown Park. The stable sent out a twoyear-old winner, Buffalo River, at Kempton on Wednesday so we know the juveniles from Clarehaven Stables are in rude health.
At York, MY LORD AND MASTER (2.05) is worth a punt in the Download The Coral App Handicap as the assessor has dropped William Haggas’ three-year-old 3lb from his last run to 99.
This colt chased home Rostropovich in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester in May over today’s trip and the winner landed a Group Three at Leopardstown in September to earn a rating of 113.
With only six runs under his belt, My Lord And Master has the scope to improve past this mark and Danny Tudhope is the best jockey in the north.
In the 20-runner Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap, FLYING PURSUIT (3.15) will carry my each-way cash with the layers paying 1-2-3-4 places as Tim Easterby’s sprinter was third off 100 in the Ayr Gold Cup last month.
The five-year-old captured a 14-runner handicap over course and distance in July and was third in last year’s race when running off a rating of 101. Drawn in stall 19, he should get a nice tow into the race with Pipers Note, who likes to be up with the pace, housed next to him in trap 17.