Fol­low France in stamina test

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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.

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