Mabs win sweet com­pen­sa­tion

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I WAS dis­ap­pointed to miss out on the win­ning ride on Mabs Cross at Paris-Longchamp last week­end, but de­lighted for the team who have man­aged this filly so bril­liantly.

To keep her at the top of her game all sea­son is some achieve­ment, and credit to Michael and Carol Dods and all the staff in­volved.

Re­mem­ber, she started her sea­son at Bath back in April and hasn’t fin­ished out of the first four in her seven runs. Along the way, she’s won the Palace House Stakes, fin­ished third in the King’s Stand, and was touched off by a nose in the Nun­thorpe.

Her win in the Prix de l’Ab­baye was sweet com­pen­sa­tion for owner David Arm­strong. What makes it even sweeter is that he bred the filly too.

Close

I have made no se­cret of how highly I re­gard James Doyle and I think he rode a good race on Sea Of Class in the Arc.

They were killed by the draw and he had no choice to drop her out and switch her off. To get her as close to win­ning as he did was some achieve­ment. It just shows how im­por­tant a role the luck of the draw can play.

One of the big hand­i­caps of the sea­son, the Dubai £500,000 Ce­sare­witch Hand­i­cap, is staged at New­mar­ket to­day and STRA­TUM (3.40) gets my vote.

Wil­lie Mullins’ stayer was backed like de­feat was out of the ques­tion in the Ebor at York, but he was badly ham­pered and never got a look-in.

This step back up in trip and eas­ier ground will play into his hands and can give Tony Bloom back-to­back wins af­ter With­hold won for him last year.

Im­prov­ing

Michael sad­dles KINGS GIFT (2.05) in the Down­load The Coral App Hand­i­cap at York and he looks a big price at 20-1. He could eas­ily be placed.

DAVE DEX­TER (2.40) is an­other who will love the ground and is im­prov­ing. He can win the coral.co.uk Rock­ing­ham Stakes, while I’d side with PER­FECT PAS­TURE (3.15) in the Coral Sprint Tro­phy Hand­i­cap. The softer the ground, the bet­ter, and he showed he was as good as ever with a good sixth in the Ayr Gold Cup last time.

Paul will be a spe­cial guest on Luck on Sun­day on Rac­ing UK to­mor­row. The pop­u­lar show, hosted by Nick Luck, re­turns for a sec­ond se­ries, un­der the spon­sor­ship of Al Basti Equi­world. Paul is joined by Ger­ald Mosse, Gra­ham Bradley and James Wil­loughby.

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