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Char­lie McCann is look­ing for­ward to the Chan­tilly clas­sic and the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional with high hopes

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Our man looks for­ward to the Arc and the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional

Hav­ing done this col­umn a huge favour when run­ning away with the Oaks back in June, EN­ABLE took her form to another level when run­ning away with the Ir­ish Oaks at the Cur­ragh in July. We are likely to see the filly next in theYork­shire Oaks atYork but it is the Arc at Chan­tilly in Oc­to­ber that I am more in­ter­ested in, sup­port­ing the filly from a bet­ting medium.

One thing that is worth not­ing is that the John Gos­den-trained filly will have to be sup­ple­mented for the con­test.Whilst fork­ing out 120,000 Eu­ros is un­likely to be a ma­jor ob­sta­cle for owner Prince Khalid Ab­dul­lah it is a slight con­cern.

Three-year-old fil­lies have a good re­cent record in the race with Zarkava (2008), Dane­dream (2011) and Treve (2013) all suc­cess­ful in the race in the last decade and I am con­vinced En­able is the best three-year-old in Europe.

To win two clas­sics by an ag­gre­gate of more than ten lengths shows the class of the daugh­ter of Nathaniel who has only met with de­feat once in five ca­reer starts, and it would be fair to say that jockey Wil­liam Buick was not too hard on the filly on that oc­ca­sion.

Last year’s Ir­ish and English Cham­pion Stakes win­ner Al­man­zor has yet to make his sea­sonal reap­pear­ance and is yet to race be­yond an ex­tended ten fur­longs but he looks the best of the older horses such was his bril­liance at both Leop­ard­stown and As­cot at the back end of last sea­son.A son of Wot­ton Bas­sett, his stamina for the ad­di­tional quar­ter of a mile is not guar­an­teed, al­though the distaff side of his pedi­gree sug­gests he could in­deed im­prove for the ex­tra quar­ter-mile.

Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget,the colt was due to reap­pear on the Knavesmire in the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional this month, but con­nec­tions have had to post­pone his come­back af­ter a mi­nor set­back and he is best watched un­til his well-be­ing is con- firmed.That said he looked a su­per­star at the end of his three-year-old ca­reer but can he give 11lbs to the Oaks win­ner.

Talk­ing of the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional and the sec­ond rec­om­men­da­tion must be Bar­ney Roy for the York con­test af­ter the colt’s sec­ond to Ulysses in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last month.

The St James’s Palace win­ner was step­ping up to ten fur­longs for the first time at the Esher track and with cham­pion miler Ribch­ester in the same own­er­ship one would imag­ine that con­nec­tions will con­tinue to go down the ten fur­long route with the Cham­pion Stakes al­ready ear­marked as the pri­mary end-of-sea­son ob­jec­tive.

I would be stag­gered if Richard Han­non didn’t give his colt the green light forYork given he is likely to have just the two more runs this sea­son be­fore em­bark­ing on a four-year-old ca­reer which is likely to be geared to­wards a crack at the Arc in Oc­to­ber 2018.

The son of Ex­cel­e­bra­tion is 3/1 at BetVic­tor to take the In­ter­na­tional Stakes and I ex­pect to see him go off 7/4 or 13/8 on the day. That said Han­non has yet to con­firm his Guineas sec­ond as a run­ner – Ir­ish Cham­pion an al­ter­na­tive – but he can­not be op­posed if fac­ing the starter.

Rec­om­men­da­tions: En­able – 1pt win Arc at 6/1 with BetVic­tor. Bar­ney Roy – 1pt win Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional at 3/1 with BetVic­tor.

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