Naps king se­lects a few each-way al­ter­na­tives in case the Oaks hero­ine finds the French Classic too much at the end of a hard sea­son

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Naps king with some each-way hopes for Chan­tilly

Bat­taash saved our ba­con at Good­wood and some­times when ground con­di­tions turn dra­mat­i­cally to the ex­treme you sim­ply have to re­lax and take a back seat as this is the time of year that pun­ters tra­di­tion­ally find the most dif­fi­cult for win­ner find­ing.

The Arc on Oc­to­ber 1st is shap­ing into a bet­ter race than I thought and there are some very in­ter­est­ing each-way ma­noeu­vres to be had.

Ok let’s get this straight from the getgo, on pri­vate rat­ings I have En­able 4lbs clear of the field and hav­ing backed her at 12/1 straight af­ter the Oaks I do have a keen interest in her.

How­ever, there are ma­jor doubts on my mind now that she can com­plete an amaz­ing sea­son by wing­ing the Arc at Chan­tilly, she would be so much bet­ter suited to Longchamp.

Down through the years, the Arc has been a step too far for many great cham­pi­ons, not be­cause they weren’t good enough, but due to the fact that they had en­dured a long and ar­du­ous sea­son at the high­est level.

Troy, Dun­fermline, In The Wings, Her­nando, Mon­t­jeu, Au­tho­rized, High Cha­parral to name but a few were turned over when strongly fan­cied.

It is worth re­mem­ber­ing that En­able has been on the go since April 21st tak­ing in six mid­dle dis­tance races.

I ac­tu­ally thought she looked slug­gish in the York­shire Oaks and there is no know­ing how much her stylish suc­cess took out of her in the King Ge­orge.

The very fact that she has to work for her wins is a neg­a­tive. I’m not con­fus­ing that with the end re­sult which has al­ways been clear cut, but the fact that she has pulled hard in her races and has to be rousted along to achieve max­i­mum speed.

Her As­cot win was, to the eye hugely impressive, but she was un­der strong pres­sure from the home turn to slip into top gear and in that test­ing ground such an ef­fort can take its toll.

I am not for one minute say­ing she can’t win, but un­like sev­eral pre­vi­ous cham­pi­ons she has a dif­fer­ent style of racing in that she wears her heart on her sleeve and that could leave her vul­ner­a­ble at the end of a long and hard sea­son.

She re­mains the most likely win­ner of this end of sea­son championship race, but I have also had back-up bets on ZARAK, CLOTH OF STARS and RECOLETOS all each-way.

The first named is a very lightly raced 4yo, un­ex­posed over the trip and with surely more pro­gres­sion to come.His win in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud was hugely impressive and his stay­ing on sec­ond in the French Derby shows he will have no qualms re­turn­ing to this track.

Cloth of Stars will need good ground to show his best form, but Chan­tilly rarely of­fers a deep sur­face and his placed ef­fort in the Prix Foy was ac­tioned merely to blow away the cob­webs.

Recoletos, third in the Prix du Jockey Club from a poor early po­si­tion, has yet to en­counter 12f and to be hon­est his breed­ing hardly in­spires con­fi­dence.

How­ever, he has been given plenty of time to strengthen up by his shrewd trainer and showed a nice turn of foot on his come­back race to land the Prix Prince d’Orange over an ex­tended 10f and you don’t need much on at 300/1 on the ex­changes to make a healthy profit!

A quick word on the big hand­i­caps of the month with the Ce­sare­witch (Oct 14th) look­ing as open as ever. On good­ish ground VENT DE FORCE would look ex­ceed­ingly well hand­i­capped off 100 and 33/1 is read­ily avail­able in the vil­lage.

The Cam­bridgeshire (Sept 30th) could see the for­mer win­ner of the Sil­ver ver­sion, GM HOP­KINS, run a huge race as long as the ground doesn’t ride on the fast side, while my most in­ter­est­ing wa­ger at the Cham­pi­ons meet­ing (Oct 21st) is NEZWAAH in the Fil­lies and Mares granted a wee bit of give.


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