THE PAUL MULRENNAN COLUMN

Top jockey with tips from the horse’s mouth

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I’ll be hop­ing Sea Of Class can do the busi­ness in to­mor­row’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe. I’ve ref­er­enced a cou­ple of times in this column about just how highly I re­gard James Doyle. He’s rid­ing out of his skin and de­serves all the suc­cess that comes his way.

James is hav­ing to get down to 8st 9lb but he is the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional and will make sure he gets to that weight in a way which won’t af­fect him from rid­ing at his peak. The fact he is so de­ter­mined to get down to that weight tells you all you need to know about how se­ri­ously he rates Sea Of Class’ chance.

And I think he’s got a se­ri­ous chance of win­ning, too. Fil­lies have a great record in the race, es­pe­cially ones who are rea­son­ably un­ex­posed and im­prov­ing, which she cer­tainly is. She’s gone through the ranks this sea­son and ended up win­ning the Ir­ish and York­shire Oaks. She beat a top-class field last time at York and wasn’t re­ally asked too much in the process.

It sounds bor­ing but I think it’s be­tween the two fil­lies, En­able and her, and James will have to be at his very best, given they are drawn in stall 15, whereas the favourite and last year’s win­ner is in the per­fect slot in six.

If these two fail to per­form, for what­ever rea­son, then Kew Gar­dens could pick up the pieces, and looks a solid each- way propo­si­tion. Odds of 10-1 look quite big for a Clas­sic win­ner and the race will be run to suit him. And re­mem­ber, it was only two years ago, when Ai­dan O’Brien trained the onetwo-three and his horses are in red-hot form right now, as we saw at New­mar­ket last week, when he mopped up the big two-year-old races.

Mabs Cross, who I would have rid­den but for my in­jury, lines up for the Qatar Prix de l’Ab­baye. She is in A1 con­di­tion at Michael Dods’ and they couldn’t be hap­pier with her.

Ger­ald Mosse takes the ride for the first time and is ob­vi­ously a world-class jockey.

He is the ideal type for a warm-up filly like this who grad­u­ally goes through the gears. She looks to have a great chance of notch­ing her first Group One.

She did, of course, come ag­o­nis­ingly close to do­ing just that in the Nun­thorpe Stakes at York, when los­ing out by a nose to Al­pha Del­phini.

For some rea­son that horse is 20-1, and you should take note that she rep­re­sents the same own­er­ship group and trainer in Bryan Smart who won the Ab­baye with Tan­ger­ine Trees in 2011.

In Eng­land, I can’t see be­yond Lau­rens in the King­dom of Bahrain Sun Char­iot Stakes at New­mar­ket to­day, and I think the book­mak­ers have once again un­der­es­ti­mated her chances at 11-4.

Red Bal­loons and Rath­bone have solid chances in the Rac­ing UK Two-Year-Old Tro­phy at Redcar.

Red Bal­loons won the big sales race at York and could be a class act, while Rath­bone might not have won be­fore, but is very con­sis­tent and has only 8st 6lb on his back.

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Solid each way chance: Kew Gar­dens

High re­gard: James Doyle

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