Boudot can ride the fiery Char­iot again

WIND CHIMES can blow her ri­vals away in the Sun Char­iot Stakes at New­mar­ket (3.15).

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary - By John An­thony

Trainer An­dre Fabre and jockey Pierre Boudot com­bined to win this race in 2015 with Eso­terique and have an­other ma­jor chance to­day.

She ticks pretty much all the trends boxes for this Group 1 con­test. She has won a Group race, is proven over the dis­tance and didn’t win last time out – few Sun Char­iot win­ners fol­low up a vic­tory in their lat­est race.

While there have been a good spread of age groups tak­ing this, three-year-old have won three of the past six, which is an­other plus. She fits the bill on the of­fi­cial rat­ings too, which is some­thing that can­not be said for sev­eral in the lineup.

It’s good to back up the trends with good re­cent form and the cross-Chan­nel raider can cer­tainly boast that. She was beaten by just a neck in a Longchamp Group 1 last month af­ter win­ning in good com­pany at Deauville.

She might be com­ing here as the French 1,000 Guineas win­ner but for a bad draw giv­ing her prob­lems at Chan­tilly.

It was an ex­cel­lent ef­fort to fin­ish third and this quicker ground could well suit too.

There’s a hot hand­i­cap at As­cot to get stuck into with the Chal­lenge Cup at 3.35.

It has been a race for dis­tance win­ners, which rules a few of the big field out and you want to have run within the past month.

It hasn’t re­ally been a good race for older horses so it is prob­a­bly best to stick with those aged and three and four.

It doesn’t hurt to have tasted suc­cess at As­cot be­fore and that shines a light on the chances of RIPP ORF.

He has run his best races in big fields up this straight 7f. He took the Vic­to­ria Cup against 26 ri­vals in May be­fore fin­ish­ing an ex­cel­lent third in an­other her­itage hand­i­cap in July. He then showed his class to win a sim­i­lar race to this in Septem­ber be­fore an­other good run at New­mar­ket last time out.

With many horses you would be con­cerned that they have gone to the well too many times this sea­son but he seems to love his rac­ing and 3lb claimer Ja­son Wat­son can get an­other good tune out of him.

Ear­lier on the As­cot card, FIRST ELEVEN picks it­self in the Cum­ber­land Lodge Stakes (2.25).

John Gos­den’s Frankel colt is the right age at three for this race and showed his lik­ing for the course and dis­tance when win­ning cosily here last time out. The only real thing he lacks on the trends is a Listed-class or bet­ter win but his lik­ing for the track can­cels that out.

Com­mu­nique does boast that good vic­tory and could be the main dan­ger af­ter a com­fort­able enough win at New­mar­ket last time.

To­mor­row’s highlight is the Prix De l’Arc de Tri­om­phe at Longchamp where En­able is try­ing to fol­low up last sea­son’s bril­liant vic­tory.

There are lots of rea­sons to think she will man­age it to, not least the fact that Frankie Det­tori and John Gos­den have two Arc wins in the past three years, in­clud­ing last sea­son with this tal­ented four-year-old.

It’s a con­cern that she has had just one run since and there is an­other con­tender that fits the trends bet­ter. SEA OF CLASS is the filly in ques­tion. She has the good record of run­ners from her age group in her favour and she won the Ir­ish Oaks on her way here – some­thing that En­able did 12 months ago.

In fact, all of the three­year-old fil­lies that went on to win the Arc in the past decade took an Oaks ear­lier in the cam­paign.

Al­though the race has its usual big field, there doesn’t seem to be a mas­sive amount of qual­ity on show. With de­cent ground fore­cast, there shouldn’t be an up­set this year – fa­mous last words!

Ticks boxes: Wind chimes

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