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