Char­lie says Roar­ing Lion can fol­low up in the Jud­dmonte

Char­lie was im­pressed by Roar­ing Lion’s Eclipse vic­tory and says he can fol­low up in the Jud­dmonte

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Glo­ri­ous Good­wood is one of the most ea­gerly-awaited sum­mer rac­ing fes­ti­vals with the Gp 1 Sus­sex Stakes one of its high­lights de­spite Al­pha Cen­tauri wait­ing for the Prix Jac­ques Le Marois at Deauville – a race spon­sored by her own­ers, the Niar­chos fam­ily.

We know the bril­liant filly will not be tried on soft ground and her end-of­sea­son tar­get is likely to be the Breed­ers’ Cup Mile given the love af­fair the fam­ily have for the meet­ing. With that in mind our first rec­om­men­da­tion must be for Al­pha Cen­tauri (4/1 at BetVic­tor) to win at Churchill Downs at the begin­ning of Novem­ber.

You can get rain in the area at that time of the year but I feel that is fac­tored into the price. She will surely be 6/4 on the day if she gets to the track in the same form as she was at ei­ther the Cur­ragh or New­mar­ket in re­cent weeks. Rec­om­men­da­tion: Al­pha Cen­tauri 1pt win Breed­ers’ Cup Mile 4/1 at BetVic­tor

With­out Jes­sica Har­ring­ton’s star filly, the Sus­sex Stakes looks to be With­out Pa­role’s for the tak­ing, but 6/4 with BetVic­tor looks short enough given this un­beaten son of Frankel might be ground de­pen­dent and it must rain in Bri­tain even­tu­ally?

I would pre­fer to look for an each way al­ter­na­tive and feel Lord Glit­ters (16/1 at BetVic­tor) might be the one for David O’Meara.

The se­lec­tion has fin­ished run­ner up in all three starts this term, but trav­elled like the best horse in the race when just touched off by Beat The Bank in the Group 2 Sum­mer Mile at Ascot last time. The se­lec­tion would cer­tainly not be a 16/1 chance if there was give un­der­foot with a ca­reer record of 2211212122 when the word soft or heavy ap­pears in the of­fi­cial go­ing de­scrip­tion.

Jamie Spencer has been in the plate for the five-year-old’s last cou­ple of starts and I won­der if he had his time again whether he would have left his chal­lenge even later, given he ap­peared to hit the front be­fore be­ing run out of it close home by An­drew Balding’s Beat The Bank at Ascot last time.

Good­wood’s round mile will hold no ter­rors for the grey who has, ar­guably, im­proved with each start this term. He may need to find a bit more again in the Sus­sex Stakes but I am a big fan of O’Meara and it goes with­out say­ing that any sig­nif­i­cant rain would be a big help. Rec­om­men­da­tion: Lord Glit­ters 1pt each way Sus­sex Stakes 16/1 at BetVic­tor

Look­ing fur­ther afield and it seems as if the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional Stakes at York will be one of the races of the sea­son and a fas­ci­nat­ing clash-of-the­gen­er­a­tions. Trainer John Gos­den sug­gests En­able will make her be­lated sea­sonal reap­pear­ance in a race that is spon­sored by her owner Prince Khalid Ab­dul­lah.

The filly was a bril­liant win­ner of her last six starts last sea­son but all those wins were gained over 12f and it might be worth not­ing that she was beaten on her reap­pear­ance over this 10f trip last sea­son.

De­fence of her Arc de Tri­om­phe crown looks the main end-of-sea­son tar­get for the daugh­ter of Nathaniel and at 5/1 with BetVic­tor she is re­luc­tantly over­looked in favour of sta­ble­mate and Eclipse Stakes win­ner Roar­ing Lion (3/1 with BetVic­tor) who is a con­fi­dent se­lec­tion.

I was amazed at the time it took to con­firm Roar­ing Lion as the Sandown win­ner and thought at one stage that the Stew­ards’ were con­sid­er­ing the ride and tac­tics of Wayne Lor­dan aboard Hap­pily – he cer­tainly didn’t make life easy for Oisin Mur­phy.

I felt Roar­ing Lion was value for much more than the of­fi­cial mar­gin of a neck over the Guineas’ win­ner and I would be dis­ap­pointed if he didn’t con­firm the form on the Knavesmire.

The 5-year-old Poet’s Word was a bril­liant win­ner of the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes and I don’t agree with the opin­ion that odds-on favourite Cracks­man un­der­per­formed. I just think the lat­ter is a bet­ter horse now on ground with plenty of give and prob­a­bly a-mile-anda-half.

Poet’s Word is a big dan­ger if he comes through the King Ge­orge with his rep­u­ta­tion in­tact but I feel Roar­ing Lion is a high-qual­ity colt over 10f on good ground and can­not be op­posed. Rec­om­men­da­tion: Roar­ing Lion 2pts win 3/1 at BetVic­tor Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional Stakes

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