speed fig­ures

Mike Fran­cis was im­pressed by Kevin Ryan’s flyer

Racing Ahead - - CONTENTS -

Mike Fran­cis up­dates the list af­ter all the high-class ac­tion in France

FRANCE held much of the classy Flat rac­ing last month and that’s re­flected in the top speed fig­ures. HELLO YOUMZAIN was the top two-year-old per­former thanks to his con­vinc­ing vic­tory in the Group 2 Cri­terium de Maisons-Laf­fitte. That was over 6f but his fu­ture could be over slightly fur­ther and the soft ground def­i­nitely suited again.

The Arc was billed as Europe’s classi­est con­test of the sea­son and the clock seems to agree with all the prin­ci­pals record­ing high speed fig­ures.

Win­ner EN­ABLE charted a 114, with WALDGEIST 115 and CLOTH OF STARS 116 by virtue of them car­ry­ing a lit­tle more weight than the win­ner. SEA OF CLASS weighed in with a 113 and looks set to con­test all the Group 1s over mid­dle dis­tances next sea­son given the chance.

We shall see whether the chance of win­ning an un­preceB­dented third Arc will tempt con­nec­tions of En­able to keep her in train­ing. Let’s hope so be­cause it would be ex­cit­ing to see how she goes next sea­son.

On this side of the Chan­nel, MR LUPTON clocked a speedy 112 when win­ning at New­bury on Sep­tem­ber 22 and went close to fol­low­ing up at As­cot on Oc­to­ber 6. He’s had a busy sea­son but, given he likes fast ground, he may get the chance to notch an­other win be­fore the cam­paign ends.

AZANO looks an­other ju­ve­nile to keep an eye out for af­ter win­ning by five lengths at Yar­mouth on Oc­to­ber 15, record­ing a handy 112 in the pro- cess. That was over 7f but he looks ca­pa­ble of rat­ing higher still when tack­ling a mile and looks a nice prospect in the care of John Gos­den.

BRO­KEN SPEAR has had a lot of rac­ing for a young horse and there’s a chance it will take its toll. But he ran his best race of the cam­paign when scor­ing at York on Oc­to­ber 12 with a speed fig­ure of 108. He is likely to have a hefty hand­i­cap mark as a three-yearold so could go back to the well this term.

An old favourite — MUNTADAB — rolled back the years to score well at Le­ices­ter on Oc­to­ber 16, earn­ing a solid 101.

He gets on well with 5lb claimer Cameron No­ble (who is one to watch too) and won with some­thing in hand.

Hello Youmzain

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