Class can tell for Hag­gas in the Arc

SEA OF CLASS can fol­low in her fa­ther’s hoof­prints by win­ning the Prix de L’Arc de Tri­om­phe at Longchamp to­mor­row.

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - by Mike Francis

Her sire Sea The Stars was a bril­liant vic­tor in 2009 and his daugh­ter looks a chip off the old block.

She has the ex­cel­lent record of fil­lies on her side, with six wins in the past ten years. And three-yearolds do bet­ter still, es­pe­cially if they have won a Clas­sic on their way to Longchamp.

Trainer Wil­liam Hag­gas has mar­shalled her well this sea­son and over­came the dis­ap­point­ment of a set­back forc­ing her out of Ep­som by win­ning the Ir­ish Oaks in fine style.

She gets a handy weight al­lowance and has a sim­i­lar pro­file to En­able, who took this 12 months ago and looks the main dan­ger this week­end.

John Gos­den’s four-yearold has had just one run since her hero­ics at Chan­tilly but it was a good one as she cruised home at Kempton last month. She put the ex­cel­lent Crys­tal Ocean in her place there and has ev­ery chance.

There are a cou­ple of neg­a­tives in that Gos­den isn’t sure that the new Longchamp sur­face will suit her – and of­fers of around even money from the book­ies don’t get the heart rac­ing. Say­ing all that, En­able de­serves to be favourite and should run an­other big race.

Out­siders have a habit of win­ning this and Capri could eas­ily out­run his odds.

He was out with the wash­ing in this 12 months ago but had just come from win­ning an ex­cel­lent Ir­ish St Leger so had ex­cuses. He looked rusty when beaten here last month on just his se­cond start of the sea­son.

It’s his three-year-old form that makes odds of around 25-1 look tempt­ing. He won the Ir­ish Derby and Bal­ly­doyle have been pa­tient with him.

Team O’Brien also have St Leger win­ner Kew Gar­dens and Ryan Moore has cho­sen to ride him. His form looks strong and his stay­ing power may be an as­set. But there has to be a worry that this is com­ing too soon af­ter Don­caster.

PIC­TURE: PA Pho­tos

Arc fancy: Sea of Class rid­den by James Doyle wins the Dar­ley York­shire Oaks

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