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