Top jockey with tips from the horse’s mouth

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - PAUL MULRENNAN

QIPCO Bri­tish Cham­pi­ons Day is a day to savour and I can’t be­lieve to­day will be the eighth edi­tion. It has quickly bed­ded in and it’s strange to think Bri­tish rac­ing didn’t have such a big fi­nale pre­vi­ously.

With nearly £4.5m in prize­money it’s the rich­est day’s rac­ing in Bri­tain and it’s no sur­prise to see some of the best horses of the sea­son line up. I read that 19 in­di­vid­ual Group 1 win­ners will turn up.

The big­gest star on dis­play has to be Roar­ing Lion, who runs in the Queen Eliz­a­beth II Stakes. It’s dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that he was beaten nine and a half lengths, al­beit to Masar, on his first run of the sea­son back in April.

John Gos­den has ironed out his kinks and Roar­ing Lion has done noth­ing but im­prove all sea­son. To win the Co­ralE­clipse, Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional and QIPCO Ir­ish Cham­pi­ons Stakes is one hell of an achieve­ment. I can­not see the drop back to a mile be­ing an is­sue and he’s hard to op­pose.

A win for him would also cap an in­cred­i­ble sea­son for Oisin Mur­phy, who has nearly rid­den 200 win­ners this year, which is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

It would be won­der­ful to see Lau­rens win and ev­ery­one should know by now, you un­der­es­ti­mate her at your peril. She’s won four Group 1 races this sea­son but now faces the op­po­site sex for the first time. How­ever, she gets the fil- lies’ al­lowance and we know how dif­fi­cult she is to get past.

It would be a fairy­tale win for PJ McDon­ald, who I have seen a lot of at Jack Berry House, where he has been re­cov­er­ing from a frac­tured an­kle and heel, fol­low­ing a fall in early Septem­ber.

He’s made a re­mark­able re­cov­ery. I think the race is be­tween Lau­rens and Roar­ing Lion, with John Gos­den’s star to edge it.

It could be a won­der­ful day for John, as I can’t see past Cracks­man in the QIPCO Cham­pion Stakes and Stradi­var­ius looks rock solid in the Long Dis­tance Cup.

I quite fancy Sir Dancealot to run a big race at a big price in the Sprint. I thought he ran a de­cent race when fifth on Arc day. He hit a bit of a flat spot and then ran on again and I don’t think he liked the ground in France that day.

Gold can shine at Cat­t­er­ick Over at Cat­t­er­ick, take note of Dakota Gold in the Wil­liam Hill Cat­t­er­ick Dash Handicap. Dif­fer­ent tac­tics were em­ployed last time at Hay­dock, where he was al­lowed to bowl along and make use of his speed and won com­fort­ably. The sharp five fur­longs at Cat­t­er­ick will be right up his street.

A taste of TV ac­tion

I made my de­but on Luck On Sun­day on Rac­ing UK last week­end and I thor­oughly en­joyed it. It was good to get into some in-depth dis­cus­sions with Nick Luck, James Wil­loughby and Ger­ald Mosse and the pro­gramme cer­tainly delves a lot deeper than any other rac­ing show I’ve seen.

This is my last col­umn of the sea­son so good luck over the win­ter and hope­fully my next col­umn will see me talk about horses I’m ac­tu­ally rid­ing, rather than watch­ing on in­jured from the side­lines! Paul is spon­sored by Rac­ing UK, which is proud to present the Rac­ing UK Tracker. En­tries, dec­la­ra­tions, news and re­sults are sent di­rect to your mo­bile phone or desk­top as they hap­pen! Visit www.rac­ing for more.

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