Change Tac in the Cadran
Man On The Spot previews the feature races from Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe day at Longchamp.
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Robert Cowell will be hoping Jwala holds his form after the latter returned a shock 40/1 winner in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Soft ground may not be ideal, however, and Nunthorpe third Sole Power could also struggle on the surface. The latter was well beaten in last year's renewal along with Spirit Quartz. Mirza dead-heated for first with Dibajj in last month's trial over track and trip with Catcall only a neck behind in third and that trio are hard to separate while MAAREK beat Kingsgate Native and Stepper Point in soft ground at Newbury last time. He'd earlier finished second to compatriot Cape Of Approval at Cork but a low draw has been an advantage here in recent years and Barry Lalor's sprinter gets the vote. Dutch Masterpiece got the better of Hamza at the Curragh in August and Reckless Abandon could figure if back to his best.
Sandiva won a Group 3 over 7f at Deauville in August for Richard Fahey and a literal reading of the form gives her every chance with LESSTALK IN PARIS. But the former as been nowhere near soft going so far, unlike Jean-Claude Rouget's filly, who scored in testing ground over a mile at Chantilly with the minimum of fuss. She's taken to maintain her unbeaten record at the main expense of Royalmania. The latter looks to have been laid out for this after landing the odds in a couple of lesser events. Majeyda will need to step up on her recent second to Ihtimal at Doncaster and Wonderfully finished behind the same horse when fourth in last week's Fillies' Mile at Newmarket. Queen Catrine has only raced on fast ground over 6f to date but Veda and Testina are open to improvement.
Richard Hannon won last year's renewal with Olympic Glory but the latter had achieved more than this year's representative Barley Mow coming into the race. Aidan O'Brien has won this prize on numerous occasions though not since 2006. Wilshire Boulevard has decent claims this year having finished second in the Gimrack at York in soft ground, but it could pay to stick with KARAKONTIE. He picked up a Group 3 race over track and trip last month and Jonathan Pease's colt is just preferred to Noozhoh Canarias. The latter remains unbeaten after winning a Listed event in the French provinces with Another Party well behind and Christophe Soumillon takes over the reins today. Baby Foot makes more appeal than Charm Spirit of the remainder.
TASADAY failed to cope with Arc contender Treve in the Prix Vermeille last time. She faces nothing of that calibre in this and Andre Fabre's filly had won a couple of Group races over today's trip at Deauville earlier. She also has the beating of previous Group 1 winner Silasol on latest running and should have the edge over Sarkiyla and Dalkala, who were separated by only a length when placed in the Prix Jean Romanet in August. The soft ground may see Secret Gesture go close on the back of placed efforts in three Oaks races. Ralph Beckett's filly finished ahead of Red Lips when runner-up in the German version and makes more appeal than the other UK raiders Thistle Bird and Gifted Girl.
Orfevre supporters may have just about recovered from watching the Japanese star snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in last year's renewal. He looked all over the winner before idling in the closing stages and will be out to make amends this time round. However, there may be better value on offer and a punt is taken on INTELLO. The French Derby winner had an easy prep-race in a Group 3 here last month and there's a chance Andre Fabre's Galileo colt will be even better over 1m4f. The unbeaten filly Treve continued her progress with a cosy victory in the Prix Vermeille trial here last month but Thierry Jarnet will do well to get a good position from an outside draw and Al Kazeem has come out even worse drawn widest of all. Another Japanese raider in Kizuna was all out to beat Ruler of The World in the Prix Niel over track and trip with Ocovango and Flintshire further behind. It would be no surprise to see the runner-up reverse the form while Aidan O'Brien also runs St Leger hero Leading Light.
Having trained Goldikova to win this in 2010, Freddy Head now has another brilliant filly on his hands in MOONLIGHT CLOUD. Unbeaten this year, she had a host of Group 1 winners behind when landing the Jacques Le Marois at Deauville last time and is hard to oppose. Gordon Lord Byron won this last year and with a recent victory in a Group 1 sprint at Haydock under his belt looks sure to make another bold bid. Garswood has a bit to find with the latter on Haydock running though he's better over today's 7f trip while French 2000 Guineas winner Style Vendome ran below par in soft ground last time. Group 2 winner Viztoria has a much tougher task here and and the German raider Sommerabend was well beaten in this last year.
Times Up and High Jinx lock horns once again after finishing first and second respectively in the Doncaster Cup. The former should come out best once again of that pair while Les Beaufs has the beating of Gloomy Sunday of the home challengers and could go close. Seismos also has leading claims if his recent second to Novellist is taken at face value but he's unproven over this far. It was hard not to be impressed by TAC DE BOISTRON's win in soft ground at Chester last month. Marco Botti's charge won a Group 2 race here when trained in France, stays 2m and a chance is taken he gets home over today's marathon trip.