Angus McNae: a 12-1 tip for the Arc plus four other bets

By Angus McNae
Sat 1 Oct 2022

Two winners last week here on the Sunday blog and hopefully more to follow with four domestic selections and, firstly, a fancy for the Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp.

3.05 Longchamp: Onesto

The Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe can stay at home with the French-trained Onesto fancied to repel raiders from around the world.

He won the Group One Grand Prix de Paris here over the same trip and handled soft ground that day. Subsequently, he ran a blinder in the Irish Champion Stakes when narrowly beaten by Luxembourg. Watch a replay below.

He will be better stepping back up in trip now and the discrepancy between their prices is marked with Luxembourg about 7-2 and Onesto available at 12-1.

He is lightly raced and open to improvement at this trip. And with two wins at this track, he is clearly suited to the style of racing here. He can win this for Fabrice Chappet and Stefan Pasquier.

1.25 Kelso: Onward Route

This horse would have won on his chasing debut at Hexham, but for a race-ending error at the last fence.

That was his chasing debut off a mark of 115. He gets to race off the same mark here and as such looks to be well treated. He travelled strongly and jumped well in the main at Hexham, which promises plenty for his future over fences.

Rebecca Menzies has had a tremendous year and her link up with Brian Hughes with her jumps horses is always worthy of note. Compensation awaits after that unlucky loss at Hexham last time out.

2.25 Tipperary: Markaz Paname

Markaz Paname looked to be going places when winning the Group Three Gladness Stakes at The Curragh two starts ago and, despite defeat last time out at Leopardstown, looks to be one to keep the faith in.

At Leopardstown he was drawn wide in stall 20 and it was his first run for five months.

A wide trip and lack of fitness probably told in the end but he shaped really well and wasn’t given a hard time once his chance had gone. He goes well with cut in the ground and can resume his progression.

3.00 Tipperary: Champ Kiely

He's one that I highlighted as being one to follow in the Racing TV magazine and I am excited to see him race again after he demolished a field of maidens at the end of July.

He is an exciting prospect and, despite the drop in trip, I think he can make all the running under Danny Mullins.

He won by 21 lengths last time and the second and third have won since in novice company, giving the form a solid look. He may well be a chaser in the making but the impression he created last time out suggests that he is well worth his place in Grade Three company.

3.35 Tipperary: Abacadabras

Surely this drop in grade from will see this classy individual back into the winner’s enclosure.

He has his quirks, but they should not make a difference here against opposition that cannot boast anything like his CV.

He didn’t stay the three miles of the Christmas Hurdle when last seen at Leopardstown but he did win the Grade One Aintree Hurdle the season before last and was a fine second to Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

He may end up novice chasing this season and this should prove to be a confidence boosting win before he embarks on that challenge.

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