There is plenty to go at on Sunday, including the Qatar Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe and three Grade Three contests on a good card at Tipperary.
Enable is hot favourite to win the Arc for a historic third time but I am keen on a French-trained runner priced up at 17-2.
3.05 Longchamp: Sottsass
This horse looks primed to run a huge race in the Arc and can upset the Enable party.
He was third in this race last year and, like Enable, has been targeted at this year’s renewal all season. He comes into this as a fresh horse, having had only four starts this season and none of them have been at this 12-furlong trip at which he is completely unexposed.
He handles very soft ground, even if it may not be ideal. Let’s face it, conditions are unlikely to be ideal for any of the runners.
He already has a French Derby and a Prix Ganay on his CV and his fourth in the Irish Champion Stakes last time out was a tremendous effort and will have set hm up nicely for a second tilt at the Arc.
Clearly, Enable will be tough to beat but there is a lot going for this horse, not least his price of 17-2 with William Hill and his lightly raced, unexposed profile.
3.38 Tipperary: Galvin
Galvin is a young upwardly mobile chaser from the in-form Gordon Elliott yard.
He was well-supported when an excellent second to Imperial Aura at the Cheltenham Festival and after a four-month lay–off returned to action with two wins at Killarney.
Both of those wins came against lesser opposition and clearly this is a tougher task, but his Cheltenham form makes him stand out here even if he is up in grade.
He is reunited with Davy Russell, which is no bad thing, and even though he is going to go off a strong favourite any price at odds against is worth taking in a race where he has only the one credible opponent in the shape of Sizing Pottsie. He is a confident selection.
4.55 Longchamp: Lope Y Fernandez
Is now a non-runner
4.55 Killarney: Camorra
Colin Keane is riding out of his skin in pursuit of the Irish jockeys championship and Camorra looks likely to provide him with another winner here.
He shaped well at Bellewstown in a handicap last time out, where he would have gone close to winning but for allowing the first two home something of a positional advantage.
He has been dropped 1lb in the weights for that run, which is generous and having had only five starts he is open to more improvement.
He won his maiden here at Killarney in August 2019 on soft ground, so handles the track well and clearly the the ground will be no issue. Trainer Ger Lyons has his team in good form and this well-handicapped horse, ridden by a jockey with a real hunger for winners, can prove to be a potent force. He should be backed with confidence.
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