By Angus McNae
I have returned with the Planet Turf team from Chantilly, where we were filming for tonight’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Arc special – it’s on at 9.30pm.
One of the key ideas I took away from my few days at the nerve centre of French racing was the general belief that Arc favourite Enable is no good thing, according to our French cousins.
Having spoken to trainers, jockeys and grooms, a large percentage of them across La Manche believe that John Gosden has not afforded Enable the traditional Arc preparation.
Enable has been on the go since May, and a lot of the French believe that to win the Arc you need to be campaigned more lightly. There is only a few days to go, and you can watch every race from Chantilly live on Racing UK.
I had four selections for you on Wednesday, spread across the three tracks live on the channel this afternoon, but one of them, Spark Plug, is now a non-runner.
Jeremy Noseda's representative can give James Doyle another winner on the card. He will handle the soft ground and comes into this extended 1m1f contest in top form.
When last seen in early June he finished a very good second to Surrey Hope at Sandown.
That horse went on to win the Pembroke Cup at Salisbury, where he beat two future winners in Kryptos and Rigoletto.
Now freshened up off a break Me too Nagasaki can further frank that form. There looks to be plenty of pace in this race and that will suit this hold-up horse, who is potentially well treated off a mark of 86.
He will be racing over a furlong further than he has done before, but his relaxed style of racing gives him every chance of staying this trip. Ladbrokes go 9-4 but the 2-1 available elsewhere is fine.
This Owen Burrows-trained juvenile colt has had three runs to date and appears to be improving fast.
He posted a very good Timeform speed figure when finishing second to the progressive Society Power at Lingfield last time.
While it is a little surprising he has not been asked to contest a nursery event he is still capable of winning a novice stakes such as this.
He has a high cruising speed, which will make him a more potent force on his first start on Polytrack where the ability to travel and quicken up is so important.
He does have a wide stall in 11, but in a race where many are low on experience that should not matter. I expect Jim Crowley to be positive from the off and this colt will surely be able to put his previous experience to good use. The general 9-4 available is no giveaway but is acceptable.
Danny Tudhope's mount looks like a well-treated handicap sprinter off a mark of 69.
He appeared all over the winner last time at Yarmouth before he was collared close home.
That was over 6f and the drop to the minimum distance looks like a shrewd move from trainer Philip McBride, given the gelding's three career wins have all come over 5f.
Sometimes you have to read between the lines a little bit when it comes to this type of handicapper and, although I have no evidence at all, I think that prior to his last run he may have had a wind operation.
The reason being is that his last run came on the back of a 129-day break and for the first time in seven runs he did not wear a tongue tie.
Once again the tongue tie is absent. It's a guess, but it is at least possible that he could be an improved performer after having had his wind tinkered with.
Either way he is well worth supporting this afternoon.
Angus McNae's Wednesday tips: (Prices correct at 9.30am)
3.10 Goodwood: Me Too Nagasaki at 9-4 with Ladbrokes
6.10 Kempton: Manthoor at a generally available 9-4