I have returned from abroad; browner, poorer and wiser.
I swerved left instead of right at Nice airport, thus avoiding the trap of a Longchamps visit with distinguished friends. This would have dramatically increased two of the above trio of “things you get in France” and given the going in Paris, I think we all know the sun ain’t gonna shine on this parade.
The ground should be getting very sticky, but the times in the first suggest it might not be quite as holding as one at first thought. Bon Chance et guardez les grenouilles.
1:50 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Sponsorise Par Manateq (G1) (2yo Colts & Fillies)(2yo) 1m
ARMORY and HELTER SKELTER
3:05 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) (3yo+ No Geldings)(3yo+) 1m4f
I sincerely hope that ENABLE does it – but so many anti-trends and a short price, lead me to look elsewhere. To that end, I have gone for the winner of the Prix Niel – SOTTSASS and I shall also have a small bit of GHAIYYATH, who has a dreadful draw – but bags of ability.
3:55 Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m2f
MEHDAYYIH, was beaten at Goodwood by Deirdre and might make second following home TEREBELLUM, who was impressive in the Prix de la Nonette at Deauville. WITH YOU might make up part of the filling.
4:30 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (G1) (2yo+)(2yo+) 5f
BATTASH beats INVINCIBLE ARMY beats FAIRYLAND beats SO PERFECT
5:05 Qatar Prix de la Foret (G1) (3yo+) (3yo+) 7f
GLORIOUS JOURNEY – SAFE VOYAGE – WALDPFAD
5:40 Qatar Grand Handicap des Flyers (Handicap) (3yo+) (3yo+) 7f
GEORGE THE PRINCE – SO VAR – ICE FINGER