Pretty sad indeed. Running in the "Joke Hirsch Turf Classic" when he should be standing in a stall at Chantilly waiting to run in the Arc on Sunday instead of in this joke of a race.
Christophe Lemaire gets the mount on Ervedya at Newmarket on Saturday in the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes. It's the first time I can remember Lemaire being back aboard one of the Aga Khan's horses since he gave up the position as their top retained rider a few seasons back to continue his riding career in Japan. Once Lemaire left, Christophe Soumillon filled the spot for a second time.
Lloyd Williams, who is part owner of Order of St George and based in Australia has already told the racing media that Order of St George will not run in this year's Melbourne Cup, and even though they had him in quarantine for a trip to Australia, he likely won't even travel down under if he runs in the Arc. Williams said if he does end up coming to Australia, which is unlikely, he will run in the Caufield Cup, not the Melbourne Cup, and I suspect that has a lot to do with his being assigned top weight among all of this year's Melbourne Cup entries.
@jonquil, I knew you meant you were disappointed that Order of St George & Vazirabad are missing another chance to square off again in one of the top European races for stayers. And in your defense, I also knew that you realize that the Arc de Triomphe has few, if any, rivals prestige wise among middle distance turf races, and that's anywhere, not just in Europe. For the record, I also would've been equally happy for Order of St George to have landed in the Cadran for a head to head against Vazirabad. That's a race he has the potential to win. I think he'll be lucky and have to have a lot of things go his way in the Arc to even hit the board, IMO.
19 remain in the Arc picture at the moment after the latest forfeit stage on Tuesday morning, though I would expect that number to dwindle quite a bit by the time the final declaration stage rolls around on Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning.
France's version of the Ascot Gold Cup, the G1 Prix du Cadran, which usually runs on the same day as the Arc de Triomphe, Prix de la Foret, Prix De l'Opera, etc...will this year run a day earlier instead on the same card with the Prix Dollar, Prix Daniel Wildenstein, Prix Chaudenay, etc.....
It would be Found's first win this year, but Highland Reel won the King George back in July. That being said, none of his middle distance corps have really lit it up this season, by any means.
Most of the races he contested in the UK at a mile and at a mile and a quarter are among some of the most prestigious G1's anywhere in Europe. Forget that he didn't come to the states, the UK held enough prestige for Frankel that he also never bothered shipping to France or Ireland to race either.
If Almanzor bypasses the Arc in favor of the Champion Stakes, which looks likely, it's Postponed's Arc to lose, because many of the horses who might've been any kind of threat to him in the race are also no-shows. Flintshire's staying in the states to run in the Breeders Cup. La Cressonniere & Minding are both out. I personally don't believe Harzand or the Japanese colt Makahiki are good enough to beat him, even with the weight for age break, and Highland Reel & Found aren't likely to reverse any previous form they've had racing against Postponed. But here's the catch 21 for Postponed if you will, running against what's looking more and more each day like a seriously depleted field, he'll be remembered as one of the biggest Arc flops in history if he doesn't win the race, IMO.
I love this filly. If you remember, she turned out to be one of my bankers of the royal meeting when I backed her to win the Albany. Speaking of Heffernan, he out-rode Ryan Moore all day long today at Newmarket. Like you mentioned earlier, Heffernan was on Brave Anna while Moore was on Roly Poly. In the Royal Lodge Heffernan rode a huge race on The Anvil while Moore finished out of the money on General Macarthur, and in the Middle Park Heffernan rode a much better race on Intelligence Cross than Moore rode on Peace Envoy, and the thing is, Moore had first pick and could've been on any of the horses that Heffernan was on had he so chosen.
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