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.
The Last Lion upsets heavy favorite Blue Point to win the G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Mehmas, who finished in 3rd, was running the final race of his career in the Middle Park Stakes. He will now be sent to stand at Tally Ho Stud.
Would love to see Lady Aurelia at the Breeders Cup, but to do so, Wesley Ward would have to switch her back over to conventional dirt and run her in the BC Juvenile Sprint. Certainly not the BC Juvenile Fillies' Turf, because she wouldn't get a mile if she took a taxi, IMO.
Since she won the G3 Albany Stakes at Ascot back in June, Brave Anna had been struggling in her last couple of outings in Ireland, running rather sub-par races in the G2 Debutante Stakes & G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. But today, the full sister to Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winner, Hit It A Bomb, was definitely back to her best, holding off stablemate Roly Poly by a shoulder with a further 2 lengths back to Lady Aurelia in 3rd in winning the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. Would love to this filly come over for this year's Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf.
Lady Aurelia taste defeat for the first time, beaten in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes by the Aidan O'Brien pair of Brave Anna & Roly Poly.
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