From today's Racing Post web-site: Trainer Henry Candy has said Limato is "unlikely" to run in the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 3rd, saying he thinks Limato needs more time between starts. Winner of the G1 Darley July Cup at 6f, Limato most recently finished 2nd, two lengths behind Mecca's Angel in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes over the weekend in his first career start at 5f. Candy said if conditions are dry at Chantilly over Arc weekend that Limato will contest the G1 Prix de le Foret over 7f again, a race he ran 2nd in last season behind Make Believe. He'll then head to America to run in the G1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint over 6-1/2f at Santa Anita in November.
Exactly why I'd like to see Rouget run her in the Vermeille first. Plenty of time to recover for the Arc, and in regard to Almanzor, I also think he may be able to get 2400 meters, but I'd feel more comfortable about his chances in the Arc if I saw him try the distance first in the Prix Niel. A lot of speed pure speed with little to now stamina on his top side, and though he does have some stamina on the dam side being out of a Maria's Mon mare, like you I think it may be more conducive to 10f than 12f.
The Prix de la Nonette was little more than a morning exercise gallop for La Cressonniere. But here's the thing, and this holds true maybe even more for Prix du Jockey Club winner Almanzor too. Both horses are obviously proven now over 2000/2100 meters, but until you see Almanzor try 2400 meters in the Prix Niel and La Cressoniere try 2400 meters in the Prix Vermeille, there's really no way of knowing for sure if either will be a major player in the Arc? Though I would say that La Cressonniere's pedigree looks much better suited for that trip than Almanzor's does, IMO.
La Cressonniere runs out an easy winner of the G2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville, running her unbeaten record to 8 for 8 to date.
Looks to try to run her unbeaten to date record to 8 for 8 tomorrow at Deauville in the G2 Prix de la Nonette.
@Robin, Here's the thing, the only distance that Frosted & Chrome are ever likely to meet over again is at 10f in the BC Classic, and that's big advantage Chrome. That is, short of McLaughlin being willing to ship Frosted out to the west coast to run against him in the G1 Awesome Again Stakes at 9f, which isn't gonna happen. At a mile, maybe even at 9f, Frosted might have a chance to make a race against Chrome interesting. But at 10f, you can forget it. Frosted just realistically isn't gonna fare that much better than Beholder or Dortmund did against him in the Pacific Classic or then he did the first time that he faced Chrome at 10f in Dubai, IMO.
I'd love to see Chrome run against the likes of Flintshire, Postponed, Highland Reel, and/or Harzand on turf sometime. I know it's not ever gonna happen, but one can always wish.
When you factor in how good the two horses chasing him that finished 2nd(Beholder) & 3rd(Dortmund), are in their own right, I thought this was as good as Chrome has ever looked at any point in his career, in any race. Calling yesterday's run in the Pacific Classic "impressive" is an understatement. It's hard to imagine him getting turned over in the Breeders Cup Classic, unless running in the G1 Awesome Again Stakes before the BC Classic to keep him eligible for that million dollar bonus ends up taking more out of him than Art Sherman accounts for, but I think that's very unlikely. Chrome absolutely looked like a million bucks in his coat on the track yesterday at Del Mar, IMO.
If I had to guess, I'd say Coolmore will probably keep him around for one more season anyway to see if he progresses at all? I think you're right about him being too lightly raced. Probably a difficult horse to train. He definitely needs at least one more run at a minimum if O'Brien still plans on running him in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes, but I just don't know this late in the game where that run would come from before Irish Champion weekend, because it's almost upon us.
Holds off stablemate Hydrangea by about a head to win the G2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.
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