London Racing Club's annual 'international night' offered a chance to aggregate clues for the big end of season events, the Arc, Champions Day, the Breeders Cup, and the Melbourne Cup. With a strong panel of international specialists, it was an intriguing night.
NS – Nick Smith, Ascot international man
AB – Adrian Beaumont, IRB
TS – Tanya Stevenson
GB – Gina Bryce, ATR
GROUND: Good to soft, becoming good. But... thunderstorms forecast
Arc de Triomphe
Treve, Meandre and Leading Light added to the field at supplementary stage.
AB against Orfevre, because of his temperament and the fact that this is a tougher Arc than last year, when he was beaten. Quite likes Novellist
NS "massive fan of Treve". Back Treve in Britain on Sunday morning, and Novellist in France/on the PMU (French tote). Believes Leading Light is better option than Ruler Of The World
TS Sneaky feeling that Intello will be Pricewise, and therefore take a price now if you want it
GB plumping for Treve
Prix de l'Abbaye
AB Draw key, wants stands side post position, and will be very hopeful of Sole Power if the draw is favourable
NS Very weak Group 1, and draw key. Sole Power had a long season, and so much better on proper fast ground. Jwala has more scope if she gets the draw (way ahead on ratings)
TS Love to see Reckless Abandon run well, but think there will be a French win with Catcall
GB Jwala - backed her when she lost at Goodwood but not at York when she won
Prix de la Foret
NS Evens a "very, very big price" on Moonlight Cloud
AB loves Gordon Lord Byron, Style Vendome an each way tickle at 16/1, but Moonlight Cloud different class
Prix de l'Opera
AB Likes Secret Gesture, wish The Fugue was in this spot. Tasaday of interest too.
Prix Jean Luc Lagardere
AB likes Charm Spirit at a price
Spanish racing fan in the crowd gave a big word for Noozhoh Canarias (apparently a conditional sale to Ballydoyle is on the table)
Prix Marcel Boussac
NS leave it alone, not a betting proposition
GB interested in Wonderfully, who has been unlucky thus far
AB noted that Wonderfully will be wearing blinkers first time, which is a rarity. Royalmania preferred to Lesstalkinparis. Peslier gave her a glowing report earlier in the week, saying she's one of his best chances of the weekend
TS likes Queen Catrine on the PMU at a massive price. Run well and will be ignored by the French
Prix du Cadran
AB Seismos on a line through Novellist has a great chance IF he stays. Going a mile further than before.
NS Highlight of the day the QEII Stakes, which may be Toronado vs Dawn Approach Mk IV, with plenty of supporting actors
QE II Stakes
GB Soft Falling Rain could be a fly in the ointment to the 'duel' between Toronado and Dawn Approach
AB This has been the plan for Soft Falling Rain all year, and he put in some great fractions mid-race last time out. And don't forget Maxios, top French runner who won the Moulin.
NS Toronado has a question to answer after York; ditto Dawn Approach at Goodwood/Epsom. Soft Falling Rain is the 'now' horse. Sky Lantern also a player if she runs.
AB Cirrus des Aigles needs to win in France to justify trip for Champion
GB thinks Mukhadram worth noting
Fillies and Mares
GB mentioned Talent, The Lark and Igugu
NS loves Igugu
AB Surprised that Ron The Greek is 12/1, as he's a "proper horse". Fourth in the Classic last year. Fort Larned is a chuck out. Declaration Of War and Planteur might be interesting against them.
AB The Fugue will be entered in both the FM Turf and the Turf. Keep an eye out for Real Solution
NS Big Blue Kitten is Nick's pick of the meeting
TS Little Mike could just step up to the plate again
TS Wise Dan is the favourite, though there isn't a market over here just yet.
AB/NS Princess Silmar and Royal Delta in a match. Princess not quoted, and there's talk she won't run.
BC Juvenile Fillies Turf
NS Brilliant that Vorda will head for this. She's got closer to No Nay Never than anyone else.
AB Chrysellium might go too. Tapestry is interesting also.
BC FM Turf
AB Marketing Mix beaten plenty of time, and it looks like a Euro benefit. Dank the obvious horse, with Stoute and Moore teaming. "Dank the bet of the meeting".
Melbourne Cup / Spring Carnival
Dandino, Simenon and Forgotten Voice will run in the Caulfield Cup
Mull Of Killough and Side Glance will run in the Cox Plate
AB Voleuse Des Coeurs has a nice profile for the race, but you need to check to see if the horses are still entered on Tuesday before betting. Tres Blue is the horse for Adrian.
NS Red Cadeaux probably will have too much weight, but he does love Flemington. Puissance de Lune was impressive last year, but seems to have plateaued out a bit. He's being very gradually aimed at the race, but is ridiculously short.