Take Your Pick, William

Take Your Pick, 1955 style

William Buick faces an age old decision this weekend. He won't be appearing on ITV's first ever game show, but the title, Take Your Pick, sums up his dilemma– which horse shall I ride in the big race? He had the same problem last weekend, and chose wrongly. Or rather, trainer John Gosden chose poorly for him.

In the Nassau at Goodwood, Gosden advised him to ride Izzy Top. The filly, sent off at 7/4 favourite, came home sixth of the eight runners, whilst Richard Hughes picked up a win of Gosden’s other runner, The Fugue.

On Sunday Gosden has both Elusive Kate and Fallen For You scheduled to run at Deauville in the Prix Jacques Le Marois and says he is leaving the final decision to Buick as to which one to ride. He said, “Seriously though, it is a really difficult decision for him. Both fillies are in good form and there’s a lot of talking to owners still to take place.”

Both won a Group 1 race last time out, so there’s no obvious deciding factor there.

Gosden seemed cautious about Elusive Kate, who won the Prix Rothschild at the start of the Deauville summer last month. He said to the Telegraph, “It is coming back a little quick but the owner would like to run.” In contrast, Fallen For You has had a rest since her success at Royal Ascot.

The race is fortunate to have attracted most of the top milers from Europe, and when asked why this was, Gosden had a simple answer. “There’s no Frankel,” he said. And that’s the very reason why Aidan O’Brien is sending Excelebration over the France for the race. His horse has been runner up to the wonder horse four times now, so he’ll welcome the chance of another Group 1 win.

Add to those horses Sunday’s Prix Rothschild winner Moonlight Cloud, Roger Charlton’s Cityscape, and two very capable three-year-olds in Most Improved and Caspar Netscher and Sunday’s race looks as though it will be one that is genuinely contested.

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