Waldgeist Arc de Triomphe

Ante Post Clues

Enable’s defeat in the Arc will be unpicked for years, and it’s addressed below, but horrendous ground at Longchamp rendered things confusing from an ante-post point of view. Albigna and Victor Ludorum won the juvenile Group 1s well, but the significance going forward is questionable unless either should encounter such heavy ground again. My ante-post radar was drawn instead to a pair of Newmarket novices the day before.

White Moonlight’s wide margin win in strong looking company sent her into the 1000 Guineas picture, but the principal dangers failed to perform and a more exciting performance came an hour later as Kinross pulverised his rivals on racecourse debut. The money was down overnight and through the day and despite blowing the start and racing keenly early, he simply flew when the handbrake was released, his 8-length winning margin not flattering his superiority over some nice types. He hails from a family that appreciate ease in the ground and he will have Pinatubo and Earthlight to worry about going forward, but even so this was dazzling and he looks well worth a dart at massive prices to upset the applecart in the Guineas, he already looks a very special horse. Only foaled in May and with physical development on the cards it’s hard to think he won’t be better next year, if he were mine he wouldn’t be back on a racecourse until the spring.

BET: Kinross to win the 2000 Guineas – 25/1 with MoPlay

Big Race Review

I can never recall watching in horror as a 20/1 winner obliged for me before, but I would have torn up my token bad each-way interest in Waldgeist in a heartbeat to have seen him get rolling 50 yards later and fail to catch Enable. The wonder-mare accounted for her key rivals with a typically potent turn of foot a couple of furlongs out, but while the move eradicated her immediate dangers it also emptied her gas tank. Waldgeist raced lazily early in the contest and this proved to be a blessing as he plodded on relentlessly when the speedier types cried enough, he will surely go down in history as a disappointing champion. I hope this isn’t to be Enable’s last waltz as she appears as enthusiastic and talented as she ever was; perhaps we just might see her again next season, fingers crossed!

Eyecatchers

Ballymoy (N.Twiston Davies) – Attentions are turning towards the winter game now and there was an interesting early season beginners chase at Warwick on Thursday that will definitely throw up winners. Ballymoy went off odds on for the contest and his defeat will go down as disappointing, but plenty of fine horses have struggled on the tight chase course. Having lost fluency and momentum as the race took shape he showed great resolve to rally bravely up the run in, but the speedy Nube Negra had already gone clear. Ballymoy requires a much greater stamina test than this and he would have preferred more testing ground and a more galloping track to boot; I think he can make his mark in pattern class novice chases this season and remains an exciting prospect.

Empreinte Reconce (C.Tizzard) – Has been turned inside out by a mid-summer breathing operation and looked much the best horse in the race at Fontwell on Friday. Her prospects were not helped by being positioned well in rear off a modest gallop, but she still cut through the field only to find the long-time leader able to find extra to repel her late on. Despite her recent purple patch on summer ground, she showed last winter that softer conditions are no significant problem and this lightly raced type can go on improving this autumn.

Giving Chances (A.King) – A listed hurdles winner last winter, this filly was friendless in the market for her comeback run in a Newmarket 12 furlong handicap on Saturday but posted a pleasing, never nearer 4th. She took a slight nudge as she was starting to quicken and would have finished much closer without it. She looks fairly treated under both codes and will be worthy of respect wherever she turns up next with this pipeopener under her belt.

Highway One O One (C.Gordon) – A fine seasonal debut from this gorgeous, tall chaser; reverting to hurdles at Fontwell on Saturday he went with customary enthusiasm and though swamped up the run in by two bang in form, race fit hurdlers, he ran on again without Tom Cannon using the whip, reclaiming second place and leaving a tremendously favourable impression for the winter ahead. He is a lovely jumper and will surely return to chasing next time. There’s two good prizes in the weeks ahead that could be perfect for him; at Cheltenham on the Saturday of their opening meeting and at Wetherby on the Friday of the Charlie Hall meeting. Both handicap chases over his preferred 2m 4f trip.

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