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Manobo is very popular with Longchamp
An excellent couple of action-packed days in Longchamp begin with the Prix Chaudenay (Saturday 12:23 pm) and there is a strong British and Irish challenge in 1m 7f Group 2. Aidan O’Brien’s fourth take on St. Leger is a personable guy and should go well but the class is Charlie Appleby’s MANOBO.
Appleby also runs Queen’s Vase winner Kemari, but he has something to prove after a disappointing performance at the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Manobo seems like the stable’s best chance. Manobo made a big impression on his Newbury debut when he beat eventual Derby runners-up Mojo Star. He has done well, landing a freshman at Kempton at 4 and a quarter lengths and then a listed race at Saint-Cloud at 10 lengths.
Manobo has more than a mile and a half to go but he finished strong in all of his races and the form of his win at Saint-Cloud is the best it has to offer. He can extend his unbeaten record.
Trueshan takes the beating in the Cadran
Last year’s Prix du Cadran winner Princess Zoe is back to defend her crown, but this time she stands as Stradivarius and TRULY are among their opponents. Stradivarius has been the dominant stayer for the past few years, coming after a narrow win in the Lonsdale Cup and a more comfortable win in the Doncaster Cup. However, there are some doubts as to whether the seven year old is really the old man’s strength.
There are no such doubts about five-year-old Trueshan, however, and he can reward the patience of his connections. Trueshan, a winner of the Long Distance Cup on soft ground last season, has only driven three times this season as the connections were careful to avoid fast drives.
Conditions will be suitable on Saturday Prix du Cadran (Saturday 14:15) However, and Trueshan should prove hard to beat. His Goodwood Cup form is the best this season, he is at the peak of his strength and promises to be suitable up to two and a half miles.
Can Japan finally land the arc?
Japan as a country has some high profile near-misses in the country Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Sunday 3:05 p.m.) in the last few decades – who can forget Orfevre’s agonizing defeat in 2012? But this could be the year she finally lands the price she desires before anyone else.
CHRONOGENESIS is a four-time winner at the highest level in Japan and an extremely consistent and reliable performer. At the Sheema Classic in Dubai in March she was only barely contested by Mishriff, and that leaves her with little to find in the selection of the European challengers.
When she was last seen in action at Hanshin in June, she showed a good pace to outshine a stylish Group 1 winner Takarazuka Kinen, and she appears to be starting a bold proposition. It’s good value for money at a double-digit price.
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