The Mandarin’s ParisLongchamp Selections & Picks from the Meetings at Gowran Park, Newmarket & Ascot


Qatar Prix Chaudenay (Group 2) 12.23
Fourth in the St Leger behind the likes of Hurricane Lane, Mojo Star and stablemate The Mediterranean is not a bad form line to take into this Group 2. He’s unraced on soft going, but that can be said of his two main rivals here, English raiders Kemari and Manobo from Charlie Appleby’s hot yard. A good race in prospect between the three of them, but preference is for the proven stayer, Interpretation

Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Group 2) 1.33
Dilawar could not have been more impressive when landing the Prix Quincey at Deauville under a hands and heels ride from Christophe Soumillon last time out and he returns to the saddle here for the hat-trick bid. There may well be more to come from Alain de Royer-Dupre’s improving type, interesting

Qatar Prix du Cadran (Group 1) 2.15
The chance is taken on Skazino who tries this extreme trip for the first time against some proven stayers in Stradivarius, Stratum and Trueshan. He habitually arrives late in his races, so it may be that there’s plenty more under the bonnet with some reservations over the race fitness of Stratum and Trueshan, while the cut in the ground won’t be ideal for Sradivarius, fascinating race in store

Qatar Prix de Royallieu (Group 1) 2.50
Third to Raabihah in the Prix de Pomone last time out where she couldn’t get a clear sight of the winner, ultimately being forced wide which scuppered her chance, but back here at ParisLongchamp, where she won the Prix Maurice de Nieuil over course and distance back in July, has to be the one to follow. She’s giving 7lbs to Joie de Soir who beat her a neck last time out, but given a clear run this time should reverse that result

Qatar Prix Dollar (Group 2) 4.00
Magny Cours
Andre Fabre’s six year old looked better than ever at Clairefontaine in the Listed Pays d’Auge back in August, serving it up to none other than Raabihah who is the main home hope for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. He showed a decent bit of toe in the final couple of furlongs there, despite the cut in the ground, so, with similar conditions prevalent on Saturday, gets the nod for this

Gowran Park

PWC Champion Chase 3.20
Easy Game (nap)
Given here for the Kerry Group Chase over two and a half miles just two weeks ago, Willie Mullins’ charge won well against a three mile specialist who couldn’t stay with the pace and Ballyoisin, probably at his best at two miles, who couldn’t see off the selection for pace. Easy Game arrives here race fit after that cosy win, and should have the measure of another two miler, Put The Kettle On, though she is a Champion Chaser and Arkle winner from the Cheltenham Festival. A good race in the feature, but Easy Game is the one to follow


Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) 2.55
Mother Earth (nb)
Aidan O’Brien’s Prix Rothschild winner didn’t get a clear run in the Group 1 Matron Stakes back on home soil three weeks ago, but can make amends here and turn the tables on Jessica Harrington’s No Speak Alexander. Richard Hannon’s impeccably bred Snow Lantern is a good opponent, but Mother Earth won the 1,000 Guineas here in May, and was only just held by her main rival back here in the Falmouth Stakes on faster ground. The going here should favour Mother Earth so she’s the one to beat


Oakman Group Rous Stakes (Listed) 2.05
Hurricane Ivor
He arrives here on a hat-trick after landing the Portland Handicap (given here) at Doncaster and then made a seamless transition into Pattern company in the Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes at Newbury, a race where we chose to side with Tis Marvellous instead, thinking that Hurricane Ivor needed more than the minimum trip. We won’t be making that mistake again and the hat-trick looks on the cards

ABF/BGC Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) 2.40
Owen Burrows will be hoping that Hukum will be making up for his narrow defeat in the September Stakes at Kempton last time out, just getting collared in the final furlong. He’s the class horse here and has the excellent Jim Crowley to see him home. The one to beat

John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes (Group 3) 3.15
Glen Shiel
Archie Watson’s veteran needs to bounce back from a couple of underwhelming runs, but with a bit of weather about as we edge into October conditions could well be in his favour. The good to firm going at Haydock was not his ground and in his run before that in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest he ran well for a long way. These are calmer waters and this is a good opportunity to get back to winning ways

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