The Mandarin’s Sunday Selections from ParisLongchamp & York

ParisLongchamp

Prix la Rochette (Group 3) 12.23
New Science (nap)
Charlie Appleby’s Lope De Vega colt could not have been more impressive when taking the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot in July, forging clear in the final furlong, and looking that there was plenty left in the tank. He has to be warming up for a big classic season, and has some fancy entries for the remainder of this term. William Buick is in the driver’s seat and New Science should be right on the mark

Prix de la Cochere (Listed) 12.58
Varkesha
Christophe Soumillon has the best ride here on Varkesha who arrives here on a hat-trick after wins at Deauville and Les Sables. The Pivotal filly, trained in France, showed plenty of toe to land the Prix de la Forge last time out and can go from the front once more to earn some black type

Prix du Prince d’Orange (Group 3) 1.33
Highland Avenue
William Buick could be in the winners’ enclosure again with Highland Avenue who came up just a touch short in the Prix Guillame d’Ornano at Deauville last month but these are calmer waters and the grey is sure to be in the mix. Fellow English raider John Leeper rates the main danger with Andre Fabray’s Mond also respected

Prix Moulin de Longchamp (Group 1) 2.48
Baaeed
The feature race can go to the very exciting Baaeed, who looks for the fifth straight win after demolishinmg the field in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. He only made his debut run in June but is already firmly in the ‘could be anything category’ and should leave ParisLongchamp with Group 1 honours. The highly rated Snow Lantern and Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia can fight it out for the minor places, but Baaeed looks the banker of the day

La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Group 3) 3.30
Wally
Jean-Claude Rouget’s Wally was fourth in the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan here back in May but is clearly the class act in this grade so is hard to oppose in search of the hat-trick having won at San Siro in Italy and back home at Deauville. The trainer’s in a purple patch and Wally has conditions to suit over his best trip so there’s plenty going for the grey

Prix Gladiateur (Group 3) 4.35
Call The Wind
The trip out to Riyadh didn’t really work out this year, having been victorious in 2020, but Freddy Head’s Frankel gelding should be a different horse back on home soil. He usually runs well around here and this doesn’t look the strongest renewal, solid each way claims

York

John And Judith Marshall Memorial Handicap 2.40
Pagan
William Haggas holds the key to this with the progressive Pagan who has been a model of consistency this term and grabbed a deserved win at Brighton last time out. He’s up in class here but going the right way for the in-form trainer from his Somerville Lodge base

Biowavego Garrowby Stakes (Listed) 3.15
Great Ambassador (nb)
Ed Walker’s progressive gelding deserves a chance at some black type and this looks an ideal opportunity for the trainer who won this last year with the very smart Starman. There was only a neck between the selection and the re-opposing Gulliver in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood but Great Ambassador has since gone on to land a class 2 handicap at Newmarket and is less exposed than his older rival

Hanson Springs Handicap 4.50
Aramaic
He was very impressive at Musselburgh last time out, easing down in a cosy win to suggest this step up in trip and grade is well within his range. An opening mark of 87 may well prove to be lenient and he’s sure to be in the mix

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