The Mandarin’s Sunday Selections from Deauville, Windsor, Leicester & Haydock Park


Prix de Reux (Group 3) 1.33
Jean-Claude Rouget holds the key to this Group 3 contest with Glycon,
who steps down in grade after a fine third in the Grand Prix de Chantilly in June, outrunning his 22/1 odds to finish just three lengths back of the smart Mare Australis. He likely has had this race as his target, and on the predicted soft ground, sure to put in a good shift

Arc Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group 1) 2.55
Perfect Power
A fascinating renewal of this prestigious Group 1, and there’s a bunch of English raiders making the trip over for this valuable prize. Naval Crown is sure to get plenty of support after the outstanding season that trainer Charlie Appleby has had, and course winner Garrus also appeals. New kid on the block, Harry Three, also won here last time out and looks to be the surprise package in search of the four-timer, while Rohaan brings Royal Ascot winning form to the table. However, as always, we’ll side with Perfect Power, who gets his ground on this course where he won last year, and this is his ideal trip, so hard to oppose

Prix du Cercle (Listed) 3.30
Suesa (nap)
This can go to Suesa, the quality filly lining up here. Winner of the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood last year, she should have too much class for this field, and will strip fitter for her outing in the Hampton Stakes at Chantilly back in June. Francis Rohaut will be using this this Listed race as a prep for her appearance in the Nunthorpe at the Ebor Festival, and she’s the one to beat


Ossie And Hutch Memorial Fillies’ Handicap 3.40
Love Trophy Power (nb)
Just the four runners, and a case can be made for all, but Love Trophy Power commands respect at this grade. She lost her maiden tag on this track back in June, and was not disgraced upped in class at Ascot last time out, battling on well up the stiff finish there. This looks a far easier task, so it’s Love Trophy Power to get back to winning ways


Longines Irish Champions Weekend 10th-11th September EBF Novice Stakes 2.20
Supreme King
A good novice race in store as Andrew Balding’s Berkshire Phantom lines up against our selection, Supreme King. Both look progressive, Berkshire Phantom taking a runners-up spot at Ascot last month, while Supreme King has filled that position on both starts, the latter a super effort behind a Charlie Appleby hotpot at Glorious Goodwood, in a Class 2 contest. Supreme King finds himself in calmer waters here, and is the one to follow

Haydock Park

Sky Bet Sunday Series Nursery 5.45
Indian Dream
Sired by the Phoenix Stakes winner of 2017, Sioux Nation, Indian Dream lost the maiden tag at Epsom last month, getting his head down after racing wide from the field, and Michael Bell will have him ready to double that tally here. The opening handicap mark of 82 could well underestimate him, even with just a dash of his sire’s talent, and the recent gelding op seems to have brought about the necessary improvement, interesting

Sky Bet Sunday Series Stayers Handicap 6.45
Course winner Frankenstella might be the one to side with here, and she’s certainly not been overraced since that run in May of last year, with just the two starts since. Her third of seven in a Class 3 handicap at York last time out suggests she’s good to go again, so Frankenstella makes plenty of each way appeal

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