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Group 1 Action This Weekend

There is Group 1 and Grade 1 action aplenty this weekend.

On Saturday Randwick in Sydney, Australia hosts three G1’s, the Flight Stakes, Metropolitan Stakes and the feature the Epsom Handicap with prize money of $1m for a race over a mile for older horses. Trainer Chris Waller is mob handed with eight of the eighteen runners and this can provide him an opportunity to close the gap on Aidan O’Brien in the PWRC 2018 Trainer standings.

On Sunday Caulfield runs the Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes with Goldophin’s Charlie Appleby running Blair House. He’ll hope he can repeat his G1 win of last weekend when Jungle Cat took top honours at G1 level at the same venue. Also on Sunday Japan resumes it’s G1 programme after a summer break with the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama where Joao Moreira will have his first top level ride since being granted a licence to ride in Japan. They’ll miss his magic in Hong Kong.

At Newmarket, England the two-year olds take centre stage with the Cheveley Park for fillies and Middle Park for colts both over 6f sharing the bill. In the former Lady Kaya caught the eye at the Curragh when second in the Moyglare and could run well stepping down in trip from 7f.

In the States the build up really begins for the Breeders Cup with Belmont in New York hosting the Vosburgh, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup with the latter a Breeders Cup trial on dirt over 1m2f. Diversify will go off favourite after his win in the Whitney Invitational last time out.

European interest is piqued here with the worlds two biggest owners adding spice to the mix. Coolmore run Mendelssohn and Godolphin saddle the Dubai World Cup winner, Thunder Snow. Ryan Moore travels for the ride on Mendelssohn, he currently leads PRWC 2018 Jockey and a win can extend his slim margin over Mike Smith and Jose Ortiz. Jose will have three opportunities to bridge the gapIn the owners championship there are only 10 points between Coolmore and Godolphin (1 win) at the top of PRWC 2018 Owner.

On the west coast Santa Anita has four Grade 1’s on Saturday, the Rodeo Drive Stakes, Chandelier Stakes, American Pharoah Stakes and the feature the Awesome Again Stakes, another Breeders Cup Classic trial. Accelerate will go off a short odds on price on the back on his win in the TVG Pacific Classic and a win here could push him up to third in the PRWC 2018 Horse. On Sunday the Zenyatta Stakes is the feature race with Able Tazman likely to go off favourite.

A busy weekend of G1 action which could have a big impact on the standings of PWRC’s six category championships. It’s G1 status that binds it all together. It’s PRWC 2018 that makes the participants performances comparable.

By the time Ryan Moore flies back across the Atlantic he may well be in second place in the jockey’s championship should Jose Ortiz score well at Belmont or Mike Smith score well at Santa Anita.

Blair House’s run in Australia and Thunder Snow’s run in the USA could send Godolphin to the top of the Owners Championship or maybe Ten Sovereigns at Newmarket or Mendelssohn’s American campaign will keep Coolmore on top.

One thing for sure Aidan O’Brien will stay top of the Trainer Championship. 

Recommendation :

2.25 GMT Cheveley Park Stakes, Newmarket – Lady Kaya 8/1 win

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Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (Group1)

Gold Ship (June 23, 2013. 54th Takarazuka Kinen)

Gold Ship (June 23, 2013. 54th Takarazuka Kinen) (Photo credit: Ogiyoshisan)

Like the Melbourne Cup the Arima Kinen is a race that stops a nation and with Orfevre having his final outing this years race will be keenly anticipated across the thoroughbred world.

Voted number 1 in the public poll (the public can nominate the runners) the five year old 2011 Japanese triple crown winner and also winner of this in 2011 comes here off the back of another second in the Arc where he went down 5 L to Treve.

Last year in the Arc he looked the winner only to throw it away by idling. He returned to run in the Japan Cup in November going down a nose to the wonderful Gentildonna but this year he’s had a further month to recuperate from his travels to Europe and his trainer Yasutoshi Ikee reports  “He’s very calm – almost too calm by his standards.”

Gold Ship last years winner will be ridden by Ryan Moore who won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes a juvenile G1 in Japan last week. Gold Ship was beaten 8 L in the Japan Cup and hasn’t won since June when he took the summer Grand Prix, The Takarazuka Kinen. He’ll be fitted with blinkers for the first time and in his final piece of work Ryan found him impressive.

Admire Rakti will be ridden by another foreign jockey in Craig Williams who has plenty of experience having ridden in this the last two years. The partnership only went down a1 L in the Japan Cup when fourth, the same place he recorded in the Tenno Sho in October.

Tosen Jordan also trained by Yasutoshi Ikee finished third last time out when ridden by William Buick in the Japan Cup. The partnership hasn’t survived with Hiroyuki Uchida back in the plate but the seven year old is in top form and could produce here again.

Others to watch out for are Win Variation runner up to Orfevre on three occasions and To The Glory who’ll be ridden by Christophe-Patrice “Starcraft” Lemaire.

This field is dominated by five year olds with seven of the sixteen runners however four year olds have a better win ratio than their elders over the last ten years, 2.8% 5 yo, 18.8% 4 yo.

There’s only two four year olds running this year. Love Is Boo Shet and Gold Ship. Yutaka Take rides Love Is Boo Shet who is stepping into G1 company for the first time and will start at long odds.

If the blinkers concentrate the mind of Gold Ship with Ryan Moore in the saddle the pair may prove the more reliable answer to spoil the Orfevre final party.

Recommendation : Gold Ship win bet on the PMU