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New London tops Sunday cast

Sunday afternoon is as busy as it gets, with the plethora of model runs creating quality blockage that can only be truly appreciated after the fact. Nestled amongst key events taking place across Europe is Doncaster’s G1 Cazoo St Leger, where New London (Ireland) (Dubawi {Ire}) is the true linchpin with an air of apparent superiority. This largely comes as a result of winning a deep renewal of G3 Gordon S. from Goodwood on July 28, which apart from the Derby is the strongest piece of the 3-year-old middle-distance form for men this season. He has 557 more yards to cover here on ground that is no different from what he waded through in the spring when he was beaten in Chester. That said, Godolphin’s eclipsed favorite for the G3 Chester Vase is a different beast four months later and as a parent to the 2011 Masked Marvel (GB) Leger hero (Montjeu {Ire}) and Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo { Ire} ) there is little not to like.

“All the signs are there with his pedigree that this distance will suit, so we’re not lacking in confidence with the trip,” Charlie Appleby said. “The only blip he got on his page was in the Chester Vase. People might say it was the trip and the floor back then, but I don’t think that’s the case either. I just think it had a good, solid run at the Craven meeting a few weeks earlier and is best when fresh, which is why after the Gordon S. we always wanted to come straight here.

Be careful!

For those who believe that New London is home and watered, they would be well served to remember that this is a classic who sometimes enjoys bowling as they say in Britain, or throwing a curveball as they do in the port city of Relateicut after which the favorite is named. While the last five winners were largely predictable, it wasn’t until 2016 that 22-1 underdog Harbor Law (GB) (Lawman {Fr}) took advantage as the unthinkable happened and Seamie Heffernan was kicked out of 4-6 favorite Idaho (Ire) (Galilee {Ire}). One year before, Simple Verse (Ire) (Duke Of Marmalade {Ire}) won it, lost in the steward’s room and surrendered again on the 10th anniversary of Encke’s (Kingmambo) 25-1 shot, which made for the dream of the Triple Crown of Camelot (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}). There’s a lot to fear not just from fate, but also from KHK Racing Ltd’s G2 Queen’s Vase winner. ‘TDN Rising Star’ Eldar Eldarov (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), finalist in the Go Bloodstock and Partners Derby Hoo Ya Mal (UK) (Territories {Ire}) and the still promising and possibly underrated filly Emily Dickinson (Ireland) (Dubawi {Ire}), the sole representative of Ballydoyle no less.

Blink and you’ll miss it

On Sunday, the first of six Group 1 contests across Britain, Ireland and France takes place on the talent-rich Curragh map, with Princess Highfield (Eng) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) are looking to extend their dominance over the sprint division after completing the grueling double of G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over 6 1/2 furlongs and G1 Nunthorpe S. over five furlongs in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five S. Usually getting from the flat track and bustling surface of York to this tough test on the soft ground would be a concern for little mortals, but this is a proven mare in all the domains. Bringing the sprint back to the essence of how quickly furlongs can be ticked off from pillar to pillar, she has gone from unlikely beginnings to becoming a true force of nature and the athletic nature of the connections is to be cherished. With no restraints on his versatility, it’s up to this cast that includes last year’s double Romantic Proposal (Ire) (Pass of the Raven) and A case of you (Ire) (Hot Streak {Ire}) to make it as difficult for him as possible.

Meditate on it

Aidan O’Brien has won 13 of the 21 juvenile group races he has had a runner in 2022 and, while Little Big Bear (Ire) (no no never) is absent from Sunday’s game at Curragh, the team remains very likely to offer at least one competent replacement. It’s the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National S. who has to contend with the temporary emptiness of Little Big Bear, but there’s still a strong sense of excitement in the air where the others ‘TDN Rising Star’ Aesop’s Fables (Ire) (no no never) is concerned. How good he is remains to be seen, but he appeared to win the G2 Futurity S course and distance Aug. 20 on ability alone. This slightly different event on different ground, which sees the winner of Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum’s July 26 G2 Vintage S. Marbaan (UK) (Dream Oasis {GB}) added, will give a truer gauge. Scorer for G2 Debutante S. and G3 Albany S. from Ballydoyle Meditate (ire) (no no never) seems to have been around for much longer due to her fine mix of stubbornness and class and she is a towering figurehead for her unrivaled yard in the G1 Moyglare Stud S. For all the raw material of the favorite there will nevertheless some disappointed members of the Aga Khan operation and the Dermot Weld stable if the ‘TDN Rising Star’ Tahiyra (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}), the wild flower that its trainer planted in Galway on July 26, does not impose itself in this competition at the end of business.

Its true measure

Deprived of its ideal ground all summer, Trueshan (en) (Planteur {Ire}) finally has it all in his favor as he takes center stage in what would have been the headliner for Friday’s G2 Coral Doncaster Cup. Finally tried on a fast surface in the third defense of his G1 Goodwood Cup title on July 26, Alan King’s flag bearer lost nothing in defeat there after already achieving a remarkable feat in recording a weight carrying record in Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate on June 25. his stature as the remaining division leader is currently intact despite the inevitable withdrawals spicing up his record, it seems every time he’s been forced out of the competition or undermined by the drought there’s been another challenger to his assumed title.

Quick response

As long as the ball is back in Trueshan’s court on Town Moor, it may not be back up to an hour and a half before Kyprios (Ireland) (Galileo {Ire}) is contesting his premiership again, this time in the Curragh’s G1 Comer Group International Irish St Leger. After beating Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the stars {Ire}) fair and square at Goodwood after his G1 Gold Cup exploits at Royal Ascot, Ballydoyle’s young buck in that class must now make it to the easier ground his arch-enemy Britain relishes, not to mention the high- mobile Quickthorn (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) who has emerged into the foreground since the Moyglare standard bearer was last seen. With the exception of the challenger Haggas Hamish (GB) (Motivator {GB}), who has a habit of popping up to remind everyone of his talent and is fresh after being kept under wraps since his May 5 success at G3 Ormonde S., it’s undeniably the race to lose Kyprios.

Coming soon

While Sunday’s race is exceptional in its own right, the continuous daisy chain of the flat season demands that thoughts of the future are never far away. As for the ParisLongchamp match, it’s all about the Arc in three weeks with the door still slightly ajar for Jomara Bloodstock’s remarkable match. Verry Elegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) following his flop on his French debut in the G1 Prix Jean Romanet de Deauville on August 21. Francis-Henri Graffard was quick to forgive that effort, but it seems like it’s been a long time since she’s been seen in her prime and she has to open that door wide open in what is an edit below the standards of this consecrated preparation, the G2 Qatar Prix Foy. RelateIons are confident she can return to the level that was still in evidence as she claimed an 11th Group 1 victory at Randwick’s Chipping Norton on heavy ground on February 26, so it’s up to you…

Arc Angels?

If Verry Elleegant is indeed on the decline, the reverse is certainly true for Ballydoyle’s heroine Oaks Tuesday (Ireland) (Galileo {Ire}) who continues his ascent to the Arc in the G1 Qatar Prix Vermeille. With her stamina for that mile and a half in doubt in some parts after she prevailed in what was a slow repeat of the Epsom Classic, they were firmly shelved as she separated Alpinista (GB) (frankel {GB}) and La Petite Coco (Ire) (Ruler Of The World {Ire}), with the winner of the Irish Oaks Magical Lagoon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) well beaten, in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks on August 18. Minding’s own sister (Ire) seems to have more stamina than her brother at this stage and could still prove that she has just as much class. 3 year old companion The Parisian (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}) shook Nashwa (GB) (frankel {GB}) in the G1 Prix de Diane at Chantilly on June 19 and is in trouble again, but the flag bearer of Peter R Bradley III still carries the dream. This is also the case with another great Arc player who headlines the G2 Qatar Prix Niel during the May 29 G1 hero Tokyo Yushun. Do Deuce (Jpn) (The Cry of the Heart {Jpn}). Yutaka Take returns to Paris to reignite another Japanese fire before the one the nation so badly wants next month.

More Champagne moments

The frenetic group racing action of the afternoon begins with the G2 Coral Champagne S. in Doncaster, which is an appetizer given that it is one of Britain’s main youth relays in road to the Classics the following year. Oddly or not, given your perspective on the undernourished state of field size in this country this season, only three show up, but they’re all worthy and make for a fascinating yet tactical enigma. William Buick and Frankie Dettori will have to think about how they play the hands of their August 20 G3 winner Solario S. Silver Knott (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) and scorer of August 17 G3 Acomb S. Chaldean (UK) (frankel {GB}) respectively, but the latter looked to stay solid on this seven-stay trip to York, so expect Juddmonte’s silks to be there to get shot. There is also a heady clash just over an hour later between August 19 G1 runner-up Nunthorpe S. of Middleham Park Racing. The Platinum Queen (Ire) (Cotai Glory {GB}) and G3 striker Molecomb S. from Rockcliffe Stud on July 27 Trillium (GB) (no no never) in the rescheduled five-stage G2 Wainwright Flying Childers S. The third of Doncaster’s 2 groups, the Cazoo Park S., features the accomplished achievement of Marc Chan ‘TDN Rising Star’ Kinross (UK) (king man {GB}) with that man Frankie again, steering wheel disassembled ready.

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