Longchamp 5th October

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GREGORIAN has been running in some top races all season. He has already beaten one of today’s rivals, Penitent, on Oaks day at Epsom. That was then followed up with a third placed finish behind subsequent International Stakes winner Declaration of War. At Glorious Goodwood he was out of his depth in a Group One that contained Toronado and Dawn Approach. This horse is a solid Group Two performer and he showed that when beating Soft Falling Rain at Newbury back in August. Soft Falling Rain was an impressive winner of a Group Two at Newmarket last week, and although he needed the run credit has to be given to Gregorian for that success. He has shown form around some Group One horses and that he has been entered in some big races this year, shows the have stable confidence and makes him my selection.

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Back Gregorian at 7.00 – Bet Victor
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If you had told me at Champions Day last year that the runner up to Frankel that day would be running in a Group Two priced at 3/1 less than a year later I would have laughed at you. However that is what has transpired for CIRRUS DES AIGLES. After disappointing runs at Group One level in the summer, which I wrote at the time was to be expected from a seven year old on ‘unsuitable’ ground and him always needing a run. Last time out he managed to get back to winning ways with a two and a half-length victory in a Group Three and if that’s ‘reignited’ his spark for racing he should go very close in this back on his favoured Soft ground. He won this race last year by nine lengths at 4/5.

Planteur is the obvious danger and Noble Mission will again manage to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.  Petit Chevalier beat Cirrus Des Aigles by a head at Deauville back in August on good ground, with some more cut that from should be reversed. With the highly consistent Maputo also entered it’s not a penalty kick by any means, but at the prices for a horse who has won a Champion Stakes from So You Think and The Dubai Sheema Classic with St. Nicholas Abbey in behind I have to be a backer.

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Back Cirrus Des Aigles at 4.00 – General
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