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UK racing this weekend

First things first and although I admit I did not tip them I did get to cheer home a Brit one-two in the Arc in one of the most thrilling races of the season – financial interest or not. Good to see the fillies dominating though it does appear I may well have got one thing wrong, I had expected Enable to retire straight after the race, but it appears connections may well keep her in training to look for the hat-trick and a place in racing folklore.

On the down side, social media does have a lot to answer for – just ask the racing authorities. I had already been told by some well-respected retired journalists that this was their last ever visit to the Arc with the facilities and the queues far worse now than before the supposed upgrade. 

Facebook et al have seen the complaints multiply a thousand fold and shared, but at least France Galop will be sending out questionnaires to get an honest answer from their customers. All they then need to do is act on it which may prove to be more costly than their masters would like it to be!

I am still deciding whether Japan’s failure to grant Joao Moreira a jockeys’ licence is sad or happy news. I cannot pretend to know the man that well, but I can say that he is invariably smiling, amicable with the media, a total professional and one of the best jockeys in the world. 

I am sad for him as Japan was his next great adventure, but there is now a possibility he will return to Hong Kong to ride which selfishly is something I can only hope for, though it will be interesting to see if either the local racegoers take to him as they did before or reject him for daring to ever try to leave. 

On to the British racing this weekend and it is all about Newmarket on Saturday and specifically the Dewhurst Stakes for two-year-old's due off at 3.00pm. 

The general consensus is that this is the juvenile race of the season and one look at the line up and it is hard to argue against that thought process. Sir Michael Stoute’s unbeaten Kingman colt Sangarius looks an absolute machine and ought to get involved in the finish as should Martyn Meade’s Advertise, but such is the impression made by Too Darn Hot that he may well start odds on despite the standard of opposition. 

Three runs and three wins have seen him step up form maiden to Group Three to Group Two with the minimum of fuss, taking the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster by a length and three-quarters with something in hand, and with the added furlong sure to suit he ought to prove difficult to beat on Saturday whatever the price. 

As I can already hear you moaning about tipping a jolly I might as well stick a lucky pin in the Cesarewitch that follows at 3.40pm, a thirty-four runner handicaps over two and a quarter miles. 

A little bird told me that Vis A Vis is the one to be on and with Silvestre De Sousa booked the 10/1 chance won’t be far away but I keep getting drawn back to Limini who is potentially so well handicapped on her better hurdling form. 

Admittedly trainer Willie Mullins has seven runners here with favourite Stratum one of them. But the Peintre Celebre mare peaked at a mark of 154 over hurdles before needing over a year off, and if she is spot on now then 102 this afternoon including a four-pound penalty for winning over shorter at Leopardstown last month could yet be underestimating her true abilities.

Sean’s Suggestions:

Too Darn Hot 3.00pm Newmarket Saturday

Limini Each Way  3.40pm Newmarket Saturday

Have a great weekend everyone.
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