THERE is a big draw bias over 1m 4f at Longchamp, especially when the track is riding good, so Enable has every chance of emulating last year’s success (when it was run at Chantilly) emerging from stall six.
Impressive Yorkshire Oaks winner Sea Of Class was my initial selection but stall 15 is a negative, so I’ll be playing instead closer to home over the jumps.
STRONG TEAM (2.50) is going from strength-to-strength and is fancied to reverse Sedgefield form with Chookie Royale on Kelso’s Sunday card. Chris Grant’s five-year-old couldn’t quite reel in enterprisingly-ridden Chookie at the end of August but has since gone on to score with a bit in hand at Hexham. Chookie has been a magnificent servant to his connections and he should ensure a strong gallop along with top weight Man Look, another front-runner.
McCain keeps faith with 7lb conditional rider Harrison Beswick, who was on board NOAH AND THE ARK (3.25) when they mopped up a similar contest at Stratford on quick ground. That looked a stronger event than this novices’ hurdle.
SIMPLY NED (4.25) can make his annual pilgrimage to Kelso a winning one. Nicky Richards traditionally kicks off Simply Ned’s season in this event, boasting two wins and two seconds from four starts.
Both defeats came on his most recent visits, once from Theflyingportrait and last year at the hands of Forest Bihan. Simply Ned was subsequently awarded a Grade 1 prize in the stewards’ room at Leopardstown after a ding-dong battle with Min and may prove a shade too classy for recent dual Stratford winner Vosne Romanee.
JACK LAMB (5.25) shouldn’t be far away in the concluding 2m 4f handicap hurdle. A Sedgefield winner on quick ground, Jack Lamb ran into a smart performer in Tom Lacey’s Vivant when only fourth at Hexham last time.