Lonchamp racecourse

FRENCH racing’s return will be celebrated Paris on Monday with VE-Day ardour and relief by parched punters. C’est magnifique indeed.

Longchamp, home to the marquee Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe every autumn, is a fitting setting for a trumpeted card of excellence.

Andre Fabre was expected to unveil his unbeaten colt Earthlight, winner of last season’s Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, and thereafter a leading fancy for the British 2000 Guineas, but an untimely sprained fetlock has put his return on hold.

Fabre has an able deputy in Victor Ludorum, hailed as something a bit special after scooping the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day last October.

‘Victor Ludorum looks to be in good form and has really benefited from the fine spring. He will run in the Group Three Prix de Fontainebleau on Monday,’ reports his venerable trainer.

Four quality Group races are pencilled in for the opening afternoon, with Government and police approval granted earlier this week, and the action will be beamed live on the UK’s dedicated racing channels.

French Derby winner Sottsass, last seen chasing home Waldgeist and Enable in the Arc, has been given a Prix D’Harcourt target by trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and takes centre stage.

UK Racing getting back on track?

With France and Germany releasing the hand-brake, expectations are growing that British racing is shortly to emerge from enforced hibernation.

So where to start when evaluating this upcoming troubled and truncated season? Mention earlier of Waldgeist neatly opens up a belated debate ahead of our own domestic Classics, with his half-brother Waldkonig being touted for the Investec Derby at Epsom. A provisional July 4 date has been tentatively mooted for Derby Day, without the public in attendance on the famous Downs.

On serious reflection, it’s time to dust down your betting boots. Punters may well be looking a gift-horse in the mouth because a side-effect of the closure could result in the absence of Irish horses at the likes of Epsom, Royal Ascot and Newmarket in early summer.

Irish horses could be stranded

Europe’s racing authorities are examining whether or not they could be forced in to ‘domestic only’ action, and travel restrictions on racehorses travelling between jurisdictions may have to be enforced.

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh said: ‘There’s nothing definite but certainly talking to other racing authorities internationally the idea of domestic only competition is something that is on their minds. It may be something that is a requirement.

“If that were to happen, Ireland would be the country that suffers the most.’

For the likes of Aidan O’Brien, possibly marooned in Ballydoyle with a posse of multi-million pound thoroughbreds unable to boost their stud value through conventional routes, this would be a devastating blow.

O’Brien notched his seventh Investec Derby victory last June with Anthony Van Dyck and again holds a strong hand this term, with the likes of Innisfree, Mogul, Year of The Tiger, Armory and Royal Dornoch boasting lofty reputations.

If they are not permitted to strut their stuff, however, it is surely prudent to start betting stay-at-home British horses as their current odds will collapse in the event of a no-show from across the water.

Value in the Brit contingent?

Ballydoyle’s arch-rivals Godolphin may become the main beneficiaries courtesy of Pinatubo. The Shamardal colt was unbeatable as a two-year-old and earned the highest juvenile rating for 25 years following his nine-length romp in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh last September.

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt is an even-money shot to lift the 2,000 Guineas and is available at 7-1 for the Derby. The boys in blue have another fancied Derby runner in Saeed bin Suroor’s Military March, unbeaten in two career starts, the latest coming in the Group Three Dubai Autumn Stakes over a mile at Newmarket last October. He has been well found in the market over the winter and is a top-priced 12-1 with William Hill.

John Gosden, Britain’s champion trainer, chose a one-mile novice stakes on the all-weather track at chilly Wolverhampton in December to introduce the aforementioned Waldonig to the public and the colt duly spread-eagled his rivals by nine lengths.

Lowly Wolverhampton is an unlikely jumping-off point for a horse with Classic pretensions but Gosden, always an innovator, followed the same path with Jack Hobbs, easy winner of a Wolverhampton maiden on debut before finding only stablemate Golden Horn too strong in the 2015 Derby.

Waldkonig, a son of outstanding sire Kingman, is currently a best-priced 14-1 for the Derby. Interestingly, Gosden’s team also features Darain, an unraced full brother to multiple Group One scorer Too Darn Hot. Inexperience could prove his Achilles heel at this stage of his career.

Andrew Balding’s Kameko is also at the top end of the ante-post lists and justifiably so on the strength of his wide-margin victory under Oisin Murphy in the Group One Futurity Trophy Stakes at Newcastle. Bet365 are best price at 14-1.

Senior statesman Sir Michael Stoute, a five-time Investec Derby legend, has high hopes for unbeaten pair Highest Ground and Satono Japan, the duo making eye-catching debuts at Leicester and Kempton Park at the backend of last season. They are available at 33-1 and 50-1 respectively.

Finally, hundreds of horses have been exercising daily on the Newmarket gallops throughout the current crisis and my trusty gallop-watcher has been raving about a Gosden two-year-old named Saique. One for Royal Ascot perhaps? You heard it here first.

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91 Comments
  1. uncle pom 6 months ago

    +30.1 Pts

    Tampa
    18:17 The goddess Lyssa 11/8 2pt win
    18:51 honesta 7/4 1pt win
    1pt double

  2. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    Arithmetic 21.48 Gulfstream 7/1
    U S Delta Force 22.04 Tampa 4/1
    GL

  3. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    peace control 7″09

  4. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    shanghai Jimmy 7.25 severs 7’45 ew

  5. spurs55 6 months ago

    Don’t seem to let favourites win very often uncle Pom!!!!!

    Do they ?

    • uncle pom 6 months ago

      Unfortunately mate racing is racing Gita take the bad with the good

  6. spurs55 6 months ago

    Yeah unc onwards

    Bol

  7. cobretti 6 months ago

    Good shout with Arithmetic Duncan, got a nice run up the rail.

    • duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

      Thanks 😊👍

  8. cobretti 6 months ago

    Thanks for Russian Camelot Uncle Pom👍
    Thought the jockey gave him a terrible ride but the horse looks a class act.

  9. cobretti 6 months ago

    Uncle Pom, that’s 4 out of your 5 ante post tips that have won, bring on the Kentucky Derby for a clean sweep.

    • uncle pom 6 months ago

      🍻 thanks mate glad you where on

  10. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    Amazing Plus One 10.10 Sha Tin .Ex Dermot Weld horse who thought enough of him to send him to Royal Ascot was formerly called Hazapour might not be the worst 50/1 shot ever Skybet 4 places GL

    • duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

      Sorry it’s Amazing One Plus

  11. cobretti 6 months ago

    Gave you a good run for that price.

  12. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    2nd ,Place Money ,Onwards GL

  13. uncle pom 6 months ago

    2pt Double
    Fist Div Arkansas Derby Charlatan 4/7
    Second Div Nadal 5/4 ✅

    The Tenno Sho ( or Emperors Races) Sunday 3rd May Fierement 15/8 2pt ✅

    SA Derby Russian Camelot 2/1 2pt win (sire Camelot (IRE)) . ✅

    Good hunting on the ante post and Camelot final sires a group1 winner in Russian Camelot 🍻

    30.1pts

  14. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    American Tap 20.49 13/2
    Cocktail Skirt 19.31 9/2
    On A Spree 7/2
    Good Luck

    • duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

      sorry Cocktail Skirt20.02 9/2

  15. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    Better late than never GL

  16. uncle pom 6 months ago

    Saint Cloud
    10:40 Smart whip 10/3 2pt win
    13:25 sosoft 5/1 1pt win
    14:00 enzel 9/4 1pt win

  17. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    mister Charlie 1.25 alfareeq 2.00 anobar 2.35 made to lead 3.10

    • uncle pom 6 months ago

      Nice 1 as

    • azzthewigan 6 months ago

      cheers pom

  18. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    Wednesday
    10-00 Chantilliy Coronado beach 14-1 each way (bet365)

  19. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    sport dream 11.00 artico 11.30 kalarina 12.00 ammobaby 1.12

  20. uncle pom 6 months ago

    26.1pts

    Happy valley
    Race 8 above 5/2 1pt win
    Race 9 delightfull Laos 7/2 2pt win

  21. spurs55 6 months ago

    See there some massive priced winners again @ happy valley!!!

  22. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    azer 7,10

  23. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    madulain 7.38 carnageo 8.05

  24. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    skyward 1.58 all in shit are bust

  25. nezhambo 6 months ago

    TAMPA BAY DOWNS 5.25 ELUSIVE ROY & 5.53 TIMELESS DI 2 WIN SINGLES & E/W DOUBLE

    • a dot b 6 months ago

      Good start

  26. uncle pom 6 months ago

    20:00 Santa
    She so special 6/1 0.5 win
    Rager 6/1 0.5 win
    I can split them if rager breaks have been bad but gets it easier here and he would have been the only selection but if she so special gets away it’ll be hard to catch at these prices I’d rather take 2 in the race

    • uncle pom 6 months ago

      She so special proves it 👍

    • duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

      😀👍

  27. uncle pom 6 months ago

    *20:30

  28. uncle pom 6 months ago

    21:30 Santa tale of the union 7/4 2pt win

  29. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    Ex AOB trained NORWAY runs in the 5.50 am at Flemington ,the winner of the race goes straight into the Melbourne Cup, 25/1 with PP/Ladbrokes 9/2 for a place so the usual 20/80 for me GL

    • ew thief 6 months ago

      👍👍cheers mate will have a👀
      Hope all’s well 👍👍

    • duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

      Never looked like winning ,dissapointing,,all good here ,hope it’s the same with you Mr Thief working 6 days a week with this damn virus,,Well done all with winners Stay Safe all GL

  30. ew thief 6 months ago

    Flight deck
    Fog warning
    It’s a riddle
    Blakey
    Pretty point
    Erotic
    Ew singles @ ew lucky63 ☘️

  31. recoba 6 months ago

    Good nights tacing so far in US,well donr the winners.
    One off my tracker for anyone thats still up although i wont be for this race at Remington R7.
    Im not a big fan of these short rsces to bet on but 3 furlongs aint to bad, horse won by 5l then 3l going up in grades which it does again but the Fav has a long absence to overcome and it has should cracking dpeed so worth s few $s at a good price

    My Bucket is Full…9/2

  32. nezhambo 6 months ago

    AUTEUIL 2.45 KATY LOVE 8/1 BET 365 E/W

  33. recoba 6 months ago

    Skip the racing in France today i dont know much about it.
    Was loving the US racing when i was in lockdown and another good night last night (pity about the tip above 👎) so ill stay there for betting.

    Watch the Dortmund v Schalke game then its a Yankee and a couple of singles for me in the US,2 are from my tracker that really should have won last time out and are both big prices.

    Sacred Oath…had to travel really wide but finishing off like he’d sprouted wings i think the better draw and extra furlong will make him bang there against a favourite with an absence to overcome.
    Better Yet… drawn wide again but his speed in the straight was excellent and with the same jockey on board he will surely try get a better early position. REALLY cant split the 2 but ive went for Better Yet,same jockey/venue so less to fear and goes earluer. ;)

    Gulf – R1…Honest Gal 13/8
    Gulf – R6…Green Light Go EVS(****) Saez on board and has won a G2 easily and was close to Tiz The Law at Belmont last year)
    Tampa- R9…Better Yet 13/2 (***)
    Churchill Downs – R9…Sacred Oath 6/1

    GL yoll!

  34. uncle pom 5 months ago

    Sha Tin 17th may
    24.5pts
    7:00 Fortune Happiness 9/2 1pt win
    7:30 Wonder Express 15/2 1 pt win

  35. ew thief 5 months ago

    Shaker baker 7.45wrd 8-1
    Kent’s bet 8.15 30-1
    Ship shape miss 9.15 7-1
    Mommas baby boy 9.45 9-2
    Lady thunder 10.15 20-1
    Mr misleading 10.45 20-1
    Lady orchid 11.15 4-1
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️Gl all

  36. uncle pom 5 months ago

    Happy valley 13:15 alleged agility 4/1 2pt win

  37. uncle pom 5 months ago

    15:50 Larson 13/2 1pt win

  38. Poppa 5 months ago

    Good luck with those Unc

    Im with you with Larson but on Be Ready in the 1.15

    Destine Jewellery Ew in 2.15 and Shouson ew in 3.15

    Keep well all

    Be lucky

  39. nezhambo 5 months ago

    WED HAPPY VALLEY 3.50 AMAZING STAR MAX WIN

  40. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    ruster 3.27

  41. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    Tampa bay downs race 5 Molokai night 8/1 bet 365. Race 6 D ‘ craziness 9/2 bet 365 gl

  42. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    moasa 11.10

  43. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    whisky galore 5.45

  44. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    Gulfstream race 3 . Doctor d j 18/1 bet 365 e/w best of luck

  45. nezhambo 5 months ago

    FRI VICHY 11.45 MERRY PICNICK 4/1 & 12.50 RIO DEL JACK 7/4 2 x WIN SINGLES & E/W DOUBLE

  46. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    le zino ew 12.00

  47. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    take two 1.07

  48. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    last bet today.. Farrnice 1.45 all in

  49. uncle pom 5 months ago

    12:15 Bordeaux
    Mr satchmo 2/1 2pt win

    • uncle pom 5 months ago

      Ahh no good we got squeezed and the outsider won it . French racing at its best

  50. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    gaurdain fay 1.52

  51. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    wally 6″30 polly pocket 7.00 um elnadim 7.30

  52. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    charity go 9.40

  53. recoba 5 months ago

    Morning gents! Good watch the racing from Sha Tin. Yankees bust but had a wee single on Yee Heung Pegasus which came home with a great run,stuck winnings on the excellent Exultant.

    Going with 2x singles and a double in the next 2..

    Happy Alumni..10.15
    Golden Spectrum…10.50(***) tough race n going against mosts thoughts n I’m no expert but after backing him lto I put him in my tracker,he was finishing like a train over 1200m n was just held off by horse on the rail. Goes over 1400m and has a better draw.

    GL all

    • recoba 5 months ago

      F@#kin daft commentator at Sha Tin that’s 2x he’s shouted my horse held on with Enzemble which I knew hadn’t and Glorious Spectrum which I admit I was so sure did I clicked off the race. Must have been VERY tight! 👎

      Onwards to USA. Preferred it when there was only 2/3 meetings max on lockdown I think.
      Couple off my tracker here and couple I agree will go close.

      Gulf -R3…TEMPLE(**). 3/1
      Kobe Fifty Two-R11. 11/10
      Santa Anita-R3…Brickyard Lane. 11/2
      Los Almitos-R3…Spanish Magic(***) 3/1
      He was badly hampered twice only to finish off really well and with a better run will be right there. Wont be awake for it though I’ll get replay tomorrow.

      GL all

  54. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    pretty strange 2.50 aribo 3.07

  55. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    youm tnine 10.25

  56. duncanpoundcake 5 months ago

    Blitzkrieg 25/1 12.38 at Santa Anita 20/80 GL

  57. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    pretoroi 12.10 Hardy Williams 12.25 alacovia 12.50 guili guili 1.07

  58. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    Racing scheduled to return next Monday, 8 races max 12 runners at Newcastle.
    369 entries so some will be disappointed.
    Racing post out tomorrow so looks like things are in place 😀

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      Racing Post back on Monday I believe to coincide with racing return.
      Football Outlook back on Tuesday and that’s one I’ve really missed.

  59. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    Spot on Mr fixit

    The Racing Post, the
    daily newspaper dedicated to horseracing, will resume publication of its print edition on Monday, June 1, to coincide with the resumption of British racing.

    The daily title will return for sale across Britain and Ireland as racing becomes the first mainstream professional sport to return to action behind closed doors – with the action in Ireland scheduled to follow suit on June 8.

    To the delight of fans, punters and racing professionals, the sport resumes after a more than two-month shutdown with an action-packed schedule, beginning at Newcastle on Monday and quickly ramping up in quality and intensity.

    The sport’s first Group 1 meeting is on Friday, June 5 at Newmarket, which then hosts the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas on Saturday and Sunday in a Classic crescendo to the opening week.

    The Irish Guineas are on June 12 and 13, while Royal Ascot – taking place behind closed doors but still awash with top-quality racing – begins on June 16.

    The Racing Post will have coverage of every race at every meeting from the revised schedule as well as in-depth interviews with racing’s biggest names, betting advice from renowned tipsters Paul Kealy and Tom Segal, and features on the resumption, spearheaded by the words of the inimitable multi-award-winning writer Alastair Down.

  60. uncle pom 5 months ago

    Irish 2000 Guineas
    Fiscal rules 50/1 1pt ew

    • 5 months ago

      i misread your post and put a chunk on fiscal in the english race :( oh well hopefully she can do it today.

  61. uncle pom 5 months ago

    The oaks
    Domino darling 12/1 2pt win

  62. uncle pom 5 months ago

    Anyone backing charlatan in the Belmont stake beware the horse has tested positive for lidocaine which is not a performance enhancer but a numbing agent . class 2 drug which could cause him to receive 15-60 day ban .

    I think it’s all a bit much to be honest but watch the out come carefully we may get a better price for the Kentucky Derby .

    If he does get a ban it would be crazy as I think he wins the triple crown .

  63. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    milford song 12.10

  64. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    1000 and 2000 Guinness next week ??.
    None of the UK entries would have had a run so could be a false result in these races.
    If the French send any over they could have had a run and would surely be ahead fitness wise.

    What’s happened to earthlight talking about French nags.
    From what I saw early last season this could be the French Frankel….

    Shame for these 3 year olds to have their classic year disrupted by Chinese bat disease 🙈.

    Any mention of summer jumps this year ???.

  65. uncle pom 5 months ago

    The worst part is trainers will be running them at home and will know their hand cap marks and Now because of the entry problems can fiddle the placements .

    On top of this because some horse can’t run before and will be enterEd how can you possible decide the field size and elect who’s allowed to enter?

  66. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    gaiete coeur 10.30 crack math 11.00 hooker mannetot 11.15 11 vincitore 11.30

  67. double carpet 5 months ago

    Hi all
    Hope you’re all keeping safe and well during this pandemic
    Great to see racing finally return and hopefully it goes smoothly.
    I will be concentrating on the classics and Ascot though over the coming days and weeks but for anyone interested here are AOB’s proposed plans

    Coronation Cup – AVD, Broome & Sir Dragonet

    2000 – Arizona & Wichita
    1000 – Love, Peaceful , Just Wonderful

    Irish 2000 – Armory & Vatican City

    Prince of Wales – Japan

    Ascot GC – Kew Gardens straight there

    Jersey Stakes – Monarch of Egypt

    Derby Trials – Mogul, Amhran na bhfiann, Arthur’s Kingdom, Mythical & Nobel Prize

    Dont know much about the last 4 in the Derby list. They are all around 40’s but the way AOB targets the race there could be a Ruler of the World in there somewhere

  68. duncanpoundcake 5 months ago

    Cant get a price for Do You Love Me for the Irish Oaks but I hear she is going well at home ,had a Derby entry and trainer says
    She is a lovely Galileo filly and a sister to Together Forever who was a Group 1 winner for Aidan O’Brien. She has been a bit of a slow burner but she is almost ready to run now. We like what we have seen at home and she will definitely want a minimum of a mile and a quarter. She is going to be a mile and a half filly. ,should hose up on debut GL

  69. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    Mr diplomat 22.20.

  70. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    what a run last to first awesome horse

  71. dj76 5 months ago

    Cheers for the info double carpet regarding AOB’s proposed plans for ascot & the classics as its always good to get an early handle on his stables runners as they often make the market in these big races.

  72. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    via maresca 2.15 effigie madrek 2.32 beau val 2.50 Dard roc 3.07

  73. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    North Broadway 7.15

  74. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    kongaset 6.15

  75. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    carter’s blue 21.17

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