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Saturday was a very good day with two of the three selections winning, as well as the advised treble which won nicely in the end and would've returned more if you had Mr Wagyu to win rather than the place I suggested.
There are no doubts about who is the class horse in this race, with that being Aidan O'Brien's 5yo, ORDER OF AUSTRALIA. He is a Group 1 winner, and has been contesting some very tough races over the last year or so, which has had some of the best horses on the planet including the likes of Baaeed and Palace Pier.
This race is a step back in class and in opposition, but that doesn't mean it will be an easy ride for him. Dr Zempf was of major interest to me as he was impressive last time out, but the more I looked at the form of that recent run, the more I thought it wasn't that strong. The horses in behind haven't exactly gone on to frank the form, and now he's racing against older classier horses, he has to prove himself again. I won't say he can't win this, because he can, but based on what we've seen so far, he'll need to improve a fair few pounds.
On paper, I struggle to see how any horse in this race would've done any better than getting to within 5.75L of Baaeed at Royal Ascot last time. That horse is a monster and is arguably the best horse on the planet, I thought it was an encouraging effort to see him finish third, and the form has worked out with Chindit winning a Group 2 last weekend. This step back to 7f shouldn't be a worry as he is faster than what people give him credit for, as he proved by winning this race 12 months ago. His price isn't amazing, but I think he deserves to be an odds-on shot in this contest, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him dropping below EVS closer to the time of racing.
I am going to give RUMBLES OF THUNDER another chance after tipping her up on a couple of occasions this season for the Paddy Twomey stable. Unfortunately for me and those who followed in backing her the times I tipped her, she won in between when I didn't put her up, but based on that Listed win at Gowran Park, she is a very good filly and has to be respected in today's race.
I thought she was quite underwhelming last time out in the Group 3 won by the Aidan O'Brien 20/1 outsider Aikhal, but she might've needed that run off 52 days, as the fact she is back out just over two weeks later, proves she is in good form at home. Being a 4yo in this won't be ideal as she'll have to carry the extra weight for being an older horse, but looking through the field, I don't think the younger ones are that impressive other than William Haggas' Purpleplay. However, I think the latter-named horse will appreciate a softer surface, and though she has to be respected, I think she will win a big one in France later on in the year where they will get the bottomless ground they are craving for.
Sierra Naveda also has to be respected as she won a novice race in good style last time out, so to be entered into a race like this on the back of that means Jessie Harrington thinks she is a quality horse. I couldn't touch her on the back of that run as the form isn't solid enough, but she warrants a lot of respect for connections who continue to win big races as we saw in the Irish Oaks yesterday.