Friday 28 October 2016

Track Talk: Indian summer not what Treve needs for history making bid


For the last four years,this coming Saturday's Gowran Park meeting marked the return of Sizing Europe and a real sign that the jump season was about to lift off on to another level.

There will be no Sizing Europe in the PWC Champion Chase this weekend but his connections will be represented by Galway Plate winner Shanahan's Turn and although it's not really National Hunt-like weather at the moment, it's certainly approaching quickly on the horizon.

The recent good spell of weather is much more appropriate for the Flat contingent and it'll be interesting to see what bearing that has on this weekend's Prix de l'Arc de Triopmhe meeting.


It appears that Europe's premier Flat race will be run on good ground and that won't be ideal for the history seeking Treve, who would probably love a shower or two to let her get her toe into the ground a bit.

That said, she is a superstar and the prospect of seeing her take on this year's French Derby winner New Bay and Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn, as well as the leading Irish contender Free Eagle, is a mouth-watering prospect.

For all the brilliant Group action that will take place in the French capital this weekend ,however, there is still plenty to play for after that.

Aidan O'Brien is set to rely solely on Found in an attempt to win a second Arc and he will be well represented by his juveniles in Longchamp but we must not forget that O'Brien's impressive tally of 10 Group One winners for the year could yet be greatly increased with British Champions Day, the Breeders' Cup and his five-strong Australian raid still to come.

David Wachman is another trainer who will target America later in October with Legatissimo leading his Breeders' Cup challenge but he'll also send Curvy to New York this weekend for the Group One Flower Bowl International Stakes.

As much as Willie Mullins is the envy of the jump racing fraternity with the strength and depth of his team for the winter, he too is another that will have a big say on the Flat yet.

Mullins is likely to be represented on Arc weekend in the Prix du Cadron and don't be surprised if he returns to Ascot for British Champions Day as well, not to mention his Melbourne Cup bid with Max Dynamite.

Add in the likes of Sole Power to both France and Hong Kong for Eddie Lynam and Tom Hogan possibly taking a similar route with Gordon Lord Byron and if Flat racing is your thing, you still have plenty to enjoy.

Sportsmanship or a lack of it has been gaining a lot of headlines recently. Diego Costa of Chelsea won himself few friends for his performance against Arsenal and Philly McMahon was the subject of some debate after the All-Ireland final but there was no doubting the sportsmanship in the Irish weighroom at Roscommon on Monday.

When Jody McGarvey's mount Old Supporter made a mistake in the handicap chase it looked like McGarvey was set to hit the deck until Danny Mullins spotted the danger and decided to give his weighroom colleague a helping hand back into the saddle giving McGarvey the opportunity to safely pull up.

A classy touch.

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