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Saturday 18 November 2017

Caravaggio can prove he is the master

Caravaggio, with Ryan Moore up (l), wins from Harry Angel with Adam Kirby up and Blue Point with William Buick up at the The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Photo: Cranhamphoto.com
Caravaggio, with Ryan Moore up (l), wins from Harry Angel with Adam Kirby up and Blue Point with William Buick up at the The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Photo: Cranhamphoto.com

Both Newmarket and the Curragh host Group One action tomorrow afternoon, both with a stand-out favourite, and both favourites should justify their position in the market.

At Newmarket Caravaggio is going to be all the rage. There will be those who are willing to take him on after being unconvinced at Royal Ascot, but the unbeaten three-year-old gets a 3lbs age allowance and looks to be a cut above the rest, even if it is a competitive looking renewal of the July Cup.

The battle for minor honours could be fascinating, but Caravaggio has a big future ahead of him at stud to act to heir to Galileo's throne possibly and take over from his own sire, Scat Daddy, who is a big loss to the industry having been leading sire at Royal Ascot.

Caravaggio has taken all in his stride so far and with few issues and the Commonwealth Cup winner can handle this first test against older company with the minimum of fuss.

Despite such a big day on his own doorstep in Newmarket, Frankie Dettori will be in action at the Curragh where he will seek to win another Irish Classic.

Enable is expected to become John Gosden's sixth Irish Classic winner and the sixth filly to do the Epsom/Curragh Oaks double in twenty years.

Aidan O'Brien will run Pretty Polly Stakes runner-up Rain Goddess, who obviously appreciated the step up in trip last time, and Alluringly who was a well beaten third at Epsom in the Oaks.

We are sort of used to seeing Aidan O'Brien dominate at the Curragh and claim the first couple of places in Group One's or Classic's, but this time he may have to look on as John Gosden takes a 1-2.

Gosden, who came close to another Irish Derby with Cracksman, will also saddle Coronet in the Oaks and if punters were looking for an each-way alternative to the short priced favourite, the Royal Ascot winner looks the pick at 6/1.

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