WALLY’S WAGERS: Golden Horn dominates
Golden Horn denied the super filly Treve to win the Arc De Triomphe in a star-studded field at Longchamp on Sunday afternoon.
The build up was all about the super filly Treve, who was aiming for a record third success in the race.
Golden Horn was simply imperious from start to finish under jockey Frankie Dettori, he got the Derby-winning colt slotted in just behind the leader in the early stages of the race, and when he pushed the button, he was never getting beat. Treve rallied late on and finished a creditable fourth for owner Criquette Head Maarek.
Winning jockey Frankie Dettori spoke in glowing terms about the winner. “I really believe in the horse, I was going so fast in the last 300 metres, I knew the other horse would past me.
“I had the best horse and I wanted to show how good he is. His record is unbelievable, and probably the best horse I have ever ridden”
My only mistake was letting my heart rule my head. I so desperately wanted the filly to win that I took for granted that everything was in favour of Golden Horn.
The price at 6/1 for a horse that had won the Derby, Dante Stakes, Coral Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes, was simply too big with his ground being perfect.
This weekend has plenty of top-class racing on offer with York and Newmarket both having quality cards to indulge in.
The Cesarewitch will be Newmarket’s showpiece of the afternoon and although I do enjoy trying to find the winner of these big handicaps, it does look difficult.
Heartbreak City is a likeable type for this sort of race.
He should have no problem with the step up in trip and 12/1 looks fairly generous. He ran a cracker last time out at York to suggest there could be more to come.
Amour De Nuit-trained by Sir Mark Prescott is another I think will appreciate the distance. He keeps on improving and has that little bit of class to see him go close.
York is a fabulous race course which appeals to all racegoers.
I would recommend it for family days out, as it is a great experience for the children as well as racing fans. This is the last meeting of the year and it should be a cracker.
Earth Drummer ran out an unlucky loser for me last time out. I thought he was unfortunate to finish eighth in the Cambridgeshire.
He was absolutely flying towards the finish considering he was stopped twice in the race.
The David O’Meara trained five-year-old has two entries at York this weekend, 2.20pm on Friday and 2.15pm Saturday and I think he is worth a punt in whichever race he runs in.
The Coral Sprint Trophy ran over six furlongs is the big race on the Knavesmire this Saturday.
It looks extremely tough with at least 10 horses having sound enough claims.
Highland Acclaim keeps on frustrating me as he has been running well enough to suggest that he can win a big handicap of this type of mark but keeps hitting the crossbar.
His form at York is fairly good, he’s won there before as well as some good placed efforts and his trainer O’Meara has a great strike rate at the track.
Newmarket 3.50pm Heartbreak City 12/1, Amour De Nuit 16/1
York 2.15pm Earth Drummer (or Friday 2.20pm) 5/1.
York 3.25pm Highland Acclaim 20/1.