There is quite a lot going on Saturday but with a very busy Sunday I am only getting involved in a couple of races, only one actually here in the UK. Logician will be odds-on in the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot and unbackable as he tries to extend his unbeaten record to seven races. Having suffered a serious illness over the winter connections continue to take it easy with last year's St Leger winners return to the track and he should win fairly easily having won a match race at Doncaster last month.
Race of the day in the UK Saturday, and the one I have bet in, is the 2.45 at Newmarket over a mile the Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes. Johnny Murtagh’s Champers Elysees and the Henri-Alex Pantall-trained Half Light were supplemented in on Monday and have chances, especially the Matron Stakes winner getting the weight-for-age as a three-year-old but this looks a stronger race. Peaceful was second to Champers Elysees in the Matron and there is little reason to think she can reverse the form – the Ballydoyle runner that was unlucky there was Fancy Blue! Terebellum is one I have talked of and backed before and I think she has a cracking chance her to break her Group One duck. Perhaps unlucky at Ascot and here on the July course to have not already snaffled a G.1 running into Circus Maximus at Ascot when beaten a head and then Nazeef and Billesdon Brook here when third beaten a neck and a neck in the shadow of the post - both re-oppose. I have a feeling John Gosden's filly probably wasn't suited by making the running and all-being well they will go a stronger gallop here and she can get a bit of cover early. Rain softened ground will be of little concern for the selection, she gets further so a bit of a slog won’t hurt and she does go well fresh so the break of nearly three-months will hopefully have done her the world of good. I am on at 5-1 about her finally get that thus far elusive Group One victory.
Out in France, as a little aperitif to the Arc on Sunday, they have a decent card at Longchamp and I am already involved with a bet on the card at 4.00. I tipped up Princess Zoe for the 2m4f Group One Qatar Prix Du Cadran at the start of the week I am happy enough with the 11-2 I am sitting on bearing in mind now 3-1 best! She won a handicap at Galway over 2m1f on the soft as easily as you like and with a hurdle career apparently planned, I am not that concerned about this being the farthest she has ever been asked to race or about the going. She gets 3lb from the jolly Call The Wind and is now rated only 6lb inferior with potentially a bucket load of improvement to come. The favourite was second in the last year and you can see why the gelding is odds-on but I think old Tony Mullins has been plotting this for a while and I expect an upset.