It was fascinating to learn that the Derby winner Serpentine has been supplement for the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. The 3 year old was last seen finishing 4th at the French track in a race that stablemate Mogul claimed. The big difference come Sunday will be the expected going. That result last time out came on good ground, and with biblical rain expected in the lead up to the race, it is interesting that the Ballydoyle team have chosen to add him into the mix.
Lermoos Legend (17.25)
This closing handicap has an interesting mix of characters with plenty of young horses having their first start in a handicap.
David Pipe’s Free To Fly is at the foot of the weights, however, she looks interesting having placed on her first three starts over hurdles. That said, I want to try and take her on if she is to turn up again so quickly after running.
The selection comes from a trainer who has a cracking record at the track. Peter Bowen tends to go fairly well here with both his chasers and hurdlers. Lermoos Legend (17.25) is a 5 year old by Midnight Legend. To date, he has not shown too much in his six runs. His bumper runs are forgivable and his last three efforts over hurdles have come on varying surfaces. However, the yard have crept back into form recently with Francky Du Berlais winning at Newton Abbot earlier in the week. The yard have also had a couple of seconds in the last fortnight.
A mark of 85 may just be workable in the context of a handicap on better ground, meaning I’m willing to have a small each way play here.