There is a lull in proceedings for the racing in Britain and Ireland over the next 7 days before the autumn season of major Group 1 races and festival meetings take place. Between now and the first Saturday in October the very best horses will be running in the Irish Champion Stakes, St Leger and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. British Champions Day brings together high class horses at Ascot on October 21st.
Enable is now the odds-on favourite for the Arc and looks a good thing. The horse receives weight as a three-year-old and filly. The scale is well established and has passed the test of time but a championship race is about identifying the best horse and that can only be established if its level weights. Enable is far too good for any other horse with a weight advantage but those are the rules.
Annie Power won the Champion Hurdle in 2016. As a mare she carried seven pounds less than the male horses. My Tent Or Yours finished second in the race, less than five lengths adrift of the winner. The race is the most prestigious hurdle in the sport and it could be argued the winner was not the best horse on the day. Treve won two Arcs with the benefit of a female runner allowance and Enable can do the same.
There are eight meetings in Britain and Ireland on Saturday but no standout race. Sandown and Chester are live on ITV and at both tracks there is a significant draw advantage. With no major race to assess the advice at this stage is to back high numbers at Sandown and horses drawn low at Chester. Those tips could boost your betting bank ahead of six weeks of Flat racing at the very highest level.