The Don is in Gay Paris for one of the finest days racing of the year Arc Day and my private members are having one of the biggest betting days of the year.
The Hotel’s ludicrously expensive bar is packed with English race goers over for the weekend. The atmosphere is superb and the course is simply stunning. Penny has gone shopping with her friend whilst I write this. One thing that amazes me every year is that the cost to get in to the best enclosure is roughly a tenner yet our premier tracks charge 70-80 pounds. Now of course the Tote or Paris Mutualle controls the betting and all the profits go into racing, there’s a thought Mr Done!
There are a host of top group 1s on an 8 race card but the highlight is of course the Arc de Triomphe at 3.30. This for me is the World’s premier one mile four all age race and this years field oozes quality. There is a huge local word for Ectot and anything Trainer Ellie Lellouche runs must be respected. Kingston Hill our Leger hero has the worst draw and for me is in massive trouble stuck out there in 20. Ruler of the World and Tapestry have place claims but lack the turn of foot to win an Arc for me.
My strong fancy is the Oaks heroine Taghrooda trained by Champion elect John Gosden. She got turned over at York last time but has come back to her best since and the extra distance and softer ground will all help. Filly’s have a great record in this race and it’s hard to forget her devastating performances in the Oaks and King George. The jockey Hannagan is a concern as he will be riding against much stronger riders but he has won big races on her and she seems fairly straightforward. She is a win bet for me to bring the Arc back to my beloved Newmarket and she can be backed at 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
Have a great day wherever you are, join my private service as September was yet another winning month and take your betting to the next level.
Au Revoir Fait confiance a le Don.
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don