Numerically there’s a strong challenge from Europe this year with over 30 entries for the two day extravaganza. I’m not sure about the quality, though. There are the usual caveats about the synthetic surface, and the lack of form lines connecting horses from the two continents, but here goes with a couple of horses that have a live chance.
Goldikova, trained by Freddy Head in France, has won three times over the distance since failing twice behind star filly Zarkava (not entered) early in the season. She is best priced 2-1 with British bookmakers, but has been supported from 5-1 so the value may have gone. If Goldikova is available at 3-1 for the Mile, either on the book or parimutuel, I’d rate her as a fair bet.
Soldier Of Fortune, from the Aiden O’Brien stable in Ireland, contests the Turf. Currently available at 9-2 over here, I’d give the horse an excellent each way chance following a good third to Zarkava in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Grade 1, 12 furlongs) a couple of weeks ago.
This post will come back to haunt me in a week’s time.