Timeform response to Doncaster and the Irish Champions Weekend

Timeform’s Tony McFadden appears to be like again on six key performances from Doncaster’s St Leger assembly and Irish Champions Weekend.


Three Scores Risers

Luxembourg (128p from 122p)

Irish Champion Stakes, Leopardstown, Saturday 10 September

Luxembourg had been solely workmanlike when profitable the Royal Whip Stakes by a neck on the Curragh final month, however, having met with a setback after ending third within the 2000 Guineas, he was entitled to come back on for that outing and he duly took a giant step ahead to win a robust version of the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday.

Luxembourg could have made his supporters sweat when touchdown odds of two/9 within the Royal Whip however one pleasing facet of that show was how properly he knuckled down beneath stress, and he once more displayed a likeable, easy angle to prevail within the Irish Champion Stakes, getting on high shut residence to beat Grand Prix de Paris winner Onesto by half a size after the pair had been locked collectively for a lot of the ultimate furlong and a half.

The energy Luxembourg confirmed within the end bodes properly for his prospects of staying a mile and a half within the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and he will not face many rivals in Paris with stronger type.

Ought to Baaeed flip up he would clearly be the one to beat, along with his ranking of 138 figuring out him as one of the best we have now seen on turf since Frankel retired, however Luxembourg’s ranking of 128p locations him in an identical bracket because the likes of Titleholder (130), Adayar (130) and Torquator Tasso (128) however with much less to show.

A ranking of 128p identifies Luxembourg because the joint-highest-rated colt from this season’s basic technology – equal with Desert Crown (128p) who’s out for the season – and his efficiency within the Irish Champion Stakes was of comparable benefit to what St Mark’s Basilica produced final 12 months.

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Tahiyra (116P from 90P)

Moyglare Stud Stakes, Curragh, Sunday 11 September

We have now a brand new 1000 Guineas favorite and unsurprisingly so after Tahiyra registered a vastly spectacular victory within the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Tahiyra, a half-sister to the a number of Group 1 winner Tarnawa, had appeared an thrilling prospect when scooting 5 and a half lengths away from a promising type on her debut at Galway in July and he or she confirmed that promise in no unsure phrases on the Curragh, placing up comfortably one of the best efficiency by a two-year-old filly to date this season.

Meditate, a winner of her 4 earlier begins, together with the Albany at Royal Ascot, had set the usual amongst European-trained two-year-old fillies previous to the weekend and he or she barely superior her Timeform ranking within the Moyglare – to 109 from 108p – as she pulled 4 and a half lengths away from the third, Everlasting Silence, who was in flip two lengths forward of fourth-placed By no means Ending Story.

She was no match for the confidently-ridden Tahiyra, nonetheless, who was nonetheless on the bridle a furlong out regardless of being a few lengths behind. When Chris Hayes requested Tahiyra to quicken she did so impressively, drawing two and 1 / 4 lengths clear beneath a hands-and-heels trip.

A ranking of 116P locations Tahiyra 5 lb upfront of Trillium (111p) and The Platinum Queen (111) among the many European-trained juvenile fillies, whereas solely Little Massive Bear (126p) and Noble Type (119p) have achieved the next determine among the many colts.

There are some massive names on the Moyglare roll of honour however none earned an even bigger ranking within the race this century than Tahiyra, who nonetheless has the big P hooked up to her determine to point she might be able to significantly better type. A scary thought for connections of her opponents.

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Trillium (111p from 105p)

Flying Childers Stakes, Doncaster, Sunday 11 September

Occasions had steered that there was little or no between Trillium and The Platinum Queen once they each gained at Goodwood final month, with Trillium producing a pointy flip of foot to land the Molecomb Stakes and The Platinum Queen going barely faster when blitzing her rivals in a situations stakes.

Trillium was working for the primary time since Goodwood, although The Platinum Queen had subsequently enhanced her popularity by ending runner-up within the Nunthorpe, displaying loads of tempo to guide the sector till overhauled by the high-class Highfield Princess inside the ultimate furlong.

The Flying Childers underlined how this pair have contrasting types however related ranges of means as solely a short-head separated them on the line after the patiently-ridden Trillium simply managed to nab The Platinum Queen.

The Platinum Queen (111 from 107) ran even higher right here than she had when runner-up within the Nunthorpe and carried out to a degree that will have been ok within the overwhelming majority of editions of the Flying Childers. Nonetheless, it was not fairly sufficient towards Trillium, who has proven important race-by-race enchancment and has an exuberant model that means there might be much more to come back.

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Three high-class efforts

Highfield Princess (stays 126)

Flying 5 Stakes, Curragh, Sunday 11 September

Highfield Princess could have began out off a handicap mark of simply 57 a few years in the past however she has developed into the dominant sprinter in Europe and he or she registered a 3rd successive Group 1 when touchdown the Flying 5 Stakes on the Curragh on Sunday.

Highfield Princess, whose three-quarter-length defeat of Minzaal at Deauville appears to be like even higher following his Dash Cup success, adopted up her win within the Prix Maurice de Gheest with an emphatic victory within the Nunthorpe at York. She did not want to enhance on the shape she had proven at York to win the Flying 5, but it surely was nonetheless spectacular how she tanked by means of the race, travelling throughout her rivals regardless of having spent a lot of her profession racing at six or seven furlongs.

You must return to 2007, when Benbaun gained previous to touchdown the Prix de l’Abbaye, to discover a efficiency of comparable benefit on this race.

A conflict with Golden Pal within the Breeders’ Cup Turf Dash is subsequent on the agenda for the thriving Highfield Princess and there may be little to separate the pair on Timeform’s figures. Final 12 months’s Turf Dash winner Golden Pal is rated 129 however should concede 3 lb to Highfield Princess whose final two performances counsel she’s going to cope higher with the sharp take a look at of pace than beforehand imagined.

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Kyprios (stays 126)

Irish St Leger, Curragh, Sunday 11 September

Kyprios did not want to enhance upon the shape he had proven when profitable an exciting Goodwood Cup to land the Irish St Leger on Sunday however he arguably enhanced his popularity with one other teak-tough show.

Kyprios had proven he stays two and a half miles when profitable the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot – albeit a falsely-run version of that race – so it’s to his credit score that he was in a position to land a Group 1 over a mile and three-quarters. Sensibly given a constructive trip by Ryan Moore to benefit from his stamina, Kyprios was despatched for residence handing over and located loads up the straight to fend off Hamish, a high-class opponent confirmed beneath testing situations.

Trueshan (128) has the next Timeform ranking primarily based on his very good weight-carrying show within the Northumberland Plate, however working in handicaps does afford high-quality horses likelihood to submit a giant determine, and whereas he ran creditably when third behind Kyprios at Goodwood he now has a query to reply after being turned over at lengthy odds-on within the Doncaster Cup.

Kyprios, alternatively, has gained all 5 begins this marketing campaign, from a mile and three-quarters to 2 and a half miles, and on floor starting from heavy to good to agency, so he stands out because the one to beat within the division.

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Adayar (stays 130)

Situations stakes, Doncaster, Thursday 8 September

Connections might hardly have discovered a softer contact for Adayar than the three-runner situations stakes he contested on his belated return to motion, and final 12 months’s Derby and King George winner was by no means going to wish to run to his greatest to prevail.

Nonetheless, there was nonetheless so much to love about the way in which he brushed apart a few inferior rivals, providing hope that he retains a number of the flexibility that noticed him earn a Timeform ranking of 130 – the benchmark for a top-class racehorse – and change into the primary horse since Galileo 20 years earlier to finish the Derby-King George double in the identical season.

If Adayar, a straightforward three-and-a-quarter-length winner on Thursday, does retain most of his means he will probably be a significant participant within the Champion Stakes, which might tackle an open look if Baaeed (Timeform ranking 138) has his swansong within the Arc.

Among the many horses entered within the Champion Stakes, solely Baaeed has the next ranking than Adayar.

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