Arc Weekend day 1 preview: Enbihaar appeals in Prix de Royallieu

Published on: October 3, 2019
Author: Jamie Clark
Our 2019 Arc Weekend day 1 preview features Enbihaar (left) in the Prix du Royallieu at Longchamp

Enbihaar is a filly on a serious upward curve and is readily taken to make the step up into Group 1 company on Arc Weekend day 1 at Longchamp this Saturday in the 1m 6f Prix de Royallieu (15:25).

Trained by the in-form John Gosden, this four-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice has taken her form to a new level this season. Enbihaar has won four of her five starts in impressive style.

After winning just one of her three outings last season, she asserted well on reappearance to land a Listed contest at Goodwood.

Enbihaar was then just held half-a-length when stepped back up in trip to this distance in a Group 3 at York.

She has since reversed form with the winner – Dramatic Queen – with a neck success in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks over a mile-and-a-half around Haydock.

Enbihaar then followed-up in the same grade Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood when again up in distance.

This was a very impressive performance where she was pushed to lead two out and ran on strongly, slamming Manuela De Vega by five lengths.

Connections then went to the Group 2 Park Hill at Doncaster where Enbihaar had to give weight all-round to younger fillies.

She got the better of the re-opposing Delphinia – supplemented by her powerful connections for this – by a short-head.

As Enbihaar now meets the runner-up off 6lb better terms, she should confirm the form.

Taking all that and the fine form of Gosden’s yard throughout the season into account, she is the one to beat in this.

Enbihaar is 2/1 with Coral to go in at the highest level under regular jockey Jim Crowley.

Leo De Fury each-way value in Prix Dollar

In the Group 2 Prix Dollar over an extended 1m 1f (12:30), Irish raider Leo De Fury is worth considering each-way despite only six lining up in the race.

This three-year-old Australia colt hasn’t quite got home over a mile-and-a-half, so the drop back in trip here looks a plus.

Leo De Fury won both of his first two starts by five lengths over 10 furlongs, and then stepped up in class and distance for the Group 3 Gordon Stakes.

It was too much too soon to tackle that St Leger trial at Glorious Goodwood as he was beaten approaching the final furlong and weakened inside it.

Leo De Fury was then just held by Buckhurst when down in trip for the Royal Whip at The Curragh. He went down all guns blazing by a head on a soft surface.

There were some excuses for him last time out when fifth to Norway in a Group 3 on Irish Champions Weekend as Leo De Fury clipped heels and stumbled.

Although this is another step up in grade and he faces a hot favourite in Line Of Duty, that Godolphin owned rival has posted his best form at a mile.

With cramped odds on offer for that one and in receipt of weight-for-age from three older horses, this trip could suit Leo De Fury best.

He is therefore worth an each-way punt at 9/1 with Ladbrokes in the opening group race of Arc weekend day 1.

In-form Impulsif interesting in Prix Daniel Wildenstein

In the Group 2 Prix Daniel Weinstein over 1m (13:35), in-form Godolphin gelding Impulsif looks worth a wager to land a four-timer for trainer Andre Fabre.

The four-year-old son of New Approach notched a hat-trick with taking successes at Saint-Cloud, Maisons-Laffitte and when stepped up into Group 3 company at Deauville last time out.

Impulsif made all, staying on strongly under a hands and heels ride from regular rider Mickael Barzalona.

He was thus value for more than the half-a-length winning margin over Trais Fluors and also had 2018 French Derby winner Study Of Man a further 1 1/4 lengths behind in third.

Impulsif’s progressive profile means he’s well worth a crack at this level in one of the more trappy races on Arc weekend day 1.

Each of the five horses in the Prix Daniel Wldenstein will fancy their chances but, with the exception of lightly-raced Harrington trained Shamardal colt Tauran Shaman, Impulsif is open to the most progress.

Bearing that in mind, he appeals most at 5/2 with William Hill now on the upgrade again.

Impulsif is preferred to Jean-Claude Rouget runner Olmedo, the inconsistent French 2000 Guineas runner-up Shaman and in-form Dubawi gelding The Revenant in this.

St Leger form tested on Arc weekend day 1

What the form of some of those who finished in-behind St Leger winner Logician is worth comes under the spotlight in the Group 2 Prix Chaudenay over 1m 7f (16:00).

Nayef Road got closest in the final English Classic but encounters very different ground in Paris for trainer Mark Johnston.

Connections have Frankie Dettori aboard this son of Galileo for the first time, however. Nayef Road is 7/2 with William Hill in this.

Since finishing a length third to the re-opposing Dashing Willoughby in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June, Nayef Road has clearly improved.

Front-running types did well with similar underfoot conditions that day.

As Nayef Road was fine a four-length runner-up to and then reversed form with subsequent Belmont Jockey Club Derby Invitational winner Spanish Mission in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, that is decent form.

He then struggled when trailing in last of five in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur at York, yet got much closer to Logician at Doncaster.

Nayef Road was just 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner and well clear of Technician, who also re-opposes, and Dashing Willoughby. Which of the three acts best on soft going looks key to this race.

Dashing Willoughby enjoyed running in the mud in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot but hasn’t looked like landing a blow since.

Trained by Andrew Balding, this son of Nathaniel had a strange prep for the Leger running against his elders at Newmarket’s July Festival and in the Goodwood Cup.

If the aim was to toughen Dashing Willoughby up, then it hasn’t yet had the desired effect.

Moonlight Spirit also has claims in Prix Chaudenay

The going is a big plus for him, however, and Dashing Willoughby makes more appeal at 7/2 with 888Sport than Technician, who was always in rear in the St Leger for trainer Martyn Meade.

Prior to that, however, he toughed things out on soft ground to land the 1m 5f Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury on soft ground when wearing down Morando.

The son of Mastercraftsman is also a course winner on soft ground at Longchamp, albeit over a much shorter trip of 10f. Technician is 11/1 with Betfair for the Prix Chaudenay.

Outside of the St Leger form, course and distance winner Moonlight Spirit is also worth considering for Godolphin.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, this Dubawi colt has a win and place from two starts at this French capital venue.

Moonlight Spirit has a bit to find with Dashing Willoughby and Nayef Road on the Queen’s Vase form, but his unchallenged victory in a Group 3 last time out means he could be well worth another crack at this level.

He made most of the running here, kicking for home well over two out and stayed on strongly for a 4 1/2 lengths victory. What Moonlight Spirit beat is questionable, but it was visually impressive.

With bookmakers putting him in the mix at 7/2 with Paddy Power, Moonlight Spirit is another to consider in a trappy renewal of the Prix Chaudenay.