23/08/2022. International Horse Racing World: Arqana 26 August Online Sale – Racing Post, the ante-postman, Go To Race…


Register to bid on 26 August Online Sale

The first edition of the August Online Sale will be held on Friday 26 August, from 3pm to 5pm (French time), at www.arqanaonline.com.

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Horse in training, offered by Jérôme Reynier

Three-time winner in a row over 1,600 metres, offered with his entry in the Prix Quincey (Gr.3).


Horse in training, offered by Peter Schiergen

106-rated Group 3 winner in Düsseldorf last time out. Offered with his entry in the Grosser Preis der Landeshauptstadt (Gr.3).


Horse in training, offered by Jean-Claude Rouget.

Brother to Listed winner and Group-placed INTEGRANT, with 2 wins and a place in only 3 starts.


Filly in training, offered by Jean-Claude Rouget

Daughter of War Front, winner of 7f on her last race.


Horse in training, offered by Alain Couétil

Winner over 2,700 metres on his second start at Sables d’Olonne.


Filly out of training, offered by Tim Donworth

Winning half-sister to the Group winner ANGEL POWER, from one of the best Ammerland families.


In foal to Goliath du Berlais, offered by Haras de la Vastine

Half-sister to GAILLARD DU MESNIL. Her 2yo by Karaktar was sold for 90,000 euros at the ARQANA Summer Sale.



August Online sale

Friday 26 August, from 3pm to 5pm (French time)
at www.arqanaonline.com


The fields on offer in the two big races at Goodwood on Saturday hardly make for great reading given a maximum of seven will line up in the March Stakes (3.00) and five in the feature Celebration Mile (3.35).


More concerning still is the fact half of the 12 entries across the two contests are doubly entered this weekend. The dry summer shows no sign of relenting either, and the lack of forecast rain opens up the opportunity for non-runners due to quick ground. 


Trying to second guess trainers is always tricky, and while March Stakes odds-on shot Hoo Ya Mal is one of those with two entries, I think he will run over 1m6f at Goodwood rather than 1m3½f in the August Stakes at Windsor on Saturday.


The St Leger and Melbourne Cup are on his agenda down the line and it makes little sense for connections to take aim at a less valuable prize over a shorter trip.


I’m in no rush to take him on with William Buick already booked to ride, but I am keen to oppose Celebration Mile odds-on favourite Mutasaabeq. 


I’ve rated this horse for a while but he hasn’t produced what I expected this season and there have to be doubts about him on a largely downhill track. 


He didn’t handle Epsom when a beaten 11-8 shot in the Diomed Stakes on Derby day a couple of starts back and struggled in this race last season, trailing home eighth of nine runners.


Last of all that day was the reopposing Stormy Antarctic, who needs a cut in the ground to show his best. 


There is every chance at least one of the five won’t line up in the Celebration and the two places up for grabs ante-post might not be available on the day.  


Without A Fight and Escobar both ran well at York’s Ebor meeting last week when second in good races but would be far from guaranteed to back up quickly, and replicating the high-class form they showed on the Knavesmire will be a tough task. 

I reckon Buick has every chance of enjoying a quickfire Group-race double at the Sussex track on Saturday afternoon and his mount Jadoomi is the each-way recommendation at 9-2. 


Jadoomi has clearly had his issues as we have only seen him twice since he finished third to Van Gogh in the 2020 Criterium International, but both performances have been promising. 


He gave the impression the run was needed when returning from a year off the track last October to claim third in a Newmarket Listed race, and produced a big career best on Racing Post Ratings on his belated return this campaign at Clairefontaine from a proper Group 2 filly at Listed level.


The Simon and Ed Crisford-trained four-year-old is within touching distance of the standard set by Mutasaabeq on that run, and his lightly raced profile suggests he should have significantly more to offer in a higher grade. The yard are in good form and this looks a Group 2 there for the taking. 

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