The picture for next month’s European middle distance championship, the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, is beginning to take shape. Sulamani is the clear 7-2 favourite, followed by Grey Swallow at 7-1 and North Light on 9s. St. Leger winner Rule of Law has been cut to 12-1 (from 20-1) and is now just behind the first two in the Prix Niel, Valixir and Prospect Park. Best value for money can still be found about the other two recognised Arc trial winners, Policy Maker and Sweet Stream. My advice, however, is to hold your bets until the runners are definite and the state of the going is known.
Meanwhile, in England the jockeys’ championship is going all the way to the wire. Never before have Dettori and Fallon ridden so many horses as far afield as Musselbrough and Brighton. Last Tuesday, the Italian drew level, with a double at Yarmouth, leaving both riders on 149 winners, only for Fallon to go two up on Wednesday. A couple more each on Thursday were followed by one each on Friday. Dettori had a clear run at Newbury on Saturday, with Fallon on duty for Stout in the Irish St. Leger. He duly took advantage, scoring on Esquire and Salamanca to draw level again. Watch this space for further developments!