It promises to be a big afternoon for Joseph O'Brien who has two solid Group 1 chances at Longchamp on Arc day, as well as six runners in Ireland...
"He ran very well to finish third in this race last year and another run like that would be a great result."
- Joseph O'Brien on Speak In Colours
The one to beat with longer trip no problem
Longchamp 13:50 - Pretty Gorgeous
Pretty Gorgeous has been a star for us this season, winning the Debutante Stakes and finishing a good second in the Moyglare Stakes. The return to this softer ground should certainly suit her and we think she should be fine over this longer trip too. Her form makes her the one to beat and we'd be thrilled to finish her season with a Group 1 win.
A repeat of last year's performance will be a great result
Speak In Colours has been a star for us for a few years now and has really paid his way this year, winning a Group 2 and a Group 3. While his most recent effort was a bit disappointing, we aren't inclined to judge him too harshly on that. He ran very well to finish third in this race last year and another run like that would be a great result.
Well drawn and should go close
Killarney 13:55 - Kauri Cliffs
Kauri Cliffs has run solid races in both his starts to date and this looks a winnable race for him. He still looked a bit green on his last start and the hope would be that he can improve again from. He is well drawn and will hopefully go very close.
One for the future
Killarney 14:25 - Smile At Me
Smile At Me is a well-bred filly being a full-sister to the smart Curly. She goes well at home, but this looks an above-average maiden and we'll just be hoping that she has a positive first experience on the track and shows good promise for the future.
Lots in her favour
Killarney 15:55 - Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia got off the mark in a maiden at Punchestown last month and ran a solid race in Listed company last time. This longer trip and lower grade of grade should both be in her favour and I'd be very hopeful she can resume her progression with a big run in this.
Hoping for a bit of encouragement
Killarney 16:25 - Juliet Rose and Nordic Aurora
Juliet Rose hasn't run too badly in her two starts in handicaps this season, but she had a setback after the latest one which is why she hasn't run since June. She is ready to start back now and we'll be hoping she shows promise for the future.
Nordic Aurora has only hinted at promise in maidens so far and will need to improve a fair bit to be competitive off the mark he's been given. This longer trip might help, but it will need to.
More hopeful than confident
A Wave Of The Sea made it second-time lucky over fences at Kilbeggan last time. His jumping was still a bit novicey there and the hope is that he will be a bit sharper with that experience under his belt. This looks a smart contest and we'll be approaching it with hope rather than confidence.