Group 1 will tell us all about Pink Dogwood's quality
13:20 Longchamp - Pink Dogwood
Aidan had three in here but he relies on Pink Dogwood. She bumped into a smart one when I rode her on her debut and against another decent sort next time out, but a switch to forcing tactics last time saw her take a big step forward. Okay, it was only a maiden at Gowran and in heavy ground, and this is a Group 1, but she won it by 10 lengths in the manner of a very smart filly. We will find out just how smart here, and there doesn't look to be a stand-out performer going into the race.
Broome has his trip
13:55 Longchamp - Broome
Again, he is the stable-selected from three entries, and he ran his best race yet when second to a very decent prospect in Madhmoon at Leopardstown last time. That was a fair improvement on his Acomb run for me, and he will need to come forward again here. But it looks like a mile is definitely his trip at the moment and he could well hold his own against the unbeaten pair, Anodor and Boitron, who have looked good and have obvious claims.
Exclusive thoughts on Enable and Kew Gardens
15:05 Longchamp - Arc
See separate article
The quicker the better for Magic Wand
15:50 Longchamp - Magic Wand
She is very good on her day and her stand-out performance probably remains her four-length defeat of Wild Illusion, who improved to win at Goodwood last time, in the Ribblesdale. That said, she wasn't far off that effort - if at all - when just picked up late by Kitesurf in the Vermeille last time. The quicker the better for her, and I think she has the pace and tactical speed to cope with the step down in trip. We also have last year's winner Rhododendron and Grade 1 winner Athena in here, and they are clearly very capable on their day, too.
Place chances for my ride
16:25 Longchamp - Sioux Nation
We pulled him out at Newbury recently as the ground went against him, and he is another who certainly wants it to quicken up. If Battaash runs to form, then he wins, but Sioux Nation finished fifth in a July Cup and I was very happy with his third on easy round at the Curragh last time in the Flying Five. He has place chances, for sure, though the draw in 14 could be an issue. Aidan's other three also have varying claims of hitting the frame, too, but you have to respect the improving three-year-old filly Tantheem and Flying Childers winner Soldier's Call gets a lot of weight.
Every chance in the penultimate race
17:00 Longchamp - Gustav Klimt
His season promised much after his reappearance win, and there have been disappointments. But his Royal Ascot second and his third in the Haydock Sprint Cup mark him down as a classy and versatile performer. We are probably all up against it with Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Polydream in here, but if he reproduces either of the two runs I have just mentioned then he is bang there with every chance.