Getting Into Topgear


Petricor | Scoop Dyga

There will be further sorting of the juvenile pecking order on Friday, with Chantilly's six-furlong G3 Prix Eclipse featuring Hisaaki Saito's unbeaten Topgear (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}).

Having beaten TDN Rising Star Shaikha (Fr) (Ribchester {Ire}) in the 6 1/2-furlong Prix Irish River conditions race at Deauville Aug. 26, the Fabrice Chappet-trained colt is one of a clutch of unexposed types looking to break through in pattern company. They include Abu Khadra Stables' Fai Fai (GB) (Acclamation {GB}), an Andre Fabre-trained colt who scored on debut over that same course and distance Aug. 17, and Stall Ad Episas's Andreas Suborics-trained filly Best Flying (Fr) (Pedro the Great) who was impressive when winning over this trip also at Deauville Aug. 8 and when taking a valuable Baden-Baden sales race Aug. 29.

Also on the card is the G3 Prix Bertrand de Tarragon for fillies and mares over nine furlongs, where Fabre reintroduces Juddmonte's 'TDN Rising Star' Petricor (GB) (Frankel {GB}) following an absence since winning the Listed Prix Finlande over this trip at ParisLongchamp May 2. Also lining up are Godolphin's Aug. 6 Vichy and Aug. 29 Deauville scorer Sundoro (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), a Henri-Alex Pantall-trained half-sister to Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal), The Aga Khan's Sept. 5 Listed Prix de la Cochere scorer Varkesha (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}) and Gemini Stud's Mar. 21 Listed Prix la Camargo winner Sweet Lady (Fr) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) who gets her autumn campaign underway.

Newbury's card features the seven-furlong Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup, where another 'TDN Rising Star' Albasheer (Ire) (Shamardal) stays on the comeback trail having finished second in a conditions event at Salisbury 24 days ago as he encounters a trio of Godolphin runners headed by the Mar. 6 G1 Jebel Hatta third Al Suhail (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). It also stages the 41st Running of the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions S., whose honour roll boasts the luminaries Henbit, Shergar (GB), Rainbow Quest, Unfuwain, King's Theatre (Ire) and Nayef. Ayr's two-day Gold Cup meeting sees the Listed British EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery S. and Listed Arran Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies' S. take centre stage, with the former a speed test for the juveniles including the exciting filly Peggy Sioux (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), a Kevin Ryan-trained Sept. 1 Hamilton novice winner who sports the Guy Reed Racing silks.

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