Times Up and High Jinx lock horns once again after finishing first and second respectively in the Doncaster Cup. The former should come out best once again of that pair while Les Beaufs has the beating of Gloomy Sunday of the home challengers and could go close. Seismos also has leading claims if his recent second to Novellist is taken at face value but he's unproven over this far. It was hard not to be impressed by TAC DE BOISTRON's win in soft ground at Chester last month. Marco Botti's charge won a Group 2 race here when trained in France, stays 2m and a chance is taken he gets home over today's marathon trip.
Tac De Boistron (FR) 11-2 (9-1) Led early, stayed well in touch, led 2f out, soon clear, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Chester 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep beating Cubanita (8-10) by 8l, 8 ran.
Achtung (SPA) (9-8) 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Entre Copas (9-6) at San Sebastian(SPA) 1m 6f cond Stakes sft in Sep.
Seismos (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Novellist (9-6) at Baden-Baden(GER) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Altano (GER) (9-6) 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Hey Little Gorl (8-5) at Dortmund(GER) 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Chabal'ozor (FR) (9-6) won at Pompadour(FR) 1m 3f stk in Aug, 9 ran.
Times Up 3-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, steady headway over 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, driven out, won at Doncaster 2m 2f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep beating High Jinx (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Coralhasi (FR) (8-11) 2nd of 0, 3 1/2l behind Amiens (9-2) at La Teste De Buch(FR) 1m 7f cond Stakes gd in Sep.
Les Beaufs (FR) 8-1 (9-6) 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Domeside (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
High Jinx (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway to 2nd 8f out, led 4f out, riddden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no chance with winner final furlong, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Times Up (9-3) at Doncaster 2m 2f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Gloomy Sunday (FR) 5-1 (9-1) 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Verema (9-3) at Deauville(FR) 1m 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug.