SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Arlington Million Saturday

It’s an unusual Saturday for me this week as I’m not riding in the UK and heading out to Arlington instead to ride Pivoine for Andrew Balding and King Power Racing in the Arlington Million. I’m on an early flight from Heathrow which leaves just before 8am and I’m set to return straight after the race, so I won’t be on US soil for long. The flight is only about seven hours, but I’ll find time to watch a film and have a bit of a kip too!



PIVOINE 12.12am (Sun) (Arlington Million)

It was a hell of a performance from Pivoine to win the John Smith’s at York last time with a pretty big weight. That’s always a really competitive handicap and he did it really nicely. The handicapper has moved him up to a mark of 110 so it’s well worth a shot in a race like this. We all know the US turf horses aren’t as strong as ours and Andrew (Balding) has made the point that our best handicapper shouldn’t be far off their Group horses. Anyway, he showed at York that he is fine on the fast ground and hopefully he won’t be far away. The pick of the home challenge is obviously Bricks And Mortar who has rattled off a string of victories but faces his toughest assignment to date. Aidan O’Brien is always respected in a race like this and both his pair Hunting Horn and Magic Wand shouldn’t be far way either.

Looking at the best of the UK action away from the Shergar Cup and the feature seems to be at Haydock…

Rose of Lancaster Stakes (3.05pm Haydock)

There is plenty of rain forecast to hit Haydock and if it arrives that will play to the strengths of Addeybb. He looked really good on soft ground at Ascot and just got caught behind horses at York last time. He should be pretty hard to beat, although I know the Balding team think a lot of Raise You and the three-year-olds get a healthy weight concession here.

Good luck


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