Architecture has solid foundations
Man On The Spot previews the Group One action from the Curragh, Deauville and Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Architecture: Can win in Germany
2.15 Deauville – Prix Maurice De Gheest Stakes – Group 1
Charlie Hills sent out last year's winner and runs recent Lennox Stakes hero Dutch Connection, who was three lengths ahead of Gifted Master at Goodwood. Richard Fahey won this in 2014 and is represented by Donjuan Triumphant, who landed a Group 2 on a trip to France last year.Mobsta also won a Group 2 for Mick Channon at the Curragh last time and had earlier beaten Suedois in Listed company at Doncaster whileGordon Lord Byron arrives in fine form and was beaten a length in last year's renewal. Hong Kong-based sprinter GOLD-FUN went close to catching Twilight Son in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Ascot in June when ahead of Signs Of Blessing. Soft ground would a slight worry, but he gets the vote to confirm running with the latter and go one better in this. Attendu and Jimmy Two Times may prove best of the home challengers.
3.35 Curragh – Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1)
Aidan O'Brien has won ten of the last 14 of these and it will be a shock if CARAVAGGIO doesn't keep up the sequence. Unbeaten in three starts beginning on Polytrack at Dundalk then a Listed contest over 5f here, when Ambiguity was behind, he was impressive when landing the Coventry Stakes on soft ground and he's in every major juvenile event between now and the end of the campaign. Medicine Jack has improved with every run and looked very smart when landing the Group 2 Railway Stakes here in June and Ger Lyons' colt is a worthy adversary for the Ballydoyle hotpot. Grand Coalition was well behind the selection at Ascot but did get a bit closer to Medicine Jack on this track while Courage Under Firehasn't shown enough to merit consideration.
3.45 Dusseldorf – 158 Henkel-Preis Der Diana – German Oaks (Group 1)
It's rare a UK-trained filly wins this but ARCHITECTURE looks to have strong claims. Hugo Palmer's charge found one too good in both the Oaks at Epsom and in the Irish version at the Curragh last month when runner-up to Seventh Heaven. Frankie Dettori keeps the partnership intact and she may have too much class for these. Markus Klug throws the kitchen sink at this with no-less than seven runners and Near England is preferred while Andreas Wohler has won the last two renewals and Serienholde beat Flemish Duchesse here in June. Meergorl beat Pagella, Kasalla and Night Music to win a Group 2 Oaks trial in Hoppegarten while Sarandia could go well for Peter Schiergen.