After the fun & fair of the Shergar Cup at Ascot it’s another big A we turn to, as Arlington host their main event of the racing calender with the Arlington Million, Secretariat & Beverly D all being run tonight. As always with these events there’s no shortage of British & Irish interests with high-profile trainers like Aidan O’Brien, William Haggas & Andrew Balding sending runners out to compete against their US counterparts. With 8+ runners in each field for the big three we thought we’d find some value in the field rather than playing the shorties! For all our British & Irish horse racing tips, check on site now!
This race revolves around one of the most consistent and likeable mares in training Stateside at the moment, Sistercharlie. She likes to take a tow in before finishing fast & strong, she arrives on the back of four straight Grade 1 successes including this corresponding event 12 months ago. Her style may leave it open for Fleeting who will likely looking to do something similar in terms of run-style but one being ignored that could net us an upset is Chad Brown’s other representative THAIS (33/1), who looks like she’ll get a solo on the lead and was placed at a monster price in the race last season and should be able to hold out for at least a share under Irad Ortiz.
NEVER NO MORE (6/1) represents team O’Brien in here along with Van Beethoven who has been highly tried with limited success. The No Nay Never colt has looked a different proposition since taking a step-up in trip for his three-year-old campaign, making a mockery of his handicap mark before going to conquer Madhmoon who has since shown the form in a very strong light, running well in two Classics. Aidan O’Brien has kept his charge fresh likely with this assignment in-mind having won this race with Highland Reel among others in the past. Current favourite Fog Of War has enough to prove at present after two runs that didn’t match up to his achievements as a juvenile.
Main event time and star horse BRICKS AND MORTAR is undoubtedly the most likely winner having landed five on the spin (three Grade 1’s) and is laying down a marker for horse of the year. He deserves his place at the head of the field but at prohibitive odds I’ve decided to side ROBERT BRUCE (4/1). He represents more value for our EW Treble not to mention the fact that he’s beautifully drawn and won this race last year. He has past form with Bricks And Mortar and although that rival has the edge it’s not hard to envisage him meeting some traffic problems at the business end of the race.