The greatest week in European racing is about to start and you're mad if you won't be deep amongst the action. I confess to being more of a flat punter and certainly a far better analyst of flat racing, so I will be handing over the reins to a number of National Hunt enthusiasts this week with much more time than me on their hands. Names on the honour roll this week include Adam Ward, James Jack, David Plane, Marc Owen-Banks, Dan Kelly, Richard Skeen, Andy Charles and Clint Smith. There's still time (and 14 races) left if you fancy penning an article and putting your skills (/reputation?!) on the line. Nominate yourself in the comments or contact me on Twitter if you fancy having a crack at it.
The European flat racing season comes to its natural conclusion in this messed up hell of a year. The queen of the turf, Enable, goes for an historic third win but it has been wet and cold all week in Paris, making it a tough old slog in deep ground. There won't be much of a crowd there to 'bring the house down' if she wins, in front of no more than 1000 paying spectators, but the racing world will be tuning in across the globe. =============================================== Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe ParisLongchamp, 1605 local, 1505 BST, 0005 Monday Sydney time. 2400m, Group 1 Weight-for-Age, (no geldings) Approx €3m. Expected Going - Heavy. 1.Persian King - 4yo, Kingman/Pretty Please - Andre Fabre - Pierre Charles Boudot Star French colt stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time. Won the French 2000 Guineas (Poulains) on heavy ground but ran fourth (only time in his career finishing worse than second) in the Jacques Le Marois, almost nine lengt