Duke Of Marmalade was the 5-6 favourite on Betfair at 7pm last night, while other top-notchers
who could line up include New Approach, Archipenko and Rio De La Plata.
Secretariat could do both - he'd have probably won on a bed of nails - but few genuine top-notchers
have tried since, although US horses such as Tom Rolfe and Carry Back did run in the Arc in the 1960s.
15) has been well supported but, in the absence of any real top-notchers
, I like the look of the George Moore-trained juvenile filly Pagan Starprincess.
35, in which Matt Dartnall's Ballymac Under puts his unbeaten record on the line against proven top-notchers
Westmead Keawn and Mustang Garcia.
Tuesday's fixture at Kempton on is another seemingly certain to attract top-notchers
, since the equivalent day in 2006 saw Charlie Mann take the opener, Emma Lavelle's team register a double, and Alan King and Paul Nicholls grab their share of limelight in valuable contests.
Ric Suggit certainly has several top-notchers
in his backline and the forwards hardly let the side down either with half the pack recently turning out for French clubs.
The two other top-notchers
who would deserve consideration in most renewals of this race are Manduro (126, and clearly on the up after 15 starts) and Mandesha (121, but open to improvement, getting the fillies' allowance, and first past the post in her last seven races).
Whether Wichita Lineman clashes with his half-brother Black Jack Ketchum in the World Hurdle next year will be debated in the confines of Jackdaws Castle, but O'Neill clearly has two top-notchers
, who have taken the past two runnings of this race between them.
The horses he beat are not top-notchers
and it's arguable that the trip was not ideal for any of them: Inca Trail was well out of the handicap as well as at an inadequate trip, Nyrche's weary finish confirmed that he is a two-miler, and while Mister McGoldrick and Armaturk have won over 2m4f, their best efforts in recent seasons have come over shorter.
Races that were considered championships in their own right have been reduced to high-level trials, and while the Canadian International remains a lucrative, prestigious prize, the real top-notchers
are now more likely to miss it to wait for the Breeders' Cup.
THE Harlow bitch Paddock Singer caused a minor upset at Romford on Friday when seeing off two of the local 400m top-notchers
, Flame Of Hope and Buckland Wally.