Mecca’s Angel: travels to France by train on Saturday morning
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By Graham Dench 7:00PM 27 SEP 2016
MICHAEL DODS questions whether dual Coolmore Nunthorpe winner Mecca’s Angel should be such a hot favourite for Sunday’s Prix de l’Abbaye but does not expect the ground to prove a problem.
Mecca’s Angel, who beat Limato impressively by two lengths at York on ground quicker than she was once thought to appreciate, is no bigger than 2-1 for the Abbaye, for which she travels across by train on Saturday morning.
A seasoned traveller who has already won at Longchamp and the Curragh, Mecca’s Angel’s bid to win last year’s Abbaye was thwarted when the ground dried up too much for her to run. Conditions are not expected to be a problem this time.
Dods believes the ground will be fine for Mecca’s Angel, who won her second Nunthorpe on ground officially described as good.
Dods said: “Genuine good ground won’t be a problem – I just wouldn’t want to see firm in the description. I understand they put 4mm of water on the track on Monday and showers are forecast for Saturday. With the heavy dews we get at this time of year it shouldn’t dry up too much. It won’t be like last year, when it was a baking hot day.”
‘She looks tremendous’
He added: “The Nunthorpe has been the main aim for the last two years and we’ve had her in the best possible condition there, but she seems to be in the same form still and really fresh and well. You just have it in the back of your mind that fillies can go off very quickly at this time of year, but there’s no sign of that at home. She looks tremendous and the travelling won’t bother her.
“It’s never an easy race and there will be plenty of hustle and bustle with some decent horses to beat. I’m not sure she should be such a short price in a race that tough, but she doesn’t know what odds she is and we’re very happy with her. Paul Mulrennan will have a sit on her on Wednesday morning and that will be it.”