CENTRE Court looks to have been found the perfect winning opportunity by trainer David Hayes in tonight's sixth event. This 1,400-metre Class Three contest has a full field of 14 but the number of runners in no way reflects the nature of the race. This is one of the rare occasions where it really is hard to see the winner coming from more than a few runners and is thus an ideal betting opportunity. Centre Court shaped encouragingly when with Ivan Allan last season, keeping on well enough on his debut in the territory to run second to Mr Wonderful before finding the company too tough when stepped up to a Class Two mile event. He then rejoined Hayes during the summer break, having been in training with Hayes in Australia, and was fancied in this column to go close to giving him a first-day winner when the season opened. In the end he ran a creditable third to Double Wins, having loomed up dangerously inside the 200-metre marker. More than one good judge has raised the possibility that Centre Court may not be 100 per cent resolute should it come to a battle in the closing stages. That is a possibility but this is such a 'thin' event it is worth giving him another chance, especially as he should be appreciably fitter for that first-up run and be more competitive now that he is moved up to 1,400 metres. 'I tried to keep him fresh for that 1,000-metre race so that he would be able to sprint but I probably went too much that way and didn't give him enough work as he looked to knock up to me in the last 100 metres,' said Hayes. The main dangers are almost certainly located at the top of the handicap with the Allan-trained Mr Judge probably the hardest to beat. He finished behind Centre Court in that 1,000-metre sprint won by Double Wins but was almost certainly in need of the outing and will strip much fitter this evening. Mr Judge lost his way last season but has much, much better form to his name than is necessary to win in Class Three from his days with Brian Kan Ping-chee and has to be afforded the utmost respect. Jollity could be a bit of value with John Moore giving his rookie apprentice Fred Cheng the ride. Cheng will take a handy 10 pounds from Jollity's back and is arguably more than worth his claim. Jollity is very much at home over tonight's 1,400-metre course and distance. It is his favourite trip and racing at night should help as he loves to get his toe in and the ground tends to retain moisture at night and afford a little bounce. This is also in Mr Judge's favour. The Patrick Biancone-trained Big Mac is the other to consider. Big Mac gradually came to himself last season and is the type to go on with it this time round. He has come back into work looking as well if not better than at anytime last term. The opening event also appeals as a good betting medium with it appearing to come down to a straight choice between Allan's Striking Distance and the Moore-trained Palace Glory. Moore is a notoriously slow starter each season and we've already seen the defeat of such fancied runners as Makarpura Star, Leading Lantern and Certeza from his yard. Sugarloaf was also beaten at odds-on but anyone with any idea about trackwork could have told you he wasn't fit enough to win. Against this background, there must be grave doubts over Palace Glory's lack of hard racing condition. This is why preference is for Striking Distance in tonight's event though Palace Glory is probably the one with the greater potential and has been impressing in his 800-metre workouts. It is also significant that Moore, the perfectionist and mindful of the need to put some strong work into Palace Glory, had him out running through a solid 1,200 metres on Wednesday morning with Tony Cruz on board. Striking Distance has the advantage of a run under his belt and has worked strongly since. This looks a one hit quinella, Striking Distance and Palace Glory. The Arc De Triomphe could well see Carnegie become the first horse since Alleged to triumph two years in succession. Carnegie loves the soft ground and is very much at home on the idiosyncratic Longchamp turns.