Royal Ascot Jersey Stakes G2 (Day 2)

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Herald The Dawn chases home Air Force Blue at the Curragh last year. Picture courtesy of Alan Crowhurst and Getty Images.

This a step down in class here for both Ribchester and Herald The Dawn. The former finished third in the Guineas with the latter back in eighth. After the victory of Galileo Gold today that form doesn’t look too shabby. There’s nothing quite to match Guineas form and while you would have to respect the others, Gifted Master, Ibn Malik and Castle Harbour they all to step up considerably on previous effort’s.

Ribchester was in retrospect a big price at Newmarket (33/1) considering he ran second in the Gimcrack at York, only his second start, and then followed up winning the Mill Reef as a two-year old. In April Richard Fahey sent him to Maisons-laffitte for the Prix Djebel possibly thinking French rather than English Guineas. He ran second but was demoted to fifth for interference and the connections rerouted to Newmarket. They bypassed the showdown of today opting for this easier option.

Jim Bolger did likewise. Herald The Dawn was just as impressive as a two-year old. He won The Futurity and ran second to Air Force Blue in the National Stakes. He too had a trip to France for the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day where he was only 2L off Galileo Gold who finished third to Ultra. Jim choose the direct route to Newmarket and rather than go for the Irish Guineas he held off for this.

We went for Herald The Dawn in the Guineas and at the price today we would have to give him another chance to rediscover that juvenile form.

Recommendation: Herald The Dawn 16/1 win

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