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Royal Ascot – Day 1

The return of the vanquished-Photo Tony St Ledger-Pattern Racing

Born To Sea travels for The Saint James Palace Stakes (Group 1 ) at Royal Ascot

What a start.

The Queen Anne Stakes, Frankel and most likely his last time at a mile.

He won’t be beaten and naturally it’s to be watched to appreciate and saviour the world’s greatest colt. For the others, Excelebration and Strong Suit it will be the last time these miler’s will see his rear end. There’ll be relief in that especially for the O’Brien colt that in any other generation would have shined having been four times behind him, twice in Group 1’s.

Don’t be tempted to take the 7/2 on offer about the field stopping Frankel.

The King Stand Stakes is a very competitive affair.

Of the principles there is concern about the ground. The connections of Bathed Breath, Sole Power and Ortensia must all have ground concerns as all will have a preference for a quicker surface. The same must apply to the Hong Kong horses Joy And Fun and Little Bridge.

The one’s to have displayed some ability to handle the good to soft will be led by Wizz Kid. Robert Collet’s filly has won the last two renewals of the Prix Du Gros-Chene but didn’t manage to sandwich any wins in between.

Robert Cowell is represented by three Spirit Quartz, Hamish McGonagall and Monsieur Joe. The first will be more fancied than the latter two though they have some form on the ground.

Tangerine Trees is another to come into it on the basis of a Group 1 win in the Prix de D’Labbaye and a prior victory at Beverley in good to soft and must offer each way prospects at 25/1.

The Saint James Palace Stakes won’t top last year when Frankel won but still promises to be a cracker.

Power showed his he was no fan of the soft at Newmarket in the Guineas but bounced back in Ireland on a descent surface. He was a super two year old but he’s worth taking on in the ground.

Born To Sea is tried again after an improved performance at the Curragh where the hood he wore settled him. If they can balance running too free at Newmarket and settling too well then he’s a threat.

On juvenile running in the National Stakes Dragon Pulse has only a 1/2 L to find on the favourite. On his reappearance this year he beat Dabarism in very good style in the Prix De Fontainblue before running a stinker in the Prix D’Essai Des Poulains. It’s a run to forget.

The French Guineas was a messy affair but not half as messy as the Prix Du Jockey Club turned out to be. Talk about overcrowding in the straight, it was lucky that some didn’t come down. Most Improved was one of those most affected and we just might see the talking horse of the spring display what was shown to those who were lucky enough to see him on the gallops.

In The Coventry Stakes Dawn Approach, already favourite for next year’s Guineas, looks an exciting colt in the making. The son of New Approach is unbeaten in three and looked out of the top drawer in the first two. Not as exciting in his last run he nevertheless ground out the win easily enough to get the better of Mister Marc at Naas. He may well justify his place at the top of the Guineas market in his stiffest test to date.


The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) – No Bet

The King Stand Stakes (Group 1) – Tangerine Trees E/W 25/1

The Saint James Palace Stakes – Most Improved E/W 8/1

The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) – Dawn Approach Win 4/1


THE Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 2)

The Newmarket July meeting kicks off today with this race as the centerpiece.

Redwood is a worthy favourite on overall level of form. He’s been placed at this level or better in his last 7 runs winning the Group 1 Northern Dancer at Woodbine last September. His form arguably improved further from there when going down a 1/4 L to Joshua Tree again at Woodbine in the Canadian International in October. He was kept on the go when second to Mastery in the Hong Kong Vase and a fine second to Rewilding in the Dubai Sheema Classic underlines his appeal.

Crystal Capella will re oppose here having also run in Hong Kong and has 12 L to find. She only ran twice in 2010 having taken the Pride Stakes on her other outing. A pipe opener in a Listed contest at the end of May should see her should see her to strip fit for this.

Campanologist was twice a Group 1 winner in Germany last year but his form this year would look to be below that of last year. Having said that he wasn’t beaten far by So You Think at the Curragh and the ground had turned too soft for him in the Hardwicke Stakes when behind Await The Dawn.

Laaheb finished in front of Campanologist in the Hardwicke and comes from a stable very much in form. His trainer Rodger Varian is establishing himself as a force.

City Leader’s form has been boosted by Class Is Class recent win. Brian Meehan’s charge had a head to spare last time out over Class Is Class and it’s a timely reminder of a return to form.

Afsare got the trip last time on his first encounter over 12 F and Kieren Fallon will not have to worry about that now. He was a progressive three-year old whom Luca Cumani harboured hopes for.

Dordonge represents the classic generation coming off a win in the Lingfield Derby Trail. The form of the race hasn’t been franked and although this years three year olds are a good bunch it’s hard to see Dordonge making the jump in class required here. Buthelezi is the other three-year old in the field. Trained by John Gosden, it’s interesting to see him pitched in here. One wonders how he compares with his stable companion Nathaniel.

Four year olds have won the last four running’s of this and that trend may continue in the shape of Afsare. The stable has to overcome a bout of seconditis with four of the last five filling the spot but that trend may well be broken here.

King Edward VII Stakes

The Derby passed its first test of form with Pisco Sour’s victory at Ascot. Having finished ninth at Epsom he was the first of the field to return to the track.

The second test occurs in this race when Nathaniel tests the form of Derby second Treasure Beach. There was only a head between them in the Chester Vase and the market will send Nathaniel off favourite today.

World Domination disappointed in the Dante when failing behind Carlton House. Pisco Sour finished 2 1/2 L in front of him in the Dante so todays result will boost Henry Cecil’s confidence in this Ascot derby.

Mighaar was impressive last time out winning a Haydock maiden by 7 L. He had previously come up 2 3/4 L short to Fulgar on his debut.

Michael Stoute is beginning to hit form and Ryan Moore is claimed to ride Fiorente. There not a lot to go on as he has only run twice. His maiden win last time came on very quick ground.

Alexander Pope took the Gallinule at the Curragh while Dordongne had the upper hand over Hurricane Higgins in the Lingfield Derby Trail. Genius Beast lost out last time in the Prix Harcourt but the form of the race was let down in the French Derby where the two in front were well beaten. All three races are recognised Derby trials and therefore must be respected.

The winner of the Dee Stakes, Glens Diamond is a horse on the up having reeled off four straight wins. Richard Fahey’s continues to stretch him in distance and is considering the Melbourne Cup as a long-term aim.

The decisive factor today will likely be the softening ground. Ascot took 11 mm of rain yesterday and more is expected. The track times yesterday were well off standard and further ease will slow it further.

Not many of these have demonstrated form on a soft surface so it may well go against them. One who will enjoy the experience is Fulgar. His headquarters maiden win over Mighaar came on soft last October. His last run in the London Gold Cup at Newbury was in handicap company where he managed third but it’s worth noting last years winner Monteresso was also placed in the same race before going on to capture this.

Luca Cumani must think a lot of this horse or else he wouldn’t pitch him into Group 2 company. The stable came close yesterday with Alkimos coming second and Kieren Fallon might go one better today in the rain softened ground.

Windsor Forest Stakes

This fillies and mares race for four-year olds and up is a competitive affair.

Thirteen line up including last years first past the post in the Guineas Jacqueline Quest and Music Show, the only Group 1 winner in the field.

Henry Cecil’s mare made a seasonal return in a conditions event at Leicester and went off at odds of 1 to 4 but only managed third. She was reported to be distressed post race so forgive her the run. Mick Channon’s daughter of Noverre best day came in the Falmouth Stakes last year at Newmarket beating Spacious by 2 L. She has run twice this year disappointing on her return over a mile and failing to stay over 10f last time out.

Godolphin are double-handed with Mickael Barzalona riding Anna Salai whose best run came in the Irish Guineas when beaten a short head. Frankie Dettori rides the Bin Suroor trained Sajjhaa who was second to Midday in York’s Middleton Stakes. Giving best to Midday was no disgrace and she’s very interesting.

I’m A Dreamer caught the eye when winning the Dahlia Stakes impressively by 4 1/2 L and is a filly on the up. The same can be said of Tommy Stacks Lolly For Dolly who will be having her fifth run of the season. She’s won twice and was second in her last two runs and should strip fittest of all.

Seta, in the care of Luca Cumani showed her well-being when accounting for Anna Salai by 3 3/4 L in the Conqueror Stakes. She has always been highly thought of and was considered a possible for the Guineas last year. Expect that she will repeat the performance of beating a Godolphin filly again but the battle to the line this time will involve Frankie’s mount with Kieren Fallon coming out on top.