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Royal Ascot (Day 2) Prince Of Wales Stakes (Group 1)

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Camelot gives Pattern Racing the eye.

Yesterday went the way of the Irish and today’s in the Prince Of Wales Camelot  will try to keep the green ball rolling.

He was soundly beaten last time out at the Curragh by Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup over 11 f. Aidan O’Brein post race referred to the colic operation he overcame last Autumn and the team come here more in hope than confidence. Whether he can ever reproduce the brilliance he showed as a two year old in The Racing Post Trophy and last year as a three year old in the Derby remains to be seen. Is he a horse on the way back or has that operation stolen the edge that set him apart?

Roger Charlton’s colt is very much on the way up. The team was not surprised by their victory at the Curragh as they had travelled in confidence. He’s lightly raced for a five year old with a strike rate of 50% from 10 runs. Last year his only visit to the racecourse was for The Jockey Club Stakes in May where he got the better of Quest For Peace by a comfortable 4 1/2 L.

The French raider from the Jonathan Pearce yard must be respected. Maxios has already had a good campaign in 2013. He bagged the Prix Harcourt (G2) and Prix D’Ispahan (G1) in the spring at Lonchamp beating Planteur in the latter a 1/2 L. Again he’s a colt on the up.

The Fugue makes her seasonal debut for John Gosden. Today will be the first time she takes on the colts having raced in all the good races for her own sex last year. Her highlight came in the  Nassau Stakes where she beat Timepiece 1 L.

Of the outsiders Asfare looks overpriced. He ran a cracking race last year in the Arlington Million when second to Little Mike who then went on to take The Breeders Cup Turf from Point Of Entry and St Nicholas Abbey. He will love the conditions today and the yard is in fine form. You’d be concerned by the lack of a recent run but then Luca Cumani loves nothing better than to go to war with an older middle distance horse and he will know best how to have this fella primed for today.

Duntle lon her way out of the paddock to record a victory Amethest Stakes last time out at Leopardstown

Duntle on her way out of the paddock to record a victory in her prep race for today, the Amethest Stakes last time out at Leopardstown

In the Duke Of Cambridge, the race before the Prince of Wales Duntle is a solid  and over priced favourite.

Recommendation : Prince Of Wales –  Asfare 33/1 ew 

Duke Of Cambridge – Duntle 7/2 win

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Al Rashidiya Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free (Group 2)

An enthralling contest which will offer an insight into the thinking of trainer Mike De Kock. Musir gave a very impressive display when landing the R 1 of the Maktoum Challenge here two weeks ago on the tapeta surface. He powered home winning easily with the tank gauge still on full. You would have thought the obvious target would have been the big one on World Cup night. Mike has other thoughts for Musir though. His 6 previous runs at Meyden have all been on the artificial but now the trainer wishes to open up turf options, should a Duty Free target emerge then the question of what Mike has for the World Cup is the big intrigue. Musir certainly coped well in Turkey on turf when winning the Topkapi Trophy but this is a step up on this surface and questions marks remain after being well beaten in the Hungerford Stakes last year at Newbury by Excelebration.

There’s no such question marks regarding the surface for Presvis however there is a whole lot of other question marks. Last year he turned up here breaking from the widest gate dropping in detached before coming through the pack to win comfortably by 4 1/2L. That came after a break since the previous Royal Ascot and he followed up by taking the Duty Free. Big money pots were chased after Dubai in Hong Kong and Singapore where things didn’t go his way and he’s had a similar rest as last year. He’s fresh but is he interested? Notoriously difficult to train Luca like the rest of us will have to wait for the last half furlong to know the answer. This horse has a pet hate, jockeys. He has one love Ryan Moore. Guess who’s back in the plate.

Rajsaman is imported from France to join local trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe having left Freddie Head’s stable. There is a line of form through Excelebration when Rajasman finished 2L in arrears in the Moulin . On the book he has 4L on Musir who finished 6L behind Excelebration in the Hungerford but be mindful the Moulin was run on very soft which won’t be the case here. He won the Daniel Wildenstein on good over the Arc weekend and then a trip east for the Hong Kong Mile where he finished well in a muddling race to be 2 1/2L off Able One.

City Style comes off a handicap win not having run since last years carnival where he also won on the tapeta. The year off certainly did him no harm and Mahood Al Zarooni must be pleased with him for the step up in class. Win For Sure was also a handicap winner last year though on turf. It’s a first start since R 3 of the Maktoum Challenge last year where he was 4 1/2L short of Twice Over.

Questions. Musir gave the impression of being top class last time out but will he repeat it on the turf? Rasjaman has him on the book but can he make it count on the track? Will Previs be Previs?

With so many questions it’s best to feel the love. Presvis for Ryan.

Footnote:

Come on Summit Surge (See Banner) in the following handicap.

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.

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.