Lots of improvement expected
To say that things didn’t go her way on her debut at the Curragh last month is something of an understatement, as she never got any racing room and looks to have come home a bit sore, too. But she clearly hinted at a fair bit of promise there, and it would be reasonable to expect this Galileo filly to show more than normal improvement here. The newcomers could obviously be anything but my filly could be decent.
Trip and ground in favour in follow-up attempt
You expect to see more than six runners lining up for a race like this, but it still looks difficult enough to pick out the winner. My colt is far more exposed than the rest of these but he took advantage of a falling handicap mark to win at Hamilton last time and this is his trip and ground. However, up 6lb and taking on some far more dangerous-looking types, I suspect he could be up against it.
Likeable colt going the right way
I haven’t ridden him yet but he is progressing nicely with his racing, following up his seventh in the Chesham with a smooth win at Naas last weekend. This is clearly much tougher – there are some promising once-raced winners in here and the Coventry form is represented by Ropey Guest and Maxi’s Boy, who finished either side of Thursday’s winner Royal Lytham at Royal Ascot – but my colt is going the right way, and we like him.
Tough task off current mark
He ran below form at York last time and is actually 3lb badly-in here, so he wouldn’t hold the most obvious claims. But he did run well in the Wokingham off this mark and he is equally effective over this trip, as he showed when third in a big field at Goodwood last summer, so let’s see.
Sovereigns is a very good horse
We expected a bit more from Ten Sovereigns at Ascot but the ground turned against him there, and I’d be hopeful we will see a better horse on Saturday. And if he turns up at his juvenile best, or in the same mood as when shaping so well in the Guineas, then he certainly the Group 1 talent to be going close.
And this is just his sixth start, after all, so he could well be the one to hold his hand up in this Group 1 contest. He has already shown a level of form to be very competitive here, and he has scope for improvement, too. He’s a very good horse.
Advertise is a Commonwealth Cup winner, where the blinkers seemed to work, and Dream Of Dreams only just failed to beat Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee, and that makes them the form horses coming into this contest. I think Dream Of Dreams sets the standard myself, even if the race set up really well for him at Ascot last time.
I don’t think Cape Byron won an especially-strong Wokingham but he did it easily and is the big improver, unexposed at 6f, while past July Cup form is represented by Limato and Brando, and the former was very impressive last time.
I will put in a very good word for Fairyland, though. The Cheveley Park winner ran well when fifth in the Guineas, and even more so when occupying the same position in the King’s Stand, and she probably reverts to her optimum trip here. I’d have her over the other juvenile Group 1-winning filly, Pretty Pollyanna, and she could run a big race.
Hoping for a return to Yarmouth form
Perhaps he wasn’t ideally positioned at Royal Ascot last time, but he still ran no kind of race. The handicapper has actually ignored it, which doesn’t help, but he had earlier looked a progressive colt at Leicester – and I liked him when winning on him at Yarmouth beforehand – so hopefully he can return to that form. And maybe the easy ground didn’t suit him at Ascot.
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