A sinister competitive opener that could go the way of Iain Jardine JUMP THE GUN, who proved better than ever to justify strong market support when he broke ground in Hamilton last month. He needs a better career to take this, but given how successful this was, this was taken for the challenge of rising 8lbs in weights. Trinidad, Agile and Hortzadar are just a few of the potential dangers.
KINGMANIA refined another piece when it completed the hat-trick at Doncaster last month, and with its as yet unknown limits, it may be ignoring the 6-pound rise. Riknnah is also haunted by a 4 timer and gets scared with Samoot.
A great competition could go the way of HUKUM, who has cleared himself well in Group 2 when he finished third in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot 3 weeks ago and holds leading claims here with a proven tongue tie for the first time. The main threat may be Ilaraab, who didn’t really get a fair crack in the same competition last time around after getting into trouble, ahead of Irish striker Sonnyboyliston.
ROYAL FLEET has made an excellent impression winning both from his start so far, and with the latest doing so well, the opening BHA score could be lowered from 93 easily, especially with further improvements to the cards. Kaheall is an interesting contender since it’s a similarly undisguised kind of loft yard, while Qaader shouldn’t be taken lightly either.
This seems very competitive with little to choose between the field on the ratings. Tilsit came close to winning the Hispanic Prix at Longchamp last time, so he re-voted down the notch. Sir Busker has an excellent record at Ascot and is the latest drop in his classes having finished third in Queen Anne, while Century Dream and Top Rank are also high on the shortlist.
DHABAB was all the rage for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, but wasn’t seen as the best effect when he was close to sixth, shaping up as if he would stay 7m. He deserves another chance with the best on offer. Great Max is high on the shortlist after his helpful efforts at Chesham, while Charlie Appleby has an excellent recent record in this, so Native Trail and Private Signal are to be respected.
Test conditions may be a concern for many of these, but BOUNDLESS POWER’s communications certainly won’t be shaken if the forecast rain materializes. Indeed, his victories in Nottingham this season have been made in the mud and he may have a lot to offer. Hurricane Ivor is feared against the backdrop of the deadly Sandown heat, while the Empire of the Nomads and the Nomads are the other two to consider.
AMETIST led by William Haggas hasn’t lost in four runs since his debut, and it looked like he’d have more equity in the closet when he came home to score on the C&D last time out. He can complete a five-time counter at the expense of Britannia’s heroic head Pierrotto, who also scores a 6-pound penalty. Gomera Bay, Chelmsford’s elegant scorer, scores and ranks Boardman as a racy outside player who is also at a solid handicap.
The winner upon returning to Nottingham in April, ASTRO KING improved further on defeat later, finishing a solid second in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in June, making no impression on the winner but continuing well. Back to 1 μm is well worth exploring and he is fond of making another bold presentation. Surrey Pride scored impressively on C&D in May and fears it, ahead of Aaddeey and the Winter Reprise.
DRAGON SYMBOL, despite being demoted to the Commonwealth Cup, confirmed his abilities at this level, and there were no signs of a hole in his shield yet, so he got the marginal vote. Last season’s winner, Oxted, is another obvious risk, while Starman and Rohaan both have similar profiles to pick in that they hit hard, so they call in a positive sign as well.
WINTER POWER demonstrated improved form to achieve a winning return at a C&D listed event in May, and arguably is guilty of overdoing things at the front end at the bottom of the field at King’s Stand at Ascot later. One continues to be positive and earns the vote to come out on top in receiving weight in all respects. Moss Gill, Dakota Gold and Urban head the Risk House.
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