VERDE SET FOR VICTORY
Verde Set For Victory
Verde Set For Victory
By Man On The Spot
Ascot 14:30 Norfolk Stakes
CAY VERDE makes plenty of appeal. He beat Tuesday’s Windsor Castle third Dylanbaru in a Listed race at the Curragh last month having already beaten the Windsor Castle winner Hototo over C&D before that and Mick Channon’s speedy colt looks the one to beat on that form. The Hannon team are doubly represented and Mister Marc’s second to Dawn Approach now looks better after the latter’s success in the Coventry Stakes here on Tuesday. However, Richard Hughes has plumbed for Annunciation, an easy winner of a three-runner affair at Windsor last time having finished runner-up to winning debutant Reckless Abandon at Doncaster previously. Clive Cox’ charge should be thereabouts but it was soft ground when Gale Force Ten scored over 6f at the Curragh recently and Haydock second Ian’s Dream looks a speedier type. Ahern, sporting the same colours as the selection, is another to note after scoring at Musselburgh on his racecourse bow.
Ascot 15:05 Ribblesdale Stakes
The Fugue has been prominent in the betting for this since finishing a eye-catching third in the Oaks at Epsom. Hampered at a crucial stage, she had plenty of ground to make up and only just failed to catch runner-up Shirocco Star with Vow back in fourth and Kailani, Colima and Twirl further behind. John Gosden’s filly will start a deserved favourite but a chance is taken on PRINCESS HIGHWAY. She looks a potential improver over today’s distance having won a Group 3 at Naas over 1m2f with subsequent Oaks winner Was back in third and her dam won this for Dermot Weld back in 2002. Momentary has been aimed at this race since beating Shirocco Star in a Listed event at Newbury last month and, with further progress likely over today’s longer trip, she makes more appeal than Chesire Oaks disappointment Inchina and Newmarket maiden winner Pink Damsel.
Ascot 15:45 Gold Cup
It’s difficult to get past last year’s winner FAME AND GLORY. He’ll be spot on for this having landed a prep-race at Navan last month albeit only by a neck, but regular partner Jamie Spencer is back on board and Aidan O’Brien’s high-class stayer already has a verdict over most of the opposition. Saddler’s Rock is an exception and the latter’s four length defeat of Opinion Poll in last year’s Doncaster Cup gives him every chance on the book. But he was getting plenty of weight from the latter as a three-year-old and will need to improve competing on more equal terms this season. The same applies to Colour Vision, who was not far behind Fame And Glory when third in the Champions Long Distance Cup over 2m here in October when Opinion Poll was second and Nehaam finished fourth. He made a winning start in Godolphin’s colours at Kempton last month and Frankie prefers him to last year’s runner-up Opinion Poll. The remainder have it all to do in this company.
Ascot 16:25 Britannia Stakes
Lord Ofthe Shadows’ best form would give him a chance and he makes most appeal of his yard’s five runners despite Richard Hughes presence on Democretes. He beat Leqqaa at Newmarket last October but the latter’s stablemate Switzerland has claims having finished ahead of the’re-opposing Frog Hollow when third at Haydock last time while Prince Alzain is another of those drawn high who could figure. As for the low draws, Fast Or Free is making rapid progress and Ryan Moore stays loyal having steered him to victory at Newmarket last time while stable companion Kahruman is yet another to consider after his fourth in Listed company at Sandown. Van Ellis could also figure back on good ground but Frankie Dettori picks up the ride on Irish raider PIRI WANGO, who finished a close-up fourth to subsequent Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Ishvana at Dundalk last time when future Listed race winner Slade Power was second and Ger Lyons’ charge is taken to come out best.
Ascot 17:00 Tercentenary Stakes
Stipulate finished a couple of lengths ahead of Tales Of Grimm when runner-up to Cogito in a Listed race over a mile at Sandown three weeks ago. His earlier no-show over today’s trip can be forgiven as it came on heavy ground and Sir Henry Cecil’s charge makes more appeal than stablemate Wrotham Heath. The latter is closely matched with the progressive Grandeur on latest running in a handicap at Epsom but the latter may reverse running on better terms while the third horse carrying owner Khalid Abdulla’s colours, Starboard, got back on track at Doncaster last time having failed to land the odds at Newmarket before that. Crius proved a big disappointment at the Curragh on his first start over today’s trip and German raider ENERGIZER makes the most appeal. Jens Hirschberger’s colt could only stay on at the one pace when fourth to Caspar Netscher in the German 2000 Guineas but this longer distance should see him in a better light and he gets the vote.
Ascot 17:35 King George’V Stakes
Luca Cumani has had this race in mind for COMMITMENT for some time. The plan went a little awry at Musselburgh recently where he was well beaten but the trainer puts that down to the long journey and the Motivator colt is taken to reverse earlier form with today’s rival Pilgrims Rest on better terms. Both Godolphin yard’s are represented with the unexposed Newmarket maiden winner Anomaly preferred to Samba King and Saeed Bin Suroor’s recent winner Handsome Man while Rougemont could prove best of the Hannon trio back in handicap company. The jury is out on last month’s Dee Stakes flop Uriah Heep but Open Water had Fennel Bay behind when fourth at Epsom and could figure stepping up in trip. Prussian is going the right way and is another to consider along with Cameron Highland.
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