Royal Ascot may be but a distant memory, but one thing that we are predicting more of this week is a certain Ryan Moore making numerous trips to the winner’s enclosure.
This time though we are not predicting success for Aidan O’Brien, but that it will be Sir Michael Stoute’s charges that he will lead to victory.
But as the three-day July Meeting at Newmarket prepares to get underway, a Moore double is not the only thing we are predicting at Headquarters…
Many horses in this race are stepping up from the minimum distance, so it could be wise to take one that is proven over the 6f trip.
What’s more, with the Hannon team winning four of the last five renewals of this race, the claims of Frankie Dettori’s mount are handed an extra boost.
The son of Kodiac was third in a strong looking Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and with Age of Empire (3 ½l back in sixth) winning a decent Conditions race next time out, the form looks solid.
Prior to that he won a maiden at Haydock in nice style, with four subsequent winners behind him, and with a place already secured in a Group contest, he looks a nice price to oblige.
After a year off it was pleasing to see Sir Michael Stoute’s six-year-old return in the form that he had left in when triumphing over course and distance a fortnight ago.
He should come on for that run and could take some stopping if this doesn’t come too soon, while conditions should be spot on with four victories from five runs on ground described as Good to Firm.
That win was at Listed level, but he has plenty of Group form in the book already.
He beat subsequent Coronation Cup winner Pethers Moon and Irish Derby winner Trading Leather in the Jockey Club Stakes on the Rowley Mile last year, and defeated proven top-class horse Tac De Boistron in the Yorkshire Cup.
The unbeaten Mahsoob looks a dangerous improver, but up in class and trip it could pay to side with the proven performer.
Stoute can double up in the following race with his improving son of New Approach, back down in trip.
It’s hard to say whether he stayed the 1m4f in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, though being checked at a key point will have stemmed any momentum in the crucial stages.
Dropping down 2f looks to bring him back to his optimum trip, and one he has some pretty useful form in the bag already.
He was beaten just 1½l by Roger Charlton’s Time Test at Newbury in May and with that one hacking up in the Tercentenary Stakes at the Royal meeting.
Prior to that he ran well behind useful types Nafaqa and Prince Gagarin on debut at Newbury, and notched up a couple of victories at Goodwood and Newmarket.
With more improvement possible and a tempting price on offer, he is the one we are siding with.
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