The Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at 1.35pm is a speed duel for the 2-year-olds and I have been really impressed with Johnny Portman’s placing of Mrs Danvers. She is a pocket rocket who is unbeaten in four starts and I take her to beat the boys at HQ with Afandem the obvious each-way punt for the partnership of Hugo Palmer and James Doyle.
The Oh So Sharp Stakes has a decent sized field with a competitive look to it. I love it when Andre Fabre travels his fillies over here and his Double Lady has a big chance here after winning the Prix Allee d’Amour Maiden in France last time out.
The Group 2 Dubai 100 at 2.40pm sees our old friend Cougar Mountain in action again for Aidan O’Brien. He has to be there in the thick of it again after winning a Group 2 at Newmarket last time out. Keep an eye on William Haggas’ Tasleet as this lad is better than we have seen on the track when just edging out Knife Edge in a Group 3 in April.
The Fillies Mile is a great Group 1 at 3.10pm and has been won by Oh So Sharp in the past as well as Height Of Fashion, Certify and Minding. Sobetsu was green when beaten by Spatial on the July course in August but looked so good when winning at the Rowley Mile on her last run. It is hard to erase that memory although she has more on her plate here. Rhododendron is highly thought of by connections and she will make Sobetsu pull out all the stops.
The Old Rowley Cup at 3.45pm is a tough puzzle but I have to give Gawdawpalin another chance to redeem himself at huge each-way odds. He finished third of five off this mark, beaten less than three lengths in Newbury in September, and if he makes the frame here we’ll be tripping the lights fandango.