This trip will be a bare minimum for Coronet on her return, but she sets a pretty lofty standard and is expected to come home in front in the 14:55.
She won the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot last year and was campaigned at the highest level afterwards, finishing third in the Champion Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes at Ascot on her final start; she can take the crown down in class on her return.
The beautifully-bred Mori didn’t quite reach the heights of her illustrious mum and dad last season but looks a big danger attempting to emulate her mother who won this race in 2011.
James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer and captain in the Royal Navy. Some of his feats included discovering Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, so the equine James Cook has a bit to live up to his namesake.
Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old won a maiden at Leopardstown on his final start at two, and shaped better than the distance beaten on his return in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom won by Crossed Baton.
There is plenty of reason to think he can find the requisite improvement to be competitive in the 15:30, considering the improvement some of O’Brien’s horses have made on their second start, and he makes a fair bit of appeal at the prices returned to a more galloping track.
Yorkshire-born William Haggas loves having winners on the Knavesmire and in the shape of Original Choice he holds sound claims in the 16:05.
Admittedly, it isn’t that original of a selection given he is heading the betting at the time of writing, but sometimes it is best to keep it simple, and he has plenty in his favour.
He has been generally progressive in his career so far, coming on a bundle for his reappearance to win a handicap at Wetherby earlier this month, quickening nicely in the final furlong. A subsequent 3 lb rise looks on the lenient side and he should go close.
It looks a good renewal of the 16:35 but the one to focus on is Hey Jonesy, who was incredibly unlucky to be drawn on the wrong side in a valuable sales race at this course last summer.
He wasn’t disgraced in the Middle Park after, and his return run in the Free Handicap is best ignored, pulling more than Tiger Woods in his heyday over a longer trip, and he should appreciate the return to sprinting.
This will be his first start over five furlongs, but he has showcased plenty of speed in the past, and he ought to be fully effective at this trip.