Konchek was drawn out on the wing when third at Sandown so we can upgrade his performance by some way. The winner was in stall one bang up the fence – he’s a big powerful juvenile who is going to get better as the season progresses and can send the USA raider Shang Shang Shang home with its tail between its legs.
Hunting Horn already has a good deal of experience and a return to a more galloping track than Chester can see him improve again. He didn’t get any luck at Sandown and his run in the French derby was solid considering he was pushed wide. The drop down in grade can do the trick.
Wild Illusion is already a winner at the highest level and has run well in defeat on both occasions this term. After such a good run in the 1000 guineas she did well to go close on softish ground at Epsom. Again its a case of quicker ground and a drop in grade to continue the excellent run of the “Boys in Blue”.
Stradivarius was one of the big improvers of last season in the staying division and looked even better on seasonal debut at York when bolting up. Frankie Dettori is flying and with confidence so high he can claim the scalp of Order of St George. This extreme test should suit as he’s become lazy in his races and possesses a potent change of gear.
Corrosive comes in looking for the four-timer and is on a sharp upward curve. His win at Yarmouth came in a very hot novice contest and he’s gone and followed up over course and distance. He’s by an American sire in Uncle Mo so it’s no surprise he has taken to the unique turf at Ascot and it would be great for the jockey: no lady rider has won at Royal Ascot for 31 years. Go on Josie.
Occupy looks to be flying in under the radar and is going to be the each-way selection, and looked smart on debut winning in a big field at Kempton. Having shown enough pace to win over a mile speaks volumes for his ability, as on pedigree he’s bred to be much better stepped up in trip. He goes another two furlongs again today and that should unlock a bit more improvement.