Guaranteed finished a length in front of Giga White on their respective debuts over this C&D around three weeks ago, but the latter appeals as being open to more improvement, and is fancied to take the opening race at 14:35.
He wasn’t as well positioned as his re-opposing rival, really catching the eye motoring home in the closing stages – his closing sectional backs the visual impression up – and he makes most appeal in what looks a good race of its type.
Those of us who are watching Love Island – it’s not big and it’s not clever, I know – will know that Alex certainly made an ice cold start with the ladies, but is beginning to warm up now, and Ice Cold In Alex (15:10) left the impression he is coming to the boil nicely when sixth over this C&D last time.
He was in the process of making his challenge when getting involved in a scrimmaging match with the eventual runner-up – the re-opposing Kailee – and was unable to recover. The feeling is he is on a good mark at present, and granted he gets the breaks, he is fancied to go close in what admittedly is a competitive handicap.
The 16:20 race is kind of a redemption mission for Just Wonderful, who made such an impression on her debut that she was sent off a strong favourite for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on her latest start.
Admittedly, she was more underwhelming than Tyson Fury’s opponent on his belated return to the ring last month, but there were mitigating circumstances that day – Ryan Moore in two minds on which group he wanted to be in and she pulled fiercely in the early stages.
This isn’t a drop in grade, but the smaller field may help her claims, and if she builds on the promise of her debut over this C&D in May, she will be very competitive here.
It may be a small field going to post for the Irish Oaks at 17:30, but it isn’t short on quality, and looks a most interesting renewal.
Given that Forever Together beat her stablemate Magic Wand convincingly in the Oaks at Epsom, it is surprising to see such a disparity in their price, given that Forever Together was unsuited by the drop back to a mile and a quarter in the Pretty Polly here last time.
However, it is Magic Wand’s record on good or firmer ground which gives her the advantage here, looking better than ever when winning the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot last time, and she is taken to record her first win at the highest level.