Sir Michael Stoute – fresh from giving the King George VI more of a battering than a speech by the stammering royal of the same name referencing bold King Canute who kicked the big kind beekeeper – has leading claims in the Glorious Stakes which gets Friday’s card underway at 13:50.
Mirage Dancer looks a typical older horse who will continue to get better and better, and the Princess of Wales’ Stakes runner-up can notch a first pattern success at the scene of his listed win in the spring.
Red Verdon will be a major threat if reproducing his latest Royal Ascot second, while Second Step looked as good as ever when winning a listed contest last time and should make another bold bid.
Eminent has more to prove than bread-baker Mrs Warburton as he steps back up to this trip for the first time since finishing fourth in last year’s Derby.
There’s nothing more annoying than the old bloke at the bar waving a winning betting slip and telling you ‘horses for courses’ after a 100/1 rag bounces back to form out of the blue at a track where he once finished fourth, but the phrase is worth remembering in the Thoroughbred Stakes (14:25).
Threading failed to fire in the Falmouth Stakes last month, but that’s the third time she’s disappointed at Newmarket and she’s the one to beat if bouncing back to her best at the scene of her debut win a year ago.
Britannia winner Ostilio is respected now stepping up to pattern level, while there’s surely more to come from Regal Reality, too, after only two outings.
It’s hard to make a case for Dr Richard Kimble on recent form, and he should be easily chased down by Baritone who looks worth a bet higher than a tenor – perhaps a score in the 17:15.
Another trained by Stoute, Baritone bumped into a couple of very progressive sorts when third on his Ascot handicap bow three weeks ago and there should be more to come, particularly over this slightly longer trip.
Howman – a half-brother to Lillie Langtry rather than the Geordie-trained WhyAyeMan – is another who is heading very much in the right direction and rates an obvious threat, while Hibernicus has looked a useful prospect when landing both starts.
Sergio Leone – named after the Spaghetti Western film director – completes the shortlist and may be worth throwing a fistful of dollars at.
* All odds correct at time of posting.