“On da micccccccccccccccccccccccc it’s MC Frankie and DJ Jonny G! Spin the discs Princess Haya of Jordan…”
It’s unlikely that you’ll see that trio down your local nightclub this weekend, but they might top the charts once again in the Royal Lodge (13:50) with Beatboxer, who already has a couple of number ones to his name. While those wins in minor races at Sandown and Haydock have basically been the equivalent of having a smash hit in Iceland or Uzbekistan, they’ve suggested that much more is to come.
Gosden won the race last year with Roaring Lion, the trainer’s second win in the last three years, and his latest star is expected to take this step up in class in his stride. Arthur Kitt chased home Beatboxer’s stablemate Too Darn Hot last time and may again play second fiddle, while Cape of Good Hope looks likely to improve for the step back up in trip.
With a two-year-old daughter who terrorises me daily, making more demands than Theresa May at a Brexit summit, I’m very familiar with the nursery rhyme Miss Polly Had A Dolly. After singing that 100 times a night, I wince every time I see the P-word. Despite this, I’ll be backing Pretty Pollyanna this weekend in the Cheveley Park (14:25).
She displayed a willing attitude when getting the better of Signora Cabello in the Prix Morny and while the latter should again offer stern resistance, there’s no real reason to believe that the outcome will be any different here. Indeed, Michael Bell’s filly is a worthy favourite and will prove hard to beat. Irish raiders Lady Kaya and So Perfect are live each-way contenders.
Ten Sovereigns – or a tenner to me and you – looked a colt right out of the top drawer when coasting home in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh last time. He possesses plenty of scope for improvement and can provide Aidan O’Brien with a sixth winner in this Middle Park (15:00).
Stablemate Sergei Prokofiev should make his presence felt, but the hugely promising Jash and Gimcrack winner Emaraaty Ana may emerge as the main dangers. Indeed, the latter may be the one for the forecast as front-runners in this race in recent years have proved harder to pass than a 100-man cycling club on a country road.
The Sharjah Bridge, a nine-lane structure which links Sharjah and Dubai, cost about £40 million, but a stumble in the final furlong probably cost connections of the Roger Varian-trained Sharja Bridge about £50,000 at York last time. He makes plenty of appeal in the Cambridgeshire at 15:40 off the same mark as when fourth that day, represents a yard in terrific form, and the suspicion remains that this unexposed four-year-old is a pattern-class performer masquerading as a handicapper.
The progressive Danceteria is feared most ahead of Stylehunter, who could be the pick of John Gosden’s trio, while Alfarris and Irish Cesarewitch winner Kenya are also major players in a race where Paddy’s paying the first 7 home.