Lope Y Fernandez will be all the rage after his impressive debut but his sire Lope De Vega, has a very poor record with his progeny at Ascot and he might be one to take on as a result. Paul Cole has a decent record in this race and his Highland Chief was quite impressive when winning on debut. The fact he could win over 5f marks him down as a colt of significant potential, as he is bred to want much further. The second and third have won maidens since, so there is substance to the form and at a double-figure price, he makes each-way appeal.
Horses who ran well in one of the Guineas have quite a good record in this race and Angel’s Hideaway wasn’t beaten far when fourth in the 1,000 Guineas, before not appearing to love the track when disappointing at Epsom last time. Angel’s Hideaway has solid course form too, finishing fourth in the Albany Stakes and winning the Princess Margaret Stakes last year. The drying ground will improve her chances and she looks to hold decent each-way claims in this field.
Masar returns here for his first start since the Derby but will need to near the peak of his powers after a year lay-off to be winning this. Michael Stoute’s runner Mirage Dancer commands respect as he was won this race five times in the past seven years, but 2007 was the last time a horse older than four won this race. Lah Ti Dar didn’t enjoy the track at Epsom and will be far happier back on a more conventional track here and her win at York was franked when Rasdaa was just touched off in the Duke Of Cambridge here earlier in the week. Lah Ti Dar’s form last year was very solid with a second in the Leger and third behind Magical on Champions Day. With Frankie Dettori is sparkling form, she can bounce back!
Choisir in 2003 was the last time a horse won both the Kings Stand and Diamond Jubilee in the same year. Not that many have tried in the interim, but Blue Point must have outstanding claims of completing a famous double. He was at the peak of his powers here on Tuesday when beating the top-class Battaash to win back to back King Stand Stakes. Provided that run hasn’t taken too much out of him, he should prove very difficult to beat.
If the ground dries out to faster than good then Cenotaph would have a massive chance of sending Jeremy Noseda out on a winner. On the assumption that the ground will only be good at best, I’m going with Summerghand to give David O’ Meara his second winner in this race in the past three years. Summerghand was desperately unlucky not to win at Newmarket on his seasonal reappearance and the winner Flavius Titus has won again since to frank the form. He got 3lbs for that and was second again on Guineas weekend and has been left on the same mark. He looks to be well treated and improving and provided his draw in 15 doesn’t negatively impact his chance, he should go well.
Mark Johnston has won this contest twice in the past four years and his Lucky Deal looks to be a fast-improving stayer capable of going close here, based on his easy win last time at Haydock. All-weather form translates well to Ascot and he is three from six on the all-weather and the step up to this extreme trip might even see him improve further. I’m hopeful of him improving Johnston’s record here.
*Prices correct at time of publishing