BLUE MIST shaped well after 10 months off when second at Newbury last time, looking the likeliest winner before the lack of a recent run began to tell close home. He is entitled to strip fitter with that outing under his belt and looks to hold sound claims of going one better from the same mark, with the demands of this race expected to play to his strengths (has good record at Ascot). Swindler, Aplomb and Pass The Vino are just three of several dangers in a typically competitive heat.
MORE BEAUTIFUL is bred to be smart and duly looked something out of the ordinary when making a winning debut at Naas 12 days ago. Always travelling strongly just behind the pace, she quickly forged clear after hitting the front two furlongs out, ultimately winning readily by three and a half lengths. That is the best form on offer in this Group 2 prize, and she is fancied to take another step forward to maintain her unbeaten record. Sacred and Dickiedooda are others to note, while Campanelle is also respected after a couple of near-misses for Wesley Ward on Friday.
ADMIRAL NELSON is fancied to complete a quickfire double for the Ballydoyle team, with plenty to like about his debut success at the Curragh last week. Seemingly the stable second string according to the market/jockey bookings, he never really looked in any danger of defeat, just needing a hands-and-heels ride to land the spoils in decisive fashion. He looks to have a big future on that evidence and should take plenty of beating here on his way to bigger and better things. Fellow debut winners Qaader and Creative Force are considered for place purposes.
ALPINE STAR showed plenty of ability in three juvenile starts, notably winning the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on the last occasion. She has to concede race fitness to each of her six rivals here, but it will be a surprise if there aren’t more good races to be won with her this season, representing the same connections as her half-sister Alpha Centauri, who completed a memorable Group 1 four-timer (including this race) in 2018. Quadrilateral wasn’t seen to best effect in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and is feared most ahead of Run Wild.
WICHITA was put in his place by Pinatubo in the Dewhurst Stakes on his final juvenile outing, but he always appealed as the type to improve significantly from two to three as he filled his sizeable frame. He took the anticipated step forward to fill the runner-up spot in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his return, fending off Pinatubo but unable to repel Kameko inside the final furlong.
Very much the type to continue improving during the season as he develops physically, this looks a good opportunity for him to make the breakthrough at the top level. Palace Pier is fancied to emerge as the chief threat after making light work of some useful handicap opposition on his return.
SCEPTICAL is now the highest-rated sprinter in Ireland after winning his last four starts, most recently a listed race at Naas, in which he quickened clear in the furlong to put some smart rivals to the sword by three lengths. This represents another step up the ladder, but everything he has done suggests he won’t be out of place in this company, with further progress likely given he only made his debut in October after being bought by these connections for just £2,800. One Master and Hello Youmzain are also respected as two of the four previous Group 1 winners in the line-up.
BIELSA won three of his four starts last season and is already verging on smart having forged clear to easily defy a BHA mark of 93 on his final outing at Doncaster. Still relatively lightly raced, he has the potential to climb still higher and can take an 8 lb rise for that victory on Town Moor in his stride. Highland Dress, who will be bidding to complete a hat-trick, and the consistent Summerghand are fancied to battle it out for a share of the minor money.
WHO DARES WINS makes plenty of appeal for Alan King, who has already saddled two winners at Royal Ascot this week. The 2019 Northumberland Plate winner developed into a smart chaser over the winter and is one of the few runners in the line-up likely to be suited by the extreme test of stamina that this race presents. Last year’s Ascot Stakes victor The Grand Visir is back for more and has solid claims up in trip, while Nate The Great is another interesting alternative in the finale.
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