Istanbul has shown plenty of ability in three races to date, showing plenty of speed to win from a bad draw at Beverly and producing undoubtedly his best when only beaten 3 1/4 lengths up at the highest level in France when last seen. His trainer has always spoken positively about him and he can start his season in the right fashion.
Kadupul overcame her inexperience to beat a fair type at Yarmouth on racecourse debut and has a decent pedigree, being a half sister to a very good sprinter Suedois. Undertake is going to be a warm order at the top of the market. However, she made the running at Royal Ascot and was still beaten a fair way despite being in the right place during the contest. Selection looks the wrong price.
Urban Icon was at one time thought to be destined for top miler honours but for whatever reason it just hasn’t happened for him up at the top table yet. It was an easy victory on his return at Wolverhampton and he didn’t run too badly behind Space Blues at Haydock. In this particular lineup it’s him and Davydenko who still look to have an upside as they are the only two fairly lightly raced runners in the lineup.
Ascension won a couple last season at Salisbury and Newcastle and always looked like making up into a better three-year-old. He was incredibly well supported on his return at Sandown. However, after a tardy start he made a massive move at the bottom of the straight into the hottest part of the race and paid the price for it by finishing a leg-weary third. If he takes half a step forward from that he’s going to be very tough to beat.
Tell Me All showed a gritty and determined attitude to win a hotly contested nursery up at Ayr at the back end of last season. He was far too keen on his return to action at Newbury in a red-hot handicap over a mile and a quarter, travelling comfortably approaching the two pole and looked a non stayer. Back to the mile is ideal.
Elwazir looked as if he was going to keep on climbing through the ratings when winning smoothly at Ascot previously. For a five-year-old he has had no racing to talk of really, having only his 10th start today. It looks a winnable contest and his trainer and team will be in top form having secured their first Royal Ascot winner recently. He has the making of a black type runner no problem.
Queen Jo Jo, already with some very solid two and three-year-old form in the book, set off this season in tremendous order when just failing to run down the classy Liberty Beach at Haydock. That form has been given a boost since and she’s been found an ideal opportunity to get her head in front in 2020. Speak In Colours looks the main threat, however he keeps finding a way to miss the target and the raider can pinch the Euros.
It will be interesting to see if Alignak takes his chance under the forecast quick conditions having been successful on his return up at Newcastle. He won with any amount in hand on his return and provided it’s not rattling quick he can take the step up into listed company in his stride. He wants at least this far and possibly a bit further so expect him to be played late by Ryan Moore.
Magical’s unbelievably tough, genuine and always brings it to the table. She’s going to be tight at the top of the market but has been found an ideal opportunity to add to her already impressive group 1 tally.
Jason Weaver’s tips for ITV racing’s coverage on Sunday
Windsor 14.25 Istanbul
Newmarket 14.45 Kadupul
Windsor 15.00 Urban Icon
Newmarket 15.20 Ascension
Windsor 15.35 Tell me all
Newmarket 15.55 Elwazir
Curragh 16.15 Queen Jo Jo
Newmarket 16.30 Alignak
Curragh 16.45 Magical