Lord Campari put up an absolute demolition job on his reappearance 26 days ago at Newbury. He was always in control but was made go about his job professionally. He will be mentally sharper for this tougher assignment. He cost 350,000 guineas as a yearling and looks the real deal against a couple of runners who are bidding to get their careers back on track.
Sardinia Sunset put up a good performance on racecourse debut and then stepped up dramatically for an excellent fourth in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. She showed blistering pace on that occasion and was only picked up close to the line.
This much sharper flat 5 furlongs will play to her strengths and the chasing pack may not be able to catch her this time.
Al Aasy will have to improve to win, according to the official ratings, as he steps out of maiden company, but he is worthy of this opportunity judged on his last performance. He was always in control and strolled away for a wide-margin success last time over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.
I looked back at his previous form behind Tom Collins and the French derby winner Mishriff and he could well prove that this contest is just a stepping stone to better things in the future.
Rose Of Kildare has been a cracking story for her connections and cost next to nothing as they only paid 3,000 guineas for her. She takes on the best pedigrees the game has to offer on Thursday.
She was no match for Love at Newmarket in the 1,000 Guineas and was a beaten favourite in third at the German equivalent, where the eventual winner had an easy time up front. She stayed on very strongly last Saturday at Epsom behind Summer Romance in a Group 3 contest over a mile and the step up in distance to 1m 2f is ideal.
She’s an each way play at nice odds.
Strictly on the form, Lauded has got to find five lengths with the Johnston two-year-old Qaader, but there’s no doubting he’s got massive room for improvement. He was arguably the paddock pick last time in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and he’s definitely going to step up for that run.
He travelled very strongly and it was only the fact that he hasn’t filled his frame out yet, that caught him out. I’ve no doubt we’re going to be hearing a lot more of this lad as he strengthens up with racing. He may be overlooked in the market he is an each-way shout.
Highest Ground brings in the perfect two wins from two runs and you had to be taken with the way he hit the line last time at Haydock. The front two were miles clear of the remainder of the field and we could be in for something spectacular on the galloping York track. He should have something to aim at as the Irish raider Cormorant from the Aidan O’Brien yard will try and make all as he did at Leopardstown.
Oakenshield made a mockery of his opening handicap mark when returning with an easy victory at Newcastle over 6f and the handicapper did not miss him, hiking him 11lb in the ratings.
A major disappointment last time when a red-hot favourite over 7f at Ayr, it’s far too early to write him off on that performance alone. He drops down to 6f again, which will suit. Off a light weight and still with plenty of upside about him still, his odds are just too big to resist.
Alounak is not going to be anywhere near the 40/1 price that he was last time at Ascot, on what was an excellent effort on only his second try for the new stable. He’s pretty straightforward from a tactics point of view and can go forward or sit in behind, if the pace is too strong. He’s got that class at the highest level at the Breeders’ Cup and can gain a welcome return victory at Group 2 level.
Jason Weaver’s ITV tips for Thursday
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