The first of three consecutive days coverage from ITV Racing starts on Thursday so I’ve put together my four best picks to try and get us off to a flyer.
The Group 3 Bahrain Trophy over 1m sees Ryan Moore riding Dawn Rising for Aidan O’Brien. This son of the all-conquering Galileo won an ordinary race at Limerick last time out. Previously he had finished fourth at the Curragh where Epsom derby winner Serpentine, was just behind him.
He was really eye-catching that day and looks a real star in the making and should be well up to winning this.
The Simon & Ed Crisford team are going great guns at the minute and their Different Face will love this fast 5 furlongs on the Knavesmire. She she get away quickly and I’ll take her to just last home. Of the others Roger Varian’s Sardinia Sunset ran a lovely race in the 5f Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot when finishing fourth to Wesley Ward’s Campanelle, only fading in the final furlong.
The York Dante Stakes is normally used as a trial for the Epsom Derby but the Flat racing schedule has had to be re-jigged in certain parts this season due to the pandemic. Highest Ground is a really interesting runner for Sir Michael Stoute who made light work of beating John Gosden’s Waldkonig at Haydock, when just nudged out with hands and heels to score, with the third horse 11 lengths back.
We need an ‘anchor leg’ in a multiple like a Lucky 15 and he’s it. Irish challenger Cormorant is the danger as he beat subsequent Hampton Court winner Russian Emperor in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, but I Highest Ground could be en route to much bigger prizes after this race.
Dancin Inthestreet was an unlucky third to Art Power in the 5f handicap for three-year-olds at Royal Ascot. She wouldn’t have beaten the impressive winner, who has since followed up at Naas, but did get stopped several times in the run and flew home to snatch third.
She was raised just 2lbs in the ratings for that, but Cieren Fallon’s 3lb claim will off-set that rise. This filly has already beaten race-rival Lexington Dash when they met at Lingfield last year and is now better off with her at the weights! Mister Snowdon is a rival to look out for at an each-way price.
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