Group One Power made it two wins in as many runs in a minor event at Lingfield in February and would surely have gone very close to adding to his tally with a clear run in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, ultimately finishing fourth. He has some strong form to his name (the race he ran in at Yarmouth looking particularly solid), and with improvement in the pipeline, he’ll surely defy this mark granted a bit more luck in-running.
Eeh Bah Gum produced several good efforts last season and has been edging down the weights while working up to full fitness this term. He was probably still in need of the run when sixth at Ayr on his latest outing, and given he is now 3 lb lower than on that occasion, it would be no surprise were he to return to winning ways.
Saeiqa built on his promising debut when posting a big effort to finish third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, looking the stables second string behind Existent but coming out the best of that duo and producing a useful level of form in the process. There are some potentially above-average colts in opposition here, the Godolphin duo Magical Land and Naval Queen make immediate appeal, but John Gosden’s charge should still have enough to open his account now returning to maiden company.
A three-time winner last summer, De Vegas Kid caught the eye on his first run since the resumption when a tenderly-handled seventh in a Kempton handicap last month, travelling better than most and not knocked about after being denied a clear run over two furlongs out. Tony Carroll is a dab hand at finding great opportunities for his inmates, and with De Vegas Kid having edged back down the weights, as well as top claimer Cieran Fallon taking a further 3 lb off his back, this has all the hallmarks of a trademark Carroll coup.
More Beautiful is bred to be smart and duly looked something out of the ordinary when scoring impressively on debut, winning readily in what has since proven a strong race. Sent off the even money favourite for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, she went backwards from her debut effort, possibly finding the race coming too soon as she weakened into ninth, but given her pedigree and connections, it’s far too soon to be writing her off, and with this extra furlong expected to suit, she looks worth another chance.
Themaxwecan proved himself a steady improver last year, winning handicaps at Ascot and Goodwood, and he could be set to do even better again this year based on his encouraging staying-on fourth at Royal Ascot last time. It would be no surprise to see a Mark Johnston horse improve as a four-year-old, and with Ryan Moore booked for the ride, he is taken to provide Johnston with back-to-back successes in this race.
Kipps showed plenty of ability when second in what has since proven a strong race on debut at Wolverhampton in November, and he did his bit for the form when going one better at Lingfield over Christmas.
He has twice shaped well when runner-up in handicaps at Haydock and at Royal Ascot this season, just unable to quicken close home against one that had a positional advantage on the latter occasion. He is undoubtedly a well-handicapped colt, and with the application of first-time blinkers hopefully able to keep him true, he makes plenty of appeal under the steering of Ryan Moore.
Terebellum didn’t need to improve on her French exploits to land a second win at Group 2 level with victory in the Dahlia Stakes at this venue last month, but she did improve another chunk when just touched off in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, making a battle-hardened rival in Circus Maximus pull out all the stops. She is already a very smart filly and this looks a good opportunity for her to gain a first Group 1 success against her own sex.
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