Mayaas, whose dam won the Queen Mary and Lowther Stakes, was an expensive purchase as a yearling and he showed promise at the first attempt when fourth at Haydock. He was held back by his inexperience in testing conditions on that occasion but he offered something to work with and could be a different proposition with that run under his belt.
Isle of May is the only one of these to have raced and she can put her experience to good use. A €250,000 yearling, Isle of May finished runner up at Newmarket on debut and shaped best of all, making good progress late on but lacking the experience to threaten the winner. She should come on for that outing and sets a good standard for these well-bred fillies to aim at.
There are plenty of promising two-year-olds in this line-up, including Naval Crown, who is bred to be useful and shaped well when third on debut at Newmarket. He attracted support on debut and showed ability, beaten just over a length after holding every chance. Charlie Appleby won this last season with Al Dabaran and has strong claims again with Naval Crown.
Shelir ended up underachieving with Dermot Weld but he has shown promise since joining David O’Meara and could offer a spot of value here at around the 14/1 mark. He ran well to finish fifth in the Buckingham Palace Handicap over this course and distance at the Royal meeting and then shaped as if a mile on soft ground presented too much of a stamina test at Haydock last time. He is now on a 4 lb lower mark than when running creditably at Royal Ascot and a bold bid looks on the cards.
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Tsar was an encouraging fourth in a red-hot maiden on his debut last season and then didn’t need to run to a similar level to get off the mark in a minor event. He found a talented rival far too good when runner-up on his reappearance at Newbury but then made a mockery of an opening handicap mark of 88 at Yarmouth, showing an impressive turn of foot to seal matters. He clocked a notable sectional time at Yarmouth and has the ability to make into a pattern-class performer.
Enable is bidding for a record third King George and she is clearly the horse to beat on the back of a creditable reappearance at Sandown. She was unable to overhaul Ghaiyyath but that should leave her spot-on for this test. She was only a head in front of Japan, however, who should also be suited by the return to a mile and a half, and he looks the value at around 3/1. He was a dual Group 1 winner as a three-year-old and may not have shown everything he has to offer.
Just The Man enjoyed a productive campaign last season, winning on three occasions, and he shaped as if still on a fair mark when sixth at Kempton last time. He was held up and had a lot to do at Kempton, but he was staying on well when not getting a clear run inside the final two furlongs. He is threatening to come good.
Collinsbay has shaped well in third in a couple of maidens, doing enough to suggest that she can defy this opening mark on her nursery debut. She could do with getting away a bit quicker – has been sluggish out of the stalls both times – but she should be suited by this step up in trip and remains capable of better.
This is a competitive contest and represents Solo Saxophone’s toughest test, but he is a stayer on the up and can complete the four-timer. He has been in excellent form since joining this yard, winning comfortably at Thirsk and Haydock before also scoring with plenty in hand at York, making short work of his rivals. He is absolutely thriving and difficult to oppose in this sort of form.
- 12:40 – MAYAAS
- 13:15 – ISLE OF MAY
- 13:50 – NAVAL CROWN
- 14:25 – SHELIR
- 15:00 – TSAR
- 15:35 – JAPAN
- 16:10 – JUST THE MAN
- 16:45 – COLLINSBAY
- 17:20 – SOLO SAXOPHONE
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