Al Qaqaa showed improved form to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking at Newmarket last month, controlling things throughout and winning in a style suggesting he is starting to live up to his pedigree. He is likely to progress further and is difficult to oppose on his handicap debut.
One Master ran below form when sixth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot on her return to action last month, but she was right back on song when a close fourth in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last time, coming from further back than the three that beat her and doing about all she could in the circumstances. The return to seven furlongs should show her to even better effect – she is a dual winner of the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp over this trip – and she holds leading claims back at Group 3 level for the first time since 2018.
Khaloosy looked potentially smart when getting off the mark at the second attempt at Wolverhampton in November and was seriously impressive when following up in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot on his return last month, dismissing one who was 7 lb well-in and who routed the rest himself. He remains open to further improvement and rates an exciting prospect at this level and beyond.
Prompting has shown rapid improvement since joining David O’Meara’s yard, getting off the mark for his new stable at the first attempt at Ayr, before following up in impressive fashion at York on Saturday. He is the least exposed in this field and, with a good draw to work with, he holds solid claims in his bid for the hat-trick.
Battaash enjoyed a productive campaign in 2019, winning the Nunthorpe, a second Temple Stakes and a third one of these, and he finally broke his Royal Ascot hoodoo when landing the King’s Stand on his reappearance last month. It goes without saying that he’ll be mightily hard to beat as he bids to win this race for a fourth successive season.
A dual Group 2 winner last season, Communique looked back to form when second in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes – one of the races he won last year – at Newmarket earlier this month. He had Desert Encounter and Alounak behind him on that occasion, and has produced another sound effort when runner-up again at York last time, so he is taken to get the better of those two once again and return to winning ways.
Zamaani’s second at Windsor on just his second outing is proving strong form – the winner since landing the Woodcote, and the sixth coming out and routing a field at the same venue subsequently. Zamaani did his bit for the form as well when bolting up in a similar race earlier this month, looking more the finished article. There should be more to come on that evidence and this improving colt should prove hard to get past on his handicap debut.
Ventura Diamond made plenty of appeal on paper ahead of her debut at Sandown earlier this month and she produced a promising first effort, just unable to quicken at a crucial stage but keeping on well once she got the hang of things. She looks sure to improve and is taken to make her experience count against some well-bred newcomers.
Timeform’s tips summary
13:10 – Al Qaqaa
13:45 – One Master
14:15 – Khaloosy
14:45 – Prompting
15:15 – Battaash
15:45 – Communique
16:20 – Zamaani
16:55 – Ventura Diamond
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