Guru will be all the rage for John Gosden and Adam Kirby and this son of Kingman won despite showing distinct signs of greeness at the track over course and distance last time. It was a nice performance, beating a well-touted horse trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the process.
James Ferguson’s Francesco Guardi got up in the dying strides at Salisbury on debut, this son of Frankel is out of a mare who is a half sister to dual Arc winner Treve who cost £200k as a yearling and looks a nice prospect on what we saw. I live close to Newbury and we have had a lot of heavy thunderstorms so this 7f Listed contest could be a sapping stamina test for these two-year-olds.
Guru could turn out to be very smart and the big plus is that his dam won on soft ground so it’s in his pedigree. Francesco Guardi can hit the places at least.
Boss Power had a cosy success at Yarmouth over 1m 3f where the son of Frankel made no mistake on his handicap debut.
It’s ironic that trainer Ed Vaughan has not stopped having winners since he announced he is to retire at the end of the season and his Night Bear should be on the premises again, while John Gosden has stuck blinkers on Indigo Lake to try and bring about a little more improvement.
Alan King’s Midnight Gift makes his seasonal bow and could be well handicapped on some of her National Hunt form. She was disappointing at the Cheltenham Festival, but back on the Flat might cause a surprise under jockey Rossa Ryan for a yard that does well with its Summer Flat horses,
Morando finished second in this race last year before going on to win the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot the following October. He loves the soft ground so will be well suited by conditions to put up another bold show.
Owen Burrows’ Hukum was a real ‘buzz’ horse ahead of Royal Ascot where he duly obliged, when he ran away with the King George V Stakes. This step up to Group 3 company could be a stepping stone to bigger targets in the Autumn and I really like him to deliver on the promise he has shown to date.
The Group 2 Hungerford Stakes is the feature race on the card and last year’s winner Glorious Journey is back for more, but has to saddle a 3lb penalty for last year’s success.
Threat looked a horse to follow when winning the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last season but he has been very disappointing so far this year. He has been highly-tried, so this drop to a lower grade and in receipt of weight from his elders should see him in a better light.
Breathtaking Look wears a tongue-tie for the first time and ran well at Goodwood when fourth behind One Master in a 7f Group 3 Stakes race.
However, Dream of Dreams gets the vote. His last win came in May 2019 at Windsor where he comprehensively beat Glorious Journey. His last five runs have been in Group One company so he should enjoy this drop in class to Group 2 company.
He can be ridden confidently by champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
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