FOORAAT is a full sister to the superstar Benbatl who runs later on the card, and she looked to have a very bright future when winning her first two starts. The second of those came in such taking fashion on the all-weather at Chelmsford, that everybody thought we had a unearthed a champion.
She was down the field at Epsom, but that was a throw-out as the winner made all and she was held up at the back in a slowly-run contest and connections then made far too much use of her last time in France. It’s only her fifth race to date and she can definitely improve.
KATARA has passed her last two examinations with flying colours for a combined nine lengths winning margin. The last of those has to be upgraded dramatically on the July course as it was a new course record over the mile and a half trip.
Admittedly she wouldn’t want too much rain to fall as she looks as if she is a top-of-the-ground filly and good conditions should not blunt her natural speed. Alpanista was ridden to run well last time at York and may well be flattered by her proximity to Love.
It’s only 13 days ago that Irish-trained MONDAY put her best foot forward when winning at Leopardstown. The second that day had already shown a good level of form up in Group 2 company when chasing home Fev Rover in the Prix du Calvados in France.
Isabella Giles needs bottomless ground to be at her best, Alba Rose only won a small contest at Thirsk and Santosha got very upset in the preliminaries last time. It’s no surprise that superstar trainer Aidan O’Brien has found the best opportunity for his runner to try and triumph.
A 2,000 Guineas winner, fourth in the Derby, fourth in the Sussex and fourth last time in the International at York, KAMEKO comes back to the course and distance of his biggest victory to date and he easily could be primed for his biggest performance yet.
His trainer Andrew Balding has had some talented runners through his hands down the years, yet has confidently selected this lad as the best he has ever trained. He’s been on the go for some time this season, but he is obviously thriving at home for the trainer to be so bullish.
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