HAIJA shaped well on debut over a mile at this course last month, finishing runner-up only to a better-fancied stablemate, and she looks a sure-fire improver now. That form very much sets the standard here, and it will take an above-average newcomer to topple her. Bawaady and Rani of Jhansi look likely types on paper.
Several of the newcomers are pretty appealing, but NEBULOSA and Brunnera may be able to put their experience to good use. The former finished well when third over course and distance, and the forecast slower ground could help given that she already looks in need of a stiffer test.
Romantic Song could be the pick of the debutantes. However, the John Gosden-trained fillies Coloratura Soprano and Hamhama also command respect.
It was a shame that METHOD didn’t have the opportunity to show what he’s capable of in the Middle Park, his saddle slipping early in the race and leaving his jockey with little control. That effort can be completely written off, and he remains a colt of considerable potential.
He will prove hard to beat if coping with this drop to 5 furlongs on forecast soft ground. Acklam Express performed admirably against his elders last time and merits plenty of respect.
THINKING OF YOU had been well supported beforehand, but was denied a clear run at a crucial stage when third in a Group 3 at the Curragh last time, and, with further improvement on the cards and conditions no problem, she looks the one to beat for leading connections. Saffron Beach created a very good impression when winning a course and distance maiden on debut, so she is feared most.
Though his efforts in Group 3 company the last twice have been somewhat subdued, KHALOOSY‘s sparkling Royal Ascot performance had all the hallmarks of a pattern-class performer and he is given another chance to confirm that impression.
Glorious Journey resumed winning ways at Newbury last time and should be in the mix. Meanwhile, Pogo and Happy Power are others to consider in a competitive race.
The sky could be the limit for INDIGO GIRL, who has won both of her starts to date in impressive fashion. She hails from a family connections know well, and had more in hand than the margin of victory would suggest in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last time – showing a sparkling turn of foot to take the lead over a furlong out.
Indigo Girl remains open to significant progress and she is taken to maintain her unbeaten status in this contest. There’s not much to choose between Shale and Pretty Gorgeous, who were meeting for the third occasion when first and second respectively in the Moyglare.
This is fiercely competitive, and cases can be made for the majority of the field. KINGBROOK is very interesting indeed at what should be a healthy, double-figure price, having again shaped as though in need of a stiffer test when third in a strong mile and a quarter Newbury handicap last time.
There is plenty about him physically, and he looks to have been brought on gradually since joining Ian Williams. He could well surprise a few of the better-fancied runners, with Surrey Pride perhaps the main danger.
MAGIC LILY‘s latest effort at Royal Ascot can be overlooked, as she clearly wasn’t right on the day. She was a solid third in a course and distance Group 2 10 days earlier, form which is among the very best on offer, and conditions won’t be a problem (runner-up on soft in France last year) for her here. Franconia looks the pick of the classic generation ahead of the progressive Majestic Noor.
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