There is no doubting BROOME is a very classy performer as he showed when a very close up fourth in the Epsom Derby. We have only seen him on one occasion so far this term, when he ran an excellent race at Newmarket over a mile-and-a-half under fast conditions in the Coronation Cup Stakes.
He has proven form under testing conditions and that looks what he will encounter here. Stepping up in distance looks absolutely ideal and he may well prove to be a decent each way chance. Stradivarius will be tough to beat if backing up well from his French exploits, but that is not a given and he was beaten by the Aidan O’Brien team in this contest last year.
DREAM OF DREAMS has finally found things clicking into place on the last couple of occasions with a bloodless, wide-margin victory in the Hungerford Stakes and proving effective under softer conditions at Haydock in the Sprint Cup. That burst of form has probably coincided with the champion jockey Oisin Murphy throwing his leg over him.
He’s not been over raced so far this term and has been positioned perfectly for this massive prize by his master trainer Sir Michael Stoute. One outsider to keep an eye on is a Onassis, who may well grab a slice of the pie.
If you look back through MEHDAAYIH’s best form, it’s been with some ease in the ground. She is a very lightly made filly, who dances off these testing conditions as she proved last season when bolting up at Chester.
Again, she has been handled perfectly, only having had the one start so far this term and he won’t take much getting ready. This has always been the long-term plan and you only have to go back to last season when she finished fifth at this venue in the Champion Stakes behind the mighty Magical. A reproduction of that form is surely good enough.
PALACE PIER brings in a 100 per cent win record and he is a very easy pick to round off this campaign by keeping that statistic intact. All conditions seem to be the same as far as he is concerned, but being a son of the super sire Kingman he won’t mind the soft ground.
Circus Maximus may well give him the most to think about and Frankie Dettori needs to settle the score of when he challenged him far too early in the Queen Anne at the Royal meeting and was outbattled in the closing stages. The red-hot favourite will be produced fast and late to get the job done.
PYLEDRIVER has been a fantastic story for racing throughout this incredibly challenging season and he is always underestimated. That’s going to be the case again for the Champion Stakes.
It may well be the toughest underfoot conditions he has to overcome, but every single question that has been asked of him throughout 2020 has been answered There wouldn’t be a more fitting end to the season than his handler William Muir managing to get that first Group 1 victory on the board.
Originally KING OTTOKAR was thought to be Charlie Fellowes’ Derby horse last season, but things didn’t quite go to plan. Also, the team have tried a variety of different distances this campaign and this test looks absolutely ideal for this classy runner.
He has dropped down from a peak rating of 106 and looking back at his Doncaster effort leaves the strong impression that given a clear passage he would of gone very close indeed. They have managed to secure the services of James Doyle to do the steering, and from his high stall position he should get a perfect tow into the contest as the pace runners Bear Force One and Revich are drawn close by in stall numbers 15 and 18 respectively.
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