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US trainer Wesley Ward has won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on four occasions since 2009 and his representatives are always entitled to plenty of respect. He relies on Twilight Gleaming this year –ante-post favourite Ruthin has been rerouted to the Windsor Castle – and she tops the Timeform’s ratings. Twilight Gleaming was beaten on the dirt at Keeneland on debut but, switched to turf, she impressed at Belmont last month, scooting seven and a half lengths clear in the style of an exciting prospect. She can make the most of her experience and leave her European rivals trailing, like so many of her compatriots have at this meeting.
Flotus was heavily backed on her debut at Goodwood last month and she justified that support in style, looking something well out of the ordinary as she quickened four and three-quarter lengths clear. Flotus showed signs of inexperience, not settling fully in the early stages, but she made smooth headway into contention and then readily pulled clear. That was one of the best performances put up by a British juvenile this season and she could prove difficult to beat if making the anticipated improvement.
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Point Lonsdale – Chesham Stakes (Saturday 2.30pm)
Point Lonsdale is bred to be smart – he is a full brother to Broome – and he could hardly have made a more impressive debut at the Curragh earlier this month, drawing five and a half lengths clear in the style of a colt destined to make a mark at a high level. Point Lonsdale was always towards the head of affairs and he found an instant response when asked to assert over two furlongs out, quickly forging clear of some promising rivals. He clocked a good time, which adds some substance to the undoubted style, and he should take plenty of beating in the Chesham Stakes. Incidentally, his trainer Aidan O’Brien has won three of the last five runnings of the Chesham, including with subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Churchill.
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