The reports from Charlie Appleby’s yard before NEW SCIENCE made his debut 22 days ago were this horse could be a rocket. He didn’t disappoint, putting up a thoroughly professional display on that first try at Yarmouth. The Godolphin squad are always on the hunt for that new superstar, and New Science’s top speed figure was particularly strong that day. That suggests a bold showing is expected for his Royal Ascot debut.
The 2000 Guineas – behind Poetic Flare – into Group 1 company was always going to be a massive ask going in off the back of an easy victory at Newmarket. MUTASAABEQ ran a race full of potential though, and he looks to be a superstar now dropping back down to the long sprint distance of 7 furlongs.
ALBAFLORA was massively impressive on her return to action around this course and distance, and didn’t run too badly under quickening ground conditions – which will not have suited her – when thrown in at the deep end at Epsom earlier in the month.
The heavens have opened and answered her prayers. But, she is going in against the best that has very little to find on official ratings. James Doyle takes over in the saddle and from an inside stall position, she can announce herself on a bigger stage.
It could be a very good few days for the King Power Racing team as they are responsible for some fantastic runners over the final few races of the meeting. ART POWER has a liking for softer underfoot conditions and although he was behind the red-hot favourite Starman at York last time, he can comprehensively turn that form around given his favourite conditions. That last run was a perfect pipe opener for this assignment.
AIR RAID has always been highly regarded for the underestimated Jedd O’Keeffe outfit and the fact that his rider PJ McDonald comes down to maintain their partnership is a very positive indicator of his true ability, as well as his chance at the Royal meeting.
He stays a little bit further than the 6 furlongs, which will help as this is going to turn into a real slog over the final half a furlong. He is also proven on bottomless ground, which he did at Haydock at the backend of last season.
ALFAADHEL is building a very impressive profile stepping up from his racecourse debut with two comprehensive successes. He has a little bit of class and swagger about the way he races, and the team are confident that a mark of 98 underestimates his true potential. His jockey Jim Crowley could do with a confidence booster after what hasn’t been a tremendous week, but Alfaadhel should put a smile back on his face.
This is MORANDO’s first try at the age of eight stepping up significantly in distance. But, a look back at his previous try over 2m would suggest the way that he stayed on that day, it will to suit the old campaigner going to this distance. He loves the deep underfoot conditions and retains all his enthusiasm for racing. This can round off what has been another successful Royal Ascot meeting for his on-song trainer Andrew Balding.
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