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His win at Royal Ascot last time was a real coming-of-age for this son of Zoffany, but Foxes Tales faces very different ground conditions now. He showed a real turn of foot in the Golden Gates Handicap and there was a lot to like about that performance. He certainly didn’t look a tired horse at the end.
King Frankel ran well behind the selection that day, when a three and three quarter lengths back in fourth, but he is proven on decent ground and looks a fair price to reverse the form given he now gets 11lbs off the top weight. Peter the Great will have his supporters with Frankie Dettori in the saddle and previously won a novice race over course and distance so has to be respected.
Ground again is the key and Ispahan loves the soft going, being by Lope De Vega. He ran very well in a big three-year-old handicap at this track last year and is only 4lbs higher now.
He has to be a solid player again.
This daughter of Galileo Gold was unlucky in the Albany Stakes when third behind Sandrine and Hello You, as she raced on her own down the stands’ side that day. The ground was very hard work so I’ll give Oscula the nod to reverse the form with both of them now.
They both had better positions in the middle of the track at Royal Ascot. Of the others, Desert Dreamer is proving difficult at times, but is talented.
This Group 3 6f sprint for fillies and mares is a good contest and the ground could be key with forecast soft conditions. Vadream was the best placed of the girls taking on the colts in the Jersey Stakes. She was third to Creative Force and that was a very good run.
I just hope they go fast enough for her at the start as she needs the pace to collapse at the end, to give her a chance to come through the field. She ran a blinder in the 1,000 Guineas when sixth to Mother Earth and trainer Charlie Fellowes was unsure if she really stayed a mile.
The drop back down to this 6f trip will tell us more. Stablemate Onassis is another that merits respect. She beat With Thanks on very soft ground at Goodwood last season and that is top-notch form. Final song is another having her sights lowered after finishing 11th to Mother Earth at HQ, so keep here in mind.
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It’s interesting that Ryan Moore has been booked to ride this son of Sea The Stars for Brian Meehan as the last time he was on board, the pair won at Sandown.
Arthurian Fable loves fast ground so has a lot of things in his favour. Global Storm rates the danger, as he is a model of consistency, but is climbing up the ratings all the time.
The featured Falmouth Stakes sees Newmarket 1,000 Guineas winner Mother Earth try to rediscover her winning form after placed effort in the French 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes.
Personally, I think Mother Earth revelled in the faster conditions on the Rowley Mile in May. With the ground back in her favour she may well rediscover that type of form again.
Primo Bacio may improve enough to beat Alcohol Free, who beat her at Newbury and then followed up at Royal Ascot last time. She really came forward from Ascot. Snow Lantern tries to win the race her mother was robbed of all those years ago!
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