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After INIGO JONES was put in his place by the top class Mohaafeth at Newmarket, the Sir Michael Stoute team – in typical fashion – decided to take the foot off the accelerator to give him time to grow and strengthen into his impressive frame. This is something the top-class handler does time-and-time-again with fantastic results. This track will suit Inigo Jones better owing to its more galloping nature, and he looks a long way from his ceiling off a mark of just 96.
TORONTO been slightly disappointing since joining the David Loughnane stable. However, because of that, he has dropped a long way down the handicap to some 21lbs from his peak rating of 98. His run at Chester in May was his best for the new team and a reproduction of that will see him go very close now.
He should get his ideal conditions on Friday, 1m 4f with soft ground on a beautiful galloping track. There will be no excuses and this is last chance saloon for Toronto, who is an each-way shout.
FLOTUS looked absolutely spectacular when winning at Goodwood on her debut and was duly sent off a red-hot favourite for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. They were very lucky to keep the meeting on that day as torrential rain changed conditions to heavy, which clearly didn’t Flotus.
Add in that she was a little bit lit up in the early stages, but she was still travelling best with two furlongs to run. This is only her third lifetime start, but Frankie Dettori gets off the bench again to ride her. Flotus must have gave him a feel that she is better than she has shown so far.
DECLARING LOVE has been a fantastic purchase and gave John Butler his biggest ever winner when successful at Listed level at Bath in April. She stepped up again from that form when chasing home Liberty Beach in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in late May, which was another step up the ladder for her.
She’s not officially top rated, but the step back up in distance to 6 furlongs is clearly going to suit her and she could be a massively underestimated, each-way player.
FAYLAQ has become slightly frustrating considering his beautiful pedigree, but a fairly recent gelding operation has seen him look a little more enthusiastic in his races. He is stepped up in distance for the first time, which looks absolutely ideal as he can be smothered up in the early stages in behind with no daylight and he travels for fun throughout his races.
He doesn’t find an awful lot of the bridle, but you can guarantee he will be going best inside the final quarter mile. It will be a big test of his rider Jim Crowley to produce him late on the line.
LADY BOWTHORPE taken her form to another level this season and despite finishing behind Indie Angel last time at Royal Ascot, she can comprehensively turn that form around as she was racing on the slower part of the racecourse.
I’m hoping Kieran Shoemark will hold her up a little more and get her to use that devastating turn of foot she possesses. That ability saw her finish second to Palace Pier at Newbury and also grab a massive success at Ascot last season. This is no gimme by any stretch of the imagination, but she looks overpriced coming in here with arguably the best form.
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