DARK SWANSONG could be the way to go on debut for Clive Cox, who won this race 12 months ago with another promising newcomer. Bought for 100,000 guineas as a yearling, Dark Swansong has a pedigree which is all about speed – he is by Dark Angel out of a mare who showed useful form at up to six furlongs. It will be interesting to see whether the market speaks in his favour, especially as those with previous experience in this novice event set just a fairly useful standard.
REAL WORLD ran out an impressive winner of the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last time, quickening clear in the closing stages to land the spoils by four and three quarter lengths. That was his first start on turf after racing on the dirt at Meydan earlier this year and there didn’t appear to be any fluke about his performance, putting up a smart display to easily defy a BHA mark of 94. That form reads very well in the context of this race and he rates a confident selection to follow up.
ZEEBAND stepped up on his reappearance with a comfortable victory at Newcastle last time, scoring in the style of a staying handicapper going places. He travelled strongly and kept going well after being produced to lead over a furlong out, ultimately winning by two and a half lengths with a bit in hand. This will be tougher from an 8 lb higher mark, but he remains open to more improvement and is fancied to prove equal to the challenge for the in-form Roger Varian yard (77% of horses running to form).
KING’S LYNN ran twice at Royal Ascot and didn’t get much luck on either occasion. He got absolutely no run at all when seventh in the King’s Stand, while the way things developed in the Wokingham later in the week also went against him, doing well to be beaten less than a length into third after being hampered over a furlong out. Clearly a smart sprinter on his day, King’s Lynn should prove well up to winning in pattern company when everything falls right. This looks an ideal opportunity for him to make the breakthrough.
CHIPOTLE showed improved form to resume winning ways in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, coming from last to first to land the spoils by two and a quarter lengths in decisive fashion. Beaten just once in four starts, when the soft going was a plausible excuse, Chipotle looks a smart two-year-old in the making and is fancied to land this valuable prize before testing the waters in pattern company.
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DECLARED INTEREST produced a career-best when fourth on her most recent outing in the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, doing well to be beaten just a length after being forced to deliver her challenge from further back than ideal in a steadily-run race. This is a weaker race and she is only 1 lb higher in the weights, so there are plenty of reasons to be positive about her prospects as she seeks a fourth career win.
PRINCESS NADIA stepped up on her debut with a good second at Haydock last month, looking the likeliest winner for a long way before being worn down close home by Mandoob, who gave the form a boost when second on his next start in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket. There doesn’t appear to be anything of that calibre in opposition here, so Princess Nadia rates a solid bet to shed her maiden tag, with further progress also not out of the question after only two starts.
FOXTROT SIZZLER took a big step forward to make a successful handicap debut at this course four weeks ago, showing plenty of speed despite the stamina in his pedigree, ultimately winning by a neck after idling slightly in front. Still unexposed and likely to be just as effective now stepping back up to seven furlongs, he is fancied to defy a 3 lb higher mark to follow up.
- 13:15 – DARK SWANSONG
- 13:50 – REAL WORLD
- 14:25 – ZEEBAND
- 15:00 – KING’S LYNN
- 15:40 – CHIPOTLE
- 16:10 – DECLARED INTEREST
- 16:45 – PRINCESS NADIA
- 17:20 – FOXTROT SIZZLER
* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
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