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Stradivarius and Trueshan clash for the last time?
Stradivarius has run the staying division for the past five seasons, but his age appeared to catch up with him when he met TRUESHAN once more in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp earlier this month. For 90 per cent of the race Stradivarius travelled like his usual self, strong and powerful, but when Trueshan presented his challenge in the final furlong the seven-year-old had no answer.
Trueshan announced himself as the best stayer around and, with ground conditions ideal – as trainer Alan King has stated – it is hard to see him not winning the Long Distance Cup for a second year running at 13:25 on Saturday.
Rohaan one to watch back at Ascot
ROHAAN has been a real success story for David Evans. He won his first race for the yard in exquisite fashion from a BHA mark of 55 and has gone on from there to win the Pavilion Stakes and Wokingham Handicap (from a BHA mark of 112) over 6 furlongs at Ascot. His victory in the former race came of something of a surprise, but there was no fluke about it, as he showed at Royal Ascot from a lofty mark back in a handicap.
Rohaan has had excuses on his three starts since, recording one of the fastest closing sectionals at the Curragh last time over a trip short of his optimum. The return to 6 furlongs at this track – which has a stiff finish – will be music to his ears. He has every chance of recording a third course and distance success in the Champions Sprint Stakes at 14:00.
Palace Pier v Baaeed
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (15:10) looks a cracker on paper, with an established four-year-old in Palace Pier, going up against the most progressive Baaeed. On Timeform ratings the latter has 8lbs to find with Palace Pier, who has carried all before him this season, winning all three starts – notably the Queen Anne Stakes over course and distance.
There hasn’t been a more exciting horse burst on the scenes this year than Baaeed though, who is unbeaten in five starts having only made his debut in June. He bagged his first Group 1 in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp last time and has the potential to take down the current reigning miler in Europe.
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