The Daily Mail's Sam turner has been in scintillating form at Royal Ascot this week.
(Best price 5-2) has already proven her affinity for a stiff track and some cut in the ground with a dominant performance at Naas last time which has been advertised by the fifth and sixth (Oh Grace, a good winner in the first time cheekpieces next time over 7f) both obliging subsequently. She hit the line strongly that day and, although the bigger prices have dried up throughout the week, she still makes appeal with a likely pacemaker alongside here in Oh Grace.
Frankel offspring Queen Kindly couldn’t have been any more impressive at Catterick and could easily prove to be high-class so it will be intriguing to see how she fares on the back of that solo effort.
Cuff - 2pt @ 5/2
An extremely tricky race and one that historically hasn’t proved the happiest hunting ground for Aidan O’Brien who has remarkably saddled 11 horses in the last 10 years without success. Beacon Rock will be fancied by many to end the hoodoo as he arrives on the back of a Group 3 Curragh success where he had stablemate Housesofparliament three lengths behind in fourth. He has claims, but in a tightly-knit affair I’d rather take a chance at a bigger price and LINGUISTIC
(Best price 12-1) is an interesting contender given he is quirky but undeniably talented and the first-time blinkers could iron him out. His stable have a great record in this race and he definitely has more ability than he’s letting us see at present!
Linguistic - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1
There was no denying the class Quiet Reflection demonstrated at Haydock where she quickened brilliantly to land the Sandy Lane Stakes. She had runner-up Donjuan Triumphant, Buratino (fourth) and fifth-placed LA RIOJA
(Best price 11-1) all in arrears that day and there is every likelihood she will enjoy the same superiority over her old adversaries this afternoon.
However, La Rioja chased a frenetic early gallop at Haydock and didn’t find the clearest of passages when Quiet Reflection quickened down the outside so she could close the gap today and her stable were very quiet at that stage of the season – they have had winners since. The selection was entitled to need the run and it is worth recalling how dominant she was on soft ground at Salisbury last term so with that in mind she looks worth playing each-way against the most likely winner.
La Rioja - 0.5pt e/w @ 11/1
The rise of Jet Setting from near obscurity to Classic winner has been one of the stories of the flat season and she has the opportunity to crown an incredible Cinderella story with victory in the Coronation Stakes. Adrian Keatley’s filly, a bargain buy at just £12,000 by current connections was purchased by the China Horse Club for an astonishing £1.3million at the Goffs Kensington Palace sale on Monday evening, will welcome any further showers at the Berkshire venue given her proven affinity for soft ground.
She could well land another prestigious Group One, hot on the heels of an Irish Guineas win which saw her see off star filly Minding, however that was a hard race and a series of touch asks may catch up with her this afternoon.
Jean-Claude Rouget sent out Ervedya to win this event 12 months ago and he could have another live contender in QEMAH
(Best price 6-1) who is another that won’t mind if the ground deteriorates with showers today.
The daughter of Danehill Dancer bolted up on her reappearance in Chantilly and looked likely to follow up in the French Guineas at the furlong marker before her run flattened out. The return to a turning track should suit today and she arrives fresher than some of her rivals.
Qemah - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1
A wide draw hasn’t been a barrier to success in this race so CYMRO
(Best price 11-1) could still post a prominent show from stall 22.
The lack of significant rain is a slight drawback given that he copes with deep conditions so well, but there should still be enough moisture in the ground and his figures on good to soft or softer read 2231131.
Elite Army is yet to taste defeat in two trips to Ascot and he warmed up for a hat-trip bid with a narrow defeat of Scotland here last time on fast ground. He is one for the shortlist but it could be worth taking a chance with the enigmatic Ajman Bridge
(Best price 16-1) who was second in this race last year and has the blinkers back on today.
Cymro - 0.5pt e/w @ 11/1
Ajman Bridge - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1
Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute and Mark Johnston have shared the last 10 renewals of this between them and the former has a strong hand again with Landofhopeandglory arguably the pick with the step up in trip expected to suit.
(Best price 4-1) also has to be on any shortlist given the record his handler has with stayers and he won with plenty in hand at Naas on easy ground last time. He looks the type of grinder that should be well suited by the rigours of the race and, while he isn’t the bet of the century at the morning odds, gains the vote in a tricky finale.
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Ebediyin - 1pt @ 5/1