Andy Holding has four selections this afternoon, including a two-point bet at Royal Ascot.
Not many horses can show the sort of gear change off the back of solid fractions that QUIET REFLECTION (best price 2/1)
exhibited last time out and that deadly weapon in her armoury looks set to prove the key component in her bid to claim the second running of this Group 1 prize for three-year-olds. Karl Burke’s charge first displayed her trademark turn of foot when showing a clear pair of heels to her rivals in the listed Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr and she followed that impressive victory up with an equally authoritative performance in the Cornwalis Stakes at Newmarket on her final start as a two-year-old. Stepped up in trip this season, the daughter of Showcasing began the campaign with a game victory at Chantilly, but it was her success last time out which really got the pulses racing and has seen her price collapse in price for this contest ever since. The way she left for the dead the likes of Donjuan Triumphant, Gifted Master and Buratino was something to behold and providing she’s in the same sort of form 20 days on, it’s hard to envisage any of the others having the necessary qualities that she possess.
QUIET REFLECTION - 2pts @ 2/1Won 4pts
IVAN GROZNY (best price 14/1)
has been in tremendous form of late over hurdles and providing he can translate some of those high-quality performances over to the Flat, there’s no reason why he won’t be a major factor in this competitive 1m 4f handicap. Willie Mullins’ charge was a wildly impressive winner of the conditional jockeys’ handicap on Grand National Day at Aintree and although he failed to repeat the dose in the Scottish Champion Hurdle, he only got beat three lengths on ground that probably wasn’t as soft as he would have preferred. Back under his optimum conditions, the son of Turtle Bowl looks a fair enough price considering he’s unexposed on his return to the level.
IVAN GROZNY - 1pt e/w @ 14/1Lost -2pts
7.20 Down Royal
SHAN DUN NA NGALL (best price 6/1)
proved his liking for a big, galloping track with a game victory over this course three starts ago and even though he hasn’t managed to follow up in two subsequent starts, there have been mitigating circumstances attached. Soft ground was the contributory factor for his downfall two outing ago and although he made a decent fist of things at Tramore last time out, he was probably given too much to do over a sharp two miles. The way he finished off his race, however, was encouraging to say the least, and a return to his happy hunting ground along with an extra four furlongs should enable Gordon Elliot’s charge to run to maximum capacity.
SHAN DUN NA NGALL - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pts
BLACKOUT (NAP) (best price 5/1)
clocked a very smart speed figure for a horse of his grade at Newbury last week and he’s strongly fancied to go well again despite his mandatory 6lb penalty. Despite being slowly away at the Berkshire venue, Richard Hannon’s inmate worked his way nicely into the contest by halfway and showing a nice turn of foot in the latter stages, he came clear in the final furlong to win with a bit up his sleeve. Given that there was a listed race and a quality 1m handicap on the card, to clock the fastest furlong-per-furlong time highlights the sort of performance he achieved that day and with Ryan Moore making his way over from Ascot to take the ride, the son of Dream Ahead makes quite a bit of appeal at his early quotes.
Blackout - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Won 6pts