The Queen Mary (3.05) looks nicely set up for the American filly Lady Aurelia who might be good enough to defy conditions. She was insanely impressive at Keeneland and if she goes down, it will only be inside the last 50 yards.
Usherette is a thoroughly unimaginative selection in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (3.40) but Andre Fabre could hardly have spoken more glowingly about her after she won the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket, and that looked a looked a particularly strong running of the Group Two contest. The Godolphin-owned filly has proved she handles ease in the ground and she’s going to take an awful lot of beating here. I have huge respect for Miss Temple City but ironically, given Graham Motion has been avoiding Tepin all year, he might have run into one that’s even better than her in Usherette.
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Providing he runs, I’m siding with The Grey Gatsby in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (4.20). Kevin Ryan’s stable star ran some terrific races in defeat last season without really getting much credit, and he’s made some of the best around pull out all the stops on occasions.
Clearly this race revolves around the extent to which you believe A Shin Hikari’s performance in the Prix d’Isphahan and it’s hard to pick holes in a 10-length Group One victory, having said that, he sat in exactly the right spot throughout and a number of horses were probably in need of the race on that occasion, and it’s worth remembering he ran a couple of below par races last season, so he’s not completely bomb proof.
I just feel that the Grey Gatsby is hard tough, conditioned, he’s got a guy on board who knows him very well and this is his race if he’s going to land a Group One this season.
The Hunt Cup (5.00) looks as tough as ever to solve and I’m struggling to pluck anything particularly creative out here, so I’m just going to fill my sail with everybody else’s wind and go for Convey, who is extremely well in, has looked more straightforward this season and should be ideally suited by a brutally run race that falls apart in front. On the proviso that conditions aren’t overly testing, I will also be having a small bet on Captain Cat each-way. I like the booking of Eddie Greatrex who is daylight robbery for his 5lb claim, and the horse is in a better spot class-wise than he’s been in for a while.
Mix And Mingle was a bit unlucky not to finish closer in the 1000 Guineas, she probably should have finished third or fourth, and that’s good enough to take a hand in the Sandringham (5.35). Regular followers of this track at Ascot will know that progeny of Exceed And Excel have a particularly good record here.