YALTA (best price 14-1) was one of many notable disappointments at the Royal meeting for Mark Johnston, but there’s every chance he can bounce back to the sort of form which made him a leading fancy for the Coventry Stakes. Impressive on both his two starts prior to Ascot, the powerful son of Exceed And Excel posted a couple of big numbers in those two victories, but as they came on a fast surface, there was always a doubt whether the soft underfoot conditions would suit this lovely mover. As it transpired, he could only maintain a strong gallop until the final furlong and he gradually faded into a well-beaten eighth of the 18-strong field. Returning to quicker conditions do, however, improve his prospects of making a dramatic turnaround of fortunes with favourite, Mehmas and he looks totally underestimated in the market at 14-1 given his overall qualities.
A dirty scope ruled out BARRINGTON (best price 25-1) from is intended target at the Royal meeting, but the fact that Charlie Hills’ charge was considered good enough to go there in the first place suggests he’s more than worth a second look here. Too green on debut, the son of Casamento stepped up markedly on that initial performance next time at Windsor and with the time figure he posted that night intimating that he’s a pattern performer in-waiting, he has to be worth a small each-way interest at the prices.
A draw towards the nearside fence hasn’t looked a bad spot to race on the evidence of the early meetings on the July Course, so with that in mind, DANCING STAR (best price 8-1), has plenty seemingly in her favour from box three. Impressive in her first two victories this season, Andrew Balding’s charge went in search of the big bucks at York last time out and although she failed in her bid to capture the 62k prize, she came out of the race with a massive amount of credit. Racing on the sharp end throughout, the daughter of Aqlaam was the only one to of the pace-setters to go hard all the way to the line and in the end, it took an amazingly accomplished ride by Jamie Spencer to lower her colours in the dying strides. Hopefully, that effort will have toughened her up mentally for some more bruising encounters further down the line and she makes plenty of each-way appeal at her top morning quotes with five places on offer.
PIROUETTE (best price 11-2) posted a useful set of figures for a horse of her grade when making a successful return to action at Nottingham 51 days ago and she rates a strong fancy to continue her progress despite this examination paper being a much tougher one. Not only did Hughie Morrison’s filly clock the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the eight-race card, she ran the final four furlongs quicker than the likes of Blair House and Fadillah and considering the fact that those two in question are now rated 90 and 79 respectively, the daughter of Pivotal looks extremely dangerous here off a mark of just 75.
TOTAL DEMOLITION (best price 11-2) turned in another solid performance the other night at Bellewstown despite the ground being far from ideal and now returning to the kind of surface that saw him land a quick double previously, John Larkin’s inmate looks poised to go well again. A winner over tonight’s C&D back in early June, the son of Thewayyouare followed up that success with a last-to-first swoop in the home straight on his next outing and if it wasn’t for the mud-loving, in-form Tribal Path, he would have completed the hat trick six days ago. Best when coming off a strong pace, there looks plenty of front-runners to ensure he has the perfect set up and with four places on offer, he should be good enough to hit the frame at the very least.