It’s the richest day’s flat racing at Carlisle, with the Carlisle Bell the feature race of a competitive looking card, which also includes a fillies listed race and the historic Cumberland Plate. I have a tip from Carlisle which you can find inside.
Royal Ascot Review – Part 3
My attention turns today to some performances that went slightly under the radar last week.
I will start with a performance that probably didn’t really go under the radar. Japan had finished his race of well when finishing third in the Derby and was dropping back to Group 2 company in the King Edward VII Stakes on Friday.
He was clear best on form but put up an even better performance here. Despite sweating before the off, he powered away from his rivals at the furlong point to register a comfortable 4 ½ length win. This run gave a boast to the Derby form and he will surely land a Group 1 over 1m 4f this season.
Another horse whose performance hardly went under the radar. The Czech Republic trained horse was badly hampered by Masar at the start and was then held up in the rear. The 5-year-old started to make his effort two furlongs from home but didn’t get a run and had to be switched to make his effort. Finishing like the proverbial train, he ran on to finish ½ length behind the winner Defoe. He really should have won as he was the best horse in the race.
It would be interesting to see the horse coming back for next month’s King George. Looks the sort who could easily run into places in the Arc which is an intended target. Given he’s a son of Sixties Icon out of a Monsun mare, he would surely be ideally suited by a race like a Melbourne Cup.
A big imposing colt he's still very much a work in progress. Entries in the Queen’s Vase and the King Edward VII Stakes showed how highly connections regard him. Carrying top weight of 9-7 in the King George V Handicap, he was only beaten a neck at the finish by a stablemate South Pacific and tying to give 11lb to the winner. In the circumstance this was a high class effort. I am sure he will go onto bigger and better things and is a horse who could end up being Group 1 level as a 4-year-old.
Dream Of Dreams
Came into the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, after winning both his two starts of 2019 with the last of those wins coming in Listed company at Windsor last month.
He needed to find plenty to trouble the likes of Blue Point but the 5-year-old is getting better with racing and put in a powerful late effort to finish a head behind Blue Point. He didn’t get the clearest of runs inside the final furlong and had to be switched to make his effort which makes his effort even more notable. In another stride he would have won and was arguably an unlucky loser.
The colt put in an explosive performance to win the Chesham Stakes on Saturday. It was the best juvenile performance of the five-days for me.
You had to be impressed by the change of gear the colt showed to go past the well fancied favourite Lope Y Fernandez. In the process of winning he broke the juvenile course record and he will be tough to beat in all the top juvenile races this season.
Granted he's more mature than most of his peers. So how much he will improve as 3-year-old is open to doubt. However, you can see why plenty of punters wanted to back him at 16/1 for next years 2,000 Guineas.
Don’t Give Up On Masar Or Sea Of Class
Last year’s Derby winner Masar, returned in the Hardwicke Stakes. Given his long absence he predictably didn’t find a lot when asked for his effort and eventually finished 5th. He will strip fitter for this run and it will be interesting to see where he heads next. Will it be a drop back to 1m 2f for the Eclipse or back over C&D in next month’s King George?
Sea Of Class, hated the soft ground, on her return to action in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. There will be other days for her with the King George looking a potential target. Her jockey didn't subject her to a hard race. Hopefully, next time she will get to race on a sounder surface than on Wednesday.
3:00 – The Carlisle Bell consolation race. The consistent Zoravan was runner-up in this race last year. He showed up well when runner-up here 37-days ago on his seasonal reappearance. The drying ground has come in his favour and he has a solid each way chance.
Zoravan – 8/1 – each way
Until tomorrow. When I will share with you a few eyecatchers in my final look at Royal Ascot 2019.