Picture: River Tiber has been selected to win the Gr 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Picture via IrishRacing.com meta page).
At The Races
1 2:50 PM – Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2)
A quality renewal with several of these holding Group 1 aspirations in the near future. Capulet was only narrowly beaten by a highly-touted stablemate in Group 2 company at Leopardstown last time and has strong claims once again with the promise of more to come. However, slight preference is for AABLAN, who shapes like this step up to a mile will really suit. The son of Dubawi has looked very professional in winning both his starts so far and he can take this on route to bigger things. The unbeaten Ghostwriter has also been impressive in his two outings to date and the son of Invincible Spirit is no back number.
Top Tip: AABLAN (1)
Watch out for: CAPULET (4)
2 3:25 PM – Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Fillies’ Group 1)
It is very hard to get away from RELIEF RALLY, who has looked better with each run and has won four out of five, despite things not really falling right on a couple of occasions. The stiff finish will almost certainly play to the daughter of Kodiac’s strengths and she looks sure to run a huge race. Jasna’s Secret is a fascinating contender over from France having won with ease on both starts to date and any strong market move would need noting. Persian Dreamer and Cherry Blossom both remain on an upward curve and could push the principals all the way in what looks a cracking renewal.
Top Tip: RELIEF RALLY (8)
Watch out for: JASNA’S SECRET (3)
3 4:00 PM – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
Vandeek got the better of RIVER TIBER in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville last month but there are strong reasons to believe that form can be turned around here. River Tiber had an interrupted preparation for that race, having previously won the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the son of Wootton Bassett also didn’t look entirely at ease on the very soft ground at Deauville. Back on a much better surface, Aidan O’Brien’s charge can turn the tables on Vandeek and get back to winning ways. Jasour was well-held when eighth in that same race in France but maybe the ground was also an issue for him and he could bounce back. The unbeaten Task Force could take another step forward.
Top Tip: RIVER TIBER (5)
Watch out for: VANDEEK (9)
4 4:40 PM – bet365 Cambridgeshire (Heritage Handicap)
A typically-competitive renewal sees a chance taken on the stand out GREEK ORDER, who arrives here seeking a hat-trick after wins at Haydock and most recently at Newbury. Harry and Roger Charlton’s charge did plenty wrong despite bolting up by more than four lengths over 1m2f at the latter venue, where he raced keenly and plenty of improvement can be expected. This son of Kingman has been raised 10lb for that success but with the second Maximilian Caesar subsequently franking the form, he could defy that burden to complete the hat-trick. Fellow last-time-out winner Dual Identity isn’t ruled out of overcoming his 8lb rise after a four-and-a-half-length win over 1m2f at Sandown, while Oviedo (second) is on slightly better terms with his last-time-out conqueror Astro King and could reverse that form.
Top Tip: GREEK ORDER (23)
Watch out for: DUAL IDENTITY (15)
5 5:15 PM – Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (GBB Race)
Better can be expected of STRUTTING, who raced greenly on debut over 1m at Sandown earlier this month and she is fancied to take big strides forward today. This daughter of Frankel cost 425,000gns so better can be expected of a filly from powerful connections and that experience won’t have been lost on her. Islanova is one of the more interesting debutants for Sir Michael Stoute, whose debutants always warrant a closer look, and the services of Ryan Moore are a major positive, while Chorus is also respected.
Top Tip: STRUTTING (18)
Watch out for: ISLANOVA (6)
6 5:50 PM – British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Jersey Lily’ Fillies’ Nursery
Wild Goddess drops in class after coming home sixth in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes last time out and, with the Charlie Appleby string in better form recently, she could go well despite top-weight. Whether she can successfully give 10lb to SHIN JIDAI is another question. The 7f maiden winner weakened to finish third over 1m at Thirsk latest and, now dropped in trip, she may have a lot more to offer. Falling For You and Miss Information are others to consider in a highly-competitive renewal.
Top Tip: SHIN JIDAI (8)
Watch out for: WILD GODDESS (1)
7 6:25 PM – Lope Y Fernandez First Foals 2023 Handicap
Three-year-olds get a 3lb age allowance here and that may tip the scales in the favour of Andrew Balding’s GLENFINNAN. Put up 6lb for a win at Ascot last time out, he was value for more than the official margin of half a length suggests and may have more improvement to come after only seven starts. Darkness is capable of a big run off this mark for a stable in among the winners recently, while Modesty could also get involved where it matters if the cheekpieces help him to keep a straighter course.
Top Tip: GLENFINNAN (5)
Watch out for: DARKNESS (4)