Saturday 23rd of March 2019
Racing

Royal Ascot 2017 Preview – Day 5

The final day of the five-day Royal meeting could see The Queen have her 24th Royal Ascot winner when her Dartmouth (Dubawi) defends his Hardwicke Stakes (Gr 2) crown, writes Clive Webb-Carter. 

Highland Reel ridden by Ryan Moore © Andy Watts / Racingfotos.com

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained horse just got the better of Highland Reel 12 months ago to win by a neck. Dartmouth, who is one of the most consistent older horses in training put up a smart performance to win the Yorkshire Cup (Gr 2) last time out so looks to be in fine form.

Dartmouth’s biggest threat will come from Godolphin’s pair of Frontiersman (Dubawi), who has proved to be highly progressive this year having won a competitive handicap followed by a good second in the Coronation Cup (Gr 1). By the top-class sire Dubawi and a half-brother to the Derby (Gr 1) winner Australia and out of the Champion Ouija Board, Frontiersman looks a horse fast on the upgrade.

Godolphin’s trainer Charlie Appleby could also run Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy). Winner of the Eclipse Stakes (Gr 1) last year, Hawkbill was stepped up to 12 furlongs this year which saw him win the Aston Park Stakes (Gr 3), which was followed by a good third behind both Highland Reel and Frontiersman in the Coronation Cup. There has to be a debate whether he really stays 12 furlongs at the highest level.

Although Aidan O’Brien is not running Highland Reel this year, he looks to run his younger own-brother Idaho (Galileo). Sixth in the Coronation Cup last time out Idaho won the Great Voltigeur Stakes (Gr 2) last August and could be an each way chance. Another to have run in the Coronation Cup was the John Gosden-trained Journey (Dubawi). This daugther of Dubawi, was a progressive filly last year which saw her conclude the year with a win in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Gr 1) over Ascot’s 12 furlongs.

The final Group 1 of the week is the 6f Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Gr 1). This looks another hotly contested event. The likely favourite is the Henry Candy-trained Limarto (Tagula), winner of both the July Cup (Gr 1) and the Qatar Prix de la Foret (Gr 1) in 2016. Back over his preferred six furlongs he should go very close.

Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds’s sprinter Magical Memory (Zebedee) proved to be a consistent performer last year which saw him win the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (Gr 2) last season. Second in the same race this year, the Charlie Hills-trained Magical Memory will have come on for the run and the faster going will suit him better.  

Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Tasleet (Showcasing) finished in front of Magical Memory in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes will be looking to build on his promising career as a sprinter. Although best with a cut in the going, Tasleet certainly looks a progressive sprinter.

The Kevin Ryan-trained five-year-old Brando (Pivotal) who is capable of a top win, won the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes (Gr 3) during the Craven meeting before disappointing in the Duke of York Stakes. If back to form he could run a big race.

The French raider, The Right Man (Lope de Vega) is another who should not be discarded. The Right Man was impressive when winning the Al Quoz Sprint (Gr 1) last time out during the Dubawi World Cup meeting.

Clive Webb-Carter Bloodstock Services

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www.wcbloodstock.co.uk

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