What an impressive winner last week’s selection, Ribchester, was! Despite his intended pacemaker, Toscanini, fluffing his lines, pilot Buick was very positive, and gave the son of Iffraaj a great ride from the front. Nothing could live with him in the closing stages and he came home 3 3/4L clear of the runner up, Lightening Spear. Richard Fahey’s charge looked as if a mile and a quarter would be well within his compass but his immediate target is the eight furlong Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal Meeting. As all surfaces seem to come alike to this exceptionally talented colt the 15/8 available for the Queen Anne doesn’t look bad value.
Saturday’s market for the Temple Stakes is headed by the flying filly Quiet Reflection, and having bagged two Group1s last year, The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, and The Sprint Cup here at Haydock, she fully deserves her position. However both those top level wins were over 6f and it remains to be seen how she will cope with the drop back to five, a distance she hasn’t raced over since her win in the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot back in 2015, and that was on soft ground. Her excellent trainer, Karl Burke, is fully confident that she has the speed to cope over five furlongs, but he is worried about fast ground, which if the current forecast proves correct seems likely, so a watching brief is advised.
There are no such fears regarding the Tom Dascombe trained Son of Kyllachy, Kachy, who finished second to Quiet Reflection, beaten a length, in the Commonwealth Cup and now meets her on 5lbs better terms. He disappointed in his next three races but put up an eye catching performance on his reappearance in the 5f Palace House Stakes three weeks ago where very slow out of the stalls, he flew home to finish 4th. Three times a winner over the minimum trip he is well worth considering.
Aidan O ‘Briens Washington D.C was third, 1L and 1/2L behind Quiet Reflection and Kachy in The Commonwealth Cup, but was ahead of Tom Dascombe’s contender when finishing second in the Palace House Stakes three weeks ago and coming from this powerful yard has to be considered. However, the son of Zoffany does seem to just miss out at this level, so perhaps O’Brien has a better chance with the ex American filly, Acapulco. Previously trained by American handler, Wesley Ward, she made quite an impression when beating Easton Angel 1 1/2L on only her second racecourse appearance at Royal Ascot in 2015, and went on to put up another noteworthy performance for a two year old when finishing second to Mecca’s Angel in the 5f Group1 Nunthorpe Stakes. Having her first run for O’Brien thirteen days ago, the filly, who is in foal to Galileo, and now owned by the Coolmore operation, won a 5f listed race at the Curragh by 1/2L from Ardhoomey. A real 5f specialist she will love the forecast ground and unpenalised has to be on the shortlist.
Another who will relish the likely conditions is the Charlie Hills trained 5yo Cotai Glory. He lost his race at the start when slipping over in the Palace House Stakes, and Jamie Spencer did really well to stay in the plate but the horse’s chance was gone. However he did keep on and finished well and trainer Hills is quite bullish about his chances. He was only beaten a neck by Profitable in last years Kings Stand Stakes, (at odds of 33/1) on a least preferred soft surface, so this son of Exceed and Excell definitely has what it takes to win at this level, and given fast ground at the weekend could easily find himself in the winners enclosure.
Selection : Cotai Glory
E.W. : Acapulco