Thursday July 9th
After paddock inspection most of these fillies looked an average bunch.
She’s So Nice, this once raced juvenile used her experience to great effect because she was quick out of the stalls and grabbed the rail to win unchallenged.
Isle Of May, this daughter of Kodiac looked leggy in appearance, but was fit and well. Placed in mid field she made good headway to run on once hitting the rising ground.
The leggy Teodolina looked fine for her first start and I thought she shaped with a fair bit of promise.
The filly I liked paddock side was Miss Jingles who is related to Silent Bullet and looked the part, but didn’t cut much ice.
Roger Teal’s Bear Force One looked fit and got warm which didn’t stop him from bouncing back to his best with the first time cheekpieces. I am not sure he will get the same solo up front as he was allowed to on this occasion.
The medium sized Modern Millie who looked fine beforehand stepped up to run a much better race on her second start.
Ginger Fox turned up here in good nick and ran well considering he is better on the All-Weather.
Almufti looked ok, but you could see he was struggling on the soft ground with two furlongs to run.
Maydanny who looked the part in the paddock was unable to put his best foot forward. I think you can put a line through this because it may have been down to the ground.
Al Suhail bounced back to his best by destroying his field with a dominant display. His trainer was trying to keep him as calm as possible and he was taken steadily to post. In the race itself he was a touch keen in the early stages, but once in a rhythm he made smooth headway to show his rivals a clean pair of heels. This would have done his confidence the world of good and hopefully he can step up to Group Company after this.
Mystery Power did not take the eye and was shouting as he walked around the parade ring. A little headstrong once leaving the stalls he was held up in last place and even though he came through he was no match for the winner.
Magical Morning, this sizeable colt looked the part, but you could see the moment the race was underway he hated every step on the soft ground.
Lord Campari stood out in terms of quality, but this Kingman colt ruined his chances by pulling to post and as soon as the stalls opened he proceeded to over race and ran himself in to the ground. He is worth another chance given the good impression he created at Newbury.
Al Aasy, this colt by Sea The Stars looked in terrific order and produced a classy performance. Travelling comfortably out the back he moved through powerfully and sealed the race in a matter of strides. Connections consider him to be a St Leger type and the last horse to complete the double was Masked Marvel in 2011. He now heads off to the Great Voltigeur at York next month.
The favourite Dawn Rising got very warm in the preliminaries and was sweating badly at the start. He led the field at a reasonable pace, but had no answer once the winner swept past him.
Al Dabaran did not take the eye paddock side and he ran a respectable race. The well-made Miss Yoda looked fit and well, but she was unable to get the trip given that she was a little headstrong at the beginning.
This was a cracking renewal with ten winners lining up for this event.
Tactical looked well, but I was slightly concerned about the softening ground. Andrew Balding’s 2yo coped with the underfoot conditions to win going away. He has proven he is versatile regarding ground and he now heads to the Prix Morny at Deauville next month.
Yazaman turned up here looking in good order, but he still ended up with the runner up spot behind the Queen’s representative. The Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood could be next on his agenda.
The stocky Escape Route looked fine beforehand and lost his unbeaten record, but this was a huge step forward on his previous victory.
Qaader who started off favourite was glowing with health, but you could see from a long way out that he kept on changing his legs which illustrated he clearly hated the ground.
The Kingman colt Swiss Ace looked well, but is not the biggest and probably found the ground too testing for him on this occasion.
Friday July 10th
Magical Land, this colt by Frankel who has run well on debut looked the best juvenile in the field. As the stalls opened it took him a while to warm to his task and he had to be pushed along. Once approaching the two furlong marker he made significant headway, but was unable to challenge the winner. I thought he shaped like the best horse in the contest.
Youth Spirit is not very big, but he used his fitness to great advantage and his jockey struck for home with well over a furlong to go.
Naval Crown looked as if the run would do him good and it was not until he was approaching the line that he lost out on second spot.
Overall I do not think this race was up to its usual standard.
There was a bunch finish to this Group 2 and I am not sure how strong this form will turn out to be.
Fev Rover, this once raced juvenile still has plenty of growing to do, but she turned up here looking fit and eager to get on with things. Held up out the back she was being ridden with three furlongs to go, but once hitting the rising ground she came with a strong challenge only to be switched very late on and went down by a head. I think without that slight switch in direction she would have won.
Dandalla who is strongly made looked in tip top order, but she made hard work of it and I thought she was almost out on her legs approaching the line.
Santosha who is a close coupled type looked fine/well and took a massive step up from her debut win a fortnight ago.
The petite Time Scale ran a creditable race in fourth.
The slight disappointment was Hala Hala Hala.
Man Of The Night, last year this fella showed a lot of promise after his debut win and has struggled ever since. This afternoon he made a step in the right direction. Travelling strongly out the back he was short of room just outside the furlong marker and had to be switched to his left. It possibly did not cost him victory, but it sure did not help his cause. Hopefully he can build on this.
The sizeable Zabeel Champion took the paddock honours and he appreciated hitting the rising ground because he kept on rolling all the way to the line.
The medium sized HMS President looked well, but got warm at the start. Even though he was a little headstrong I thought this was a sound effort.
The favourite Kipps was fitted with first time blinkers, but I was not taken by his appearance and his final effort lacked conviction. I would say I am not sure about this colt going forward.
Nazeef completed her sixth victory of her career and even though the race was not run to suit this daughter of Invincible Spirit found her way to come out on top. I think the ideal race for her could be the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
Billesdon Brook bounced back from a poor performance last time to run with credit in second.
Terebellum looked tremendous in the paddock, but making the running at a steady pace clearly did not see her at her best.
One Master looked fine/well, but she is at her best over slightly shorter distances.
Saturday July 11th
Nash Nasha, this daughter of Dubawi was made favourite for her debut and even though she was the nicest member of the field I thought she was in need of the run. Well placed she came to challenge with two furlongs to go, but had to be pushed in to the bridle. I am sure she will take a massive step forward from this.
Wedding Dance used her fitness to great advantage and grabbed the stand side rail. She quickened up impressively, but lacks scope for improvement.
Danilova whose physique looked a little immature shaped well on her first careers start.
Stunning Beauty, this half-sister to several winners did not catch the eye in the paddock, however she made a big impression on the way back. Travelling well against the rails she was pulled out to quicken impressively going away. The trainer has some lofty plans for her because he is hoping she can make a Group 1 filly by the end of the season.
Declaring Love, this once raced grey did not look much paddock side, but showed a fair amount of ability and should be able to break her maiden. The sizeable Polar Appeal looked just ready to start and I thought given his appearance this was an eye catching debut.
Clinician looked the pick of the field, but I thought this daughter of Kingman showed signs of greenness throughout the contest.
I thought this was the best 2yo contest of the week and I was mighty impressed by Master Of The Seas. After making a winning debut on the Rowley Mile this sizeable colt stepped up to take this Group 2 event. Considering he had to make his challenge on the wide outside which had proven to be hard all week I thought this was a commanding performance.
Devious Company, even though this colt by Fast Company lost his unbeaten record I thought he came out with plenty of credit. He hit the front with well over two furlongs to go and even though he found for pressure he could never match the winner’s turn of foot.
Seventh Kingdom, this colt by Frankel is very small and will not make a 3yo so I am sure his connections will crack on with him this year.
Oxted, this was a magnificent performance by Roger Teal’s 4yo in recording the biggest win of his trainer’s career. He looked well and was prominent from the moment the stalls opened. Once he hit the rising ground he found extra to hit the line strong. I am taking nothing away from the winner, but I just wonder how strong a Group 1 contest this actually was.
Sceptical looked very fit and moved with purpose to the two furlong marker. Even though he ran on he never had the pace of the winner.
Golden Horde looked in wonderful condition and was a little headstrong to start with. I thought he lost nothing in defeat, but his overall profile is not one of an outstanding sprinter.
Khaadem got warm beforehand and I thought he ran as if he would be better at five furlongs where he could just go from the start.
Hello Youmzain looked terrific in the paddock, but was unable to back up his previous performance.
Brandowho missed the start was able to run in to sixth which just gives me the feeling that this was not a top class renewal.
Threat looked the part, but is starting to look like a horse without a trip. I would probably give him one more chance at seven furlongs, but I get the feeling the excuses are starting to run out.
STAR PERFORMANCES OF THE JULY FESTIVAL:
ENBIHAAR, last season was very productive for this mare winning four races and the way she performed in the Princess Of Wales Stakes suggests other victories will come her way especially on her beloved fast ground.
MASTER OF THE SEAS, I thought this was a top-class performance from this sizeable colt. He possesses a high cruising speed and a telling turn of foot. The trainer has suggested that he goes for the National Stakes in Ireland.
HORSE TO FOLLOW FROM THE JULY FESTIVAL:
PIRANESI, this good bodied gelding who is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Rivet made a pleasing debut in the bet365 Novice Stakes. He showed signs of greenness and it was not until inside the final furlong that the message finally got through. I am sure he will take a major step forward from this initial outing.