Ascot, Saturday July 25th
Minzaal, this attractive colt by Mehmas looked ready to strut his stuff. Held up out the back he was travelling well, but had nowhere to go and was still on the bridle approaching the 2f marker. Once switched with a furlong to go it took a while for him to find his stride and he finished well in fourth place.
Mohawk King, looking at this sizeable colt I thought he looked fine/well and he maintained Richard Hannon’s fine record in this contest. Out the back he came with a strong run, but cut across Inveigle to run on to win by a head. This colt is still a work in progress.
The sizeable Churchill Bay looked in good nick and he stepped up on his debut run to run a cracker in second. This colt by The Last Lion looks to be progressing with each outing.
The once raced Mayaas looked fine and considering he made his debut on soft ground he looked to appreciate this better surface.
A good set of juveniles assembled for this race and I thought the winner Zabeel Queen was in need of the run. Well placed from the off she seemed to travel well, but was green when initially asked. Once switched to the rails this daughter of Frankel found her stride which brought her right through to victory. I am sure there is more to come from her.
The grey Snow Lantern, who is out of the 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern, looked fairly straight for her first start and I thought this was a decent first appearance. Out the back she took a while to understand what was needed, but once she found her stride she finished with some purpose.
Isle Of May, this compact daughter of Kodiac looked in tip top shape having had a previous run. Her jockey dictated matters from the front, but she had no answer to the two fillies that finished in front of her.
State Occasion was the fittest member of the field. There was quite a lot of daylight beneath her given how tall she was.
This Listed event looked pretty strong on paper and after paddock inspection this looked a pretty competitive renewal.
Chindit, this colt by Wootton Bassett who made a winning debut 20 days ago stepped forward to take this Listed event. He possesses plenty of size and scope and filled the eye paddock side.
As the race got underway he settled well near the back and he made smooth headway through the field. His jockey gave him one tap and he comfortably won without breaking sweat. I think the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster would be an ideal target.
Cobh, this colt by Kodi Bear looked on the leg and he showed a real good attitude throughout the contest. Even though he had no answer to the winner’s turn of foot I like the way he ran on strongly through the line.
Naval Crown, having seen this fella 15 days ago he has made all the right improvements and looked the part in the paddock. A touch keen from the start he came to make his challenge, but changed his legs and rolled to his right when he got tired inside the closing stages.
Saint Lawrence who has got plenty of experience looked grand beforehand and ran a respectable race in fourth.
Bowland Park looked slightly outclassed here and possibly a drop back in grade will suit him.
Blue Mist, this gelding has been called a few names of late having looked reluctant in the finish. Being reunited with Ryan Moore who clearly gets the best out of him having won on him twice before. Travelling strongly in mid field he went through a gap and was switched to the rails and was sent about his business with two furlongs to go. I think the key to this success is clearly to make this geldings mind up for him.
Cliffs Of Capri, this consistent 3yo looked in great order and produced a sound performance.
Cardsharp who performs well in these big handicaps ran an honest race in third.
Chiefofchiefs who was held up out the back made steady headway, but was never going to get to the leaders.
The bottom weight Eshaasy got a touch warm in the preliminaries, but I felt he was out of his ground when starting his run.
Tsar, I thought this 3yo colt looked in terrific order and I like the way he stamped his authority to win this with a fair bit in hand.
Dance Fever had improved from his last run and looked well. The way he finished in second place suggested a victory is just around the corner.
The Queen’s Evening Sun looked tremendous and was glowing with health, but I just felt he was slightly out of his ground when the pace quickened and he may have finished one place closer.
Johan looked in good nick and I thought he ran well considering he may have found it hard to concede the weight to slightly better rivals.
Enable has made history by winning this prestigious race for the third time and only a handful of fillies have taken this Group 1 event. They are Park Top, Dahlia, Pawneese and Danedream.
Looking at John Gosdon’s super mare I thought she had come on considerably for her debut in the Eclipse and in truth she had a straight forward task. The race was run at a strong pace and she recorded a decent time. All roads lead to York and then she heads off to try and regain the Arc.
Sovereign is a strong looking type and he set out to make all the running. You could see he was under pressure coming around the final bend and he was easily brushed aside.
Japan had taken a good step forward and was bursting with health, but his overall performance lacked sparkle.
Ascot, Sunday July 26th
Tenbury Wells, having viewed the eight runners I thought this fella was the standout paddock side and he duly won in a tight finish. Drawn on the wide outside his jockey elected to tuck him in at the back. He was a little awkward going around the final bend for a stride or two, but once straightened for home this long striding colt devoured the ground to get up by a neck. I think a stronger pace would definitely be to his liking and I do not think we have reached the ceiling of this fella just yet.
Molinari who is a big lengthy type looked fine and led the field at a decent pace. To his credit he responded to pressure and was only caught in the shadows of the post.
I was not taken by Lady Sansa because she is leggy and light, but it didn’t stop her from running a sound race in third.
I did not like Bright Eyed Eagle who has no scope and is small in stature.
Lady Bowthorpe recorded the biggest win of her career. This daughter of Nathanial looked fine beforehand, but she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels inside the final furlong. The way she bossed this race I see no reason why another Group race cannot go her way if she remains in this sort of form.
Farzeen stepped up to run a personal best in second. For a 4yo there is very little mileage on the clock and she could find further improvement.
Look Around, this well-made daughter of Kingman looked grand and I couldn’t fault the way she ran. She had every chance with a furlong to go, but was beaten by two superior rivals.
Miss O’Connor, I thought this filly looked very fit for her first start of the season, but you could see she found the ground way too quick for her to put her best foot forward.
Shimmering who was only having her fourth ever run looked in rude health, but her wide draw did not help her cause and when she came across she was tucked just behind the leader. In the end her final effort petered out. I think she will gain a lot from this experience and I wouldn’t discount her just yet.
Santosha recorded the biggest win of her trainer’s career. She turned up here looking fit and well and produced a smashing performance. Travelling in mid field she came through strongly and drifted to her left, but had enough left in the tank to hold on. I suspect the Lowther will be next on her agenda.
Hala Hala Hala looked much better than when I saw her previously and she stepped up to run a cracker in second. I see no reason why she cannot go forward after this.
Caroline Dale who is a tall leggy filly looked very fit and was a little too keen in the early stages, but to her credit she did well to finish third to seal a first and third for the winning trainer.
The best looking filly by a mile was More Beautiful. This daughter of War Front possesses plenty of physical scope, but for the second time in a row she misfired. I suspect there must be something wrong with her because she went out like a light.
Star performance of the meeting:
TSAR, it looks as if John Gosden may have a potential Group horse on his hands in the shape of this Kingman colt. I love the way he came with a strong run off the pace and after receiving one tap he stamped his authority to win going away.
Horse to note of the meeting:
RENAISSANCE ROSE, I thought this daughter of Shamardal looked the quality member in a decent field. She travelled like the winner in to the race, but just got tired in the closing stages. I am sure she will take a massive step forward and she should be winning pretty soon.