Royal Ascot 2017 - Day 5
The Aidan O’Brien trained September goes into this race as the warm favourite. Churchill triumphed in this race last year and with O’Brien sending a filly this year, it means she must be well thought of at Ballydoyle. She is the yard’s only 2 year-old debut winner so far this season.
The Queen has Learn By Heart in this race, she was third on debut at Haydock Park but there could be more to come. Her dam, Memory, won the Albany in 2010 on her second career start.
Khairaat, winner in three of his four starts, won well last time out at Chester and looks the one to beat here.
Elbereth has been running well in much better company than this and was last seen finishing fourth in the Coronation Cup at Epsom behind Highland Reel. That followed on from another good run when second to Somehow in a Group 2 at Newmarket.
The Queen’s Dartmouth has had this race as his main target for the season. He won this race last season beating Highland Reel by a head. His preparation for this has gone well with him winning the Yorkshire Cup last time out.
Aidan O Brien runs Idaho who was last seen finishing 7th in the Coronation Cup at Epsom. He looks set to improve on that outing. Given he won the Great Voltigeur at York last season as well as placing in both the English Derby and the Irish equivalent, it suggests he is a classy horse who has more to give.
Limato has his favoured ground conditions and should prove hard to beat. He sets the standard with Group One wins last season in the Prix de la Foret over 7f and the July Cup over 6f.
Tasleet and Magical Memory re-oppose after their 1-2 in the Duke Of York Stakes in May. This race is often a useful pointer for the Diamond Jubilee and both should run well.
This six-furlong handicap is one of the most competitive sprints of the season. Andrea Atzeni rides Normandy Barriere who won by three-quarters of a length over the same course and distance last month.
G Force is a former Group 1 winner and was 4th in the Ayr Gold Cup last Autumn. He had his first run since being gelded when down the field at the Curragh in May but if he returns to his former self he could run well in handicap company.
Thomas Hobson looks for his second victory at Royal Ascot this week after winning extremely easily in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday.
The entry of US Army Ranger seems an odd one, he is unproven over this distance and has to prove his stamina. Nevertheless, he still poses a threat and proved his class by finishing second in last year’s Derby.
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