Titania can claim Coronation
Channel 4 commentator Simon Holt previews day four at Royal Ascot with My Titania fancied to land the Coronation.
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This has been a great month for Sea The Stars, the Guineas, Derby and Arc winner, who sired his first Classic victor when Taghrooda took the Oaks, and it could get better at Royal Ascot on Friday when MY TITANIA is fancied to take the Coronation Stakes.
The John Oxx-trained filly, held in the highest regard by her astute handler, was not quite right to run in either the English or Irish 1000 Guineas but has long been talked about as a future Group One winner.
Like most of her sire's progeny so far, My Titania should improve as a three-year-old but her form as a juvenile is none too shabby and includes an impressive maiden win from Afternoon Sunlight (now rated 102) at Leopardstown and victory in the Group 3 Park Stakes at The Curragh where she had recent Oaks runner-up Tarfasha well beaten back in third.
Classic form is represented by Lightning Thunder, runner-up to Miss France at Newmarket (Euro Charline fifth, Rizeena seventh, Sandiva ninth, Lucky Kristale 16th, Tapesty 17th) and Marvellous (unplaced since at Epsom) and ground conditions will suit her better here than on that latter occasion at The Curragh.
Ollie Stevens' charge looks sure to go close - Olivier Peslier now replaces Harry Bentley - but I am banking on the selection to be a little bit special.
In a hot race, the reappearing Kiyoshi, a smart if sometimes wayward juvenile who won at this meeting last year, French Guineas seventh J Wonder and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Radiator are all worthy of respect.
Earlier, ODEON could give another boost to the Dante Stakes form by taking the King Edward VII Stakes.
Fourth behind French Derby hero The Grey Gatsby and Derby fourth Arod at York (with the reopposing Bunker just behind him in fifth and a little disappointing), James Given's stable star is a full brother to the smart stayer Kite Wood and should relish the step up in distance from 10 to 12 furlongs.
Bunker doesn't have much to find with the selection on that form - and was a useful two-year-old last term - but there is no doubt connections would have been hoping for better that day and, while he needs to prove he has trained on, Odeon looks progressive.
Derby sixth Western Hymn will probably go off favourite but he appeared to have a hard race at Epsom where he engaged in a barging match with Fascinating Rock to the detriment of both their chances.
It could be that William Buick has been jocked off (Richard Hughes is booked to ride while the stable jockey rides Eagle Top) but, while Western Hymn should confirm earlier Newbury placings with Lingfield Derby Trial winner Snow Sky, I am not totally convinced by his attitude.
Aidan O'Brien's runner Adelaide is hard to assess and now takes a step up in class after winning a weakly contested Group 3 at The Curragh in May. He has an interesting, mixed pedigree by Galileo out of Queen Mary stakes winner Elletelle.
Finally, it could be all smiles in the Royal Box again after the Wolferton Handicap in which BOLD SNIPER, third here last year before beating Cafe Society (now 5lb worse off) over a mile and a half a month later, has leading claims after a promising reappearance behind Niceofyoutotellme at Newmarket in May since when he has been laid out for this race.