Time to take 'adram

  • By: The Insider
  • Last Updated: June 10 2014, 17:59 BST

The Insider adds to the Royal Ascot ante-post portfolio with an each-way selection in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Mukhadram could shake up Treve at Royal Ascot
Mukhadram could shake up Treve at Royal Ascot

British racing fans will have the chance to see Treve in action at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes which is excellent news for all concerned.

It’s a measure of the regard in which this filly was held that there was such a sense of disappointment that she lost her unbeaten record on her seasonal reappearance at odds of 30/100 but a short-neck defeat to a six-time Group One winner in Cirrus Des Aigles is hardly the sign of terminal decline.

Undoubtedly, she didn’t appear to be at her brilliant best that day but she was a shade keen and ceding race-fitness to a top-class rival.

Treve is already odds-on for Wednesday’s Group One and, even in these most competitive times for ante-post markets, will surely only be shorter come post time.

It would do this old heart good to see her win the race and win well. Superstars are good for racing and having a smiling, cheerful Frankie Dettori in the limelight is never a bad thing as his name still transcends the racing pages.

However, this will be her first start outside France on ground that is more than likely to be the fastest that she has ever encountered while Ascot is not the easiest course on which to deploy hold-up tactics.

She may well be ridden closer to the pace and may well take everything in her stride en-route to claiming a fourth Group One success in just seven career starts but there must be a modicum of doubt and her presence does mean that all bar Magician can be backed at double figure prices, including last year’s second and third.

The Fugue may reportedly miss the race in favour of a tilt at the Pretty Polly Stakes although connections will, understandably, leave the decision until late in the day.

Despite placing in last year’s renewal and in the Ribblesdale, I’m not convinced that the track plays to her strengths as they can get away from her in the straight.

She does go well fresh and is unlikely to be too far away if taking her chance, while stablemate Remote – who has missed a couple of opportunities for a pipe-opener due to the weather – would be a fascinating runner with the promise of so much more to come but, at only a couple of points shorter, I prefer the claims of MUKHADRAM.

Beaten a neck by Al Kazeem 12 months ago, there were sparkling reports from his latest gallop ahead of his bid to go one better.

It would be stretching a point to suggest that he can beat Treve if she brings her A-game as she has looked exceptional but there are legitimate doubts about that, despite the positive vibes, while second-favourite Magician ran like a drain in the St James’s Palace Stakes last year and I’m far from convinced that he deserves to be half the price of William Haggas’s entire.

We know that the conditions of this race suit Mukhadram down to the ground and that he’s a tough nut to crack. He may even have more still in the locker after just 11 starts and his positive tactics are ideally suited to racing on the round course.

This is a race that could cut up quite quickly – a line can be put through a number of the runners already – and, for my money, there is enough juice in the double-figure prices to back him each-way against the favourite.