My Stable pointers: Monday
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There was a smart card at Naas on Monday and connections have grand plans for Kool Kompany, Beach Belle and Due Diligence following their Listed victories while the two colts could be joined at Royal Ascot by the beaten War Envoy with Aidan O'Brien blaming himself for the defeat.
John Oxx is likely to take things more slowly with Hazaraba following his victory in the opening maiden while fourth home Antique Platinum should add to Dermot Weld's growing tally of winners in the coming weeks after an encouraging start to her career.
A typically well-bred filly off the Moyglare Stud production line, the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was pitched into what look a strong maiden on paper, but there was a lot to like about her performance in finishing fourth behind more experienced rivals.
The winner, the runner-up and the third had all shown ability in being placed before and with this run under her belt, Antique Platinum is likely to be difficult to beat in a similar event next time.
Talking of maiden winners, there should be more to come from the well-backed Polybius who fairly dotted up at Windsor from a decent, albeit keen, yardstick in Bold Spirit (fourth home Maymyo stepped up significantly from his debut and could be one to note in low grade handicaps after another outing) while Effusive overcame his inexperience to win a shade cosily at Carlisle in a race where Richard Fahey's Heaven's Secret caught the eye in fourth.
The season hasn't exactly gone to plan for Montiridge but Richard Hannon's colt is well worth considering when stepped back up in trip.
On the face of it a 22 length defeat in the Lockinge and a 10th place finish in this evening's Listed contest at Windsor are pretty poor returns for a colt that was deemed to be up to Group One class but both runs can be excused.
It was somewhat surprising to see Richard Hughes jump him out in front at Newbury (perhaps the lack of a front-runner prompted the decision and the tactics have been deployed successfully in the past) given that the son of Ramonti is ridden patiently more often than not.
Regardless of the whys and wherefores, the decision backfired as did his first attempt at sprinting as he was never able to go the pace from the moment the stalls opened.
Montiridge did, however, keep on well enough to suggest that the ability remains intact and, although he has a long way to go to prove that he can hold his own at the top table, he can get his head in front again once granted a more suitable test at a more suitable level.