Treve to light up Ascot
Andy Charles' horse-by-horse guide to the runners in Wednesday's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trainer: Roger Varian. Jockey: Dane O’Neill.
Ran well in the Tercentenary Stakes at the Royal meeting last year but has regularly been found out at levels lower than this and is in as a pacemaker for Mukhadram. Rating: 0/10.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Jockey: Joseph O’Brien.
Beat The Fugue at Santa Anita late last season with an sensational finishing burst, but wouldn’t have done so at this trip and he might be better off over a couple furlongs more. Will be coming home strongly, but possibly too late. Rating: 7/10.
Trainer: William Haggas. Jockey: Paul Hanagan.
Second to Al Kazeem in this race last year, possibly having the finish run out of him a little too early by today’s jockey, and finished second in the Dubai World Cup before being freshened up for a summer campaign. Usually runs very well fresh and has to be a leading contender. Rating: 9/10.
Trainer: Jim Bolger. Jockey: Kevin Manning.
Ran a fine race when second to Magician in the Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh last time but is four pounds worse off for that defeat and faces a tough ask If there is to be a shock in the frame, he will be it. Rating: 4/10.
Trainer: Gay Kelleway. Jockey: Pat Cosgrave.
South African form is some way off what is needed for this kind of race, and although he ran a couple of nice races in Dubai before coming to Britain, is way out of his depth here. Worth a ‘shot’ at sixth place money though. Rating: 1/10.
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute. Jockey: Ryan Moore.
Globe-trotting filly with plenty of class and a dual Grade 1 winner in the States last summer before being smashed to pieces by Just A Way in the Dubai Duty Free in March. This will be her first run since and she has a bit to find with the best of the boys but sure to run well on ground that will suit her well. Rating: 8/10.
Trainer: John Gosden. Jockey: William Buick.
Way behind Dank in Dubai and third behind Mukhadram in this race last year, but she was given a lot too much to do in that race and could improve a little bit on that. The bad run in Dubai leaves enough questions to answer though. Rating: 5/10.
Trainer: Criquette Head-Maarek. Jockey: Frankie Dettori.
Sensational winner of the Arc de Triomphe in October and although beaten on her return, that first career defeat was on horrible ground against one of the world’s best horses, Cirrus Des Aigles. The better ground should suit and Dettori will come late to take another Group 1 victory – maybe even a flying dismount if his injured foot is fully recovered. Rating: 10/10.
Depending on Tuesday’s results, especially those concerning strong favourites Toronado and Kingman, bookmakers could be running scared before TREVE goes to post as odds-on favourite for this race. While we’d love to find you a big price winner, the Arc heroine is a class above the rest of this field and is taken to cut down Mukhadram and win well. Dank and Magician best of the rest, with the latter staying on too late to get involved.