Take Slade to Power to victory
Man On The Spot provides a guide to all 10 races being shown live on Channel 4 Racing this Saturday afternoon.
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Bronze Angel ran another credible race in the Buckingham Palace Stakes but he invariably looks vulnerable in a finish and we'll take ALFRED HUTCHINSON to post a surprise. Geoff Oldroyd's six-year-old does not have the greatest of strike rates on Turf but he takes his chance off a much lower mark than on artificial surfaces and he was far from disgraced in a Listed contest over course and distance in May. Richard Fahey is sure to have his runners primed for the Knavesmire so Dusky Queen makes plenty of appeal with Ryan Moore aboard. Spring Mile winner, Brae Hill has a very high draw to overcome while Awake My Soul returns from Italy and takes a massive drop in distance. The well-named Trail Blaze can get competitive at an early juncture and has obvious chances of making the frame whilst Navajo Chief reserves his best for this track and Tim Jarvis's seven-year-old is capable of giving another solid account.
Masamah won last year's inaugural running off a lower mark when beating Racy and Zero Money. He should go well again but found DEMORA too good at Musselburgh last month. That was the latter's first run of the year so he gets the nod with further progress expected. A Listed winner last year, Morawij could also figure and makes more appeal than the progressive Intrinsic, raised a further 6lb for landing a hat-trick when successful at Goodwood. Robot Boy is another enjoying a winning streak but he has a 9lb hike to contend with and Lancelot Du Lac is better over 6f. B Fifty Two, Milly's Gift and Sandfrankskipsgo all won lower grade sprints last time while Top Boy was engaged to run at York yesterday.
A tricky start to a fine card with a handful of last-time winners including Roachdale House, who returned to form at Chester though all three victories have come with some give in the ground. Token Of Love is up 6lb for landing a class 4 handicap here last month but is progressing nicely as is Lesha, who has won twice at that level this season. You're Fired stayed on powerfully to land a 7f Haydock handicap and should do even better over this trip but Doctor Sardonicus makes his handicap debut in a very tough event. Safety Check has returned from Dubai where he competed at a very high level and all three of his career victories have come on this track. Crystal Lake's bid for a four-timer came to an end here in May and the assessor could have got to him so the vote goes to MUTAWATHEA. Richard Hannon's colt landed a Polytrack maiden on his reappearance and had a three-month break before returning with an eye-catching run at Sandown where he stayed on strongly over that stiff 7f to snatch second place.
Shwaiman performed with plenty of credit on his last visit to York but the handicapper's decision to raise him 7lb in the weights appears harsh and we reluctantly look elsewhere. A progressive sort has traditionally won this race and AL SAHAM fits the bill. Saeed Bin Suroor's five-year-old won his first two starts of the season in determined fashion, and if the rain stays away, he has to have every chance of continuing on an upward curve. Waila was a little disappointing at Pontefract on her latest start but there was a cogent excuse as the contest was staged at a muddling pace. Great Hall has a first run for John Quinn having left Brian Meehan and the market is accordingly watched. Min Alemarat gets plenty of weight as a three-year-old, and the value of his recent victory at Haydock was given a boost when the second obliged at Catterick earlier in the week.
TULLIUS won a similar contest by over three lengths at Sandown in April. A couple of good efforts in Group 1 company have followed and he's taken to land this confirming latest running in the Queen Anne at Ascot with Producer and Mull Of Killough in the process. The latter and Guest Of Honour filled the placed in last year's renewal with Trumpet Major well beaten but Long John may prove a bigger threat. He won a Group 3 at Meydan in March and returns from a lay-off while Graphic finished ahead of Highland Knight at Epsom before winning in France last week and should also go well. Empire Storm, The Rectifier and Zambucca look up against it on today's terms.
Aidan O'Brien won this in 2005 with Horatio Nelson and will be hopeful that GLENEAGLES can follow suit. A son of Galileo out of a Cherry Hinton winner, he confirmed the good impression he made on his debut to land a Curragh maiden in impressive fashion and there looks much more to come. He's handed the vote over Lieutenant Kaffee, who has looked very smart in both races to date, especially when outpointing the well-regarded Diaz at Haydock. The runner-up is trained by Mark Johnston, whose Mister Universe made all over 6f at York, giving notice that there's more in the locker. Estidhkaar landed what looked a strong Newbury maiden while Archie justified strong support to make a winning debut at Haydock and his dam has now produced winners with her first three foals.
There's no disputing Peter Niven's confidence behind Clever Cookie and having dead-heated in a Listed race on the Knavesmire, he cannot be ruled out despite returning to handicaps off a 19lb higher mark than that which he had earlier obliged off over the track and trip. Farraaj would have been a confident selection had he not been handed a draw of 22 so we prefer the claims of BOLD SNIPER. Sir Michael Stoute's gelding wasn't far away in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot and the form of that race appears particularly strong. Chancery is sure to have his supporters having scored here last month, while Tres Coronas (third) and Educate (tenth) attempt to improve upon last year's positions. Tarikhi ran respectably on his reappearance and having finished second in the 2013 Britannia Stakes, he can make his experience of racing in big handicaps count. Salutation would be interesting if getting into the race as he put up a career best when second in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
It won't come as a surprise that only one favourite has won in ten years and just two have been returned in single figures. Field Of Dream won this last year and is now 9lb higher after his victory in the Royal Hunt Cup. He loves these big field handicaps and has to be on the shortlist. HORSTED KEYNES has been a strong fancy for this ever since his run behind Louis The Pious in the Buckingham Palace Stakes. He was given plenty to do by Jamie Spencer that day and finished with a flourish so a 6lb pull with the winner should enable him to turn the tables and land this nice prize under Jim Crowley. The winner is trained by David O'Meara, who also has the Spencer-ridden Best Of Order entered and the seven-year-old entire will be suited by any give in the ground. The main danger may arrive in the shape of Ayaar and Frankie Dettori, who didn't get the run of the race in the Hunt Cup and were only beaten 3l. Abseil, another to have run at Ascot, showed very good pace and was only run out of it in the closing stages so the shorter trip could be just what's required. Redvers could provide each-way backers with a profit as he loves these races and is just 2lb higher than when landing a tough handicap over the trip at Ascot in September.
Monsieur Joe has been a credit to his connections and he should be capable of running another big race on the Knavesmire but KINGSGATE NATIVE can roll back the years here. The nine-year-old has shown unbelievable levels of constitution to hold his form for so long and having gone down to honourable defeat in three Group contests this term, he can take advantage of this significant drop in grade. Eton Rifles and Mirza are capable performers though both would be suited by plenty of rain arriving ahead of the meeting. That comments equally applies to Meccas Angel, who confirmed that she'd trained on with a fair performance in Listed company at Maisons-Lafitte. York Glory has been below par this term although the former course and distance winner isn't one to rule out if the market speaks positively. G Force is a colt of considerable potential and this appears to be a watershed moment for David O'Meara's three-year-old.
Three-year-olds have only won two of the last ten renewals but are well represented by a trio of Ballydoyle entries and a classy contender from Spain in Noozhoh Canarias, who led a brilliant 2000 Guineas field for a long way before tiring in the closing stages. Due Diligence did most things right in the Diamond Jubilee but couldn't quite contain SLADE POWER. He is probably the pick of the Aidan O'Brien contingent but the winner has confirmed his status at the highest level and that victory just shades that of his stablemate Sole Power's success in the King's Stand Stakes. Aljamaaheer, who was a close third in the Diamond Jubilee, showed his versatility that day as his last success came in Ascot's Summer Mile in September. We've seen enough of Wesley Ward's sprinters to know that Undrafted wouldn't be without a chance though he's only a Grade 3 performer in the USA and though Cougar Mountain has a massive task after just one run in a maiden there are plenty at Ballydoyle who believe he's a Group 1 winner waiting to happen.