Mike Cattermole previews Newmarket's high-class action on Friday and fancies irresistible duo John Gosden and Frankie Dettori to be among the winners again.
It looks like business as usual for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden at Newmarket on Friday when the feted partnership look set for another good day, featuring King Of Comedy in the Group Two Shadwell Joel Stakes.
King Of Comedy, who rattled home behind Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace Stakes, lost nothing when fourth behind Japan in a top-class renewal of the Juddmonte International at York. Indeed, it confirmed he was still improving and there should be no issue dropping back to a mile here.
He is a bit of a character, though, so keep an eye on him in the preliminaries.
Benbatl has not been seen out since taking on the legendary Winx in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last October, going down by only two lengths. He is sure to come on for this belated comeback, over a trip shorter than ideal.
UAE Jewel looked promising in the spring, winning twice here, but needs to improve to threaten King Of Comedy who holds him on a line with Walkinthesand.
The Roger Varian-trained Daahyeh has outstanding claims in the Group Two Shadwell Rockfel Stakes under William Buick.
Winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, she was second to the smart Raffle Prize in a strong renewal of the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and second again, when trying this trip of seven furlongs for the first time, in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes behind Love with Under The Stars held in fifth.
A reproduction of either of those runs should be good enough.
The stable has two other interesting ones in Alash Orda and Sylistique but both need to make significant improvement.
Richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits, impressive on debut at Ascot, failed to build on that in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster but could be worth another chance.
Meanwhile, Dettori and Gosden might have already struck with Promissory in the Group Three Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes. I wonder if any trainer has ever had such a strong team of middle distance fillies than the Clarehaven maestro has had this year.
The daughter of Dubawi was impressive when winning her maiden at Doncaster in July but made a huge step forward when chasing home subsequent St Leger runner-up Sir Ron Priestley in the March Stakes at Goodwood in August.
Back against her own sex, she looks a worthy favourite, although Galtres Stakes third Spirit Of Appin is respected.
In the opening Tasleet British EBF Rosemary Stakes, it is interesting to note that Frankie gets off Lady Lawyer, rated 96, and a filly he knows very well, to ride stablemate She’s Got You for the first time and who is rated 4lb inferior.
Both Gosden fillies arrive here looking for the hat-trick but and presumably this move must be based on the way they have been going at home. The market has reacted accordingly.
Maqsad has the best form in the book here, having hacked up in the Pretty Polly Stakes on this course in May, but there is no doubt she has been disappointing since, albeit in the Oaks and Nassau Stakes. This is, though, a big drop in class and also a drop back in trip.
Chaleur, who has been in great form lately, might be the better option.
After two excellent runs in handicaps at Goodwood and York, she fully deserves a crack at this level. She has a great attitude and might be up to it.
1.50 CHALEUR, 2.25 PROMISSORY, 3.00 DAAHYEH, 3.35 KING OF COMEDY
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