16:20 Royal Ascot Wed 21 June 2017
Recorded his second Group 1 at the Curragh last time out in softer ground than would have been ideal but that race probably not the strongest field for a Group 1. Will find this tougher but solid each-way claims nonetheless and he's a straightforward type who usually gives his running.
Has enjoyed a remarkable couple of years and gone from strength to strength since winning the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington in 2015. Has recorded four more wins at the highest level since, including the King George here, Hong Kong Vase, Breeders' Cup Turf towards the end of last season and the Coronation Cup at Epsom last time. Hasn't put back-to-back wins together for some time and possibly better over 1m4f but no doubt he has the speed for this test and he's well suited to this track. The one to beat.
Probably a career best at Meydan last time when winning the Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night and had Highland Reel in behind that day but that course didn't play to that rival's strengths and he'll do well to confirm the form around here. May also want a little cut in the ground to be seen to his best but has the beating of most of these on form so should be capable of running into a place.
High-class juvenile who won a Group 1 contest at Saint-Cloud but only been seen out three times since and well beaten at the Curragh last month. Any rain would be in his favour but none forecast and Moore prefers the claims of Highland Reel.
Won a Group 1 at Chantilly last time out but a couple of his rivals under-performed that day and this looks a deeper contest again. Less exposed than most of these but needs a career best to figure.
Group 3 winner on these shores before being sent down under for a crack at the Caulfield Cup. Ran well in that contest, finishing second of 20 but no match for the winner and this is easily his toughest test to date. Buick prefers Jack Hobbs.
Winner of a Group 3 at the Goodwood Festival last year and showed he could be an even better prospect this campaign with an impressive win in a Group 3 at Sandown in April on comeback. Given time to recover from that effort but has to have improved a lot if he is to challenge in this contest. Well suited by a strong pace and he should at least get that here but likely to find a few too good.
Running well in Group 1 races on these shores last season before running out a superb winner of the Breeder's Cup Fillies and Mares race at the end of last season, benefiting from a fine Dettori ride. Likes to be played as late as possible and ideally suited to coming off a strong pace. Ought to get that here and comeback run at York probably best dismissed. Each-way player.
Last Year's Winner
Jack Hobbs (2/1), Highland Reel (9/4), Ulysses (9/2), Mekhtaal (17/2), Decorated Knight (10/1), Queen's Trust (16/1), Scottish (20/1), Nezwaah (25/1), Johannes Vermeer (50/1)
- Highland Reel
- Queen's Trust
- Jack Hobbs
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