Two three-year-old stayers caught my eye last week and look horses to watch out for in the future - on both the flat and potentially over jumps – and are worth adding to your Racing TV tracker.
Moon King defied his penalty to win a shade cosily at Haydock over 1m6f which his fourth consecutive victory this season. Trained by Ralph Beckett, he has the look of a serious stayer going forward.
Goshen proved that his Brighton win was no fluke when he shouldered a 6lb penalty to victory in good style in a 1m6f handicap at Sandown.
He easily bounded up the Sandown hill and shaped like the trip was just the beginning to show his true potential, especially as Hector Crouch had trouble pulling him up after the race.
After the race, trainer Gary Moore stated that he had bought Goshen to go jumping but, after a mid-summer break, he might be back on the flat for one or two nicer races.
It is day two of Royal Ascot on Wednesday which is, as always, a good card. However, Chelmsford has also put on a cracking card that is offering just shy of £200,000 of prize money and features the Listed Queen Charlotte Fillies’ Stakes over 7f.
Here are my four best bets at the two meetings. Best of luck.
Wesley Ward has said that this is one of his strongest ever teams that he has brought to Royal Ascot and Anna’s Fast is one of the talking horses back in the states.
She was purchased for the explicit reason of bringing Mike Hall’s Breeze Easy Stables back to Royal Ascot after success last year with Shang Shang Shang in the Norfolk Stakes.
Anna’s Fast was a talking horse ahead of the Ocala Breeze Ups where she effortlessly clocked a fast time, and she subsequently commanded a $470,000 price tag for her efforts.
Off the back of a couple of good workouts she was sent off the 1-5 favourite to win on debut at Keeneland and duly obliged, from the outside stall, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione never moving a muscle.
It was impressive how easily she just settled into herself and then coasted home unasked, compared to some of Ward’s other juvenile winners who have to be asked to stretch out.
While many will suggest that she is dirt bred, her sire, Fast Anna, is by Medaglia d’Oro and, more importantly, she has worked incredibly well on the turf at Keeneland including a bullet work (fastest work of the day) over 4f in 45.60 second – that is fast!
An each-way prospect that has a shot in a field that, to me, lacks a stand-out stayer.
Eminent Authority won on debut for trainer Joseph O’Brien at Killarney over 1m3f where he did not handle the sharp bends too well.
Connections then threw him straight into Listed company in the King George V Cup at Leopardstown. While there were three runners in this contest, the winner, Rakan, looks smart and is heading to the Irish Derby next, while runner-up Barbados takes him on again here.
This son of Frankel finished last of the three. However, he got tapped for toe turning into the straight before staying on strongly and was not beaten far at the line.
The manner of that run screamed that the extra distance of this race will definitely be advantageous for him, as well as the long, uphill straight, and it is interesting to note that Joseph O’Brien has jocked up Royal Ascot veteran Jamie Spencer to do the steering.
Six of the eight runners in this year’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes are Group/Grade 1 winners, and it is the three-time scorer at the highest level, Waldgeist, who looks to have the edge in this competitive feature.
Like a fine wine, this French-trained five-year-old appears to be getting better with age, as his runaway victory in the Prix Ganay was visually the most impressive this son of Galileo has been in his career, and his owner has stated that he has improved this year.
Trainer Andre Fabre rarely brings a horse to Royal Ascot that does not have a massive chance. In fact, he has only run one horse in this race in the past 10 years and that was Byword who won the Prince of Wales’s in 2010, adding to Fabre’s previous success in the race with Manduro in 2007.
Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot has had previous Royal Ascot success with Andre Fabre (Le Brivido in 2017 Jersey Stakes) and is coming to the Royal Meeting on a high after collecting his second Classic of the season with Channel in the Prix de Diane on Sunday.
Is now a non-runner.