was impressive in claiming the 'Ascot Derby', the King George VII Stakes ahead of Aidan O'Brien's Adelaide
. John Gosden
stated after the race that he would prefer to keep this stunning three year old at the mile and a half distance rather than stepping up towards targeting the St Leger. A path similar to that followed by Nathaniel in his own three year old career has been mooted as a probability for Eagle Top.
Hartnell and Louis The Pious were the final winners on Friday's card.
Saturday sees the conclusion of Royal Ascot, with the feature race being the six furlongs Diamond Jubilee Stakes for which Slade Power
and Aljamaaheer are vying for favouritism.
Trained by Edward Lynam, Slade Power will bid to back up the first day win of his stable mate Sole Power.
Aidan O'Brien runs two American exports in the race in the form of Darwin
and Due Dilligence
with Joseph O'Brien and Ryan Moore booked to ride.
Kevin Ryan has a strong stable of three year olds this year and his Astaire
enters this race potentially as the surprise package, having run them all into the ground as a two year old over this distance.
Sir Michael Stoute will be bidding to win the Hardwicke Stakes as he goes double handed into the race with the increasingly frustrating Telescope
was second in this race last year behind the ill-fated Thomas Chippendale and will bid to go one better on his seasonal reappearance.
Across The Pond's Three To Follow for Saturday
ARAB SPRING (Race 2 : Duke of Edinburgh Handicap)
Arab Spring caught my eye on debut last year when he finished with a flourish to grab second in a Newmarket maiden, and it has been a case of follow him wherever he goes since.
That method has proved profitable thus far, with Arab Spring
victorious in all three of his subsequent starts, and he looks a progressive Group performer for Sir Michael Stoute. With that in mind, this handicap has to be at his mercy.
With Ryan Moore booked to ride Cordero for Wesley Ward in the first race, this could be Moore's second winner of the day despite the large weight allocated to this horse.
PETHER'S MOON (Race 3 : Hardwicke Stakes)
There's every chance that Ryan Moore could grab another win here if Telescope ever shows his true ability, but Pether's Moon
will relish this ground and looks overpriced.
Richard Hannon's was narrowly repelled over course and distance by Gatewood last month, that run coming after a strong second place finish to Gospel Choir in the Jockey Club Stakes, and this looks a weak Hardwicke Stakes in which he can succeed.
DANDY BOY (Race 5 : Wokingham Handicap)
It was hard to decide between this horse and one in the Group 1, but Dandy Boy
could be on an incredibly light mark if he can return to his best level of form.