@Byrnzzz, Agreed. Wesley Ward, as much as any other American trainer, seems to really have clued into what it takes to win races at Royal-Ascot during the royal meeting. His horses rarely ever give a bad accounting of themselves there.
This one, I'm sure to no one's real surprise, is being pointed at the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at this year's royal meeting. A race Wesley Ward's had a bit of success in over the years, along with the Norfolk Stakes.
@Byrnzz, She is being pointed at the Queen Mary Stakes. Already has the entry if you look up the ante-post odds being posted by the various European bookmakers, I.E., Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddypower, Victor Chandler, etc....At present, Paddypower have her as a 6-1 chance for the Queen Mary.
Last year's Ascot Gold Cup winner and Arc-3rd, Order of St George, beaten just over a length on his seasonal debut today at Navan in the G3 Vintage Crop Stakes by the very progressive Torcedor. Torcedor also defeated Godolphin's Twilight Payment and former BC Long Distance Cup winner, Forgotten Rules, at Leopardstown back on April 5th. Order of St George ran a very good race today though. He wasn't really pushed that hard by jockey Seamie Heffernan until the final 200 or 300 yards of the race, and having been off the track since October, I'm sure he'll come on quite a bit for this run next time out. I know the G1 Ascot Gold Cup at the royal meeting in June is the first major G1 target for him, but I'm not sure if Aidan O'Brien will try to get one more run into Order of St George or not before heading to Ascot?
The field of selected horses for this year's renewal of the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin on April 30th is now down to eight, with Mubtaahij having been withdrawn.
@Kelso5timeHOTY, He didn't make it back to the track for the Racing Post Trophy last back end, but he sure put it to Racing Post Trophy winner, Rivet, today in the G3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on just his 2nd career start. Definitely a Guineas horse that will now get some play on Guineas day after his performance in the Craven, and I thought he ran on in the Craven like a horse that might even appreciate going further sometime down the road. If not 2400 meters, at least something like 2000 or 2100 meters, IMO.
The son Frankel, with only 1 previous run and win last season in a Newmarket maiden stakes, wins the G3 Craven Stakes in impressive fashion on his 2017 racecourse debut.
Really anxious to see how this colt fares in tomorrow's G3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket? He was one of my favorite juvenile colts that Aidan O'Brien had in his yard last season, but he was lightly raced as a juvenile in 2016. He only had 3 starts, all in the first half of the season, but his form lines were strong in all 3 runs. He broke his maiden first time out at Leopardstown, defeating stablemate Orderofthegarter, himself a recent pretty impressive winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. War Decree was then beaten 3/4 lengths by Thunder Snow in a terrific renewal of the G2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July Course, but came back just 17 days later to defeat Thunder Snow by 1-3/4 lengths at Goodwood in the G2 Vintage Stakes and square the ledger with him. Considering what Thunder Snow accomplished on turf in Europe and then on conventional dirt in Dubai, we now know that two runs that strong against Thunder Snow, on either surface, reads as pretty solid form, IMO.
@kingoftheworld, from what I've been reading lately on various European racing web-sites, looks the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on Epsom Oaks day (June 2nd) will be Jack Hobbs next likely target, and don't be surprised if you end up seeing Postponed & Highland Reel both re-apposing him at Epsom.
Daban springs the upset and wins the G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes for Frankie Dettori & John Gosden against what was a pretty deep field that lined up for this year's renewal.
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