He's a better horse than Eagle Top was or is, IMO.
In regard to Wings of Desire's performance, save Harzand winning both Derby's, I think it was the most impressive performance to date by any of the 3YO colts I've seen so far this season. Especially taking into account he was knocking heads with some very good older horses.
I don't know if you saw my post a day or two ago about it, but I also mentioned that I thought Sir Isaac Newton's pedigree suggested there could be further improvement from him stepping on up to 12f for the first time and he ran a cracking good race himself I thought, finishing only a 1/2 length behind Dartmouth. He improved immediately once O'Brien stopped trying to turn him into a miler and stepped him up to 10f, and today I thought gave a very good accounting of himself in the King George for a first career start racing over 12f.
Highland Reel takes them gate to wire to win the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. As predicted, give him fast ground and he's an entirely different horse than he is racing on soft or even good to soft ground.
Time Test back in the winners circle with a victory in the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes.
The daughter of Frankel much the best with an explosive performance in winning the G3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Royal-Ascot.
After some contemplation, my King George super-fect is: 1st-Highland Reel 2nd-Dartmouth 3rd-Erupt 4th-Sir Isaac Newton(he improved immediately once Aidan O'Brien finally stopped trying to turn him into a miler and stepped him up in trip from a mile to 10f, and his pedigree suggest there could be even more improvement yet to come going up further in trip from 10f to 12f in the King George, IMO). The thing is, I'm a big fan of most all of the horses lining up for the King George on Saturday, so there really can't be a disappointing result for me.
From today's Racing Post web-site: Trainer Richard Hannon, Jr. announced today that Toormore will stay at a mile and contest the G1 Sussex Stakes rather than dropping down to 7f and going for back to back wins in the G2 Lennox Stakes at this year's Goodwood Festival.
Churchill continues to be a progressive juvenile for Aidan O'Brien, following up on his Royal-Ascot win in the listed Chesham Stakes with a win in the G3 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown in Ireland. Another talented looking son of Galileo.
From the Racing Post web-site: Middleham Park Racing have purchased synthetic surface specialist Grendisar, plus sprinters Naadirr and Burnt Sugar. All 3 horses will stay with current trainers Marco Botti & Richard Hannon Jr.
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