Ryan Moore had an excellent Saturday, winning the opener at Newmarket on Peacock for Her Majesty the Queen to seal a double on the day and he heads to Leicester this afternoon bidding to carry on his fine form ahead of the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.
Moore heads to Leicester with a strong book of rides including Danehill Revival (3.55) in the fillies’ conditions race and on the forecasted heavy going the Pivotal filly will take all the beating. William Haggas knows the family well having trained the dam to pattern class success and the filly showed she was potentially of the same ilk when hacking up on debut at Pontefract by six lengths.
She was far from disgraced when fifth in listed class at Ascot, narrowly going down by three lengths and can bounce back and get the better of Godolphin’s previously 101 rated Desert Blossom, who has been off the track since an excellent third in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket over 18 months ago.
Moore rides Hanno in the maiden later on the card over a mile however the Ed Dunlop stable continue to struggle and preference lay with Wojha (5.00)to give William Haggas a double, this time with Paul Hanagan in the plate.
Another filly by Pivotal, she should also relish conditions and another that impressed on debut, staying on to finish fifth despite greenness. Although disappointing last month on the all-weather, she should improve further for the run and is taken to shed the maiden tag at the third time of asking.
Frankie Dettori heads to South Wales for the first time in four years to ride Fuwairt (2.00) in Chepstow’s opener for boss Sheikh Joan Al Thani and the Arcano colt should be able to build on his third on debut last month in a warm Leicester maiden.
Frankie heads off to Windsor thereafter with a ride for the same connections in the Novices’ Stakes that opens the card however Justice Good (6.00) was mightily impressive when winning last time out over course and distance and can give David Elsworth further success after an excellent weekend.
The son of Acclamation beat Richard Hannon’s Dougal here in April before dead-heating with him when re-opposing over six furlongs at Newmarket thereafter. Back down to the minimum trip and with Joey Haynes taking off a valuable 5lb should negate his penalty for that effort and continue his upward curve.
If Hannon doesn’t win the first, he should make amends in the second with Bold Spirit (6.30) set to give further success to Her Majesty the Queen in the six furlong maiden. The well-related gelding was well-backed in the market when third behind subsequent winner Lightning Moon at Salisbury last time out and should be too good for the pair of one-raced rivals Eternity’s Gate and Dancing Angel.
The highlight of the card sees Montiridge (7.30) take a massive drop in class to take his place in the Listed Stakes over six furlongs after being used to set up the Lockinge for stable-mate Olympic Glory last time out at Newbury.
He looks the class act in the race and should be able to see off inferior rivals however last year’s winner Boomerang Bob would be a special winner after the passing of trainer John Hills at the weekend.
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