2.30 Chesham – ABANDON SHIP 66/1 – 1/2 pt EW
September comes here as Aidan’s only first time out 2 year old winner of the season and it was an impressive performance and comes here a worthy favourite, albeit a fair bit short in here against the colts. Masar won first time out at Goodwood and will only improve on that but at a huge price and a big ask first time out, ABANDON SHIP, which is something I’ve thought about doing all week comes here for a trainer who has won this race four times. He last won it with Berkshire in 2013 who had only one run when beaten in a maiden. He knows what it takes with an inexperienced one and could show up on debut.
3.05 Wolferton – MUNTAZAH – 22/1 (PP) – 1pt EW
A wildly open race in which the improving Khairaat has obvious claims for SMS, but did go up a fair chunk for winning a fairly mediocre Chester handicap when getting everything his own way in running. MUNTAZAH is an interesting one in first time cheekpieces for Owen Burrows who on bare form might not look up to this but tried a change of tactics last time when not getting home over 12f at this venue. Previous to that he was 5th beaten 5 lengths behind Ulysses and Deauville which on the face of it was pretty decent form. He was 4th when not getting a run in last years Dante and hopefully the cheekpieces can help him settle a bit better and finish his races.
3.40 Hardwicke – WINGS OF DESIRE – 15/2 (PP) – 1pt win
A tricky one and as much as I would like to see Dartmouth win this race again I have a nagging feeling this rattling quick ground over this trip might just be his downfall here. He was third in last years King George and one pace ahead of him was WINGS OF EAGLES, who won the Dante and finished 4th in the Derby prior to that. He was only seen once afterwards when tailing off in the Juddmonte but this trip and ground has him with a massive shout if John Gosden has him fit enough here.
4.20 Diamond Jubilee – LIMATO – 5/2 – 4PT WIN NAP
In my opinion not a strong renewal despite the big field which is mainly full of Group 3/Listed horses at best and LIMATO finally gets his ground and trip again after a bog here last year meant him missing out. He instead went to Newmarket and hosed up in a very hot race and he looks very difficult to get beat if at his best. You can ignore a poor run on softened ground in Dubai and he should be tuned up here and Candy has been in decent form the last month or so.
5.00 Wokingham – DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT NB 2PT EW – 40/1 (PP)
Another typically open renewal but the one for me who fits into the trends is DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT, a smart two and three year old who has some top class form behind Quiet Reflection in the Sandy Lane and Signs Of Blessing in the Prix Maurice De Gheest Group 1 sprint at Deauville only last August when ahead of the likes of Suedois, Jimmy Two Times. He didnt really kick on after that and was then messed around trip wise on the all weather. After a pointless run in the AW Mile he took a step back in the right direction with a run in 3rd behind Home Of The Brave. He is back at his optimum trip and has some good form in these big field events and this is a drop in class from the 6f races he was competing in last year.
5.35 Ascot – QEWY – 6/1 (Bet365) – 1pt win
Thomas Hobson stormed clear under a confident Ryan Moore on Tuesday and has obvious claims, although is without his partner that day and it remains to be seen how much it took out of him although his trainer knows what it takes to do the double having done it with Simenon in 2013. QEWY was almost the winner of last year’s Ascot Stakes, just running out of room when flying home and will have no stamina issues. He acquitted himself brilliantly in Australia at the back end of the year and finished 4th in the Melbourne Cup. He comes here without a prep but has run well fresh, including winning first time out in his 3 and 4 year old careers.