Order Of St George was imperious in Thursday’s Gold Cup and gave Aidan O’Brien his seventh win in Britain’s premier staying race. Even Song gave the Ballydoyle team another win in the Ribblesdale Stake and they will be hopeful of returning to the winner’s enclosure again on Friday.
Cuff has shown plenty in her three starts to date and holds very strong claims in the opening Albany Stakes. A winner of her last two starts at Naas she looks to be improving with experience and should be a tough nut to crack. Queen Kindly is one of the small number of Frankel runners to date and she made a serious impression on her only start. Inexperience may count against her but there is little doubt that she has a big engine.
The King Edward VII Stakes is Royal Ascot’s answer to the Epsom Derby and a chance is taken that Epsom also-ran Across The Stars can out-run a big price. He is a big horse and did not seem to enjoy the undulations of Epsom in the Derby but the stiff test of Ascot may be more to his liking. Prior to that he was a desperately unlucky third in the Lingfield Derby Trial and there could be more to come now. Beacon Rock is no stable star but has to be respected on his last run at the Curragh and the St Leger might be his target long-term.
The Commonwealth Cup has been a fantastic addition to the meeting and this looks set to be another great renewal. Quiet Reflection has only been beaten once in his six race career and has shown flashes of brilliance along the way. He is tactically versatile and should be suited by the likely strong pace set here by Log Out Island and could be very hard to beat. Log Out Island was a revelation when blazing the trail last time though he is not sure to reproduce that level of form.
The Coronation Cup is the feature event on Friday and Adrian Keatley will be hoping that his Irish Guineas winner, Jet Setting, will be able to justify her recent €1.3 million price tag. The form of that race looks very strong and she should be tough to beat again on her favoured soft ground. Tanaza could be a filly capable of better yet. She was only 7th in the Irish 1000 Guineas but can be expected to run better than her big price suggests today.
The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes looks a strong race this year and a chance it taken on Kinema for Ralph Beckett and Fran Berry. He was a winner over two furlongs further last time which should be a help in what is likely to be a very strongly run race. Ivan Grozny picked up a big handicap win over hurdles at Aintree in the spring and is still unexposed on the flat while Elite Army is a course and distance winner that can go well off top weight.
The Queen’s Vase is the final race on the card and is can go to the winning Epsom Derby connections with Ebediyin. He comes from a fabulous Aga Khan staying family and should handle this step up in trip with aplomb. Aidan O’Brien has a good record in the race and Lanfdofhopeandglory is the choice of Ryan Moore here so he can be expected to go well.