SIR DRAGONET (1.50) can stamp his authority over his rivals in the Wolferton Stakes on day three at Royal Ascot.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt was sent off favourite for the 2019 Investec Derby when fourth to Anthony Van Dyck and his fourth to Logician in the St Leger was another solid effort . He could make up into a stronger four-year-old.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Regal Reality would be hard to beat if repeating his run in last season’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown when chasing home Enable and Magical. He was in arrears when Fox Tal finished fourth to Magical on Champions’ Day at Ascot in October when the track was riding soft and little separates that pair.
All-weather specialist Dubai Warrior made all to land the Lingfield Winter Derby under a brilliant Frankie Dettori ride from the front. Rab Havlin takes the mount this time with Dettori aboard Crossed Baton.
French raider Celestin is an interesting runner in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes, having had two fairly quick runs in France, the latest when fourth to Victor Ludorum in a Group 1 at Deauville. However, a narrow vote goes to MOLATHAM (2.25).
Roger Varian’s colt beat Witchita in last September’s Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster and soft ground wouldn’t have been ideal when Molatham managed only fourth to Military March in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket the following month.
King Leonidas will be attractive to supporters of the Gosden/Dettori combo and the colt is unbeaten in two career starts, both at Newmarket.
With 27 runners going to post, the Britannia Stakes is never an easy one to unravel. VERBOTEM (4.10) was forced wide from his poor draw at Lingfield but was fairly eating up the ground though the final furlong. He should progress further under Frankie Dettori and is just preferred to promising Enemy and penalised Haydock scorer Finest Sound.
Eighteen fillies line up for the Sandringham over the straight mile and AFRICAN DREAM (4.40) is the proverbial handicap snip, on paper at least.
She just failed to catch odds-on Stylistique at Newbury a week ago and can run here off her old mark before a massive 16lb rise for that effort kicks in. She will go off at skinny odds and punters searching for an each-way alternative could do worse than side with recent Chelmsford City winner Declared Interest.