MAGICAL (3.15) represents a solid alternative to warm order Ghaiyyath in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Aidan O’Brien’s mare is a credit to connections, turning up for all the top gigs for the past couple of seasons. She has won four of her last five starts and looked as good as ever on comeback when making all to land the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. She probably found 1m 4f just overstretching her stamina when chasing home Entitled in the Yorkshire Oaks last summer and this 1m 2f trip is ideal.
Ghaiyyath took Entitled’s scalp in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and although the wonder mare was ring-rusty, it was still a superb effort. Japan was close up in third and it could be significant O’Brien is happy to pitch Magical into the fray against Ghaiyyath this time.
Lord North benefited from a cool hold-up ride when beating Addeybb and Barney Roy in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Japan was well held in fourth, so a strict interpretation of that form line gives Lord North every chance.
Guineas winner Kameko backed up his Investec Derby fourth with an unlucky-in-running fourth to Mohaather in a glittering renewal of the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. His backers will doubtless keep the faith and this intermediate distance may be right up Kameko’s street.
CLOUDBRIDGE (2.15) made a very pleasing debut at Leicester, readily pulling more than three lengths clear of another Godolphin juvenile, Soft Whisper, and is the most likely winner of the Acomb Stakes. Royal Scimitar’s narrow victory over Line Of Departure at Ascot entitles Clive Cox’s colt to respect.
The two-mile handicap has attracted a rich array of in-form stayers, with SOLO SAXOPHONE (3.45) bidding to make it four wins from his last five starts.
His unbeaten sequence came to an end at Ascot when given a lot to do in rear. In the circumstances, his third to Table Mountain off his higher rating was a creditable effort on ground a bit livelier than ideal. Solo Saxophone is re-united with Paul Mulrennan and the gelding’s previous course and distance victory gives him valuable experience of the Knavesmire. Several firms are going five places ew.
Probable favourite Make My Day won here over 1m 4f and is up 6lb, while in-form Monsieur Lambrays posted a course and distance triumph last month.
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