SINJAARI (1.50) was given an extravagant ride at Royal Ascot, with James Doyle charting a very wide route from the stalls, and it was no surprise to see him fading out of the picture before the furlong pole.
The William Haggas-trained three-year-old is worth another chance in the Unibet Handicap, especially if he can repeat his excellent run at Newbury when pipped by Headman in a traditionally hot handicap.
Sinjaari holds Forest of Dean (fourth) and may have most to fear from Newmarket winner Walkinthesand.
SPANISH MISSION (3.00) is fast-improving for David Simcock and can play a leading role in the Qatar Gordon Stakes, a Group 3 contest over 1m 4f. He scooted four lengths clear of Nayef Road in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket, setting a new 1m 5f course record, and gets the nod over Aidan O’Brien’s Royal Ascot runner-up Constantinople.
Jalmood’s third to Japan in the Grand Prix de Paris makes him impossible to discount following his Royal Ascot flop in the Queen’s Vase.
The Nassau Stakes is a corker, with the Classic generation fillies taking on their elders, and dual English/Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa likely to go off favourite. She sets a high standard but MEHDAAYAH (3.35) can keep the John Gosden/Frankie Dettori rolling along.
The filly, so impressive when scooping the Cheshire Oaks at Chester (good to soft), didn’t give her running in the Investec Oaks but was back on song when scoring in France last time.
Maqsad was another to misfire at Epsom but isn’t one to write off along with French challenger Channel. Best of the older horses should be Rawdaa, second to Lah Ti Dar at York and then Move Swiftly at Royal Ascot.
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