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Half of this field contested The Sweet Solera Stakes a few weeks back where Grecian Light finished second,Urban Fox a close fourth, Tiburtina a length further back in fifth and Belle Meade finished seventh. That form may stand up here, but I don’t think the winner is going to come from that quartet. Nations Alexander won that race well, but could never land a blow next time out in stronger company, therefore I feel the favourite here is one to oppose.
Instead I prefer the chances of ARWA, who won a maiden filles’ race 11 days ago in really good style. The fifth home that day came out and won yesterday so the form of the race is starting to get some shape to it. She’s a half-sister to Order of St. George, so the step up in trip should be no problem.
BACK ARWA at 8.50 (Bet365)
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This race is about the pair of three-year-olds for me. Zonderland finally got his ground when landing a Group 3 at Salisbury last time out, he was impressive that day but I don’t rate the likes of Master of the World, Tupi and Tony Curtis very highly. He was also help by the favourite, Massaat running no sort of race. I prefer the chances of THIKRIYAAT, who’s only defeat from five starts when second to Ribchester at Royal Ascot. Ribchester confirmed that he is a Group 1 horse, by winning the Prix Jacques le Marois last time out, on the back of a close up third in the Sussex Stakes. The selection raced here at the Glorious meeting when landing a Group 3 without Paul Hanagan having to use the whip, I feel that they are a long way off from getting to the bottom of this horse and I can see him being very competitive in Group 1 races next season.
BACK THIKRIYAAT at 2.88 (Paddy Power)
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It’s very difficult to oppose UYLSSES in this race, I took him on at Goodwood to my cost as I wanted to see him do something on the track before I backed him. Being by Galileo out of Light Shift, he’s extremely well bred so it’s no surprise to see that he has a Group 1 entry at Ascot on Champions Day. He looks like he could be an excellent older horse, which is exactly the type of horse Michael Stoute seems to excel with. If he is a Group 1 horse in the making, then he should be too good for these despite receiving the 4lbs penalty.
BACK UYLSSES at 2.20 (Paddy Power)