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Mirror Racing tipster Newsboy's five best bets for Royal Ascot.
KAUFYMAKER – Coventry Stakes, Tuesday
Won her only start, at Keeneland in April, by an impressive six and a quarter lengths. That was on dirt but Wesley Ward reports the chestnut to have thrived on grass in her preparation for Royal Ascot.
Ward reckons Kaufymaker is among his best chances at the meeting, and the American knows what is required, having hit the bullseye at Royal Ascot 11 times in the past.
WINTER POWER – King’s Stand Stakes, Tuesday
Defending champion Battaash will be a popular winner and has been the outstanding five-furlong horse of recent years.
But Charlie Hills’ speedster has had an interrupted preparation and could be vulnerable to a horse on the way up.
Winter Power progressed through the ranks at two and Tim Eastery’s filly has more to offer judged on her three-length win at York last month.
LADY BOWTHORPE – Duke of Cambridge Stakes, Wednesday
William Jarvis is enjoying a resurgent season and stable star Lady Bowthorpe continues to represent his Newmarket stable with distinction.
The daughter of Nathaniel, who carries the silks of music agent Emma Banks, got the better of Queen Power by a head in Newmarket’s Group 2 Dahlia Stakes on the 1,000 Guineas undercard and her second to Palace Pier in the top-level Lockinge Stakes at Newbury 13 days later rates another personal best.
LOVE – Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Wednesday
Ryan Moore and Love after winning the 2020 Darley Yorkshire Oaks
Lit up a season truncated by coronavirus pandemic with three Group 1 wins – at an aggregate of 18¼ lengths – in the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks.
A challenge for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October had to be aborted on account of bottomless ground at ParisLongchamp, but the appearance at Royal Ascot of a horse Aidan O’Brien rates the best filly he has trained adds spice to the five-day fixture.
MOHAAFETH – Hampton Court Stakes, Thursday
William Haggas cut a downcast figure at Epsom’s Cazoo Derby Festival, and the decision to withdraw Mohaafeth from the colts’ Classic – on account of the rain-softened playing surface – was taken with heavy heart.
Fast ground is reckoned essential for the son of Frankel to show his best, as when sauntering to a five-length victory at Listed level at Newmarket last month, and the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park is very much in connections’ minds.