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MOTHER EARTH is fancied to win the Group 1 Coronation Stakes (4.20) at Royal Ascot on Friday
The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly took the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May and can ass this race to her CV.
Second in the French equivalent, she sets the standard for her 12 rivals to aim at.
Newsboy's top tips for day four..
1 HELLO YOU
HELLO YOU could scarcely have been more impressive on her debut and gets the vote to stay unbeaten.
The daughter of Invincible Spirit went off at 5-1 in a field of 10 for a six-furlong novice stakes at Wolverhampton last month.
And the Ralph Beckett trainee scored in style, making headway from mid-pack to lead a furlong out and shooting clear by six and a half lengths.
The bare form is unexceptional and it goes without saying that more is needed now that Hello You, switching from Tapeta to turf, steps up to Group 3 level.
But it will rank as a surprise if my selection hasn’t got a good deal more to offer, and James Doyle’s mount is expected to cope with the prevailing conditions as she bids to follow up.
Flotus also made a taking debut with a four-and-three-quarter-length margin at Goodwood and is respected, along with the promising duo Oscula and Sandrine.
Frankie Dettori rides Flotus
3 GEAR UP
ALENQUER was prevented from running in the Derby by “a blip” – but the Ascot version would do very nicely as compensation.
Having followed a Newbury debut win in August with a Listed second at Haydock Park the following month, William Haggas’s colt returned in the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown Park in April.
Tom Marquand’s mount, a son of German Derby victor Adlerflug, started the 25-1 outsider in the 10-strong field but floored by odds by beating Adayar by half a length, with Yibir third and Belloccio fifth.
The runner-up could hardly have advertised the form any better if he’d hired Saatchi & Saatchi – Adayar went on to land the Derby by four and a half lengths – and Alenquer deserves his place at the head of the market.
Gear Up beat just one home at Epsom but is a player on his Group 1 success at two, while Kempton Park maiden scorer Gloucestershire takes the eye upped to Group 2 level.
Trainer William Haggas
3 MISS AMULET
SUESA is an unbeaten and highly progressive filly who looks well capable of holding her own at the highest level.
The daughter of Night Of Thunder started her career in the hands of Carlos Laffon-Parias, for whom she won twice – a maiden and Listed contest at Chantilly – in October and November of 2020.
The performances caught the eye of owner George Strawbridge, who purchased Suesa and switched her to François Rohaut’s stable.
My selection has continued in similar vein for her new connections, stepping up to Group 3 level for an easy success back at Chantilly in April.
Campanelle and Frankie Dettori won the Queen Mary Stakes during day five of Royal Ascot 2020
And Suesa made it four from four – again at the home of the Prix du Jockey Club – when defying a penalty by three lengths from Louliana in the Group 3 Prix Texanita last month.
The runner-up went one better in Listed grade next time and the impression from Will Buick’s mount – for whom recent rain in Berkshire is a bonus – is that Suesa has only just begun.
American raider Campanelle, who won the Queen Mary Stakes here last year, Middle Park Stakes hero Supremacy (blinkered for the first time) and, at bigger odds, Miss Amulet all have claims on the minor medals.
1 MOTHER EARTH (NAP)
2 PRETTY GORGEOUS
3 SNOW LANTERN
MOTHER EARTH rates the clubhouse leader after collecting silver and gold in two Classics this season.
With one victory – in a Naas Group 3 – to show from eight starts, Aidan O’Brien’s daughter of Zoffany didn’t look a worldbeater during her two-year-old days.
But Mother Earth has emerged a different proposition in 2021.
At Newmarket last month, all eyes were on Ballydoyle stablemate Santa Barbara as 11 fillies assembled for the 1,000 Guineas.
But it was 10-1 chance Mother Earth and Frankie Dettori who came out on top, leading inside the final quarter mile to defeat Saffron Beach by one length, with Fev Rover third and Alcohol Free in fifth.
A fortnight later, my selection went to ParisLongchamp for the French Guineas, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, in which she went under by a length and a quarter to outsider Coeursamba.
A reproduction of either effort will put Ryan Moore’s mount firmly in the firing line.
Stable-companion Empress Josephine captured the Irish 1,000 Guineas, in which Pretty Gorgeous returned in seventh and Fev Rover 10th.
Pretty Gorgeous was a top-level winner of two and is still of interest, as are York first and third, Primo Bacio and Snow Lantern, and Potapova.
2 CREATE BELIEF
3 READY TO VENTURE
TEODOLINA is capable of a good account at rewarding odds.
Sean Levy produced the Richard Hannon trainee with a perfectly timed run to lift a course-course-and-distance handicap last month on her return to the fray.
And Kodiac’s daughter came up with another decent effort when third to Raadobarg in the valuable Silver Bowl at Haydock Park 15 days later.
Teodolina was beaten six lengths at the line, but my selection got messed about on the approach to the final quarter mile and would have got closer to the winner, granted clear water.
A handful of lightly raced and improving fillies are on the short list, with Glesga Gal, Belief, Ready To Venture and Create Belief at the top of it.
3 WIN O’CLOCK
MIRANN returned to form on his latest start and should be suited by the return to a mile and a half.
A winner over today’s distance when trained in France – and a good second over an additional two furlongs for Johnny Murtagh at the Curragh last July – Mirann made his return with a commendable eighth in the one-mile Irish Lincolnshire at the Newbridge track in March.
A seventh over 10 furlongs at Cork 12 days later didn’t match that form, but a half-length second to Baby Zeus, again over a mile and a quarter, at the Curragh last month was much more like it.
Ben Coen had to wait for a gap that day, and further up in trip is the right move for a horse with more to give.
In a real headscratcher, Aaddeey, Quickthorn, Scarlet Dragon and Win O’Clock four names worth throwing into the melting pot.
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1 WARRIOR BRAVE
WARRIOR BRAVE ran a cracker in Listed grade at Sandown Park last Saturday – and is 7lb well in as a result.
Mick Appleby and owners The Horse Watchers routinely improve others’ cast-offs and Warrior Brave has won three of his six outings since a move from Aidan Fogarty.
Having begun 2021 with a defeat of two rivals at Lingfield Park in January, the three-year-old Twilight Son gelding finished fifth to Atalis Bay in a conditions event at Nottingham at the start of April, before another win at Goodwood at the end of that month.
A three-quarter-length second in a rematch with Atalis Bay in Sandown’s Listed Scurry Stakes has triggered a 7lb rise, and first-time blinkers will help Silvestre de Sousa’s mount concentrate at the start.
Boomshalaa, Rebel At Dawn, Bedford Flyer and Popmaster are all threats in a finale of many possible outcomes.