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ALL you need is LOVE in the QIPCO-sponsored King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (3.35) at Ascot this afternoon.
Although a rogue batch of feed put paid to a challenge for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October, Aidan O’Brien’s daughter of Galileo can look back on 2020 with deep satisfaction.
After landing the 1,000 Guineas by four and a quarter lengths at Newmarket in June, Love followed up by nine lengths in the Oaks at Epsom the following month, for good measure capturing the Yorkshire version by five lengths in August.
Ryan Moore’s mount made her return to the fray in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, and ground it out from the front to beat Audarya by three-quarters of a length.
That success was characterised by grit more than panache, but Love, the winner of the Curragh’s top-level Moyglare Stud Stakes as a juvenile, is expected to take a step forward from her first outing for 300 days to rack up a sixth Group 1 victory.
Love won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes under Ryan Moore
ACQUITTED gets the verdict in the Moët & Chandon International Handicap (3.00) at Ascot.
Favourite Motakhayyel has a 3lb penalty as a result of pulling a bus to victory in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket two weeks ago and will be very hard to beat.
But Acquitted has made the podium three times from four attempts in handicap company this season and wasn’t beaten far when out of the money in the Victoria Cup over this afternoon’s course and distance in May.
Hugo Palmer’s four-year-old gives the impression that a last-minute flourish in a big field is the strategy to adopt, so expect to see Louis Steward play his hand late in search of the £54,117 winner’s cheque.
The Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15) represents another good opportunity for MOHAAFETH to continue his assent through the ranks.
Mohaafeth and Jim Crowley
Wet weather at Epsom and Sandown ruled William Haggas’s colt out of the Derby and Coral-Eclipse Stakes this summer, but in between Mohaafeth registered an emphatic win with a length-and-three-quarter supremacy over Roman Empire in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes.
A weight concession of 12lb from four-year-old market rival Armory will aid my selection’s bid for a fifth success on the spin, en route to a crack at a Group 1.
Stuart Williams has a useful juvenile on his hands in the shape of DESERT DREAMER, who has plenty going for her in Ascot's Group 3 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (1.50).
Having captured a maiden and novice stakes at Newmarket, the daughter of Oasis Dream underperformed when 10th in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
But Desert Dreamer didn’t get the breaks when beaten a neck by System in the Listed Empress Stakes at the July Course, and a reproduction of her length-and-three-quarter second to Sandrine in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes over the same course and distance would put Oisín Murphy’s mount in the firing line.
If there’s any justice in the world, GOLDEN APOLLO will win York's Sky Bet Dash (2.40).
Tim Easterby’s seven-year-old ran second in this race in 2018 and 12 months ago, finishing a close fourth in between – all from higher handicap marks.
All of Saturday's top tips from Newsboy
1.15 MR MCCANN
1.50 DESERT DREAMER
2.25 LATEST GENERATION
4.10 DOCTOR PARNASSUS
4.45 SPIRITED GUEST
2.05 NIBRAS AGAIN
2.40 GOLDEN APOLLO (NB)
5.00 C’MON KENNY
1.35 LIAMARTY DREAMS
2.10 TRICKY BUSINESS
3.55 GIFT OF RAAJ
4.30 SECOND SLIP (NAP)
3.05 GOLDEN WAR
4.15 LIBERATED LADY
4.50 FOOLS RUSH IN
5.20 MR WAGYU
6.05 GLAMOROUS BREEZE
6.35 AMERICAN STAR
7.05 NINE TALES
8.05 FIRE EYES