Kevin Manning celebrates aboard Poetic Flare after winning the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot (Image: Getty Images)
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Poetic Flare should go like a rocket in the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.35) at Glorious Goodwood today.
Jim Bolger’s 2,000 Guineas hero showed true grit when emulating his sire Dawn Approach with a victory in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
And he was explosive in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, travelling with menace before scorching clear inside the final furlong to score by four and a quarter lengths.
The terrain on the royal heath was fast that afternoon, and conditions will ride a good deal softer after torrential rain in West Sussex since the weekend.
But Poetic Flare has shown his form when the mud is flying, so Kevin Manning’s mount is no damp squib.
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NAGANO didn’t get the breaks at Royal Ascot, but is well up to showing to the fore if things go his way.
Having shown promise with a debut third at Newmarket’s Craven meeting in April, the Roger Varian-trained son of Fastnet Rock took a step forward to lift a 10-furlong novice stakes at Nottingham in May, defying a penalty at Newcastle later that month.
Sent off at 12-l in a field of 17 for the King George V Stakes over an additional quarter-mile on the royal heath, David Egan’s mount returned sixth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Surefire.
But the bare result doesn’t tell the whole story.
Nagano was hampered not once but twice as the winner hung from the middle of the track to the far side, on the latter occasion suffering as the meat in the sandwich between Surefire and fourth-placed Siskany.
A length separated the re-opposing pair but Nagano is 2lb better off and can turn the tables and get back to winning ways.
The Mark Johnston pair Annandale and Glen Again are of interest, along with First Light.
1 BOUNCE THE BLUES
2 ISABELLA GILES
3 VALERIA MESSALINA
Dandalla runs in race 2
BOUNCE THE BLUES has shown her best form over seven furlongs with plenty of give underfoot – which bodes well for her prospects today.
Trained in Ireland by John Feane until August last year, the daughter of Excelebration captured a Listed event on soft ground at Naas before her switch to Andrew Balding.
Having run third in Doncaster’s Group 3 Sceptre Stakes and second in the Listed Rosemary Stakes for the Kingsclere stable on her final two starts of 2020, Bounce The Blues looked to need her return when fifth in the Doncaster Mile in March.
But her three-quarter-length second, having suffered a nightmare passage, to Axana in the Group 3 Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield Park in May – a seven-furlong contest that took place on soft ground – is a key piece of form in the contest of this afternoon’s race.
Forgive a below par run in Windsor’s one-mile Midsummer Stakes last month – the trip is probably further than ideal – and Oisín Murphy’s mount must surely go well.
Vadream, Valeria Messalina, Dandalla and Isabella Giles can fight it out for the minor medals.
Charles Bishop riding Chipotle (red colours) to win the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial Conditions Stakes at Ascot
FEARBY is a going-places youngster who has the right profile to give trainer Ed Bethell the first Group winner of his career.
There was plenty of promise for the future when the son of Havana Gold – dam Coolminx was Listed-placed at two – ran fourth, a length and a quarter behind subsequent Norfolk Stakes winner Perfect Power, behind Royal Aclaim at Newcastle in May.
Fearby duly took a step forward from that debut to beat Lethal Levi by a length and a quarter at Wetherby on June 8 – a week before the start of Royal Ascot.
Bethell chose to swerve the royal heath and the move was rewarded when his star two-year-old ran away with Sandown Park’s Listed Dragon Stakes by five lengths from Mojomaker, who beat Kaboo by a nose for second place.
There is plenty more were that came from.
Chipotle, who beat Boonie (third), Armor (fifth) and Kaboo (sixth) when registering a two-and-a-quarter-length margin in Ascot’s Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, got no luck in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury and warrants respect, along with Nottingham first-time scorer Chimgan.
1 POETIC FLARE
2 SNOW LANTERN
3 ALCOHOL FREE
Poetic Flare ridden by jockey Kevin Manning on their way to winning the St James's Palace Stakes
POETIC FLARE has achieved the highest level of form – and by some way – and should take plenty of beating.
Two from three as a two-year-old, including a win in Leopardstown’s Group 3 Killavullan Stakes, Jim Bolger’s son of Dawn Approach reappeared with a Listed score at the Foxrock track in April.
Punters allowed the bay, partnered by the trainer’s son-in-law Kevin Manning, to go off at 16-1 for the 2,000 Guineas at the start of the following month, and Poetic Flare caused an upset with a game short-head margin over Master Of The Seas.
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My selection didn’t replicate that form when sixth to St Mark’s Basilica in the French version, the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, at ParisLongchamp next time, but there was very little wrong with his short-head second to stable-companion Mac Swiney in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh six days later.
That race was run on ground described as ‘soft to heavy’, so Poetic Flare, who then trounced his rivals by four and a quarter lengths in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, should cope with today’s rain-soaked terrain.
Snow Lantern and Alcohol Free are closely matched on their form in the Coronation Stakes on the royal heath and the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket 19 days ago, while Tilsit and Duhail look best of those at double-figure odds.
3 LA FEILE
ILLUSTRATING created a favourable impression on her debut at Catterick Bridge and will find this task less onerous than the Queen Mary Stakes.
Showcasing’s daughter was sent off at 9-4 to make a winning start against 12 opponents and travelled with ominous ease before hitting the front inside the last of the five furlongs to beat Instinction by one length.
Trainer Karl Burke saddled Illustrating for Royal Ascot’s Group 2 fillies’ test and Danny Tudhope’s mount returned in seventh, beaten just under six lengths, to Quick Suzy.
Both outings have come on fast ground, and this afternoon’s racing surface will be a very different kettle of fish.
But Illustrating’s dam Maids Causeway won Newmarket’s Group 2 Rockfel Stakes on soft ground and, with the near-certainty of further progress on the third outing of her life, it is worth taking the chance that she will cope with the rain-soaked terrain.
Near-quagmire conditions pose questions marks for most, if not all, of the runners but Canonized, Flotus and La Feile can make their presence felt if the going does not work against them.
3 TIMELESS SOUL
FREYJA is at her best when the mud is flying, so is expected to put her best foot forward here.
Mark Johnston’s daughter of Gleneagles, a three-time winner on faster ground earlier in her career, put up a personal best on heavy going when landing a one-mile handicap at Newmarket last October.
And Ben Curtis’s partner matched that effort in the Listed James Seymour Stakes over an additional two furlongs at the same course 10 days later, showing a the right attitude to a battle in beating soft-ground specialist Air Pilot by a neck.
Four forays into Listed and Group company in 2021, at Nottingham, Newmarket, York and Newcastle – the most recent a fifth in Newcastle’s Hoppings Stakes – have yielded as many defeats.
But the return to handicaps – from a British Horseracing Authority rating 5lb above her last success in the sphere – makes Freyja’s task less demanding.
And the hock-deep playing surface is another plus for a filly who has an enviable record at Glorious Goodwood.
Achelois is progressive and almost certainly deserves her position at the head of the betting, while Timeless Soul also has her best days ahead of her and has a role to play.
2 BE PREPARED
3 EPIC ENDEAVOUR
INTERNATIONALDREAM is slipping down the weights and can give a good account at rewarding odds.
The prevailing conditions shouldn’t present a problem to the Richard Fahey-trained son of Acclamation, who was Listed-place on soft ground at Ripon (Two Yrs Old Trophy) and York (Rockingham Stakes) in August and October last year.
After a return-to-action third at Pontefract in April, Internationaldream ran below that form in big-money sprints at York on his next two starts.
But there was more to like about a sixth, beaten just under four lengths, at Doncaster 11 days ago – my selection’s first attempt at seven furlongs – and, now competing from a British Horseracing Authority rating of 97, Paul Hanagan’s partner is 7lb below his peak.
Dangers lurk at every turn in a wide-open finale, with Be Prepared, Epic Endeavour, Fox Champion and King’s Knight just four horses worth a second glance.