Roger Charlton’s horse had decent form in three outings over seven furlongs as a juvenile, but seemed to really appreciate the step up in trip when making a winning return last month. Ryan Moore rode him with utmost confidence, and that proved well founded as he came from last to first in the straight in the 13-runner race.
He and runner-up Dissolution, who runs later on the card, pulled nicely clear of the remainder, and there’s every reason to expect the winner will improve further. This is certainly a tougher task, but the son of Group 1 winning mare Passage Of Time should have little trouble adjusting, and will be very hard to beat.
Peacock, who caught the eye when runner-up to subsequent Derby winner Golden Horn at Newmarket, must be respected.
The aforementioned Dissolution can take the closing King George V Stakes for Michael Stoute. His achievements as a juvenile didn’t quite live up to his reputation, but he looks to be heading in the right direction now. The step up to a mile and a half can bring about further improvement, and he looks sure to run a big race.
Forgotten Rules puts his unbeaten record on the line in the featured Ascot Gold Cup, but the fast conditions he’ll have to contend with must be a concern for punters. He is the class act of the race, looks a natural for the race, and would be the one to be on were the heaves to open.
As that’s unlikely, there is value in looking elsewhere, and the one to side with is Chester Cup winner Trip To Paris. Ed Dunlop’s horse didn’t have the clearest of runs when runner-up behind one of today’s rivals, Vent De Force, in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown.
Whereas some of his rivals have to prove their suitability for this trip, he would stay all day, and that can help him bridge the gap between himself and the higher-rated runners.
Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascach has stamina to prove in the Ribblesdale, but looks head and shoulders above her rivals on form and will be very hard to beat.
When winning the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas in the middle of last month, she looked to relish the 10-furlong trip, all the while suggesting another two furlongs would be no problem as she pulled a proverbial mile clear.
With the pace to win a Guineas, there has to be a minor concern about today’s 12-furlong trip, but connections toyed with the idea of running in the Irish Derby and clearly believe she’ll stay. If so, she could come home virtually alone.
Richard Hannon has a very strong hand in the opening Norfolk Stakes and, while King Of Rooks is the obvious one, second string Log Out Island is preferred.
Both can count a victory over subsequent Coventry Stakes winner Buratino to their name, and there really is little to separate them. Although the disappointments of Night Of Thunder and Ivawood are still fresh in the mind, the stable was on the mark with Osaila yesterday evening.
Log Out Island looked a very speedy sort on debut, has a little more scope for improvement than his stable companion, and is also a more tempting price. He can get punters off to a winning start.
2.30 Log Out Island (nb)
4.20 Trip To Paris
5.00 Capel Path