Approach heads intriguing Coventry

Nine unbeaten colts will put their perfect records on the line in what looks a high-class renewal of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow.

Among them is the Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach, the winner of all three starts to date and featuring prominently in ante-post lists on the 2000 Guineas. Bolger also runs three-time runner-up Leitir Mor.

Aidan O’Brien saddles once-raced Navan winner Cristoforo Colombo, the mount of Joseph O’Brien, who will be joined by Curragh winner Lines Of Battle (Ryan Moore).

Richard Hannon is strongly represented with four runners – The Taj (Paul Hanagan), Sir Prancealot (Richard Hughes), Master Of War (Jimmy Fortune) and Olympic Glory (Dane O’Neill).

New Pearl, beaten at 1-6 at Pontefract but impressive when winning on debut at Newmarket, runs for David Brown, who landed the Windsor Castle Stakes 12 months ago with Frederick Engels. Charlie Hills’ pair of Englishman and Funk Soul Brother are also unbeaten, as is the Kevin Ryan-trained northern challenger Indian Jade.

Frankie Dettori gets the leg-up on Artigiano for Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Power is the star name among 16 declarations for the St James’s Palace Stakes, also on Tuesday.

Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old landed the Coventry Stakes at last year’s summer showpiece meeting and while he disappointed on his seasonal return in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, he bounced back with victory in the Irish equivalent.

O’Brien has saddled three of the last five winners of this Group One prize and six winners in all, with the likes of Giant’s Causeway and Rock Of Gibraltar on the roll of honour for Ballydoyle.

Power is not their only representative in this year’s renewal, with Wrote given the chance to put a disappointing start to the season behind him.

A number of those who finished behind Power at the Curragh will re-oppose, including the Bryan Smart trained shock runner-up Foxtrot Romeo.

Born To Sea is an interesting contender for John Oxx, having flashed home to finish fifth in Ireland, while the sixth home, French colt Hermival, also runs again. Brian Meehan runs the unbeaten Cogito, as well as the much vaunted Most Improved.

Impressive Haydock winner Gabrial and other French raiders Dragon Pulse and Lucayan are more notable contenders.

Bated Breath is among 23 sprinters declared for the King’s Stand Stakes.

Trainer Roger Charlton had mentioned on Friday that his participation may not be decided until an hour before the race due to the possibility of soft ground.

To be on the safe side Bated Breath still holds an entry in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee when the ground is expected to be quicker.

Australian speedball Ortensia is favourite after her win in Dubai from Sole Power and the Irish raider is also among the declarations, despite Eddie Lynam suggesting last week he was an unlikely runner.

There are plenty of other overseas runner with Robert Collet’s Wizz Kid, Joy And Fun and Little Bridge from Hong Kong adding further interest.

Henry Candy will run both Amour Propre and Dinkum Diamond while Epsom Dash winner Stone Of Folca is also there.

Nunthorpe winner Margot Did will be looking to bounce back to form while Robert Cowell has three runners, last year’s winner Prohibit, the consistent Monsieur Joe and Spirit Quartz.

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