Ten horses to follow at Royal Ascot

SOLOW (Queen Anne Stakes, Tuesday)

Ten horses to follow at Royal Ascot

Unbeaten since last August, the gelded son of Singspiel is improving with every race.

His stunning victory in the Dubai Turf was last month augmented by a similarly brilliant display in the Prix d’Ispahan. The Queen Anne looks a belter, but Solow looks a belting horse.

SHAMAL WIND (King’s Stand Stakes, Tuesday)

The Group One-sprinter has reportedly settled in superbly well since her arrival from Australia and looks tailor made for the King’s Stand.

A high-cruising thoroughbred with a big engine, she will not be knocked off his stride by the likelihood of fast conditions in Berkshire. That Ryan Moore has joined the party can only heighten her chances.

CHIL THE KITE (Royal Hunt Cup, Wednesday)

Hughie Morrison has trained this one with characteristic poise and he arrives back at Ascot 1lb lower than when he finished second in the race 12 months ago.

The fast-ground-loving six-year-old also endured a troublesome passage to the line last year, but still only succumbed by a length and a quarter. Granted a cleaner passage, expect him to come fast and late when it matters.

THE GREY GATSBY (Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Wednesday)

Trainer Kevin Ryan feels the colt never gets the respect he deserves, but that could soon change.

The dual Group One winner has not quite been at his best this year, but Ryan has been at pains to stress the Royal meeting is where he will be seen to best effect. He rates an outstanding proposition against shorter-priced rivals.

BATHYRHON (Gold Cup, Thursday)

Most of the protagonists have questions to answer, not least about their aptitude on fast ground, so it may pay to think outside the box a little.

Bathyrhon neatly fits the bill, having won the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier with some authority on his most recent outing. The capable Pia Brandt is convinced he can handle this step up in trip, while, by contrast to others, the ground will not be an issue.

FINNEGAN (Coventry Stakes, Tuesday or Norfolk Stakes, Thursday)

Part of American trainer Wesley Ward’s sizeable squad, the Coolmore-owned colt was beaten on his debut at Keeneland in April but clearly learnt from the experience as he impressed when winning over five furlongs at Pimlico next time out. Clearly it is hard to say how his form stacks up, but Ward has a history of bringing some of his best juveniles to this meeting.

DUE DILIGENCE (Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Saturday)

Beaten just a length and a half by Slade Power in this race last year despite suffering a fractured pelvis, Aidan O’Brien’s runner still appears to be a sprinter on the up.

That was his only defeat in three outings at six furlongs last term and while his seventh place on his return to action at the Curragh in April raises some questions, it would be a huge surprise if he were not able to step up on that and make his presence felt.

HOME OF THE BRAVE (Commonwealth Cup, Friday)

Winner of the Free Handicap at Newmarket, he found the mile of the 2000 Guineas beyond him when finishing a creditable sixth behind Gleneagles after setting the early pace.

He is a keen-going sort and Hugo Palmer’s decision to drop back to a sprint trip looks logical on that basis as he will have speed to burn and can set a challenging gallop to test the mettle of his rivals.

EASTON ANGEL (Queen Mary Stakes, Wednesday)

This daughter of Dark Angel has impressed in two starts to date for Michael Dods, winning a Musselburgh maiden on the bridle in early May before following up in the Hilary Needler at Beverley when she again won with only the minimum of encouragement.

Clearly some improvement is needed but she knows her job and can serve it up to some of the bigger yards representatives.

POSTPONED (Hardwicke Stakes, Saturday)

Telescope is likely to be a short price, but it would be dangerous to discount Luca Cumani’s charge following an excellent effort when just edged into third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

He had to make his own running at the Curragh which was far from ideal and while he has a little to find with Western Hymn on their Sandown running earlier in the season, fast ground will be right up his street - as will the return to a mile and a half.

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