Supporters of leading stanjamesuk.com 1000 Guineas hope Spacious received a boost after her galloping companion Cesare recorded back-to-back wins in the Britain’s Got Talent Paradise Stakes at Ascot.
James Fanshawe’s 11-8 favourite also carries the colours of Cheveley Park Stud and was trimmed to 3-1 at the head of the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes market with Coral after his hard-held length success under Jamie Spencer.
Fanshawe said: “He won this race nicely last year, but I was concerned as he had a 7lb penalty this time.
“I hope to take him to the Lockinge now and then head back here for the Queen Anne.”
Fanshawe and Spencer later doubled up as Gimcrack winner Sir Gerry (4-1) bounced back from his disappointing run in the Greenham to sweep from last to first and claim the O’Connell London Wasps Pavilion Stakes.
Fanshawe said: “I think he just needed his first run, and it was over seven furlongs on testing ground.
“His run that day stopped us going for the Guineas, which is good as we now know he is a sprinter.”
Fresh from finishing third in the National Hunt trainers’ championship, Alan King sent out his first Group winner as Shipmaster landed the Woodcote Stud Sagaro Stakes.
Soapy Danger valiantly tried to make all but started to wilt in the final furlong as the 4-1 winner stayed on well up the rail to deny Peppertree Lane by a short head.
King said: “This is probably his day. I only declared him 48 hours ago in the hope the rain would come, and it did.
“He came to Royal Ascot two years ago and ran a blinder to finish sixth in the Queen’s Vase, but he got jarred up there and I was lucky to get him back.
“I will leave him in the Chester Cup but we’ll have to see about that, and he will go hurdling again next winter.”
VC Bet trimmed the five-year-old into 10-1 from 16s for next week’s marathon on the Roodee.
Rosaleen boosted the Nell Gwyn form ahead of this weekend’s Classics as the 15-8 favourite stayed on best of all to claim the mile-long X Factor Stakes.
Brian Meehan’s filly had been beaten into fourth behind leading 1000 Guineas contender Infallible at Newmarket, and opened her account for the season as Frankie Dettori punched her home by three-quarters of a length.
Meehan said: “She improved from Newmarket and I will now look at what was the Lupe (the Height Of Fashion Stakes) at Goodwood next month.”
Dettori went on to team up with fellow Italian Luca Cumani and the pair plundered the Keltbray Handicap with the Royal Ascot-bound Bankable, who obliged as the 11-8 favourite.
Cumani said: “He’ll have one more run and then it will be the Hunt Cup, but he wouldn’t want fast ground.”
Baycat is another heading back to the track in June with Johnny Portman eyeing a juvenile event for the son of One Cool Cat after he struck as the 11-4 joint favourite in the Ascot Annual Badgeholders’ Conditions Stakes.