Tuesday 16 June 2009

4:55 Royal Ascot (17th June)

The Queen Mary Stakes race, a Group 3 contest for fillies.

This has the look of a competitive race and with many winners on show it is difficult to consider what they can attain.

If I chose one horse it would be Capercaillie. This filly has proven very good on two starts and going the right way. She has a determination to win and I have little doubt a big run is on the cards. The Musselburgh form is working out well with the third horse Makbullet running a storming race next time out after looking snail's pace against this filly. Never an easy race to find a winner - but I get a feeling this Johnston two-year-old has class.

Don't Tell Mary won the Hilary Needler Listed race at Beverley in tremendous style. The best feature of her running style is that a big rallying finish looks guaranteed. In races of this nature the majority of horses go much too quick and fall short in the final furlong. Dascombe's filly will be winding-up for a her effort just as many are toiling and you couldn't help but be impressed last time.

Rose Blossom is another with a glowing reference - an all-age track record at Hamilton running under 58 seconds is something quite astounding. That wasn't the best of races - but it wasn't really about the opposition. She could well lead these a merry dance if that time was a reflection of natural speed.

Lady Of The Desert won well at Leicester on debut, which is always a very encouraging sign for Brian Meehan. A good, strong filly with plenty of scope for improvement, she could be a class act and I would fear this juvenile.

This is the best season Clive Brittain has had with his two-year-olds for as long as I can remember and Misheer has proven her worth by winning with ease at Yarmouth and then showing battling qualities to take a Listed race at York. Brittain stated that the ground wasn't to her liking that day and another big run can be expected.

A tight affair, which is hardly surprising when there is £51,000 up for grabs. With so many of these untested it is a difficult task to be confident. If I went for one it would be Capercaillie as I just get a feeling she has something about her.

An exciting race to savour.

A watching race.

Race review: 'A breathtaking performance by Jealous Again. Wesley Ward caught the imagination with his Listed winner but this victory was something special. Away from the stall like a greyhound, and a substantial lead after two furlong, this impressive filly was pushed clear to leave what looked a field of talented juveniles toiling. A truly great performance. Misheer done Clive Brittain proud and Ceedwell, Capercaillie & Chantilly Creme ran well. Much credit to Ward for bringing these juveniles to Royal Ascot.'