As we get into the teeth of the Flat season, the mid-summer Festivals are coming thick and fast. The lessons of Royal Ascot are fresh in the memory, while Glorious Goodwood and York's Ebor Meeting won't be too long coming around.
Threading to Win and Each Way the Qatar Sussex Stakes @ 25/1 - BET NOW
Mark Johnston's charge is one to keep in the notebook for York in August. She produced one of most eye-catching debuts of 2017 at Goodwood last August under William Buick with an emphatic success, backing it up on the Knavesmire when landing the Group 2 Lowther Stakes on her second start.
Things didn't go her way in the Cheveley Park Stakes, won by Clemmie, but she returned this season with another wide-margin success at York. Since that run, Threading has run a fine second behind Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, a pretty strong effort behind what appears to be a high-class filly for Jessica Harrington based on that effort.
Threading could be heading to Goodwood next and will be worth noting in the racing betting for the Qatar Lennox Stakes should she take up that engagement.
Battaash to Win and Each Way the Nunthorpe Stakes @ 2/1 - BET NOW
Last month's King's Stand Stakes was built as a duel between Battaash and Lady Aurelia, but as it turned out it was Blue Point that stole the show.
That race didn't pan out for Battaash, with Jim Crowley setting the pace as Lady Aurelia didn't show her usual speed-ball zeal. Charlie Hills' charge did the donkey-work and was vulnerable at the business end of the race.
Battaash remains a sprinter from the top drawer and one that can thwart any field on his day. York's Nunthorpe Stakes in August, as well as key late-season sprints in Britain and France, should see him prominent in the racing odds in bidding to maintain his 50 per cent winning ratio.
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Lauens to Win and Each Way the Irish Oaks @ 6/1 - BET NOW
Karl Burke's charge won three of her four two-year-old starts last summer, culminating in a fine success in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket, a Group 1 mile contest. The Siyouni filly wasn't roundly expected to be landing that sort of prize but her trainer hasn't concealed his opinion.
Burke has utilised the continental route this time around, with Laurens landing back-to-back Group 1 wins in France this term, having started her season with a runner-up finish behind Billesdon Brook in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. The Irish Oaks in late July and more big-race targets are ahead for Laurens.
Having been a big fan of Sir Michael Stoute's Acclamation colt at two, it was disappointing to find him beaten in the Greenham on his return and then running a poor race in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Many called for a drop in distance to sprinting trips after the Classic failure but the shrewd trainer held firm and was patient, with the seven-furlong Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot the chosen target. Expert Eye duly romped to a decisive success there.
His master-handler appears to have got him back on track and, that being the case, Expert Eye could still have a big season ahead as he is prodigiously talented.
Harry Angel to Win and Each Way the July Cup @ 6/1 - BET NOW
Stay with Harry Angel. Things could scarcely have gone worse for Clive Cox's star sprinter at Royal Ascot, where all hope was compromised before he left the starting gates. That race can be consigned to the history books.
The trainer has been more than upbeat on his progress in recovering from the injury he sustained in the starting stalls and he could even reappear in the July Cup at Newmarket. It will be a shock should Harry Angel not add to his tally of top-level prizes before the season ends.
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