Sunday 23 October 2016

Mick Kinane: Brazen's July date looks good after show at Royal Ascot

Mr Singh
Mr Singh

Tomorrow at Newmarket, the July Cup is the feature race and it'll be fascinating to see how this race develops, with Brazen Beau taking on the Commonwealth Cup winner Muhaarar.

I do think the introduction of the Commonwealth Cup to Royal Ascot was a positive but there is no doubt that it took away from the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Now, though, we'll get to see the runner-up from the Jubilee Stakes and the winner of the Commonwealth lock horns at Newmarket, so there'll be no hiding place.

Since they've tweaked a few things at Newmarket the draw doesn't appear to be as important and I think that makes it a fairer race and I just think Brazen Beau will come out on top.


His run at Ascot was eye-catching because he didn't have anything to race against and he still ran a very good race. That scenario won't happen tomorrow so it should be a big help for him, obviously.

I think Anthem Alexander is the pick of the each-way horses for Eddie Lynam. She is a filly getting all the allowances from the rest of the field and I'm sure she'll be popular.

Last weekend we saw a very impressive performance from Golden Horn again - he is just one of the very good ones.

We'll have to wait and see if they go for the King George or wait for the Juddmonte but you'd like to see him remain unbeaten and he is a horse that looks tailor-made for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

He seems a very straightforward horse and once he has his ground over there you'd have to think he would have an outstanding chance and he is certainly with the right trainer in John Gosden.

There was naturally some disappointment from people to learn that it is unlikely he will race as a four-year-old but I would imagine that it was no surprise.

The owner has expressed his wish for the horse to stand at stud in Newmarket and if he was mine I would be making the exact same decision. It was very similar with Sea The Stars in 2009 and it really is a wise call, I feel. The horse is such a valuable stallion already and at the end of this year it would be hard to see how he would be able to increase it by racing on next year.

It has been an incredible new lease of life for Frankie Dettori. John Gosden appears to be something of a father figure to him and the rekindling of their relationship has been brilliant for both parties.

I know in 2009 the alarm clock never had to go off in the morning to ride Sea The Stars and I'm sure Frankie is in the exact same position now, and fair play to him.

The Tsui family had a nice winner at Roscommon earlier in the week and the patience they showed with Affinisa will hopefully be rewarded.

The son of Sea The Stars is a very well-bred colt, but a bad injury as a two-year-old meant he didn't race

He is four now but he made a nice winning debut and hopefully he'll be a horse that can go on and do some nice things.

It's not easy to find a race for him but he may go to Galway next and he could be a horse that stays in training next season.

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