Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cavalryman leads charge

CAVALRYMAN can prove he is as good as ever by landing the Artemis Goodwood Cup for Godolphin.

Now an evergreen eight-year-old, he showed the fire still burns brightly by winning the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket on his return to action in this country after another fruitful Dubai Carnival.

Saeed bin Suroor's veteran won a Group Three out in Dubai and arguably was an unlucky loser in the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night when he got going all too late under Silvestre de Sousa and failed to reel in Certerach.

De Sousa made no mistake earlier this month, however, dropped in trip to a mile and a half, the Brazilian rode him much closer to the pace and kicked for home well over two furlongs out.

Hillstar was pestering him all the way to the line, but Cavalryman snever really looked like being caught.

The fact he was third to Sea The Stars in the Arc brings home just how long he has been on the go as John Oxx's former star is already producing new greats in Taghrooda and Sea The Moon.

Cavalryman ran a lifeless race behind Brown Panther in this 12 months ago, but for some reason he had already run two poor races before arriving in Sussex and he heads there this year in arguably the form of his life. He rates as a great credit to the skills of Saeed bin Suroor.

Michael Stoute appears to have resisted the temptation to run Top Tug with the Fairmont Stakes in mind.

With a rating of 94, Stoute probably feels he only has one more crack at a decent handicap before he is stepped up in class and this £50,000 prize over nearly 10 furlongs looks ideal. Top Tug has a 10lb rise to overcome but he looks the type to follow until he is beaten.

Richard Hannon's Ivawood will take a great deal of beating in the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes, but the 3lb penalty for his win in the July Stakes might make him a little vulnerable.

One at an each-way price who could surprise a few is Keith Dalgleish's Doc Charm. He made his debut in what is a traditionally strong Ayr maiden and this year's renewal has proved no exception as it was won by The Wow Signal who followed up in the Coventry Stakes.

Doc Charm was second, albeit beaten nine lengths, but subsequently won his next race by six lengths himself.

John Gosden's Stella Bellissima runs in the Sterling Insurance Lillie Langtry Stakes on the back of just one run, and a win, in a maiden but she is certainly bred to be at least up to this class.

She is by Sea The Stars, who has surprised no one by already proving to be a huge success as a stallion. This filly is a half-sister to Duncan and Samuel who were both classy stayers, so the trip should be no problem and there is no other stand out contender with Missunited expected to find things possibly happening a bit quick.

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