Saturday 19 January 2019

Giant Goldikova has too much class for Canford Cliffs

GOLDIKOVA can make it an outstanding 14 Group One victories in the Queen Anne Stakes in what is a brilliant opener to Royal Ascot 2011.

Freddie Head's incredible mare won the corresponding race 12 months ago, beating Richard Hannon's Paco Boy.

This year Hannon will try to get his revenge with Canford Cliffs, and the team have made no secret they believe they have a much better chance 12 months on.

Canford Cliffs does have an exceptional turn of foot, as he showed when winning the Irish Guineas and Sussex Stakes last year.

He reappeared this season with victory in the Lockinge at Newbury and the general consensus is he will be cherry-ripe for this.

But in Goldikova he is meeting a true giant of the turf.

She puts her races to bed in a matter of strides and is likely to have too much class for the young pretender.

With Frankel looking the proverbial steering job in the St James's Palace Stakes, Japanese raider GRAND PRIX BOSS is the eachway call.

Runners from the Far East have claimed some of the biggest prizes all over the world.

After the Melbourne Cup win of Delta Blues and Victoire Pisa's success in the Dubai World Cup, Grand Prix Boss should be respected.

He looked a monster when working at Newmarket last week and his form stands up to the closest scrutiny.

In further Group One action Aidan O'Brien's first winner of the week can come courtesy of POWER in the Coventry Stakes.

The Oasis Dream colt created a huge impression when winning over six furlongs on his debut.

O'Brien then dropped him back to five in an attempt to get him really sharp and while he had to work hard to win, the runner-up Tough As Nails had previously won by seven lengths.

ZIGATO stands out in the twoand- a-half-mile Ascot Stakes against more than a few National Hunt types. John Gosden's charge is a half-brother to dual Oaks winner Sariska and won over two miles at Ascot in May.

The Windsor Castle Stakes looks a minefield but you could not fail to be impressed by FREDERICK ENGELS when he won at Musselburgh. He should be there or thereabouts.

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