Sunday 16 December 2018

Teolane leads Irish assault

Bolger charge can set tone for raiders with win in opener

There is Irish representation in all six of the races on the card at Royal Ascot tomorrow and in all of the races an Irish horse has a chance of nicking some prize money.

It would be a surprise if there was no Irish winner on day four of the meeting.

Our best chance seems to come in tomorrow's opening race, the Group Three Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies, where Teolane, the two-time winning daughter of Teofilo, can oblige for the in-form duo of Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning.

Teolane ran a good race on her debut at Naas and followed that up twice since by winning impressively at Leopardstown and in listed company back at Naas.

Richard Fahey's three-time winner Lily's Angel is sure to be one of the best of the home challenge for Paul Hanagan, but this looks set to be a successful raid for the master trainer that is Jim Bolger.

Tomorrow's feature race is the Group One Coronation Stakes over a mile and Aidan O'Brien's dual 1,000 Guineas runner-up Together goes in search of compensation for those near misses (both three parts of a length) when she faces 12 rivals in the hands of Ryan Moore.

A repeat of either of her Classic runs should see her winning here, although Richard Hannon's Memory is sure to put her horrific last run behind her and pose a threat.

Alexander Pope is the Irish hopeful in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes, but he may have to settle for minor honours after his recent Curragh win as John Gosden's Nathaniel is favoured.

In what looks a competitive race, with the O'Brien horse and Henry Cecil's highly regarded World Domination, it is Nathaniel who is selected on the basis of his run behind Derby runner-up Treasure Beach and behind Frankel last season.

Both of those runs suggest he is good enough to give William Buick another big race win and further enhance his reputation as a leading young rider.

If Henry Cecil and Tom Queally are out of luck with World Domination, they may have more to celebrate after the Queen's Vase where Solar Sky can add a second win to his portfolio.

Indeed, Solar Sky finished second to the aforementioned World Domination on his debut and was then a facile winner on his only other start.

As with any handicap at Royal Ascot, the Wolferton is ultra competitive but keep an eye on the Pat Flynn-trained Waydownsouth who has been aimed at this target and was far from disgraced in his preparation run up the Curragh last time.

The four-year-old finished third and at a big price could run into a place at worst, although Anmar might prove hard to beat as he drops back in class.

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes' terrific week may continue in the last with King Of Jazz in the concluding Buckingham Palace Stakes, who may be progressive enough to exploit a likeable handicap mark.

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