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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Very hard to think of you losing

SO YOU THINK may not be the most original selection for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, but it is impossible to oppose the Australian sensation at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O'Brien's import is viewed by many as the banker of the meeting and it is hard to argue after he made a showstopping start to his European career.

Five times a Group One winner Down Under, the fiveyear- old is a truly versatile runner, handling soft and quick ground alike and running well up to the distance of two miles.

He has made a peerless start to his campaign with O'Brien, trotting up by 10 lengths against some vastly inferior rivals in a Curragh Group Three before tackling the Tattersalls Gold Cup back at that track last time.

So You Think's tall reputation seemed to scare off most of the runners and with connections of Workforce ducking the challenge, it was little surprise to see the son of High Chaparral prevail again.

CODEMASTER is the nap in the Jersey Stakes following an impressive seasonal bow at Newmarket last month.

The three-year-old won one of his three starts as a juvenile, finishing second on the other two occasions, including in the ultra-competitive Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar.

He encountered fast ground for the first time at Newmarket when lining up in a Listed heat and although he looked in trouble two furlongs out, he kept finding a little more and eventually won by two lengths in a track-record time. Henry Candy immediately nominated the Jersey as a likely target and the hint should be taken.

I’M A DREAMER looks to be a filly on the upgrade and she can take the next step on the ladder in the Windsor Forest Stakes. She did not make it to the track as a juvenile but definitely made up for lost time when winning on her first three starts.

Trainer David Simcock duly stepped her up in class but Listed company proved beyond her on two occasions before connections decided to draw stumps in September.

A winter on her back seemed to have done her the world of good when she reappeared at British racing’s headquarters though, as she powered home by over four lengths at Group Three level. This is a better calibre race but I'm A Dreamer looks thoroughly progressive and could have the requisite improvement.

The Royal Hunt Cup presents the usual punting conundrum but MONT AGEL is the choice.

SHUMOOS could prove hard to beat in the Queen Mary following a fine win on her racecourse introduction while ROUGETTE is an intriguing proposition in what looks a weak renewal of the Sandringham Handicap.

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