Sir Busker started off day 2 for TomsTopRacingTips members with a very good win coming in at 12/1. William Knight has started the season very well and after his victory at Newcastle where he looked to have more potential, I thought he could run well under our champion jockey Oisin Murphy. He was top weight which made it look a very difficult task, but he looks to be a potential group horse in the making now.
Battleground showed to progress significantly from his first run and won the Chesham Stakes by over 2 lengths. He looks like a big strong individual and will only get better with the more racing he has. Hence, I don’t think we will see the best of him until next year and I think he could be a derby horse in the waiting.
Fujaira Prince was extremely impressive in winning the class 2 Copper Horse handicap, winning by nearly 4 lengths. Roger Varian had a terrific week and got Fujaira Prince spot on for the race and the win never looked in doubt throughout the whole race. This horse deserves to take the next step up into listed company and maybe even group company as his potential at staying distances is unknown.
Horses to Follow
Terebellum finished 2nd behind Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes. The filly impressed on her first run this season winning at Newmarket and John Gosden quickly turned her out again in this group 1 clearly showing how highly he rates her. Although she got outbattled to Circus Maximus, there is no shame in that effort and the two pulled clear of the rest. She looked the winner at the furlong pole and maybe Frankie went to early but I definitely think she is the best mile filly there is and she is one to follow.
Khaloosy won the Britannia Stakes by just over 4 lengths and the second placed horse Finest Sound was a further 4 lengths clear of the rest. This shows both horses to be ahead of the handicapper and it is Khaloosy who looks ready to take on better company and could turn into a top-class miler.
Pogo finished 3rd in the Royal Hunt Cup in a race won by Dark Vision. Pogo finished off the race very well running home strongly just too late. However, I think he is definitely a horse on the upgrade for Charlie Hills and this 4-year old looks a potential group horse. Pogo won a listed race at Windsor on the 28th June, emphatically beating the field by over 5 lengths. Pogo is a horse I’ve always followed, and it is nice to see him improving at a rapid rate of knots.
Monarch of Egypt finished 2nd in the Jersey Stakes under an interesting ride by Ryan Moore. After losing a couple of lengths at the start, he was settled in rear and made a swooping move on the outside of the field making rapid progress. He hit the front possibly a bit soon and hung right towards the finish, meaning he got beat by half a length. He looked the best horse in the race and after being very unlucky in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, he looks like he is set to get a win under his belt.
Horses that Impressed
Battaash was the highlight on day 1 destroying the field in the King’s Stand Stakes. He comfortably made all to win by just over 2 lengths. I think the sprint division has become far weaker since the retirement of Blue Point, leaving Battaash to clear up this season. Battaash is miles clear of any other sprinters currently and he should be able to continue his winning form from Royal Ascot, no matter who he faces.
Lord North was arguably the surprise of day 2, where he stormed away from the field in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Japan was arguably a bit disappointing only finishing 4th where everyone anticipated him to be very hard to beat after his fantastic run in the L’Arc De Triomphe. He looked in need of the run as did some of O’Brien’s other horses such as Mogul, so I wouldn’t give up on him. Nevertheless, Lord North looked extremely impressive and could be the next big up and coming middle distance horse.
Stradivarius won the Gold Cup in the most breath-taking way storming to victory without even being asked a question by Frankie Dettori. This was his 3rd consecutive victory in the Ascot Gold Cup and has earnt himself a place in history with the likes of Yates as one of the best ever stayers in racing history. I hope to see him carry on his winning streak and cannot see any horse that will even come close to beating him.