IRIDESSA (Curragh, 5.10) may have her stamina to prove at today’s 12-furlong trip however, as a daughter of Derby winner Ruler Of The World, she may even find further improvement for this stiffer test.
The manner of her win at today’s venue in a hot renewal of the Pretty Polly Stakes last time suggests she could prove hard to resist if the same turn of foot is in evidence, as the likes of Magic Wand and today’s rival Pink Dogwood were left trailing in her wake.
If her energy can be conserved in the same manner this afternoon, then the acceleration which saw her win a Fillies’ Mile as a two-year-old could prove hard to resist.
Iridessa 2pt win @ 10-3
A switch of stables and a gelding operation worked the oracle at Royal Ascot where the selection ground out a game victory after being one of the last off the bridle. This track should play to his strengths and he is narrowly favoured at the expense of Withhold who boasts a terrific record fresh.
The Grand Visir 1pt ew @ 7-1
The Tin Man landed this event three years ago and James Fanshawe has also won it with Deacon Blues, so his admirable sprinter will be favoured by many to gain compensation for a slightly unfortunately passage in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
He will be tough to beat but KHAADEM (Newbury, 3.00) looked an exciting prospect when scoring over course and distance in May and, although he didn’t enjoy Ascot subsequently, he wouldn’t be the first to bounce back following a disappointing effort at that venue.
His trainer is on record suggesting easy ground suits his talented speedster and the form of his course win was enhanced when the third-home won the Jersey Stakes.
Khaadem 1pt ew @ 7-1
The six-year-old is a seven-time winner with two of those victories recorded over course and distance. The latest success was here in April on his seasonal bow and although he has failed to add to that in three runs since, can be considered a shade unfortunate not to be involved at Thirsk last time when hampered late on behind the second Muscika who reopposes off 1lb higher.
It looks like the weather in the north east is set fair for the weekend and The Armed Man should have perfect conditions with the almost ever present Paula Muir taking the reins.
The Armed Man 1pt ew
Lo and behold, the step up in trip was key for the lightly-raced and well-backed four-year-old, who was sent off at odds of 40-1, 50-1 and 100-1 on three starts as a maiden. He stayed on well over a mile and a half at Wolverhampton and gives every impression that Sunday’s extra two furlongs will hold no fears.
The gelding holds an engagement at Ayr on Monday and is triple-entered on Wednesday.
Distant Chimes 2pt win
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