Royal Ascot eyecatchers reviewed.
Following a break in proceedings last week to focus on Royal Ascot previews, we now bring you the Eyecatchers from last week’s festival.
Kodi Bear (17 June, Royal Ascot)
Seemed to be quietly fancied on the back of a promising maiden run, despite going off at 20/1. Jumped nicely before being reined back, losing a nice early position.
Got shuffled back at a crucial stage and had to wait before a gap appeared. When finally in the clear ran on nicely and should improve for this experience. Potentially a nice horse.
War Command (17 June, Royal Ascot)
Is slowly coming back to himself and ran a nice race in a hot St James’s Palace Stakes. Not given the best of rides, he was held-up last in a race that didn’t appear to have a great deal of pace on. Travelling kindly into the straight Joseph O’Brien asked for his effort quite late before running on well.
A step-up in trip may now be needed and he may get his head back in front over ten furlongs on quick ground.
Mukhmal (19 June, Royal Ascot)
Can be given another chance to progress after his opening pair of good runs. For whatever reason he was far too keen to show his true worth in the Norfolk. Maybe the occasion got to him, but we’re willing to forgive him given how strong he was in the market.
Speed tracks and five furlongs look his game at the moment. Racing around a bend would be ideal.
Cloudscape (19 June, Royal Ascot)
This horse has a serious amount of ability to finish as close as he did, in the Tercentenary Stakes, given how keen he was. Despite being fresh early the son of Dansili was still running on late while switching around horses.
He may be a candidate for a hood now, to pacify his keenness, but if he gets a strong pace to chase he’ll show his true worth. The worry is he doesn’t seem to be learning and so, may be a long-term project as a four-year-old. Has an engine, however.
Elite Army (19 June, Royal Ascot)
Left a big impression on us when winning the King George V Stakes Handicap. Some smart sorts have won this race in recent seasons and the Godolphin runner looks destined for pattern-class racing.
Despite pulling throughout in the hands of Kieren Fallon he still had enough natural ability to see of a competitive field of progressive handicappers. Despite having a knee action and hitting the ground quite hard he won on this firmer surface is one to keep in mind going forward. May be a Leger horse.
Eagle Top (20 June, Royal Ascot)
Was hugely impressive in winning the King Edward VII Stakes from a well-fancied and inform Ballydoyle horse.
This well-bred son of Pivotal took this Group 2 on only his third ever career start and it may be he has a real touch of star quality. Travelled powerfully and quickened well and is a horse we look forward to seeing again.
Effusive (20 June, Royal Ascot)
Was drawn away from the main action and probably deserves credit for finishing as close. Saw plenty daylight early and looked a touch keen so her run can be marked up.
Impressed on debut win and is surely capable of better. A drop to five furlongs won’t inconvenience either.
My Titania (20 June, Royal Ascot)
Everything that could’ve gone wrong did for this classy daughter of Sea The Stars when she made a belated return to action in the Coronation Stakes. A top-quality juvenile, circumstances saw her off the track for the early part of the season, but despite being beaten here there was enough to suggest she is capable of winning a Group 1.
A lack of pace saw the filly over-race and truth be told she has done well to finish fourth. Fast ground is key and she has distance options over eight and ten furlongs.
Havana Cooler (21 June, Royal Ascot)
Ran a great race on seasonal debut to finish third in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes. Had some good form as a three-year-old and it was a tough ask to win a race of that nature, first time up, but he acquitted himself well.
Still looks nicely-handicapped and the York Ebor Handicap has been touted as his main seasonal aim.