The Queen was left empty handed in the King George, as Highland Reel romped home under Ryan Moore at Ascot. Time Test won at York, but not as convincingly as most believed feasible and subsequently raised doubts over his genuine ability. Connections were quick to defend him, stating he would learn plenty from this run and to be fair Mondialiste looked back to his 2015 best. There was also top racing at HQ, Chester, Salisbury, Lingfield and at Newcastle on the tapeta. It is Ascot where our two best performances come from however.
2 45 FAIR EVA (R Charlton) 4/6, Group 3 2YO Fillies, 6F, Good to Firm
Roger Charlton has featured in this section heavily over the last week and this was another thoroughly impressive performance from his 2YO, daughter of Frankel. It looked a couple of furlongs from home that it was set to be a close call, but from nowhere she exploded clear to win by four. It was up there with Caravaggio’s exploits as the 2YO performance of the summer thus far and Fair Eva could certainly mix it with the top 2YO boys as things stand. 6F seems ideal at the moment and there is no need to push 7F as there are currently no big races over this trip for fillies anyhow. There is however PLENTY more to come from her and today saw her made favourite for the 2000 Guineas next spring.
3 55 LIBRISA BREEZE (D Ivory) 4/1, C2 H’Cap, 7F, Good to Firm
A huge punt was landed at Ascot as Librisa Breeze more than halved in price, and delivered a cosy win. We think Dean Ivory played the markets somewhat during the past week by saying that York was the likely destination for his star, and many of his close friends would have undoubtedly enjoyed the easy price to back Librisa Breeze during the week, knowing too well he would deliver. He comprehensively bolted up in what is a ultra competitive handicap on ground that did not suit, showing plenty of class and that without doubt he is a group horse. He is entered in a pair of G2s and this would be the obvious direction to go.