It was certainly a case of the calm before the storm this Sunday, with the Galway Festival and Glorious Goodwood coming up this week, racing was on the whole fairly low key. Sir Michael Stoute brought in a tidy double at Pontefract, including a Listed victory for the so far disappointing Convey. The other flat card of the day was at Carlisle, whilst Uttoxeter went racing over the fences. Our run of the day comes from France, where a Clive Cox 2YO was the top trump in the Prix Robert Papin.
2 45 TIS MARVELLOUS (C Cox) 7/2, Group 2 Colts & Fillies, 5.5F, Good
This was a major test of the Royal Ascot 2YO form. Prince of Lir was a close winner of the Norfolk Stakes and the promising filly Al Johrah was beaten only by Lady Aurelia in the Queen Mary, all be it by 7L. But it was Clive Cox’s colt that came out on top and finished extremely assertively, taking lengths out of the field for fun. He built on his Windsor maiden romp in fine fashion and is clearly improving at a rapid rate. Cox and Adam Kirby take the G2 prize back over the Channel with them and there will be more targets at this level and higher on the horizon for sure.