Wednesday, 20 June 2018

3 pts win SHADES OF BLUE 9/2 (at least a dozen firms)
Queen Mary Stakes

Won a maiden here in the style of a classy filly in her only race so far. The strength of the form has been given a massive boost by the second, who looks a very smart filly in her own right, and the third (who reopposes today), who likewise won in the style of a quality sort next time. Shades of Blue gave the impression that she would come on notably for the run and she looks certain to go close here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BLESS HIM 16/1 (almost all firms)
Royal Hunt Cup

Won the Britannia here last year and will be racing on the same side of the course today. He was well beaten in soft ground on his seasonal debut but that race means nothing in the context of this which has clearly been his long term target. Plenty to like about his chance.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win COULD IT BE LOVE   9/2 ( at least 14 firms)
1 pt win ARBALET  50/1 ( almost all firms)
Jersey Stakes

Could It Be Love ran a cracker when seemingly not fancied in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She appeals likely to be in her element stepping back a furlong and like many from this yard who take their racing well, she could be on a sudden upward curve.

Arbalet catches the eye at big odds. He acquitted himself well when highly tried as a juvenile, notable when third behind Masar and Romanised in the Solario. He's had the wind op and won on his second start since last time, winning easily when having little to beat. Potential surprise material.

Lost - 3 pts