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Queen Anne: If George
by Geir Stabell (geir.stabell@globeform.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2007-06-19 11:37:22 (First published: 2007-06-15 08:08:28 )


Royal Ascot Tuesday: He produced the best mile performance seen last year when winning at Ascot, but that was on the round course, and on the back of a perfect prep run at Goodwood.

There are differences this time though, if he is nearly as good as he was, George Washington is the one to beat.

The Danehill colt returns from retirement when he runs in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) on the first day of the royal meeting. After an unsuccessful spell at stud, he rejoined Aidan O’Brien’s team in April, and this will be his first start since he was a respectable sixth to Invasor in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) last November.

All being well, this will be his first step on the road to another crack at the best Americans in the autumn.

GLOBEFORM RATINGS
QUEEN ANNE STAKES (G1)

Royal Ascot 19 June 2007 – 1 mile turf (straight)

Horses presented with best Globeform, sire, rider

A ‘+’ after horse indicates improvement expected

125 – GEORGE WASHINGTON (Danehill) / M Kinane
117 – RAMONTI (Matrino Alonso) + / L Dettori
114 – RED EVIE (Intikhab) + / J Spencer
116 – CESARE (Machiavellian) + / J Murtagh
115 – RACINGER (Spectrum) / C Soumillion
114 – TURTLE BOWL (Dyhim Diamond) / O Peslier
113 – JEREMY (Danehill Dancer) + / R Moore
112 – NOTABILITY (King’s Best) / K McEvoy

Red Evie gets a 3lb sex allowance, add three pounds to rating for direct comparison.

This race is really fascinating. We have seen better Group Ones over a mile but, with the return of George Washington this Queen Anne will get a lot of attention. And, it seems a straightforward task. If the Irish trained son of Danehill is anywhere near his best, he will win. If fails to fire, and there is always a danger of that when a colt is back racing after a spell at stud, well, then it becomes a wide open affair.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’s juvenile and 3-year-year-old form was head and shoulders above anything any of his seven rivals here have shown. He was retired to stud but fertility problems caused a u-turn in April, when he came back to Aidan O’Brien’s team at Ballydoyle and the 3-year-old Holy Roman Emperor was rushed off to stud. This is quite a quick return, for a horse who has been back in training for just three months, and that is probably a good sign. George Washington is by far the best in this Queen Anne, but he has also been ‘boiling over’ a bit before his races, so, any bets must be held until he has left the paddock. If all is well with him up to that point, and he canters down mentally well balanced, then 6-4 is a great bet. Drawn eight, he looks set for a clear run – in a race where those closer to the rail can find trouble in running.

Get George Washington’s essay from the Globeform Annual via the pdf-link below.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (Danehill) GF07s


RAMONTI produced a very promising seasonal debut when second to RED EVIE in the Lockinge Stakes (G1) over a straight mile at Newbury in May. He was beaten just a head that day, though Red Evie finished strongly and was a worthy winner. Still, Ramonti was more in need of the race, and I expect him to turn the tables on Red Evie this time. He was the top miler in Italy last year, when he also ran really well in international company.

Get Ramonti’s essay from the Globeform Annual via the pdf-link below.

RAMONTI (Martino Alonso) GF07s


RED EVIE has never been better than last time out, when she performed to Globeform 114+. It was her first start against males and she gained a decisive head win over Ramonti, One has to give her a chance. With her three-pound sex allowance, she is ranked joint second in this Queen Anne.

Get Red Evie’s essay from the Globeform Annual via the pdf-link below.

RED EVIE (Intikhab) GF07s

CESARE was supplemented following his visually impressive win in the Paradise Stakes (LR) over this course and distance last month. Winning hard held, he beat Illustrious Blue by 4 lengths, with Dunelight third. Illustrious Blue won a Listed event at Goodwood next time out, and Dunelight also went straight to a Listed win at Goodwood. Cesare’s form could hardly have worked out much better, and he holds a serious each-way chance. Last year, he won the Royal Hunt Cup, and there can be little doubt that he loves this course and distance. He is an improving sort.

RACINGER has been a neck better than TURTLE BOWL in his last two starts and both are in great form – but only very soft ground would give them a realistic chance of winning. One formline is interesting though: When Racinger won the Prix du Muguet (G2), he had Passager 1 ¾ lengths back in third, and that runner was only beaten two heads when third behind Red Evie and Ramonti in the Lockinge.

JEREMY won the Jersey Stakes (G3) over 7 furlongs here last year and he opened his 4yo campaign with a solid (albeit somewhat bloodless) win over a mile at Sandown, only to be found out against Red Evie and Ramonti at Newbury. He is not quite up to Group One standard and the same can be said for Godolphin’s second string NOTABILITY - who was beaten easily by 2 ½ lengths by Ramonti in the Premio Vittorio di Capua (G1) last autumn.

GLOBEFORM SELECTIONS

A: 2 GEORGE WASHINGTON
B: 1 CESARE, 6 RAMONTI

RECOMMENDED BETS


WIN: 2 George Washington

2 EXACTAS:

A: 2 with 1, 6






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