Windsor Forest: Sajjhaa meets Seta, I'm A Dreamer
by Handicappers (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Published: 2011-06-14 06:04:55
Royal Ascot Wednesday:
One of the more recently added dishes on the fabulous Royal Ascot menu, the straight mile Windsor Forest Stakes (G2) brings out some of the best fillies and mares over this trip, and 13 runners will take up the challenge. It is quite an evenly matched contest but, like with the Jersey, analysing the race throws up three names to focus on. Not surprisingly, they are the three at the head of the betting.
WINDSOR FOREST STAKES (G2)
Royal Ascot 15 June 2011
4yo+ fillies & mares – 1 mile straight course
SAJJHAA (good value at around 4-1) looks the one they all have to beat. This big, imposing Godolphin filly will love the course and she is potentially a big improver. She ran a solid race to take second in the Middleton Stakes (G3) at York on her seasonal debut, beaten only by the favourite Midday, who went on to run such a good race for second behind St. Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom last weekend. Shortly after that performance Midday's trainer Sir Henry Cecil added her name to the list of entries for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) – for which St Nicholas Abbey is now favourite – and that can be seen as yet another compliment to Sajjhaa. The distance aside, how would Midday figure in the betting against the Windsor Forest runners? Correct, she would be a short priced favourite. So Sajjhaa, who was trained by Micheal Jarvis last year, is the logical pick. She deserves to be favourite and she is sure to finish in the first three. The daughter of King's Best looks another good Each-Way (Win & Show) option. If she is beaten she will be placed and the money thus safe.
Seta, a late developing filly from Luca Cumani's team, and I'm A Dreamer, another who is improving with age, are the main dangers. The latter impressed when winning at 10-1 on her seasonal debut at Newmarket in May, when she outclassed Sea Of Heartbreak (good second in LR on Monday evening) by 4 ½ lengths to win the 9-furlong Dahlia Stakes (G3). Cutting back to a mile will not be a problem for I'm A Dreamer, who ran well here at Ascot last year (unlucky loser). She will probably kick early and make this a test of stamina. Seta has always been a typical miler, and she also began the new campaign in style, taking the Conqueror Stakes (LR) at Goodwood. She beat one of today's rivals, Anna Salai, readily by 3 3/4 lengths despite being quite weak in the betting. Anna Salai went close in classic company lasy year and this is also very solid form.
Jacqueline Quest was first past the post in a classic last year, but demoted after beating Special Duty by a head in the 1,000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket. She deserves to win a big one, but it is hard to know what to make of her chances here – as she came back distressed after losing as a long odds-on favourite on her seasonal debut at Leicester three weeks ago.
A: 11 SAJJHAA
B: 7 I'M A DREAMER, 12 SETA
EW / Win & Place: 11 Sajjhaa
6 Exactas: 7 – 11 – 12 boxed / combined
6 Trifectas: 7 – 11 – 12 boxed / combined
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