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Jersey Stakes: Three names stick out
by Geir Stabell ( / Globeform (
Published: 2011-06-15 02:44:48

Royal Ascot 15 June 2011 3yo 7 furlongs

Ten three-year-olds form the field of the opening race on day two, the 7-furlong Jersey Stakes (G2). Run over a straight course, this event often draws a larger field and nearly as a rule it poses a real challenge for the racing fans. Not too many to sort out this time, but still it's a fairly tricky contest.

Three contenders stick out somewhat though. Firstly the English pair of Henry Candy's recent Listed winner Codemaster and the William Haggas trained FURY, who was beaten in a photo finish in Listed company on his last outing. Fury had previously run fifth to Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket, and that was a fine effort for one with so little experience. He lost by just a nose when beaten by the smart colt Tazahum over a mile at Sandown Park last month. The grey son of Invincible Spirit won well on soft ground at Newmarket as a juvenile when he was successful on both his starts and he is a big, strong sort who will progress through the season. He is also a long striding runner, and Ascot may suit him better than Sandown Park. He has an obvious chance here.

Codemaster, also with 2 wins from 4 runs under his belt, is coming off a stylish win in the King Charles II Stakes (LR) over 7 furlongs at Newmarket, where he may have been a bit fortunate as there was no pace in the race (his main rivals suffered from that). Still, it is hard to knock him. After all, he was an easy 2-length winner over the good filly I Love Me, despite looking like he was in need of the run. The Jersey trip is ideal and if he improves again he could be hard to beat.

Havane Smoker, representing the French trainer Jean-Claud Rouget, looked all over the winner when hitting the front inside the final furlong to the one-mile Poule d'Essai des Poulains (G1) at Longchamp a month ago, but Tin Man swooped late to beat him. Havane Smoker showed improved form in the classic and he should relish this drop in distance. With Christophe Soumillon in the saddle, he also has a winning chance.




WIN: 4 Fury

6 EXACTAS: 3 4 5 boxed / combined

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