King Edward VII: Ascot Derby draws classy field
by Geir Stabell (email@example.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2011-06-21 06:56:24 (First published: 2011-06-16 15:56:54 )
Royal Ascot 17 June:
Some of these will not have had quite the class to go for the Derby at Epsom earlier this month, while others will not quite have had the experience needed. Future talents are often revealed in the 12-furlong King Edward VII Stakes (G2) at the Royal meeting. Last year's winner Arctic Cosmos went on to land the St. Leger Stakes (G1) at the end of the season.
A future Group One winner is likely to step forward once more so do pay attention. He can be backed at a good price too.
KING EWARD VII STAKES (G2)
Royal Ascot 17 June 2011 – 3yo – 1 ½ miles
Runners presented with best
Globeform rating, sire, trainer / jockey
Globeform ratings are expressed in pounds.
One length equals 1,5lb over this distance.
112P - MIJHAAR (Shirocco) R Varian / N Callan
109 - GENIUS BEAST (Kingmambo) M Al Zarooni / A Ajtebi
107P - NATHANIEL (Galileo) J Gosden / W Buick
107 - ALEXANDER POPE (Danehill Dancer) A O'Brien / C O'Donoghue
106 - DORDOGNE (Singspiel) M Johnston / S de Sousa
105p - HURRICANE HIGGINS (Hurricane Run) M Johnston / J Fanning
104P - WORLD DOMINATION (Empire Maker) Sir H Cecil / T Qeually
103p - GLEN'S DIAMOND (Intikhab) R Fahey / P Hanagan
101p - GLENCADAM GOLD (Refuse To Bend) Sir Henry Cecil / I Mongan
..95p - FIORENTE (Monsun) Sir M Stoute / R Moore
..95p - FULGUR (High Chaparral) L Cumani / K Fallon
MIJHAAR - Deeply impressive 7-length maiden winner, form worked out beautifully, big chance
GENIUS BEAST - G3 winner Sandown Park, then respectable third behind smart colts in France
NATHANIEL - Bit unlycky when lost to Treasure Beach, and that colt went on to take 2nd in the Derby
ALEXANDER POPE - Coming off smooth win in Ireland but needs to improve again
DORDOGNE - Good looking, talented colt, but temperamental, beat immature Hurr. Higgins last out
HURRICANE HIGGINS - Very erratic in finish Lingfield Derby Trial, might have beaten Dordogne
WORLD DOMINATION - Visually impressive on seasonal debut, slow pace no good to him in G2 last out
GLEN'S DIAMOND - Chester winner takes step up in class, unexposed sort, can move forward again
GLENCADAM GOLD - Somewhat tricky in prelimjs, getting better with every run, this is tough though
FIORENTE - Twice raced colt seems up against it but trainer seldom overmatches his runners
FULGUR - Similar profile to Fiorente, only this one earned his best rating last year, not last out
MIJHAAR makes a lot of appeal in this race. True, he is stepping up in class but his maiden win four weeks ago was so impressive, and the horses he beat have come back to boost the form in an incredible way. Mijhaar beat Timeline by 7 lengths at Haydock Park, as High Jinx finished third. Timeline went on to post a rock solid 6-length win at Sandown Park (and the third placed horse in that race has also won since) and High Jinx bolted up at Doncaster last week. Mijhaar, who is by the Breeders' Cup Turf winner Shirocco, and from a female line of smart 7 to 10-furlong runners, is said to prefer soft ground. The rain has come just in time for this exciting colt and he is out selection in the King Edward VII. But for his presence, the Chester Vase (G3) runner-up NATHANIEL would be a clear pick. He bypassed the Derby due to the good to fiurm ground at Epsom, as he also needs a bit of give underfoot. He was a bit unlucky (hung wide all the way) when beaten a head by Treasure Beach at Chester and when the latter lost by only the same margin to Pour Moi at Epsom, well, then we knew that Nathaniel is pretty special too. He ran second to Frankel I hot maiden at Newmarket on his debut last year and he has already won over 1 ½ miles this year. He has a big chance.
WORLD DOMINATION, a well bred son of Empire Maker trained by Sir Henry Cecil, shot right to the head of the betting for the Derby after crushing a good looking field of maiden (runner-up won next) at Newbury in April. He stepped up in class in the Dante Stakes (G2) at York, traditionally the strongest prep for Epsom, but a ridiculously slow pace ruined his chanced there. World Domination did well to finish fourth to Carlton House – who was third in the Derby. World Domination bypassed Epsom, as his trainer felt he did not have the experience it takes to compete at the top level. He seems to have the talent, and he must be considered.
A: 9 MIJHAAR
B: 10 NATHANIEL
C: 11 WORLD DOMINATION
WIN: 9 Mijhaar
6 EXACTAS: 9 – 10 – 11 comined / boxed
ANTE-POST: MIJHAAR at 33-1 St Leger Stakes
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