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1pt win Nahaarr in 4.20 Royal Ascot at 9/2 (General)
0.5pts e.w Snazzy Jazzy in 5.00 Royal Ascot at 40/1 (General1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
1pt win King Frankel in 5.35 Royal Ascot at 5/1 (General)
The bridge between a top handicapper and a Group horse can be shorter for sprinters than middle-distance horses and, having made that jump since finishing third here last year, NAHAARR is fancied to take Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
In the Silver Wokingham 12 months ago, the five-year-old was probably in front too soon (having travelled very well) and he later confirmed the promise of that run by winning at Newbury and then with a tremendous late rattle in the Ayr Gold Cup.
In the Duke Of York Stakes last month, Nahaarr proved he is now a fully fledged top class six furlong horse and he looked slightly unlucky to be beaten a neck by Starman with Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes winner Oxted over three lengths away in third and Summerghand another length away in fourth.
With all due respect to Starman who has come a very long way in just a few runs, Tom Marquand would probably like to ride the race again on the runner-up who was slowly away and had to be switched a couple of times before finishing strongly. There was just a neck between them at the line and, given that Starman’s sole career defeat came in the Champions Sprint over this course and distance on soft ground last October (whereas he seems to love the much flatter course at York), I believe Nahaarr can reverse the placings.
A threat to all, of course, could be Dream Of Dreams who has been beaten a head in the last two runnings of this race (by Blue Point and Hello Youmzain), and had an ideal pipe opener at Windsor last month. However, he too was well beaten here last October in the Champions Sprint behind Glen Shiel.
The last named is another with good claims if reproducing his game effort that day and, while a little disappointing on his reappearance at The Curragh, he will relish the testing ground under regular rider Hollie Doyle.
Later on, Gold Cup-winning trainer Mark Johnston can strike again with KING FRANKEL in the Golden Gates Handicap.
Successful over the stiff mile and a quarter at Pontefract in April, this full-brother to the talented Eminent has run two solid races since, chasing home the potentially smart Bay Bridge in the London Gold Cup at Newbury and then putting in a storming late run at Epsom on Derby Day despite looking uncomfortable on the course after a slow start.
Up just 3lb for that effort (he would have won in another stride or two), King Frankel will be much better suited by this stiffer and less complicated ten furlongs, handles cut in the ground and can improve again in the hands this time of Frankie Dettori.
Finally, for one last shy at the stumps this week, SNAZZY JAZZY will have conditions very much in his favour in the Wokingham Handicap.
This confirmed mud-lover is making his first appearance for Irish trainer Lawrence Mullaney who has booked the excellent Laura Pearson to take off 5lb from the six-year-old's allocated 9st10lb top weight.
Snazzy Jazzy has top weight for a reason having been Group class for former handler Clive Cox and, a past winner of the Ayr Silver Cup on heavy going, this stiff six-furlong test could prove ideal.
Published at 1655 BST on 17806/21
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