This year’s renewal of the £ 600,000 headline feature in the Royal meeting does look a stronger renewal than last season.
The returning champion The Tin Man made a decent comeback to the track in the Listed Leisure Stakes (2018) defeating D’Bai by three-quarters of a length under Tom Queally ahead of his defence of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. The pair look primed to win in this year rendition of the race.
There are some very highly rated and talented sprinters who stand in his way.
Leading the list is Harry Angel, who would take this ride as a stepping stone to the second renewal of the Australian Everest.
On a mark of 125, Harry Angel is rated 6lb+ higher than his rivals here. However, he has been unlucky at Ascot and hasn’t had a single win in his four starts at this racecourse. He has won all his other starts. Hmm…
He was the runner up to Caravaggio in last year’s Commonwealth Cup and the third Blue Point boosted that form with a win in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes.
Australian Merchant Navy, who is now with Aidan O’Brien is aimed at England’s top sprints but was beaten by Redkirk Warrior who leads the list of favourites in this field as well.
And speaking of the Warrior, he went from Britain where he was trained by the Queen’s trainer William Haggas to Hong Kong and thence onto Australia where he has simply flourished with David Hayes.
The American trained sprinter Bound For Nowhere was fourth in last year’s Commonwealth Cup but to beat Harry Angel would just need him to make a massive jump in class.
It is suggested that this will be a classic clash of David and the Goliath, Harry Angel and Redkirk Warrior. Everyone will just get in the way.
1st The Tin Man (J. Fanshawe,T. Queally), 2nd Tasleet (W. Haggas,J. Crowley), 3rd Limato (H. Candy,R. Moore), 4th Librisa Breeze (D. Ivory,R. Winston), 5th Finsbury Square (F. Chappet,O. Peslier), 6th Tupi (R. Hannon, Jr.,S. Levey), 7th Suedois (D. O'Meara,D. Tudhope), 8th Aclaim (M. Meade,J. Spencer), 9th Al Jazi (F. Rohaut,G. Benoist), 10th Kachy (T. Dascombe,R. Kingscote), 11th The Right Man (D. Guillemin,F. Bertras), 12th Long On Value (W. Mott,J. Rosario), 13th Comicas (C. Appleby,W. Buick ), 14th Dancing Star (A. Balding,D. Probert), 15th Windfast (B. Meehan,S. Sousa), 16th Mobsta (M. Channon,P. Smullen), 17th Kassia (M. Channon,G. Lee), 18th Magical Memory (C. Hills,J. Doyle), 19th Growl (R. Fahey,P. Hanagan)
Full Runner List:
1.Limato (H. Candy), 2.Lady Aurelia (W. Ward), 3.The Tin Man (J. Fanshawe), 4.Harry Angel (C. Cox), 5.Blue Point (C. Appleby), 6.Battaash (C. Hills), 7.Tasleet (W. Haggas), 8.City Light (S. Wattel), 9.Gifted Master (H. Palmer), 10.Redkirk Warrior (D. Dabernig), 11.Bound For Nowhere (W. Ward), 12.Donjuan Triumphant (A. Balding), 13.D'bai (C. Appleby), 14.Dream Of Dreams (S. Stoute), 15.Intelligence Cross ( A. O'Brien), 16.Spirit Of Valor (A. O'Brien), 17.Bacchus (B. Meehan), 18.Dreamfield (J. Gosden), 19.Librisa Breeze (D. Ivory), 20.Merchant Navy (A. O'Brien), 21.One Master (W. Haggas), 22.Projection (R. Charlton), 23.Sir Dancealot (D. Elsworth), 24.Top Score (S. Suroor)
Race Type & Conditon:
Distance:6f (1,207 metres), Surface:Turf, Track:Straight, Qualification:Four-years-old and up, Weight:9 stone 3 lb,Allowances,3 lb for fillies and mares, Purse:£600,000 (2017),1st: £340,260, Bonuses:see Global Sprint Challenge