Bated Breath to strike gold at Royal Ascot
June 17, 2011
Bated Breath, an impressive winner at Windsor last month, has the class to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow (3.45).
Roger Charlton’s four-year-old is on a hat-trick, having won at Haydock prior to his run at Windsor.
Bated Breath is improving all the time and can extend jockey Richard Hughes’ excellent week to the final day of the Royal meeting.
Charlton has two other runners in the race, for which 17 were declared. Definightly will be partnered by Olivier Peslier and Genki has Jamie Spencer on board.
The ante-post favourite for this six-furlong Group 1 race is Delegator, but he will only run him if the ground is suitable.
With rain hitting Ascot yesterday, Saeed bin Suroor has issued the proviso that he will only run on ground that suits.
If Delegator does take his chance, then Mickael Barzalona takes the ride as usual pilot Frankie Dettori is suspended.
Kingsgate Native (Ryan Moore) is set to make a quick reappearance, having finished sixth in the King’s Stand on Tuesday.
The same goes for Australian Star Witness. He was second to Prohbit over five furlongs, and now goes a furlong further.
Charles O’Brien’s Bewitched is the sole Irish challenger with Amico Fritz coming from France.
Dalghar, formerly trained in France but now with Andrew Balding, Elzaam, Hooray and last year’s runner-up Society Rock are also set to run.
Aidan O’Brien’s Await The Dawn heads a field of 10 for the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05).
Await The Dawn has won four of his five starts, most recently landing the Huxley Stakes with the minimum of fuss at Chester.
Godolphin are strongly represented with three runners. Saeed bin Suroor has Campanologist (Ted Durcan) and Passion For Gold (Mickael Barzalona), while Mahmood Al Zarooni runs Calvados Blues (Johnny Murtagh).
Luca Cumani’s Afsare has failed to live up to expectations in his last two runs, but must stand on a chance if he can reproduce last season’s form.
Asfare won at Royal Ascot last year and Kieren Fallon has elected to ride him, rather than Cumani’s other entry, Drunken Soldier, who will be ridden by Olivier Peslier.
Fallon was on the Soldier when he won at Newbury a month ago.
If the rain continues to fall that will suit Clive Cox’s Poet who has all his best form with cut in the ground. He will only run if the ground is suitable.
First-season trainer Roger Varian runs Laaheb, with Harris Tweed and King’s Gambit complete the field.
Fallon could be in for a good day, as he is also on Hoof It, who is likely to go off as favourite for the Wokingham Stakes at 4.25.
He is owned by Lee Westwood, but obviously the top golfer won’t be at Ascot as he is competing in the US Open.
Victory here and in Maryland on the same weekend would be a dream come true for Westwood, and it is certainly not out of the realms of possibility.
Thirty one runners have been declared for this six-furlong dash, but, if the going becomes too soft, then expect a few non-runners.