WIND FIRE – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1)
Wind Fire is one of two in this group one sprint for Qatar Racing and although wearing the first colours, is probably the second choice. She was unlucky at Sandown in a group 3 on her start before last. Last time out she was behind a couple of these but wasn’t beaten far in a group two at the Curragh. She wouldn’t be without a chance here but has a bit to find with most, including the other Qatar horse Pearl Secret.
PEARL SECRET – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1)
Pearl Secret is the main hope here after proving he can mix it with top group one sprinters when finishing fourth in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot. Prior to that he won a group two at Haydock and has been better than ever this year. His last run can be forgiven as it came just a few days after his good fourth in the Kings Stand and was over six furlongs. He was ninth in this race a couple of years ago but is a much better horse now and I’d give him an each way chance here at a big price.
CLICK AND ROLL – British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (Class 2)
It’s a big ask to expect Click and Roll to take this decent looking maiden on debut. Many of these in the race have had previous experience and have also ran well. She cost $350,000 as a yearling and is by Smart Strike out of a once raced dam. She is a half sister to very smart grade one winner Hootenanny and is well entered up. She is definitely one to watch here going forward and hopefully she is able to run a race full of promise.
MASTER OF IRONY – Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes (Class 2)
Master of Irony is clearly progressive and won comfortably last time out at Doncaster off a mark of 78. Raised 8lbs for that win he should progress further and go close here. Off of a light weight under Oisin I expect him to run very well and should at least grab a place in what looks a very competitive three year old handicap.
KEMSING – Bathwick Tyres Maiden Auction Stakes (Class 5)
Not shown much in his two maidens so far and looks one that will fare better when in nurseries.
FLYING EMPRESS – British Stallion Studs EBF Stonehenge Stakes (Listed)
Flying Empress takes her place in this listed contest and is definitely the number two for Qatar here. She won on debut but was then fourth in a listed race at Sandown. On that form she is probably not good enough but having only had the two runs is still unexposed. There are plenty of other unexposed sorts in this though and she will do well to win this against some smart colts.
OPAL TIARA – British Stallion Studs EBF Stonehenge Stakes (Listed)
Opal Tiara ran well last time out in a group three at Newmarket, finishing fourth but not beaten very far. Although she is more exposed than most in here, she clearly has ability and dropped into listed class should run well. The extra furlong should help her and I can see here getting placed at worst here.