Horse Power: Summer of Love can continue to King George at Ascot
Summer of LOVE can continue with the victory in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (British Champions Series) (3.35pm) at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.
Aidan O’Brien’s super filly can push back the boys and the Classic generation for another Group 1 success at the Berkshire site.
The late superfather Galileo’s daughter has been second to none over the past two seasons, having won Group 1 as a youngster.
Love became a classic double heroine in refined style last year, securing a four-and-a-half-year success in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket before twice scoring that margin rose to 1m4f in the Oaks at Epsom.
She easily scored three straight Group 1 wins, comfortably clinching the Yorkshire Oaks over the Knavesmire last August.
For various reasons, she was unable to compete in major middle distance competitions, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the fall and only made a late return to action at Royal Ascot on last month.
But it was worth the wait. While not as flamboyant a victory as her classic hits, the three-quarter victory over Breeders’ Cup heroine Audarya in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal Reunion was arguably just as good.
After such a long layoff and a return to 1m2f, Love has shown that she is one, if not the best, of the middle distance performers in training.
She is sure to come for this race and climb back up to 1m4f on a track she has clearly won on, Love can add another Group 1 victory on her way to more glory, possibly at York, Leopardstown and ParisLongchamp over the course of the next few months.
She will face another awesome Classic winner in Charlie Appleby’s hero Cazoo Derby Adayar, who receives a weight-for-age allowance.
But no Derby winner has doubled in the King George since the great Galileo in 2000, showing how difficult it can be to mix it up with the star’s older horses.
Adayar certainly has the ability to change that statistic, while another Royal Ascot winner Beautiful tonight adds spice to the summer middle distance championship.
But they may all have to play supporting roles as it has to be Love who comes out on top to start another massive week of racing action with the five days of Glorious Goodwood ahead.
MOTAKHAYYEL won over course and distance in the Buckingham Palace Handicap at last year’s Royal Reunion and can start again in the Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (3pm).
The five-year-old Richard Hannon remains in top form, having made the Bunbury Cup ultra-competitive at Newmarket the last time he scored three-and-a-half lengths.
He weighs 3 pounds and carries the heaviest weight, but that might not stop him as he thrives in these great seven-stage handicaps.
Fellow Shadwell Estate owned Danyah – on the opposite side of the draft – may be the main danger.
Mr. MCCANN may give some Liverpool FC stars yet another Listed Pat Eddery Stakes victory (1:15 p.m.).
The two-year-old Tom Dascombe formed belongs to the AJT group which consists of Liverpool players Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson and former Red Adam Lallana and is named after from the club press secretary Matt McCann.
The Kodiac colt has made good progress this season, winning brilliantly at Lingfield and Haydock Park.
He was not dishonored when the fourth joined the Group 2 company for the first time in the Superlative Stakes in Newmarket earlier this month. Back at Listed level, he can resume winning paths.
Archie watson NAZANINE can take two wins in two starts, under Hollie Doyle, in group three Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (13:50).
The Declaration Of War filly has established herself well on her debut at Newbury and can continue her progression with a new victory at Group level.
John and Thady Gosden’s GURU can bring him luck for the third time this season with a victory in the Porsche Handicap (2:25 p.m.). after coming second on the course and the distance earlier this month.
The others who can win at Ascot are those of David O’Meara DOCTOR PARNASSUS in Sebastian’s Action Trust Handicap (4:10 p.m.) and George Margarson-trained GUEST DESIRE in the final, the Longines Handicap (For Amateur Women Jockeys) (4:45 p.m.).
In York, several horses with good course form seem to have a great chance in the Sky Bet Dash Handicap (2:40 p.m.) but GOLDEN APOLLON can just come out on top before Gulliver, winner of last year Muscika and stable mate Music company.
The Golden Apollo driven by Tim Easterby has already finished second in this race and is 3 pounds lighter than last year’s effort.
He has hinted at a return to victory in his last two starts, finishing third at Thirsk and second at Pontefract.
The seven-year-old can put his head back.
MOHAAFETH is undefeated in four starts this season, including at Royal Ascot last time, and the three-year-old from Willie Haggas can get the upper hand over O’Brien Arsenal – from whom he gets a whopping 12 pounds weight for the age allowance – in the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3:15 p.m.).
Others who can score on the Knavesmire are O’Meara SOUL SEARCHER in the Sky Bet Handicap “Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe” (to be ridden by professional Jump Jockeys) (2:05 pm) and the trained Richard Fahey TOMBOLO – be ridden by Warrington jockey Paul Hanagan – in the Sky Bet Request A Bet Handicap (5pm).
At Newmarket Cheshire, Coach Dascombe can win the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (4:50 p.m.) and the MansionBet Beaten By A Head Handicap (5:20 p.m.) with two recent Chester scorers. IMBECILES RUSH THROUGH and LINCOLN PARK respectively.
Others who can score at headquarters are Martyn Meade GLOUCESTERSHIRE in the MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 Handicap (3:40 p.m.) and the Mark Johnston trained CUBAN DANCER in the final, the MansionBet At Newmarket Handicap (18:25).
1:15 p.m. Mr. McCann
1:50 p.m. Nazanin
2:25 p.m. Guru
3 p.m. Motakhayel
3:35 p.m. Love
4:10 p.m. Doctor Parnassus
4:45 p.m. Spirited guest
2:05 p.m. Soul Seeker
2:40 p.m. Apollon d’Or (NAP)
3:15 p.m. Mohaafeth
3:50 p.m. Outside world
4:25 p.m. Bollin Neil
5 p.m. Tombolo
5:35 p.m. Passing the storm
3:05 p.m. Angel of the Desert
3:40 p.m. Gloucestershire
4:15 p.m. Lalania
4:50 p.m. The fools rush
5:20 p.m. Lincoln Park
5:55 p.m. Han Solo Berger
6:25 p.m. Cuban dancer
1 p.m. Van Dijk
1:35 p.m. Cowboy
2:10 p.m. Kuwait Warrior
2:45 p.m. Astrozone
3:20 p.m. at home before dusk
3:55 p.m. Spycracker
4:30 p.m. Mochaawer
5:05 p.m. Onesmoothoperator
5:30 p.m. Tribune
6:05 p.m. Florence Rosa
6:35 p.m. American Star
7:05 p.m. Nine Tales
7:35 p.m. Kendergarten Kop
8:05 p.m. Eyes of fire
8:35 p.m. Tralee Hills
SUNDAY SEAT: Red missile (6:40 p.m. Musselburgh)