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‘Fighter’ tipped for ‘Glory’
Glory Fighter, one of only ten ‘decs’ for the group two Norfolk Stakes over five furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Royal Ascot this afternoon, carries the flag for Charles Hills, whose Battaash was mowed down by Blue Point close home on a dramatic first day dominated by Frankie Dettori!
There will have to be a prominent statue of the veteran Italian (not a silly Knighthood!) when finally he becomes a hostage to age; Frankie has dominated this wonderful Berkshire course since riding all seven winners back in 1994 on an incredible Autumn day which ‘did’ for several high-profile bookmakers.
They will forever rue the ‘magnificent seven’ whereas we remember it for one solid reason, as a monumental feat never to be surpassed; jockeyship is my fascination, Frankie’s ride on Without Parole for John Gosden in the St James’s Palace Stakes over the round mile was exceptional even by his high standards, an absolute masterclass judging waiting tactics to perfection. The first day crowd witnessed genius in full flow.
Another forty-something, Gerard Mosse, partners Glory Fighter, again!
Mosse was positive on this twice-raced Kyllachy colt which improved a place to make all in good time over the minimum trip at Lingfield seven weeks ago; next day one pleaded with Barry Hills to ‘seriously consider the ‘Norfolk!’
Thirty-two entries were made, amazing to think so many weren’t declared but if all races numbered ten or less it would be wonderful for serious punting. Today is a case in point!
Charles has never matched the incredible consistency of Barry and is struggling somewhat but he has two ‘aged’ assistants who will continue to battle on regardlessly and in the next few months every attempt to will be made to re establish the fabulous complex; sink or swim!
Regarding Battaash he ‘flew’ the gate, sorted out the wheat from the chaff but couldn’t shake off Godolphin-owned, Charlie Appleby-trained, Blue Point, a big time-figure juvenile which William Buick rode superbly. The sprinting scene is electric and when Harry Angel meets them both at York in the ‘Nunthorpe’ sparks will fly. Great stuff.
By process of elimination Epsom Oaks runner-up, Wild Illusion, has to go better for the redoubtable Appleby/ Buick combination; can you name a danger in the ‘ten’ runner, group two, Ribblesdale Stakes over twelve furlongs?
Incidentally Ascot is riding very firm in the straight as we forecast; nowadays it drains like a sponge and plenty of ‘recovery time’ will be needed for stretched, sore, limbs.
My speciality, two-year-olds, will have suffered.
Running in tandem (just down the road!) will be Chelmsford where a well-maintained polytrack surface should suit Daniel Muscott-ridden Revich superbly in an Auction Stakes over six furlongs; ten runners!
Five meetings (on a Thursday!) but I’m a ‘fighter’ and will never give in!
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