The Hannon stable has trained the winner of this one-mile group-one contest 3 times in the last 10 years and saddles 2 runners here, whilst Aidan O’Brien, Freddy Head and Andre Fabre have also trained the winner in the last decade and are represented. 8 runners go to post, and the small but select field looks set to provide an exciting opening to this Royal Ascot meeting.
Here’s our analysis and tip for Tuesday’s Race of the Day!
The world’s second highest-rated horse is extremely hard to gauge on his first venture to these shores. Usually delivered late and fast, it will be interesting to see if he can mow down some quality opposition late on – but could prove he’s the superstar his trainer thinks he is.
Finished last in the Lockinge and, though he’s bred to be a star, he surely can’t win this on that form or any form he’s shown so far. Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore may be magicians but victory is surely an illusion.
Beat Toormore to win a Turkish group-one last year, and was second behind Dawn Approach in the 2000 Guineas in 2013. Only seventh in last year’s renewal and it’s hard to see him beating the principals.
HERE COMES WHEN
Trainer Andrew Balding is in fine form but his charge was only sixth in the Lockinge behind both Night of Thunder and Toormore on his last run. Would love some rain but there’s none forecast.
NIGHT OF THUNDER
Last year’s 2000 Guineas winner looks the best of the home contingent, and it will be interesting to see if connections try and repeat last year’s front running tactics which saw him beat all bar the mighty Kingman.
Unbeaten in his last six runs over distances between 7 and 11 furlongs, though has never won on ground with firm in the description. Usually races just behind the pace and quickens past the opposition in the last two furlongs.
Richard Hughes has often said he’s as good as Night of Thunder, though he’s yet to prove that conclusively, and is nowhere near as consistent. He’s another who has yet to show his best form on a fast surface.
Andre Fabre pitches his mare against the boys, but her 4th behind Integral at Newmarket last year suggests she’s unlikely to take this.
FREE HORSE RACING TIP
With doubts about Solow on the ground, and Able Friend’s ability to travel, Night of Thunder looks a solid each-way play against the pair. Even better, Paddy Power is offering the win part back as a free bet if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd (Max refund £50). Therefore it looks a percentage play to take 9/2 with them rather than 5/1 elsewhere.
2 points each-way Night of Thunder @ 9/2 (Paddy Power with 2nd and 3rd placed concession) ¼ odds 1-2-3