The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (15.50) provides a mouth-watering clash of the generations on Saturday at Ascot.
Taghrooda heads a three-pronged attack for the classic generation. Though hugely impressive at Epsom I’m inclined to think she is the standout performer in a weak crop of three-year-old fillies and represents poor value.
Telescope commands obvious respect after his Ascot rout but the effort of Magician at the same meeting may have been underestimated. He holds a leading chance in a tricky race for punters to unravel.
At first glance, the Sky Bet Dash at York (15.30) looks another difficult puzzle. Upon closer inspection the credentials of Zalty are quite compelling. I helpfully informed the traders at Power Tower that this horse had a favourite’s chance. Have just noticed they disagree. This slight must not go unpunished.
Zalty was arguably the moral winner when poorly drawn in the Paddy Power Scurry handicap at the Curragh. The form of that race is very strong with Line Of Reason and Discussiontofollow winning subsequently.
Second-time blinkers are a minor concern so, to stiffen our punting resolve, final mention must go to the the 3lb claim of crack apprentice Connor King.