Two unexposed young stayers clash in the John Guest Brown Jack Handicap on the opening day of the King George meeting at Ascot on Friday.
Keys is a horse I have plenty of time for and he could hardly have been more impressive last Saturday at Newbury. He’s due to go up 10lbs so is obviously of great interest under a 6lb penalty, but there shouldn’t be as much of a gap in the market between him and Colour Vision (3:55) who was available at 4/1 on Thursday evening and could possibly reach an each-way price in the morning.
Mark Johnston’s grey is due to go up 6lbs to 101 after his Haydock victory last week, so theoretically runs off his correct mark here, but he gets a handy weight for age allowance.
He was even more impressive at Chester the time before and back up to 2m there should be further improvement to come. He needs to prove himself on an easy surface but, being by Rainbow Quest, he could improve for it. It should be a corking race between the pair, provided they are over recent exertions.
At York Sajjhaa (7:30) can make amends for her Royal Ascot disappointment in the Listed EBF “Authorized” Lyric Fillies’ Stakes.
The Godolphin filly split Midday and Timepiece over course-and-distance on her reappearance in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes and a reproduction of that run should be good enough here.
The four-year-old was trading at Evs overnight.
Ebor Handicap (York, 20 Aug) Quest For Peace @ 12/1