York stage a cracking card on Saturday with the feature event the 6f Bond Tyres Trophy one of the most competitive 3-y-old sprint handicaps in the calendar. The ground is currently good to soft and with more rain forecast it could easily become pretty testing by the time they go to post.
As a daughter of Selkirk Priceless Jewel (3.10) is bred to appreciate plenty of cut in the ground and her half-sister Tante Rose also acted with give underfoot. Trainer Roger Charlton is a dab hand with sprinters and it is possible he has another Group horse on his hands.
At Sandown Pearl Secret (3.25) is impossible to oppose in the Listed Scurry Stakes; unbeaten in three starts and proven in the ground the colt is expected to take this before taking on the crack sprinters including Black Caviar in the July Cup next month.
The Aussie mare Ortensia looks a big danger but she is not considered in the same class as Black Caviar and if the ground turned soft her ability to handle such underfoot conditions would have to be taken on trust.
On Sunday Rosie Probert (2.30) can break her maiden tag at the second attempt at Doncaster for Roger Charlton; the filly was weak in the market but shaped with considerable promise at Salisbury last month and connections will be keen to get a win into her for breeding purposes.
Kimberella (3.00) improved on his Newmarket debut when runner up at Goodwood last time and can put those experiences to good effect in the 6f juvenile maiden. Jamie Spencer gets the leg over on Sunday and is taken to make plenty of use of the 2-y-old who was coming back at the winner at Goodwood last time.
At Salisbury the feature could also go to the stable of Roger Charlton and Definightly (4.00) who loves soft ground and ran a cracker over an inadequate trip on his reappearance at Newmarket; Haydock winner Our Jonathan and Richard Hannon’s Libranno are big dangers and have a bit in hand on official BHA figures but the selection can make all in a terrific renewal.Royal Ascot gets under way on Tuesday and Frankel is the star on show in the opening Queen Anne Stakes; the word from Newmarket is that trainer Henry Cecil wants his unbeaten 4-y-old to put on a show with the Aussie super mare Black Caviar strutting her stuff next Saturday in the Diamond Jubilee. Frankel is unbackable to win the race but don’t be surprised if he wins by more than 5 lengths which is currently 9/4 at BetVictor.
Wizz Kid is the opening day nap for France in the King’s Stand Stakes; the filly will appreciate any further rain and at 8/1 can reward each way support. She was just below top class last year but could hardly have been more impressive at Chantilly on her latest start; there is a concern that she will prove better over 6f later in the year but she should have the race run to suit and must go close.