Classic form on show with Fabre's Le Brivido high on list
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But for the bravest of short heads stuck out by Brametot in the French Guineas, Le Brivido would be carrying a 5lb penalty or, more probably, would have lined up in Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes.
Andre Fabre was stepping him up considerably in terms of company in the Guineas on just his third career start but Le Brivido showed a smart turn of foot as well as no little grit before succumbing in the final strides.
That came on easier ground but Fabre – who is seeking a ninth winner at the royal meeting – believes that racing in such elevated company will have helped the son of Siyouni mentally, while Le Brivido is officially 8lb clear of nearest rival Dream Castle.
"I think he'll do well over seven furlongs," said Fabre. "He might have improved a little bit but the main thing is that Deauville gave him experience. He's a relatively fresh horse and he'll have learned a lot from that race."
Pierre-Charles Boudot seeks a first win at Royal Ascot and might be due a change of luck, having been beaten a short head, a head and a length when finishing second in three Classics this season.
Gordon looking for landmark winner aboard Guineas fifth
Josephine Gordon has been given plenty of work by Saeed Bin Suroor in recent weeks and has repaid Godolphin's long-serving trainer with fine results.
Strictly on the figures Dream Castle's fifth to Churchill in the 2,000 Guineas does not put him on a par with Le Brivido, but in common with the French challenger he has only run three times in his life, having made his debut on April 2.
"He has been working nicely and Josephine Gordon has been riding very well for our stable," said Bin Suroor. "The return to seven furlongs will suit and I'm looking forward to another good run."
Bin Suroor also saddles the more battle-hardened Top Score, of whom he said: "Top Score has always worked well but keeps jumping slowly from the stalls in his races. He's in good form but we need to see him break well so that he can be ridden handier."
Three-handed Gosden sticks with plan for Daban
Further Classic form comes with 1,000 Guineas third Daban, who was never quite able to get on terms with Winter at Newmarket and now returns to the same trip as for her previous success in the Nell Gwyn Stakes.
That form was boosted when runner-up Unforgetable Filly landed the German Guineas on Sunday and trainer John Gosden is pleased with Daban, who will be joined in the line-up by stablemates Chessman and Parfait.
"We said after the 1,000 Guineas that this was the target for Daban and we've stuck to the plan," said Gosden. "She's in good form but is carrying a penalty for winning a Group 3, which is a little excessive."
Andrea Atzeni has received the late call in place of the injured Frankie Dettori.
What they say
Charlie Hills, trainer of Barrington
I think he's come on since his run in the Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury, but he'll need to have done. He's got a nice draw in 14 next to Daban, who is one of the favourites. The seven-furlong trip is unknown for him, but he's got plenty of stamina on his dam's side and the quick ground should suit him.
John Gosden, trainer of Chessman and Parfait (for Daban see above)
Chessman has been unlucky in his last two races and we thought we'd like to try a better race. He's been pleasing us at home. Parfait won well the other day at Newmarket and likes things his own way but deserves to have a crack at a better race.
Hugo Palmer, trainer of Escobar
He got stuck behind the wrong horse at Sandown and the winner got first run. It’s just whether he ran out of puff over a stiff mile and you would be hard pushed to say he proved that he stayed that day. He's a Listed winner over seven furlongs but he needs to step up because in my opinion we all have Monsieur Fabre to beat.
Roger Varian, trainer of Solomon’s Bay
Solomon’s Bay has progressed nicely this season and he put the Surrey Stakes to bed in good fashion at Epsom. The prospect of a decent pace to chase will suit and he should acquit himself with credit.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Spirit Of Valor and Whitecliffsofdover
Both of them are in good form. We're putting blinkers on Whitecliffsofdover to sharpen him and we think the fast ground and the seven-furlong trip will suit both of them.
Johnny Murtagh, trainer of True Valour
He's in good form and will like the ground. He's a big price but I think he'll outrun it.