'His trainer has won the last three Cesarewitches and he looks an ideal type'
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Second, Royal Ascot, Tuesday
Eldrickjones improved to the tune of around two stone on his debut effort at Thirsk when occupying the same finishing position in the Coventry Stakes.
Despite a tardy start, the Roger Fell-trained juvenile was soon travelling on an even keel and he had just worked his way into a prominent position when running out of room and being forced to switch with just over a furlong to run. He stuck to his task really well in the closing stages and in a manner that suggested he'll have no problem staying a bit further in time.
It's stretching things to say he would have bustled up the winner without a troubled passage, but there was enough in the performance to think he can hold his own in minor Group company in the coming months, especially as he's sure to improve again. [Richard Young]
M C Muldoon
Second, Royal Ascot, Tuesday
Everything went perfectly for Reshoun, who had the run of the race and responded well to pressure to win the Ascot Stakes, whereas runner-up M C Muldoon was stopped in his tracks at a crucial stage and looked a desperately unlucky loser.
This was M C Muldoon's first Flat run for Willie Mullins (he won over hurdles last season) and his first for anyone since 2018, but he confirmed he's bordering on smart.
His trainer has won the last three runnings of the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in the autumn and he looks an ideal type for a race of that nature, especially as he is lightly raced enough to progress. [Richard Young]
Second, Royal Ascot, Wednesday
Audarya was remarkably progressive towards the end of last season, winning the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November having won a Newcastle handicap off 99 just three runs earlier, and this confirmed she is still on the upgrade.
Having her first start since her fairytale US success, the James Fanshawe-trained five-year-old took a keen hold but stayed on really well to finish second behind the brilliant Love in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.
Furthermore, whereas the winner had the run of the race, Audarya had to make up her ground out wide on the turn for home, so connections might well fancy another crack at Love at some point this season. [Ron Wood]
Seventh, Royal Ascot, Thursday
Qaader chased an overly strong pace on the far side of the track in last week's Britannia and in the circumstances he ran a fine race, finishing third of 14 in his group and seventh of 29 overall.
Runner-up in last year's Coventry Stakes, he struggled to build on that in Group company, but he had shown promising signs earlier in the season, winning narrowly at Goodwood on the back of a near miss at Chelmsford, and this run suggests he has started handicapping on a good mark.
He's one to keep in mind for good three-year-old handicaps as the season goes on. [Ron Wood]
Second, Royal Ascot, Friday
Boomshalaa enhanced his reputation when finishing just behind Significantly in the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap.
Tackling 5f and heavy ground for the first time, the Roger Varian-trained colt was trapped behind horses approaching the two-furlong pole as the winner was starting to get into top gear. However, he picked up willingly once in the clear and made up a fair amount of ground in the final furlong to get within a head of the winner.
Boomshalaa has now shown he handles most types of ground and, given he'll be suited by the return to 6f and is open to a fair bit of improvement, he'll be one to take into big handicaps like the Stewards' Cup (three-year-olds have won three of last six runnings) and the Ayr Gold Cup (two of the last seven). [Richard Young]
Fourth, Redcar, Saturday
Classy Al finished only fourth of seven in the 6f novice median auction, but that doesn't tell the whole story as he was still battling for the lead when starting to hang all over the place coming to the last furlong.
Although this means he has failed to place in three starts, the Jim Goldie-trained gelding has shown ability each time and now has the option of handicaps.
It might be that he doesn't really want fast ground, hence the hanging, so he would be especially interesting back on good or easier ground. [David Bellingham]
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