Nick Bradley Racing lining up ten-strong assault on the royal meeting
The white and black silks of Nick Bradley Racing will be a common sight at Royal Ascot as the ownership group prepares a big team spearheaded by last year's Albany winner Dandalla.
As many as ten horses could feature across the five days for an operation still savouring Mystery Angel's second in the Cazoo Oaks.
Bradley, a former co-owner of Middleham Park Racing, set up on his own in 2015 and has since gained two victories at the royal meeting with Commissioned his first in the 2016 Queen Alexandra Stakes.
"We had 18 horses potentially going to Ascot this year, but things only go one way and we're now looking at a team of about ten from five different stables," said Bradley on Sunday.
"Nothing's going on a day out – we don't do those – and we've had some success at the meeting before with Dandalla and Commissioned, and I also bought Junior, who won the Ascot Stakes [for Middleham Park]."
Dandalla followed up her Royal Ascot heroics by beating the syndicate's Fev Rover in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket and both fillies are set to feature in Group 1s at the royal meeting.
Trained by Karl Burke, Dandalla has not hit last year's heights in two runs this season and will be looking to bounce back in Friday's Commonwealth Cup, for which she is a general 25-1 chance.
Bradley said: "You'll have to forgive her last run at Haydock when there was biblical rain and nothing went right, but the six furlongs at Ascot will suit her much better.
"She ticks plenty of boxes and if she runs up to her performance from last year in the Albany, which we think she's capable of doing, she'll run a big race.
"We've got Fev Rover going for the Coronation. She was third in the 1,000 Guineas and everything went wrong in Ireland last time. It looks a strong race, but she'll go there with a good chance. She's definitely overpriced – 20-1 is crazy."
Although Mystery Angel, who is potentially bound for next month's Lancashire Oaks at Haydock, is not part of the Ascot team, Oscula will turn out again quickly after her victory in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom.
"She definitely runs in the Albany and Mark Crehan will again take the ride," said Bradley. "It was a serious run at Epsom as she had the race won at half way. It's a very different test as she won't get things her own way and it'll be a stronger race, but she goes there with a good chance."
Oscula is a general 8-1 shot for Friday's Albany and could be joined by debut winners Hellomydarlin and Honey Sweet. Guilded, Mas Poder, Eldrickjones and the unraced Kaboo are other juveniles lined up for the meeting, while Bradley nominated Seasett in Saturday's Golden Gates Stakes as his best chance for the week.
Bradley's three to follow
Coventry Stakes, Tuesday
He was second on debut at Thirsk beaten a nose by a horse who won at York at Friday [Tareekh] and the run was too bad to be true. His work at home has been extraordinary and we feel it was inexperience that got him beat first time.
Queen Mary Stakes, Wednesday/Windsor Castle Stakes, Wednesday
She was fourth in the Marygate at York when not getting the gaps at the right time. She's come on a lot for that run and will go for either the Queen Mary or Windsor Castle.
Golden Gates Stakes, Saturday
He was a good second to Raadobarg – who's favourite for the Britannia – in the Silver Bowl at Haydock. He wants some juice in the ground and looks like he's going to get it, depending on which forecast you look at. The 1m2f trip will suit much better and he'd be my nap of the meeting.
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