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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Mori and Mirage Dancer look to follow in footsteps of Frankel

Wesley Ward: trainer of McErin
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Frankel won twice at the royal meeting – the Queen Anne Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes – during his illustrious career and perhaps he will enjoy notable success as a sire on Thursday.

McErin (Norfolk Stakes)

Any two-year-old unleashed by Wes Ward is to be feared and his representative in this year's Norfolk Stakes – a race he won with No Nay Never in 2013 – comes with a particularly strong reputation.

"They tell me that McErin is a pretty big brute of a horse and he'll take plenty of stopping in the Norfolk Stakes," Peter Chapple-Hyam said in the Monday Jury, and punters must also have heard the whispers as the US raider is the 4-1 market leader for the five-furlong Group 2 contest.

Mori (Ribblesdale Stakes)

By the imperious Frankel out of a multiple Group 1-winning mare, big things were always expected of the impeccably-bred Mori and based on her impressive Listed success at Goodwood last time, she may well live up to that lofty reputation.

Just like she had done when shedding her maiden tag at Ascot, Mori kept on strongly inside the final furlong at Goodwood, winning in the style of a filly likely to appreciate the step up to a mile and a half, and there could yet be more to come.

Order Of St George (Gold Cup)

Last year's Gold Cup hero Order Of St George has suffered a few surprise reversals since his Royal Ascot success – including at this course when a 4-6 favourite on Champions Day – but there is no doubt that Aidan O'Brien's star stayer is the most talented horse in the line-up and the one they all have to beat.

Placed third in last season's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Order Of St George is blessed with more pace and ability than your regular Gold Cup contender, and he showcased his well-being when comfortably winning over 14 furlongs at Leopardstown last month. Could he be the new Yeats and dominate this division for years to come?

Mirage Dancer (Hampton Court Stakes)

Time Test won this race for Khalid Abdullah in 2015, when it was run as the Tercentenary Stakes, and many punters will be backing the owner to succeed again with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mirage Dancer.

Very lightly raced with only two starts next to his name, the son of Frankel was an eyecatcher for many when finishing fourth in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester last month – won by the Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher – and he has yet to reveal the full extent of his ability. 

Royal Ascot Thursday card

They tell me that McErin is a pretty big brute of a horse and he'll take plenty of stopping in the Norfolk Stakes
E.W. Terms
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