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Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

One trainer, one jockey, one horse and one race to watch on Saturday

Archie Watson landed his first Royal Ascot winner with Solider's Call last month, and could have another smart juvenile with Nate The Great
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Archie Watson has been in tremendous form and Saturday could be another day where the Lambourn-based trainer hits the headlines. He's had nine winners over the last fortnight, with an impressive 38 per cent strike-rate, and has two big chances of extending that.

The former John Gosden-trained Chessman is fancied for the International Stakes (3.00), and Nate The Great, the Chesham Stakes runner-up, is set to go off favourite in the Pat Eddery Stakes (4.15). Watson also has runners at Lingfield and Salisbury.


James Doyle was our one to watch last week, and he should be worth keeping an eye on once again.

James Doyle will hope to repeat his success with Poet's Word after winning the Prince of Wales at Royal Ascot

He landed a treble at the Curragh last Saturday, including a confident ride to win the Group 1 Irish Oaks. He's had plenty of successes in the week, too.

On Saturday he has big chances at Ascot in the form of Chapelli in the Princess Margaret (1.50), Corrosive in the Porsche Handicap (3.00) and Hesslewood (4.15). However, his eyes will be on the King George, where he rides joint-favourite Poet's Word. It could be another big weekend for Doyle.


Elarqam hasn't quite delivered on the promise he showed as a two-year-old, but now the Mark Johnston-trained colt has the chance to get back to winning ways in the Group 2 York Stakes (3.15).

Elarqam hasn't won since taking the Group 3 Tatterstalls Stakes in September

He was a respectable fourth in the 2,000 Guineas before struggling in the Irish equivalent when sixth. He's upped in trip now and is back at the venue where he scored on his debut.

The weight allowance he receives from the older horses also boosts his chances. It's hard to know how good Elarqam is, but we'll know a lot more after Saturday.


The feature race of the day is certainly one to get excited about. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (3:40) is typically one of the best middle-distance contests in the calendar and it's attracted a quality field.

Sir Michael Stoute sends two to the race, Hardwicke winner Crystal Ocean and Prince of Wales's scorer Poet's Word. If either win he will become the race's winningmost trainer.

It won't be easy with Aidan O'Brien doubly represented and the brilliant Cracksman a potential opponent.

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He has had nine winners over the last fortnight, with an impressive 38 per cent strike-rate. He has two big chances of extending that
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