Royal Ascot form back under the microscope in tough conundrum for punters
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This race poses punters a tough conundrum. Will it pay to stick with the form horses or should they be swerved in favour of some choicely bred youngsters who have yet to peak?
The form horses both competed at Royal Ascot. Caturra finished seventh behind Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry and Bond Chairman fourth to Chipotle in the Windsor Castle.
Caturra's effort is the best according to Racing Post Ratings. He achieved an RPR of 98 at Ascot and Bond Chairman only 94, but not a single winner has emerged from the Coventry and Caturra would be the first. The Windsor Castle has thrown up one subsequent scorer.
Bosh is best of those who did not go to Royal Ascot. He achieved an RPR of 91 when winning over course and distance last time, but trainer Richard Hannon, who often runs his best juveniles at Newbury, is not on the roll of honour for this race. Bosh bids to change that.
Martyn Meade won this with his best juvenile, Method, last year and Detail represents the same connections this time. Method went off odds-on here, but there isn't the same market confidence behind Detail, who was a 12-1 chance when winning on his debut at Newmarket.
The last word goes to Frankella. They don't come more choicely bred than the Frankel daughter of 2015 Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen, and Frankella gave the first hint she has inherited some of the family ability by winning a maiden at Newmarket last time.
Race analysis by Graeme Rodway
What they say
Bryan Smart, trainer of Bond Chairman
He's very well in himself and has come out of his race at Royal Ascot exceptionally. Six furlongs looks like it should suit from his run there because he was staying on the whole way.
Richard Hannon, trainer of Bosh and Goldilocks
We think Bosh will have a really good chance, he was very impressive over this course and distance last time and he's come out of that well. Goldilocks is the same, she won nicely here a couple of weeks ago and should have a good chance.
Clive Cox, trainer of Caturra
He had a big run in the Coventry and there is no better form to carry into this race. He's one we've always liked and, as he's still a juvenile, he's progressing with every run. He's a really nice horse and this looks to be a logical step to be taking with him.
Martyn Meade, trainer of Detail
This is a huge step up for him after winning his maiden, but we need to find out how good he is and this should tell us. We were very pleased with how he ran at Newmarket despite falling out the stalls and being very green. He's come out of that very well and I think he'll do well.
Charlie Hills, trainer of Orazio
We were very pleased with his first run and he's come out of that well. He's had a couple of swinging canters and he's looking well so we're looking forward to it. This is a step up in class so it will be interesting to see how he gets on and Frankie [Dettori] riding is a good booking for us.
Reporting by Sam Hendry
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