Tonight's racing: three runners who take the eye including a big one for O'Brien
A big day for Windsor, which hosts one of its feature contests, while Redcar also races and it is an important fixture at Saratoga. Here are three runners to note
It is unlikely the Queen will be at Windsor, but she is never far away from a screen when one of her horses is running, so will no doubt be keen to see how Fabricate gets on in the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes, which he won 12 months ago. Trained by Michael Bell, he did not fire at Royal Ascot, but has some smart form and a class edge on his four rivals. He will be partnered by the red-hot James Doyle, who dashes from Newmarket after a ride in the Hopeful Stakes at 4.05.
We're only in August, but Nigel Tinkler, a Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer who rode around 250 winners, has already recorded his best Flat campaign and Cliff has claims of providing him with more to smile about. An eight-year-old gelding set for his 55th outing, he was a winner at Thirsk 11 days ago. He has to deal with a 4lb rise, although that is offset by apprentice Faye McManoman's 7lb claim. She knows him well, having been aboard for 16 of Cliff's last 17 appearances, although not for that Thirsk triumph.
Aidan O'Brien has a CV littered with the sport's biggest prizes and he has enjoyed a remarkable career, but he will surely savour success for Mendelssohn if the three-year-old does the business Stateside tonight. The son of Scat Daddy, who runs in the Travers Stakes under Ryan Moore, looked set to conquer the world after demolishing his rivals in the UAE Derby, but that form is suspect and was followed by a last-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Things were a little better in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park last month and he is, of course, trained by a genius.
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