This looks as though it will revolve around Muffri’Ha and Amabilis. Course and distance Muffri’Ha sets a good standard but two doubts hang over William Haggas’ filly: She has not been since May when running below form behind Somehow in the Dahlia Stakes and she is better on a sound surface. Amabilis on the other hand looks progressive, relished good to soft conditions at Ascot last time and is finally fulfilling the promise she showed as a juvenile. She rates the one to beat the value @ 5/1. Lincoln Rocks has had a very good season and though she struggled at Sandown last time David O’Meara’s admirable front runner will likely dictate proceedings and could be dangerous if allowed to do so. In terms of ability On Her Toes, Tisbutadream and Mittens are closely matched but to take a hand in this need Muffri’Ha and Amabalis not to perform while Luca Cumani’s French import Good Way Off, with improvement to come, could run a big race @ 20/1.
Mori will be all the rage here but after her flop at York on rain softened ground, she may well be one to side step. The improving Fleur Forsyte has strong claims beating solid yardstick More Mischief at York and looks a fair bet @ 9/2. Elas Ruby has performed well in races across the channel at Deauville and Saint Cloud and will likely provide the main threat to Fleur Forsyte. Elbereth is top rated on official figures but this six year old is a little exposed now and susceptible to younger improving types. To Eternity won her first start of the season with an enterprising ride from James Doyle and could be dangerous again if allowed to be unopposed on the front end, back against her own sex while Apphia looks in need of further and Isabel De Urbina’s form looks to have plateaued.
An intriguing renewal of the Rockfel Stakes and it looks a fairly open contest. Nyaleti was out stayed over a mile at Doncaster and even though she drops back to seven furlongs here, this typical Mark Johnston battler may find one too good and is looking a little exposed now. Potential improvers lurk behind Nyaleti with both Lightening Quick and Gavota the unknown quantities and could be anything. Butterscotch obviously has to be respected stepping up to seven furlongs having found six furlongs on the sharp side when finishing behind Clemmie in July. Juliet Capulet and Capomento are closely matched and should not be ruled out, with the latter capable of better after being a little disappointing in France behind Laurens and the potentially smart Polydream. Capomento may be worth a little bet @ 14/1.
Andrew Balding could well have a group one contender in Beat The Bank who has comfortably dealt with listed and group three opponents of late and should continue his progression towards a tilt at the QEII by taking this at a fair price of 5/2. Zonderland ran a cracker in the Celebration Mile after a layoff and presuming that has not left a mark on Clive Cox’s four year old he should rate the chief threat along with Sir John Lavery. Touted as a Derby hope Sir John Lavery’s three year old campaign stuttered after poor runs at Lingfield and Ascot before a drop back to a mile rejuvenated this son of Galileo. He may need conditions testing to be competitive at a mile but with Whitecliffsofdover forcing the pace it could make it enough of a stamina test for him, though he may prove to be suited by nine or ten furlongs in the future. Sovereign Debt and Jallota will no doubt run their races but are vulnerable to improvers while Mustashry needs to find a bit more on Quickened Clear’s figures but is improving and could go close. Mike De Kock won this race twice in the last ten years and fellow South African trainer Brett Crawford saddles Whisky Baron, an interesting runner @ 20/1.
Quickened Clear’s Best Bets
Amabilis – 1.50 Newmarket – 1pt win @ 5/1
Fleur Forsyte – 2.25 Newmarket – 1pt win @ 9/2
Beat The Bank – 3.35 Newmarket – 2pt win @ 5/2