This has the potential to be one of the races of the meeting with two of the leading three year old colts set to clash for a third time.
Guineas winner Dawn Approach bounced back from a disappointing Derby run last time out when edging out TORONADO in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Both met trouble in running and little separated them in the final couple of furlongs but Dawn Approach showed a game attitude and stuck his neck out to win on the line. There is likely to be little between them again and if both turn up in top form on the day we could be set for a great race.
Dawn Approach has proved himself a high class horse with the only blot on his copybook being his Derby showing in which he was far too keen to do himself justice. He has proven unbeatable other than that thus far and overcame trouble in running to come out on top at Ascot, impressively just 17 days after his Derby flop. He sets a good standard and he is a worthy favourite to add another Group 1 success to his CV.
Toronado is the marginally bigger priced of the two in the market after being beaten twice by Dawn Approach but he does not have much to find on their Ascot run. An impressive winner of the Craven he disappointed in the 2000 Guineas but left that run behind him as expected. Always held in high regard he was touted as a Derby horse earlier in the season and I think he would be seen to better effect over 1m2f; he came to win the race at Ascot but did not quite have the acceleration to go past Dawn Approach. Having said that Richard Hughes will be aware of what he needs to do to beat Dawn Approach and at the prices I will still just about side with the Richard Hannon trained Toronado.
Not to be forgotten about is the Aiden O’Brien trained Declaration Of War who was also a winner at the Royal meeting. On the back of his Queen Anne success he ran second to Al Kazeem in the Eclipse at Sandown over 10f which was a good run and he comes here on the back of that. Although the Queen Anne was not the strongest of races, especially with favourite Animal Kingdom running no sort of race, he won well and although a year older than his rivals he is similarly still on an upward curve. I think he has a bit to find with the front pair with his turn of foot likely to be put to the test. Whilst soft ground is not an obvious plus for him he is a Group 1 winner and should run his race.
Selection: TORONADO @ 11/4 with Coral
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