Group 1 racing returns to Berkshire this weekend, with six runners declared in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
The well-liked LOVE (11/8) returns to Berkshire after her success at Royal Ascot last month, in the hope of landing her fifth straight Group 1 success.
Last season’s 1000 Guineas & Oaks winner took on male rivals for the first time in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, battling off the strong challenge of Audarya to win by three-quarters of a length.
The Galileo filly should appreciate the return to 1m4f here, with her best performance coming over this distance for Aidan O’Brien
If Love is back to her best, she could well be too good for her rivals here.
However, she does have to concede 7lbs to ADAYAR (9/4), who makes his first start since causing an upset in the Epsom Derby back at the beginning of June.
Charlie Appleby’s recruit has only made five starts to date and is still relatively unexposed at this distance.
The Frankel colt bolted up impressively in the 1m4f Classic in Surrey, clearing away to win by four and a half lengths.
The form looks incredibly strong as well, with Hurricane Lane (3rd) and Bolshoi Ballet (7th) both going on to claim Group 1 successes after.
The difference in weight could play a significant part here and it could well benefit Adayar.
MISHRIFF (13/2) may have needed the run in the Coral-Eclipse after finishing three lengths off the pace in third, while Martyn Meade’s LONE EAGLE (13/2) could produce another bold front-running effort after being pipped on the line in the Irish Derby.
WONDERFUL TONIGHT (14/1) will be hoping the heavens open in the next few days for David Menuisier, while Aidan O’Brien’s BROOME (25/1) aims to claim another Group 1 success after winning the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France.
- Adayar @ 9/4