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Royal Ascot Ultimate Guide - 2019-06-06

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Step up in trip sure to suit Queen Power

THURSDAY 3.40 RIBBLESDALE STAKES

Kevin Morley

Anapurna Promising juvenile last year but upped her game considerably this term, following up her Lingfield Trial win with victory in the Oaks. Obvious claims but unlikely to run here following that Classic success. Entitle Half-sister to Enable and, while she has a long way to get anywhere near that level, she is going the right way as she stepped up on last year’s Lingfield all-weather novice win when dead-heating for second in the Musidora on her reappearance. Bit more needed here but open to further progress. Fanny Logan Free-running sort who was a bit too keen when third in the Cheshire Oaks last time. Only had three starts so open to improvement but she will need to settle better upped to 1m4f. Frankellina Successful on her only start as a juvenile in a Yarmouth novice event but showed she belongs at this level when dead-heating for second in the Musidora on her reappearance. Fair sixth in the Oaks where she lacked the speed to be competitive and may do better on this more conventional track. Fleeting Did well to come from off the pace to grab third in the Oaks last time and claims on that bare form. She may find it tougher here if going for the win. Fresnel Has run well when facing some stiff tasks since landing a Dundalk maiden on her debut this year. Unlikely to be good enough to win this, but wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if she hit the frame at a big price. Just Wonderful Not disgraced in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas but it wasn’t an improvement on her useful juvenile form. Pedigree gives hope 1m4f will be within her range but that is taking plenty on trust given she has yet to race beyond a mile. Lavender’s Blue Impressive winner of a Newmarket maiden on her debut in April and only caught close home by Queen Power when second in a Listed contest at Newbury in May. Faded tamely in the Oaks last time, though, and something to prove on the back of that. Manuela De Vega Two from two as a juvenile, which included a Pontefract Listed race, and chased home Mehdaayih in the Cheshire Oaks on her reappearance. Did well to finish fourth in the Oaks from a disadvantageous draw and would be a serious player if coming here. Mehdaayih Showed promise last year, winning one of her three juvenile starts, but took her form to a new level when a comfortable winner of the Cheshire Oaks. Didn’t get the best of runs when favourite and sixth in the Oaks last time and should go close here with a clear run. Nausha Showed potential when winning her sole juvenile start. Beaten at odds-on in a Kempton conditions race on her reappearance, but put that disappointment behind her when landing York’s Musidora next time. Missed the Oaks and likely she holds a decent chance here. Peach Tree Showed plenty of ability in six juvenile starts but didn’t improve for the step up to 1m2f when fourth in a Naas Group 3 on her reappearance and had her limitations exposed for a race like this when well held in the Oaks last time. Pink Dogwood Promising juvenile last term but was always thought of as a middle-distance filly for this year. Followed up her 1m2f Navan Listed reappearance win with a second in the Oaks. Obvious claims on that form. Queen Power Newmarket maiden over 7f on her sole juvenile start and looked a useful middle-distance prospect when a fast-finishing second in a mile conditions race on her reappearance. Duly proved the point when staying on strongly again to land a 1m2f Newbury Listed contest and this looks an ideal test for her. Sea Of Faith Clearly held in some regard but yet to break her maiden in two starts. Reasonable fifth in a Newbury Listed contest last time but looks held by a few of these on that showing. Shambolic Fair seconds in 1m2f Listed contests at Newmarket and Goodwood this term. More will be needed here and doesn’t shape as though she will improve for the step up to 1m4f so others preferred. Sparkle Roll Looked promising when winning a Sandown novice under a penalty but that form hasn’t worked out and she had her limitations exposed in the Musidora. Her strong yard has better fillies to aim at this. Star Catcher Impressive when winning a Newbury maiden on her reappearance and stepped up on that next time when a close third behind Queen Power and Lavender’s Blue in a Listed race at Newbury. Seems to prefer some cut so fast ground would be a concern but would be of interest in the event of rain. Star Terms Not good enough for the 1,000 Guineas but showed she stays further when a respectable fourth behind a few of these in a warm Newbury Listed race last time. Wouldn’t appear an obvious improver at 1m4f, though, and looks held. Tarnawa Improved on last year’s juvenile promise by finishing third behind Pink Dogwood in a Navan Listed race in April and stepped up on that in a Naas Group 3 next time. Put in her place in the Oaks last time, though, and looks held on that evidence. Tauteke Juvenile efforts suggested she could do well over middle distances this term and fair effort when chasing home Anapurna in the Lingfield Oaks Trial on her reappearance. Didn’t build on that when comfortably beaten in the Oaks next time so something to prove now. Volskha Useful French filly who finished a fair third in a Saint-cloud Group 3 last time. Winning this looks a big ask judged on that but possesses each-way claims. Verdict The Oaks could have a bearing on this but at this point it’s best to side with a filly who bypassed Epsom and Queen Power fits the bill. She looks sure to improve for the step up to 1m4f. The Epsom Classic looked a decent race and the two of the unluckier fillies in the race, Mehdaayih and Manuela De Vega, can have big say if coming here. 1. Queen Power 2. Mehdaayih 3. Manuela De Vega

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