ANIFEST (10%) is something we have all heard plenty about over the last five months but in a political sense rather than the horse. Really it wasn’t until the demolition of a quality field in the Yorkshire Cup that this horse really stole the show. Henry Cecil’s charge powered clear of Purple Moon at York and should have enough firepower to keep everything at bay today in the Gold Cup. Tom Queally has proved within the last 12 months that he is a true star of the turf and a good judgement of pace should see him add another Group 1 to his impressive tally.
Horses that have performed well on Polytrack seem to thrive on Ascot’s straight course. BUSINESS AS USUAL (4%) comes from the Michael Jarvis yard that often produces a well handicapped beast for top draw handicaps and Neil Callan can steer this son of Invincible Spirit to victory in this afternoon’s Britannia Handicap. ROBENS ROCK (2% e/w) could be one from the other side of the draw.
Today could also see the Queen in the winner’s enclosure. Her Majesty’s QUADRILLE (5%) hails from the all conquering Hannon yard and would be a very appropriate winner.