Arab Dawn well treated in Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
The 5.00 at Royal Ascot on Friday is the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, a mile and a half handicap for four-year-olds and upwards.
Trainer Hughie Morrison has been in terrific form this season and he saddles Arab Dawn here, the mount of Richard Hughes.
The grey rattled off a hat-trick of victories last May before the handicapper took his measure. He finished fifth here last year in the King George V Stakes and was also a respectable third at Doncaster in September. He was having his first run since October when running on into third place behind Astronereus at Newmarket last month.
He has gone up 3lbs for that run while the winner now races off a 7lbs higher mark for Amanda Perrett. Astronereus is a chestnut colt by Sea The Stars and he has always looked capable of winning a decent handicap prize. He ran well here last year in two very competitive events but the penalty for Newmarket may just find him out.
Luca Cumani’s Ajman Bridge has not won since scoring on his handicap debut at Pontefract in 2013. He has been in the frame on numerous occasions, most recently finishing third to Notarised at York over this distance in May.
Stable companion Penhill would have been on several short-lists for this race after his course and distance win in May. He was put up 7lbs next time but ran a dismal race and is hard to fancy on that evidence.
Trainer Mark Johnston has several entries here, headed by Watersmeet. He has only been beaten once in his last five starts when veering off a true course at Newmarket. He flashed his tail under pressure last time but still got the better of Dashing Star.
Sennockian Star has won eleven of his 48 races and comes here after beating Spirit Of The Law at Chester. His best form is over ten furlongs and he may struggle to get home while Notarised was unable to follow up his York success, trailing home in last place at Newmarket.
Forgotten Hero was well beaten here last month but bounced back to beat Squire at Newmarket over ten furlongs. He did win over this trip back in 2013 while Igider is one of the least exposed runners in the field. He won a Windsor maiden last summer but trailed home at Hamilton on his seasonal reappearance. He left that form well behind when beating Arizona John by five lengths at Doncaster recently, for which the handicapper has raised him 9lbs.
Arab Dawn – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Royal Ascot 5.00 Friday) @Bet365