Classy Ivawood to shine in Jersey Stakes
The second day of Royal Ascot on Wednesday opens with the Group 3 Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs.
This race has been won by Irish-trained horses for the past three seasons with Aidan O’Brien’s victories with Ishvana (2012) and Gale Force Ten (2013) followed by Dermot Weld’s Mustajeeb last year. All three had contested a Classic on their previous outing so that is an obvious starting point in looking for the winner.
Richard Hannon’s Ivawood has outstanding claims after finishing third in both England and Irish 2000 Guineas behind Gleneagles. The son of Zebedee was disappointing in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury but improved significantly on that at Newmarket. He then reduced the deficit on Gleneagles at the Curragh under a positive ride from Richard Hughes and may be even more effective over this shorter trip.
The colt had not raced beyond six furlongs as a juvenile and official ratings certainly give him every chance of returning to the winners’ enclosure here. Stable companion Kool Kompany made all to win the Craven Stakes but was well beaten in the 2000 Guineas.
The Charles Hills-trained Muhaarar beat Estidhkaar by a neck in the Greenham Stakes and holds Ivawood on that form. He was sent to France next time but was given a wide draw and ran too freely in the early stages, eventually finishing eighth to Make Believe. He also holds an entry in the Commonwealth Cup but his Newbury form would give him a good chance in this event.
Bossy Guest ran the race of his live when fourth to Gleneagles at Newmarket. He was a 50-1 chance that day for Mick Channon but won’t be anything like that price if lining up here. Fadhayyil went to the 1000 Guineas without a prep race and was not disgraced when finishing fifth to Legatissimo. She was runner-up to Lucida as a two-year-old in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and is another with sound claims.
Dermot Weld’s Tombelaine won the Tetrarch Stakes in heavy ground last month before finishing fifth in the Irish Guineas. He has ground to make up on Ivawood and may not be ideally suited by the drop back in distance on this quicker ground.
Latharnach was beaten half a length by Tupi on his comeback race at Newmarket last month. The son of Iffraaj looked useful as a juvenile and should strip fitter for the run.
Ivawood – Jersey Stakes (Royal Ascot 2.30 Wednesday) @4.5 Bet365