Haggas to strike in Albany Stakes with Tutu Nguru
Day four of Royal Ascot on Friday begins at 2.30 with the Group 3 Albany Stakes for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs.
Richard Hannon has a very strong team of two-year-olds at the meeting including Illuminate, a filly by Zoffany out of Queen Of Stars by Green Desert.
She made her debut at Salisbury last month when beating stable companion Great Page by two and three-quarter lengths. The runner-up boosted the form by winning a Listed race at Naas by three-lengths. Both fillies are entered in the Queen Mary Stakes earlier in the week but Hannon is thought to be leaning towards this race for Illuminate, believing that she will improve for the step up to six furlongs.
Wesley Ward is sending over a raiding party from America this week and his representative here is Back At The Ranch. She is by Artie Schiller out of a mare by Officer and won over five furlongs at Belmont Park last month. She races in blinkers and is likely to be up with the pace from the outset.
Ward may also run Laxfield Road, a daughter of Quality Road out of a mare by Dixie Union. She was long odds-on at Keeneland and romped to an easy victory over four and a half furlongs. Spanish Romance is trained in France and is unbeaten in two starts, most recently winning at Conditions race at Chantilly. There are no form lines between the English, American and French juveniles.
William Haggas could have a successful week and will have high hopes for Tutu Nguru here. She made a winning debut at Leicester when beating Lolla Fincess by two and a quarter lengths over this trip. The runner-up has won impressively since and Tutu Nguru looks a filly with a bright future. She is by Blame out of Haka Girl by War Chant.
Jim Bolger may run Mimicking here, a daughter of Invincible Spirit. She won on her debut at the Curragh and was then beaten half a length by State Of Emergency at the same track in heavy ground. She will get better ground on Friday while Adhadihan was an easy three-length winner at Haydock on her only start.
She is a filly by Kyllachy trained by Kevin Ryan and she recovered quickly from a wayward start to beat Martini Time by three lengths. The runner-up was very disappointing when beaten at odds-on next time out at Pontefract so the form looks suspect.
Tutu Nguru – Albany Stakes (Royal Ascot 2.30 Friday) @8.0 Sportsbet