Peacock set for Royal win in Tercentenary Stakes
Royal Ascot continues on Thursday with a top class card featuring the Ascot Gold Cup. The Tercentenary Stakes is a Group 3 contest over a mile and a quarter for three-year-olds and is due off at 3.05.
Her Majesty The Queen received a timely boost when Awesome Power won in her colours at Sandown on Saturday. She has high hopes of a winner at the Royal meeting with Peacock, trained by Richard Hannon.
He is a son of Paco Boy out of a Rainbow Quest mare and boasts some very impressive form. After winning comfortably at Kempton in April, he came across none other than subsequent Derby winner Golden Horn at Newmarket. He ran on well without ever threatening the winner, eventually going down by a length and a half.
He reappeared at the same course last month where he beat Mustadeem by a length and a quarter over this trip. He must have an excellent chance of delighting the crowd with a winner for Her Majesty.
His main market rival is Roger Charlton’s Time Test, a colt by Dubawi out of the very useful Passage Of Time by Dansili.
He won his maiden at Sandown last August and was runner-up to Latharnach at the same track the following month. He was a well-backed favourite for his seasonal debut at Newbury where he was produced late by Ryan Moore to beat Dissolution by a length and a quarter. That looked a very hot handicap and he is clearly better than his winning mark of 93.
Bocca Baciata is a filly by Big Bad Bob and she was fifth to Pleascach in the Irish Guineas last time. She had previously beaten that rival by a length and a half at Navan over ten furlongs and she looks more effective over this trip.
Cape Clear Island was not disgraced when seventh in the French Derby on his most recent start having finished runner-up in a Group 2 at Longchamp. He had also been second to Master Apprentice at Sandown in April and they meet again on identical terms.
Festive Fare was only a length behind Peacock in Golden Horn’s race at Newmarket, leading at the two-furlong pole before fading. Disegno was in third place and has since been beaten a short-head by Not So Sleepy at Chester in soft ground. Balios, second to Best Of Times at Newmarket, and Dermot Weld’s Postulation are other interesting entries.
Peacock – Tercentenary Stakes (Royal Ascot 3.05 Thursday) @5.0 Sportsbet