Terebellum looks to have been found a gilt-edged opportunity to register a first Group 1 success in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
John Gosden’s filly put up a huge performance at Royal Ascot when narrowly denied by the rock-solid Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes. Gosden felt she was up to beating the boys on that occasion – and while she found Aidan O’Brien’s charge too good, the winning margin was only a head.
She was dropping in trip at Ascot, having made a winning reappearance over 2000m, and that was maybe why Frankie Dettori made his move very early. With the benefit of hindsight, he perhaps wishes he delayed his move a few strides – because despite hitting the front, Terebellum was outdone by the rallying Circus Maximus.
Nevertheless, there is nothing of his class in here, and the biggest threat is stablemate Nazeef – winner of five of her six races but needing to progress again to extend her sequence.
Another who finished second at Royal Ascot was Hughie Morrison’s Kipps, and compensation may await in the Bet365 Handicap. While Kipps looked well treated heading to Ascot off just 83, unfortunately he bumped into an even better handicapped rival in Owen Burrows’ Hukum – who might have been in a Derby trial had this season gone to plan.
Kipps was raised 2.5kg, which was a double blow for connections, but there should still be some wriggle room.
Ralph Beckett certainly has a way with the fillies, and appears to have another smart one in the shape of Time Scale. She had clearly been working well at home, because she was sent off favourite for her debut yet then looked all at sea at Newmarket.
With her sights lowered, she bolted up at Chepstow and then went back to Newmarket to win a Listed race in very fine style.
She faces a very good Albany Stakes winner in Dandalla, in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, but the extra experience she has gained should stand her in good stead.
Wise Glory should still be ahead of the assessor in the Cash Out At Bet365 Handicap.
He was a very easy winner of a modest contest last time out, for which the handicapper was forced to leave him alone, and the experience should have done him some good.
Market Rasen has some quality action on offer, and Fidux can spearhead a double for Alan King with victory in the feature Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase.
The seven-year-old was pulled up on his last start over jumps at Kempton on Boxing Day – but given he has shown his best form on a sound surface, it may well have been the testing winter ground that just did not suit.
Fidux was twice a winner around this time last year, and his recent all-weather outing should have added a nice fitness edge for this Grade 3 assignment, with the form of that Wolverhampton race looking pretty decent in hindsight.
Dino Velvet can also strike for King in the Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle. He was not beaten far in third at Southwell at the start of the month, having finished one place behind Fidux at Wolverhampton previously.
Ice Ice Lady hosed up at Yarmouth last week and is worth supporting under a penalty in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap at Bath, while Clearance is the pick in Musselburgh’s Up And Running On RacingTV Handicap after a decent return effort. – Press Association