Havelock can put Frankie Dettori back in the spotlight with victory in the July Cup, says Nick Grant.
Last Updated: 12/07/13 8:04pm
American challenger Havelock can put Frankie Dettori back in the big-race spotlight with victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.
This six-year-old did not carry the reputation of some overseas challengers into Royal Ascot and while he finished down the field in the Diamond Jubilee, there was encouragement to be taken from his effort.
Darrin Miller's gelding was certainly not one of those suited by rained-on ground that had been watered and how the race panned out meant he had plenty to do, with his cause not helped by a slightly troublesome passage.
Conditions on the July course will be much more in his favour, as he wants it rattling fast.
A stiff six furlongs like this should also suit as he has won over seven in his homeland, and connections are on record as saying a much better run is expected as he has thrived since Ascot.
At the prices he looks huge odds to at least hit the frame.
There is every chance of it being a big afternoon for Dettori as he partners the smart-looking Recanted for old ally Brian Meehan in the 32Red.com Superlative Stakes.
The Empire Maker colt won what is often an informative maiden at Newbury on debut and is almost certain to have improved markedly from that run, after which Meehan immediately pointed to this race.
It would not be a surprise to see Emilio Largo go close in the 32Red Bunbury Cup.
The five-year-old will be having his third start for James Fanshawe, having run a really eyecatching race over six furlongs at Ascot first time out.
He went off a leading contender for the Buckingham Palace at the Royal meeting on the back of that but could never really get involved.
That penultimate run suggests he is competitive off this mark of 95 and there still might be a bit more to come as he has not had much racing for a five-year-old.
A huge crowd will pack the Knavesmire for the John Smith's Cup, where Validus looks to have been laid out for the York showpiece.
This is one of the few major handicaps to have escaped the grasp of Luca Cumani but in this relatively unexposed four-year-old the canny Italian has every chance of breaking his duck.
Injury restricted the gelding to just two runs late last year and in the second of those he was beaten less than five lengths in a Listed race over a mile at Kempton that has worked out extremely well.
Two runs so far this year suggest he has progressed again and it will be a surprise if he is not firmly in the shake-up with conditions to suit.
My Propeller has always had plenty of ability and is very capable of playing a leading role in the John Smith's City Walls Stakes.
Peter Chapple-Hyam's filly has a turn of foot and the quicker the ground the better for her.
If two really good recent efforts have not left a mark on Aljamaaheer then he is very hard to oppose in the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot.
Roger Varian's charge produced a career-best at the time to finish fourth to Farhh in the Lockinge, and topped that at Royal Ascot when finding only Declaration Of War too good in the Queen Anne.
Majestic Myles can land a famous hat-trick of wins in the Raymond Corbett Memorial City Plate at Chester.
Richard Fahey's five-year-old has won the last two renewals of the seven-furlong Listed contest and is likely to make it three judged on his fine fourth in the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle over an inadequate six.
Recent Newmarket winner Special Meaning sets the standard in the Follow At hamiltonparkrc On Twitter Handicap at the Scottish venue, while the feeling is we have still to see the best of Magic Of Reality, who goes in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap at Salisbury.
ASCOT: 1.55 Long Awaited, 2.30 Aljamaaheer, 3.05 Royal Connection, 3.40 Jabhaat, 4.15 Prairie Ranger, 4.50 Ogbourne Downs, 5.25 Ascription.
CHESTER: 2.15 Weisse Socken, 2.50 Clearing, 3.25 Majestic Myles, 4.00 Sir Maximilian, 4.35 Deira Phantom, 5.10 Livia's Dream, 5.45 Black Rider.
DOWNPATRICK: 2.45 Pepparpot, 3.20 Dylan Ross, 3.55 Blue Ridge Lane, 4.30 The Finger Post, 5.05 Troubled, 5.40 Baby's Hot, 6.10 Official Lady.
HAMILTON: 6.40 Memory Styx, 7.15 Lexington Place, 7.50 Secret Advice, 8.20 Saxonette, 8.50 Special Meaning, 9.20 Bitusa.
NEWMARKET: 2.05 Jammy Guest, 2.40 Recanted, 3.15 Emilio Largo, 3.50 Havelock, 4.25 Green Door, 5.00 Malachim Mist, 5.35 Havana Cooler.
SALISBURY: 6.25 Our Queenie, 6.55 Ceelo, 7.30 Istimraar, 8.05 Halling's Treasure, 8.35 Kohlaan, 9.05 Magic Of Reality.
TIPPERARY: 2.25 Illinois, 3.00 Bronte, 3.35 Roja Dove, 4.10 Abbakova, 4.45 Beau Satchel, 5.20 Sylvan Mist, 5.50 Army Ranger.
YORK: 1.45 Nine Realms, 2.20 Montaser, 2.55 VALIDUS (NAP), 3.30 My Propellor, 4.05 Brazos, 4.40 Gabrial's King, 5.15 Searchlight.
DOUBLE: Validus and Majestic Myles.