After beating two rivals easily at Windsor, ANNUNCIATION was sent to Royal Ascot where he led for a long way in the Norfolk Stakes. He should prove too speedy for these rivals and can get back on the winning trail. Faithfilly will be no pushover as she showed a liking for soft ground with a comfortable victory at Sandown. She's certain to be finishing strongly but the post may come too late. Lady Ibrox ran very well behind a couple of useful types at Thirsk but Just Past Andover's only success was on heavy ground and he'll need those conditions to get involved against these speedy rivals.
Annunciation 12-1 (9-1) Raced far side, led and overall, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Reckless Abandon (9-1) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs.
Just Past Andover (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Pressed leader, led over 3f out, maintained strong pace and got over to rail 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, last of 3, 13l behind Graphic Guest (8-9) at Windsor 5f 2yo stks (2) gd in May.
Archie Stevens 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Rat Catcher (9-3) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Faithfilly (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Broke well, made all, clear over 1f out, soon shaken up, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft beating Hasanan (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Lady Ibrox 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Body And Soul (9-0) at Thirsk 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gs.
Lothian Countess 33-1 (8-11) Led, headed 1f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, last of 5, 6l behind Madam Mojito (8-11) at Newcastle 5f 2yo nov stk (5) fm in May.