Saturday Tips

Friday 19 June 2020 10:49, UK

Wichita ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Tattersalls Stakes during day one of The Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 26, 2019. See PA story RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire.
Image: Wichita ridden by Ryan Moore

Wichita can confirm 2000 Guineas form with Pinatubo and claim a first Group One prize in the St James's Palace Stakes, one of the feature events on a bumper final day at Royal Ascot.

Neither colt was able to top Kameko at Newmarket two weeks ago, but Wichita got closest of all, finishing just a neck behind the Derby-bound winner.

In doing so he reversed his juvenile form with hot favourite Pinatubo, who had beaten him four and three-quarter lengths in the Dewhurst but was a length adrift in the Classic.

There were no excuses for Pinatubo's defeat, and it looked as though Wichita just saw out the mile better, with Aidan O'Brien's charge a possibility to get further in due course too.

Both colts should surely be sharper for the run - and while turning out again two weeks later is not ideal, O'Brien has shown he can get his runners back on top form quickly, not least with last year's race winner Circus Maximus.

New challengers await now, but preference is for the proven Classic form.

Sceptical can make it a good day for the Irish raiders, because he is the pick in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

He has proved an ultra-shrewd purchase for Denis Hogan, winning three times on the all weather before making a seamless switch to the turf at Naas just under two weeks ago.

The four-year-old is the highest-rated sprinter in Ireland and he looked a class act when easily accounting for his rivals in the five-and-a-half-furlong Woodlands Stakes, quickly seizing control before being eased right down.

This Group One obviously presents a much tougher task, but Sceptical is clearly on the up and will have the assistance of Frankie Dettori this time too.

Sharing might off a bit of value in the Coronation Stakes, although any drying of the ground would certainly help the American-trained challenger.

Winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf last year, Sharing won her prep event for this race in decent style last month and has had the benefit of a bit more recovery time from her debut than some of her rivals here.

Graham Motion has previously knocked on the door with Miss Temple City at Ascot, and this filly looks far superior at this stage of her career.

Creative Force impressed on his debut at Newmarket and might be the one in the Coventry Stakes.

He was not hard ridden to win by a length and a quarter that day - and he clearly knew his job, because he was smartly away and travelled very nicely.

William Buick rides Creative Force and he can also bag the other juvenile event, the Queen Mary Stakes, with Sands Of Time.

Trained by Mark Johnston, she made pretty much all the running on her racecourse bow at Lingfield nearly two weeks ago, claiming a five-length success with the minimum of fuss.

Her dam, Starlit Sands, finished a narrow second in this event back in 2007, and Sands Of Time can now right the family record.

Summerghand ran a cracking trial for the Wokingham Handicap when second at Newmarket earlier this month and he can improve on last year's fifth place.

Beaten just three lengths by Cape Byron in 2019, Summerghand should be in the mix again off just a 1lb higher mark.

As if one Wokingham were not hard enough to decipher, we also have the Silver version this year, and Pass The Vino is the choice in the consolation heat.

Third in that same Newmarket heat, he is still quite unexposed and perhaps open to some improvement.

Who Dares Wins can lift the Queen Alexandra Stakes, the closing event of the 2020 meeting.

He hit new heights over the last jumps season, claiming a Grade Two chase success, and a repeat of his Northumberland Plate win of last year would put him thereabouts.

SELECTIONS

KEMPTON: 4.50 Spark Fury, 5.20 Cool Strutter, 5.55 Lacan, 6.25 King Zain, 6.55 Chloellie, 7.25 Motivate Me, 7.55 Swiss Cheer, 8.25 Mabo.

NAAS: 2.00 Hazel, 2.35 Mexico City, 3.10 Celtic Manor, 3.45 Rudisha, 4.15 Golden Days, 4.45 Miracles In May, 5.15 You'resobeautiful, 5.45 Make A Challenge.

NEWMARKET: 12.30 Lexington Dash, 1.05 Ivatheengine, 1.40 Star Cactus, 2.15 Lion Tower, 2.45 Deep Intrigue, 3.20 Sunray Major, 3.55 Al Maysan, 4.25 Volcanic Sky.

RIPON: 4.30 Stream, 5.05 Dandy's Max, 5.35 The Golden Cue, 6.10 Slowmo, 6.40 Abel Handy, 7.10 Streak Lightning, 7.40 Palazzo, 8.10 Amjaady, 8.40 Eastern Sheriff.

ROYAL ASCOT: 12.40 Pass The Vino, 1.15 Sands Of Time, 1.50 Creative Force, 2.25 Sharing, 3.00 WICHITA (NAP), 3.35 Sceptical, 4.10 Summerghand, 4.40 Who Dares Wins.

DOUBLE: Wichita and Sceptical.

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