Frankel has four runners on what is known as Super Saturday. Which has the best chance of winning?
Eminent runs in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot. He has won three of nine starts, but his recent form is not great. He ran fifth in the Group 1 Princess of Wales’s last time, and is unlikely to go forward from that.
Elwazir contests a class 3 handicap over 1 ¼ miles at Ascot. This will be his first run in handicap company. He has a lot to do.
Spanish Point goes ten furlongs at Navan. He won for the first time last time out, over a mile at Leopardstown, and looks ready to handle the step up in trip. He will have to beat his trainer Aidan O’Brien’s son Joseph’s runner Ming, twice a winner in three starts.
Wadilsafa is in a Class 2 handicap at York. He won at Newmarket over this trip, then ran unplaced in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes over ten furlongs but goes back to seven furlongs here. He looks a likely winner at this level and is the choice of the four.
No Frankels in John Smith’s or July Cups
There are no Frankels in the two big races, the John Smith’s Cup and the July Cup.
In the John Smith’s, over one mile, two and a half furlongs at York, the selection is Tandem. Trainer Dermot Weld brings him over from Ireland. Rider Oisin Orr takes off three pounds.
Mordin has three wins and three seconds in six starts. He is relatively unexposed and may go close. Favourite Dash of Spice can’t be ignored. He won his last two, the latest the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot.
In the six-furlong July Cup at Newmarket, the favourite is Blue Point, who is the pick here. He won his first Group 1 last time in the Kings Stand over five furlongs at Royal Ascot. He has won twice over course and distance, once on this ground.
Brando has every chance. A Group 1 winner in France last year, he has won this year’s and last year’s Group 3 Abernant Stakes on the Rowley Mile.