Wednesday, 17th Jun 2020
Qaader made a very taking debut earlier this month, so can follow-up in the 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes for juveniles at Royal Ascot on Saturday (13:50).
Trained by Mark Johnston for Shadwell Racing’s Hamdan Al Maktoum, this colt is by Night Of Thunder. He will want further in time, but there was lots to like about Qaader’s sole start.
That came at Newbury over this trip. Qaader went off the 100/30 joint-favourite and was going easily two out. Despite some signs of greenness, retained jockey Jim Crowley rode him out for for a four-length victory.
As with all juveniles, there is precious little form to go on. This was a visually impressive display from Qaader, though.
Johnston does well his his two-year-olds and Crowley rode a treble on the opening day of Royal Ascot. Those are both pluses for Qaader, so it would be no surprise if he took another step forward and followed-up.
Irish master trainer Aidan O’Brien has saddled a record nine Coventry Stakes winners, so Admiral Nelson is feared.
As the sole Ballydoyle raider in this year’s line-up, he commands respect. Admiral Nelson won a Curragh maiden under a hands and heels ride last week.
Wayne Lordan never had to get serious on this Kingman colt. He was value for more than the winning margin of a length and, on that evidence, the extra furlong is no problem.
Top O’Brien jockey Ryan Moore now takes the ride. He has been aboard two of the last four Coventry Stakes winners, so a big run looks assured.
Another danger is Godolphin’s Dubawi colt Creative Force. Trained by Charlie Appleby, he made virtually all over this trip in a Newmarket maiden.
It was a comfortable win and, on that form, there is nothing to fear from the re-opposing fourth Dark Lion. Given his powerful connections, Creative Force should be involved in the finish here.
In the other juvenile Group 2, the 5f Queen Mary Stakes for fillies (13:15), More Beautiful made an impressive debut last time out.
Trained in Ireland by O’Brien, this daughter of War Front delivered in a Naas maiden. She was always prominent on that racecourse bow and led going well from the two furlong marker.
Seamie Heffernan then rode her clear and More Beautiful stayed on strongly for a 3 1/2 lengths victory. The Queen Mary Stakes demands more, but O’Brien juveniles don’t always win first time out.
As More Beautiful bucked that trend, she could be very useful indeed. This is one of the few Royal Ascot races that O’Brien hasn’t won, but that could easily change here.
Moore is now aboard More Beautiful and the market sides with her. Wesley Ward’s American raider Campanelle won his sole start stateside at Gulfstream Park in comfortable fashion.
This Kodiac filly ran out a 3 1/2 lengths winner from the re-opposing runner-up, Royal Apporval. She should confirm that form. More Beautiful is the preference to win this, though.
It’s a typically competitive renewal, but Sands Of Time represents last year’s winning trainer Johnston.
The Bobby’s Kitten filly made virtually all of her debut win on the all-weather at Lingfield. She set a good pace and increased the tempo two out.
Sands Of Time then quickened approaching the final furlong and ran out a ready five-length winner. As Godolphin don’t have a filly in the Queen Mary Stakes, their retained rider William Buick can take this ride.
Granted further progress, Sands Of Time is each-way value with some bookmakers paying extra places.
Irish raider Dickiedooda is another who could make the frame here. Trained by Jessica Harrington, this Starspangledbanner filly made all in her Curragh maiden.
It was a hands and heels ride to the line after being pushed along. This easy success suggests there is more to come from her.
Dickiedooda has Tom Marquand taking the ride in the Queen Mary Stakes. At double figure prices, she is another each-way alternative.