Thursday, 18th Jun 2020
Hello Youmzain looks to have lots going for him and the one to be on in the 6f Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday (15:35).
This Kevin Ryan trained four-year-old has won four of his eight starts and was very impressive on seasonal reappearance at Haydock last year when forging clear and beating Calyx by 3 1/4 lengths in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes.
Hello Youmzain then looked a desperately unlucky loser at this meeting when a 1 3/4 lengths third of nine to Advertise in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup.
After losing vital ground when dwelling badly as the stalls opened, the son of Kodiac before making good headway two from home and finishing powerfully to be gaining hand over fist at the finish.
Given how the race panned out, it was a terrific effort. Hello Youmzain went on to gain compensation next time up at the highest level when landing the Sprint Cup at Haydock on bottomless ground.
He made all, beating The Tin Man by half-a-length and was value for more than the winning margin as he edged left and idled inside the final furlong.
Hello Youmzain went on to round-off the campaign with a decent 4 1/2 lengths fifth of 17 To Donjuan Triumphant over this course and distance in the Group 1 Champions Sprint where he led until the final furlong and was eased when getting hampered.
Those runs have earned him an official rating of 118, the highest in this 10-runner line-up. He is also versatile as regards ground and clearly goes well at the venue; so, at 4/1 with Betway, Hello Youmzain is taken to make a winning return to action.
Sceptical has proved a revelation since being purchased for £2,800 from Godolphin, winning three of his four starts for Irish handler Denis Hogan.
After easily winning three times at Dundalk, the four-year-old gelding took the step up into Listed company on his stride at Naas 12 days ago when landing the 5f Woodlands Stakes in devastating style.
Sceptical showed bags of early speed to chase the leaders before disputing the lead at galway. When asked to go about his business inside the final furlong, the son of Exceed And Excel quickened instantly to stretch impressively clear and beat Southern Horse by three lengths.
Although what he beat is questionable, the way in which Sceptical traveled and got the job done with the minimum of fuss was visually very taking.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes obviously demands much more and is by far hise stiffest task to date, but Sceptical is clearly thriving and a sprinter on a serious upward curve.
He is also 2-2 over the 6f trip of this, while another plus is that connections have booked Frankie Dettori to do the steering.
Sceptical is also open to bags more progression and has just 2lb to find on ratings topper Hello Youmzain, so looks the obvious danger to the selection.
However, on form he is not entitled to be favourite for this. Odds of 9/4 with 888Sport look plenty short enough, so for that reason alone Sceptical looks worth taking on now pitched into the highest level.
Given that he finished in front of Hello Youmzain in the aforementioned Champions Sprint over course and distance when last seen in action, One Master is another with leading claims and looks a solid each-way betting proposition at 6/1 with Coral.
After being held-up, the William Haggas trained six-year-old mare was twice denied a clear run at a crucial stage.
When she did eventually see daylight, One Master quickened to challenge inside the final furlong before being unable to find any extra close home to go down by a length to Donjuan Triumphant. It was a terrific effort.
Prior to that, she had posted an eye-catching effort over an extended 6f at Deauville when keeping on nicely to finish a never nearer 1 3/4 lengths fifth of 15 to Advertise in a Group 1.
One Master then retained her crown in the 7f Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp when accounting for City Lights by a cosy half-length.
Those efforts command her the utmost respect in this line-up and she runs the track well having won obce and been placed twice in three starts at the Berkshire venue.
One Master is also versatile as regards underfoot conditions and hails from a yard in good form at present, so everything looks in place for a big run.