Thursday, 11th Jun 2020
Now dropped in grade, King Of Comedy looks a worthy favourite to give in-form trainer John Gosden another winner in the Group 3 Diomed Stakes over 1m at Newbury on Saturday (15:35).
This four-year-old well-bred son of Classic winning miler Kimgman developed into a top-class sort last season when winning two of his six starts and posting some cracking efforts in defeat.
After landing a minor contest at Yarmouth on seasonal reappearance, King Of Comedy took the step up into Listed company in his stride when shooting clear beating Roseman by 2 1/2 lengths in a mile contest at Sandown.
That impressive display earned him a crack at the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes over this trip at Royal Ascot, where he ran an absolute stormer to be beaten a neck by Circus Maximus.
King Of Comedy was arguably an unlucky loser as he got caught way out of his ground when the pace quickened, before flying home to be gaining hand over fist at the line.
The winner has since gone on to land another Group 1 at Longchamp, whilst the third home Too Darn Hot won both his next starts at the highest level.
That gives the form a very strong look in relation to this and King Of Comedy went on to finish a fine two-length fourth to Japan in the Juddmonte International at York.
He also ran well when runner-up to Benbatl in a Group 2 at Newmarket, before finding heavy ground totally against him on his final start of the campaign when well-beaten in a Group 1.
The Diomed Stakes represents a return to much calmer water. Gosden is on fire at the moment and operating at a strike rate of 30 per cent in the last 14 days at the time of writing.
King Of Comedy is also top rated in the line-up off 118. That puts him 4lb and upward clear for his eight rivals.
So, taking everything into account, odds of 9/4 with Boylesports look fully justified. King Of Comedy is taken to land this before stepping back up in class.
Andrew Balding is another trainer in fine form, so at the odds on offer his Foxtrot Lady looks decent value to get back on the scoresheet in the Listed 7f Newbury Fillies’ Stakes (14:25).
This five-year-old mare has won four of her 23 starts and, although she failed to get her head in front last season, she did post some decent efforts in defeat.
They included when a 2 1/2 lengths fourth of six to the very smart Dream Of Dreams in a Listed contest at Windsor, and when beaten just 2 1/2 lengths and sixth of 17 to Billesdon Brook in a Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood.
Foxtrot Lady also comes into this with the benefit of a run under her belt, having finished a highly promising fourth of 14 to Nazeef in a Listed affair over a mile at Kempton 10 days ago.
After chasing the leaders, the daughter of Foxwedge found herself short of room two from home before keeping on nicely to be beaten just two lengths.
It was a fine effort following 250 days on the sidelines, so Foxtrot Lady should now be fully tuned to do herself justice.
The drop back to 7f is also in her favour and Balding has been firing in the winners since the new season belatedly got underway. Hence, at 5/1 with BetVictor, Foxtrot Lady makes plenty of appeal in a race lacking a standout performer.
Cabaletta looked a smart prospect when winning her sole start as a juvenile, so looks worth siding with to take the step up into Listed company in her stride and land the spoils in the 1m 2f Abingdon Fillies’ Stakes (15.00).
That success came in a nine-runner novice contest at Yarmouth where the Roger Varian trained daughter of Mastercraftsman got the better of Frankly Darling by a length.
After racing close up travelling strongly, Cabaletta took up the running a furlong from home and ran on strong to win with more in hand than the winning margin suggests. It was a most taking performance.
The runner-up is well-regarded John Gosden inmate who has since bolted up by five lengths on seasonal reappearance at Newcastle and currently a top priced 12/1 in the ante post betting for The Oaks at Epsom.
That gives the form a solid look and Cabaletta is a well-bred and scopey sort who appeals as the type to make up into a very smart three-year-old.
The booking of Ryan Moore to do the steering is another positive, as he has an overall strike rate of 25 per cent when teaming up with the yard. At 7/2 with William Hill, then, Cabaletta looks worth a bet to take this en route to even better things.