Wednesday, 17th Jun 2020
In the 5f Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap that gets proceedings underway at Royal Ascot on Friday (13:15), the exciting Art Power looks to hold outstanding claims of landing the hat-trick.
After shaping nicely when third on debut at Newcastle, this Tim Easterby trained colt could not have been more impressive when bolting up in a nine-runner novice contest at York.
Art Power tracked the leaders travelling powerfully under David Allan, before tanking his way to the front a furlong from home.
The son of Dark Angel then showed an instant turn of foot to power clear and easily account for Minhaaj, a winner since, by five lengths.
It was a breathtaking performance and, as the third home The Bell Conductor has also gone on to taste success, the form looks strong.
Art Power has since gone on to follow-up in similar fashion on return to action at Newcastle on the opening day of the season when making all to beat Electric Mistress by 5 1/2 lengths off an official rating of 97.
He now makes his handicap debut off the same mark; so, given the ease of that success, looks potentially well-ahead of the assessor.
Art Power looks like a pattern performer masquerading as a handicapper and is a strong travelling sort with a potent turn of foot.
Those are the ideal attributes for this test and he is also 1-1 under Silvestre De Sousa. Art Power thus looks a worthy 3/1 favourite with 888Sport to take the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap en route to much better things.
Having shaped well when runner-up last time out, Keep Busy makes plenty of each-way appeal now eased in grade.
This John Quinn trained son of 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder had a terrific juvenile campaign when winning four times.
The last of those successes came in a Listed contest at Chantilly where he showed a game attitude to prevail by three-quarters of a length from Bavaria Baby.
Keep Busy also posted some solid efforts in defeat, finishing a fine fifth of 28 to Under The Stars in a valuable sales race at Newmarket and a decent fourth of 16 to Mild Illusion in a Listed contest at the same venue when beaten just over two lengths.
He has had two starts this season, shaping as if needing the first of those when fading late on to finish a 5 1/4 lengths fifth of 13 to Dubai Station in a Group 3 at Newcastle.
Keep Busy duly came on for that spin and ran really well at Sandown six days ago when a keeping on 3 1/2 lengths runner-up to Lazuli in a Listed contest at Sandown off an official rating of 96.
The winner is an exciting prospect and the third and fourth home, from whom Keep Busy pulled well clear, were both rated 104 going into the race.
That gives the form a solid look in relation to the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap. Keep Busy is able to race in it off an unchanged rating.
It makes him a big player from a handicapping perspective and he can be backed at a tempting 14/1 with William Hill who pay five places.
Trainer William Haggas has his team in fine shape and Dal Horrisgle looks decent value at 14/1 with Coral to cash-in on a drop in class and provide him with another winner in the 1m 4f Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (16:40).
This four-year-old is a lightly-raced sort who has a strike rate of 50 per cent having won three of his six starts.
He showed that he goes well fresh when winning his first start last season at Nottingham by three-quarters of a length, before going on to follow up in impressive fashion at Haydock by three lengths.
Connections then decided to pitch Dal Horrisgle into Group 3 company and he was far from disgraced in finishing fifth of nine to Nayef Road in the 1m 4f Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The son of Nathaniel lost his place at halfway, but then rallied strongly from the three furlong marker to be nearest at the finish and beaten 3 3/4 lengths.
Nayef Road went on to finish a fine third in the St Leger at Doncaster and impressed on his recent return to action when landing the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle.
The second and third home, Constantinople and Spanish Mission, are also smart sorts who were both rated 110 going into the contest.
That gives the form a strong look. It also suggests Dal Horrisgle that is a big player in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes off his current mark of 102 now dropped back into handicap company.
He is also now reunited with James Doyle, who is 1-1 on him, so looks to have far more going for him than his odds would suggest.
In a typically wide-open renewal of the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, Universal Order appeals most from an each-way betting perspective now pitched back into handicap company.
This David Simcock trained four-year-old is a consistent sort who has won five times and been placed twice in nine starts.
He was most impressive on his final start last season at Yarmouth when travelling strongly throughout and only having to be shaken up to easily beat El Misk by just over two lengths.
Universal Order was value for more than the winning margin, so on just 2lb worse terms is taken to confirm the form with the re-opposing runner-up who is shorter in the betting than him for this.
The son of Universal has had two starts this year, winning a Listed handicap at Meydan back in January before being beaten only 2 1/2 lengths when sixth of seven in the same grade at that venue.
This represents a return to calmer waters and Universal Order has a tremendous record fresh, so an absence of 141 is not an issue.
He is also 1-1 over the 1m 4f trip of this and goes well for Stevie Donohoe who has won twice and been placed on two occasions in four starts on him.
So, taking everything into account, Universal Order has more going for him than odds of 14/1 with BetVictor suggest.
As that firm pays five places, he thus had to feature as the each-way selection for the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.