Sunday, 14th Jun 2020
Circus Maximus looks to hold outstanding claims of providing top Irish handler Aidan O’Brien with a third winner of the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday (13:50).
The Ballydoyle maestro, who has hs team in fine form, saddled Ad Valorem (2006) and Declaration Of War (2013) to land this 1m contest before
In Circus Maximus, he has a four-year-old colt who has proven winning form at the highest level and a strike rate of 36 per cent having won four of his 11 starts.
After winning a Listed contest at Chester first time up last season, the son of Galileo ran very well when a 5 1/4 lengths sixth of 14 to stable companion Anthony Van Dyck in the 1m 4f Epsom Derby.
Circus Maximus then appreciated the drop back to the mile trip of this when resuming winnings ways at this meeting when gamely landing the St James’s Palace Stakes by a neck from King Of Comedy.
He then ran a cracker when a half-length runner-up to Too Darn Hot in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, before resuming winning ways two starts later in the Group 1 Prix Du Moulin at Longchamp when beatring Romanised by a short-head.
The form of those races set a clear standard in the Queen Anne Stakes. Circus Maximus appeals as the type that should have even more to offer this season. Ryan Moore, who is three from six on him, is also once again in the saddle.
Another plus is that Circus Maximus is versatile as regards going. There is simply nothing not to like about his chances. Circus Maximus looks a worthy 11/4 favourite with Unibet.
Fox Chairman is an unexposed and progressive sort with very strong form in the book, so rates the main danger.
This Andrew Balding trained four-year-old could not have been more impressive when making a winning debut in a 13-runner maiden over a mile at Newbury.
After being sent off a heavily backed 15/8 favourite, the son of Kingman quickened clear at the furlong marker to win easily by four lengths from Migration.
Given that Fox Chairman gave away ground that day after being slowly away, it was a performance which suggested he was an exciting prospect who needed keeping firmly onside.
That view was confirmed when he finished a fine 3 1/4 lengths third to the aforementioned Circus Maximus in the Listed 1m 2f Dee Stakes at Chester when denied a clear run at a vital stage before keeping on strongly.
Fox Chairman also ran a blinder at this meeting 12 months ago when a 2 1/4 lengths runner-up the highly-regarded Sangarius in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes at this meeting he encountered trouble in-running on more than one occasion.
He went on to round off the campaign with success in a Listed contest at Newbury and looks well worth a crack at this level. At 8/1 with Betfred, Fox Chairman could well be a bit of value.
Trainer Roger Varian has made a good start to the season and saddles a fascinating contender in the shape of Roseman.
This four-year-old, who carries the colours of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid made famous by the likes of High Rise and Postponed, improved throughout last season when winning two of his five starts.
After bolting up at Newbury by five lengths second time up, the son of Kingman ran very well when pitched into Listed company and finishing a 2 1/2 lengths runners-up to King Of Comedy at Sandown.
Roseman then finished an eye-catching fifth of 12 to Sangarious in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes at this meeting when given plenty to do, before finishing off powerfully to be nearest at the finish and beaten just over four lengths.
He then bolted up by 4 1/2 lengths from Century Dream in a Listed contest at Newmarket, and the runner-up was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Diomed Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
That gives the form a strong look and Roseman remains open to stacks of improvement. At odds of 12/1 with William Hill, who are paying five places, he thus makes plenty of each-way appeal.