Sunday, 14th Jun 2020
The form of the race won by Born With Pride on debut suggests she is a value bet in the 1m 4f Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday (14:25).
That came in a seven-runner 1m Listed contest at Newmarket back in December where the William Haggas trained daughter of Born To Sea beat Peaceful by a neck.
Born With Pride made all and stayed on strongly to win unchallenged under Tom Marquand. It was a most taking display and one which suggested she has a big future.
The Aidan O’Brien trained runner-up has gone on to Classic glory when impressively landing the Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh by two lengths.
Run For Wild, who finished a further 1 1/4 lengths behind in third, also scored in fine style on seasonal reappearance when landing a Listed affair at Newmarket by 3 3/4 lengths.
That gives the form a very strong look. Although Born With Pride could finish only an eight-length seventh of nine to Berlin Tango in a Group 3 over 1m 2f at Kempton on return to action earlier in the month, things didn’t go her way at all.
She found herself playing catch-up having not been best away as the gates opened and then got no run whatsoever as the field swung for home.
Marquand then allowed Born With Pride to come home in her own time. She looks sure to strip much fitter for that outing.
The step up to 1m 4f is also in her favour, so at odds of 7/1 with Coral she makes plenty of appeal in a wide-open looking renewal of the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Newmarket handler John Gosden has won two of the last three runnings, and saddles Frankly Darling and Miss Yoda this time around. The former looks the clear pick and heads the betting at 7/4 with Betway.
This daughter of the mighty Frankel is owned by Anthony Oppenheimer, who saw his colours carried to victory in this 12 months ago by Star Catcher.
She shaped with stacks of promise on her sole start as a juvenile at Yarmouth when keeping on nicely to be beaten just a length by Cabaletta, who has since finished runner-up in Listed company.
Frankly Darling then looked a picture and to have strengthened up significantly on her on return action at Newcastle earlier in the month when romping to a five-length success over Thibaan.
After racing close up wide, she only had to be shaken up to readily take up the running a furlong home before showing an electric turn of foot to quickly put the race to bed. It was a performance that oozed class.
Gosden has made no secret of the high regard in which Frankly Darling is held. This does represent a huge step up, but she has the potential to be anything and hails from a yard that can do little wrong at present.
Frankie Dettori, who is on fire at present and operating at a strike rate of 38 per cent in the last 14 days at the time of writing, also now gets the leg up on Frankly Darling for the first time.
Everything looks in place for a big run, but whether she is entitled to be as short as she is in the betting is debatable. For that reason alone, Frankly Darling is opposed.
Having shaped nicely on seasonal reappearance, the lightly-raced Trefoil is another with claims and appeals most each-way.
Trained by Ralph Beckett, who does extremely well with his fillies, this daughter of Teofilo created a good impression when winning on her sole start as a juvenile over a mile at Newmarket.
After racing keenly in the earlier stages, Trefoil was allowed to take up the running five furlongs from home by Richard Kingscote. She then wound-up the pace and ran on strongly when pressed inside the final furlong to readily beat Secret Victory by just over a length.
That taking success saw connections pitch her into Listed company on return to action at Newmarket nine days ago and Trefoil ran with real credit in finishing a four-length third of eight to Run Wild.
She held every chance two furlongs out and only lost second late on when weakening close home. Trefoil was not given a hard time and that spin should have out her razor sharp for the Ribblesdale Stakes.
With undoubtedly more to offer, it will be disappointing if she doesn’t hit the frame at least here. Hence at 5/1 with Betfair, Trefoil had to feature as the each-way punt in this.