An exciting weekend with runners at three different meetings. Olivier Peslier rides Sea of Heartbreak at Longchamp this afternoon in The Prix De Royallieu Gr 2, which will be an interesting race with the two French fillies looking like stayers and needing more than a mile and a half and Modeyra having previous run over 8 and 10 furlongs this year. Ideally Sea of Heartbreak needs fast ground, 10 furlongs and a good pace as she travels so well and has a turn of foot. I hoping today that she can sit last and produce a better turn of foot than the others.
As Ascot all the fast boys bar Bated Breath are running. Rex Imperator was a little disappointing in his last race at Doncaster over 6 1/2 furlongs where he did not enjoy being crowded and as a consequence did not settle well enough. His recent work with Zero Money has suggested that 5 furlongs should suit him and he will enjoy the fast ground but todays race is competive as you would expect in a Group 3.
Genki my old friend does battle again having run seven times at Ascot in the past. He appears to be in good form but I am a little concerned about the possible lack of pace but we will have to take pot luck and hope that George Baker can deliver him in the race that he was just touch off in last year. It should be remembered that he is effectively giving 4lbs to the rest of the field having won a Group 3 at Newcastle in May and under those terms, Elzaam could reverse recent Haydock form.
Zero Money should be suited by todays conditions as long as the ground isn't over watered but he has had a long season and you can never be sure that he has retained his form having run a bit tamely at Doncaster last time.
At Newmarket Valiant Girl runs for the first time in the mile maiden race for two year olds. She is an immature and rather babyish filly who will definitely need the experience.
Thistle Bird moves up in distance and class to run in the Listed race that Sea of Heartbreak was fourth in last year. God willing, she will go in the stalls and I hope she has a good chance of at least being placed, but Principal Role will be difficult to beat.