JOSEPH O’BRIEN can put one over on his dad Aidan by landing his first QIPCO 2,000 Guineas with THUNDER MOON (3.40).
The colt has the standout piece of juvenile form – beating today’s favourite Wembley in the National Stakes at the Curragh.
He showed a smart turn of foot that day on fast ground and Thunder Moon could not quicken in the same way in a
O’Brien Snr, who has won this race 10 times, saddles Battleground and Van Gogh as well as Wembley.
Ryan Moore has chosen Wembley but has got it wrong before and may have erred in deserting Battleground. He looks pretty bombproof and is a good bet to reach the podium with Frankie Dettori on board.
It is difficult to think there is a potential superstar in the field but the unbeaten Mutasaabeq is the least exposed.
Mark Johnston has his team in flying form and SIR RON PRIESTLEY (3.00) should be another big one for the Middleham master today.
He has a bit to find on ratings with St Leger third Pyledriver in the Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes.
But he will be the fittest horse in the race after a recent imposing victory in a Listed race at Nottingham.
Expect Sir Ron Priestley to bounce out and make it a serious test of stamina. Pyledriver may just need the run
JUDICIAL (2.25) is fancied to be another winner for the north in the Betfair Palace House Stakes.
Julie Camacho’s nine-year-old has been second in the race twice, including when mugged by Mabs Cross in 2018. There’s nothing of that calibre in today’s field and he can take care of Garrus and Lazuli.
MASCAT (1.50) flew home at Ripon to finish second to the rapidly improving Zabeel Champion and can go one better in the My Oddsboost on Betfair Suffolk Stakes.
He looks on a fair handicap mark, handles the contours of the Rowley Mile well and has Laura Pearson claiming a useful 5lb.
The ITV cameras are also in North Yorkshire where there is a top line-up in the Cliff Stud Thirsk Hunt Cup.
There is little between NUGGET (2.40) and Astro King on Nottingham form, and although the latter won the argument that day, Nugget has since won cosily at Newbury and he is preferred.
The other telly race is at Goodwood where LILAC ROAD (2.05) should use her age allowance to fend off older rivals in the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes.
1.15 Creative Force
3.00 Sir Ron Priestley
3.40 Thunder Moon
4.15 Chil Chil
4.50 Secret Protector
1.00 Master Milliner
1.30 Billy Mill (Nap)
2.05 Lilac Road
2.35 King’s Knight
3.10 Stone of Destiny
3.45 General Lee
4.20 Scots Gold
1.22 Queen Among Kings
1.55 Sienna Royale
3.05 Fontana Ellissi
3.35 Almazhar Garde
4.07 Friend or Foe
4.40 Big Nasty
1.35 Hotline Bling
2.10 Shackabooah (nb)
3.15 Verreaux Eagle
3.50 The Armed Man
4.25 Ballintoy Harbour
4.55 Ingleby Hollow
5.00 Mountain Brave
6.05 Aerion Power
7.10 Twilight Calls
7.40 The Rutland Rebel
8.10 Coupe De Champagne (trb)
6.55 Glittering Love
7.55 Go To Court
8.25 Lulu Baloo
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