Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Royal Ascot 2014: Day 2 - Treve to conquer Ascot.

The Prince of Wales' Stakes promises to be a top-class affair regrouping some of the best middle-distance European runners. Fantastic fillies and mares Treve, Dank and The Fugue take on the stronger sex in the shape of Magician and Mukhadram. There is no question in my mind that if favourite Treve runs at her best, she's going to win this race. There's no arguing her quality; I rate her the equal of Zarkava, both possibly being the 2 best middle-distance fillies of the past 20 years. Her dominant Arc victory had to be seen to be believed; no other horse could have put Orfevre to rest like she did. Although she lost her invincibility to the mighty Cirrus des Aigles on her seasonal return, the conditions of that race have been well publicized; she wasn't fully wound up on her debut, Cirrus had the benefit of previous runs and most importantly, his preferred soft ground. I have no doubt that any rematch would see the finishing roles reversed.

It's going to be Treve's first outing on foreign soil. Her connections however, look confident in a winning display. I cannot see any other outcome. The rest will be fighting for the places.

Win: Treve

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