This fillies’ mile on the round course may not be the highest quality race of the week, but it’s nothing if not competitive. That said, we’ve managed to narrow the field down to these six runners:
Angel Of The Glen
Drawn right on the inner is Karl Burke’s Angel Of The Glen. A four-year-old with just six starts in the book, she put in a pretty underwhelming performance last time but that was at Listed level and she’s bounced around in terms of trip so far.
Her last-time-out ninth was over a mile-and-a-quarter, she ran second over seven furlongs at Doncaster before that but her best performance so far was when she saw out the mile nicely in second spot at Newcastle in a handicap back in March.
This distance therefore should be perfect for her, she’s only 1lb higher than when she ran at Gosforth Park and she should have improved plenty from March to now.
Ed Walker’s Dreamloper is the classic improver. Rated 85 for her handicap debut last August, she has since won, finished an unlucky fourth in a nice race behind Persuasion and last time out was second to possible favourite for this race in the shape of Lights On.
In that time, she’s gone up to a mark of 96 but she may not have finished climbing the ladder just yet. It’s likely the soft ground was against her at Ascot last month and so she should still be a few pounds ahead of the handicapper and has to be considered a potential winner.
Any four-year-old trained by Sir Michael Stoute who comes into a race on a hat-trick is bound to attract plenty of attention.
In the case of Lights On, a Cheveley Park filly by Siyouni, we have a genuine miler who appears on paper to be able to handle any type of going.
Things were pretty quick when she landed the odds at Nottingham on her seasonal debut, while they were far too slow for some when she followed up ahead of Dreamloper on the straight course here next time.
She’s up another 6lbs for winning by a short head and has a very wide draw, but assuming she won despite the ground last time rather than because of it, we could see her take another leap forward now.
If you’re going to accept a horse starting fairly wide around the mile at Ascot then it may as well be one ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by the Gosdens. Mostly is such a horse and she’s one we haven’t seen anything like the best of yet.
Six races into her career, she’s finished in the front two on four occasions. The worry is that she may just prefer the all-weather at Kempton, both of her wins having come there, but it’s far too early to tell.
She did go off favourite for a Listed race last time out and was expected to win in all honesty, her poor performance on the good to firm ground being attributed by the jockey to her having lost her action and having never been suited by the track at Nottingham.
It’s always worth sticking to the positives, and with this strong team not fearing the mile or the turf with her, normal progression for a horse of her age would see Mostly be far enough of the handicapper to have a genuine win chance.
Pholas’s form figures are uninspiring in all truth, she’s gone backwards on all three of her most recent starts, but that may not tell the whole story.
As recently as April she put in a fine performance over seven furlongs to win at Lingfield’s All Weather Championships Day and won at Newcastle over a mile before that. If she can replicate that, and it is a big “if” to be fair, she’d be well-weighted now.
It’s been too long since we’ve seen Saeed bin Suroor on the big stage but he has a chance at some Royal Ascot glory here.
His filly Stunning Beauty held off Beat Le Bon to win last time, that horse himself a live contender for the Royal Hunt Cup, meaning that despite struggling badly in the winter in Dubai she has now won all three of her British starts.
Everything is set up for her to run well here, her handicap mark of 96 being the only stumbling block.
Plenty in with chances then, but MOSTLY can be given a crack at a reasonable price to land a valuable turf win.