3.40 Glorious Goodwood
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (2YO only)
Ahlan Emerati: Impressive winner on debut at Bath when looking as if further would suit and that duly turned out to be the case in Norfolk Stakes when seen to best effect late with strong pace; Solid second in Railway Stakes has since been boosted
Chadic: Too green to make a mark on debut but since improved with two subsequent runs, second at Epsom, and then a clear cut winner at Ayr last time out; Stable may have a better chance in Pallister but dangerous to discount.
Dr No: Quite impressive at Nottingham when making up for disappointment on debut in fine style (extra furlong may have helped) and no disgrace when seventh in Coventry last time out; This doesn’t necessarily look any easier but respected nevertheless.
Faithful Creek: Has shaped more as one for nurseries in three starts; Well clear with the odds on favourite when winning Epsom maiden but a big step up is going to be needed here to make an impact and others make far more appeal.
Highland Reel: Shaped very nicely despite hanging when second on debut in Leopardstown maiden which has worked out well in behind and then built on that emphatically with 12 length Gowran win (stepped upto a mile), the form of which has also been boosted since with the third and fourth winning; Will take the beating here.
Pallister: Form of third at Haydock on debut looks stronger now and has won twice since, beating same rival in York maiden (form noting special) and then conditions at Pontefract; Form hasn’t looked special at this point in time but with stable in such form, dangerous to underestimate here and still progressive.
Room Key: Winner got first run on her in Salisbury conditions even but that still better form than his maiden win (achieved despite running green); More still needed however upped significantly in class.
Tupi: Looked to be finding things going a little too fast for him on Sandown debut but worked his way back into thick of things impressively and well on top at the finish for a yard that has won this 5 times before; Should go well here with that experience behind him.
VERDICT: The form of HIGHLAND REEL’S maiden win is working out really well which only adds extra weight to the huge impression that he left that day when winning by 12 lengths, and he can take a high rank amongst the Ballydoyle juvenile pecking order this season. Tupi, a taking maiden winner for the 5 time winning yard in this, may be next best, along with Ahlan Emerati and Pallister.